Earlier this week, APH was visited by another woman in leadership, this time The Honorable Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice of the Trial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her responsibilities in the state’s judicial system are vast as she leads nearly 400 trial judges, 99 courtrooms, and thousands of employees. We were certainly glad she could take time out to speak with us at APH, and her message was one of empowerment, inspiration, and tangible reward. Yes, she confirmed, bias and unfair treatment are real, but that can be overcome with empathy, intentionality, and strong relationships. “Be sure to have your voice heard,” she stated. “Dream of what you can be and don’t limit yourselves. Through this, the difficulties of the increasingly complex world can be met with results, for you and for others,” she noted.
“The point,” Justice Carey emphasized, “is to make someone better because you intersected with their lives.” Her message was clear: in the legal world, and other places, women must “push to succeed,” but loving what you do ensures your impact on the world. “Put a piece of your work in your life, and you will succeed and overcome challenges,” she said. Certainly, Justice Carey lives this idea, having put numerous initiatives in place to fight disproportionate sentencing in the courts and other injustices, winning many awards and accolades along the way.
When a student asked the Chief Justice what advice she would give her high school self, she replied with, “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to try. Mistakes can shape us into our strongest selves.” Above all,” she added, “be intentional.”
Her message was definitely well received by the students. Siobhan Noonan ’21 noted that Justice Carey’s “life represents real empowerment and impact, and it really had an impact on me.” Alex Lang ’21 also found the presentation “really inspiring, seeing someone so passionate about helping others without bias over their situation.”
Justice Carey’s talk with APH was another example of our quest to create strong leaders in our students, capable of maintaining a leadership role and guiding others toward justice despite numerous pressures. It certainly made for an interesting and thought-provoking Monday.
Last Saturday, a group of our students met me in Gloucester to help in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, which reaches into the heart of the community to collect local food for local people in Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, and Ipswich. Cara Buchanan ’21, Rachel Dalai ’20, Adriana Kotler ’21, Alex Lang ’21, Abby Mastrocola ’21, and Madeleine Mogavero ’21 spent the afternoon emptying truckloads of packed grocery bags and sorting box after box after box of canned and dry goods. The food came at the perfect time to feed hungry children through the summer when school is not in session.
This week the Environmental Science students and Ms. Riley’s Art History students collaborated with organizers from Salem Sound Coastwatch and Tidal Shift, an organization creating large-scale, community created, public art installations on the North Shore to communicate the negative impact of plastic bag pollution in the oceans. Tidal Shift organizers hope to draw attention to the ill effects of plastic bags and to influence the upcoming ordinance vote in Beverly banning single-use plastic bags. Students created jellyfish that will be part of a larger art installation at the Beverly Arts Fest on Saturday, June 16th. During the workshop, students solidified their understanding of the harmful effects of plastic trash and how plastic bags are often ingested by marine life. For instance, sea turtles often mistake the plastic for jellyfish. Students watched a video mounted on a sea turtle and were surprised by how similar a jellyfish and plastic bags in the ocean look.
Earlier in the year, Environmental Science students identified plastic pollution in the oceans as an urgent and particularly troubling environmental issue, with multiple students delivering projects on plastic pollution, the North Pacific garbage patch, and alternative ways to dispose of or recycle plastic trash. In preparation for the art project, students found the number of plastic bags one community could easily accumulate staggering.
Juniors in Global Literature are currently showcasing their culminating projects in their study of Americanah, the award-winning 2013 novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Students had already read Adichie’s short non-fiction book Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, and Americanah serves as an even more expansive exploration of identity, gender, and race in the twenty-first century.
Six Ways to be Mindful in May
The weather is finally warmer and our calendars are full this month with all the end of school year activities. This is especially true for me as my four children graduate (a daughter from college and triplets from high school) and I am looking to Mindfulness as a way to stay focused and calm …. I am trying!
Going for a walk is an excellent way to calm the mind. “Walking in green spaces enhances mood and holds our attention while at the same time allows for reflection “ (Jenny Roe from Heriot-Watt University in the UK). According to a University of Washington study, spending time in nature helps to conquer mental fatigue and may boost cognitive functioning.
Enjoy the simple moments in your life and accept the positive and negative emotions. Turn daily tasks into mindful moments by paying more attention to sitting on a chair, drinking a cup of coffee, out shopping or eating your food.
Calming the breath is key to calming the mind. You can do this by simply bringing your attention to your in-breath and out-breath. Without effort, you stop thinking about the past or future and you are in the present feeling more peaceful.
Do one task completely for a time, then take a quick break. Studies have found that it takes 50 percent longer to accomplish a task and are 50 percent more likely to make an error when you multitask. (Sharon Salzberg- Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace).
Put phones away when spending time with those you love. Look into the eyes of the people you are with.
Laugh! A sense of humor has important implications for health.
Softball and Tennis Update Good Hitting, Great Rallies, Hard Work
APH softball traveled to Rockport High School on Monday to face the Vikings’ JV squad. The Penguins continued their offensive dominance with a six-inning, 20-3 win over their hosts. In addition to good hitting and timely base stealing by the whole team, APH was led defensively by their three pitchers. Madeleine Mogavero ’21, Shayla Saad ’21, and Juliette Chait ’20. Each pitched 2 solid innings and the APH defense stepped up behind them to only allow a total of 3 runs. On Wednesday, the Penguins dropped a very close contest at Centerville field against Masconomet. Although down by 4 in the 7th inning the Penguins were not discouraged. The exciting bottom of the inning netted only 3 runs for APH but the effort to close the gap was outstanding. Other game highlights included a potential base stealer thrown out by catcher Emma Fringuelli ’19, a long triple by Kaitlyn Fucillo ’20, and a delayed steal by Madeleine Mogavero ’21. APH hosts Salem Academy today for a scrimmage at Centerville field. All are invited to route on the team!
After a rainy week of cancellations, the tennis team played back-to-back games against Newburyport and Marblehead. Hosting Newburyport on Tuesday, the Penguins played 5 close matches and came away with 2 wins. Despite finishing 0-5 against a strong Marblehead lineup, the team again played close matches against their opponents with the season’s improvements shown off in some great rallies. The players’ hard work this spring has resulted in good progress and the team looks forward to a rematch against Marblehead next week.
This week was an engaging and exciting week for our Theater classes. Shakespeare for Modern Actors culminated in its study of Much Ado About Nothing with a field trip to see an incredible performance of the play at The Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Cambridge. Complete with live musical selections of songs from the likes of Beyonce and Miley Cyrus, this crowd-pleasing romp defined modern Shakespearean Theater for our students. A fabulous way to spend a rainy Wednesday!
This Thursday was the much anticipated New Noises Festival at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. The festival brought us together with four other schools: Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, The Sparhawk School, Malden High School and Lexington Christian Academy, for a day of original 10 minute plays written by playwrights from the schools themselves. All of our Play Production students spent a great deal of time writing their plays this semester. They were visited by a guest playwright, Bill Lattanzi, whose work has been featured on stage and screen for decades. Mr. Lattanzi helped them to shape and structure their pieces.
After all was said and done, the work of all of these students was truly wonderful. Two plays were chosen to receive a performance in which the playwrights worked directly with professional theater artists to create a staging of the play. Madi Castonguay ’19 and Kathryn Ward ’18 were selected. Madi’s play was a clever romance with a touch of “It’s A Wonderful Life” and Kathryn’s play explored the interesting dynamic between four women in three generations of a family who are quite different from one another, yet forced to relate. Micaela Trzcinski’s ’18 piece about a loving relationship that turns sour was selected to be read as part of a cold reading workshop. It was a full day of youthful theater, vibrant and vital: a celebration of our students, their generation, their voices!
College Acceptances 2018
With the arrival of what finally looks like spring, our students returned to campus in good spirits this week, ready for the final push to the end of the year.
Best Buddies Assembly & Fundraiser
By Angela Mayes, ’20
Ms. Delorenzo, our school psychologist, spoke about her experience working with children with autism. In addition to being our school psychologist, Ms. Delorenzo holds a BS in Elementary and Special Education. Jeff Calnan, our Best Buddies Program Manager, then spoke about how Best Buddies can change the lives of high school students with disabilities. When Jeff was finished speaking he introduced a video of a Best Buddies ambassador, Jack Mayor. Jack told us how lonely he was before he met his best friend through the Best Buddies program.
Our last speaker, Leah Humphreys, one of our seniors, spoke about her life and experiences. She touched upon the use of the ‘r-word’ and informed our community that the word is never okay to use. She talked about bad habits and forgiveness, saying, “I understand that habits are not always easy to break… I’m human, I have habits just like the rest of us. I can forgive someone who simply does not understand the history of the word, the use of it, how it makes others feel. This is ignorance, I can forgive ignorance. Though, there comes a point when ignorance becomes ignoring… and that is oh so much harder to forgive.”
She also spoke about her younger brother, Timmy, who has autism. She told us how proud she was to be his big sister and that she would never change anything about him. She mentioned the importance of speaking up about the use of the r-word as well, saying, “Speak up for the people who want to and cannot…Speech is such a beautiful, incredible thing. Please, try not to take it for granted. Use your ability to speak with care. You can say anything you want, but why choose to say something so hurtful, so painful to so many people?”
Leah then introduced our next video, a simulation of how one person with autism might experience an event that happens in other people’s daily lives.
Track & Field has begun practicing, using both the St. John’s Prep track facility and our campus, and is looking ahead to APH’s first-ever meet on May 8th.
