Presentation of Mary Academy  ePathways 

December 2015
PMA Friends and Family,

In this edition of ePathways you will see what PMA students and staff have been up to this past month.  Things have been busy with the Junior Ring Ceremony, Senior Retreat,the Christmas Concert, class plays and everything in between.  We hope you enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
PMA Student Highlights
The Senior Retreat
The Senior Retreat took place at the Toah Nipi Retreat Center in Rindge, NH on November 19 and 20.  The retreat functioned around the ministerial work of Dave Dumaine.  His energy, humor, and powerful witness had a substantial impact on the senior class.  The seniors were given time to let the message of the speakers sink in and to grow spiritually and fraternally as a class.  

Some student reflections of the retreat:

"There was a lot of spiritual bonding over the course of the two days." - John Muldoon

"I appreciated the time we were given to share with each other both physically and emotionally." - Nick Vincenty

"All around I thought this was exactly what the senior class needed!" - Michael Walsh

"It brought everyone as a class closer together." - Jackie Stone

"I didn't want to go at first, but I ended up having a lot of fun.  The food was also great."  - Elizabeth Morris

"It was enlightening.  It has helped me to look forward to the rest of senior year with my classmates." - Catie Griffin

"The down time was great.  It allowed us to explore and grow closer as a class." - Elsy Utate


Junior Ring Ceremony
The Junior Ring Ceremony was held on Monday, November 23. English teacher, Mrs. Zygmont, addressed the junior class in a touching speech, reminding them of the importance to personally live out their faith and potential, but also for them to share this light with one another and with the rest of the world. She reminded them that the class ring or selected token that each member of the class chose to be blessed will now serve as a symbol of their connection to the school.  She concluded her speech by saying, "Congratulations on this milestone. Continue to be awesome, and dedicate yourselves to continuing the legacy of PMA as a school of academic and personal growth, and a place that really feels like family. It's now your job to show the underclassmen how it's done."
The ceremony also honored the Sisters on the Feast day of the Presentation of Mary.  To commemorate this blessed anniversary, the junior class officers gave the sisters flowers in honor of the Feast Day.


Aidan Lena, '19, Katie Quinn, Jordan Lena, '16, Merdith Gebski, '19, and Brady Quinn, '19.
Lift is a night of praise and worship where youth and young adults come from all over the Archdiocese to sing uplifting Christian rock songs, receive the Sacrament of Confession, and spend time in prayer before the Eucharist in Adoration.  Five students from PMA went with PMA Campus Minister, Mr. Stanton,  to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Friday, December 4, to participate in this event. The speaker for the night, Jackie Francois, is a nationally known speaker and singer associated with youth ministry.  She spoke about dating, Theology of the Body, and why she is Catholic. The students had nothing but positive feedback for Lift.  Freshman Brady Quinn noted,  "It felt so real and authentic.  Everyone who was there really wanted to be there.  It made a huge difference for me."  Meredith Gebski states, "I liked it a lot.  I jammed out to the songs and I thought the speaker was very funny."  
It seems that Lift was a positive and powerful experience for the students who attended and know the attendance will only grow for next year.

The Nutcracker
The Northeast Dance Center presented the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker on December 4 and 5.  PMA Students, Willa Norman, '18 and Jacob Miller, '18 both starred in the production, in fact, Jacob played the role of the Nutcracker.  

Alumni, Helen Pinard, '13 and Rebecca Santone, '15, also took part in the performance. 
Willa, after the performance, with English teacher Mrs. Viscosi.
PMA students attended the show to support their fellow classmates.

The GIver
On Saturday night, December 5, junior and senior drama students put on a production of
The Giver, a play based on the children's book by Lois Lowry.   

