November 2, 2018

Pre-kindergartener Sophia Benti of Billerica holds her treat bag open for some goodies during the Academy's annual Halloween Parade held on Wednesday, October 31st.

During the 2018-19 school year we will observe two Hallmarks: 
Hallmark 4 - We commit ourselves to community service.
Hallmark 6 - We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

Contents below include:



All School

Dear Academy Community,

This past week has been another positive and productive one, filled with both continued academic focus as well as fun and festive community events. The Halloween Parade, Pep Rally, and Grandparents Day were highlights of the week for sure. It was wonderful to see our students walking the halls in their cute costumes to trick or treat, and it was equally enjoyable to see them having such fun with their grandparents. It was also uplifting to feel the palpable school spirit at the Pep Rally. Additionally, hosting a parent coffee and having the opportunity to meet and chat with a number of our parents was another highlight for me. I’m glad so many parents were able to make time to attend the event, and I look forward to holding more of these gatherings.

God Bless,

Academy Beacon: Parental Involvement Reaps Rewards

This month's Academy Beacon blog post was written by President John O'Brien:
While the obvious main priority and focus in a school should be on providing a top quality education for its students and instilling a love of learning, there is also an opportunity and an obligation to establish meaningful and impactful engagement with parents. Research shows that having regular communication and a strong partnership between home and school benefits everyone, especially the students.

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Apply for Financial Assistance by December 31st

The Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) is committed to providing tuition assistance to as many eligible families as possible. Assistance may be awarded in two ways: financial aid or scholarships/grants. Some students may be eligible for both.

The financial assistance program at NDA is guided by our belief that parents have an obligation to pay the educational expenses of their children to the extent that they are able. In an effort to promote access for students who will benefit from an outstanding education and whose contribution in and outside of the classroom will enrich our community, NDA provides financial assistance to qualified families with a demonstrated financial need.

The application period for financial assistance for the 2019-2020 academic year opened November 1st. The school has once again partnered with FACTS as its financial assistance consulting firm to process applications. We ask that all current students interested in applying for financial assistance complete the financial aid application process by December 31, 2018, so that the status of your request will be available by the time re-enrollment opens on February 1, 2019.

To apply for financial assistance for the 2019-2020 academic year we will only require your 2017 federal tax forms. This is to ensure that everyone will be able to complete the application by December 31, 2018. To submit a financial application, log into your FACTS account and proceed to the FACTS Grant & Aid section.

If you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to contact Chief Financial Officer Joseph McPeak at or 978-649-7611, Ext. 316.

Enhua Wang Receives Amgen Biotech Award

Upper School Science Teacher Enhua Wang, Ph.D., was honored at the 2018 Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Teacher Recognition Awards held Friday, October 26th at Harvard University. The ABE lab exchange program provides students in all four of Ms. Wang's biology classes with the opportunity to use research-grade molecular biology equipment and reagent. The award advisory committee received 220 nominations for 33 ABE teachers; all nominations came from students. Ten teachers were selected to be recognized. At the recognition event last Friday, Tara Bristow, site director for the Massachusetts ABE program presented Ms. Wang a certificate and a $100 gift card to purchase lab supplies and reagents for her classroom.

Third Graders Host All Saints Day Mass

From Mary Carnevale and Caitlin Dwyer, Grade 3 Teachers:
On November 1, 2018, the students, faculty and staff at the Academy celebrated The Feast of All Saints. The third graders honored the saints in a special way. They created “scarves” depicting the life of a Saint. Honored saints included Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Nicholas, Saint Patrick and Saint Julie. Students conducted research in class on the computer. Their unique scarves had items on them including the name of the saint, birth date, important words or phrases to describe the Saint and key facts about the Saints. Many thanks to Sr. Jeanne, Mrs. Brouillard, and the Academy’s outstanding choir for bringing the entire student body together to celebrate All Saints Day.

Scheduling a Conference is Quick and Easy!

