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Convocation Remarks 2019

Good morning and welcome to Austin Prep’s 2019 Convocation.  The faculty and staff join me in extending warm greetings to the parents and grandparents who are here with us this morning.  In a special way, I’d like to acknowledge the Class of 2020 as they begin the final leg…

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Mission, Unitas, Caritas, Veritas on Friday September 13
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Mission and Baseball

With Director of Athletics Patrick Driscoll '97 and Head Baseball Coach Jonathan Pollard '97.

As with any coaching position, the best candidate for the Head Baseball Coach at Austin Prep will have the right experience, exceptional gifts, and be mission-aligned. Fortunately, I …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Mission, Unitas, Caritas, Veritas, Athletics on Thursday September 12
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The Class of 2019 and the Class of 1969

The Class of 2019 is off and away.  Like thousands of alumni before them, they were a talented group of students.  As one indicator of their potential, the Class of 2019 was awarded nearly $14 million in scholarships from some of the best colleges and universities in the United States.&…

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Mission, Unitas, Class of 2019, Graduation on Tuesday August 20
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Faculty Summer Sabbaticals

The annual Faculty Summer Sabbatical Program is an indispensable part of Austin Prep’s investment in its faculty, promoting their growth as practitioners in the classroom and leaders in their fields, and sustaining best practices in teaching and learning.  This year’s sabbaticals, …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Teaching and Learning, Faculty on Monday July 29
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Austin Prep Softball ~ State Champions

Last Saturday was a special day for the Austin Prep Community.  For the first time in School history, the Softball Team captured the captured the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 3 State Title at Worcester State University.  It was just a terrific game…

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Unitas, Caritas, Veritas, Athletics, Class of 2019 on Thursday June 27
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All Roads Lead to Rome

An essential part of the Austin Prep Journey are those experiences that are not found in any book or classroom.  Experiences that are lived transcend written curriculum and will remain imprinted in heart and memory long after the lessons of formal instruction begin to fade.  In that spirit…

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Mission, Unitas, Caritas, Veritas, Middle School, Chorus on Wednesday May 15
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An A+ School Leader in Austin Prep's Middle School

I was notified recently that our Middle School Head, Michael McLaughlin, was chosen for the 2019 “A+dministrator Award” by the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS), granted annually to a middle school administrator who values, understands, and supports effective middle school …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Wednesday May 1
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Honorable Daniel Loughry '69 | Commencement

 

The Honorable Daniel Loughry ’69 has accepted my invitation to be the commencement speaker for the Class of 2019.  A skilled litigator and judge, Judge Loughry was a United States Administrative Law Judge, a post he held within the Social Security …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Class of 2019, Graduation on Monday April 15
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Their Words Are Better Than Mine

Following the release of my State of the School message last month, a number of parents, staff, and alumni reached out to me to share some feedback about their Austin Prep experience.  One email from a new Middle School family caught my eye and I’d like to share it with you (I edited it …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Mission, Unitas, Veritas on Friday March 29
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#WinningCulture

You may have noticed that many of the social media posts from Austin Prep’s Athletic Department and athletic teams carry the hashtag #WinningCulture.  In the same way we pursue excellence in the classroom, we pursue excellence on the field.  This hashtag, however, is not a reference …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Mission, Athletics on Friday March 22
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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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