4 Nardin TodayFall 2022 Visit for the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on: president'sdesk The 2022-2023 academic year is fully underway with deep gratitude owed to the unwavering efforts of the entire Nardin community as we have seen the Academy reach new heights this fall setting us forth on a path to an unprecedented year of achievements. True to the vision of our founders, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, Nardin Academy is known for its continuous efforts to live its mission by encouraging lifelong learning, helping students ignite their curiosity, finding their inner passion, and inspiring their potential. As the premier independent school in Western New York, our focus remains on the future. By prioritizing strategic goals, developed through the chorus of voices of various stakeholders, Nardin is laying the foundation that will promote intentional growth for years to come by participating in a multi-year Academy-wide curricular mapping and development process. Now is our opportunity as an Academy to further develop an innovative, global-thinking curriculum that will continue to evolve and provide the best possible experience for both students and faculty today and in the future. As Nardin looks to the future, both internal and external stakeholders will focus on our vision and priorities to build out a strategic plan that will serve as the Academy’s blueprint for the next three to five years. This next chapter of Nardin Academy will have the ultimate goal in building and sustaining a learning environment where all community members engage in a commitment to continuous improvement rooted in the priorities of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Professional Excellence, and Living Our Nardin Values. We hope that lifting up these priorities will create the One Nardin Academy that will sustain our institution long into the future as the most innovative, supportive, and inclusive learning environment in Western New York. As we embark on this final year of the Called to Connect Campaign, there is less than $2 million left to raise, and we are close to the finish line. We are most grateful for each donor who has already given to the Campaign, and we encourage those who have yet to make a gift to please consider supporting this historic initiative which resulted in the expansion and modernization of our campuses. As always, I remain grateful for the Nardin community’s tremendous support and trust. In the past year, I have been blessed in countless ways, underscoring why the Academy continues to be the premier choice for learning, personal growth, and faith-filled experiences. It is my sincere hope that I may continue the good work of all those who came before me as I champion a strong future for our students and alumni alike. Be well & God bless, Dr. Sandra Betters MISSION STATEMENT Inspiring hearts and minds to do amazing things in the world through faith, character, academic excellence, and service. NARDIN TODAY Art Director Elaine Berowski Editors Maggie Barnett ‘01 Misty L. Harris ‘96 Cover Photo Katie Addo ‘99 Contributing Photographers Katie Addo ‘99 Maggie Barnett ‘01 Kendra Brim ‘07 Joe Cascio Misty L. Harris ‘96 Rhonda Harris Photography Sienie Kelly ‘71 Julina Marie Photography Geoff Schneider Thomas Whalen Tom Wolf Colleen Zimmerman Special Thanks for Proofreading Carol Bernat Sarah Irwin '92 Catharine Miles-Kania ‘92 Nardin Today is published twice annually by the Marketing and Communications department. Nondiscrimination Policy: Nardin Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.