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

My first time as a track coach was at a school with a cinder track. Before the advent of the synthetic all-weather tracks, schools often had cinder tracks comprised of several layers of rock and dirt, with the top layer comprised of small partially burnt pieces of coal. Before each track meet, we would flatten the surface with a heavy roller to give the track a nice smooth appearance. Thus, with the proper running spikes, the cinder track was a relatively fast and even surface.

As you can imagine however, there were also downsides to the cinder track. For example, the surface of the track would loosen each time someone ran on it. The track would become less stable and racing times would become slower. Also, if a runner lost his/her footing and fell on the track, the cinders would often embed themselves into the skin of the fallen runner. We kept a first aid kit handy along with a special solvent called “Cinder-Go” to loosen and remove the cinders from the stricken runner.

Most of our other competitors had all-weather tracks and were not used to a cinder track so when we hosted a meet, it could sometimes impact the other team. At one of our school's home track meets, a visiting team had a state-level high jumper with a tremendous amount of talent. This athlete enjoyed demonstrating his jumping skills and decided to set the bar high for his first jump.

Each time the young man approached the bar, the cinders on the track caused him to slip and lose his step. He tried multiple times to make the highest jump and became quite frustrated throughout the whole process. Even though the bar was much lower than his best record, he never made a successful jump.

I can remember his coach putting his arm around him and telling him, “Next time, start at the lower settings so you can adjust to the new conditions.” This message stuck with me as an important reminder regarding how preparation is directly connected to the final outcome.

On this Memorial Day weekend, I thought it would be an ideal opportunity for us all to reflect upon upon how preparation is an integral part of success. The definition of the word preparation is “the action or process of making something ready for use or service.” The level to which we can achieve on a test, perform in a race or handle an interview is directly related to our preparation. Our veterans understand this and the military does an outstanding job of training and drilling our soldiers to perform well at all times.

Over the past 89 years, Malden Catholic students have been well prepared for the future and the bar continues to be set very high for those with a MC education. As we come to our final week of school, I encourage our students to finish strong and look for ways to continue their education over the summer by reading and pursuing meaningful opportunities for work and service.

I Corinthians 2:9 No eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love Him.

Thank you for your support,

John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, May 31
No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 1
G Day 1
Spirit Day - USA

Wednesday, June 2
B Day 1
Spirit Day - Jersey Day

Thursday, June 3
B Day 2
Rosary in the Cafeteria at 7:30 am
Spirit Day - Beach Day

Friday, June 4
G Day 2 
Last day of the year to wear MC uniform
MC bldg
What's New?
Happy Memorial Day!
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.

Members of the MC baseball program recently spent time at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden and placed American flags on veterans’ tombstones to honor the sacrifices our veterans have made for this country. Members of the MC rugby program also placed flags at the Wyoming Cemetery this weekend as well.
Spirit Week June 1 - 3
To celebrate our last full week of school, MC Student Council will sponsor Spirit Days with a unique dress-down theme for each day, Tuesday through Thursday. Students will need to follow the MC Dress-Down Day policy which can be found below. Friday, June 4 will be a regular uniform day.

Tuesday, June 1 - USA Day
Wednesday, June 2 - Jersey Day
Thursday, June 3 - Beach Day

Dress-Down Policies - Girls: Jeans may be worn. Yoga pants or leggings may be worn when a long shirt (jersey) is worn with them. Sneakers or regular shoes must be worn. No sandals, slippers or flip-flops. No sheer or see-through shirts, crop tops or tube tops, halters, spaghetti straps, or blouses that allow undergarments or midriff to be visible. No shorts of any kind. Any student choosing not to participate must be in regular, approved clothing for the day.

Dress-Down Policies - Boys: Jeans or sweatpants are acceptable.  Shaving rules apply. Sneakers or regular shoes must be worn. No sandals, slippers or flip-flops. No tank tops, sleeveless shirts, jewelry, or shorts of any kind.  Any student choosing not to participate must be in regular, approved clothing for the day.
Community Days at MC - June 7 - 9
During the last week of school, each grade will come together as a group to receive class and summer reading information for the next school year, participate in fun challenges and share MC memories with classmates before summer break. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item for Catholic Charities.

