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!

45th Anniversary Save the Date_001

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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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McAuley Announces ’14-’15 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the young women who were selected to receive McAuley scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year:


Parent Network Scholarship – Rising Senior:

Alexandria Dow 2015 

Parent Network Scholarship – Rising Junior:

Emily Norman 2016

Parent Network Scholarship – Rising Sophomore:

Emma Spies 2017

Parent Network Scholarship – Rising Freshman:

Gabrielle Begos 2018


Kerry Anne Carson Scholarship:

Sharon Chikuta 2015


Jane C. Wellehan Creative Leadership Scholarship:

Madeline Beaulieu 2017


Sister Therese Harnois, RSM Fine Arts Scholarship:

Sarah Schnupp 2016


Sister Edward Mary Kelleher, RSM Scholarship:

Marisa Gochie 2015


Sarah Marshall Scholarship:

Sydney Campbell 2018


Jim & Maxine Pouravelis Scholarship:

Madeline Beaulieu 2017

Madeleine LaBrecque 2016

Chelsea Rairdon 2016

Emily Weisser 2018


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Participate in the Alumnae Soccer Game!

2010 Team Photo

Mark your calendars, graduates! You’re invited to participate in the annual Alumnae Soccer Game – scheduled for Tuesday, July 29 at 6:00 PM. For more information, contact Vince Aceto at

Photo:  2010 Varsity Soccer Team

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McAuley Welcomes New Faculty & Staff Members

As McAuley forges ahead with its exciting Strategic Plan, and with a continued commitment to educational excellence, the School is pleased to welcome dynamic new faculty and staff members for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Jason Aceto – Social Studies.  Mr. Aceto earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and has completed post-graduate work in Social Skill Development and English as a Second Language.  He has taught at both private and public schools in Maine.  He also has experience overseeing the use of technology in the classrooms, Student Council and Literacy Programs.

Dr. Talya Davis – Biology.  Ms. Davis is a graduate of Smith College, cum laude, with a BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  Additionally, she completed her PhD from Tufts University in Molecular Microbiology and is eager to continue her teaching career at McAuley.

Ginger Jones – Director of Advancement.  Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University and a Master’s degree from the School for International Training.  She brings over twenty years of fundraising experience in both the educational and environmental sector and is passionate and enthusiastic in the enhancement of development activities.

Mike Jordan, Par ‘16 – Facilities Manager.  In addition to being a former business owner and serving as the Deputy Fire Chief in Cape Elizabeth, Mr. Jordan brings a vast amount of experience in overseeing electrical and plumbing work, fire and safety codes, landscaping and OSHA standards.   Mr. Jordan has already overseen many great initiatives, including the installation of security monitors and acoustic tiles, as well as the repair of the Main Building roof.

Eric Jorgensen – Social Studies. Mr. Jorgensen is excited to return to McAuley (and to the classroom) after pursuing a successful career in archeology.  He is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies.  He has pursued additional coursework at Walter Phillips Homestead Site in Damariscotta, Maine, the University of Phoenix, Endicott College and the University of Southern Maine.

Meghan Scribner – Art.  Ms. Scribner is a graduate of Hartwick College in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Lesley College in Massachusetts with a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies, and also holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from the Maine College of Art.  She has taught a range of students from elementary school through college and has extensive experience in various art genres.

Erin Shanahan – English.  Ms. Shanahan completed her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, and a Master of Arts in English from Salem State University in Massachusetts.  She has extensive experience as an educator, department chairperson and swim coach.

Jacklyn Stanley – Office Assistant.  Ms. Stanley completed a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Media and Cultural Studies from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  She is knowledgeable  in web design, advertising, multi-media and general accounting.  She recently mentored at local elementary schools and currently writes for The Sandspur, a Rollins College publication.

McAuley also acknowledges the following faculty and staff members in new positions for the coming year:

  • Eileen Veroneau Brown ’83, the former Director of Advancement, will serve as both the Dean of Students and the Guidance Office Administrative Assistant.
  • Candace Anderson-Ek, formerly of the English Department, has been named Director of Admission.
  • Rebecca Redlon will remain a member of McAuley’s English Department while also fulfilling the role of Academic Dean.
  • Ericka Sanborn, the former Director of Admission, will now serve as the Director of Marketing.
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McAuley Alumna Honored with New England Emmy Award


Congratulations to McAuley alumna, Justine Pouravelis ’02, who recently received a New England Emmy Award for her involvement in the production of the one-time special “Band of Bearded Brothers: The 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox.”

Pouravelis, a Studio Producer for the New England Sports Network (NESN), was nominated for a total of three Emmys.

Kudos, again, on this amazing accomplishment, Justine!


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