Director of Operations - Stephen Angiolillo (Mr. A)

Thank you for your interest in All Saints. The mere fact that you are viewing this website is a testament to the spirit and philosophy we try to instill in our students everyday. The design and content of this site is the result of direct input from our parents and teachers. The work on the site was made possible by Patrick Foley, of Cazenovia College. Mr. Foley came to us through Dr. Robert Greene, also of Cazenovia College, and an All Saints parent. The photo on our home page was taken by Walt McDermott, an indispensable asset to our school. Walt has never let us down, no matter how many times we continue to ask for his help.

These are just a couple examples of the community-based approach we take at ASE. Believe me, it is wonderful that these people (and many others) help All Saints and refuse to accept any compensation. They help because they believe in our mission. The concept of community permeates so much of our school. The children are constantly reminded that they are part of a bigger picture that exists outside the walls of their classroom. Service to the community is stressed on a daily basis. We may look like the neighborhood school that many recall from years gone by, but our arms are constantly reaching out to into the CNY community.

As a part of the community, we realize the tremendous responsibility parents have entrusted us with. The education and growth of our students are truly the only reasons for our existence. It’s not just religious education, its values-based education – including culture and heritage. Many choose All Saints for the individual attention their children will receive, as well as the fact that we are reinforcing the values they teach at home. This is key, because parental involvement is absolutely vital to our school, especially when you consider how All Saints Elementary was founded.

"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."— Napoleon Hill

All Saints was founded in the summer of 2006, by an extremely dedicated group of parents and teachers, with whom I am proud to be associated. The closure of several area parochial schools may have been the impetus, but I have no doubt the hand of God has served as our guide every step of the way. I don’t think any of us aspired to start our own school, but as my Mother likes to say, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” The Holy Spirit has given us the will, and helped to enlighten our words and deeds. Beginning in late May and working feverishly through early September, the founding Board members created what many told them was impossible. Thankfully we had the good sense not to listen.

It pains me deeply to see any school close, and yet we would not be here today if others had remained open. I truly believe being an independent school is what has helped us succeed where others have failed. Without all the overhead of so many area schools, we are able to set tuition at a level within the reach of the average working class family. This is so important to me, personally, and truly is what drove me to work so hard at opening this school. We constantly hear in the news about “changing demographics” leading to declining enrollment at Catholic schools. So, to offset this declining enrollment, many schools choose to increase tuition on those that remain. Which, in turn, makes a Catholic education out of the reach of so many families. It is a vicious cycle that stops at our front door. A quality Catholic education is not something that should be reserved for only a select few.

I was born and raised in Syracuse. I have six brothers and four sisters. (No, that’s not a typo!) I attended Catholic schools for my entire academic life. The parochial school I attended, Holy Trinity, closed in 1986. I grew up just down the street from the school, and my parents still live in the neighborhood. The area, on Syracuse’s North side, has gone steadily downhill since the closure of the school – and you cannot convince me that there is no correlation between the two. One of the most important aspects of a neighborhood is a school. It is one of the first things young families look for when buying a home. I ask you, what is better than the sound of children playing during recess? We are extremely fortunate, and proud, to call Tipperary Hill our home. The Neighborhood Association works hard to present the area in the best possible light, and the people that call it home look out for one another.

We have every intention of calling Tipperary Hill our home for years to come, and we will continue to focus on quality over quantity. As an example, in our first graduating class, we sent five students on to Bishop Ludden. Three of them have already been named ‘Student of the Month’. This is part of the legacy we are building at All Saints, and I am thrilled to be able to be a part of it.
 

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