Mount Royal Academy 1st Quarter Academic Honors

Mount Royal Academy has announced Academic Awards for the 1st Quarter of the 2015-2016 school year. Thirty-three students earned a position on the Headmaster’s List with a 4.0 average for the 1st quarter.

More than 60% of the student body attained Honor Roll recognition; placing on the Headmaster’s List, the High Honors List (no more than one B), or the Honors List (no more than one C).

Grade 1

Headmaster’s List: Emily Beturne, Lucja Fryckowska, Finn McColgan, Lindsey Smrkovsky, Mary Walsh

High Honors: Paige Hall, Benjamin Harman

Honors: Jackson Barns, Maia Dow, Hope Goyette, Blake La Mothe, Sebastian Prieto, Rachel Tuch

Grade 2

Headmaster’s List: Matthew Bissah, Caitlin Richardson

High Honors: Clare Castor

Honors: Taylor Goodspeed, Edward Kanu, Leah LaMothe, Blaise McMenaman, Bella Wallace

Grade 3

Headmaster’s List: Luke Moorehouse, Nora Walsh

High Honors: Peyton Blackington, Kaitlyn Costello

Honors: Evan Barns, Adalynn Beturne, Amelia Caravan, Marianne Dowsett, Claire Jackson, Hannah Martin, Liam Treece

Grade 4

Headmaster’s List: Kyleigh Baker, Catherine Bellino, Isabelle Correa, Lauren Dustin, Emily Richardson, Brennan Walsh, Maryl Reese, Ellery Wheeler

High Honors: Sarah Cunningham, Spencer Cunningham, Nathan Kenyon, Caleb Martin, Max McColgan, Katherine McMenaman, Felix Prieto

Honors: Amya Acevedo, James Akerman, Sean Beturne,  Peter Hogan, Terese Klucinec, Claire McMenaman, Padraig Mooney, Gabriel Ouellette, Abigail Sweet, Leo Wallace

Grade 5

Headmaster’s List: Nonah Dowsett, Victoria Kenyon, Maryrose McLaughlin, Anya Moorehouse, Julia Stout

Honors: Susan Kanu, John-Paul Martin, Lyndsey Patten, John Paul Treece

Grade 6

Honors:  Samuel Hebert, Anne Klucinec, Madeline McColgan, Caleb North, Joseph Orlowski, Liam Ouellette, Maryl Rees

Grade 7

Headmaster’s List: Marius Edwards, Brendan Moorehouse, Emma Treece

High Honors: Bridget Wallace

Honors: Nicholas Hogan, Luke Richardson

Grade 8

Headmaster’s List:  Kateri Kalpakgian, Mary Grace Klucinec, Aidan Moorehouse, Andrew Normandin, Tristan Ouellette

High Honors:  Gavyn Magistro, Nicole Petrescu-Boboc

Honors: Amy Alterisio, Morgan Blackinton, Madison Hemingway, Nicholas Kleinschmidt, John Klucinec, Marissa Pickman, Antigoni Souliotis

Grade 9

Headmaster’s List:  Erin Diebold, Jacinta Hogan

High Honors: Rette Solomon

Honors:  Michael Fitzgibbons, Nicholas Green, Zhiwei He, Ivy Horner-Richardson, Alexis Matte, Alicja Nadolecka, Elizabeth Orlowski, Jaeda Rochford Hague, Maria Wallace,

Grade 10

Headmaster’s List:  Alexander Normandin

High Honors: Aila Wenger

Honors: Gabe Edwards, Josh Griffin, Isabella Kenyon, Alex Kalpakgian, Catherine Orlowski, Leonidas Souliotis, Ezekiel Swenson

Grade 11

Headmaster’s List: Bernadette Klucinec, Naomi Nelson

High Honors: Johanna Fitzgibbons, Cooper McCrillis, Autumn Rose Prunier, Kealan Vasquez

Honors: Hannah Everitt, John Hogan, Faith Lamontagne, Matthew McMenaman, Callan Rees, Ian Vasquez

Grade 12

High Honors: Matthew Caveney, Miriam Caveney

Honors: Benjamin Balch, Cheyenne Bentley, Anna Dahlberg, Adrianna Kenyon, Adam Normandin


Mount Royal Academy is maintaining its largest enrollment to date, with 210 students currently enrolled for the academic year of 2015-2016. The school, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary last year, also received accreditation this past May.

