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Mystic Valley Second Quarter Honor Roll
The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School recently announced the names of students named to the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the second quarter. To be on the Honor Roll a student needs to finish the quarter with no grade lower than a B- , to be on the High Honor Roll a student needs to finish the quarter with no grade lower than an A-.
7th Grade- High Honors
Jimmy Arneil, Christina Bibilos, Samanthy Chan, Michela Correale, Jonah Crain, Joshua Cram, Michael DiFiore, Cole Feely, Stephen Flanagan, Tyler Gilson, Eric He, Shermarie Hyppolite, Romish Khatri, Arya Kurian, Alex Maher, Matthew Mail, Talia Mamayek, Seamus McAvoy, Savanna Moy, Amy Ngan, Steve Nguyen, Ethan Nguyen, Colby Orton, Faith Pan, Megan Ribaudo, Dominic Sacramone, Annika Schaad, Joshua Silva, Lily Spero, Allan St. Clair, Tyler Story, Thuy-Tam Vo, Kristopher Vu, Jake Williams, Zachary Zhao, Joanna Zhou
7th Grade- Honors
Veisha Bordenave, Anjilique Brady, John Carlino, Kevin Chen, Kedisha Clerger, Brittany Cockell, Kelsey Cook, Mya Cook, Lucas Dascoli, Maria DeSimone, Grace Dias, Miriam Dorcelus, Lauren Fennelly, Tara Foley, Kayla Fraser, Chiara Kinnon, Tiara Kirkman, Aaron Li, Loren Madureira, Ricky Madureira, Joseph Mullen, Brianna Nogueira, Ameera Omar, Eberechi Onye-Franklin, Nzube Opara, Gianluca Panza, Julie Pereira, Raymond Pho, Lily Rhuda, Anthony Russo-Penta, Muneeb Sheikh, Ben Soto, Luwam Tewelde, Baron Tran, Arune Vickneswaran, MacKenzie Wentzell, Rachel Wronski
8th Grade High Honors
Omar Alani, Phyllis Brady, Tommy Callanan, Courtney Cheng, Hannah DiGiovanni, Taylor Gibson, Jason He, Ethan Lam, Menel Lamadzema, Ben Li, Lauren Maher, Samantha McGlynn, Karen Mortimer, Tina Nguyen, Julian Ospina, Jolie Powell, Harun Sinanovic, Hannah Stewart, Ashley Sullivan, Andrew Tran (20)
8th Grade Honors
Kamari Adamson, Youssef Asrih, Anthony Campana, Barry Chen, Connie Cheung, Tama Coelin, Robert Cunningham, Nico D’Alleva, Michael Daly, Emily DaPonta, Sarah Elkouram, Raniyah Fanchaouy, Maggie Finn, Philippe Guerrier, Andrew Howard, Ashley Hynes, Marvin Josaphat, Meredith Lane, Jacob Leary, Ian Libby, Jeffrey Mei, Alex Morisset, Molli Motroni, Vivian Nguyen, Lindsay Notarangeli, Sydnie Pezzarossi, Cristiana Rong, Frederick Russell, Emma Sacco, Lindsay Storace, Jordan Towle-Jackson, Rebecca Webb
9th Grade High Honors
Elana Bibilos, Kevin Chau, Haley David, Veronica Drahos, Gaelle Gourdet, Emily Nguyen and Nancy Nguyen.
9th Grade Honors
Isabella Addison, Vikram Alagappan, Nadeline Alexandre, Bianca Augeri, Kiara Awunti, Jocelyn Brissette, Michael Carlino, Demetris Christodoulides, Joshua Chu, Alex Ciampa, Talia Cutulle,, Sarah DeSantis, Dante Goss, Andrew Hogan, Matthew Hogan, Claire Inzerillo, Kassandra Julce,Ryehan Kaba, Ryan Kinnon, Joseph LoRusso, Janai Matthews, Amanda MacKensie, Sydney Mercurio, Teya Nigro, Ozem Onye-Franklin, Jesse Orton, Julia Passanisi, Kristopher Porzio, Christopher Poulos, Julia Powers, Ashley Sacco, Gabriella Ssewankambo, Julia Thistle, Lorenzo Miguel Tolete, and Kelsey Vu.
10th Grade High Honors
Elizabeth Callahan, Carmen Chen, Bailey Chiccuarelli, Sarah Di, Sean Flanagan, Kimberly Huynh, Victoria Mail, Amy Nguyen, Haley Pezzarossi, Louis Piper Carson, Jessica Soper, Visnavy Vickneswaran, Emmaline Willis and Aya Zeabi.
