Principal’s Message


Dear Friends of Holy Cross,

We are about to begin another school year and it promises to be very exciting!

Welcome to the Class of 2019. Your journey is about to begin as you step into Holy Cross Academy. Learning about our traditions and what education is about in the 21st century is both daunting and exciting. To the Class of 2019 I say, “GO LANCERS!!!”.

New classes, reuniting with old friends, sports, activities, homecoming, all contribute to the excitement of a new school year. Make it a point to get involved in the activities of Holy Cross. We have much to offer at Holy Cross Academy. Both the activities and athletic offices are there to help you find your way. Your success is part of our mission.

Servant Leadership is the keystone of our mission. To serve as Jesus Christ served along with the apostles is at the core of our existence as a school. Jesus Christ is the reason for Holy Cross Academy. He is the ever-present teacher at Holy Cross. The mission and vision of Holy Cross Academy has never been clearer as we begin the new school year.  Holy Cross continues to move forward in a direction that provides a world class education.

Holy Cross Academy is a great school because of your commitment and offers many wonderful opportunities to our students. At Holy Cross our faculty teaches students HOW to think.  We cultivate empathy and selflessness so our students grow to be men and women of SUBSTANCE.  Our students develop the confidence to make BETTER life decisions and the BACKBONE to stick to them.  We have one of the most expert teams of faculty of ANY school in New Jersey.  Everyone – EVERYONE – feels like they belong here.  For this we give thanks.

Please join me in welcoming the following new members of our Holy Cross community:

Ms. Carla Chiarelli – Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instructional Development
Mr. Timothy Durkin – Director of Community and Alumni Relations
Mrs. Hope Blanch – Religion Department and Campus Minister
Ms. Kathryn Cusack – English Department
Mrs. Janine Hoey – Social Studies (Long Term Sub)
Mr. Kevin Skelly – Social Studies (Part Time)

In addition to the above new members of our faculty, the following organizational changes have taken place:

Lisa Melroy, Executive Director – has assumed all HR responsibilities.
Debra Williams – Service Coordinator and Moderator of Key Club
James Nolan – Yearbook Moderator

I would like to bring to your attention several changes in our Student / Parent handbook:

  • The addition of a Participation Waiver for activities outside of athletics. (Pg. 1)
  • Changes to our Concussion Policy: A doctor must clear a student to attend school, with full academic participation, in order for a student to participate in co-curricular events. (Pg. 22)
  • Changes to our Tobacco Use Policy: includes the use of vapor (e-cigarettes). (Pg. 37)

Holy Cross Academy’s graduation requirements will change for the Class of 2020. Beginning with this incoming class students will be required to take 5 credits (one class) in the Arts (Visual, Performing, Practical, etc.). More information will be given out as the school year progresses.

I thank you in advance for your support and assure you I will always put the Holy Cross community first and promise to give everything I have to our faculty, parents, alumni, stakeholders and the students we serve.

Now and forever…GO LANCERS!!!

Dennis M. Guida
Dennis M. Guida, MAT
President / Principal