Presentation of Mary Academy ePathways 

September 2014
September greetings PMA friends and family,

Is it really already September?  PMA was bustling with activity all summer long,  and things have been even busier since our 222 students have joined us for what promises to be a great year!  Read on to learn about some of the great PMA happenings on campus and in our community!  We are pleased to present you with the latest edition of Presentation of Mary Academy ePathways! 

Around Campus
Welcome Freshmen
Eager to be challenged, ready to form friendships, and poised to DISCOVER who they are, PMA's Class of 2018 has arrived!   This spirited group of 56 young men and women spent their first official day of high school at Camp Otter in Salem, NH.  Here they engaged in team building games and challenge course activities.  By the end of the day, all were assured that they are ready to take on all that high school has to offer. 
Yes, I Can
Building Confidence
Making Friends
We Won't Let You Down
Global Campus Community

PMA's Marian Hall, now in its third year as a dormitory, is the home to thirty-five of our international boarding students. This year, we are honored to host students from eight countries, particularly Italy, Spain, Mexico, Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea. Members of the freshman class were recently invited to an ice-cream social hosted by the residents of Marian Hall.  More activities will be planned throughout the year.  

Welcome New Faculty
We are pleased to announce the addition of four new 
members to our faculty.  Pam McGuinness is teaching Geometry and Honors Physical Science.   Three teaching fellows from Merrimack College are spending the year at PMA. Britanny Caprio is teaching 2 sections of English Literature and Great Books Honors.  Michael Scammon is teaching Honors American History II, Honors World History I, and World History I. Sara Oteri is teaching three sections of Introduction to Literature. Welcome!




Liesl MacGregor 

Science & History Departments

Mrs. MacGregor brings a wealth of practical experience to her lessons in PMA's classrooms and labs.   After graduating from  Susquehanna University with a BS in Bio-Psych, she began her career as a high school teacher only to return to the classroom herself, earning a BS in nursing from Northeastern University.  She later accepted a position at Brigham and Women's Hospital where she conducted endocrine research, until the classroom called once again, this time to teach Environmental Science and Biology at North Andover High School.  For the past nine years, she has been a member of PMA's Science and History departments, teaching Biology, Advanced Placement Biology, and Psychology.  One of the many things that Mrs. MacGregor has come to appreciate about the PMA experience is the  "way [PMA ] students respect each other's differences and learn from one another. " Mrs. MacGregor and her husband David make their home in North Andover, MA.  They are the very proud parents of Christopher, who is living in New York City as he attends graduate school; Caitlyn, a senior at Salve Regina University pursing a degree in special education; Colin, a sophomore at Case Western University studying environmental engineering; and Cathryn, a senior and avid volleyball player at Notre Dame Academy.   Mrs. MacGregor was able to combine her love of family and travel this summer by visiting her relatives in Quebec, her birthplace, and explore the sights of Scotland while Caitlyn completed a study abroad program.


Quick Pics
Cross Country Crunching       
Festive for Freshmen
Seniors Demonstrate Trust Falls
An Apple for the Teacher

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 in October. 

Rose Maria DiFiore Redman '85
Head of School
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PMA Calendar
Save the date!  Click here to view the latest events on the PMA CALENDAR.

Yankee Candle Drive
The PMA Parent Guild is sponsoring their annual Yankee Candle sale from September 10 - September 24, 2014. Proceeds will support student events and scholarships.  Catalogs and order forms will be sent home with students on September 10, 2014.  PMA alumni and friends may support the sale by contacting Mrs. Tang

Back to School Night
Be sure to save the date! Parents and guardians are invited to attend Back to School Night on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:30PM in the Dupre Center.  

Indoor Yard Sale
The PMA Alumni Association will host an indoor yard sale on Saturday, September 27th at the Dupre Center. Start organizing and reserve a table for $25.  Plan to shop and turn someone else's "trash to treasure." Upcycle for PMA!  Proceeds will support an Alumni Association scholarship for a graduating senior. For more information, please email: 
Fall Open House
Save the date and spread the word! On Sunday, October 19th from 10 AM through 1 PM we will host our Fall Open House for incoming students. Campus tours will be conducted by students and staff.   Prospective students may register for shadow days, as well as the High School Placement Test. If you live in a high traffic area in the Merrimack Valley and would be willing to put an Open House lawn sign in front of your home or if you would like more information, contact the  Admissions Office.

PMA In the Spotlight

PMA Juniors Robert Pauley and Joshua  Dionne, and Senior Kyle Erickson recently had lead roles in the Methuen Youth People's Theatre production of "The Mikado," a Gilbert and Sullivan musical at the Methuen Memorial Musical Hall.    Click here to read Erickson a teen for all seasons, a feature article that recently appeared in the Eagle Tribune, and here to hear Kyle's YouTube interview!  PMA is proud of Josh, Robert, and Kyle and look forward to enjoying their PMA Music Guild performances  this year!

PMA Junior, Douglas Anderson, was also featured in the news for sharing his musical talent with students at the Collaborative for Regional Educational Services and Training in Methuen.  This story, originally appeared in the Eagle Tribune.
Click here to be inspired!

Senior Maria Splaine was featured in an interview with WEEI radio's Dennis and Callahan as part of the 13th Annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.  She was amazing!  If you missed her,  listen here.

Sister Lorraine,  PMA Math teacher  and several of her students were filmed for a commercial for Tufts Health Plan earlier this summer. 
The segment features Sr. Lorraine's commitment to a healthy living program offered by Tufts.  You can watch  by clicking here! 

We Hope to Hear You

Alumni News Wanted
PMA alumni--- what is going on in your life? We want to know! Please send us your news so that we may share it in the December edition of Pathways magazine.  Email Paula Mansour-Laliberte at 

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