Located in Lowell, Massachusetts, Franco American School is a private, Catholic, elementary school for students from prekindergarten through eighth grade and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Rooted in Gospel values and academic excellence, we provide a challenging curriculum, while promoting self-worth, respect, responsibility, and a commitment to faith and social justice.
To prepare students to make informed choices and decisions and to grow as citizens aware of their responsibilities to family, community, faith, and world.
Spring into Science at Franco American School
Science Fair 2016: Every year, students in grades 6, 7, and 8 spend months researching, writing, experimenting, and creating displays in preparation for the annual science fair. All of their hard work was judged, and winners were presented their awards during a ceremony in the auditorium. We extend a special thank you to Ms. Danielle Latta, science teacher and annual science fair coordinator, and our judges, Dr. Kwok-Fan Chow and Dr. Dennis Christodouleas from UMass Lowell and Sr. Jane Holland, assistant principal at FAS. This year's winners include (front row) Mercy Woods, Grade 6 (Most Creative); Vishwa Patel, Grade 6 (Third Place Overall); Phillip Tran, Grade 8 (First Place Overall); Bella Tellinghuisen, Grade 7 (Second Place Overall); Ishani Patel, Grade 7 (Honorable Mention); Pranav Natarajan, Grade 6 (Outstanding Oral Presentation); (middle row) Maggie Hood, Grade 6 (Honorable Mention); Riley Conners, Grade 7 (Outstanding Use of Visual Aids); Alice Huang, Grade 7 (Outstanding Use of Scientific Method); Caitlin Tully, Grade 7 (Outstanding Use of Visual Aids); (back row) Alexa Conceicao, Grade 8 (Outstanding Oral Presentation); Amish Patel, Grade 8 (Outstanding Scientific Knowledge); Sean Tully, Grade 6 (Outstanding Use of Visual Aids); and Nick Ayotte, Grade 8 (Honorable Mention).
Rube Goldberg Engineering Club: Congratulations to all of the students in grades 1 through 6 who participated in this year's Rube Goldberg Engineering Club. Students were recognized at a school-wide assembly in the auditorium. FAS developed the program in the fall with a goal of entering the 2016 Elementary Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. To prepare for the challenge of creating a Rube Goldberg Machine to be entered into this international competition, students spent time learning about the science behind these crazy contraptions. On Tuesdays after school, students studied the six different simple machines and learned important concepts like mass, velocity, force, and so much more. Meanwhile, using a host of materials like dominos, balls, cars, ramps, tubes, etc., they worked in teams to complete weekly challenges, such as building their own 3-step machines and building contraptions that used as many different simple machines as possible. This year's contest challenged students to build a Rube Goldberg Machine that could open an umbrella. Click here to see photos from throughout the year and to watch a video of Franco American School's Rube Goldberg Machine in action: https://rubegoldberg.madscience.org/teams/engineering-experts-lowell-2016/
Catholic Schools Week 2016
We had lots of fun during this year's Catholic Schools Week! The weeklong celebration was highlighted by the annual open house, pasta dinner, sing-along, and raffle; a special Mass; the middle school spelling bee; reading buddy day; a performance on the life of Abraham Lincoln; a visit from Michelle's Menagerie; and the staff appreciation breakfast. Check out the slideshow below to see photos from some of our activities!
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Congratulations to Franco American School's Class of 2016!!!
Students Spend Time in Frederick Ayer Mansion
FAS students and their teachers enjoyed lunch and then had the opportunity to tour the 140-year-old mansion and learn about its long and rich history as both the home of Frederick Ayer and his family and then later as the residence of the Sisters of Charity and the orphaned children for whom they cared. Today, the building contains administrative offices, a library, a conference room, music rooms, and a reception area. The slideshow below highlights the weeklong event.
Jed Doherty Comes to FAS
Magician and motivational speaker Jed Doherty recently brought his message of love and respect to FAS students during an hour-long show. Check out photos of the performance below: