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  Phoenix Update 5/18/17 
 Photo of the Week
Our Photo of the Week recognizes the incredible level of outreach offered by our 9th through 11th grade students who all participated in our School-wide day of service. While the 9th graders remained at SJP to offer clean-up and other duties, the 10th graders (some of them pictured above) visited Saint John Paul II schools in Dorchester, and the 11th graders served at the Bethany Healthcare and St. Joseph Hall in Framingham with some of the CSJ’s. (See the full web story below.) 

Calendar at a Glance

Tuesday, May 16: Morning Mass: Saint Joseph Chapel: 7:10 AM.

Tuesday, May 16: NHS Induction Ceremony: Holy Family Chapel: 7:00 PM.

Friday, May 19: Sophomore Retreat.

Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 21: Reunion Events: various locations & times.

Thursday, May 25: Feast of the Ascension Mass: Holy Family Chapel: 9:15 AM.

Friday, May 26: End of Senior Service Breakfast & Presentations: Café Phoenix: 8:00 AM.

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day: No Classes.

Wednesday, May 31: Baccalaureate Mass & Senior Awards Dinner: 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

Thursday, June 1: Commencement Exercises: Boston College: 6:30 PM.

Friday, June 2: Study Day: No Classes.

Monday, June 5: All Classes Review Day.

Tuesday, June 6 - Friday, June 9: Final Exams.

Thursday, June 8 - Friday, June 9: Reunion Events: various locations & times.


Parent/Guardian Insider

Click on the links below for more information on these important events and updates:

The Corrib Golf Tournament

HSPT Prep Course


Recently I came to a revelation. They say, ‘Home is where your heart is.’ After scrutinizing this idea, I realized that I have always been home. I have always been the person I am today—unwilling to let obstacles in life change who I am.

— Maria Andrade ’19

 Quote of the Week
Our Quote of the Week comes from Maria Andrade ’19, who shared her incredibly courageous story of experiencing traumatic change and facing tragic loss. Maria’s grace, depth, insight, and maturity were revealed to all as she concluded her Chapel Speech with the above quote. Maria, you are an inspiration to us all! 
 Chapel Speakers for the Week
Patrick Gulledge ’19, Toren Langham ’19, Makael Constance ’19, Bella Belarmino ’19, Maria Andrade ’19, Brendan Murphy ’19, Hannah Sansone ’18, Hermino Alvarez ’18, Jacob Bianculli ’18, Shannon Cullen ’18, Elizabeth Triant ’18 (Read Highlights)

Scholar Highlights

Click on the link below for the full story on these excellent experiences in the classroom:

Mrs. Osborne’s Biology Scholars, Ms. Griffith’s Geometry Scholars, Mr. Macdonald’s English Scholars, Ms. Gabriel’s Theology Scholars, Mr. Scarlata’s World History Scholars, and Ms. Creamer’s Spanish Scholars


Student-Athlete Highlights

Click on the link below for updates on our athletic teams at Saint Joseph Prep:

Spring Sports Season Update


Club/Activity Highlights

Click on the links below for more information on these Club and Activity updates:

Photography Club On Display


Alumni Spotlight

Juliette Noonan, Trinity Catholic ’09


A Word from Mr. Nunan

End-of-Year Myth-Busting

As we approach the end of the academic year, let’s do a little myth-busting. Yes, these remarks are mostly directed to our 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, for they still have the end of the quarter and final exams ahead of them. But our graduating seniors will also find these reflections relevant. Indeed, we all know that personal motivation, academic achievement, and scholarly pursuit are not things we can turn off and on like a light switch; they are habits that must be nurtured and developed, continually practiced. In short, our love of learning and our desire to excel must be trained, maintained, and sustained. This means, as so many studies have shown, that the way we finish high school has much to do with the way we start college.

But let’s get back to the task at hand. Here are three essential myths that I frequently hear this time of year. Trust me, they as pervasive as they are false. Scholars, please listen. Parents, guardians, grandparents, and friends, please share.

1. There is no time left to raise my grades. FALSE.

Actually, there is plenty of time. And in two ways.

First, there are still about a dozen days of class left. This means that around 25% of the Fourth Quarter remains. Given that there will be at least some major labs, tests, projects, and papers at the close of the quarter, there may even be more than 25% of a student’s grade still to be determined. Furthermore, there are often opportunities for make-ups, re-takes, and even in some cases, extra credit.

Second, the final exams have yet to be taken. Each exam counts for 20% of a student’s second semester grade. The potential to raise one’s average is significant! The final exams are built to demonstrate both content mastery and skill development, and to pull together the central themes and fundamental goals of each course. Scholars, these exams are also fantastic opportunities to showcase your talents and to boost your marks.

Now is not the time to “pack it in” or to “coast at the end.” Finish strong!

2. I’m not a good test-taker; I’m terrible with exams. FALSE.

The vast majority of the research today demonstrates otherwise; in fact, much of this research reveals that the attitude described above is actually a key part of the problem. Educational experts are continually describing the virtues of a “growth” mindset, where the student imagines that he/she has the capacity and the potential to succeed. The “growth” mindset, as opposed to the “fixed” mindset, puts no artificial limits on what can be learned; it puts no glass ceilings on what can be achieved. Scholars who adopt this mindset have proven to excel at a higher level than those who do not, in part because they are truly open to the possibility of doing well. We must help our young people to trust that they have what it takes to succeed, and that, as a result, their diligent efforts will make a difference.

Now is not the time to be pessimistic or fatalistic. You can do this!

3. Grades aren’t that big of a deal; besides, they don’t really matter to me. FALSE.

Actually… when it comes to college, they are a big deal. A student’s GPA, along with her/his strength of schedule, is one of the most critical factors in the entire process. Furthermore, this is one of the pieces of the challenging, cumbersome college process over which the student has the greatest control. Each scholar can influence—directly and effectively—his/her own level of academic achievement. Students, you have the power.

And, please… your grades do mean something to you. I have never met a student who does not take real pride in—and, quite often, experience outright joy with—improving her/his grades. I have never met a scholar who does not feel good—even great—about sharing high marks with family and friends. I have never met a young person who does not derive some level of satisfaction—usually a deep level of satisfaction—in achieving excellence. Teenagers may pretend that marks don’t matter, that grades don’t affect them,; they may appear blasé or even callous about academic performance. But we know better. And, in their heart of hearts, so do they.

Now is not the time for apathy or indifference. Be your best! You’ll be happier for it!


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