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Intrepid Elegance Fashion Show

By: Tang Thu Ha Ngo (Jessica)

Fashion Shows performed by students at CATS Academy have become a very important part of our school culture.

As I’m writing this, the anticipation and excitement I felt at the Intrepid Elegance CATS Fashion Show which happened at the beginning of holidays has not gone away. This event was very entertaining and was the culmination of 3 months of hard work for the students and teachers involved from fashion department, Dr. Napior’s Technology Club and Mr. Lewan’s music class

Students Enjoy Trip to Celtics Game

By: Helena Fauvel and Kellyn DuBois

On Sunday, January 21, CATS Academy led students on an organized trip to watch a  professional basketball game played by the Boston Celtics against the Orlando Magic. The game took place in the Celtics arena, the TD Garden. The stadium was filled with many shades of green, a vibrant video board, and the lively roar of the crowd. When the Celtics entered the arena, heavy applause thundered from the crowd.

CATS’ students enjoyed watching the incredible Boston Celtic with players including, Kyrie Irving, who could be considered the most skilled player of the NBA today. He scored 40 points during the game against the fierce Orlando Magic defense. Other players, such as Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris, had great performances and scored 17 and 12 points respectively.

All of the CATS students, seemed to enjoy the entire Celtics NBA experience. We thought the food was very good and noticed that you can buy a lot of souvenirs at the game such as hoodies, t-shirts and other memorabilia. Senior, Ross Kwon, praised the experience by stating, “ I would definitely recommend CATS students to go to the basketball game with the school – especially if your a basketball player, because you can learn a lot from the NBA professional  players.” He then added, “For me it was a huge honor  to be able to see a game like that. Even if you don’t play you can feel the spirit of a real professional game and that is really nice ”.

Another part of our trip to the Celtics that deserves to be highlighted were the small breaks that occurred during the game.  We enjoyed watching the entertainment such as children dancing and the Celtics cheerleader.  Even the bus trip was fun with our fellow CATS friends. I can assure you that even if you do not like basketball you surely will have a good time with your fellow students and enjoy seeing the Celtics if you have an opportunity to do so.


Metamorphoses Shines!!

By: Anastasia Dvoryanchikova

When you hear the word “metamorphoses”, what comes to your mind? It refers to a transformation of a physical shape or a character. We might think of a cocoon becoming a butterfly; a structural transformation of rocks into minerals; or a long-term evolution of the human mentality. The concept of change is explored in the play Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, which was staged at our school in December, 2017 by art teacher Nathaniel Punches.

The play is a compilation of Greek Mythologies devoted to love, and explores how challenges can change one’s character. What made the play unique was the stage itself, which was a pool full of water. This unique CATS staff designed set was used as a figurative interpretation of the play’s mood, which mainly focused on the process of undergoing changes, and to make both verbal, and visual connections with the audience. Splashes of water projected an emotional intensity in the scene; a still surface with the lights reflecting in it gave a calm feeling and highlighted the anticipation before every scene.

Being a part of the production was  a memorable experience for the entire cast and crew. We built the play line by line, from one rehearsal to the next together. The technology group gave color and shape to each character; the cast breathed life into them; the band projected the character’s feelings and emotions with music, and our director brought all the pieces together magnificently. Metamorphoses is about change and transformation, and I was certainly changed by my participation in this production.  My hope is that our audiences left the performance changed as well.

CATS-MIT Outreach Fosters Love of Science

By: Uljad Berdica

On Monday, December 4, 2017, CATS Academy Boston joined a selected group of schools in the nation to participate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Outreach Program.

Through the vision and persistence of our AP Chemistry teacher, Dr.Gholamreza Namin, and the support of the science department, the proper arrangements were made for the PhD students at the Chemical Engineering Department of MIT to give a presentation featuring complex theories and experiments relating to AP Chemistry and the university’s curriculum. The AP Chemistry class and interested CATS students went on to participate in laboratory experiments and write reports on the chemical phenomena discussed.

The presentation was followed by a lunch with the PhD students from MIT to chat about life at a top tier institute of technology and the vast array of possibilities that the pursuit of science, technology, math and engineering degrees are associated with. We understood that in science, as in every other discipline, hard work, creativity, and vision always pay off. The two PhD students were impressed with our school, the faculty, and the scientific background of CATS students.

This event will kick off a series of presentations, workshops and competitions organized by the Math Club under the leadership of Dr. Namin. We will keep you updated!

DECA Club Message

Dear CATS Students and Faculty,

Our DECA club competed at a regionals competition earlier last month from January 17-18th in Mansfield, Massachusetts. This was an enlightening and rewarding experience for all the DECA students by providing them with the opportunity to solve real life business issues in a competitive environment. All students participated in a role-play segment to solve issues in the real world of business.

Two representatives of the CATS DECA club, André Massanobu Shibata and Bui Quoc Binh, won awards for to their hard work and outstanding business skills. Tuan Minh Tran and Thanh Long Tran also represented CATS proudly by winning a state award for the DECA Virtual Business Challenge. After the competition was over, all participants enjoyed a follow-up dance and luncheon with many American students and DECA state officers. Overall, the 2018 Regional DECA Competition was a challenging, yet interesting experience for our students who embodied the CATS spirit to strive for success.

On behalf of the DECA Club,

Maya Stoilova

January 2018 Student of the Month!

Congratulations Ji Ho Choi!!

College Counseling’s Advice for Juniors

By: Nuray Salina

Recently CATS Academy Boston students met with the College Counselling Team during the School Assembly. Next year Juniors will be Seniors applying to universities, so it is extremely important to meet with the College Counselors this year. The college counseling team here consists of four people: Ms. Smith, Mr. Cassely, Dr. Hooks, and Ms. Roihl. They will become your closest advisors and teachers. Your counselor will provide professional and experienced guidance to you regarding the application process for college admission.

