Smooth Transition at Lowell Catholic
LOWELL -- Lowell Catholic’s Class of 2022 and their parents were invited to campus for the annual Freshman Welcome Night.
As students bonded and began to unite as a class through ice-breakers, friendly competitions and outdoor fun led by the Campus Ministry team and student leaders, parents settled in for an informational session and a meet-and-greet with teachers and staff members who will be the foundation of their student’s educational experience for the next four years.
“A smooth transition to high school is our ultimate goal with this event,” said Erin MacNeil, assistant principal of student life. “It’s not just about students finding a home and a comfort level, but our parents and families are a big part of our Crusader community, and we want to develop a rapport with them so they are acquainted with the school and each other as well. Seeing the friendly faces of our amazing staff, understanding the expectations and finding avenues to succeed in high school are all very important components of bringing together a united and cohesive school community.”
This year’s freshman class of nearly 100 students, led by peers and staff members, got to indulge in a carnival-like evening complete with a bounce house, kickball tournament, popcorn and a make-your-own-sundae bar.
All of those moments were designed to assist in merging rising LC elementary students and newcomers into the LC community as new friendships are forged and bonds are created.
As Lowell Catholic embarks on their third year as a Pre-K through 12th school, transitions are at the forefront of the curriculum development plan. Already the school, has aligned the seventh-through-12th-grade curriculum, allowing eighth-graders who perform well academically to challenge themselves with freshman-level courses.
This year that forward planning will extend through the fifth-grade and sixth-grade curriculum.
Head of School Maryellen DeMarco informed the faculty and staff of the glowing report LC received from the New England Accreditation for Schools and Colleges, and applauded their efforts.
The report, submitted by NEASC Deputy Director Jim Mooney states, “The Commission commends the school for what by all accounts was a very successful merger of Lowell Catholic High School and St. Margaret Elementary School. This was by no small measure, due to extraordinary efforts of many and particularly, the leadership of the high school and elementary school.”