From Lori McDermott, Technology/Database Administrator:
The process for scheduling parent-teacher conferences is different depending on whether your student attends the Academy’s Upper School or Lower School:

  • Upper School parents are welcome to meet with teachers on Report Card Night, Thursday November 8th from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Lower School Fall Conferences are scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, November 13th from 7 to 8 a.m, as well as the afternoon/evening of Wednesday, November 14th from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
In either case, it is easy to choose a convenient time to meet with any of your children’s teachers using the sign-up link in your parent portal. Simply click the large yellow button at the top of your portal that reads, "Sign Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences." For each child, you will be guided through a simple process of choosing an available time with each teacher. Once you have made your selections, don’t forget to click "Reserve Times" to complete the process. You may print your schedule from there, and you may come back later to choose a different time should you find that you will be unable to keep the appointment that you have made. If you have any technical difficulties, please contact me at As always, feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time if there are specific issues that need to be addressed. These conferences are meant to be a brief check-in to keep the lines of communication open between home and school.

Order Your Holiday Wreaths Today

From Kim Curran, FoNDA:
The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to start thinking about your holiday décor. Starting next week, Friends of NDA (FoNDA) will be selling wreaths in three sizes 12", 16" and 24"; beautifully decorated swags; swags with bow; and large kissing balls to brighten your home for the holidays.

Proceeds from the sale of these items support athletics and co‐curricular activities, so please consider buying these holiday decorations from FoNDA to help support NDA. Place your order online using the button below by Tuesday, November 27th. Orders may be picked up Thursday, November 29th between 2:30 and 6 p.m. behind the gym.

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From the Editor:

The Bi-Weekly Newsletter is produced by the Communications and Marketing Department. Submissions should be emailed to Cindy Boynton at no later than noon on the Wednesday prior to the Friday publication date. All articles should include vital information, be kept brief and include photos whenever possible. Here is the schedule for the year:

Newsletter Dates and Deadlines 2018-2019

Article Deadlines

Noon, Wednesday, November 14
Noon, Wednesday, November 28
Noon, Wednesday, December 12
Noon, Wednesday, January 2
Noon, Wednesday, January 16
Noon, Wednesday, January 30
Noon, Wednesday, February 13
Noon, Wednesday, March 6
Noon, Wednesday, March 20
Noon, Wednesday, April 3
Noon, Wednesday, April 24
Noon, Wednesday, May 8
Noon, Wednesday, May 22
Noon, Wednesday, June 5

Newsletter Publish Date

Friday, November 16
Friday, November 30
Friday, December 14
Friday, January 4
Friday, January 18
Friday, February 1
Friday, February 15
Friday, March 8
Friday, March 22
Friday, April 5
Friday, April 26
Friday, May 10
Friday, May 24
Friday, June 7

Extended Day Program/Enrichments

From Jocelyn Saltzman, Director of EDP and Enrichments:

As the weather gets cooler, we are warming up for our winter enrichment programming! We have an exciting and varied array of hands-on learning and playing opportunities planned. Along with some familiar school favorites, we are also introducing new additions to our roster. Use the button below to check out all the exciting programming options and to register. All the winter fun begins January 7th. Register early before programs fill up! Please reach out to Jocelyn Saltzman, Director of EDP and Enrichments, at with any questions.

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Are you getting excited for the new season? We are too; come join our team at EDP for some winter fun! Our students are having a blast participating in hands-on activities led by our stellar (and creative!) team of Upper School workers. Pictured to the right is our EDP crew showing off Meg P.’s stick art craft. We were lucky enough to enjoy extra hands from some of our EDP middle schoolers who had completed their homework!

Early Years

Early Years “Reads For the Record”

From Melissa Janes, Director of Early Childhood Education:
On Thursday, October 25th, students in grades PreK-2 participated in Jumpstart’s Read For the Record day. Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. This organization provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all children. Each year, Jumpstart chooses a quality children’s book and children around the world read the book on the same day in an effort to beat the world record for the largest shared reading experience and to highlight the importance of early literacy. The current record of 2,462,869 was set by Jumpstart in 2013 and the Academy supported this year’s effort by reading, Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and adding 88 students and teachers to the count. We eagerly await the final total for 2018!

