Mr. James Simon

   Mr. Jim Simon was a former associate dean and history instructor for Genesee Community College (SUNY GCC) where he earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

   Prior to serving 15 years at GCC, Jim served over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force with assignments ranging from helicopter pilot and director of operations to squadron commander and joint staff officer. Jim is currently the elected town supervisor for the Town of Yates in northwest Orleans County (since 2016).

   Jim graduated from City Honors High School in Buffalo, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts degree in Middle East History from the University of Utah.

   Jim married his high school sweetheart, Paula, and they have eight beautiful children and one grandchild.  He is a cradle bi-ritual Catholic having been raised in the Maronite and Latin rites of the Church.  Some of Jim’s favorite past-times include hobby farming, reading, and trying, but ofttimes failing, to defeat his better half in Chinese checkers and Rummy 500.

Mr. Simon’s Thoughts On…

Why Chesterton?


Hope & Growth Mindset Conference

Chesterton students and homeschoolers are invited to attend the Hope & Growth Mindset Conference on November 16th.  Mr. Dan Lawson, LMHC, CASAC at Catholic Therapy Solutions will address why our ideas and beliefs are ever-evolving, and that wisdom and intelligence grow with each new experience.  Check out the Growth Mindset lesson plans found on Khan Academy to discover that one’s “intelligence is not just something that you are born with.”

This conference has the potential to make students grittier, more positive, and more succsssful in school and everyday lives.  Please email Theresa Updike or call the main office at 674-8101 if you have questions. 

Reserve Your Seat for the Hope & Growth Conference Here

Chiavetta’s Chicken, Flag Football and Kettle Corn Fun!

Chesterton Academy hosted another successful Chiavetta’s Chicken fundraiser and Chesterton Flag Football Scrimmage on October 20th!

Friends were satisfied with delicious BBQ dinners, kettle corn, cotton candy, football fun and great company!


On October 20th, students and faculty enthroned the Sacred Heart of
Jesus as King of our school.  The enthronement ceremony was led by our
Headmaster, Mr. Jim Simon and the Pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus
Shrine, Fr. Lukasz Kopala.  The students took part in the reading of the
12 Promises of the Sacred Heart and a presentation of roses in honor of
the new image placed in our school lobby.  Teachers and students then
hung images of the Sacred Heart in each classroom, proclaiming, “Jesus,
we enthrone You in our classroom. May Your love fill the room and our
hearts.”  May Jesus, King of our School, bring us countless blessings
and take charge of our studies, projects, meetings, extra-curricular
activities, and all of our affairs, big and small!