10th Grade Honors
Gabriella Bucci, Sara Calautti, Rita Cook, Patrick Daly, Eliana Destin, Emmaline Dillon, Fabiola Falaise, Jordan Ferrari, Kerri Foley, Meghan Foley, Mary Gallagher, Sydney Guerrier, Karina Hanson, Ashley Jean-Pierre, Christian Kinnon, Asha Kurian, Jessica Lieu, Brandon Loesch, Monica Lombardi, Colleen McGlynn, Aliza Merchant, Sergio Morales-Villalobos, Ngosu Ndiwane, Scott Nguyen, Matthew O'Connor, Timothy O’Donnell, Gaetano Panza, Taylor Sa, Bailey Saponaro, Makayla Selden,James Sickler III, Cameron Sullivan, Vincent Tham, Nicole Tran, Louise Wilensky and Caroline Williams
11th Grade High Honors
Erika Furtado, Brian Lai, Brittany Lin, Patrick McPherson, Chloe Statho, Sarah Terrazano and Hildy Wen.
11th Grade Honors
Tarek Alkedeh, Ava Asai-Sarris, Trevor Bonaccorsi, Matthew Brown, Robert Cummings, Fayrouz Farhane, Timothy Flaherty, Rachel Hynes, Emily Kelly, Mairin King, Christopher Le, Tony Le, Visakha Le-Nguyen, Thomas Lin, Vanessa LoChirco, Emily Luu, Cameron McKenna, Nina Mirzakashani, Maroune Missbabah el Idrissi, Karla Morales, Adam Moran, Paulina Petras, Jessica Phinney, Samantha Rizzo, Shannon Roseen, Erica Sacramone, Camila Silva, Rico St. Paul, Chelsea Sutherland, Melinda Taylor, Jordan Tirrell and Wolfgang Wentzell.
12th Grade High Honors
Nicolette Cerundolo, Jenna Dion, Megan Grossi, Alexis Martino, Hannah McCurdy, Emily Mui, Congtin Nguyen and Elise Sheehan.
12th Grade Honors
Brittany Afonso, Saja Alani, Natalie Arbouet, Dylan Barrett, Anthony Bockley, Sydney Carlino, Alexandria Cimetti, Kelsey Cossette, Joseph Dailey, Tania Fabo, Jonessa Guarino, Michael Hooley, Connie Lam, Jessica Lee, Virginia Ng, Jack Nguyen, Karina Porzio, Breann Powell, Allison Proto, Justin Rizzo, Selma Sinanovic, Sophia Smail, Raphael Stigliano, Joseph Swain, Amanda Valenti, Ashley Valme and Isabel Waller.
There will be a spring sports parent-student athlete meeting on Monday, March 10th at 7:00 at 576 Eastern Avenue for ALL students wishing to participate in spring athletics. The Special Guest Speaker will be Phil Vaccaro from the MIAA.
Students of the Week Honored
Several students were recently honored as Student of the Week. The students were chosen because they each exhibited the virtue of Graciousness. The students had their names announced to the entire school and were treated to breakfast with Mr. Finn. Students from the Kindergarten classes were also honored as Student of the Week. One child was chosen for each week to have breakfast with Mr. Finn. The high school honored several students as Students of the Month.
Back Row: Danielle Downie, Joe Mullen, Leah Ferguson, James Holland & Nick Wierzbowski
Kindergarten Students of the Week
High School Students of the Month
The 5th & 6th grade boy basketball team beat Pentucket Wednesday night and now move on to play the #1 seed Georgetown Friday, March 7th, at 6:00 at Georgetown High School. If they win they will play at Salem State Sunday morning at 9:30 if they lose their next game will be Sunday at 12:00.
The 5th & 6th grade girls will play the winner of Friday’s Ipswich v Newburyport game on Saturday at 3:45 at Salem State. The team breezed through round one on their way to what we hope is the Threepeat.
The 7th & 8th grade girls had a tough game Thursday night and now will have to go through the loser’s bracket if they are to win their tourney. They will start by facing Danvers Saturday morning at 10:45 at Salem State. If they win they will have two games on Sunday.
The 7th & 8th grade boys will travel to the Cummings School in Winthrop to play the tourney’s number one seed Winthrop. The team looked good Thursday night winning the game in the waning seconds of the game.
Mystic Valley Purchases Maplewood Baptist Church
The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (MVRCS) has purchased the Maplewood Baptist Church located at 729 Salem Street, Malden.
Mystic Valley Chairman of the Board Neil Kinnon said of the purchase “I am happy to have been a conduit between the Maplewood Baptist Church and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in coming to an agreement which I believe is a win-win proposition. This agreement will allow Maplewood Baptist, an important institution in the neighborhood, to continue its vital mission and at the same time allow Mystic Valley to solidify its long term use of the building in partnership with the church as it has done for many years now.”
Executive Director, Martin Trice considers this a rare opportunity. “Large facilities like Maplewood Baptist are few in the Maplewood Square area. To find one that is so close in proximity to our lower school made the opportunity too good to let pass by. Although the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has yet to grant our enrollment cap increase, we knew that additional space for our Lower School students was needed regardless. When we are eventually granted an increase, we will be assured of having the capacity to accommodate our growth.”
