Recent News from Matignon High School
Matignon Expects Excellence
October 5, 2017
Matignon High School, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was established over seventy years ago and serves as an exceptional Archdiocesan-sponsored Catholic School. Matignon High School is a faith-filled, mission-driven and highly diverse community of nearly five hundred student and faculty learners.
While many schools speak proudly of their tradition of excellence, Matignon focuses on achieving excellence every day. At Matignon, the spirit of excellence permeates the very fiber of the school. It is through this spirit of excellence that our students come to believe in themselves, in each other, and in a bright future.
Our students and faculty reflect on our motto to “Expect Excellence” each day. Physics teacher, Mrs. Kelsey Ridley, sets the bar high for her students in every class. She incorporates daily routines, uses technology to gain full class participation, and creates challenges for students to face and learn from while making Physics relevant and fun.
Maximilian Costa and Leanne Medeiros, seniors at Matignon, strive for excellence every day inside and outside of the classroom. As student-athletes, Costa and Medeiros balance their rigorous academic and athletic schedules. Costa models the Matignon way on the basketball court and track with an incredible work ethic. Medeiros puts her best foot forward each day as one of the Varsity Volleyball team captains and a member of the Robotics, Engineering, and Design (RED) team.
When asked what it means to “Expect Excellence,” Mrs. Ridley, Costa, and Medeiros had the following to share --
Costa: Growing up, I was told to always work my hardest, and because of this I put my best effort into both academic and athletic challenges. The expression “Expect Excellence” has resonated with me since starting at Matignon. It reinforces students’ ability to believe in themselves and helps me continuously “Strive for a 5” on the AP Physics exam. It unites the diverse Matignon community into one family that challenges one another to create astounding results. The simple two-word expression, “Expect Excellence,” perfectly encompasses the mindset of Matignon.
Medeiros: To “Expect Excellence” means to challenge yourself and everyone around you to be the best version of themselves. Expecting excellence does not mean that you must be perfect, rather it means to strive for greatness and to surround yourself with people who are going to help you reach your goals. Mrs. Ridley has created a space for us to celebrate mistakes and successes in Physics, which has shown me that it is okay to mess up because it makes me a better learner, teammate, and innovator.