STEAM-ing Into Autumn

From Melissa Janes, Director of Early Childhood Education:
Autumn has been the theme in the STEAM classes for students in Pre-K, K1, and K2 this past month in our Mini Makerspace. Each class has participated in explorations and challenges that encourage STEAM-based learning, all with a fun autumn or Halloween twist! Students in Pre-K explored apples by painting apple trees with open-ended materials, using apples to stamp and explore symmetry, and exploring shapes with pattern blocks and playdough to make jack o’lanterns. K1 students explored number sense with a spider game, water displacement with a sink and float activity, and attempted to build towers 10 apples high after reading Ten Apples Up On Top by Leo LeSieg. Students in K2 have worked on some engineering challenges this past month including building a gate from various materials which could support the weight of five candy pumpkins and creating pumpkin patch mazes for a spider ball to roll through.

Lower School

Halloween Parade Brings Out the Sweet and Spooky

From Alexis Steere, Grade 1 Teacher:
On Wednesday morning grades Pre-K-2 had a spookingly good time parading around the school in their Halloween best. Lower School staff and students lined the hallways and cheered us on as we made our way through the halls. After the parade, we traveled over to the Upper School to go trick-or-treating from class to class. All of the students and staff had a blast and we cannot thank everyone enough for the treats and all the fun! Happy Halloween!

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Grandparents Grace the Academy Yet Again

One of the most exciting days of the year for Lower School families here at the Academy is the annual Grandparents/Special Friends Day. This year 160 special people responded to the invitation to join their NDA student for a morning of celebration held on Friday, November 2nd. Our guests were treated to a continental breakfast in the parlors and then escorted to the Chapel for an opening prayer service. President O'Brien extended a warm welcome before turning it over to Sr. Jeanne to conduct the short service. From there the excitement moved to the classrooms where grandparents/special friends participated in an activity with their student(s). Everyone reconvened in the Chapel for a rousing sing-a-long lead by Music Teacher Peter Cangiano. Time was also provided for a visit to the Book Fair before all guests departed. The morning was captured in photos. Click the button below for photos taken by Academy staff. Professional photos taken by O'Connor Studios will be made available through an online album at a later date.

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Academy Observes Season of Thanks with Outreach Efforts

From Elizabeth O'Connell, Principal:
As we approach the last month of Autumn, we are reminded that November is a time not only for offering thanks for all the bountiful blessings God has given to us but also a time to remember the needs of others. As the holiday season also approaches, I would like to remind you of the many opportunities we have to unite as a community committed to the service of others. In the spirit of Hallmark 4: We commit ourselves to community service, and Hallmark 6: We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve, there are three outreach programs to help those less fortunate during November.

All School Gas Crisis Outreach: Notre Dame Education Center in Lawrence
The Lower School Parents’ Club will be partnering with the Notre Dame Education Center in Lawrence to assist low income families with items they need to remain comfortable during the gas crisis. The collection drive will be from October 29th to November 9th. 

All School Catie’s Closet - Donate Your Denim Blue Jeans
The Lower School and the Upper School are teaming up with Catie’s Closet to collect new and gently used denim blue jeans to benefit those in need in the Greater Lowell area and surrounding communities. Donations of all sizes will be accepted from Monday, November 5th through Friday, November 9th. Donation boxes are located on each floor by the elevator. 

Thanksgiving Food Baskets
The Lower School in conjunction with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society will help to provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner for 16 local families who are in need. The Lower School classrooms as well as faculty and staff will help to provide dinner for these families. Non-perishable items can start coming in as of November 13th and perishable items can come in on November 20th. These meals will be picked up and delivered to families on November 20th. 

Award Winning Pumpkins at Halloween Party

From Elizabeth O'Connell, Principal:
On the evening of October 26th, the Lower School Parents’ Club hosted the PreK - Grade 5 Halloween Party. All guests were greeted by a colorful Frankenstein inflatable and the halls and cafeterias were lined with festive streamers and Halloween decorations. The students were very creative with their costume choices. There were superheroes, dinosaurs, fairy princesses, warriors, pirates and unicorns! Cafe 1 was the Ghostbusters Dance Room, and all joined in musical chairs and other DJ-led musical games. The night ended with the winners being announced for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. They were judged for the most creative, scariest and the funniest. A sincere thank you to Mrs. Clark, President of the Parents’ Club and to all volunteers for planning and organizing a fun-filled evening.


