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2017 Spring Gala & Legacy Auction

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The 11th annual Spring Gala Legacy Evening on Friday, March 31 at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club is SOLD OUT.
 The evening includes a silent and live auction, dinner, recognition of our Legacy Award recipients, games, raffles and a lot fun.
Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets – it is going to be a great time!
For event information please contact Sarah Previte Hamilton, ’81 at shamilton@pmamethuen.org.
PMA’s Bidding for Good online auction is March 17 30.   The funds raised by the online auction help support student programs and our tuition assistance and scholarship program.  The link for the auction is  www.biddingforgood.com/pmamethuen.  Please share the link with family and friend – the more people who bid, the more money we raise for our students.

Year of Mercy

This year PMA is launching a new initiative to emphasize how students can live out their faith in everyday actions.  Inspired by Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy, each month of the school year a particular Work of Mercy will be highlighted.  The Works of Mercy are fourteen different ways for the faithful to carry out the Christian message of caring for the physical and spiritual well-being of their neighbor.

Each month, a new Work of Mercy will be prominently displayed on a bulletin board in the main lobby for all students and faculty to see.   The bulletin board will explain to viewers how they can live out the particular Work of Mercy while also highlighting a Scripture passage as well as a Saint who could serve as a role model.

The Work of Mercy for the month of September is the Spiritual Work of Instructing the Ignorant.  Students and faculty are encouraged to learn more about their faith, to share what they know with others through tutoring, and to teach others by our example.  The role model for this work is St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of students, and the guiding Scripture passage is; “Go out and make disciples of all nations.” As the initiative grows, more activities will be added that focus on service and charity that will allow students ways to put their faith to work and bring their faith to life.

Upcoming months Works of Mercy:

October – Corporal Work of Clothing the Naked

November – Corporal Work of Feeding the Hungry

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School Lunch Management Program

PMA has selected EZ School Apps for our school lunch management software.  This product offers a safe and secure way to pay for student meals online from any browser using EZ Parent Center

After signing up you will have the opportunity to:

  • Use your credit card to deposit money into your student(s) account anytime from anywhere using any browser.
  • View your student (s) account balance 24/7.
  • Track your student’s payments and purchases.
  • Receive notifications when your student’s account balance is low.
  • View the school’s menu options.

Sign up with the following link:  www.ezparentcenter.com

 

Graduation 2016

Friday, May 27 the 55th Commencement Ceremony officially transformed the Class of 2016 from PMA students into PMA alumni.

The ceremony began with the graduates processing into the crowded Dupre Center, smiling at family and friends, as music to Pomp and Circumstance filled the air.  The graduates received their diplomas, graduation scholarships and awards, in addition to class awards.  Head of School, Mrs. Rose Maria DiFiore Redman, ’85 was the graduation speaker and delivered many words of advice and encouragement to the students sitting in front of her, who she has watched grow and develop over the past four years.

Honor Essayist, Douglas Anderson, Salutatorian, Lindsey Gill, and Valedictorian, Robert Pauley also addressed their classmates with heartfelt speeches filled with memories, emotion, honestly, and inspiration as one 4-year chapter of their lives ends; a new one will begin.

The class of 2016 applied to over 380 colleges and universities and was offered over 9.8 million dollars in scholarships and awards over a 4-year period.  Collectively, the class will receive 1.9 million dollars to attend the college or university of their choice. Impressive numbers for 48 graduates.

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PMA Cruise Day 2016

Friday the 13th is usually a daunting day but not this year at PMA.  The seniors celebrated their last day of classes on Friday, May 13 and PMA held it’s annual Cruise Day to say bonvoyage to the class of 2016 in serious nautical style.  At 12:00 the school gathered outside for a cookout, games, music, talent show….and legendary PMA dunk dank.   What a great sendoff for the senior class.

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10th Annual Spring Gala – Thank you

The 10th Annual Spring Gala and Legacy Auction was a great success.  We were able to raise over $40,000 for student programs and scholarships to assist deserving students and families for the 2016-17 school year.

We would like to extent a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, and event sponsors who truly made this event one to remember.

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Sarah and Caroline Hamilton: Mother and Daughter Award Recipients

IMG_1297PMA wants to congratulate Mrs. Sarah Previte Hamilton, ’81, Associate Director of Admissions, as the recipient of a Gold Presidential Service Award.  She was nominated by Debbie’s Treasure Chest for her countless hours of service and commitment to the community.
Sarah’s daughter, Caroline Hamilton, ’19 was also honored with a Susan Paul Sirkman 2015 Hero Award for inspiring greatness.
The mother and daughter pair were presented with their awards on Friday, December 11, by State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives. Also at the event were Mayor of Methuen, Steven Zanni, Mayor of Lawrence, Dan Rivera, and State Representative Linda Dean Campbell to help present the National Honor and Letter from President Obama along with federal, state and city citations.
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UN Day 2015

DSCN1737UN Day is an event students look forward to each year and it is easy to see why. Homerooms select various countries to represent on UN Day and decorate their homeroom door in homage to their selected regions. This year, students were colorfully dressed to symbolize the colors of the flag from countries such as Ireland, France,Czeckoslavakia, Italy, England, Wales, Spain, who won for the best decorated door, and many more.

Students attended classes in full dress, patiently (or not so patiently) awaiting the last hour of school.  At 1:00 p.m.everyone gathered in the Dupre Center for UN Day Olympics…quite possibly the loudest hour of the entire school year.  Students from various grades challenged each other at games that required specialized skills, like Frozen Uniform:racing to put on a frozen-solid uniform over their own clothes and Dizzy Waitress: spinning around a softball bat several times and racing to the finish line.

The day, as a whole, encourages the student body to learn and celebrate different cultures, yet it also awakens the competitive spirit in all participants to win the Olympic gold for their grade.  UN Day is easily the loudest and one of the most memorable PMA traditions for our students.
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