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CATS Academy Volleyball ; History in the Making

By: Jasmine Stephens

The first CATS Academy competitive Girls’ Volleyball team has been making major moves this year. They ended the season undefeated (3-0) for the year. Marking the first undefeated team in CATS’ history.

The team began practicing at the beginning of March and worked hard in practice to improve each day. Although some of the athletes had played volleyball competitively at other schools, many of the members started with little to no experience. As the season moved on many of the girls improved rapidly. Through hard work, dedication, and commitment they were able to develop skills to compete with schools like the International School of Boston and the Woodward School.

The success, in part, is attributed to the fun team environment. Many of the girls were able to play with friends and fellow students from all around the world. The team had members from Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. This environment led to the girls coming together and embracing diversity!

Mr. Wilkins, the Athletic Director and Head Coach of the team, noted the cohesiveness and positive attitude of the girls.  He stated, “It was an enjoyable experience for me. The girls worked hard.”

The end of the season awards saw Xinhui Diao (Jackie) and Mel Rossi win the MVP award. Devany Leon-Garcia and Ngoc Thanh Nhu Tran (Mary) won the Coaches Award, while Hui-Chen Lu (Lisa) was the recipient of the Most Improved Player award. These players along with their teammates exemplified griffin pride! We cannot wait for next season!

 

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CATS Madness Photos 2018

All photos by CATS Media Club

National Honor Society 2018 Induction Photos

Spot the Differences Answer Key

Ultimate Frisbee Wins 1st Match of Competitive Season

By: Kenneth Luk (Contributor)

On April 13th , the school’s Ultimate Frisbee team had a dominant win against the Cambridge School of Weston with a final score of 9-2. This was the first victory in the start of the competitive portion of the season for the frisbee team.

The CATS Ultimate Frisbee team has come along way in the past few seasons because of the hard working players. Even though the competitive season doesn’t start until spring, the team has been training and recruiting since the fall.

Under very cold and unpleasant weather this spring, the team has continued to train on the rain soaked fields, or by throwing their frisbees in the gymnasium. They have also incorporated some fitness training, gathered to discuss tactics and watch professional frisbee matches in order to get a more comprehensive understanding of the sport.

CATS’ Ultimate Frisbee coach, Mr. De Santis, the visionary for the program, has established a positive and hardworking environment for the squad. The main goals of this season are for the players to improve their physical fitness and frisbee mechanics; to improve their mental toughness, field sense and decision making; and for players to have fun when they play.  This attitude has brought the team together to train harder to become better at the sport. “We are for ourselves and we train for ourselves,” said the team’s captain Steven Wang. This self-ownership and passion for frisbee is what brings the team together on a daily basis. Don’t be surprised to see big

April 2018 Artist of the Month

Winner: Suet Yi Li (Shirley)

Students Attend Boston College Fair

By: Helena Fauvel (Reporter)

On Thursday, April 12th, our colleges counsellors took juniors to a college fair at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The fair was an incredible experience for all students who dream of attending college in the United States.

From my own experience, the fair was a great place to explore options for my professional future as well as for my college options.  There I also discovered the option of taking a gap year and how this might affect my academic life. The fair included more than 100 representatives from colleges around the world. These representatives were very helpful in guiding students about the majors and services their colleges offer.

According to CATS student, André Shibata, “The college fair was fairly interesting, certainly more than my initial thoughts. I expected a tiring experience with crowded booths which was definitely not [the experience] I had. I believe that it helped me to decide my safety colleges and provided me with rather valuable information that I will likely use when I choose my college. ”

The college fair allowed CATS’ students to take a broader view of their academic options. Our well-trained college counselors will now help us navigate the next step in the college planning process, which is to create a personalized college list.

Overall, the Boston College Fair was an important step for juniors to get exposed to the endless educational possibilities American universities offer. The opportunity of going to this fair definitely made several juniors to start thinking more about the future that awaits them – and to start preparing for it.

Day of Silence is Today!

The Day of Silence is today (April 27) so we call on students and others to join together and show support for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community which includes your friends and family members.  

What is Day of Silence and its purpose?

The Day of Silence is a national student-led day created to show support for LGBT members of our community. Often, LGBT students feel they are forced to be silent about who they really are, and this is something we want to help change. We want to show the community that every individual is valued and has the right to be their own true self.  

How did it start?

In 1996, students at University of Virginia organized the first “Day of Silence” as a project and non-violent protest. The “Day of Silence” officially became a national event in 1997, when over 100 schools took part.  In 2001 the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) took over as an official sponsor for the event.

What you can do?

  1. Sign up and get an event sticker which will allow you to keep silent without feeling awkward.
  2. Participate in the “Day of Silence”.
  3. After the event “break the silence”, you will have a chance to share your experiences with others.

Where can you sign up?

In your Advisory and the Dean’s Office

Socializing at CATS

By: Nuray Salina (Lead Reporter)

Making new friends and involving yourself in a new social environment can be fun, but also intimidating. It is important to be willing to meet new people and have a positive attitude every day. As CATS students, who live in the dorms on campus, we spend a large amount of time socializing with each other. This interaction helps make us more responsible, open-minded, and adaptable now and for our future lives away from CATS.

Our school provides us with an environment to develop and grow through our interactions with caring teachers, coaches, administrators, and house parents. Despite the friendly environment, some students can have trouble adjusting to new people and new environments. My first recommendation is, don’t worry. It is normal to experience uncertainty in a new environment hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from home.  I have looked at the core of this problem and will give you my thoughts on how to get the most out of your social life at CATS.

An abrupt change, like leaving your home and your parents, has a big effect on everyone. Since most students at CATS are international, we had to leave our home-countries in order to study in the United States. I have noticed this can result in some students feeling lonely or homesick. There are many supports in place at CATS to help you adjust and feel like you are at your second home! Here are some tips to banish the homesick bug:

  1. Involve yourself in the school community. Try to join one of the school’s clubs or organizations, like the student government, or the school newspaper or consider becoming a peer mentor! In this way you can socialize with peers who have similar interests. Fun activities and group projects will help you to become closer to your fellow griffins. Another option is to join a sports team, where you will have fun playing a sport you enjoy while meeting new people.
  2. Try to be positive. Positive people are optimistic, very pleasant to talk with and easily attract new friends. Try to express positive energy everyday. Smiling is an easy way to do this and it makes people want to be around you!
  3. Find people with similar interests. For example, do you and a friend like playing the guitar? Go, and play guitar together. Seek ways to improve your performances together. I know you will enjoy it! Expand your group of friends and add a lot to your social life!

Lastly, know that you are never alone at CATS Academy Boston. There are supports in place at to help you adapt to your new surroundings and develop lifelong friends. Seek out Ms. Reihl, a teacher, house parent, or an administrator if you are having difficulty. They will all be there for you!

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