Ruby DeLaRosa 1B

Grade 2-3
Linkin Bou 3A

Grade 4-5
Patrick Flood 4A
Dhruva Tailam 4A


Chloe Saade 1B

Grade 2-3
Clara Meehan 2A

Grade 4-5
Ella Cheong 5A
Alexander LaGrutta 4B

Most Creative

Aashvi Khandwalla 1B
Aanya Master K2A
Teddy Pitta 1A

Grade 2-3
Josslyn Ploof 2A

Grade 4-5
Ainsley Flood 4B
Zachary LaGrutta 5A

Fairy Tale Ending to Readathon

From Kathy Smith, Library/Media Specialist:
It seems fairy tales do come true especially for those who work hard to achieve their goals. 

Mrs. Acquaviva and her students in 4A are a great team. Together they recorded the highest number of reading minutes during the 10-day readathon.  A special shout out goes to Natania Fernandez who had the distinction of being the top reader in the entire school with the highest number of minutes recorded school wide!

Another award winning team is Mrs. Beauchesne’s 1B class. They had 100% class participation. They were the only class in the entire school to achieve that distinction.

Mrs. Stangroom's Grade 2 students did a phenomenal job of fundraising as a class - together they brought in an astonishing pledge amount totaling $1605. Special recognition goes to Benny Martignetti who once again this year is our top readathon fundraiser in the school.

The following students received recognition for recording the highest number of minutes in their grades: Pre-K - Autumn Carlson-Weagle, K1 - Abigail Grace Chhorn, K2 -  Vyom Agarwal, Grade 1 - Mia Sann,  Grade 2 -Benny Martignetti, Grade 3 - Vivian Lu, Grade 4 - Natania Fernandez, Grade 5 - Braeden Muthangya, Grade 6 - Anya Downing, Grade 7 - Elias Theofilopoulos and Charles Beauregard, Grade 8 - Meghna Sridhar. Many thanks to all who participated for their support of the Library Learning Commons. Because of your hard work the readathon raised over $3000!

Skating Season Heats Up for Allison Clark

From Brenda Simblaris, Admissions/Marketing Coordinator:
Seventh grader Allison Clark’s figure skating journey led her to the 2018 New England Regional Figure Skating Championships this past October in Boston. However, it is her sheer dedication to the sport that will see her through her participation in approximately six or seven additional regional competitions this upcoming season. Allison practices four to five times per week with three different coaches at the Colonial Figure Skating Club in Boxborough. She competes at the Intermediate Level and her goal is to be a nationally ranked figure skater someday. In order to be successful academically at NDA, Allison must balance the demands of her middle school classes and her strict training schedule. The Middle School was able to create a modified academic schedule for her, so she can pursue her dreams. In this way, Allison benefits from a rigorous academic program, is able to work on perfecting her jumps, and discover the meaning of self motivation and time management. She is just one example of the kind of amazing students that attend our Academy, so let’s cheer Allison on as a community throughout her 2018-2019 competitive season!

Learning How to Make and Keep Friends

From Jillian Boudreau, Dean of Students:
Making friends is an art! The students in Mrs. Beauchesne’s first grade classroom learned about the qualities of being a good friend. The class read the story “Making Friends is an Art,” by Julia Cook. In the story, the color brown feels that he has very few friends and no one likes him, but after talking to the other colors he learns all about the qualities of friendship and that being a good friend starts with liking yourself! After the story, the class took turns asking partners different questions about being a good friend and then each student chose a color to be like. The lesson will be conducted in Miss Steere’s class in the coming week as well.

Middle School

Sydney Pho Wins Essay Honors

From Elizabeth O'Connell, Principal:
This past month, Mr. Stephen Flynn’s 8th grade class participated in the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest sponsored by Knights of Columbus Arthur U. Joyal Council 4225. Four students elected to submit an essay addressing the question, How does your family keep its Catholic faith in action? The four participants were Sydney Pho, Yesenia Collins, Meghna Sridhar and Rachel Korwan. On Wednesday, October 31st, Jon McLaughlin from Arthur U. Joyal Council 4225 presented Sydney with the first place award and Yesenia with second place. Sydney’s essay will be forwarded to the state level competition. Both winners received a Barnes and Noble gift card. Meghna Sridhar and Rachel Korwan received certificates of participation.

