- Feb 17th - Winter Recess - All Schools
- Feb 24th - Return to School - All Schools
- Mar 21st - Staff Professional Day - No Students
Martin De Porres
Well, it has been quite a winter so far! Snow, Snow and More Snow! Despite the chilly weather, the spirits of the students and staff of MDP cannot be dampened. When I visit our schools and residence I feel proud to be a member of this educational community. Everywhere I look, I see students engaged in learning activities and educators who are committed to those students entrusted to their care. MDP kids are always doing their best and reaching new heights. Just last night, our MDP Monarchs varsity basketball team achieved a tremendous accomplishment. They captured the league title for the Independent Private Parochial School Athletic League (IPPSAL) by defeating the Portledge School by a score of 66-44. It was the first league championship for the Monarchs and we are proud of them.
This is just one of the exciting things happening this winter. Also, the MDP Monarch’s wrestling team participated in local tournaments and faired very well. Besides athletics, we have many activities occurring in the arts. Walk through our halls and see the dance
classes as students prepare for performances to be held at the school year’s end. Hear the music from the bands or students learning the recorders. Listen to the school’s choirs as they sing. In the high school, a drumming circle is held. At the art studios, the creativity emerging in our students’ work is inspiring. And, if you visit the High School, be sure to ask Mr. Frank Brancato for a copy of the student poetry that has been bound. The creativity is simply contagious.
Let me not forget to mention the learning happening in all of our classes. Students at every level are engaged in exciting and challenging studies under the guidance of their teachers. Walk into any classroom and see the hard work being done; reading, writing, language, math, social studies, sciences and so much more. Or stop by our vocational labs and C.O.D.E. classes and see “what is going on”. Students are mastering culinary skills, barbering, hair styling among a few of the skills.
As we come upon the time of year for the winter break, I am thankful for all of the hard work and commitment of everyone here at Martin De Porres. Enjoy the next week of rest and renewal. When we return after the break, we will be ready to resume our educational journey and look forward to all that will come
Dr. Ed Dana