Maplewood Baptist Church Pastor Gary McClenthen said of the sale: “We believe that this week brings us to the culmination of many years of intense prayer and unified reflection. For some time, we have been considering numerous ways to strengthen and streamline our work as a church. One such idea, among many considered, was to approach the leadership of the Mystic Valley Charter School and ask if our building and property would be of value to them.
Our desire all along, even before considering the sale of our building, has been to have a greater presence in the community; to be less building-based and more integrated in the life of the Maplewood neighborhood and the city of Malden.
I have always believed that a city, even as it becomes more “urban” by the day, as Malden seems to be doing, can continue to be an attractive place for folks from all walks of life to call home. Contributing to the stability of any safe and forward moving city are good schools and good churches (and other faith-based communities and ministries). The Mystic Valley Charter School has been good for our city and has been a good neighbor to our church. The Maplewood Baptist Church has been a positive influence in Maplewood Square for more than 140 years. It is reassuring to know that this transaction today allows a strong and positive academic institution to move forward, and at the same time allows a vibrant and impacting faith community to continue to be an influence for “good” in the city we all love.
Our desire is to remain in the Maplewood Square neighborhood and to exist for the Maplewood Square neighborhood. We want nothing but the best for the future of the MVCS in their mission to provide the very best education to the children of Malden and the surrounding communities. I believe that for both institutions today is a good day!”
Meghan Foley (33 points) Leads Mystic Valley to Tourney Win
Led by sophomore guard Meghan Foley the Mystic Valley girls’ varsity basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the MIAA Tournament with a 68-61 win over Maimonides on Saturday night.
A packed house was in attendance for the Saturday night game. Maimonides started the game strong taking a nine point lead behind some lights out shooting. The Eagles did not quit and mounted a comeback led by Jessica Phinney and Meghan Foley towards the end of the first half. The third quarter was a back and forth affair that ended with the teams dead locked heading into the final 8 minutes.
The Eagles had a scare midway through the quarter when senior center Tania Fabo went down with a shoulder injury. She missed the rest of the quarter but her spot on defense was effectively filled by Sarina Charles, Ngosu Ndiwane, Paulina Petras and Bailey Chiccuarelli.
Mystic Valley set the tone for the final quarter by scoring the first 8 points of the quarter. They would never trail again. Maimonides would not quit and kept closing the gap but aided in large part by clutch free throws throughout the quarter the girls were able to hang on. The Eagles could not breathe easy until sophomore Sarina Charles drained a 15 foot baseline jumper while getting fouled and then completed the three point play by hitting her free throw and putting the game out of reach with just over a minute to play.
The MVP (confirmed by the crowd’s chants) of the game for Mystic Valley was definitely Foley who had 33 of the team’s 68 points including 23 in the second half. She played all 32 minutes of the game racing up, down and across the court giving the Maimonides defense fits and frequently bringing the crowd to its’ feet with behind the back dribbles and an array of shots from all possible angles and directions that kept finding the bottom of the net. In addition to the 33 points she had 12 rebounds and only two turnovers.
After the game Coach Jay Cantwell was thrilled with his team’s performance: “Meghan and Jessica were outstanding tonight. They handled the basketball 99% of the time and we had a team season low of just 8 turnovers. Sophomores Bailey Chiccuarelli and Sarina Charles were huge off the bench. Bailey was the biggest reason for the improvement of our defense in the second half, and Sarina scored 3 huge baskets, none bigger than the 3 point play to seal the game. I can’t say enough about the way Jessica played tonight and Meghan’s play spoke for itself.”
The team will now play two time defending state champ and tournament 1 seed Fenway on Tuesday night at 7:00 at Chelsea High School in the semifinal round.
Classes at Mystic Valley will be dismissed at 12:00 on Tuesday, March 11th. Tuesday will be a dress down day as provided in the Student Handbook. Normal pick up procedures will be followed.
The Mystic Valley PTO will be sponsoring an event at Sky Zone in Everett after school. Sky Zone will donate $5.00 for every jumper that presents this coupon between 3:00 and 8:00 on March 11th.
April Vacation Program
Mystic Valley is offering a Recreational Program for Mystic Valley students in grades K-5 at our facility on Eastern Avenue. The program will run from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm for the April vacation week (Monday, April 21st to Friday, April 25th). The aim of the program is to offer Mystic Valley parents the opportunity to provide their children with quality athletic activities in a controlled and safe environment during the vacation week.
The program will feature: organized athletic activities including wiffle ball, scavenger hunts, various tag games, relay races, floor hockey both inside our athletic facility and, weather permitting, at the field (across from the facility); arts and crafts; swimming and swim lessons and a certified nurse, in case of emergency. Students must bring their own lunches, snacks, and drinks, towels and swim wear for the pool, athletic clothing and sneakers.
The price will be $200 for the week. There is an extended day option from 3:30 pm to 5:00pm. The extended day option is additional $30 per day. Mystic Valley’s Jane Brunelli will be the Program Director. In addition to Ms. Brunelli, there will be lifeguards, counselors and counselors in training available to help run the program, including older students at Mystic Valley.
