New Epiphany principal aims to build students’ confidence

Stuyvesant Town resident Kate McHugh has replaced James Hayes as principal at Epiphany School. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town resident Kate McHugh has replaced James Hayes as principal at Epiphany School. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

After nearly four decades, The Epiphany School will have a new principal.

Former principal — and now school foundation president — James Hayes left the position in June to much fanfare and a 200-person flash mob.

Taking over for him is the former assistant principal, Stuyvesant Town resident Kate McHugh, who joined the school 15 years ago as a science teacher. She is also a graduate of the Catholic school, which now has 560 students.

During a recent interview, McHugh said she’s not planning any major changes, just tweaks to the current curriculum with the goal of doing what it takes to make sure students are confident, both in their faith and in being prepared for the realities of the day’s highly technological world.

“We’ve increased the amount of technology a lot in 15 years,” McHugh said, “mirroring what’s going on in society.”

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Teen busted for snatching phones in Gramercy

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a teenager for multiple phone snatchings last Wednesday just before 5 p.m. The teen snatched a man’s cell phone on East 19th Street and fled, then grabbed a woman’s cell phone on East 18th Street, shortly after which he was grabbed by witnesses and detained until police arrived.

One of the victims said he was standing in front of ABC Cocina at 38 East 19th Street about to make a call on his phone when a black man who was about 5’11” with dark hair, a white tank top, dark shorts and a black backpack snatched his phone from his hand and ran east on East 19th Street toward Park Avenue South.

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