Eighth Graders Enjoy Shadow Day Experiences

From Ian Craig, 8th Grade Class Advisor:
On Monday October 22nd, the 8th grade boys visited St. John's Prep in Danvers for a shadow day. There, they were met by the one of the admissions counselors and paired with a current student for the day. The boys each got to explore the campus with their shadow student and had the opportunity to ask questions about the school. The NDA students also had lunch at the school's cafeteria which offered a variety of different options. The day ended with the opportunity to meet with the Director of Admissions Mrs. Jennifer Glover.

On the same day, our 8th grade girls participated in a shadow day experience at the Academy's Upper School. Twenty-seven 8th graders were paired with current 9th and 10th graders and enjoyed their time participating in classes, decorating pumpkins, and being treated to a special lunch where Director of  Admissions Elisa Lellios addressed the students.

Middle Schoolers Show Off Costumes at Dance

From Katie Fratus, Social Studies and ELA Teacher:
Students in grades 6 through 8 enjoyed a night of dancing and socializing at the Middle School Halloween Dance on Friday, October 19th. Students came dressed in their best costumes for the costume contest, where prizes were awarded to the students with the three best costumes of the night. We had students dressed as gumball machines, carnival-themed foods, dinosaurs, and even Moses! While at the dance, students also got to walk through the Haunted Hallways, an event put on by the Upper School students. Students were excited to venture through the halls, and most came back to the dance raving about the event and how scared they were. 

Sixth Grader Charlize J won third place in the costume contest for her gum ball creation; second place went to Eighth Grader Bianca B. who was dressed as Beetlejuice, and first place was awarded to Seventh Grader Elias T who appeared as the Joker.

Lancers Round-Up

From Nate Froment, Lower School Athletic Director:

Cross Country:
The team finished the season with their league invitational meets on Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. Ella Cheong and Lilly Keefe finished 10th and 19th respectively in the JV girls race. Maanya Tailum and Molly Shanahan finished 9th and 15th in the girls varsity race. For the boys, Luke Faletra and Aiden Falvey finished 27th and 28th in the JV race. Ishan Suman and Ben Faletra finished 7th and 10th in the varsity race. Congratulations to all runners on a great season.

Boys Soccer:
Congratulations to the boys soccer team for a great season and advancing to the league championship game. Unfortunately, the team did lose in the finals to Collegiate Charter School 4-2.

Girls Soccer:
The girls soccer team lost in the first round of the playoffs to St. Michael School. The team gave their best effort all season and showed much improvement each game!

Both JV and varsity volleyball teams advanced to the semi-finals of the playoffs before falling to St. Michael School. Congratulations to both teams on a great season!

Upper School

Pep Rally Brings Out the Spirit

The first Friday in November is a loud one here at the Academy because that's the day the Upper School gets all "pepped up" for the annual Pep Rally.  Hosted by the senior class, each grade level tries to outdo one another in a friendly competition for decibel level, class colors, and video creativity.  This year the seniors made their grand entrance and then entertained us with a dance number. The hoopla also included hilarious games, a viewing of the class videos, and time to honor our fall athletes. Click the button below to view photos.

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Model UN Season Kicks Off

From Marketing Student Lana Sukkar:
The Model United Nations team went to a preliminary conference on Saturday, October 19th at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA. Model UN is a club in which members learn about diplomacy and international relations, while also having a great time! Martina Maximovich, a junior at NDA who has attended numerous conferences says, “This conference is a great way to start the MUN year and to learn how conferences work. My favorite parts about Model UN are meeting new people and expanding my understanding of the past in order to apply this knowledge to the present.” Although awards were not given at this conference, our participants submitted many accepted proposals and will be ready to compete at the next conference in December! Delegates enjoyed the experience and learned to compromise with each other while discussing riveting topics ranging from the Revolutionary War to dealing with Marvel superheroes in society.

