Each Monday, we will showcase a different member of our Saint Matthias family. Mrs. Vivian Richards is our director of development, enrollment, admissions, you name it- she does it! This is her 11th year at The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle. A native of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Richards is bilingual and the mother of a Saint Matthias alumna.
1. Tell us a little bit about you.
My family is from Puerto Rico, where I spent a number of years growing up. I was educated in both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking settings, so I know the value of global education. I love animals, especially dogs (at one point I had five!). I’m an avid sports fan and love cheering on the Redskins, Capitals, and Orioles. In the summer of 2013, I married my longtime friend and high school sweetheart- some of you may know me as Ms. Mason- it’s still the same happy, fun, me!
2. What is your favorite memory from being in school?
In high school, I was on the debate team. We had competitions against other high schools. There were six of us on the team. I loved, even then, writing an argument and fighting for what was right. I get to do this now as I work to make sure as many families as possible can be a part of our Saint Matthias family.
3. Where is your ideal vacation spot?
There are so many! I guess right now my ideal, most favorite would be on any island with clear water, good weather, white sand, and palm trees!
4. What is a special skill or talent we may not know you have?
I love to sing! I was a member of my church and youth group choir.
5. Why Saint Matthias?
Because it’s awesome! Saint Matthias has such a sense of family and belongingness. This place is where children thrive, and I get to witness that everyday. I’m honored to be a part of this process, and to get to help students and families.
Mrs. O’Hare, our librarian, has created a list of her top five reads for this Fall!
When’s the last time you REALLY got into a good book or series? With the recent surge in book-to-movie successes in the young adult genre, don’t count out these great reads for those of you who are older than middle school!
Crash by Jerry Spinelli –John Crash Coogan has always had tough, aggressive behavior until he meets a Quaker boy.
Schooled by Gordon Korman– Cap Anderson has been homeschooled in a commune with his hippie grandmother. When he begins to go to the public middle school, he becomes the target of bullies.
Any of the I Survived Books by Lauren Tarshis– These are stories about events in history. Would you have what it took to survive?
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff– If you are not the smartest, tallest, best in P.E., art or music, take heart. Join Albie as he uncovers his strengths.
Rule of Three by Eric Walters This is the first book in a trilogy! A viral catastrophe shuts computers down world-wide. Soon resources dwindle and the quest for power begins….
Mrs. O’Hare is our librarian for our 4th through 8th grade students. At Saint Matthias, students read everyday and in many ways! Why? We know it makes life-long readers who enjoy accessing the text-based world around them. Our standardized test scores prove it, too- with over 80% of the students reading at or above grade level! Over a third of the students were reading above grade level by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
Along with the above links, you can find these books listed on Amazon here http://astore.amazon.com/sainmatt-20
2014 Broadcast Schedule
TV Coverage (PT)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. (Replay – Sat)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. (Replay – Sun)
She was featured in Sports Illustrated “Faces In The Crowd” in August 2014.
Thanks to our close ties with Bishop McNamara High School, many members of our Saint Matthias family were able to meet author Jeff Kinney this week!
Mr. Kinney is a native of Prince George’s county and the author of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series.
On Sunday, September 21, nearly 20 runners from Saint Matthias became the first athletes in school history to participate in the CYO Cross Country program. Runners ages six to fourteen participated in the one or two mile course at Suplee Park in Laurel, Maryland. With it being their first race, all runners finished with best times!
The team runs next weekend at Villa Rosa. Students in all grades are eligible to participate in this fall sport. The CYO Cross Country program is in its fifth year.
Saint Matthias Alumi Josephine Kalshoven and Rachel Leader are rising stars at Bishop McNamra High School. See what they are up to over at BMHS. H SCHOOL
Ms. Julie Kelly, our art teacher and lower level librarian, was recently recognized as a Responsive Classroom lead teacher by the Northeast Foundation for Children. Ms. Kelly is in her first year as director of the Responsive Classroom program. In her 15th year teaching in the Archdiocese of Washington, Ms. Kelly has experience teaching students ages 4 to 14.To earn this distinction, an educator must attend two workshops and then reflect and report on their implementation of the Responsive Classroom model in the school. Kelly joins a small list of educators worldwide who have completed the work necessary to earn this distinction. The Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle implements the program in all grades prekindergarten through eighth. Teachers and staff are trained in the approach during the summer at formal workshops, with professional development throughout the year. According to the Northeast Foundation for Children, “Responsive Classroom is a research- and evidence-based approach to education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate.” The academy has implemented the model for the past decade. At the end of last year, 80 percent of its students were reading at or above grade level.