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January 23, 2020 News

From the Principal's Desk

Dear St. Dom’s Families and Friends,

As we finished up our faculty in-service day on Tuesday and looked at the short school week ahead, I was struck by the thought that our students have been out of school for five of the last seven days! Last Thursday’s snow day coupled with the extended holiday weekend has given the students a bit of a reprieve of their Christmas vacation. We are looking forward to having the students back in the building and getting them back into the school routine in the coming weeks.

As you will see in this week’s newsletter, we have many exciting events and activities coming up, including our celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2020 next week. We have a full week of learning, service, leadership, and recreational activities as we join Catholic schools around the country to celebrate the gift of Catholic education.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

J. P. Yorkey, Principal

Friday, January 24 Auburn Campus Dress Down Day

Tomorrow is the second dress down day for this week. The $5 fee paid today covers today and tomorrow's dress down and will be used for supplies for Catholic School's Week service activities. Last year we were able to fund all of our service activities to benefit local charities. Normal policies for athletic dress-downs must be followed.

Donations of unopened travel-sized toiletries for local homeless shelters are also being accepted now and Monday. Thank you for your generosity.

Aladdin, Jr.

The schedule for the remaining January rehearsals is posted on the St. Dom's website link below. For questions, please contact Director, Kay Warren at carianm.529@gmail.com or Musical Director/Music Teacher Matt Konrad at matthew.Konrad@portlanddiocese.org.

GeoBee Results!

Congratulations to the St. Dom's GeoBee Finalist, eighth grader, Connor Cyr! In today's school-wide Geobee, Connor defeated his fifth grade brother, Ian in the final round. Pictured above are the two sibling competitors and a family photo including mom and dad, Jennifer and Scott brother Noah (10th), and President Timothy Gallic. Congratulations to Connor and today's GeoBee competitors: Fourth Grade: John Lydon and Brooklyn Doucette, Fifth Grade: Ian Cyr and Kai Taylor, Sixth Grade: Kellen Anthoine and Cecile Brown, Seventh Grade: Garrett Lachance and Josh Parenteau, Eighth Grade: Jack Ellingwood and Connor Cyr.

Protecting God's Children Class

The next Protecting God's Children class is scheduled for this evening, 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.

Catholic Schools Week 2020

Auburn Campus Activity and Dress Down Schedule

Monday, January 27

Light breakfast for Auburn Campus students and staff.

Dress Down: Noah’s Ark – pair up with a friend to represent your favorite animals

Tuesday, January 28

Students will engage in activities to benefit local charities.

Dress Down: Dress up as God or as a Saint (the Biblical kind) and bring painting clothes.

Wednesday, January 29

Choice of skating at Norway Savings Bank Arena or sledding at the Auburn Campus. Students will be asked to sign up for their choice.

Dress Down: Black and White

Thursday, January 30

Catholic Schools Week Trivia Contest

Dress Down: Dress as your favorite Bible story character.

Friday, January 31

Buddy Activities and Mass with Bishop Deeley at the Lewiston Campus. All Auburn Campus students will be bused to and from the Auburn Campus. Auburn Campus parents who want to pick up their child(ren) from the Lewiston Campus must send an email or note to the appropriate homeroom teacher. No students will be driving to the Lewiston Campus.

This is a regular school uniform day.

Info for 5th Grade Parents

Tuesday, January 28 - Lewiston Campus fifth graders will shadow current 6th graders. They will be bused from Lewiston to Auburn with their teachers and will return to the Lewiston Campus by bus after lunch.

Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 pm - Information session for parents of 5th graders entering 6th grade. This session will take place in the library at the Auburn Campus.

8th Grade Parent Info Night

Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00 pm - Information session for parents of 8th graders entering 9th grade. This session will take place in the library 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 can be purchased from Mrs. Angell.

St. Dom’s Family Open Mic Night

The next Open Mic Night will be on Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 pm at the Auburn Campus Commons and is open to students, family and friends from both campuses.

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!

And Then There Were None? Or not?

Eighth graders have been working on a Design Thinking project in their language arts class. Design Thinking is the concept that you look at a challenge and try to solve it through creativity and opportunities for design. Their challenge was to save any of the ten characters from the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Just as the title suggests, none of characters survive a trip to an island.

Students began the project by brainstorming ideas, moving onto drawing prototypes, and then working collaboratively to refine their ideas. They were then given time to organize their ideas in a paper and create a prototype. Although at times we struggled through this thinking process, in the end all the 8th graders were able to produce their own prototype and reach their own level of success.

Some of our favorite design names are: The Trip Wood, Knifebrace, Sip’n Stay, and Silly String Bling

Congratulations Knights of Columbus Scholarship Winners!

Group Photo (left to right) Gerard Poulin, Gabby Roman, Rieslynn Bernier, Lauren Fletcher, and Bob Dumond

Three of our 8th grade Saints were honored at last week's school mass by the Knights of Columbus. Each student wrote an essay in response to the prompt, "Discuss the meaning of virtue, and how you live virtue in your life." Congratulations, Gabby, Rieslynn, and Lauren for your award-winning essays!

From Our College Advisor

Juniors (And Sophomores) - It's Time to Visit Colleges

An ideal time to visit college campuses is during February and April school vacations, as most colleges will be in session. It's important for students to see a variety of types of campuses, as it helps narrow their application list. Every contact with a college adds up, so be sure to register for your visit, and follow up with a thank you to the admissions officer for our area. Thinking of making some visits? Mrs. DeBlois is here to help!

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 afire.

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Created with an image by Ian Schneider - "Snow trees on trail"