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Jaclyn Deteskey is a Fontbonne Junior who began her service by giving back to her grade school/parish- St. Anselm's. She volunteered at swim practice, helped with their Winter Wonderland and baseball clinics. Last year, Jaclyn founded and became the president of FHA Against Cancer. The club has held a Halloween Fundraiser, an Ugly Christmas Sweater Dress Down Day, a book drive for Maimonides Medical Center and wrote get well letters and notes of encouragement to pediatric patients at Maimonides Medical Center. (Read more by clicking link above.)


Mrs. Ashkenazy’s Biotechnology class have submitted two proposals to the prestigious Urban Barcode Project Competition. In this competition students from all over New York will isolate a unique DNA barcode of different species. Click on headline link for more.
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SAT/ACT Test Prep Courses at FHA

Fontbonne is offering an SAT/ACT after-school test prep course. Enrolled students will take a 4-week 12-hour course that meets once a week in order to familiarize students with the format of the test leading to the December SAT and ACT exams. The course will cover the entire SAT and ACT tests. Click on the headline above for more information - and for the permission slip/registration.
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Student Donates Time and Funds

Alexa Giambra '22, prepared Rice Krispies treats, chocolate covered pretzels and lemonade for her donation stand. All the proceeds were donated directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Alexa also participated in the Heart Walk in May and plans on doing so again this year.
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We are welcoming all families to join us on Saturday, October 20th for our Fall Open House. Learn about our mission, culture, academics, athletics, tour our beautiful campus and speak to our students! Please register online before the event. Click the link above for the registration form. We look forward to meeting our future Bonnies!
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The perfect opportunity to visit Fontbonne! Alumnae and their families are invited to join us for an Open House complete with conversation, nibbles and a tour of the school. Get your FHA friends together and walk down memory lane!


We will be celebrating Christmas with its second annual Christmas Wreath lighting on December 7th, 2019. Current families and Alumnae alike, are invited to participate. The wreath may be in honor of your family name or in memory of a loved one and they will be hung along our parameter fencing. Your donation after purchase of the wreath, will go toward the Fund for Fontbonne. Click title link above for details.
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For 80 years, Fontbonne Hall Academy has been preparing young women to become professional leaders who serve their communities with confidence and compassion. As an all-girls’ Catholic secondary school owned by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, we are committed to Jesus’ mission to promote the love of God in one’s community, and to respond to the vocational needs of our time. We challenge our students to achieve their highest intellectual and creative potential in science, math, the arts and humanities by providing them with the tools necessary to achieve success in their college studies and their chosen career. Enriched by a diversity of persons and gifts in our school community, Fontbonne develops young women to become global citizens who live and work among people of all faiths and cultures.
We provide a learning environment that not only stresses academic excellence, but also spiritual growth, which is embodied in our mission statement of “unity and reconciliation through all-inclusive love”. Fontbonne has a long tradition of sisterhood that has provided a welcoming environment that invites social inclusiveness and moral support while instilling leadership skills, spiritual strength and self-confidence. As such, our alumnae leave us as intelligent, confident young women with loving hearts and a solid moral foundation.
As you browse the pages of our website, you will see examples of 21st Century learning. This is exemplified by:
-Our rigorous STEM program that aims to close the gender gap in STEM careers and that utilizes a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab and a three-year Science Research Program
-Sixteen Advanced Placement classes offered across the curriculum
-An award-winning visual arts program
-A Religion Department that explores Catholic identity, while inviting each student to examine her own relationship with God
-An English department that provides the tools for effective written and oral communications in a rapidly changing digital world and that includes a print and broadcast journalism program
-A Social Studies department that offers historical perspective on the cultural, social and political issues that affect women today
-A World Language department that provides students the opportunity to understand and appreciate different cultures
-A wide variety of athletic teams and student activities that develop our students' leadership and collaboration skills
Our Director of Admissions, Victoria Adamo, would be happy to schedule a visit day for your daughter. Please feel free to reach out to her at and come and see all that Fontbonne has to offer.
Mary Ann Spicijaric
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Ms. McNiff graduated from Bishop Kearney High School in 2000.  She was then accepted into the Kingsborough Honors Program at Kingsborough Community College where she majored in psychology and received The President's Award for Distinguished Scholarship.  She went on to attend St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn Campus) where she switched her major to History and Secondary Education. In 2007, she started teaching Global History and Geography at Fontbonne and later added U.S. History and Government. 
Her current grad school credits include Political Science and International Affairs. After attending a Fordham University AP Psychology Summer Institute Program, she began teaching AP Psych to Juniors and Seniors. Now in her second year, she is loving the experience of returning to her original major and witnessing the passion it ignites in her students!
This past summer, Ms. Mcniff attended New Visions Global History and Geography Deep Dives in preparation for the changes coming to the Global History and Geography Regents examination this year. 
She has been SAC moderator for 8 years where she plans and organizes events such as 9th Grade Orientation, Harvest Happening, Senior PreProm and school elections. Ms. McNiff also teaches Shore Road Tutoring for Global History and Geography. 
Ms. Mcniff's passion for teaching stems from her constant desire to learn! She credits her students for being the driving force behind her intrigue. She also appreciates that teaching combines her two passions, History and Psychology.  
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