Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope your family has entered 2021 safely and as the vaccine continues to be distributed, you are excited about the prospects of more engagement as the year unfolds. We are already halfway through the academic calendar and next semester promises to move very quickly. There is a lot happening at Malden Catholic and we have many exciting things to look forward to this year. Later in the month I will provide a “state of the school” address and share some of the new endeavors we are planning for 2021 including admissions, summer construction and graduation plans along with updates from our strategic planning process.

Yet, nothing is more important than the work our Lord is doing daily in the lives of our students. As we return to school, I am cognizant of the fact that He works with and through our plans. "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22-23). Every day is a new day for us to trust our Lord and His faithfulness.

My prayer is that this year will bring great blessings to you and your family. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Thank you for your support,

John K. Thornburg

Twitter: @MCHSHeadmaster
At a Glance
MC bldg
Monday, January 4
Red Phase

Tuesday, January 5
Red Phase

Wednesday, January 6
Fifth Day
Academic Enrichment | 8:00 AM
ROX Grade 9 Girls | 10:00 AM
Girls with Impact Grades 10 and 11 Girls | 10:00 AM
Lunch | 11:00 AM
John Broderick R.E.A.C.T. Presentation | 12:00 PM
Advisory Grades 9 and 10 | 1:15 PM

Thursday, January 7
Red Phase

Friday, January 8
Red Phase
Richard Kates
Physics Teacher
katesr@maldencatholic.org
Dear Malden Catholic Families,

According to Albert Einstein, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” I am delighted to be teaching Physics as Malden Catholic, and I have incorporated imagination into my teaching philosophy for many years. I have had the privilege of a Xaverian Brothers [Westwood] education. I truly loved the XBSS mission as a framework for embracing my talents, opportunities in education and for life overall.

I truly enjoy giving back to my community and helping others! I am currently working as an EMS Supervisor for the Town of Carver, and I have been heavily involved in 911 since high school. I also have been serving on the MIAA COVID-19 Task Force, working on securing safe conditions for all sports.

It has been a remarkable first half of the year and I have been inspired by, and greatly appreciate my opportunity to work with the Malden Catholic students, faculty and staff. I look forward to continuing to share knowledge and creative solutions with students on a daily basis.

Happy New Year! 

Mr. Kates
What's New?
Introducing Girls with Impact - New Leadership Course for Girls Grades 10 and 11
As part of Malden Catholic’s continued offering through the MC Center for Leadership, the school is launching, Girls with Impact, an online mini-MBA impact-driven entrepreneurship program for students in the Girls Division Grades 10 and 11. Designed in collaboration with Harvard leaders, this 10-week program will be held on Day 5 and will focus on business and problem-solving, public speaking, financial literacy, and technical skills. The course will give MC students an opportunity to turn an area of passion into a business plan, develop a venture presentation and ​upon completion, join the Girls with Impact Boardroom program, where students are paired with mentors and continue to learn and connect with their peers from across the country.

According to ​Larry Kramer, CBS MarketWatch founder and ​USA Today publisher, Jennifer Openshaw, CEO and Founder of Girls with Impact, is “one of the most outspoken proponents for empowering women to control their financial lives.” A link to the Girls with Impact video can be found here.

The course link will be sent to students on Tuesday.
Malden Catholic on Track for Unprecedented Growth in 2021

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Malden Catholic High School has successfully provided live and remote interactive curriculum taught in a Hybrid model throughout the fall and the school has hosted over 400 potential Class of 2025 families...

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Charlestown Bridge Article
Malden Catholic is on track for tremendous growth in 2021 thanks to the hard work and dedication of everyone in the MC community! Check out this feature article that was placed in the Charlestown Patriot - Bridge over holiday break.
Hon. John T. Broderick Jr. to Share 5 Signs of Mental Illness and ways to R.E.A.C.T.
We are delighted to welcome the Honorable John T. Broderick Jr. who will speak via webinar to Malden Catholic students on Wednesday, January 6 at 12 PM. John Broderick is part of the MC Leadership Speaker Series and will discuss mental health awareness during the pandemic. Judge Broderick is the Senior Director of External Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH). Prior to joining D-HH, he was a member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1995 to 2010, serving as Chief Justice from 2003 to 2010.

During his time on the Court, the Broderick family experienced the devastating impacts of mental illness in a very public way. The Broderick family’s personal experience with undiagnosed and untreated mental illness is the driving force behind Judge Broderick’s dedication to sharing the 5 Signs of mental illness/R.E.A.C.T. to improve understanding and awareness of mental illness, to eliminate its stigma and to encourage discussion.