If you are interested in enrolling, please complete this form and return it to contact Ms. Brunelli at email@example.com (781 388-0222 x 2006) by March 31st.
Learn to Swim Taking Applications
Applications for Mystic Valley's Learn to Swim program are now available. The program is open to students in Kindergarten, first, second and third grades. The program runs primarily on Saturday mornings from May 3rd to June 21st at the pool on Eastern Avenue. Those interested should complete this application and return it to Ms. Nicole Rubin, Director of Student Youth Services. at PO Box 545, Malden Ma 02148
Christian Kinnon State Champion Swimmer
In winning the 100-yard breaststroke at the MIAA Division 2 Championship Meet, sophomore and Malden native Christian Kinnon made history. Not only did he shatter his own team record and blaze past the rest of the field, but, by swimming a time of 58.86, he also became the first Mystic Valley Regional Charter School athlete to be named state champion in any sport! Kinnon finished nearly two seconds ahead of the second place swimmer which is a lot of time in competitive swimming. To add some perspective on how impressive his time was consider that swimmers 2 through 6 all finished within 1.5 seconds of each other.
Kinnon also earned second place in a hotly contested 50-yard freestyle race, finishing with a time of 21.98. By finishing first and second, respectively, in his two individual events, Kinnon scored a total of 37 points individually the second highest individual score in the meet.
Christian’s teammates fed off his energy, particularly in the meet’s relay events. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Eagles’ team of brothers Nick and Kenny Antonucci, Kinnon, and Robbie Cummings eclipsed their own team record and finished in third place (1:30.50). Mystic Valley’s 200-yard medley relay team (brothers Christian Kinnon and Ryan Kinnon, Michael Leung, and Robbie Cummings) dropped more than two seconds off of their best time to finish in sixth place with a time of 1:42.25. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Cummings, senior captain Ben Lieu, Damir Durakovic, and Nick Antonucci swam a seasonal-best time of 3:30.68, finishing in twelfth place.
A number of other Mystic Valley swimmers also competed successfully in individual events. Junior Nick Antonucci swam in two events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. He broke his personal-best time in the 200 freestyle and, with a time of 1:03.37, earned eleventh place in the breaststroke.
The 100-yard breaststroke event featured two other Mystic Valley swimmers, for a total of four in the race. No other school in the state, by comparison, entered more than three athletes in the meet’s final individual event. Sophomore Kenny Antonucci (1:05.60) and freshman Ryan Kinnon (1:07.10) both swam personal best times.
Junior Robbie Cummings (50-yard freestyle) and freshman Michael Leung (100-yard butterfly) both competed in individual events and were key members of their relay teams.
The Eagles already are optimistic for the future, as seven of the eight state qualifiers will return for the 2014-2015 campaign.
Girls Set Records
The young Mystic Valley Regional Charter School girls’ swim team also competed in the MIAA D2 Championship Meet on Saturday evening, establishing new team records and continuing to build on a solid foundation for the future.
The Eagles began the meet by setting a new Mystic Valley team record in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing with a time of 2:01.57. Sophomore Caroline Williams, junior Ava Asai-Sarris, sophomore Jessica Lieu, and senior Emily Williams earned 14th place in the event, scoring points in the state championship meet for the first time since 2012.
The two Williams sisters joined eighth grader Maggie Finn and sophomore Elizabeth Callahan to compete in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 26th place.
Individually, the Eagles also shined. Asai-Sarris improved on her results from 2013’s state championship meet by swimming a 1:13.35 in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 13th place. Caroline Williams competed in the 100-yard backstroke, as well.
All but one of the state qualifying swimmers will return for the 2014-2015 season and, with an average age of approximately 15, the Eagles’ prospects are strong.
Mystic Valley Swimmers Shine in North Sectionals; Ready Themselves for States
Sophomore Christian Kinnon swam to two fourth-place finishes in Sunday’s MIAA North Sectional meet, earning a total of 30 points for his team and helping the Mystic Valley boys finish in eighth place, their strongest Sectionals showing in team history. Kinnon’s time of 22.03 in the 50-yard freestyle eclipsed the previous Mystic Valley team record of 22.50, held by Zack Kelso.
With a time of 1:03.06, junior Nick Antonucci finished eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke, joining Kinnon on the bulkhead to receive his medal. Antonucci also competed in the 200-yard freestyle, and will swim the same two events at the MIAA State meet.
Two other Mystic Valley swimmers, Kenny Antonucci and Ryan Kinnon, competed in the 100 breaststroke, both of them qualifying for States. Antonucci swam the event in a personal best time of 1:06.81.
Junior Robbie Cummings qualified for States in two individual events: the 50-yard freestyle (23.46 seconds) and the 100-yard freestyle (52.27 seconds). He also made key contributions in the three boys’ relays, two of which finished in sixth place.
