McAuley Explores Optimum Campus Options for Future

The trustees and administration of Catherine McAuley High School are excited to share their series of initiatives to shape the promising future of the School, called “McAuley: Forging Our Future.”

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McAuley – “Forging Our Future” Plans

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“College Conversations” – Calling All 2014 Graduates!

Grads of 2014!  You are cordially invited to join the Class of 2015 for conversations about your college experience. With your recent insights into college life, we look to you for tips and general info to share — what’s great, what’s not, and what you wish you had known your senior year.

When: Friday, January 9, 2015 from 12:40-2:20pm

Where: CMHS Mall & Auditorium

Come and enjoy some refreshments, renew old friendships and let us know how you are doing!

Please RSVP to one of the following:

Mrs. Eschner –
Mrs. Freeman –
Mrs. Brown –

We look forward to seeing you!

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McAuley & Saint Joseph’s College Partnership Announced


Dear Catherine McAuley High School Community,

As you know, Catherine McAuley High School and Saint Joseph’s College share a special bond and even some common history as institutions founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Many members of each of our communities are active participants in the life of the other institution. Given our shared histories, values and communities, a more purposeful and intentional relationship seems only natural.

To that end, the leadership of both of our institutions is pleased to announce the Catherine McAuley–Saint Joseph’s College Partnership, who together will explore ways for us to engage in purposeful and mutually beneficial activities.

Sister Kathleen Sullivan, Saint Joseph’s Chief Sponsorship and Mission Integration Officer and a college Vice President, and Kathryn Woodson Barr, McAuley’s Head of School, will serve as co-conveners of this initiative. You can expect to hear from them directly in the coming weeks.

We both look forward to the good work that we know will result from this partnership and to the very real benefits that will result for our institutions and all of the community members who are joined in Mercy.

Best wishes,

Heidi S. Osborn                                                          James S. Dlugos, Ph.D.
Chairperson                                                                President
McAuley High School                                                Saint Joseph’s College

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“Why McAuley?” – by Michele Lawless, Parent ’17

Why McAuley?
By: Michele Lawless, Parent ’17

The true beauty of McAuley is that we, as a community (the parents, staff, students and friends), get to see all the young women that we so love find their place, their “home.” Through the nurturing, acceptance, expectations and challenges that McAuley offers, our daughters discover, embrace and live who they really, truly are. What an invaluable gift!

As parents, we are giving our daughters so much more than just a world-class education. This wonderful, committed, talented community provides a safe, caring space for girls to take risks, make mistakes, find their truths and be who they are meant to be. I could never thank you all enough for giving that to my daughter.

From the very beginning, Peter, Maggie and I have been enthusiastic in our belief that McAuley is the perfect fit for Maggie. As each day goes by and we see the sheer joy with which our daughter is living her life, our love and gratitude for McAuley just deepens.

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November Photo Gallery

November at McAuley featured two cherished traditions: the annual All-School Day of Service and the McAuley Tea.

For the second year in a row, on November 13, 2014, the entire McAuley community joined forces to assist Evergreen Cemetery in their fall clean-up.  The next day, the School honored Catherine McAuley’s tremendous legacy by sharing a comfortable cup of tea together.

Service and hospitality: two hallmarks of the McAuley experience. 

November Gallery



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The McAuley Limelighters Present: “Pan & Wendy”

Consider this your official invitation to view the Limelighters’ exciting production of “Pan & Wendy” by Edwin Talley Wilford!
Show times:
Saturday, November 22 at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 23 at 2:00pm
Admission is a pay-what-you-can donation to the Drama Club.
Thank you for supporting this talented cast of young women!
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“A Woman of Vision” – by Mai Mangin ’16

A Woman of Vision
By: Mai Mangin ‘16

Swinging my legs on the stone wall before the back entrance of Catherine McAuley, I picture myself in elementary and middle school. I wore a Catholic schoolgirl uniform for most of my life, so there isn’t much difference from then to now. But in every setting I conjure, I was always hunched over a book (usually fantasy, but I was more picky about my food than my books). In the few noisy, stolen minutes before class started and before we were dismissed, I read. I sat on the cold concrete steps in front of the door during recess, and I read. My mom drove me home, I dutifully completed my homework, and I read. In the bathroom, I read. Lying on my stomach by the nightlight, I read.

I feel like being honest with myself today, so here it is: I read because I was dissatisfied with my life. I read because the characters in the books seemed more interesting (and far easier to talk to) than people in real life. I read because I wanted to learn more (and eventually, everything), but I was content in my true ignorance. Most of all, I read because I was lonely. I imagined that I had this wonderful, lively, funny person trapped inside of me, and in the right place and the right time she would gush right out and take the world by storm. I imagined being popular, cool, well-liked. I imagined being a wholly different, and ultimately better, person.

The problem with this dream (from a girl filled to bursting with dreams) is that I would change everything about myself to fit this image. When I came to McAuley, I realized that I didn’t need to change anything about myself. I needed to accept and express. For me, that’s the most amazing part about McAuley. I was free to become whoever I wanted to be, without fear or judgement. I played field hockey and lacrosse for the first time, and fell instantly in love. I cut my hair short. I performed in our school’s one-act play (all right, I was an understudy, but still). I co-created a club celebrating nerds of all kinds with one of my best friends. And because I am free to be who I wanted, I have found other people who love me as I am and whom I love in return. I still prefer listening to speaking unless I am particularly passionate about the topic, but I’m definitely not afraid to voice my opinion anymore. I sing along to Disney songs and dance spontaneously.

Now, if you excuse me, I have a Maine Youth Charter statement about female objectification to write, a Harry Potter skit to learn, Mock Trial direct examination questions to memorize, and a slumber party to organize. I am constantly busy, but I am living in the moment for the first time in my life – and looking towards the future with a clear vision.

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Support Project FEED!

McAuley’s Social Action Club and Campus Ministry are leading an important service opportunity: to fill fifty baskets for Project FEED’s annual Thanksgiving Drive.

Beginning Monday, November 10 through Friday, November 21, the entire McAuley community is being asked to donate to this project in the following ways:

Faculty & Staff:  Turkeys (to be brought in on November 25)

Freshmen:  Rolls, Canned Vegetables, Dessert Items, Thanksgiving Napkins

Sophomores:  Jars of Gravy, Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Canned Vegetables, Thanksgiving Napkins
Juniors:  Cranberry Sauce, Canned Vegetables, Stuffing, 2 Liter Bottles of Soda, Thanksgiving Napkins
Seniors: Stuffing, Chicken Broth, Canned Vegetables, Juice, Thanksgiving Napkins
Project FEED, a food pantry at the Woodfords Church in Portland, has partnered with McAuley for the past seven years to provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need. 
Thank you in advance for your generous contributions.
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A McAuley Halloween (Photo Gallery)

Halloween Photo Gallery

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