Grade 11 will meet on Monday, June 7, Grade 10 will meet on Tuesday, June 8 and Grade 9 will meet on Wednesday, June 9. Each day, the Girls Division will be at school from 8:30 am - 11:30 AM and the Boys Division will be at school from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!
Pleasant Auto School - Virtual Classes Beginning June 7th
Pleasant Auto School will offer virtual Driver Education Classes for MC students beginning June 7. Classes will be held Monday to Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and will run for three weeks. All students interested in the class should register by calling Pleasant Auto School at 781.284.4388 or reach out via email at pleasantautoschool509@yahoo.com before June 7.
MC's Day of Giving Back - June 10
Be sure to mark your calendar for MC's Day of Giving Back which will be held on Thursday, June 10. Pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted, but the ability for so many talented students to receive a quality education remain well beyond the means of many. It is crucial - now, more than ever - to support these students who would otherwise fall behind. Our goal is to provide as many students as possible the superior quality education that Malden Catholic has to offer. 

This day is for community engagement and fundraising, and together, we can achieve this goal. Your support assures tuition affordability for students and their hardworking families, and provides programming that will benefit all students.
Tickets for In the Heights Movie Premiere - June 11
A limited number of Malden Catholic Students have been invited by Warner Brothers Pictures to premiere the vibrant musical, In The Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu from the award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda musical! The film will premiere in theaters on Friday June 11 and the first 200 MC students to email a request for tickets will receive a Fandango QR code for (2) free tickets to watch In the Heights live at a local theater.
 
If you are interested in receiving the Fandango code for (2) tickets to attend the live movie premiere in a theater near you, email Ms. Reardon at reardonj@maldencatholic.org using your Malden Catholic email account by Wednesday, June 2.
 
The creator of “Hamilton” and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians” invite you to a cinematic event, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big... “In the Heights.” Lights up on Washington Heights ...The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. “In the Heights” fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience. 
MC Parent Book Club - June 23
The final MC Book Club meeting of the 2020 - 2021 academic year will take place on Wednesday, June 23, and club members will discuss The Extraordinarily Lucky Day in the Unlucky Life of David Pryce by Howard Gardos. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34684078-the-extraordinarily-lucky-day-in-the-unlucky-life-of-david-pryce

The meeting will be held in person at the Meola family’s household this month and also virtually via Zoom through this link: https://sanofi.zoom.com/j/9307039967
Meeting ID: 930 703 9967.

Please feel free to bring your favorite snacks and refreshments. If you plan to join the meeting, please RSVP to Christina Saraiva-Fauci at csaraiva391@gmail.com.
Erkan First Republic Fellowship
Jordyn Meehan '24 has been selected as one of ten young women to participate in the Hafize Gaye Erkan First Republic Fellowship Program which is sponsored through the National Coalition of Girls Schools. Jordyn will receive a $5,000 grant per year each year of high school to be used for STEM educational services and programs. As an Erkan Fellow, she will also participate in a mentorship program that includes academic counselors, business professionals and executive leaders. We would like to congratulate Jordyn and thank Mrs. Lauren Smith for her role in sponsoring and nominating Jordyn for the fellowship!
National Italian Exam Winners
Malden Catholic Honors students who placed exceptionally well in the National Italian Exams this spring. We are very proud of all of our students and congratulate the winners in the following categories:

Gold- 91% or higher
Silver- 85%-90%
Bronze- 71% -84%

Level 2
Bronze: Christopher Gill - 76, Daniel Hiltz - 71

Level 3
Gold: Nicholas Cieri - 91
MC Summer Sports Camps and Classes for Grades 2 - 11
Summer is right around the corner! Malden Catholic is pleased to open the campus for the Summer of 2021 for Sports Camps and Summer Courses. These classes typically fill up quickly, so be sure to enroll soon! We look forward to seeing you at MC this summer!

To view the full list of Summer Class offerings and Sports Camps for 2021, click here.
What's Happening Around MC?
Last Advisory Day
Last Wednesday, our 9th and 10th Grade students spent the day on campus meeting with their MC Advisors, participating in friendly competitions and creating group posters that illustrated the Xaverian values. Congratulations to our winners!

