The 2017-2018 school year is off to a great start! We have welcomed a new group of 30 students who all appear to be settling in nicely. The new students are a group of very bright and fun young people who have successful futures ahead. I also want to recognize our returning students who are moving forward toward their graduation and planning for life after LMACS.
LMACS students participated in several field trips so
far, including a Mountain hike, the Camp Massapoag field day, a play at the Merrimack Repertory Theater, and several
Lowell National Parks events. Most importantly, on our way to Camp Massapoag, we stopped at the Mathew
Boule Memorial in Dracut MA to place mum plants in recognition of an LMACS graduate, Mathew Boule. Mat, along with 5 other soldiers, was killed in action during the Iraq War in 2003. The students were honored to meet Mat’s parents, Leo and Sue Boule, and listen to Mat’s story. I think that ceremony will be remembered as one of the best events of the year.
As our year goes on, we are looking forward to welcoming new students for our winter term. Classes for the new term begin on Monday, November, 27, 2017. Applications are available at school and online. Call 978.656.3165 for information and to make an appointment.
Our new senior class is anxiously awaiting the start of the TJX Corporation Youth Business Institute. This partnership business course culminates with a lovely graduation lunch where seniors are awarded TJX scholarships. For now, the seniors are finishing the first term senior classes where they begin to plan for college and career life. We are still partnering with the Lowell National Park Service in their Active Trails Grant. Actually, as I write this letter, we are getting ready to visit Lexington and Concord tomorrow. The Active Trails program works to connect the students with the history of Lowell while simultaneously working on physical and emotional health. LMACS students work closely with two Lowell Park Rangers and participate in tours and activities in and around the Lowell National Historic Parks such as the historic mills, landmarks and canal tours. Last week, on a beautiful (albeit windy) fall day, 30 students took a pontoon boat ride down the Merrimack River. Thankfully, no one ended up on Gilligan’s Island!
As we look forward to the Thanksgiving Holiday in a few weeks, please accept our most sincere best wishes to all in our LMACS family.
Margaret A. McDevitt, Ed.D.