Lessons Learned From the Smarter Balanced Test Results

Dear Families,

The results of the new standardized test were released this week, accentuating a rather divisive conversation among educators, parents, and legislators. Headlines declare the results indicate 44% of graduates are not “college or career ready”.

The NH Commissioner of Education went so far as to say the test results are not news; after all, using the results to measure success against Smarter Balance’s predecessor – NECAP – is like comparing apples and oranges. The Board of Education is quick to state that these results are not surprising. Virginia Barry and the NH DOE classified the results as a “baseline”. One commentator notes, “by treating the 2015 results as a baseline, the state DOE is effectively saying these scores have little to no impact for judging how well (or poorly) our schools and students performed. They are only going to use it as a point to measure future results.” This is not uncommon practice in education, but again, there are deeper problems in play. Disagreements vary, but the real issue eludes most stakeholders and decision-makers.

No one would disagree with the idea that standardized tests cannot and do not provide a complete picture of student achievement.

But can the purpose of education really be reduced to preparing children for college or careers? Don’t we want more for our children?

Standardized tests and educational reform movements are always evolving. Can children really thrive in an educational environment where change is more normal than stability?

We propose another ultimate educational objective: preparing children for sainthood. This means teaching children what it means to be human, because our work does not define us, even though careers give us an opportunity to co-create and work with God to accomplish His plan. College is but another formative experience preparing us, but it is a secondary goal. We are missing critical components in the conversation. The true vision of education must include greatness, excellence, selflessness, and love.

Ideas matter, and if ideological premises are flawed or incomplete, so too the whole endeavor. This point is shared by Catholic educators across the country.

This moment is but another occasion for us to mobilize and make ready for continued mission success at Mount Royal Academy.

Yours Truly In Christ,

Derek Tremblay

Annual Veterans Luncheon Encourages Remembrance and Service

Today marked the 8th Annual Veterans Luncheon at Mount Royal Academy. We would like to extend a special thank you to the parent volunteers, students, and teachers. It is true, we should never forget the sacrifices of others, and each year we take this opportunity to commemorate veterans.

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Virtue of the Month – Foresight

This article on the was written by Mitchell Kalpakgian who teaches High School Humanities at Mount Royal Academy.

The Virtue of Foresight

Just as God in His Divine Providence foresees man’s needs and plans for them, man too needs to be provident—to be far-seeing, to think ahead, to be mindful of consequences, and to realize that the outcome of the future depends on the choices of today. Created in God’s image, man imitates God by providing for others and acting with prudence about the future with the virtue of foresight. For example, God’s all-wise plan for life–envisioning a child’s needs– prepares for the birth of the newborn by endowing man and woman with parental instincts to care for and protect the infant.  All good parents are provident as they attend not only to the present needs of their children but also think ahead for their future.

The word “pro-vide” comes from two Latin words that mean to look before or ahead. To be Godlike, to be wise, to be prudent, and to exercise common sense means to weigh consequences and be aware of both the present and the future. All actions bear fruit for good or for ill. As the parable of the talents illustrates, God expects the coins to be multiplied and earn interest—evidence of foresight and imagining the future. God judges man by the abundance of his harvest: “By their fruits you shall know them.” There is no interest earned, no bountiful harvest, no fruitful field without foresight, without sowing the right seeds in the springtime of life for the later years.

Unlike animals that live in the present and do not foresee the future with vision or ideals, man enjoys a greater awareness of time as he recollects the past and anticipates the future. In fact, the cardinal virtue of prudence takes account of past, present, and future—learning from the mistakes and experience of the past, making a practical judgment based on the reality of the present, and foreseeing the consequences of actions today that affect others in the days ahead. To be responsible, moral, and sensible, a person naturally thinks ahead—planning today for tomorrow, saving money now for next year’s purchases, educating children in their youth for their later adult life.

Christ taught his followers to be both “gentle as doves and wise as serpents.” The serpent looks to the left and to the right, moves slowly and cautiously, and checks for dangers and enemies. Thinking must always precede acting; otherwise, a person acts foolishly or imprudently without weighing the effects or reactions beforehand. Without foresight a person wastes money, time, or effort and accomplishes nothing. Without foresight—an intelligent plan of action to achieve a goal—no one progresses toward a destination. To live only for the present and think “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die” does not amount to wisdom because the future always comes. Man enters the future either prepared or unprepared—like the ants in Aesop’s fable that prepared for winter or the frog that only sang in the summer and froze in the cold.