Bri Lavelle
Cherry Jin
Angela Tarantino
Liya Mooridian
Aurelia Yan
Lana Sukkar
Jackie Denisco
Jillian Wright
Meghan Pefine

Jecolener He
Joy Tu
Ciara Wang
Martina Maximovich
Maggie Paglierani
Rachel Deshaies
Kathy Xie
Reiga Zhu

#StJulie2day Celebrates Canonization of our Patron Saint

From Elizabeth Rossano, Theology :
The Upper School will be participating in a social media campaign through the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to bring awareness of the 50th anniversary of the canonization of St. Julie Billiart. Over the next year the Upper School will reflect on the values of St. Julie and seek to see those values in action in their lives and in the NDA community. The program will be formally introduced to the students at the next Community Homeroom where they will watch a short video on "The Goodness of God" and then be asked to take photos and to describe in 160 characters how they see the Goodness of God in their everyday lives. All submissions should use the hashtag #StJulie2day. These submissions will then appear as part of our social media presence and hopefully be used in conjunction with other SND school communities throughout the US and the world. All members of the NDA community are encouraged to follow #StJuile2Day on Twitter to see how our larger SND family bears witness to the Good God.

Breast Cancer Fundraising is Sticky Business

From Marketing Student Linsey Former with contributions from Ciara Wang, NHS Member:

The National Honor Society (NHS) held its first "Tape-A-Teacher" event on Monday, October 29th in a bid to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness month. This final NHS breast cancer fundraising activity was held during lunch and was open to all students and teachers who wanted to participate. Students purchased strips of duct tape for the opportunity to tape their favorite teacher. The antics were quite amusing as piece by piece, Ms. Stamas, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Collins were adhered to the wall in hopes that they would stick when the stool was pulled out from under them. The large cafeteria was bustling with loud cheers and laughter. By the end, the teachers were covered in pink and silver tape from their chest to their ankles and NHS had raised a total of $135 which turned out to be a successful and memorable wrap to the month. The school community raised more than $1000 to donate in memory of Kelly McCarthy DelGreco '06. Thank you to everyone for their support, especially to the teachers who let us tape them to the wall!

Drama Guild to Stage "Anne of Green Gables"

From Amy Marello, Drama Director:
The Drama Guild proudly presents  Anne of Green Gables, a play adapted by Peter DeLaurier based on the beloved novel by Lucy Laud Montgomery. The popular Netflix series Anne with an "E" is a take on the novel which the Drama Guild will bring to life on our own NDA stage at 7 p.m., Friday, November 30th and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 1st. A raffle and concessions will be available at all three shows, but only the Saturday matinee will feature a free meet and greet! Tickets are available online or at the door. To purchase tickets online, use the button below. Advertisement, sponsorship, and shout-out opportunities are also available. Use the buttons below to purchase tickets or advertising. For further information, contact Amy Marrello at Thank you for your generous support!


Day of the Dead Celebrated with Bread and Sugar

From Marketing Student Chloe Liu:
The "Day of the Dead," also called Dia de los Muertos, is a national holiday in Mexico observed from October 31st to November 2nd. In honor of the holiday, Mrs. Collins' Spanish classes decorated their classroom with flowers, papel picado and posters. A favorite annual activity in preparation for the holiday has the students getting their hands dirty. “We make our own sugar skulls," says Mrs. Collins. "The students enjoy this part because they get to decorate the skulls and take them home. In order to make the skulls, the girls follow a recipe written in Spanish! It is a very fun process. Everyone loves playing with the sugar because it feels like Kinetic sand!” On October 31st,  to honor the day, the Spanish classes watched a movie about Day of Dead and shared some traditional food such as Day of the Dead bread. 

Students Decide to Chop or Not in Mock Trial

Every year Mrs. Authier's room turns into an 18th century courtroom as social studies students hold a mock trial of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to decide whether they deserve the chop or not! The trial is the culminating activity for the study of the French Revolution. During the simulation the classroom is arranged as if it was the National Convention and representatives of the former Tree Estates take their seats as either witnesses for the prosecution or the defense. As the arguments unfold and the students put their debate skills to work, they reflect on the overarching question of the lesson, which is what pushes people to revolt against their government. 

