The Saints Academy

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  • Welcome to The Saints Academy

    A Catholic School community is made of people.  Students, teachers, staff, priests, nuns, church members, and parents, who are all working as a unified team to help our children build a foundation of faith, academics, civic responsibility, and service for others. At The Saints Academy, through our five core values of Discipleship, Partnership, Scholarship, Leadership, and Citizenship, we endeavor to provide an environment that fosters each of these values throughout the school day and into the daily lives of our students.  Through the unification of our two Catholic school communities in Beverly- St. Mary Star of the Sea School and St. John the Evangelist School, we established The Saints Academy in 2016.  The Saints Academy will bring Catholic Education in Beverly to the next generation of children and families on the North Shore of Massachusetts.  This is an exciting time in Catholic Education! We are on the precipice of moving our school community into the next generation and creating a new educational experience for today’s students, and for years to come.  Welcome to The Saints Academy!

    The Saints Academy Mission Statement

    The Saints Academy provides a rigorous academic program through innovative teaching practices that prepares students for the world in which we live.  We offer a strong spiritual foundation, based in the teachings of the Catholic Church, for students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. We endeavor to provide an environment that promotes our five core values of Discipleship, Partnership, Scholarship, Leadership, and Citizenship throughout the school day and into the lives of our students and school community.

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  • The Saints Academy Legacy Awards
    Legacy Awards were presented at our Eighth Grade Graduation Mass.  
    Awards were presented to:  Caitlin & Timothy Boyle Class of 2022 and their Dad, Dan Boyle Class of 1983
    Mireille Climenson Class of 2022 and her mom, Siobhan Coyle Climenson Class of 1985

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  • Stephen O’Grady Award
    In a life that was tragically cut short, Stephen O’Grady had a huge impact on young people in Salem and at St. John the Evangelist School.  During his school years, Stephen was President of Salem High’s student council and of Immaculate Conception Parish’s youth group.  Starting at age 16, Stephen became involved with the Salem Little League, first as a coach (his beloved team was the Reds), then became the league’s Vice President.  The baseball diamond at Salem’s Forest River Park is named after Stephen O’Grady.  Starting at age 19, Stephen spent 7 years at St. John the Evangelist School, serving as a basketball coach, physical education teacher, athletic director, and middle school wellness teacher. Stephen started the girls’ basketball program and the ski program during his time as AD. Even after moving on, he filled in as a physical education teacher when needed.  At age 26, Stephen took on the role of Executive Director of the Salem Boys and Girls Club, which had recently been forced to shut its doors. He built it back into a thriving Club for the kids of Salem.  In September 1999, less than a month after his 30th birthday, Stephen was killed by a drunk driver.  Quote by Peeta Mellark “Our lives are not measured in years, but are measured in the lives of people we touch around us." 
    "On a personal level, I have always thought the winners of the O’Grady award represent the type of young people we hope to produce at SA."~ Mr. Walsh
    The Stephen O’Grady Award celebrates a Saints Academy student-athlete’s determination, dedication, hard work, and sportsmanship.  This years Stephen O'Grady Awards go to Mireille and Timothy!  Congratulations! 

    Mirielle  Timothy


  • The annual Salt Marsh Conference sponsored by the North Shore at Mass Audubon was a virtual conference this year.  The Saints Academy shared their data and analysis of the marsh at Conomo Point in Essex.  The students focused on two integral concerns appearing on the marsh:  fragmentation (the loss of marsh due to nitrification) and the spread of phragmites, an invasive plant. The 8th grade studied the chemical relationship between the amount of nitrate present in the water and its effect on marsh fragmentation. They also created a baseline study of the loss of land using GPS.  The 6th grade shared their data regarding the spread of invasive plants and the correlation between the spread and the water’s salinity.
    Three keynote speakers were also in attendance.  Dr. Danielle C. Perry, PhD:  Director Mass Audubon Coastal Resilience Program Director, Dr. Alyssa Novak :  Coastal Ecologist from BU, and David Moon: Community Science and Coastal Resilience Manager, North Shore at Mass Audubon


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    Earlier this year, nineteen students from the 7th and 8th grade made a commitment to expand their knowledge of microbiology by researching and developing a DNA based experiment for the 2021 Genes In Space competition. Genes in Space is a national STEM contest that challenges students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA analysis experiments using the ISS Lab. The contest is a collaboration between miniPCR bio™of Cambridge, New England Biolabs®. Boeing, and the ISS Lab.

