McAuley Students (and their teacher!) Lauded by Ocean Awareness Group

Congratulations to four McAuley sophomores, and their teacher, JB Kavaliauskas, for their participation – and impressive recognition – in the “From the Bow Seat” writing and art contest, an interdisciplinary contest that highlighted ocean awareness, creativity and advocacy.

Emma Spies received honorable mention accolades for her artistic interpretation of the crisis and prevalence of plastic pollution. 

Samantha Witkowski, Alexis Bolduc-Greene and Julia Bailinson also received honorable mention accolades for their projects on ocean advocacy.

Ms. Kavaliauskas received a teacher recognition award for her “daily inspiration and guidance” surrounding ocean awareness.  She was cited as an “exceptional teacher” who “inspires incredible work from her students.”

Over 375 art, advocacy and essay entries were submitted by students in 28 states and nine countries.  Kudos, once again, to our McAuley girls (and to Ms. Kavaliauskas) on their amazing accomplishments!

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Good Cause Thrift Shop Drop-Off Day

Have items from your fall cleaning you wish to donate?  If so…

Give us your tired, gently used clothing, linens, household items, furniture, books, jewelry, art pieces, etc., and we will help turn these into cash for our young ladies at McAuley!

The mission of the Good Cause Thrift Shop is to provide quality items at affordable prices to those we serve.  All proceeds go to the tuition assistance program at Catherine McAuley High School.

Who:  The Good Cause Thrift Shop

What: A Special Fall Drop-Off Day

Where:  Catherine McAuley High School Parking Lot

When:  Saturday, November 1 from 9:00am – 2:00pm

We hope to see you there!


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Highlights from Homecoming 2014!

Homecoming 2014

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Order Your Yearbook Today!


Keep McAuley memories at your fingertips for the best price of the year!  The Mercian is just $45 when ordered by November 29, 2014.

Order yours here today!

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Viviane Kostin ’15 Named a National Merit Semi-Finalist!










Kudos to McAuley senior, Viviane Kostin, who was recently named a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program!

As a Semi-Finalist honored for her academic merit, Viviane now has the opportunity to compete for some 7,600 scholarships, worth about $33 million, that will be offered in the spring.

Best wishes to you, Viviane, and congratulations on this tremendous honor!

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Your Invitation to Homecoming 2014!

Happy 45th Birthday – Homecoming 2014!


Monday, September 29thLet the Sun Shine In: Complement your uniform with a splash of yellow or blue clothing (one item). MUST WEAR SKIRT.

Tuesday, September 30thWestern Theme : Wear cowboy attire – hat, boots, vest, bandana (1-2 items). MUST WEAR SKIRT.

Wednesday, October 1st : 1969 CMHS Established:  It’s a birthday party, so wear your favorite party dress (per Dress Code Policy).

Thursday, October 2nd :  Woodstock Theme: Complement your uniform with tie-dye attire (1-2 items). MUST WEAR SKIRT.

Friday, October 3rd :  Lion Pride!:  Raid your closet for green and gold!  NO JEANS, PAJAMAS OR YOGA PANTS.                                                        


Wednesday, October 1, 2014
1:30-2:20 pm
“Set the Stage” (literally!)
With your classmates, prepare your back-drop for McAuley’s Best Dance Crew.

Friday, October 3, 2014 
1:45 pm:  Pep Rally
Cheer on our fall teams in the School gym.

5:00-7:00 pm:  Pre-game Parking Lot Party & Auditorium Dance-Off
Cookout in the parking lot, followed by each class showing off their moves by
participating in McAuley’s Best Dance Crew, which incorporates some type of 1969 theme.

7:15 pm:  Powder Puff Football
Under the lights-It’s Green and Gold
(Juniors & Seniors vs. Freshmen & Sophomores)
in McAuley’s annual Grid Iron Battle.
Bring your voices and your excitement!

Saturday, October 4, 2014
7:00-10:00 pm: Homecoming Dance
We’ll close Homecoming weekend with a true celebration– a dance! 
Wear your best semi-formal attire and invite your friends to join the fun.
Tickets are $10 per person, $15 for 2, or $18 for a group of 3.

