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

Good morning and welcome to first week in June. It's hard to believe that we have been in a virtual learning environment for over the past few months and we're approaching the last day of school. The great news is that our students have worked very hard, performed well and restrictions seem to be slowly lifting. We hope and pray that we will be able to have our graduation ceremony in August and look forward to seeing everyone in-person, if permitted by health officials and state guidelines.

Malden Catholic is known for developing strength of character, accountability and creating successful leaders for life. I had the enormous pleasure of receiving a video last week from one of our benefactors, Gerard Doherty. Malden Catholic played an important role in shaping Mr. Doherty's character and youthful experiences and he went on to have a tremendously successful political and entrepreneurial career, which he attributes to his MC roots.

We thank Mr. Doherty for keeping MC close to his heart over the years and are delighted that he was willing to share some words of wisdom with our Seniors. We love all of our amazing alumni and appreciate their generous assistance during this unprecedented year.

Thank you for your prayers and support.
 
John K. Thornburg
Headmaster
What's New?
A Reflection by Mr. Bucchino... We Are MC!
It is hard to believe that we have completed twelve weeks of distance learning. It has been very hard to be separated from one another for so long. Like you, I have sorely missed the day-to-day routines at Malden Catholic and I cannot wait to be canvassing the school as usual. These last few months have certainly been unprecedented. Undoubtedly, some of you may have been to be placed out of your comfort zone... you might have been forced to make change or sacrifices, take risks and experience difficult circumstances, but I am sure it has pushed you to do and think differently.

I am hopeful that during these moments “of nothing to do” and possible boredom, you took the time to recognize how fortunate you are with respect to your family, your friends, and your health. You have been given the privilege afforded to you by your parents to attend a caring and nurturing school. You are part of a community that goes above and beyond, Plus Ultra, each day, to help you become the accomplished and successful “best version of yourself.” I applaud all your efforts during this crisis. Your cooperation in working with your teachers, your counselors, and the school administration has not gone unnoticed. Most especially, I would like to give a huge shout-out to our Seniors. Even though they were thrown a curve ball, they have been able to navigate these past few months with smiles. They have held their heads high through the losses and edited versions of anticipated annual events- moments that they have been looking forward to since freshman year. Their positive attitudes and upbeat demeanor should be emulated by all of us!

Undoubtedly, although this time has created a moment in your personal history that you will never forget, I hope that the Seniors can look back and remember the moments of adversity and challenge that tested their strength, growth, resilience, and perseverance... all of the important qualities that have helped to shape the sound character developed at MC. 

I also hope that despite the many challenges that Seniors have faced over the past twelve weeks, their faith is steadfast, confidently reminding us that God most certainly “has our back.” In Isaiah 41:10 you hear, So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.”

I wish everyone many blessings over the summer and look forward to seeing and celebrating with you upon our return to school in September. Separated or not- We Are MC !

Sincerely,
Mr. Robert J. Bucchino
Assistant Principal/Academic Dean
Friday Funday
Congratulations to Kaitlyn McCullock '22 for winning Friday Funday's "Last Photo at MC" picture contest! This shot is from Spirit Week's challenge, "Dress Like What You Want to Be When You Grow Up."

Thank you to everyone for participating in Friday Funday over the past couple of months!
Senior Spotlight
This week, our MC Senior Spotlight features our XBSS Senior Leaders. The XBSS Leaders are Gino Carbone, Cirino Costa and Seth Ferreira. Next year, Carbone will attend UMass Lowell, Costa will attend Boston University and Ferreira will attend Becker College.

Way to go Lancers!
Senior Gingerbread Cookies Have Arrived!
Our MC Seniors each received a 6-pack of MC gingerbread men from the Gingerbread Construction Company in Wakefield. Hopefully there was enough for the whole family to enjoy.

We are so proud of our Seniors!
MC's Masked Singer
Last week's masked singer was... Latin Teacher, Mr. Kissel. Thank you to everyone who submitted a guess!