Donate Your Denim

From Megan Pefine, National Honor Society:
Catie’s Closet student ambassadors have organized a “Donate Your Denim” clothing drive for November 5th through 9th. The Lower and Upper schools are coming together to collect jeans for children for the upcoming winter months. On each floor, there will be a box to place the donations. The jeans can be a for a boy or girl and must be either gently used or new. Any size for any age will be accepted. Make sure all donations consist of something that you would wear to school. This is a great time to clean out the closet and pull out those jeans you aren't wearing! Please see any ambassador for more details or questions. They are Megan Pefine, Bridget Ryan, Titiana Tambi and Anoutsa Latsapanya.

Headless Horseman Reenacted in American Lit Class

From Helen Stamas, English Literature:
Students in Honors American Literature welcomed guests on October 31st to their reenactment of the timeless Halloween short story classic: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The room was crowded with students, faculty and staff during the lunchtime performance which ended with a candy offering! 

Lancer's High-5

From Lisa Zappala, Athletic Director:

Cross Country:
The cross country team ran in the CAC meet this past Saturday, October 27th in the pouring rain. Congratulations to Kate Conrad who finished in 7th place earning all-star status. The team will participate in an invitational meet Saturday, November 3rd at the Wrentham Development Center which is also the site of the state meet on November 10th.

The cross country team celebrated Senior Day on October 24th. Pictured left to right are Linsey Former, Victoria Bradley and Annabelle Fandozzi.

Both the JV and varsity teams finished their seasons this past week. Congratulations to senior Elena Murguia and sophomore Madeline Walent who were named CAC all-stars. They will play in the all-star game on November 12th at Gr. Lawrence.

The team's senior day celebrations were held on October 26th. Pictured left to right are Elena Murguia, Jacqueline DeNisco, Julie Getchell and Christina Tsillas.

The soccer team celebrated their senior day this past week with a 3-1 win over Chelsea. This win clinched a share of the CAC Middle Division Championship. Pictured left to right are Chloe Liu, Ailis Peterson, Annika Hanson, Natalie Kelleher, Jillian Wright, Bridget Ryan and Samantha Gouveia. The team finished the regular season with a 9-7-2 record which qualifies them for states. Their first round game will be on Saturday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Manchester by the Sea.

Swim and Dive:
The Swim and Dive team celebrated their senior day last week honoring the team's lone senior, Captain Caitlin Ryan. The team also held their Breast Cancer meet when they hosted Mt. Alvernia High School this past week. 

Ms. Zappala and all of the fall teams and their coaches would like to extend their gratitude to FoNDA for providing all of the flowers and refreshments for the senior day celebrations. It is a wonderful NDA tradition!

Students Work Baystate Marathon

From Danielle Crawford, Cross Country and Track Coach:
On Sunday, October 21st, members of the high school Cross Country team and members of the National Honor Society joined together to volunteer at a water station during the Baystate Marathon. The ladies set up the station bright and early before the race began and they handed out water and cheered on all the runners, especially our Athletic Director Ms. Zappala, as they zoomed by us! The ladies spent five hours in very windy and cold conditions taking turns filling cups, handing out the water, and cleaning up the area around us as the marathon took place. It was a great team effort by all! Special shout out to Ms. Zappala who was a top finisher in her age group!

Marathon volunteers were Molly Berard, Sophia Bradley, Sydney Bradley, Tori Bradley, Jackie DeNisco, Rachel Deshaies, Annabelle Fandozzi, Linsey Former, Julie Getchell, Yixuan (Jecolener) He, Natalie Kelleher, Lucy Liao, Ishani Patel, Krishna Patel, Caitlin Ryan, Rose Strobel, Chiao-Yun (Joy) Tu, and Huiyan (Reiga) Zhu.


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NDA Spotlight: Deshaies/Emmonds

Thanks Extended for Athletic Banners

The Academy thanks Gary Emmonds and Brenda Deshaies for their purchase of two logo banners. The 4' x 6' banners will feature the NDA Lancers logo and be used at meets for the Cross Country team and the Track and Field team. The Academy community is grateful for their generosity and appreciates the initiative they took after recognizing a need. 

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180 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro, MA 01879


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