Cougar Basketball Teams To Play At TDGarden

There are two chances to watch our basketball teams play on the parquet floor of TDGarden in early January:

January 3rd: Middle School Boys Basketball will scrimmage at TDGarden before the Boston Celtics take on the Utah Jazz. The team will get to play for 8 minutes. The scrimmage is at 7:00 pm, with the professional game starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are limited: $80 for loge seats and $40 for balcony seats. Contact Mr. Bill Ralls P’22 for tickets. Click the flyer for his contact information.

January 8th: The Varsity Boys Basketball Team takes on Lowell Catholic for the Hoop Mountain Good Sports Invitational. It is a Catholic Central League game and begins at 8:00 am. The Girls Varsity Basketball Team will scrimmage with Lowell Catholic during halftime. Tickets are $20 each ($18 plus a $2 processing fee) and limited, so get yours now. Click below to order online. Once purchased, tickets may be picked up in the Main Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Questions to Ms. Jocelyn O'Sullivan at 781.944.4900 x811 or


University Awards Grant To Science & Theology Faculty

Science teachers Mrs. Maria Blewitt and Ms. Stacey Bishop, and Theology teacher Mr. Peter DeLuca were recently awarded a grant from the University of Notre Dame to explore the integration of the disciplines of science and religion.

Sponsored by the university's Institute for Church Life, the grant will send the teachers to New Orleans this summer. Their work in the Crescent City will equip the team with approaches that expand the dialogue between the disciplines and that challenge the notion that science and religion are in conflict.

Program highlights include: Inspiring talks from leading scientists and theologians; development of lesson plans and teaching materials with curriculum experts; and collaboration with seminar faculty on how to develop an elective course in science and religion for high school students, something Austin Prep will be launching in 2017. More than 100 Catholic schools from across the United States applied for this competitive program.

Merry Christmas!

Photos by Mrs. Carin Macnamara P’20

Christmas at Austin Prep includes our annual performance of The Nutcracker (pictured above), as well as an Annual Door Decorating Contest and many other special events.

APS Media has captured the spirit of Christmas, as well as other fall events at Austin Prep. Click the photo below for How the Cougar Stole Christmas. Be sure to check out APS Media’s other posts, Austin in Focus 304, and Door Decorating Gone Wrong.

Annual Fund Donations Eligible For Tax Deduction

As the calendar year comes to a close, we thank all the parents, alumni and friends who have donated to the Annual Fund.

The Annual Fund supports many aspects of our school, including academics, student life, arts, athletics and tuition assistance. For examples of how the Annual Fund has benefited specific programs, click the photo.

Donations made by December 31st are eligible for a 2016 tax deduction. Give today by clicking below.


Office Hours During Break

The Main Office will be open during Christmas break, with a few exceptions. Here is the schedule:

  • Friday, December 23rd: Closed
  • Monday, December 26th: Closed
  • Friday, December 30th: 7:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, January 2nd: Closed

Junior Takes Part In College Engineering Program

Earlier this month, Garett Ruping ’18 took part in a hands-on interactive engineering day for high school students at Northeastern University in Boston.

The six-hour program, called Building Bridges, consisted of three sessions.

The first involved investigating the motions created by different muscles in the body using an engineering software program. Then each student used the program to create movement.

The second involved creating an invention that could assist people with disabilities.

In the third session, students learned about circuits and built some.

Click on the photo to view one of the program slides.

Chapel Window Teaches Important Lesson

Middle School students met in the Chapel of St. Augustine for Community Meeting recently to continue to explore the theme of the 2016-2017 academic year, "faith." Students were treated to two talks about the stained-glass window of Christ the Teacher featured prominently in the center of the chapel.

Ms. Kayla Greenwood of the Department of Theology spoke about the biblical touchstone of the story and encouraged the students to be witnesses and examples of openness and kindness. Mr. Jay Dowd ’69 of the Department of English regaled the students with his personal story of the role that he played in bringing the window to Austin Prep. Mr. Dowd impressed upon the students the importance of knowing the stories of their school and their responsibility to share the stories with future generations of Austin students.

Ski Club Forms Due January 9th

Any students interested in the Nashoba Valley Ski/Snowboard Club please see Mrs. Lisa Theriault in Room 313 for information. Click below to fill out the form and return it by Monday, January 9th.


101 Willow Street  •  Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 944 - 4900  •  Fax: (781) 944 - 7530

Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom.

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