    These students began to research their ideas in January and worked until May to complete this optional project.  Their commitment, drive, and enthusiasm is truly inspiring. 

    Congratulations to all for a job well done.

    (Below are summaries of each experiment.  The actual research was an in depth lab analysis.) 


    Hanna, Laurel, Mia:   Class of 2021

    Improving the Amount of Iron in Red Russian Kale Grown on the ISS

    The proposal is to fortify the iron content in red russian kale, a vegetable that is currently grown on the ISS.  Although kale is easy to grow, it does not have a significant amount of iron. The experiment will genetically edit and amplify the IREB2  gene present in red russian kale.   Future astronauts, especially women, will benefit from the research because when an iron deficiency is ignored, cognitive processes can be compromised.

    Lucie, Nolan, Natasha, Sarah, Thomas:  

    Class of 2021   

    Increasing the Fresh Oxygen Level on the ISS By Crossing Areca Palm With Spanish Moss

    Oxygen is recycled on the ISS and created by a compressor in much the same way that air is recycled in an airplane. However, this recycled air is not as healthy as air that is naturally produced by plants.  The goal is to improve the quality of air on the ISS by genetically engineering a plant that is resilient and easily grown.  Areca palm was researched as the plant of choice because it acts as a humidifier for the air. This plant is known for its ability to produce an increased amount of oxygen when compared to other plants.  Spanish moss was selected because it is a hardy plant that will be able to survive the particular climate provided on the ISS. When paired with the areca palm,  the Spanish moss will increase the oxygen production and air quality in space and also provide astronauts with  an environment that improves their emotional well-being. 

    Annie, Tim, Ronan and Charlotte:  Class of 2022 

    Can one strand of hair be used to determine whether an astronaut suffers from  anemia?

    This experiment addresses whether anemia can be detected by testing the chemical composition of hair follicles using BioBits technology.  A diet that is low in iron can affect the brain, heart, lungs, and the ability to critically think.   The International Space Station is staffing more female positions than thirty-eight years ago when the first woman was launched into space, and this trend will probably continue.  Since anemia tends to affect women more than men, the importance of early detection becomes critical for women to continue to participate and contribute towards the success of the ISS program. 

    Madisen, Armen, Douglas and Anthony:  Class of 2022

    Using DNA to determine the type of microbes trapped in the filter system of the International Space Station. 

    A variety of microbes do, in fact, exist in the vacuum of space and are also present on the ISS.  Air quality is affected by microbes brought on board with equipment and food deliveries as well as with the change in astronauts staffing the ISS. Many microbes, such as bacillus and staphylococcus aureus, are harmful.  Staphylococcus aureus is a very common bacteria and can attach itself to any host, damaging  the cells.  This bacteria not only causes skin infections, but also pneumonia, infection of the valves in the heart, and bone infections.  Since microbes reproduce and mutate rapidly, filtering and analysis of microbes is essential to the health of the astronauts. This experiment uses BioBits to test for the presence of the pathogenic microbe 

    staphylococcus aureus, in the air filtration system on the ISS.


    Nora, Harper and Mireille: Class of 2022

    Is the bacteria salmonella present in lettuce grown on the International Space Station? 

    Growing food has become an essential part of life on the ISS.  Lettuce is a vegetable that grows well aboard the ISS. During our research, we found that lettuce can easily become contaminated with bacteria such as salmonella and is very common with lettuce grown on Earth. Contamination with salmonella is present in lettuce grown both organically and in greenhouses.  For this reason, we question whether or not salmonella can be present in the lettuce grown on the ISS. Being able to test the lettuce before consumption is a necessary precaution that should be taken.  This experiment uses BioBits to test for the presence of salmonella in lettuce.

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  • Scholarship in action at The Saints Academy!
    For the 2018-19 school year, The Saints Academy was one of the top 5 schools in the Archdiocese of Boston for achievement and improvement on NWEA's MAP Growth exams in reading, language usage, and mathematics.


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    Each high school will have its own application process, which is now an

    online application available on their respective websites. Much of what

    we have to do, from the Middle School side of things, has been removed

    from the process. You will apply online and then you will be asked for the

    names and email addresses of the teachers for recommendations from the

    subject matter teachers.

    Click here for more information!

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