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Welcome back from February vacation! I hesitate to call this past week “mid-winter vacation,” because I imagine that you, like me, are wondering, “Where is our winter?!” Wondering, but not complaining! Wasn’t it nice today to take a Sunday stroll in sunny 50 degrees!
Vacation or not, it’s been a busy week for our Lancers! The Mock Trial Team, after going 3-0 in preliminaries, has been logging long hours in preparation for their tournament run starting next weekend. The Drama Club took a ride to Norwood High School today for a technical rehearsal that precedes next weekend’s Drama Festival production of I Never Saw Another Butterfly. I just returned from shuttling three of our students home from a two-day Harvard Undergraduate UNICEF Club Conference: “Empowering Humanity,” in Cambridge. Ms. Cenca did the driving honors yesterday!
Mrs. Jeanne Lynch-Galvin, Director of our Habitat for Humanity Chapter coordinated and participated in two days of “builds” with eight of our students each day along with the support of Mr. Jared Belliveau, Mrs. Susan Sambrook, and Mr. Felim Clancy. Mrs. Lauren Dupont participated with other Boston Archdiocesan representatives in humanitarian outreach at our Texas border.
In athletics, Hockey wrapped up a wonderfully rejuvenated season on the road in Springfield. I very much enjoyed how the team’s competitive spirit and hard work made for exciting action on the ice. Every team that played us knew they were in a game! Wrestling and track both closed their seasons with stand-out performances and many personal bests. Basketball has been in this week sharpening skills for their 1st Round Tournament appearance on Tuesday against Melrose. We can all be very proud of the hard work of our coaches and the dedication of our student-athletes!
We have a busy week ahead of us, too, punctuated by Ash Wednesday, which begins our liturgical season of Lent, commemorating Christ’s 40 days of fasting in the dessert and His sacrifice for us. During the season, beyond our occasional fasting, the Church invites us to deepen our sense of reflective prayer and to do good…. Not so much to “give up” but to “take up.” … and maybe, to “shake up”! We will start Wednesday here with a service for all students for the administering of ashes. Blessings to each of you on your Lenten journey.
Bro. Thomas Puccio CFX, Ed.D
- STEM Innovation Fair: You are cordially invited! We look forward to hosting our first STEM Innovation Fair this Thursday, February 27. Dr. Diane Perito and 21 young men and women have been working hard for several months in preparation for this week’s display of talents! Please join them! Following afternoon judging in the Cafeteria, all are invited to interact with student-participants: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM -- Open to parents and teachers/staff. Students will be available to discuss projects with guests; 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM -- Reception, light refreshments, announcing of winners.
- We are excited to be hosting for the first time ever two MIAA Tournament Basketball games for Lancers: Round 1 for 8th-Seed Boys Basketball on Tuesday, at 7:00PM, against 9th-Seed Melrose HS; and a Quarter-Final start for 4th-Seed Girls Basketball on Thursday, at 7:00PM, against 5th-Seed Snowden HS. Hope you can make it to both! Ordered gold Super-Fan shirts are ready for pick-up at the School Office. Let’s light up the Doherty Gymnasium as our players light up the scoreboard!
Drama Production: On Friday, drama instructor Ms. Ellen Keith and Director Ms. Erin Keith are pleased to host for our students a performance of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, our MC Drama Club entry in this weekend’s Drama Festival at Norwood HS. The play is a moving one-act presentation based on poetry created in a concentration camp by the Jewish children of Prague. The end-of-day performance this Friday, 2-28, will be for all boys and girls in Grades 9 and 10. Interested juniors and seniors may also attend.
- Art Gallery Reception Feb. 28th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM: MC will host an art gallery opening reception for artist, José Estrela, followed by a cocktail reception for faculty, parents and community members. The art work is for sale and the artist will speak about his work and inspiration.
Extending observance of Black History Month just a bit into March, on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 4, we are pleased to be arranging a screening of Race: The Jesse Owens Story at 3:30PM in Room 125. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome. The video runs 2hrs/15min. Student discussion with Ms. Cenca and Brother Puccio will follow…. Together with refreshments! Encourage your son to attend!
- Connections Conference March 20 at Sutton High School: Their are openings for 5 girls and 5 boys to attend a full day Connections Conference entitled Words to Action, Action to Justice. Students from 40 New England schools will discuss issues related to bias, race and prejudice with the intention of making schools more welcoming, inclusive communities. Guest speaker will be national educator, author and rapper, Nate Marshall. See Ms. Moccia if interested in attending.
Moms, grandmothers, aunties, alumnae and other adult friends of MC...you are all cordially invited to attend the annual Women’s Day of Recollection on Sunday, March 29th, taking place at MC beginning at 11 am. Centering meditation will be offered at 11:20 am following coffee reception. Mass will begin at noon, followed by an elegant luncheon, and the Honorable Regina L. Quinlan Doherty (retired Superior Court Judge) will be the featured guest speaker. Raffle baskets and dessert will complete this wonderful day! Tickets will be available soon. If you are interested in assisting with this event or would like more information, please email Kathleen McGourthy at email@example.com or Deb Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a Great Week!
Amazing Young Students
Sean Noonan ’20
I had the pleasure of teaching Sean last year in MC’s inaugural Advanced Placement Capstone Seminar Course. It is one of eight A.P. courses he’s taken on during his very successful MC career. When Sean asked if I might write a letter of recommendation for him, I quickly replied that I would be happy to. I knew it would be one of those “easy” letters that could almost write itself because of all the good things one could say.
Early in that letter, I noted, “Sean is a great gentleman, an impressive leader-by-example, with a strong intuitive grasp of what it means to ‘do the right thing.’ An excellent student, a talented athlete, a person of wonderful integrity, Sean reflects so well those qualities we promote as a religious-values-based school.”
Sean’s college selection still awaits him: he’s heard positively from Providence, U. Mass. Amherst, and Union. Decisions are forthcoming from several other colleges. He will be an asset wherever he lands! Some of Sean’s accomplishments while at MC include the following:
· Recipient of the Suffolk University Book Award
· Honor Roll recipient (Headmaster’s or First Honors) each of his 14 academic Quarters
· 4-year member of the Hockey Team, 3 years Varsity; Senior Captain.
· President of the Student Council
· Member of the National Honor Society
Sean has done significant volunteer work with
· Our Habitat for Humanity Club
· The Walnut Street Center for adults with developmental disabilities
· Mission of Deeds
· Malden Catholic Open Houses, often serving as a tour guide or speaker
· MC 8th-Grade Shadows
This year Sean assisted me as one of 8 senior pall bearers at a Lazarus Funeral for a homeless, indigent man and was a member of a three person student panel who spoke un-scripted to four sessions of parents at our Open House.
A conscientious, respectful, determined, worker, who always puts forth his best effort, Sean is a model servant leader. We’re very proud of him! (His mom and dad should take a bow, too!)