Foresight for students means not only preparing for a career through a good education but also gathering wisdom to live well and to enjoy an abundant life. Nothing learned—no matter the subject matter, book, or class—is ever wasted. Whatever a person learns in science, social studies, religion, or English, he will use in one capacity of another. Not to learn is to show no foresight. If not in his own profession, then in his own personal life a person will be glad he knows, glad he can teach others, glad to possess an informed mind capable of making intelligent decisions.

A person in high school or college is not just qualifying for a profession but providing for a life of the mind, one of the greatest sources of human happiness because man is designed to love truth, to desire knowledge for its own sake, and ultimately to know God. It is not only wisdom to think ahead for the sake of one’s own happiness but also charity to be far-sighted on behalf of the well-being of others. Just as a Christian is obligated to love others as Christ loves him and forgive others as God forgives him, he also needs to think of others and provide for their future as God provides for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field.

Gala Celebration at Mount Royal Academy


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                        October 01, 2015

SUNAPEE, New Hampshire – The public is warmly invited to the Gala Celebration of Mount Royal Academy’s renewed music program on Thursday, October 15, at 7:30pm in the Saint Joseph Center at Mount Royal Academy. There will be an opera singer, a Chicago-based pianist described by the Wall Street Journal as, “particularly impressive,” and a dessert reception.  The evening’s events are a gift to the public by the music program’s benefactors; admission is free to all and no tickets are required.

The arrival of a new grand piano accents the school’s desire to be a source of arts and culture to the local community. “Our benefactors have accomplished in two months what was expected in twelve,” says Simeon Morrow, Music Director at Mount Royal Academy.  “The Academy now, for the first time in its history, has a professional-grade piano, which, will offer not just our students but the entire Sunapee community an outlet and meeting point for the highest quality music.  How people from all different communities stepped up and fought, whole-heartedly, for this cause is a blessing and true reason to celebrate.  These generous benefactors are not interested in recognition as their children are not enrolled in the school and some don’t even live in a neighboring state. They simply want to make the best music program possible.”

Mount Royal Academy is a Pre-K through 12 Catholic school with over two hundred students from all faiths and surrounding localities of Sunapee.

Media contact: Matthew McMenaman,

Tel. (603) 763-9010. 26 Seven Hearths Lane, Sunapee NH 03782

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Back to School Message from the Headmaster

Dear Families,

First off, I just want to thank you all for your patience and positive feedback as we begin another school year. On the first day of school the student body gathered to pray a rosary. As we were praying the rosary, I asked Our Lady for inspiration. It occurred to me that I had nothing prepared to say to the students, and then suddenly it hit me – dynamics and dignity.

No school year is ever the same as before. Each new year features different dynamics: new classroom arrangements, new faces, and new phases of maturation. In spite of outward changes, the inward dignity of each child never changes. We reminded the children that their value does not depend on how they look, how they perform, or even who they will become. Instead, their value comes from the fact that each person is created in the image and likeness of God. The inestimable value of each child informs every facet of our mission.

In a general audience back on March of 2013, Pope Francis referred to connection between respecting human dignity and coming out of ourselves:
What does being Christian mean? What does following Jesus on his journey to Calvary on his way to the cross and resurrection mean? In his earthly mission Jesus walked the roads of the Holy Land; he called twelve simple people to stay with him, to share his journey, and to continue his mission. He chose them from among the people full of faith in God’s promises. He spoke to all without distinction: the great and the lowly, the rich young man and the poor widow, the powerful and the weak; he brought God’s mercy and forgiveness; he healed, he comforted, he understood; he gave hope; he brought to all the presence of God who cares for every man and every woman, just as a good father and a good mother care for each of their children. God does not wait for us to go to him, but it is he who moves toward us, without calculation, without quantification. 

It is my prayer that we continue the mission of Jesus by moving outside our comfort zones and going out to those around us, to affirm the unequivocal dignity of every soul and show others the grandeur of our shared destiny.

May the intercession of Junipero Serra empower our hearts to always move forward as missionaries of Christ.

Yours Truly In Christ,

Derek Tremblay

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