posted Jan 24, 2013, 8:28 AM by   [ updated Mar 2, 2013, 10:47 AM ]


Mount Saint Joseph Academy cordially invites you to our Winter Open House.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 30th 6-8pm.  TWO raffle drawings for $1,000 off tuition for the 2013-14 school year will be held!  Families of current 8th graders and high school aged prospective students who are interested in registering for next year and/or learning more

about MSJ should attend.  We will provide highlights about our academics, athletics, co-curricular

 activities, service opportunities, scholarship/financial assistance options, and more!  Please contact Keturah Tallon, Guidance Director, at or 775-0151 to RSVP and/or for further information.





Congratulations to the MSJ Men's Basketball team for winning the Granville American Legion Basketball Tournament!  Jahnathan Mitchell was named tournament MVP and Matt Sanborn was named to the all-tournament team.  The Mountie men have started the season with a record of 8-1!





MSJ Spanish Teacher

This academic year, Montserrat Mochón has started working for MSJ as the Spanish teacher.  She studied Hispanic Philology in her native country, Spain, and earned her doctorate degree here in the States, specializing in the Spanish Golden Age.  She has been living in Vermont for a number of years with her husband and son and loves the beauty of the state, especially in spring and autumn.  She says of herself that she has become a sort of Vermonter (her accent might betray this), but due to her deep love for her country and culture she cultivates and maintains many of her Iberian traditions here. Her nine-year-old boy, Alejandro, is bilingual and bicultural and adores spending time with his large Spanish family during summer vacations.



MSJ student, Claire Mercier, appeared in Opera Theatre of Weston's production of Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood) by Benjamin Britten in early January.  Claire performed the lead youth role of Mrs.Jaffett, wife of one of Noah's sons.  This production reached new heights as the majority of the cast consisted of local youngsters taking the parts of Noah's sons and their wives as well as the animal chorus.




MSJ's one act play, Irene, written by director Jennifer Bagley, is based on the "story circle" accounts by Vermonters about their experiences with tropical storm Irene in 2011.  Vermont Folklife visited many of the hardest hit towns after Irene, and using their oral history sound equipment, recorded the eye witness narratives in the hardest hit towns throughout the state.  Irene is based on accounts mainly from Mendon and Rochester, and tells the story through the actual words of Vermonters about how the state reacted to and recovered from the devastation.  The play will be one of five high school one acts performed at MSJ at the drama festival they are hosting on Saturday, March 23rd.  A public evening performance is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd, where we have invited a wide range of local Vermonters who were so instrumental in the recovery efforts.



3/14/13: Shadow Day at MSJ! We welcome area students currently in grades 7 or above to visit for a day! Please RSVP electronically by clicking here or contact Keturah Tallon, Guidance Director, at or 775-0151 for further information. Our next shadow day when public schools are closed is on Friday, March 14th.  Come and visit! 


4/4/13: College Admissions Roundtable from 6-8pm - featuring Boston College and St.Michaels College at MSJ Library! 


**Watch for our regional "Meet and Greet" for local MSJ parents and faculty in areas surrounding Rutland City such as Castleton, Wallingford, Brandon and Mendon!


Alumni and Friends 

The Patrick T. Curran initiative was established in honor of Patrick Curran (MSJ ' 89) an architect with an unwavering passion for the environment and for improving it one project at a time. To learn more about the initiative on Facebook, please click here.


Former MSJ parent Bill Carris, who remains involved in MSJ as a volunteer, recently stepped down as the Majority Leader of the Vermont State Senate due to back and ankle issues.  MSJ wishes him all the best! 


Jason Foster (MSJ '07) has re-signed with the NFL's Oakland Raiders!  Congratulations to Jason!


Two of the three Crawford sisters welcomed new babies in December!  Mary Elizabeth (Crawford) Alberty (MSJ '02) and her husband Matthew, welcomed a new son, Colin Matthew, on December 12th.  He joins big brother Nolan.  Sarah Louise (Crawford) Stewart (MSJ '95) and her husband Chris, welcomed a new son, Edward Potter, on December 16th.  He is the namesake of Sarah's father Edward (Ted) and Chris' father Potter.  Katharine Joan Crawford (MSJ '00), aka Auntie K, will be busy with babysitting!


If you have information for the Alumni and Friends section of the newsletter, please email




2nd Annual Alumni and Friends Happy Hours!

Boston: April 18th from 6-8pm at Eastern Standard Restaurant, 528 Commonwealth Ave, Kenmore Square.  Please RSVP to

NYC: Ryan Birkenhead ('92) is the current owner and will be hosting at his latest venture,

The Penny Farthing, 103 3rd Avenue at 13th Street, on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 
between 6-8pm. Please RSVP to
Burlington: May TBD

2013 Reunions!

Let MSJ assist in your reunion planning! Opportunities to tour the school are available and we can provide you with alumni contact information to help get the word out! Contact Kathy Bove:

1973 Graduates!

A reunion committee comprised of Ric Reardon, Anne Shortle, Pam (Terrill) Larson and Mike Egan have attempted to contact members of the class of 1973 regarding the 40th reunion next July. If you are a member of the class of '73 and have not received a call, please contact Ric Reardon at (802) 558-4803

1983 Graduates! Interested in planning our 30th class reunion?  Please contact Mary Lou (Tedesco) Harvey; or (802) 236-3485.  Hope to hear from you!

1988 Graduates!
We are working on developing the plan for a combined RHS and MSJ class of 1988 reunion. Looking at Labor Day Weekend. If you are interested in helping coordinate the event contact Sam Welch at (706) 289-4926.


2013 Tax Advantage!

Did you know that donors age 70½ or older may be eligible to transfer a certain amount of funds from their IRA accounts directly to qualified charities without having to pay income taxes on the transfer (expires at the end of 2013).  Contact your tax professional to find out how this law might apply to you and whether it might be the best way to make a donation to MSJ.  Thanks for your support!


Help make education affordable and DONATE HERE for the 2012-13 annual fund!  MSJ is truly grateful for your support.