Congratulations to all of our student-athletes!
Latin Field Trip
by Lily Johnson’20 and Ella Nazzaro ’20
Today, April 12, the Latin II class attended the 46th Annual Classics Day at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Hundreds of students from all around the Northeast take part in this event. Holy Cross undergraduates host popular contests during the day including an art challenge, a costume contest, a manuscript challenge, and, usually, a famed chariot race (though unfortunately not t his year, due to construction on campus). Our new Certamen team is calledDiscipulae Dearum-Students of the Goddesses.
APH Visits Berlin
by Madeleine Mogavero ’21
Dr. Kimberley’s first year classes have been taking part in a mock Berlin Conference. The Berlin Conference was a meeting in 1884 between several European countries, including Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. These European nations met to plan the colonization of Africa. In the first year Humanities classes, students split up into these different countries and represented them in the mock conference. Students spent time coming up with strategies, alliances, and treaties with other countries participating in the Berlin Conference. Then came time for the dividing of Africa.
Each country had power cards and force cards based on the country’s economic power and military power. Different classes used different methods for dividing up Africa. Some auctioned off countries, while others made deals with opposing countries. The conference got heated at times, but the students learned the importance of diplomacy throughout the game. “In seeing how Europe took over Africa like it was a trivial thing, done from afar, increased my understanding of the system of inequality that was put in place through the conference. It put perspective on the way that the world is today, not having recovered from this system,” said Cara Buchanan ’21. When we return from spring break, we will take a look at the colonization of Africa from Africa’s point of view.
APH Students Participate in Student Government Day
The 2017-2018 School Year Has Been One of Growth for The Academy’s Athletic Program.
Our student-athletes continue to build our school’s culture of kindness through displays of teamwork and sportsmanship on and off the field, court, and trail.
Thanks to increased participation this year, our cross country runners were able to log the school’s first official meet results with a full team running. Not only that, but the girls earned the program’s first-ever wins at the varsity level. The team finished the season with a 7-5 record, highlighted by two wins over Lynn Classical and Landmark at a home meet here on campus.
Our field hockey club spent the fall season building a foundation for future program growth. The five club members impressed all present with their positivity, creativity, and willingness to make the best of any situation. The team could be spotted on campus and at Iron Rail partaking in any number of activities, from skills practice, field hockey, and baseball to core workouts, t-shirt making, and more.
The soccer team finished the season with a 6-8 record. Up from 10 players last year to 20 this fall, depth of roster was a key component of the team’s success. Over the course of the fall, the team worked to develop as a unit on the field. The back line played solid defense all season, and the midfield and attacking players communicated well in their efforts to create plays moving up the field often capped off by a beautiful shot on goal. Despite a number of injuries, the team continued to develop as players showed a willingness to fill different roles.
Volleyball had a fantastic season, finishing with an 8-4 overall record. The season was bookended by two firsts: the first game of the season marked the first win in program history, and the final match of the season gave the program its first-ever win over a varsity opponent. The contributions of new players along with the improved skills of returning Penguins made a clear difference in the team’s performance.
With a roster double the size of last year’s squad the basketball team was able to take on a heavier game schedule, including the program’s first-ever match-up against a varsity opponent when the team faced off against Christian Covenant in early February. The team scored a program-high 43 points in a thrilling overtime game at Lowell Catholic in January and set another program record with 7 wins this season. The team finished with an overall winning record of 7-6.
Our swimming club spent the winter season building a foundation for future program growth. Mid-season the team loaded up into the van and traveled down to Wayland where 7 swimmers from APH took on the 20+ swimmers of the host team in our swim program’s first ever interscholastic competition. On display at the meet were impressive sportsmanship and encouragement on the part of both teams, for their teammates and opponents alike.
This past winter also marked our inaugural season of our fitness center program, which will continue to be offered in seasons going forward. Each afternoon from Monday through Thursday a group of students makes use of our new fitness center, enjoying a variety of exercises introduced by our fitness center coach as well as some fitness activities of their own choosing.
In addition to continuing with a new season of the fitness center, the spring season offers opportunities in tennis, track & field, and softball. The tennis team looks forward to starting the season against Amesbury before heading into the April vacation. When they return, the team will take on local opponents such as Masco, Newburyport, and Marblehead. Track & field will be using the track facility at St. John’s Prep once per week in addition to utilizing our own campus and the nearby Iron Rail fields in preparation for the program’s first-ever meet this spring.
In the Classroom – Chemistry
Recently, Ms. Hewitt’s Chemistry class investigated calorimetry by burning some of their favorite snack foods, like Doritos, Funyuns, and baked potato chips. The heat transferred from the burning snacks was absorbed by water, allowing students to measure the value of the energy contained within the foods, which they then compare to the caloric value on the nutrition label.