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September 2016
Welcome back!  The 2016-17 school year is in full swing, classes are in session and the campus is buzzing with activity.  This coming weekend is a great chance to become more familiar with our unique grounds.  There is so much beauty in our back yard and we invite you to discover it yourself.  Join us at the Searles Ballroom Concert on September 30 or take a tour of the Searles Estate on Saturday, October 1st.  This is only the fifth time the grounds have been open to the public, so don't miss this rare event.  You will read more about the tours and all the other wonderful things happening at PMA below.
PMA Today
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.    

Feast of the Three Saints Road Race

Our students love being a part of the local community.  On Saturday, September 2 PMA's Cross Country Team competed in the third annual Feast of the Three Saints Run For Scholars Road Race. Proceeds from this race will go towards St. Alfio Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded annually to area high school students,  entering college. 

Four PMA runners placed in their divisions, Sam Mather, '19, Emma Powell, '19, Shakira Henriquez, '18, and Elaina Latino, '20.

Mrs. Zygmont Challenge to Seniors: "Talk to Strangers"
Seniors in Great Books are getting ready for college. In addition to writing papers and reading  The Odyssey , one of their projects involves talking to strangers. Why is this an assignment? One of the objectives in PMA's mission statement is to prepare students for "roles of leadership and service to family, church, and community." Mrs. Zygmont is helping her students with developing community by encouraging them to interact with people they might not otherwise speak to, either in the halls at school or on the streets of their neighborhood.  The  recently published a piece titled "Techniques for Talking to Strangers" which discusses the benefits of community engagement and interacting with people whose viewpoints are unknown or unfamiliar to you. Next year, when they go to college, our seniors will have many opportunities to make new friends and learn new things. Her goal is that this project makes them more comfortable with forming new acquaintances and encountering new ideas.  
Read the article and watch a video that inspired Mrs. Zymont for this interesting project.
Students attend Mass of Padre Pio
Eryn McGuinness, '17 paying homage to the heart of St.   Padre Pio.
The most recent extracurricular event of PMA's Praying Panthers was to attend the Mass offered at Immaculate Conception on September 21 in Lowell for the veneration of the Heart of Padre Pio.    In all, fourteen students and three faculty members attended the noon Mass.


We are proud of our students...we know you are, too. They are in school all day and in after school activities, sports, music, theater, art, and so on.
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PMA Panther at Back to School Night
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Student Spotlight
 Nathalie Garcia, '19
PMA sophomore, Nathalie Garcia is an outgoing student who is an active member of the PMA community.   Since 7th grade, Nathalie has been involved with the NDignite Connection program from the University of Notre Dame after recommendations from her former teachers and principal.  Nathalie states "...It is one of the best opportunities I have been presented with."

Through this program she worked with a group of UND students carrying out their summer service hours in Lawrence, and helped develop a youth empowerment blog that was later presented to predominant figureheads in the community, from teachers to politicians.  She was even presented with an award by Mayer Rivera but N athalie is quick to way that the award wasn't the most valuable thing  she took with her from this experience.  "It was a new awareness of the fact that the only people who can and will bring positive change to my community are me and my peers. Since then it has been a goal of mine to lead a successful life so that I can come back and contribute to my city."

UND also flew Nathalie and her mother to their campus in Indiana to spend a weekend at Notre Dame.   She got a feel for curriculum and life at Notre Dame and saw firsthand how it was a positive atmosphere because the people were are all dedicated to bettering their communities.  

This program also presented Nathalie opportunities to express herself through writing:  one of her passions.   NDignite organizes creative writing and photography competitions for the summer, and she was selected the winner in her category for two years in a row.  Last summer she submitted a winning  short story and this past summer, she submitted a free verse poem entitled "Capture It."  The theme of the writing entries was "If I Were President," but since politics is not her favorite topic, she decided to focus on self-expression.

Now, as  a high school sophomore,  Nathalie is officially a NDignite Alum but she still stays in contact with her friends at Notre Dame and will forever be grateful for the opportunities this program presented her with. 

Upcoming Events
Searles Ball Room Concert
Friday, September 30, PMA presents the Searles Ballroom Concert featuring alumni, current students, and staff coming together to celebrate the legacy of Edward F. Searles and his motto "They Say.  What say they? Let them say.  The concert, featuring a special performance by Sr. Nora playing Mr. Searles 1859 Ferris and Stuart organ, will showcase songs surrounding the theme of independence and individuality.

Join us for this rare opportunity to enjoy a musical evening in the same room that Edward Searles enjoyed his private concerts. Tickets are limited.  Please purchase in advance at EVENTBRITE.  
Concert details:
7:30 pm
Sisters Chapel (Mr. Searles former ballroom)
Searles Estate Tour
  We get asked all the time, so now it is happening.  Saturday, October 1 join us for tours of the Searles Estate.  Discover Pine Lodge, the private realm of the philanthropic millionaire Edward F. Searles.  His stunning architectural landmarks define the city of Methuen.  Journey through the labyrinthian corridors and marvel at architectural works that embody the finest periods of art and interiors.
*This is a walking tour. Narrow corridors and stairs cannot accommodate strollers or wheelchairs. 
$20 per person.  Reserve tickets now via EVENTBRITE or purchase the day of the tour. 
Quick Pics
Volunteer Days - August 16-18
Freshman Orientation
Welcome class of 2020!  Here are a few pictures of Freshman Orientation on September 1.
Pep Rally and Staff vs Students Volleyball Game



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.
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Upcoming Events
PMA Calendar
Click here to view the latest events on the  PMA CALENDAR

Or download a printable 2016-2017 school calendar here

Searles Ballroom Concert
Friday, September 30
7:30 pm
Searles Estate Tours
Saturday, October 1
9 am - 3 pm
Open Mic Night
Thursday, October 6
Columbus Day - No School
Monday, October 10
PMA Annual Open House
Sunday, October 16
10 am - 1 pm
Grade 9 Retreat
Monday, October 17
UN Day
Monday, October 24
Monday, October 31

Travel Opportunity for PMA Families. 

The 2016 Europe trip was a blast. Don't miss out on the next one!  It is an opportunity of a lifetime!  Current students and their families have the opportunity to travel abroad on a dream European vacation.
PMA is leading an 8 day trip to Lisbon, Seville and Madrid
in June 2017
Spots still available!

2016 - 2017 Drama Schedule

Keep an eye out for all of the talent that will been exuding from the PMA students in the upcoming year, with two drama productions scheduled.  
Juniors and seniors will present
The Diary of Anne Frank in November and the PMA Drama Club will perform
High School Musical in the spring.   Mark your calendars now!  

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