 Have questions?  Call 797-3802 ext. 2058

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McAuley Students to Embark on Archeological Dig

DSC_0066McAuley girls are trailblazers once again!

Beginning the week of September 22 and heading into the fall, McAuley students and site leaders will embark on an archeological dig in nearby Baxter Woods, at the former site of the Francis O.J. Smith home.

Mr. Jorgensen’s history classes will search for artifacts and document their findings under the direction of Norm Buttrick, Registered Historical Archeologist with the State of Maine, Professor James Leamon of Bates College (History and Archeology Departments), and Kathyrn O’Neil, a recent college graduate who majored in anthropology.

Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting project!

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Opening Day Photo Gallery

A prayer service, the traditional Welcome Breakfast and a special Welcome Lunch all set the tone for the start of an amazing new school year at McAuley!  Go, Lions!

PicMonkey Collage

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McAuley – Celebrating 45 Years of Groundbreaking, All-Female Education!

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McAuley Appoints New Head of School

K. Barr

Catherine McAuley High School is delighted to announce that Kathryn Woodson Barr has been appointed as its fourth Head of School in its forty-five year history. Ms. Barr will succeed Deborah Kost, who has served as Interim Head of School during the past school year. Mrs. Kost will be returning to her family and professional life in Pennsylvania with the School’s appreciation and gratitude for her dedicated service.

Ms. Barr brings nearly 20 years of school leadership and teaching experience to the Catherine McAuley community.  These leadership experiences include serving as Head of School for the Highlands School in Birmingham, Alabama, as well as Head of the Lower School for the Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee.  Her accomplishments at those schools included both educational enrichment, expanding the international aspects of the school, and increasing enrollment and financial support.  This past year, she was selected to be a Leadership Development Coach in Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Peabody College of Education, where she coached and mentored high school administrators in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition to being a school leader, she is a teacher at heart, committed to a progressive, technologically-enhanced, globally-inspired education.  She was elected as the Outstanding Administrator of 2012 – 2013 by the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers.  Kathryn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Rhodes College and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis.

The School’s national search for a successor Head of School has been in progress during much of this past year.  Heidi Osborn, Chair of the Board of Trustees, noted, “The Search Committee of the Board of Trustees was very pleased with the number and quality of applicants who were interested in bringing their expertise to our mission. Kathryn was our standout choice, and we are thrilled to have her join us.  She is a tested and innovative school leader who is committed to our values and mission. We are confident that her special brand of warmth, intelligence and excitement will enrich the educational experience of our girls and help build a vibrant future for our school.”

“I am very excited to be named Catherine McAuley High School’s fourth Head of School and extend my thanks to the Search Committee and to the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to work within this vibrant community,” commented Ms. Barr. “During the search process, everyone I met shared an enthusiastic commitment to the all-girl advantage that McAuley provides. My goal is to build on the work of Sister Edward Mary Kelleher, Mrs. Deborah Kost and the strategic plan to continue the work of positioning McAuley as a premier academic institution for young women. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to getting to know the McAuley community and forging our exciting future together.”

Ms. Barr joins McAuley at an exciting time.  The Trustees and administration have been working on a series of initiatives to shape the future of the School, all in alignment with its five-year strategic plan.  During the past year, the School has been focused on expansion and improvement, including new professional development for its faculty, a rigorous curriculum review, new enrollment outreach and expanded financial access. The School has also begun a partnership with St. Joseph’s College to help support the quality of education at McAuley. 

“McAuley is a unique and irreplaceable institution with a rich history and inspiring legacy.  We are committed to taking that Mercy mission and the very special all-girl advantage to a new level.  Our exciting new future has academics at the forefront, with a cutting-edge curriculum, an even higher level of teaching skill, and new academic and co-curricular offerings, all central to enhancing the holistic education and personal development we provide for young women.  Kathryn’s leadership will be essential to that future,” continued Osborn.

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