Recap of Reunions and Gatherings

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays presented opportunities for Austin Prep alumni to get together and enjoy reminiscing about their Austin Prep experience, while catching-up on their journeys after AP.

On Thanksgiving, alumni came back to campus to cheer on Coach Bill Maradei as he led the Cougars to victory in his final game as head coach of the football team. The most recent graduating class, 2018, came back to campus for breakfast in the new dining hall, while the classes of 2013, 2008 and 2003 met in Boston over the Thanksgiving weekend. Members of the class of 1969 took in a Merrimack vs. Holy Cross varsity men's hockey game in a suite at Merrimack College. The class of 1988 gathered in Woburn at Scoreboards, and the class of 1994 got together at the Tavern in the Square in Burlington. The class of 1972 had its largest showing since their time at Austin Prep at a festive holiday dinner at Ricardo's in the North End. 

In all, over 200 alumni celebrated what it means to be an Austin Prep Cougar!    #Veritas #Unitas #Caritas

Austin Prep Class of 1988

We look forward to Saturday, May 25th as the class of 1969 celebrates their 50th Reunion here at Austin Prep, kicking-off the reunion year for all classes ending in 4 and 9. If you would like to be part of the planning for your class, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Hodgdon, Director of Alumni Relations and Giving at

Faculty Presenting at Regional and National Conferences

Several Austin Prep faculty and staff have been selected to present at conferences, locally and nationally, in the coming months:

Mr. Roger Stone (Latin) will be presenting at the Classical Association of New England (CANE) Annual Convention on March 8th at Holy Cross. His session will focus on his Cicero Speech Project, in which students compose and present a five-to-seven minute persuasive speech. They utilize the figurative and rhetorical language learned in Latin, and blend it with elements presented in the video Great American Political Speeches.

Four Austin Prep faculty have been selected to present at the 38th Annual New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) conference this spring.

Ms. Nicole Putney (English Department Chair) and Ms. Leeann Blais (English) are co-presenting on the National Novel Writing November Initiative and publishing options for students (to have authentic audiences). Their interactive workshop will expose participants to a variety of methods for publishing student work, as well as a better understanding of the research linking authentic audiences to student improvement.

Mr. Michael McLaughlin (Head of Middle School) and Ms. Marla Pascucci-Byrne (Art and Design Department Chair) are co-presenting on the importance of Choice and Voice in the Middle School program through the lens of the Art and Design Department.Using the Austin Prep Art and Design program as an example, this workshop will focus on empowering students to take risks and grow by fostering community and curiosity.


Headmaster Dr. Jim Hickey will co-present with Dr. Larry Sykoff of LSS Consulting Group at the National Association of Independent School (NAIS) annual conference in Long Beach California in February. Their presentation "Outside the Statistics: Sustaining Long-Term Headship" will illuminate the strategies needed to be an outlier and become a longstanding head with substantial tenure. Using the first five years of the headship to lay a sturdy foundation, exercising both situational and transformative leadership, the subsequent years can result in strong board relationships, solid constituency alliances, and an abundance of success. 

Mr. Rob Taylor (Curriculum Coordinator and Art and Design Faculty) will present at the same conference. "Reimagining Curriculum: Valuing Depth over Breadth Through a Transition to Semester-Long Courses" walks through the strategies Austin Prep used to build a curricular model with student curiosity as the compass and a four-dimensional education as the mission.

Alumni Spotlight: Alum Performing at the Hard Rock Cafe

Jillian Ann Barrows, Austin Prep Class of 2013, is a 7th semester Songwriting major and voice principal at Berklee College of Music. Her goal is to create a catalog of music that transcends different musical genres. Jillian has experience singing in various musical groups ranging from acappella to hard rock bands. She self-produced her first single, "The Man That I Love", that is currently on iTunes and Spotify. Jillian has performed at various venues, singing in different styles, from musical theatre to classic rock.

Opening act: Roman G. and The Odyssey

Age Limit: 18+ (Valid Government Issued ID Required)
Door Time: 7:30 PM
Advance Tix: $10
Day of Tix: $12

Calling all Class Notes!