Can you guess who is behind the mask this week? Enjoy the performance and send your best guess to mccormackj@maldencatholic.org. We will reveal this talented woman or man later this week. Good luck, everyone!
Underclass Virtual Awards Ceremonies
Underclass Virtual Awards ceremonies will be hosted this week. On Wednesday, June 3, the Girls' Awards ceremony will be held at 4 PM. The Boys' Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 4 at 4 PM. Please join us! The registration for the the virtual events are in the links below:

Register for the Girls' Awards - Wednesday, June 3 at 4:00 PM for Girls

Register for the Boys' Awards - Thursday, June 4 at 4:00 PM for Boys
Class of 2024 Orientation
Last week, we were delighted to welcome the Class of 2024 and provide comprehensive MC Orientation information and materials in a virtual format.

The Orientations were led by Principals Bro. Puccio and Ms. Cenca and featured several of our administrators including the Director of Admissions, Mr. O'Neil, along with Mr. Smith, Nurse Paquette, Mr. Raycraft and Mr. Buccino. Small group breakout sessions will be held this week to provide additional details and to answer individual questions.
Lancers Helping Lancers!
End of the Year Events
As we make our way to the end of the year, please be aware of the following important events and information for underclassmen:

Grammar Textbook Reminder to All Students:  Please do not sell your grammar textbooks. You will need them through your senior year.
 
Vocabulary Workbook Reminder to All Current Freshmen and Juniors:  Do not sell or discard your vocabulary workbooks. Freshman will need vocabulary workbooks through sophomore year and Juniors will need them through senior year.
 
Vocabulary Workbook Reminder to All Current Sophomores:  You may discard your vocabulary workbook since you will need to purchase new books for your junior/senior years.

Book Rentals - Book Buyback or Book Rental Return: If you have rented a textbook, please note that they should be returned soon. Please visit the Follett website to request free shipping labels. The books should be mailed back on time to avoid late fees. There is no cost for students to return the books.

Summer Reading: Last week, students received an email with the summer reading list and descriptions. Students will now need to choose a book from the list. The SignUpGenius link/form is now open. The book selection is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please make sure you sign up for the book you want to read before the spots fill up. If you do not sign up for a book, you will be assigned one and notified via email.

Underclass Locker Content Pick-Up: Students can pick up items from their locker on the following days: June 9 for Grade 11, June 10 for Grade 10 and June 11 for Grade 9. Click here to review the days and times for Locker Content Pick-Up. Additional information regarding the socially distanced distribution process will shared prior to the event.

Report cards: Report cards will be emailed on Friday, June 12.

Fall Re-opening Webinar: We will host an informational MC Fall Re-opening Webinar on June 12 at 2 p.m. This webinar will discuss the structure and detailed plans for returning to Malden Catholic in September. Register for the GoToWebinar here: 
Campus Ministry
Become a Year of the Eucharist Missionary
The Year of the Eucharist is fast approaching and will commence on June 14, the feast of Corpus Christi. Join Cardinal O'Malley and share your own love for the Eucharist by becoming a Year of the Eucharist Missionary. Ms. Foley and Dr. Baccari will be the coordinators for Malden Catholic and they are looking for students, faculty and parents to join them in this exciting initiative.

Information for All
Summer Classes - $100 for MC Students
Malden Catholic is offering an extensive selection of classes this summer and the discounted rate for MC students is $100/class. Keep your skills sharp and your mind engaged with core classes and exciting electives such as STEM: Engineering Everywhere, Introduction to Python Programming, Music History, Contemporary and Commercial Dance with Video Production, College Application 101, Public Speaking, Musical Theater Workshop and much more.

Classes are filling up, so sign up soon!

MC Habitat for Humanity Chapter Needs Your Help
Malden Catholic High School is one of the only high schools in the country to have a Habitat for Humanity campus chapter. The chapter has provided incredible service and learning opportunities for our students over the years. This includes participating in 7 builds, conducting the first co-ed build in the chapter's history, attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the first Habitat build site in Malden and raising the first wall of the first Habitat-built home in Malden, MA.

The Habitat fundraising dinner was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the MC Habitat for Humanity needs to raise critical funds in order to continue our important work in the Greater Boston area. If possible, please donate generously through the link below.