I interviewed Ms. Smith, the Director of College Counseling about her advice for students in their Junior year.

Nuray: Ms. Smith what do you enjoy most about working with CATS students?

Ms. Smith: Well, it’s difficult to say what I like the most because I like a lot of different aspects of being here at CATS, but I think that what I like about working with students on the application process is helping them to realize how many options they have.   There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Approaching the process with an open mind and following the right steps in the right order are important. I find CATS’ students to be lovely and diverse. I love hearing the different languages, seeing various friendships develop across home-country lines. I chose to come here because of this diversity and the internationalism of our school.

Nuray: Ms. Smith, what advice would you give to Juniors?

Ms. Smith:   In terms of college applications, Junior year is very important.  It is the last complete academic year that a college will see in reviewing applications, so these grades are very important. In the fall, students receive quarter grades but they are unofficial. If you’re applying early, we inform admissions offices about the current course work, but mostly colleges use the first semester grades for the Senior year. My message to Juniors is to be the best student you can be in all of your classes, be responsible, be punctual if not early, and, come see us!  We would like for you to meet with College Counseling so that we can get to know you. We want to learn all about you – not only your academic performance, but also about your family, about your interests in terms of activities or sports or community service, and what you want to do after you graduate from CATS.

Nuray: So, you are welcoming students to come to your offices and talk to you, to ask questions about the process and school they are interested in?

Ms. Smith: Yes, absolutely. Ms. Roihl, Dr. Hooks, Mr. Cassely and I are ready to meet with you whenever you want to come and see us.   Of course, sometimes we are in meetings, but we maintain an open door policy.   Any student is welcome.   And sometimes we come find you!!

Nuray: Ms Smith, should Juniors start preparing any documents, or essays, for their application process this year?

Ms. Smith: We will discuss this with students as we prepare for their Senior year and college applications, but if a student writes an essay this spring for their college applications next fall we would hope that the student would revisit the topic, the writing, and update it. Students who want to share with us something that is not evident on their grade reports or in their activities, anything that may impact their applications, please come and speak with us so that we can advise you early. International students whose native language is not English will need to submit TOEFL scores as part of their applications. Please come and see us if you have questions or problems getting these done.

Nuray: Do you think a student’s’ active participation in activities both in school and out-of-school helps them in terms of their college applications?

Ms. Smith: Absolutely!  Colleges are looking for students who express interest in activities which involve working to improve the social aspect of their community or an environmental aspect of our world, issues about social justice and human rights, and simply helping their community with kindness and caring for others. The activities you choose should be something personally compelling to you as a student.  Consistently doing something that demonstrates to colleges that you have an ability to think outside of yourself, to take actions for others, and for the world and a very special addition to any application.

Nuray: What do you think is the worst mistake students could make in their Junior year? I mean a mistake that would badly influence our applications. What shouldn’t we do?

Ms. Smith: Don’t procrastinate, do not put things off, do not wait until the last minute….and that has to do both with your academics as well as the college application process.   And be good citizens of the CATS Community; obey the rules, take care of others.

Nuray:  I think a lot of CATS students want to apply to the famous “Ivy League” universities. Are they very difficult to get into? What can students do to improve their chances of acceptance?

Ms. Smith: The “Ivies” are perceived to be the most selective colleges. It means that they admit less than 10% of their applicant pools, and that’s because the chances of admission are a function of numbers. I think that the most important thing for international students are their English skills. They must demonstrate fluency – a true ability to speak, to read, and to write in strong English, to be able to synthesize ideas and analyze them in English.  They also must have a superior academic record while pursuing the most rigorous courses offered by the school.  The next thing that these colleges are looking for is the student’s involvement in something outside of school that improves the world, whether it is their local neighborhood or working for a global issue. For the Ivy League colleges these three things are the most important.

Nuray: Ms. Smith, is their a most appropriate number of AP courses that would improve a student’s students chances to be accepted by a good university?

Ms. Smith: Although the Common Application asks for the number of AP or Honors courses in a student’s course history, as I just said, they want to see that the student has chosen a challenging path, and that path is always unique to that student.  


CATS Basketball Bounces Back!

By: David Lazbin

The season looks promising for the CATS Academy Boys’ Varsity basketball team, it has had only three loses so far. The current squad may in fact be the most skilled varsity boys’ basketball team that CATS Academy has ever had.

Our Varsity basketball team has shown great success this season, despite its recent loss to the St. Andrews team.  The team showed great perseverance and mental toughness in the great home bounce back victory against Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall. We played with energy and tenacity and the support of our fans and cheerleaders added to the positive and invigorating environment.  Athletic Director and Co-Head Coach Wilkins provided some inspiration the team prior to the game noting that, “this will be a great game to get better and show what we are capable of doing on a nightly basis.” In addition to that our Varsity Boys Co-Head Coach O’Brien added, “our goal has been and will continue to be to battle through adversity and continue to get better each and every day”.

I would also like to call attention to the recent success of the CATS Girls’ Varsity Basketball.  They beat the Woodward School Girls’ Varsity basketball team on January 23.  It was an extremely close game which ended with 24-23 showing on the scoreboard. This game helped catapult the CATS Girls’ Varsity basketball team into 1st place in the GIL and handed Woodward their first loss of the season.

Griffin fans should look forward to our upcoming games, including what most people see as the game of the year for the boys varsity team on February 12 as we face Middlesex at home. The team looks to even the season series with the support of our fans.

Lets go Griffins!

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