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January 15, 2020 News

From the President's Desk

Dear Friends,

What is so ordinary about this time? Christmas ornaments sit in their boxes up in the attic, the walls look the same as any other time, the bells no longer ring, and the only evergreens you see grow undisturbed out of your window. Inside the school the second semester starts to pick up, studies and lessons move into sharper focus. The lessons, some which will stay with us forever, start to flow in a long stream of days, some of which end swiftly and others drag for what seems an age.

We find fear knocking on our doors; Will my student succeed? Will they fail? Is this the right school for them? How will we handle all the demands of life? Is it going to be a snow day? And on and on.

Having a good school, filled with a loving staff, a long and prosperous history, helps with many of these fears. A realization you might not be the first one with such a worry, and although your parents felt much the same about you, you turned out alright, tends to aid as well.

What helps most of all can be said in just one word, Jesus. His is the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrow cease, 'tis music in the sinner's ears, 'tis life and health and peace- Charles Wesley. This school exists to help train your children to be happy, educated and well adjusted young men and women. To reach that goal we must forever reinvent ourselves, increase our proficiency and improve so that each and every day can be better than the last.

Pax,

Timothy Gallic

p.s. We are starting 'listening sessions' for both campuses where you can meet me for coffee and I can answer any of your questions about school and present the vision going forward. Dates and a link to sign up to attend a session will be sent in the near future.

St. Dom’s Family Open Mic Night

Saints Got Talent! The first Open Mic Night took place on Friday, January 10. Thank you Mr. Ernie Gagne and Mr. Matthew Konrad for hosting this event. The next Open Mic Night will be on Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 pm at the Auburn Campus Commons and is open to students, family and friends from both campuses. (There is no school on Friday, March 20.)

Drama 2020

Congratulations to all cast members! The schedule for future rehearsals will be discussed at the first read-through this evening, January 15. For questions, please contact Director, Kay Warren at carianm.529@gmail.com or Musical Director/Music Teacher Matt Konrad at matthew.Konrad@portlanddiocese.org.

Lewiston Campus Open House

Help our school grow by inviting family, friends, and neighbors to visit the Lewiston Campus on Wednesday, January 22 from 9 to 11 am. Tours and conversation with Principal Alanna Stevenson will be available. For more information contact Marilyn Beauparlant at Marilyn.beauparlant@portlanddiocese.org or Alanna Stevenson at alanna.Stevenson@portlanddiocese.org.

Protecting God's Children Class

The next Protecting God's Children class is scheduled for Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 pm at the Auburn Campus computer lab. Please contact Jennifer Cyr at 782-6911 or jennifer.cyr@portlanddiocese.org to register for the class.

Virtual High School

Virtual High School (VHS) offers a catalog of full semester on-line courses in the Arts, Foreign Language, Language Arts, Life Skills, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology and Advanced Placement Study to students in VHS member schools. Core courses are NCAA accredited.

The deadline to enroll for VHS courses for this semester is January 23. Contact Mrs. Girouard at Joline.girouard@portlanddiocese.org or 782-6911.

Catholic Schools Week 2020

Monday, January 27 to Friday, January 31

Stay tuned for the schedule of activities!

5th Grade Step Up Info Night

Save the date! Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00 pm at the Auburn Campus.

8th Grade Step Up Info Night

Save the date! Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 pm at the Auburn Campus.

Middle School Social

High School Semi-Formal: The Oscars

St. Dom's high school students will be spending an evening at the Franco-American Center on Friday, January 31 from 7 - 10 pm for the annual Semi-Formal Dance! The Court will begin at 7 pm with dancing to follow. Tickets will be on sale soon!

SAT Prep Course

Monday through Thursday, March 9 – 12 and March 16 – 19, 2020

Sessions in both Math and English will be held on these days at the Auburn Campus from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.

Mrs. Dawn Theriault and Ms. Meredith Shore will be sharing helpful hints on how to take the SATs. There will be a sign-up sheet in Student Services. There is no cost for these sessions.

SAT Exam

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

St. Dom’s will be administering the SAT exam during the school day, on Tuesday, April 14. We recommend that all juniors take the exam on this date, allowing for a secondary test date before the end of 11th grade if a student desires to improve his/her score.

The SAT testing fee for the 2019-20 school year is $49.50 without the essay and $64.50 for the SAT with Essay. Please check with the colleges to which you think you will be applying to inquire if they require the essay. PrepScholar has information to consider when deciding on whether you should include the SAT essay on exam day.

In order to meet the test ordering deadline, the test fee must be paid to St. Dom’s by January 31.

For more information about the prep course or exam, contact Academic and Curriculum Advisor, Joline Girouard at joline.girouard@portlanddiocese.org or 207-782-6911.

Driver's Ed

The next class for St. Dom's is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 24. Sign up online!

Recycled Materials for Art

Mr. Corriveau is requesting any old Christmas cards, birthday cards, or any other card that could be used for collages. He is also collecting shoe boxes, toilet paper, and paper towel rolls. These supplies can be dropped off in Mr. Corriveau's art room before or after school or between classes. Thank you!

Auburn Campus Second Quarter Honor Roll

Great job, Saints!

From Our College Advisor

The Latest College Acceptances! Congratulations Seniors!

Here's the latest college acceptances for the St. Dom's class of 2020: Simone Long, Simmons; Mia Leslie, Westfield State, Wentworth, Wheaton College; Jack Ouellette, Marquette University, St. Michael's; Lindy Ouellette, Stonehill College; Robbie Dick, Norwich, Maine Maritime; Andrea Dolci, Stonehill College; Jaden Webster, Thomas College; Emily French, Quinnipiac; Isaac Banks, Hofstra University, Wentworth.

Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program

Students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible to apply for the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program, which culminates in a free nine-day backpacking trip in Baxter State Park. This opportunity is one that really stands out on college applications! The application deadline is February 8. Click below to explore this opportunity or contact Mrs. Deblois at peg.deblois@portlanddiocese.org.

For information on becoming a St. Dom's Corporate sponsor, contact Deb Anthoine at debra.anthoine@portlanddiocese.org.

Our Mission

Through study, prayer, community, and service, Saint Dominic Academy teaches its students the truth of life so they may set the world on fire.

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