Below are a few images capturing the show.
AP Lit Students Reenact The Tempest
Just before Christmas vacation, Mrs. Zygmont's AP Literature and Composition class staged their version of Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest.  Students spent three days editing the script and preparing costumes and staging. They performed the play over two days during their regular class period. Highlights included Jodi-Ann Simmonds-Brown and Gabrielle Fillion as the drunken clowns Trinculo and Stephano, and Robert Pauley's antics as the monster Caliban. Jordan Lena was a mermaid-like fairy as Ariel, and Joshua Dionne used silly string to perform his magic as Prospero. The lovers, Ferdinand and Miranda, were played by Lillian Alvino and Eric Tang respectively. A good time was had by all, though the class capers left the audience somewhat confused, although amused.


Student and Staff Spotlights
Joshua Dionne, '16: Kwanis Club Scholarship Recipient

J oshua Dionne, '16 of Salem, NH was recently honored with the Citizenship Award by the Greater Lawrence Kiwanis Club. Joshua was honored during a luncheon meeting at the Lanam Club on Thursday, December 3. This award is given to a college-bound high school senior who has worked to make his/her community a better place. The recipient must also must have outstanding academic achievement. 

As an active member of student council, cross country, interact, yearbook, select chorus, drama, track, and a member of the Tri-M Honor Society, Josh works hard to make PMA a better place and always with a smile on his face.  We can see why he was chosen for this award. Congratulations, Josh.  We are proud of you and your accomplishment!

Mother and Daughter Presidential Award Recipients
PMA 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.  

Spirit Shop
PMA Spirit Shop: Our School Store
There are some new and great items available in the PMA Spirit Shop.  Below a few things, that our current students and families love, that we want to make available and easily accessible to you through online purchase.

If you would like to see the items in person, plus all the other goodies available in the store, regular hours are Monday - Friday, before school, from 7-7:30 a.m. and from 10 -10:30 a.m.  If these times do not work for you, additional hours can be made to accommodate your schedule, just email to arrange a time. 

If interested in purchasing any of the items 
email, Ed George at

Knit Winter Hat 

Knit Winter Hat With Pom Pom

Navy Blue Front Lace Sweatshirt
Pullover / hood / front pockets
Sizes small - x-large

Gray and Blue Combo Sweatshirt
Pullover / hood
Sizes small - x-large

Grey Sweatshirt
Pullover / 3/4 zip
sizes small - x-large

Blue Fleece Jacket
Full zip / no hood
sizes small - x-large

PMA Travel Mug
   Stainless steel / d ishwasher safe

Beverage Tumbler
Dishwasher safe

iPad Charger

iPad Cover with Notepad
Compatible with 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation iPad
*Not iPad Air compatible

Quick Pics
Methuen Santa Parade
On Saturday, November 19, members of Students Council marched in the Methuen Santa Parade.  A few pictures of them preparing their float are below.


Staff Bowling Extravaganza
A staff that bowls together, stays together.  On Friday night, December 4, PMA staff and their families, gathered together for a night of bowling, pizza and overall fun.
Christmas Concert
The annual Christmas Concert was held on Sunday, December 13. As usual, the PMA chorus and band delighted us with Christmas classics to get us in the spirit of this joyous season. There was even a surprise performance by the dance team.  





Thank you for taking the time to keep up to date with our PMA news and happenings.  
We hope you enjoyed this edition of ePathways.   Please watch for our next edition of ePathways.
Rose Maria DiFiore Redman '85
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Classes Resume
Christmas Break is over
Monday, January 4
January 19 - January 22
Catholic Schools Week
January 25 - January 29
Call for Legacy Award Nominations

Help us honor the best of PMA!  Now is the time to submit nominations for 2016 PMA Legacy Award recipients.  Do you know a PMA Alum who exemplifies the values and  mission of Presentation of Mary Academy, and through service and/or career has
made a difference in our community?

Nominations may be submitted by sending an email to Paula Mansor-Laliberte, '82, explaining why your nominee deserves a PMA Legacy Award.  Provide any supporting materials that will assist the awards committee in the decision making process.    Nominations must be submitted on or before February 1, 2016.  A committee of alumni, school administrators, and trustees will select all recipients.  Awards will be presented at our Spring Gala Legacy Evening on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club.


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March 23 - April 7, 2016

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Friday, April 8, 2016

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