Director’s Update

Another fabulous LMACS year comes to a close. We saw 12 students graduate during a meaningful ceremony at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Some students are off to Middlesex Community College and others are ready to enter the workforce. Congratulations to the grads and their families….watch out world…here come the LMACS graduates!

During the 2017-2018 school year we had some exciting academic achievements. The students excelled in their MCAS tests, 18 student graduated from the TJX, Co. Youth Business Institute, and the entire LMACS community received an outstanding review from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Thanks to the students, parents, community members, and faculty for all their help preparing for the review.

As our LMACS family knows, we are a school of traditions and rituals…we have many fun and VERY competitive contests, we share Thanksgiving dinner, and we take crazy wonderful field trips, just to name a few. This year was no exception, but, in addition to our usual calendar of events, we added two visits to the Mathew Boule Memorial Park in Dracut, MA. Mat is an LMACS alum who died serving our country in 2003 in the Iraq War. The visits were very moving and emotional for all of us. We got to meet Mat’s parents, Leo and Sue, and we left flowers in memory of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. (Read the Lowell Sun article about the fall visit.)

Some of the year’s highlights included activities sponsored by the Lowell National Park through the Active Trails grant. We visited many historical sights in Lowell, Boston and Lexington and Concord…students even rode the pontoon boat down the Merrimack River. Through the Gulf of Maine Institute, students went to the Salem Sound Coastwatch to participate in hands–on activities centered on identifying invasive species in our coastal waters. The day could not have been more perfect in terms of the weather and the learning. Many students, for the first time, had an opportunity to climb on coastal rocks and collect specimens by getting down and dirty with the invasive crabs and seaweed. Also of note is the opportunity to attend most of the past season’s productions at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. MRT has a student program that provided free and/or reduced tickets that they offer to LMACS. If you have never attended live theater, the students and I strongly recommend it.

LMACS is very grateful to all the organizations that support our programs. We could not provide these exceptional opportunities to our students without your help.

Enjoy your summer, and we look forward to another productive and exciting school year!