Catholic School Happenings

11th Annual St. Mary’s Academy Spelling Bee

On March 8th and 9th, St. Mary’s Academy in Longmeadow hosted their 11thAnnual Spelling Bee.   Five other local Catholic Schools joined them as their students competed for first prize of $1000 and 2nd prize of $500!  It was an exciting event as St. Mary’s Academy, St. Thomas School, St. Stanislaus, St. Michael’s Academy, Mater Dolorosa, and Blessed Sacrament all came together for some good old fashion spelling competition.  Ethan Rivers from St. Thomas took home first prize while Rachael Matte from St. Stanislaus took home second place. This event always proves to be a wonderful evening where local schools come together to enjoy the family community of Catholic Education.

Steps in the formation of youth at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield.



Students from St. Stanislaus School in Chicopee enjoy participating in their STEM/Lego Robotics Club, Grade 5 Science and Grade 6 Hour of Code.
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St. John the Baptist School, Ludlow

Grade 6 students of  St. John the Baptist School in Ludlow offered a presentation on the lives of saints.


St. Stanislaus Kostka School, Adams

The St. Stanislaus Kostka School pageant, Sing with Us: The Christmas Story,   was a combination of the Christmas Story (traditionally acted by grade 5), along with choral selections from the entire school.
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Children of Mary Society members of St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams created Christmas cards for shut-ins who receive Meals on Wheels.


For the last several years, The Children of Mary Society members of St. Stanislaus Kostka School have collected gifts for retired Felician Sisters.


Mater Dolorosa School, Holyoke

mdholyoke-1Ten 7th & 8th Grade Students Took to The Air at Northampton Airport
Mater Dolorosa School students realized the experience of flight this morning thanks to the Northampton Airport Wright Flight, Inc. Program and Mr. Dan Bergeron who brought the program to the school and pilots his own airplane and one of the parents who also is involved with the program and is a pilot, Joe Occhiuzzo.   Students learned everything from discovering aviation & aerodynamic principals, learning about flight controls, aviation history, communications, to control & air traffic control. They learned about aerial navigation using sectional charts, radio & gpsr. This flight day was the culmination of seven lessons, a review day, and a final exam day.  All students were able to get at the control with the pilot to take off, fly to Orange Airport where the students changed places to fly back to the Northampton Airport.


St. Joan of Arc School in Chicopee


Students collect donations for Mt. St. Vincent
Students from St. Joan of Arc School in Chicopee collected and donated over 200 pounds of bird seed to Mt. St. Vincent’s Nursing Home.for the bird feeders located in the Bishop Joseph F. Maguire Garden.  The residents enjoy watching the many birds from the warmth of the main living room.



National Junior Honor Students host Tree Jubilee
The St. Joan of Arc Tree Jubilee was hosted by National Junior Honor Students on Dec. 1st in the school hall.  Families, Friends, Alumni, Parishioners were invited to stroll among the many student decorated Christmas Trees that were donated by family and friends of the school.  Each class chose a theme and decorated their tree.  Proceeds benefited the school.stjoanarcchicopee-2

7th Grade Grandparents were invited to the St. Joan of Arc School Hall
 for a cultural luncheon organized by Jr. High Teacher Paula Donais. Students prepared and served food from their family heritage.

St. Mary School, Lee

Christmas Play Preschool to Grade 8

St. Michael’s Academy, Springfield

Students presented their Christmas pageant on two consecutive evenings at St. Catherine Church in order to accommodate the large student body and families.


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