In earning sixth place, the Eagles’ 200-yard medley relay team of Christian Kinnon, Ryan Kinnon, Michael Leung, and Cummings swam a seasonal best time of 1:44.63. Christian Kinnon and Cummings joined Kenny and Nick Antonucci in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing the event in 1:31.94 and breaking the team record held by Cummings, Nick Antonucci, Robby DeSantis, and Christian Kinnon. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Cummings, Captain Ben Lieu, Damir Durakovic, and Nick Antonucci dropped almost 15 seconds from its seedtime to finish with a time of 3:33.08, qualifying for States.
The boys’ last meet of the season will be on Sunday, February 16. The MIAA State Division 2 meet will be held at the MIT pool.
Mystic Valley Girls Earn 14th Place in North Sectional Swim Meet
The Mystic Valley girls’ swim team competed in the MIAA State North Sectional meet on Saturday, earning 36 points and placing 14th. Only six Division 2 team finished ahead of the Eagles.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Caroline Williams, Ava Asai-Sarris, Jessica Lieu, and Emily Williams broke the Mystic Valley team record that they set last week at Sectionals, finishing in ninth place with a time of 2:01.62.
Mystic Valley’s freestyle relays also swam seasonal best times. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Caroline Williams, Maggie Finn, Liz Callahan, and Emily Williams dropped more than two seconds to earn eleventh place (1:50.07). The 400-yard freestyle team—Maaya Alagappan, Lieu, Finn, and Callahan—finished in nineteenth place with a time of 4:12.52.
The Eagles also got key individual contributions from junior Ava Asai-Sarris and sophomore Caroline Williams. Ava Asai-Sarris’s time of 1:13.26 was fast enough to place eleventh. Williams competed in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Her backstroke time (1:06.92) qualified her for States and broke her own Mystic Valley team record.
The Eagles will conclude the 2013-2014 season on Saturday afternoon, when they compete in the MIAA Division 2 State meet at the MIT pool.
Mystic Valley Boys Swim to CAC Championship for Seventh Consecutive Time
Sophomore Christian Kinnon won the 200-yard individual medley (IM) and the 100-yard breaststroke, leading the Mystic Valley boys swim team to its seventh consecutive Commonwealth Athletic Conference title on Friday night at Lynn Tech. The Eagles scored 349 points in the meet, more than 100 points more than their closest competition, Greater Lowell Tech.
Kinnon’s time in the 200 IM was a personal best of 2:03.31. His time of 59.95 in the 100 breaststroke, another personal best time, established a new Mystic Valley record and a new Lynn Tech pool record.
The Mystic Valley boys also broke Lynn Tech pool records in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. The medley relay team of Christian Kinnon, Ryan Kinnon, Michael Leung, and Robbie Cummings won the event with a time of 1:45.86. The freestyle relay team of Cummings, Ben Lieu, Nick Antonucci, and Christian Kinnon followed suit, winning the event by finishing in 1:33.85.
Junior Nick Antonucci dropped more than five seconds from his personal best time in the 200-yard freestyle event, finishing in 1:55.26 and qualifying for Sectionals and States. He also qualified in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.12, finishing in second place.
Teammate Robbie Cummings, a junior, won both of his individual events, the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. Cummings qualified to swim the 50 freestyle at Sectionals earlier this season. Freshman Michael Leung also earned his team 32 points by winning his two individual events, the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, qualifying to swim the butterfly at Sectionals and States.
Overall, the Mystic Valley boys swam personal best times in more than 90% of their races. The Eagles will send a team of eight swimmers to compete at this weekend’s North Sectional meet, scheduled for Sunday at W.P.I. The final meet of the season will be States, which will be held on Sunday, February 16, at M.I.T.
Mystic Valley Girls Dominate CAC League Meet to Win Seventh Straight Championship
Led by double victories by junior Ava Asai-Sarris, the Mystic Valley girls swim team won a lopsided victory at this year’s Commonwealth Athletic Conference Championship meet their seventh straight CAC league meet title. The Eagles scored 460 points, more than doubling the points total of the team that finished in second place.
Asai-Sarris’ 1:14.60 in the 100-yard breaststroke was fast enough to qualify her to swim the event at Sectionals and States and was a personal best time. She also swam to victory in the 200-yard individual medley (IM), and was a key member of her 200-yard medley relay team. That team also included Caroline Williams, Jessica Lieu, and Emily Williams, and established a new team record with a time of 2:02.14.
Sophomore Caroline Williams added a victory in the 100-yard backstroke and a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, qualifying to swim both events at Sectionals and States in the process. Her time of 1:07.15 in the 100 backstroke shattered the three-year-old Mystic Valley team record.
Other first place finishes in Friday’s meet came courtesy of eighth grader Taylor Gibson (200-yard freestyle), sophomore Jessica Lieu (100-yard butterfly), and senior captain Maaya Alagappan (500-yard freestyle).
The girls’ other two relays, the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, both placed first. The 200 freestyle relay of Caroline Williams, Emily Williams, Lieu, and Elizabeth Callahan finished with a Sectionals- and States-qualifying time of 1:52.15. The 400 freestyle team (Alagappan, Lieu, Callahan, and Maggie Finn) qualified for Sectionals by finishing in 4:15.74.
