Alumnae Celebrate at Reunion 2011
The 50th Reunion Class gathers on the Kenary Terrace.
Members of the Class of 1986 celebrate 25 years!
Over 250 alumnae returned to the Academy on Saturday, April 30 for their reunions. The classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 gathered for a Reunion Mass in the Cuvilly Auditorium officiated by Fr. Peter Precourt, A.A. of Sturbridge. Graduates then were invited to a reception in the Student Center and offered tours of the new addition, including a Student Art Exhibit in the Flagg Gallery, the renovated classrooms and the site of the future Heritage Chapel that many older graduates remember as their library and younger graduates as the computer laboratory. After the reception, classes departed for area restaurants to continue their celebrations. Missing from the festivities was the Class of 1956. They will celebrate their reunion October, 2011 since many members of the class were still vacationing at their winter homes. Photographs of Reunion 2011 are here.
Science Department Awarded Grant
Jay Kanavos P'07 presents the AFCEA grant to Science Chair Anne Marie Joubert and Sr. Ann Morrison.
Notre Dame Academy's Science Department is the recipient of a $2,000.00 science teaching school grant from the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association. The AFCEA is an organization dedicated to providing educational incentives in the field of science and to supporting the development of engineers and technical personnel. The grant will be used to purchase three LCD Deluxe Digital Microscopes and one Ken-a-Vision Comprehensive Scope Digital Microscope. The LCD microscope will allow students to view specimens on an LCD screen while the Comprehensive Scope Digital Microscope will display images to a computer screen and Smartboard. The new equipment will be used in the Biology I and II classes and in the Anatomy and Physiology classes.
Incoming Freshmen "Fling"
Members of the Class of 2015 at Freshman Fling
The future Class of 2015 gathered May 10 for the annual get-to-gether known as "Freshman Fling." "It was the first time the class had come together without having a test to take," remarked Director of Admissions Mary Riordan. "The Entrance Exam and Placement Tests are behind them and the "Fling" gave them an opportunity to get to know each other!" Members of the class come from 26 towns throughout central Massachusetts. The event was also a chance for the members of the present Junior Class to meet the students who will become their "little sisters" in the Fall. Members of the Junior Class and members of the Student Council put the new students through their paces with games and ice breakers ending with a pizza party and kick ball game. Each Freshman went home with the traditional "Entering NDA" tee-shirt. To view photos of Freshman Fling click here.
Although the evening was devoted to fun and games, the Class of 2015 do have summer assignments in the Arts, History, English and Latin to complete before they start school in September. These assignments are posted on our website here.
Preservation Worcester Recognizes NDA
At its annual meeting, Preservation Worcester, an organization dedicated to the preservation of historical and culturally significant homes and establishments in the city of Worcester, recognized Notre Dame Academy for its "stewardship of the National Register of Historic Places Knollwood District." They also cited the Academy for promoting the history of the Knollwood District, for the recent acquisition of the "Carriage House," 425B Salisbury Street, and for the thoughtfulness the Academy took in the construction of its new addition.
Oh, Captain! My Captain! Honors In and Out of the Classroom
|Abigail Egan||Kate Murphy||Hannah Sherrill|
Congratulations to three members of the Class of 2008 for being selected as captains of their college's field hockey teams: Abigail Egan, The University of Pennsylvania, Kate Murphy, Boston University, and Hannah Sherrill, Assumption College.
Congratulations to Rachel Egan '07 and Kate Pagano '10 for being named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad. The NAS recognizes college students who have excelled academically and athletically. Rachel will be a senior at Amherst College and Kate will be a sophomore at Bates College.
|Rachel Egan||Kate Pagano|
A Father’s Story
Mr. Butcher pays tribute to his daughter, Courtney.
