As a new eighth grade student at Mount Saint Charles this year, I am already realizing what a great school it is. Even in my beginning weeks, I quickly saw what a difference it was from the public school that I went to previously. The teachers are extremely supportive and ready to help any student, there are various options for sports and clubs, and the environment of the school makes students feel like a family. My enthusiasm not only comes from the academic experience, but also from what it means for me to go here.
My mom, Ronda Marino, graduated from Mount in 1992, and she has wanted me to send me here ever since I was little. I have many other relatives who have also attended Mount, so I feel that I am carrying on a family legacy. There were a few important factors that made me feel comfortable arriving at the school. In the summer of 2018, I went to the Mount summer camp, which allowed me to get to know the school and some students and teachers. Second, the new student orientation prior to my first day was a warm welcome to the school, rather than just walking in on the first day. Lastly, my dad, Jason Marino, is the technology director here at Mount, so I knew I could talk to him when I needed anything.
Now, about a month into my first year, I am proud to be a Mountie, and I am looking forward to the years to come and what my experience will be like at Mount Saint Charles.
Michael Marino, '25
Entering a new school is hard, especially now because of the virus going around. My name is Jack Lamoureux, and I am a new student here at Mount. The school that I used to go to was Saint Philip in Smithfield. I was there for five years and I knew almost every kid there. I got to know the people in my class the best. Then came sixth grade, and my class went down so far in numbers. In second grade we had twenty five people, now thirteen. Some people joined the school in different years and I got to know them, but there were only ten that stayed at least as long as me. My family and even I knew it was just going to get smaller, and then I would join a school with thousands of kids. So that is why we left Saint Philip.
Then the first day of school at Mount came, and let me tell you, it was hard. I didn't know anyone. Walking up and down stairs, going to classrooms that I barely knew how to get to, afraid that teachers wouldn’t like me, thinking the other kids in my class knew way more than me.
Then three weeks pass, and I know some people in my class that I call my new friends. I got used to where my classes are. I figured out what teachers not to make mad, and really there aren’t any; all the teachers and kids are nice. I am now in the Earth crew and Hilltopper. So now Mount isn’t that bad until you get over the first few days, and when you get some friends you and them will always be friends. Like what Mr. Tenreiro said at the orientation, “When you become a Mountie, you will always be a Mountie, and you will always be in the Mountie family”.
Jack Lamoureux '26