As a testament to the girls’ team’s depth, all three of Mystic Valley’s second-string relays finished in second place, despite being prohibited from scoring points (only one relay per team per event can score points, according to meet rules).
The Mystic Valley girls’ swimmers will now focus on preparing to compete at Sectionals. The Eagles will send a team of nine swimmers to compete at this weekend’s North Sectional meet, scheduled for Saturday at Wellesley College. The final meet of the season will be States, which will be held on Saturday, February 15, at M.I.T.
PTO Scholarships Offered
The Mystic Valley PTO will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to graduating Mystic Valley seniors this year. Interested applicants should read this introductory letter from the PTO and the scholarship profile and then complete the scholarship application.
Mystic Valley’s Justin Nguyen National Merit Semifinalist
Mystic Valley senior, Justin Nguyen, was recently informed that he is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. The designation puts him among the top scholars in the country. Semifinalist status is granted to the top scorers on the PSAT exam. Justin will be informed in the spring whether he will receive a scholarship after submitting recommendations from faculty and a further review of his academic credentials by scholarship committee members.
Justin lives in Medford with his parents and his sister Hanhminh who is in the sixth grade at Mystic Valley. Justin is the Treasurer of the Key Club and is an active member of the Model United Nations and the Literary magazine.
Hundreds of Families Turnout for Mystic Valley Admission Lottery
Hundreds of parents turned out for the annual Mystic Valley Admissions Lottery on December 4th. The hopeful parents of prospective Kindergartners came to see if their child’s number would be called early enough in the drawing to win a spot in the 2014-2015 Kindergarten class. “To see our gymnasium filled with prospective parents is a powerful testimony to both Mystic Valley’s success and to a parent’s desire for a choice where their children will be educated.” Mystic Valley’s Executive Direct, Martin Trice said.
This year Mystic Valley received 859 applications for admission to grades K-5. 568 applications were received for next years’ Kindergarten class of which 44 were from the younger siblings of current Mystic Valley students who will have preference in admission. Based on current projections and estimated attrition, without receiving an increase in Mystic Valley’s enrollment cap, it is likely that Mystic Valley will be able to accept only 50 of the new student applications.
When asked about the difficulty in getting selected to attend Mystic Valley, Mr. Trice said, “This was my second year of experiencing this heart-wrenching process. Once again I looked out over a sea of parents knowing there were 14 applications for every seat I had available. The parents I talked to were excited about the possibility of their child attending, but they knew their chances were slim. Turning away so many children from a public school is simply unconscionable. The enrollment cap for Charter Schools has to change.”
Despite the obvious demand in the community, the stellar academic performance of the school, Mystic Valley’s solid financial standing and the fine facilities available to our students, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has repeatedly denied Mystic Valley’s application to increase enrollment beyond the present cap of 1,500 students. There were 2,700 students on the waiting list for admission to Mystic Valley prior to the lottery. That number will now grow by an additional 400 students.
Mystic Valley’s Tania Fabo Named National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalist
Tania Fabo a Mystic Valley Regional Charter School senior was recently informed that she is a National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalist.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a privately financed academic competition that operates without government assistance. It was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding program participants. To date, over 31,900 young men and women have received Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $100 million.
More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2011
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.
To advance to the Finalist level in the competition, the Semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and educational goals. Semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance.
In addition to her outstanding academic abilities, Tania plays basketball and runs track for Mystic Valley. She is the Lt. Governor of the Key Club and the Head Delegate for Mystic Valley’s Model United Nations. She lives in Saugus with her parents, her sister Stacey who is in the 6th grade at Mystic Valley and her three year old brother Agani.
Mystic Valley First Quarter Honor Roll
The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School recently announced the names of students named to the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the first quarter. To be on the Honor Roll a student needs to finish the quarter with no grade lower than a B- , to be on the High Honor Roll a student needs to finish the quarter with no grade lower than an A-.
7th Grade- High Honors
Jimmy Arneil, Christina Bibilos, Samanthy Chan, Michela Correale, Jonah Crain, Joshua Cram, Michael DiFiore, Romish Khatri, Arya Kurian, Loren Madureira, Matthew Mail, Talia Mamayek, Seamus McAvoy, Savanna Moy, Amy Ngan, Ethan Nguyen, Steve Nguyen, Brianna Nogueira, Colby Orton, Faith Pan, Raymond Pho, Megan Ribaudo Dominic Sacramone, Annika Schaad, Joshua Silva, Lily Spero, Allan St. Clair, Tyler Story, Thuy-Tam Vo, Kristopher Vu, Jake Williams, Zachary Zhao and Joanna Zhou.
