PMA broke ground on Tuesday, June 27 beginning the transformation of the front of the school into an atrium style entrance, improving the overall layout, functionality and accessibility.
PMA is located on the historic grounds of millionaire Edward F. Searles, best known locally for his stone-walls located throughout Methuen, MA, Salem, NH and Windham, NH. The main entrance of PMA was Mr. Searles former carriage house built in the late the late 1800’s. PMA opened its doors to the first students in 1958. The time has come to commit to a complete renovation and yet still respect the historic structure where the school was established.
Mr. Angelo Petrozzelli, former parent and owner of Design Partnership Architects, Inc, of Haverhill, MA has been working with PMA for the past two years, developing plans to help PMA create a vision and now will turn this vision into a reality with the help of CBC Construction. The goal is for the construction to take place during the summer and be complete early fall.
This is a very exciting time, said Rose Maria DiFiore Redman, ’85, Head of school, I have been working at PMA for 28 years, as a teacher, Assistant Principal. Principal and now Head of School. During my time here, I have witnessed many changes, including the building of the Dupre Center in 2002, becoming a co-ed institution in 2011, creating a dorm in 2012 housing international students from 11 different countries, and now this. Change is very exciting and I cannot think of anyone who embraces the challenge and exhilaration of change as much as PMA.
The cost for renovations is projected to be $750,000. PMA launched their Discover the Potential Capital Campaign, with the goal of raising $1 million at their annual Legacy Gala and Auction Evening on March 31, to fund this project and increase endowments for future student scholarships.
PMA’s Proposed New Entrance
In 2002, PMA, looking to the future, embarked on a $1 Million Capital Campaign to build the Dupre Center. This monumental undertaking added a new larger athletic center, theater and expanded arts center. Alumni, parents, community partners, and friends all showed their belief in the future of PMA with their financial support.
Flash forward to 2017, and PMA is again looking to invest in our future. A ground breaking occurred on June 27 to begin the renovation of the Edward F. Searles Carriage House which is the center of the Academy building. This exciting expansion will include a new sun-drenched, atrium style entrance along with other internal improvements which will enhance the Academy as well as improve accessibility and safety for our students, staff, and visitors. Today the need is great. The 2017-2020 Capital Campaign needs to raise $1 Million for the renovation and build our endowment.
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BRICKS – If you are interested in purchasing a brick to cement your legacy into the new PMA Walkway please email the development office at firstname.lastname@example.org. 8×8 bricks are available for $1,000 and 4×8 bricks are available for $500.
PMA will be closed the first two weeks of July and will observe summer hours until August.
If you need anything please leave a message on our main line, 978-682-9391, and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience.
Thank you for everyone who supported our Spring Gala and Legacy Evening by attending, donating an item, sponsoring the event, and volunteering their time. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we could not be successful without the support of our families, students, faculty and staff, board of trustees, community members, friends and especially the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.
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
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
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.
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.
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.