November is Remembrance Month
All of us keep deep in our hearts the memory of a loved one who has gone home to God. That memory is precious and sacred. The month of November begins with the celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and closes with Thanksgiving. Each day is an appropriate time to celebrate the lives of those who have gone before and upon whose shoulders we now stand. In gratitude for their gifts of faith and family, let’s thank God for all those who have touched our hearts and our lives.
Austin Prep invites you to share the names of your loved ones who have died. Throughout the month of November the school community will pray for your beloved dead and remember them during our weekly Community Masses, held in the Chapel of St. Augustine at 12:10 pm. Please share the names of your loved ones here.
This is our gift to you in thanksgiving for your prayers for us, and for your continuing generosity and support of Austin Prep.
REUNIONS: Celebrating Classes Ending in 3 & 8
2018 marks the reunion year for classes ending in 3s and 8s. Austin Prep would like to help you and your classmates reconnect in celebration of your years together at Austin. Whether it has been 5 years or 45 years, we look forward to bringing you back to campus to evoke memories of your time here, to experience Austin as it is today, and to look forward to Austin’s bright future! Please register using the links below no later than November 17th.
Class of 2018 Breakfast in the New Dining Hall
Thanksgiving Day Football Game Alumni Tent
Classes of 2003 & 2008
Class of 2013
**Pre-registration is required for all events. No walk-ins for 2003, 2008, 2013.
Please contact Director of Alumni Relations and Giving Jen Hodgdon at firstname.lastname@example.org today to be part of planning your class reunion.
All Are Welcome!
During the summer and fall, we had several alums come to campus for the first time in many years:
If you would like to come back to campus to visit a teacher, class, club or team, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations to coordinate your visit 781-944-4900, ext. 852.
Faculty Are Enhancing Their Teaching Through Professional Development
This summer Austin Prep faculty members, Ms. Leeann Blais (English Faculty), Ms. Marla Pascucci-Byrne (Chair, Fine and Performing Arts Department), Mr. Matthew Diapella '98 (English Faculty) and Natalie Petrillo P'10 (Chair, Mathematics Department) were awarded Summer Sabbatical grants that empowered them to pursue in-depth professional development experiences to enhance their teaching. Support of the Austin Prep Annual Fund makes professional development programs such as the Summer Sabbatical possible.
English Faculty and Austin Prep alum Mr. Matthew Diapella ’98 shares his reflection about attending the Exeter Humanities Institute on the use of the Harkness Table Method:
My experience at the Exeter Humanities Institute was the best professional development experience I have ever had.
I had two classes that met every morning for 90 minutes each. We had reading assignments centered around the theme of ‘Growth’ that we had to annotate in advance of each class. We spent the first 40 to 45 minutes participating in a class discussion, then the other 40 to 45 minutes debriefing the discussion. Classes flew by, and each class left me wanting to engage in the discussions more. I learned about a variety of techniques to begin a class, discuss the readings, track and assess student performance, and keep students engaged (even if they haven’t done the reading or forgot their book).
Our afternoons were spent in focus groups or in the Academy library doing research on teaching materials to use in our schools. I learned some strategies for employing Harkness in large classrooms and how to apply Harkness strategies in math and science classes.
The real value in this experience though was the sheer, unanticipated learning that happened at the table. Around a table, and maybe even because of the table, with eleven other people I did not know, things happened. We exchanged opinions, listened empathetically, and created an experience that was our own. The experience was joyous - and that is how I wish for my students to feel that way about their learning.
A colleague at the table perhaps put it best, “Generally, I’m concerned about having to cover all my content in the short time that I have with my students, but the skills students learn in a setting like this becomes the content, and I find it to be wonderfully humanizing that we can teach respect, listening, and empathy.”
I originally titled my proposal for the summer sabbatical “The Art of Listening.” I could not have been more accurate. While my classes are discussion based and students will probably infer that they need to talk in order to get a good grade, I do hope that, as my colleague said, they learn respect, listening and empathy.
First-ever Autumn at Austin: Pancake Breakfast with Cubby A Success
On Saturday, October 13th Austin Prep hosted the first-ever Autumn at Austin: Pancake Breakfast with Cubby. Forty guests including alumni, current families and faculty enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the new dining hall provided by SAGE Dining Services. Green Key Ambassadors gave tours of the school, painted faces for future AP cougars, and created mindfulness rocks. #Veritas #Unitas #Caritas
Weddings and Onesies
Are you getting married? The Office of Alumni Relations will loan you an Austin Prep banner for photos at your wedding.
Did you recently welcome a new cougar cub into your family? Let us know what size onesie your little cougar needs and the Office of Alumni Relations will send along one of our new Austin Prep baby onesies.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 781-944-4900, ext. 852.
Save the Dates: Alumni Happenings
Join classmates and friends at these upcoming alumni events:
November 21, 2018: Class of 2018 breakfast in the new dining hall.
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