7th Grade- Honors
Veisha Bordenave, Anjilique Brady, Genevieve Casucci, Kevin Chen, Kedisha Clerger, Brittany Cockell, Deanna Cook, Kelsey Cook, Lucas Dascoli, Maria DeSimone, Grace Dias, Miriam Dorcelus, Cole Feely, Lauren Fennelly, Stephen Flanagan, Kayla Fraser, Tyler Gilson, Eric He, Shermarie Hyppolite, Chiara Kinnon, Tiara Kirkman, Aaron Li, Ricky Madureira, Alex Maher, Joseph Mullen, Ameera Omar, Eberechi Onye-Franklin, Gianluca Panza, Julie Pereira, Gwen Rhuda, Lily Rhuda, Anthony Russo-Penta, Muneeb Sheikh, Vanessa Smith, Luwam Tewelde, Jack Tracey, Baron Tran, Arune Vickneswaran and MacKenzie Wentzell .
8th Grade High Honors
Omar Alani, Phyllis Brady, Tommy Callanan, Courtney Cheng, Connie Cheung, Hannah DiGiovanni, Raniyah Fanchaouy, Taylor Gibson, Ethan Lam, Menel Lamadzema, Lauren Maher, Samantha McGlynn, Karen Mortimer, Tina Nguyen, Julian Ospina, Jolie Powell, Harun Sinanovic and Hannah Stewart.
8th Grade Honors
Kamari Adamson, Youssef Asrih, Zachary Brissette, Anthony Campana, Barry Chen, Robert Cunningham, Nico D’Alleva, Michael Daly, Emily DaPonta, Kylie DiMaro, Sarah Elkouram, Maggie Finn, Soleil Francois, Philippe Guerrier, Jason He, Andrew Howard, Ashley Hynes, Meredith Lane, Jacob Leary, Benjamin Li, Ian Libby, Jeffrey Mei, Gianna Messina, Katya Morales, Molli Motroni, Vivian Nguyen, Lindsay Notarangeli, Sydnie Pezzarossi, Cristiana Rong, Frederick Russell, Emma Sacco, Lindsay Storace, Ashley Sullivan, Taylor Tenaglia, Jordan Towle-Jackson, Andrew Tran, Rebecca Webb and Alice Wiest.
9th Grade High Honors
Kevin Chau, Haley David, Veronica Drahos, Dante Goss, Gaelle Gourdet, Emily Nguyen and Nancy Nguyen.
9th Grade Honors
Isabella Addison, Vikram Alagappan, Kiara Awunti, Matthew Bessler, Elena Bibilos, Jocelyn Brissette, Ashley Buggy, Talia Cutulle, Danielle Dailey, Alexandra de Heer, , Sarah DeSantis, Christian Falzone, Breanna Foley, Andrew Hogan, Matthew Hogan, Claire Inzerillo, Kassandra Julce, Ryan Kinnon, Janai Matthews, Sydney Mercurio, Ozem Onye-Franklin, Jesse Orton, Julia Passanisi, Christopher Poulos, Julia Powers, Courtney Ryan, Jack Ryan, Stephen Smail, Gabriella Ssewankambo, Julia Thistle, Lorenzo Miguel Tolete, and Kelsey Vu.
10th Grade High Honors
Elizabeth Callahan, Carmen Chen, Bailey Chiccuarelli, Sarah Di, Sean Flanagan, Karina Hanson, Kimberly Huynh, Jessica Lieu, Victoria Mail, Haley Pezzarossi, Louis Piper Carson, Jessica Soper, Nicole Tran, Visnavy Vickneswaran, Louise Wilensky and Aya Zeabi.
10th Grade Honors
Omar Alkedeh, Gabriella Bucci, Sara Calautti, Sara Chan, Bryanna Cimetti, Rita Cook, Patrick Daly, Aaron Dame, Eliana Destin, Emmaline Dillon, Fabiola Falaise, Jamie Ferrari, Jordan Ferrari, Kerri Foley, Meghan Foley, Mary Gallagher, Allyson Geer, Sydney Guerrier, Christian Kinnon, Asha Kurian, Brandon Loesch, Colleen McGlynn, Aliza Merchant, Neissa Mondesir, Sergio Morales-Villalobos, Ngosu Ndiwane, Amy Nguyen, Scott Nguyen, Matthew O'Connor, Gaetano Panza, Taylor Sa, Bailey Saponaro, Andrew Schofield, Makayla Selden, Vincent Tham, Colleen Tolete, Emily Verrill, Olivia Weber, Joseph Whitlow Jr., Caroline Williams and Emmaline Willis.
11th Grade High Honors
Brian Lai, Tony Le, Brittany Lin and Sarah Terrazano.
11th Grade Honors
Alexandra Addison, Tarek Alkedeh, Ava Asai-Sarris, Robert Cummings, Samantha DiPlacido, Charif Elmoussaoui, Joseph Finn, Timothy Flaherty, Erika Furtado, Rachel Hynes, Emily Kelly, Mairin King, Le- Visakha Nguyen, Thomas Lin, Vanessa LoChirco, Emily Luu, Brandon Martin, Cameron McKenna, Patrick McPherson, Nina Mirzakashani, Kelci Monzione, Karla Morales, Adam Moran, Cathy Nguyen, Amy Nickerson, Nicole Palma, Jessica Phinney, Samantha Rizzo, Erica Sacramone, Camila Silva, Chloe Statho, Chelsea Sutherland, Jordan Tirrell, Hildy Wen, Miles Wentzell and Wolfgang Wentzell.
