Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria will open its doors
Aug. 29 for the start of the 2016-17 school year, welcoming
more than 800 students in grades 9 through 12 at its campus
on Cambridge Road.
The school announced a new academic administrative structure,
which includes the appointment of two assistant principals to
support the work of Denise Tobin, who begins her second year
Lonnell Battle joins Ireton as the assistant principal for
academics and Mary Jordan is the new assistant principal for
Thomas J. Curry starts his fourth year as head of school and
is supported by a seasoned group of administrators.
The school welcomes a number of new faculty members. Chip
Armstrong (chemistry), Justin Waldman (earth science and
biology) and alumna Raza Vega-Shirk (biology, anatomy and
physiology) join the science department; Meghan Leslie joins
the academic enrichment team; alum Thomas Cogliano (geometry)
joins the math department; Kevin Barger joins the history
department; Beth Jones is the new librarian; and Ricky
Sorlouangsana is the new quiet study proctor.
Chris O'Hara is the new guidance counselor. Shea Smith joins
the staff as the new student activities coordinator. Leslie
Stubbendieck is the communications and marketing manager,
Paul Sundquist is the chief finance officer and Gregory
Zabicki is the new accountant.
Ireton welcomes back six leaders from the rising senior
class, who along with Father Edward Bresnahan, school
chaplain, attended Salesian Leadership Camp in Michigan this
summer. During their time away, the team chose the theme for
the upcoming school year, which will guide the Campus
Ministry Team as it helps students deepen their faith during
the upcoming school year.
The theme comes from St. Francis de Sales' Treatise on the
Love of God: "The perfection of God's love overcomes all
Another group of students attended a service retreat at
DeSales Service Works in Camden, N.J., and others attended
the diocesan WorkCamp.
Before classes begin, the school will launch its new website
(bishopireton.org), which will give prospective Ireton
students a glimpse into daily life at the school and
reconnect alumni and friends with current happenings.
Exciting news is expected this year, as Ireton plans for its
capital campaign that will bring big changes to the campus,
including a new academic center and updated athletic wing.