Dear family and friends of LMACS,
As our 2016 winter term draws to a close, I would like to share some thoughts with you. We have already had some endings and beginnings worth noting.
The new year began with the LMACS community saying goodbye to our Assistant Director, Nancy Arseneaux, LICSW. Ms. Arseneaux left LMACS to open a private practice in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. While we all wish her the best and share her joy in the excitement of this new endeavor, we miss her terribly. Above all else, Nancy was a steadfast advocate for our students, and she brought her love and expertise to school everyday. One side of Nancy you may not know, but all our students and staff do, is her alter ego, The Arsenator. With good humor and great strength, Nancy fought for students throughout her 10 years at LMACS; she really was The Arsenator. We sent Ms. Arseneaux off with a celebration, our gratitude, our love, and more than a few tears.
As we close one chapter at LMACS, we begin another with Anne Monoxelos, LICSW as our new Assistant Director. Ms. Monoxelos has been a social worker at LMACS for many years and has a wealth of experience working with adolescents, specifically those struggling with addiction. Ms. Monoxelos has become our photo historian by documenting special events at LMACS, as well as the everyday activities of LMACS life. Anne is also the guiding force behind our "Success Fridays" to honor students who go above and beyond at LMACS. Together with the rest of our student support department, Anne has taken the lead in bringing interesting and provocative speakers to school to meet with both students and faculty.
Anne Monoxelos is a popular advisor, dedicated teacher, and a stellar social worker. Please join me in welcoming Anne to her new role as Assistant Director at LMACS.
In other news from around LMACS:
The Science department has been exceptionally busy transforming our science classroom into a brand new science lab. With over $90,000 of grant money received from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, we were able to purchase state-of-the-art equipment such as an autoclave, incubator, digital water bath, cordless microscopes, and individual dissection kits. In the Fall and Winter terms, our students enjoyed learning about anatomy and physiology through dissections, structure and function of organic molecules through chemical analysis, and bacteria by growing and collecting cultures. We look forward to integrating even more hands-on lessons this spring in CSI and MCAS Biology!
LMACS is honored to announce that we are the recipients of a Circle Health 2016 Community Health Initiatives Grant. The grant was awarded in February and will be utilized to design and implement a Speaker Series that will address the important topic of Opioid and Substance Abuse Prevention. The school is grateful for the opportunity to provide these nationally recognized speakers for our students.
As the weather warms up, so does the excitement - we are all counting the days until Graduation on June 2! The Seniors have been busy completing their Senior Academy courses - Seminar, Internship and Ethics - and are looking forward to the final capstone course, Senior Civics, this spring. As part of LMACS's partnership with the TJX Corporation, Seniors also recently began the Youth Business Institute program, which teaches high school students job readiness skills, and culminates in a graduation celebration of its own. It's not all work, work, work, though - the Senior trip to Fire & Ice and Blue Man Group is one of the highlights of the year. We are proud of the hard work and dedication that has gotten our students this far and look forward to seeing each walk across the stage to receive their diploma.
Margaret A. McDevitt, Ed.D.