12th Grade High Honors
Nicolette Cerundolo, Tania Fabo, Emily Mui, Congtin Nguyen, Sophia Smail and Joseph Swain.
12th Grade Honors
Brittany Afonso, Saja Alani, Dylan Barrett, Therence Bien-Aime, Anthony Bockley, Soraya Caballero, Sydney Carlino, David Chiccuarelli, Kelsey Cossette, Joseph Dailey, Jenna Dion, Ryan Foley, Jonessa Guarino, Samantha Halloran, Shirley He, Connor Higgins, Michael Hooley, Hui Yan Kuang, Connie Lam, Benjamin Lieu, Alexis Martino, Hannah McCurdy, Virginia Ng, Jack Nguyen, Feliciana Panza, Breann Powell, Jonathan Powers, Allison Proto, Amanda Quintanilla, Justin Rizzo, Nicholas Saponaro, Elise Sheehan, Selma Sinanovic, Raphael Stigliano, Amanda Valenti and Isabel Waller.
PowerSchool is an easy to use, web-based student information system. It is intended to provide parents, students and teachers with a tool to communicate student performance. PowerSchool may be accessed from any place the parent/guardian can access the Internet. The application is a secure link that encrypts the data to and from the end user. In addition, a username and password are provided to allow access for only authorized users to the appropriate student records.
The Parent Portal can be accessed using the web address: http://powerschool.mvrcs.com/.
Parent login information will be sent with student or mailed home to the current mailing address on file.
Students and parents can dynamically keep track of their grades, attendance, and homework assignments. With this real-time information, students and parents can now be much more proactive about improving performance prior to the quarter grades being finalized. PowerSchool is available from any device with an active Internet connection.
For more info click here: Powerschool Info
41 Mystic Valley Students Win Adams Scholarship
41 of the 79 members of the Mystic Valley Class of 2014 were recently notified that they won the prestigious John and Abigail Adams Scholarship given by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The scholarship which is given to students based on their MCAS scores, entitles the recipient to four years of tuition free study at any state college or university.
Mystic Valley Assistant Director for grades 9-12, Alex Dan, was very happy to receive the news and said: “Congratulations to the scholarship recipients and their families. Mystic Valley is proud that over half of its eligible seniors have qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship this year.”
The scholarship winning students are: Maaya Alagappan, Saja Alani, Therence Bien-Aime, Katherine Brown, Soraya Caballero, Sydney Carlino, David Chiccuarelli, Alexandria Cimetti, Joseph Dailey, Tania Fabo, Domenik Fabrizio, Ryan Foley, Rodney Fontile, Megan Grossi, Samantha Halloran, Shirley He, Connor Higgins, Michael Hooley, Hui Yan Kuang, Connie Lam, Jessica Lee, Brian Liang, Benjamin Lieu, Youssef Masoud, Emily Mui, Virginia Ng, Congtin Nguyen, Marina Novaes, Feliciana Panza, Breann Powell, Jonathan Powers, Justin Rizzo, Nicholas Saponaro, Selma Sinanovic, Sophia Smail, Raphael Stigliano, Joseph Swain, Mohammed Taaha, Isabel Waller and Emily Williams.
Four Mystic Valley Students Named National Merit Commended Students
Four Mystic Valley Charter School seniors were recently named Commended Students in the2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Commended students are: Tania Fabo , Emily Mui, Sophia Smail & Raphael Stigliano.
Tania Fabo is from Saugus where she lives with her parents her sister Stacey and her brother Agani. She plays varsity basketball and runs track for Mystic Valley. She is the Lt. Governor of the Key Club and a Head Delegate for the Model United Nations.
Emily Mui lives in Malden with her parents. She is a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, Science Club and Student Action Club.
Medford native Sophia Smail lives with her parents and brother, David, who is a Mystic Valley grad and her younger brother Stephen who is a freshman. She is active in the Key Club and Model United Nations.
Raphael Stigliano is a Malden resident who is active in the Key Club, Literary Magazine, Literature Club and Drama Club. He lives with his parents and sister, Angela who is a Mystic Valley alum.
Mystic Valley Assistant Director for grades 9-12, Alex Dan, was very pleased to hear the news and commented “Congratulations to Tania, Emily, Sophia, and Raphael on being named National Merit Commended Students, a designation only applied to 34,000 of 1.5 million students this year. This accomplishment illustrates what can be done when talented and motivated students are given the opportunity to progress through Mystic Valley’s rigorous, supportive, and structured academic environment.
A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Mystic Valley Assistant Director, Alex Dan to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Charlie Cards Available
The Student Rate Charlie Cards are available to Mystic Valley students. The cards allow the user to travel the MBTA system at a reduced rate. The cards may be obtained from Ms. Lucey in the high school office and Mr. Turner in the lower school office.
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