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SAINT BASIL ACADEMY WELCOMES NEW ADMINISTRATION

The 2013-2014 academic school year at St. Basil Academy, Fox Chase Manor, PA, began September 3 with a newly-appointed Principal and Assistant Principal.

 

Helen Chaykowsky, an alumna of SBA, was appointed interim principal by Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM, Provincial Superior of the Jesus Lover of Humanity Province, with the approval of the Academy’s Advisory Board, to succeed Sister Lydia Anna Sawka, OSBM, who in July was elected to the position of Assistant Superior of the General Administration of the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great worldwide in Rome, Italy.

Miss Chaykowsky, a resident of Philadelphia, and a member of Annunciation BVM Parish in Melrose Park, is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College and Villanova University. She received her Pennsylvania Principal Certification at Temple University.

Miss Chaykowsky’s affiliation with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has included her position as teacher at Cardinal Dougherty High School, Vice Principal at St. Hubert’s Catholic High School for Girls, Principal of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, and Principal, Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School. She retired in June, 2013, from Archbishop Ryan High School after eleven years as principal.

Miss Helen Chaykowsky, Principal

Proud and happy to return to her Alma Mater in a temporary administrative capacity, Helen Chaykowsky "will work diligently to carry on the mission of St. Basil Academy and to help plant seeds for its future growth." Her successor, she hopes, will carry those plans to fruition. "We are the best educational institution for the students we serve."

Mrs. Alexandra Penkalskyj, Vice-Principal

Also assuming a new role at her Alma Mater is Mrs. Alexandra Penkalskyj. An instructor at SBA since 1990, Mrs. Penkalskyj was appointed to her new position by Sister Dorothy Ann with the Academy’s Advisory Board’s approval. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Chestnut Hill College and her Master’s in Music from Westchester University. As a member of the Academy’s Fine Arts-Music Department, Mrs. Penkalskyj taught music courses, piano, handbell ensemble and provided the musical accompaniment for SBA’s musical productions. Mrs. Penkalskyj also moderated the Academy’s Ukrainian Society.

As Assistant Principal, Mrs. Penkalskyj will serve as liaison between students and teachers and teachers and parents, ensure the observance of the school’s Code of Conduct, assist in all matters pertaining to the efficient carrying out of daily school operations, i.e., classes, activities, Student Council, clubs, various in-house teams, oversee the web site, and assist teachers with their daily needs. Above all, Mrs. Penkalskyj will seek to uphold the mission and philosophy of the school. "As St. Basil Academy looks to her future, I would like to see us continue to be true to our Catholic identity, placing our relationship with God, our Mother Mary and the saints, particularly Saints Basil and Macrina, on the forefront. If we remain true to our mission and our tradition, we will create the momentum to move forward, strengthen our connection to our community, maintain constant self-improvement, and provide the kind of academic environment that our families seek."

Mrs. Penkalskyj, her husband Dr. Taras Penkalskyj, daughter Vera, an SBA graduate of 2013, and Marta, an SBA sophomore, reside in Greater Northeast Philadelphia. She is a member of Annunciation BVM Parish, Melrose Park, where she is co-director of the choir and coordinator of children’s festal presentations. Three of her sisters also graduated from St. Basil Academy.

St. Basil Academy, founded in 1931 and located in the Fox Chase-Jenkintown area, is a four-year college preparatory school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of St. Basil the Great.

An Open House will be held Sunday, October 13 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The entrance exam for eighth graders is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Inquiries may be made: 215-885-3771
or
www.stbasilacademy.org

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