Spring issue of Journey Magazine is in production! Let your fellow AP alums know what you are up to by sharing a Class Note here. From weddings to births, new jobs to service work and everything in between. . . we would love to hear from you! 

Click here to check out the fall issue of Journey Magazine!

Athletic Hall of Fame Has a New Home

During the renovations of Austin Prep's dining hall, the Athletic Hall of Fame was permanently relocated to the newly renovated Heritage Room on the third floor. The Heritage Room is also home to a timeline documenting Austin Prep's history dating back to the 1960's. We invite you to return to Austin Prep to see this beautiful space, along with the recent campus updates including the new dining hall, the David. E. Nelson '81 Fitness Center, the team media room and the front entrance and foyer.  Contact Mrs. Jennifer Hodgdon, Director of Alumni Relations and Giving at to schedule a visit. 

Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member

The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Mr. Matt Pimentel, class of 2001, of Andover, to the Board of Trustees.  Currently Vice President of Pimentel Construction, Wilmington, he is responsible for management and oversight of all construction operations.  In addition, he serves on the Ballardvale Historic District Commission in Andover and is a member of the Advancement Committee and Strategic Planning Board at Austin Prep.

After graduating from Austin Prep, Pimentel headed south, attending Clemson University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  Prior to joining Pimentel Construction, he worked at Sasso Construction as Project Manager for nine years and was Head Coach of Track and Field, and Assistant Head Coach of Cross Country at Merrimack College for seven years.

He lives in Andover with his wife Linsey and their daughter Avery.

Annual Alumni Hockey Men's and Women's Charity Challenges

Austin Prep alumni have always been invaluable supporters of our community. In particular, we recognize two annual events established for and by alumni which directly benefit the Austin Prep experience of current students**:

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Austin Prep will host the Annual Alumni Hockey Men's and Women's Charity Challenges at Lawler Rink at Merrimack College in North Andover. The net proceeds from these games goes to the George "Matt" Miller Memorial Scholarship, the David E. Nelson ’81 Memorial Scholarship, and the Kristen M. Corbett '08 Memorial Scholarship Fund, respectfully.

All players are asked to make a minimum donation of $50 to play in the game. This fee covers the ice rental and other costs associated with hosting the game.

We hope you will join us for the 2019 Challenges on April 27th as a player or a fan!
Information on Men's game
Information on Women's game

**Photo above: Dr. Jim Hickey with scholarship benefactor Carolyn Corbett and Elizabeth Richards '19, the 2017 recipient of the Kristen M. Corbett '08 Memorial Scholarship

Weddings & 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.

Spring Musical Announced

Save-the-Date for Austin Prep's Annual Spring Musical:
May 5th and 6th!
We look forward to welcoming alumni back for this fun-filled performance!


Thank you, Alumni!

We would like to thank our generous alumni who have made a gift to the Annual Fund at Austin Prep this fiscal year. Many of the outstanding educational opportunities made available to our students, and professional development opportunities for our faculty, are a result of significant support from the Austin Prep alumni community. Your contributions allow us to continue to provide unique and distinctive learning experiences not only for our current students, but for future generations to come.

If you have not yet participated in supporting the Annual Fund, we encourage you to help us continue the upward trajectory of success at Austin Prep. Our fiscal year runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Please consider making a gift today!


Upcoming Alumni Events & Happenings

Join classmates and friends at these upcoming alumni events:

Friday, February 1, 2019-- join fellow alumni for a reception/tour followed by the Boys Varsity Basketball game as they take on Matignon at 6:30 p.m. 
Saturday, April 27, 2019-- Annual Alumni Hockey Men's and Women's Charity Challenges at Lawler Rink, Merrimack College, North Andover. RSVP forthcoming.
Information on Men's game
Information on Women's game

Monday, April 29, 2019-- Alumni Networking Reception at The University of Massachusetts Club, Boston, MA.
Monday, May 20, 2019-- The 32nd Annual Austin Prep Golf Tournament at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, MA.
Saturday, May 25, 2019-- Class of 1969 50th Reunion at Austin Prep. 

Visit our website and Facebook pages for more details as they become available.

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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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