In just over three years, Judge Broderick has spoken more than 500 times to more than 100,000 high school and college students, business leaders and their employees, senior citizens and veterans. His compelling story is one of leadership, compassion, faith and forgiveness, and we look forward to learning how to be more aware of our own mental health and the health of others as we navigate COVID-19.
 
Please register for Hon. John T. Broderick Jr.'s GoToWebinar through this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6461802760378797581
School of College Counseling Events
The School of College Counseling department is delighted to present the following events for MC students:

Virtual Junior College Kick-Off on January 13 at 6:30 PM. The Junior College Kick-Off event will provide an overview of the entire college application process, the context of the admissions landscape and other important information that will make applying to college easier. Please register here
 
Virtual College Admissions Panel on February 10 at 6:30 PM. Admissions representatives from Catholic University of America, Stonehill College, Syracuse University, Tufts University and University of Massachusetts, Lowell will provide information about the admissions process and take audience questions at the end of the panel discussion. Please register here:
Enhancing MC's Culture of Health and Safety
As we move into the new year, Malden Catholic is continuing to enhance our Culture of Health and Safety by adding compact HEPA filtration units to each classroom. The unit can purify the air of a 1,500 SF space, which is twice the size of our standard classroom, and the units are highly energy efficient.
Senior Portraits 
Senior portraits will be held on Thursday, January 21 for the Blue Cohort and Friday, January 22 for the Gold Cohort. If you have not yet signed up for a portrait, please do so through this link.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49ADAC2AA4F8C61-senior 
Parent Council Meeting and Volunteer Sign-up Form
The Malden Catholic Parent Council (MCPC) has open membership to any Malden Catholic parent who wishes to participate and support our school. The Parent Council meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of every month and although participation is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged.

The January Parent Council meeting will be help on Wednesday, January 13th at 4 PM. Please join the MCPC meeting through this link:

MCPC Volunteer Sign Up Form
Interested in helping with MC events this year? Please sign up to volunteer for upcoming events using this Google link.

MCPC Official Parent Facebook Group
Be sure to join the official Parent Council Facebook Group for updated news and information. Click here to join the group or go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/maldencatholicparents
Club Spotlight: Yearbook Club
Yearbook Club provides students with a tremendous opportunity to learn about development, design and production of print media publishing. The Yearbook Club thrives on creativity and determination and with over 20 students currently in the group, it allows students to demonstrate their skills in computer design, photography and writing.

The Yearbook Club meets during 5th Day club-hour and we are very excited about the 2021 Lance! Members are encouraged to share their passion and joy for capturing important moments at Malden Catholic.

If you are interested in joining or have questions please reach out to the club's moderator, Ms. Beresheim at beresheima@maldencatholic.org.
Santa Toy and Coat Drive
Thank you to everyone who donated coats, clothing and toys to the Lancer Santa Gift Drive and to the Students in Action coat and food basket collection during the holiday season. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by both the DCF and Salemwood School.
Flu Shot Info/Reminder
Influenza immunization will be required for children attending schools in Massachusetts, as per stated by MA public health officials. Malden Catholic students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by February 28, 2021, unless an exemption letter is provided to Nurse Olive or Nurse Paquette. 
Mission Moment
“Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5)

How wonderful that through times of challenge we can always be heartened by our Scriptural messages of hope and confidence! The glory of Christmas is that God is among us… divinity has touched us and our world. Each of us is blessed with just such a spark of divinity, and with it we can share light with others. We welcome a new semester at Malden Catholic – an unusual start to the New Year, for sure, with students learning from home, the building missing their smiles and energies. But the good work continues: some students are beginning new courses this week; all are starting a 3rd Quarter. Clean slate! Hopes alive! Student-athletes are preparing for Winter Season. 

For those on hand at 99 Crystal Street today – administrative and business staff, communications and admissions folks, custodial staff, and a half-dozen or so teachers who have made their classrooms “home-base” for the distance learning of the next two weeks – there’s a bounce in the step, a New Year’s smile and cheerful greetings. Down the hall from me, a committee is reviewing 8th-grade applications, anticipating a robust Class of 2025. Happy New Year to you! Thanks for being part of our Mission! With a sense of the blessings that are ours and the wonder of renewal, let’s rejoice in the words of Isaiah:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Br. Thomas Puccio, CFX, Ed.D., H'18