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Alumni Spotlight: Emily Leach

We asked alumna Emily Leach, a Lanham native, share how Saint Matthias prepared her for her global adventure in animal science.  Here’s what she shared:

“Saint Matthias helped shape who I have become and continue to work towards because of teaching me to always work hard and work towards my goal. Teachers such as Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Doran challenged me and supported me to reach my goals of becoming a veterinarian. The projects we would do in science class and algebra helped me start applying my knowledge in practical settings. These skills transferred to my undergraduate studies in the Animal Science program at University of Maryland where I felt comfortable with hands on science that then allowed me to get into veterinary school. I will graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016 and hope to come back to the area to serve the area I grew up and began my journey.”

We look forward to have Emily come back and share with our students when she is state-side next!





Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day at Saint Matthias.  We are SO thankful for our dedicate instructional and support staff.


Saint Matthias Announces Changes for 2015-2016 School Year

Last night, Principal Abbie Greer and Father Milton Jordan shared with the parents of The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle their new innovations for the 2015-2016 school year.  These new initiatives were outlined as the first steps in an ongoing process to ensure 21-century learners and leaders are fostered at Saint Matthias.  This was their first annual “State of the School Address.”  These decisions were made with consultation of the School Board and leadership of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Jesuit Spirituality

While continuing to follow the Archdiocese of Washington religion curriculum, Saint Matthias will now infuse their instruction with an Ignatian spirituality. Their focus will be on ensuring the education of the whole student. Their dedication to leadership formation will be formalized through this new spiritual focus. Saint Matthias will continue to build the network of support with Jesuit institutions locally and nationally.

Limited Class Size

The class size for the PreK and K will be a maximum of 12 students. For grades one to five, the maximum size will be 14 students. For grades six to eight, the maximum size will be 20 students. This individualized approach will allow educators to meet the needs of all students.

The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle will continue to use the Responsive Classroom approach for character education and community building. The school will also continue to use supplemental, online, differentiated mathematics program and a choice model for reading. They will also continue their partnership with Notre Dame University though the ACE program.

Dedicated on February 25, 1962, The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle serves students from preK (age four) to eighth grade.   In 2013, teacher Trina Coyle won the Golden Apple from the Archdiocese of Washington. At the end of last year, 80% of the students at Saint Matthias were reading at or above grade level.   The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle will be accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year beginning Monday, February 2, 2015 online through the school website.


Catholic Schools Week: Parishioner Appreciation Day

Today, we welcomed members of our Saint Matthias parish family into the school for breakfast to thank them for their support.   The parish and school of Saint Matthias were founded together 53 years ago.  Since then, Saint Matthias has been educating the youth of Lanham and the surrounding area with support of the parish.


Mrs. Richards welcomes members of our parish family

Mrs. Richards welcomes members of our parish family

Fr Jordan joins members of the Saint Matthias parish for a reception in the school library

Fr Jordan joins members of the Saint Matthias parish for a reception in the school library

Saint Matthias beings inaugural Great Kindness Challenge

Students sing with Mrs. Greer to end the day

Students sing with Mrs. Greer to end the day

Starting this week, Saint Matthias celebrates The Great Kindness Challenge by participating in national events, and creating joyful kindness of their own!  Today, the first day of the challenge, finished with a team of 4th graders leading the school in the song “Reach Out With Your Kindhearted Hand.”  Students have been preparing the song and learning about why kindness matters.

Students prepared for the challenge by reading stories and reflecting on what it means to be kind, and why we act kind towards each other.

The challenge internationally lasts a week, but Saint Matthias students will carry this activity and focus up until Valentine’s Day.  They will finish with a service activity to help families in need celebrate birthdays by creating “birthday bags” for our food pantry.  These bags contain items to make a birthday cake.

This year, two million students will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge worldwide.



Open House: Welcoming Prospective Families

The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle welcomes prospective families to our winter open house events.

private-school-open-house-Bowie-Lanham-Catholic-Christian-Please join us to hear about our choice reading model, responsive classroom approach, and the proven record of long-term success of our students.

Our first Open House is Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

There will also be an evening Open House on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6:30-8:00pm.

If you are unable to make Open House and wish to schedule a private tour, please contact Vivian Richards, Director of Admissions, at (301) 577-9412 or

What the Right to Life March Means to Me

We asked Ms. Scanlan to share a bit about her experiences at the Right to Life March and Mass.  Here is her reflection.

In January 2013, I was a student teacher.  It was my first week back in my placement after returning from winter break and it was going to be my first year not going to the March for Life in Washington D.C. in 6 years, due to my student teaching obligation.  The night before, I was with friends who were going to be ushers at the University of Maryland Comcast Center’s Rally for Life, the second venue in addition to the Verizon Center’s Rally.  I was sad that I was not going to be able to attend that year.  Luckily for me, it was snowing the morning of the March for Life, and Prince George’s County Schools (PGCPS) decided to close two hours early.  Once I heard the news that PGCPS was closing early, I started planning my trip into Washington D.C. for my voice to be represented at the March for Life.  Many of my friends from the University of Maryland were already in Washington D.C. and waiting for the march to begin.  I was able to get in touch with my friends and meet them downtown.  The ability to attend the march was and is so meaningful to me, because it is inspiring to see thousands of people come together from all over the country, and even other countries, to our Nation’s capital in order for their voice to be heard.

At the beginning of the March, there are many people who have had abortions, or would have been fathers, that now wish that they had given life, and this overwhelms me at times.  I can see the pain and regret that these people are suffering from, based on their facial expressions.  As I join in with the march, I listen to the chants that various groups have created for the march, including “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go.”  There are also pictures along the way that illustrate what happens during an abortion, which tugs at my heart.  As a Catholic, I believe that a baby is alive at conception, and I find it devastating that those babies will never know what spending time with family, going to school, going on vacation, reading a good book, etc. would be like, things that I enjoy doing.  For me, attending the march provides me with an opportunity to give babies a voice, because some people believe that they do not get a voice.  I am excited to take some of our 7th and 8th students to the Rally and March for Life this year and for their opportunity to see first-hand the pro-life community coming together for this cause.

“A person is a person no matter how small,” – Dr. Seuss

Ms. Scanlan as a student on the March for Life

Ms. Scanlan as a student on the March for Life

The 2015 Mass For Life

The 2015 Mass For Life


Krista Scanlan is a graduate of The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle, Bishop McNamara High School, and The University of Maryland.  She teaches second grade at Saint Matthias and is active in the faith life of both the church and school. 

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