James Butcher, father of Mary Kathryn Butcher ’13, was guest speaker on May 3rd at a special assembly sponsored by SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. As a probation officer, Mr. Butcher has seen his share of young people who have made poor decisions that affected the rest of their lives, but four years ago, he and his family experienced the tragic consequences of such poor decisions when his daughter, Courtney, a passenger in a car speeding on a country road in Leicester, was killed when the car went out of control and struck a tree. Bryan Rossik of Leicester, Julianne Caron of North Brookfield, and the driver, Nathan Plaza, were also killed. Lauren Benne of North Brookfield was the lone survivor but was in a coma for two months. Mr. Butcher described his oldest daughter as a beautiful girl who had her life before her. A gifted athlete and student, she had interned in sports management at the College of the Holy Cross and was accepted early decision at the University of New Hampshire. It was at the end of her first year at UNH that her life was cut short. He reminded the students at Notre Dame that they were all “some father’s little girl” and that the poor choices made the night of his daughter’s death have affected his family and Courtney’s friends to this day. He urged students to be especially careful during the upcoming prom season and not to hestitate to call a family member if they find themselves in a situation that could put them or their friends in danger.
A Giving Spirit
Donor Amira Farrag '12 has reason to smile at the blood drive.
Forty-five students and teachers took part in the annual Red Cross Blood Drive held at the Academy on April 29. This number included 17 first time donors. Volunteers had their choice of donating whole blood or double red cell donation. During the latter procedure, a process that takes a little longer than the traditional blood donation, a machine separates and collects two units of red blood cells and returns the remaining components to the donor. Several NDA volunteers qualified and donated double red cells.
Proudly Wearing Their College Choices
Seniors gathered together for a class photo to show off the results of four years' hard work as they proudly wore the sweatshirts and tee shirts of the colleges they will be attending next year.
“The good God will give you grace and light to know what is right at the time.” St. Julie
Link Up With Linkedin
Alumnae, please include Notre Dame Academy on your Linkedin profile as well on any professional biographies. This will help you stay connected to the Academy, other alumnae and with other business professionals in your field.
Eglomisé: A Gift for the Graduate
A gift from the Eglomisé collection of fine mirrors, prints, clocks, and desktop items for your graduate will not only serve as a keepsake of her years at NDA, but also help the Notre Dame Academy Scholarship Fund. Fifteen percent of your total purchase will be returned to the Academy. To ensure that full credit is given to NDA, please enter "Notre Dame Academy - Worcester" in the "Please give a way to contact you" space when ordering online. If you order from the 800 number at Eglomisé, mention the Knollwood Scholarship Fund. To see the entire line of Eglomisé products click here. Order by May 23, 2011 for graduation.
Gerald E. Bowen, father of Joan Bowen Dowd ’84 and grandfather of Hannah Dowd '14
Priscilla Hassett, mother of Patricia Hassett ‘85
Barbara K. LoConto, mother of Madeleine LoConto-Gentile '74 and Elizabeth A. LoConto '79 and grandmother of Kristin Gentile '00
Margaret McPhillips, mother of Mary Kay McPhillips Murray ‘79
Robert C. Steele, father of Jennifer Steele ’81, Theresa Steele Worek ’82 and Stephanie Steele Allen ‘84
Eva Cundall, grandmother of Rachel Savage ‘00
Dane Lamont Johnson, brother of Lela Johnson '81
Mary Casavant, aunt of Athletic Director Patricia Provost
Blaine Robertson, father of Angela Haynes, music instructor
May 12 - Student Art Show, Flagg Gallery, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Spring Concert, Cuvilly Audtorium, 7:30 pm
May 13 - Arts Day, Picnic. Junior/Senior Prom
May 19 - Athletic Awards Night, Cuvilly Auditorium, 7:00 pm
May 26 - Class Day Liturgy and Awards, 8:15 am
May 27 - No Classes
May 29 - Graduation, 2:00 pm
May 30 - Memorial Day - No Classes
June 1 - Ascension Thursday
June 3 - Used Book Sale, 10:00 am
June 30 - Close of Annual Fund