1st Place Student Winners
  • Grade 9 Girls: Mr. Endicott's Group - Compassion
  • Grade 9 Boys: Mrs. Crotty's Group - Trust
  • Grade 10 Girls: Mrs. Smith's Group - Simplicity
  • Grade 10 Boys: Brother Puccio's Group - Humility

2nd Place Student Winners
  • Grade 9 Girls: Mrs. Abbas's Group - Trust
  • Grade 9 Boys: Mr. Raycraft's Group - Trust
  • Grade 10 Girls: Mrs. Sullivan's Group - Zeal
  • Grade 10 Boys: Mr. Cremin's Group - Trust

1st Place in the Teacher Division
  • Mr. O'Donnell - Trust
MC Drama Club's Play Premiere - Help Desk
We are delighted to share with you MC Drama Club's final production of the year, Help Desk, by Don Zolidis. This hilarious, one-act comedy kept the audience laughing as it explored customer service calls spiraling into absurdity where customers and employees alike are shamed about their inability to log in, add credit card data and obtain helpful information. This amazing theatre production can be enjoyed now on Malden Catholic's YouTube Channel.

Thank you to the actors, the crew and Ms. Erin and Ms. Ellen Keith for your hard work and creativity!
MC's La Colaborativa Donations
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the La Colaborativa Club's toiletry collection drive! Over the month of May, Malden Catholic students donated countless boxes filled with useful household items and toiletries. Due to the tremendous success and volume of the collection, the entire school received a dress-down day last Friday. Way to go, MC!
Make-A-Wish Soc's Fundraiser
MC’s Make-A-Wish Club’s Ice Cream Social that was held at Soc’s last Friday was a great success! Soc’s owners Paul and Sharon Cacciola sent the Club a congratulatory letter saying that they enjoyed meeting so many MC families! “It was a great pleasure to be a part of a great event and organization.... The results are fabulous...People supported by purchasing their ice cream and also by making cash donations at the windows,” they wrote. The MC turnout was incredible – raising over $1500! Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser.
XBSS Retreatants Planning Meeting
Grade 11 Campus Ministry leaders met at school on Wednesday, May 26th to fine-tune the school plan they created to foster the spiritual and religious well-being of the Malden Catholic community for next school year. The MC Community is grateful and looking forward to what you have planned for 2021-2022!
Mission Moment
Mission Moment: In Praise of Docility

Latin scholars take note! I am going to invoke the Latin root of the word “docile”! It’s doceo, docere – to teach. I do so more than just to bribe Mr. Kissel to have his Latin students read this article! Rather, I would like to celebrate the docility of the great majority of our Malden Catholic students. For a teacher, docile students are a wonderful gift! And we’ve got them!
It’s not unusual, though, that when I mention to someone in the general public that I work with high school students, they cringe, put on an empathetic face, and console: “Oh, that must be awful. I don’t know how you do it!” I don’t get it! Perhaps they never outgrew the . . .

Sports
Sports News
Fall Track 
  • There will be a meeting for all boys interested in running track next fall next Thursday, June 3rd at 2:30pm in the gym.
Girls Volleyball
  • There will be a meeting for all girls interested in trying out for Volleyball in the fall at 2:15pm on Tuesday 6/1 in the cafeteria. 
Girls Soccer
  • There will be a meeting for all girls interested in trying out for soccer in the fall at 2:30pm on Tuesday 6/1 in the cafeteria.
NFHS Streaming Services
Streaming service is provided through NFHS for all home athletic events at all levels at both the Doherty Gymnasium and Donovan Field. Both live streaming and on demand viewing is back is available with a subscription. A month to month subscription is $10.99 and a portion goes back to Malden Catholic. Your subscription also allows you to watch any athletic event from any program in the country that uses the NFHS Network!
New Scheduling Platform for MC Sports
A new scheduling platform has been launched to help families find the times and locations for all MC team games and practices.
Spring Sports
Monday, May 31
Catholic Memorial High School

Tuesday, June 1

Wednesday, June 2

Thursday, June 3

Friday, June 4