LSA College Bound Newsletter

April 2019

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April is an extremely busy month for the senior class as May 1st is the standard decision day for an enrollment deposit. All universities require a deposit for admission (ranging from $200 - $1000) to secure a spot in their upcoming class.

Before making a final decision, (if possible) attend the accepted student day or take a final campus visit, to a select few universities a student is considering. By gathering all their information, students can weigh campus life, academics, majors, financial costs and location.

Members of the Class of 2019 must update Naviance with all their college application results and select the college they will attend. College Counselors are available to meet with students looking for additional support with their college decision.


The college process is moving fast and furious for the junior class. Students are preparing for the SAT or ACT test in May, June and/or August. They are also considering the SAT subject tests, are taking AP exams and preparing for the National Honor Society Induction ceremony on April 30th.

The College Counseling Office encourages all parents and students to set up a college planning meeting with their college counselor to create a school list. It is essential for families to keep an open dialogue as they decide which colleges they plan to visit. A final list of schools will be determined after taking multiple visits, analyzing family finances, and analyzing admission standards of each college. College counselors are available to support students and families through the entire admission process.

Prospective student athletes (Division I and II) are encouraged to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center which includes a registration fee. Prospective Division III student athletes are encouraged to complete the profile, which does not include a fee.

Career Council Inc. will be hosting its 3rd Annual College Fair at La Salle Academy on Wednesday April 10th from 9:30am-11:30am (students only) with more than 50 colleges attending. The Prout School, Saint Patrick’s, Blackstone Valley Prep, and BMC Durfee will also be attending. All sophomores and juniors at La Salle Academy will receive an email prior to the fair with essential details. Teachers will receive specifics from Mrs. Romani about what time students will be attending the fair.

Important Dates

  • April 5th: Deadline to register for the May 4th SAT exam
  • April 9th: NACAC Providence National College Fair at the Convention Center from 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • April 10th: 2nd Annual Career Council College Fair at La Salle Academy (students only) 9:30am-11:30am
  • April 13th: ACT exam
  • April 24th: Spring NLI Signing Day
  • April 24th: University of Maryland visit (Juniors only)
  • April 30th: National Honor Society Induction ceremony in the auditorium at 6:30p
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West Point Visit

Thursday, April 4th, 10:30am

La Salle Academy

An admission officer for West Point will be visiting La Salle to speak with juniors.

Students interested in attending this visit should sign up in the College Counseling Office.

RI Promise Program

Friday, April 5th, 10:30am

La Salle Academy

An admissions representative from CCRI will be here to meet with any seniors applying to the RI Promise Program.

SENIORS who would like to attend can RSVP below.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Providence NACAC College Fair

Tuesday, April 9th, 5pm

1 Sabin Street

Providence, RI

3rd Annual Career Council College Fair

Wednesday, April 10th, 9:30-11:30am

La Salle Academy

Save the date for Wednesday April 10th. The third annual Career Council College Fair at La Salle Academy (for students only) is from 9:30am-11:30am. Over 50 universities from all over the country will be coming to La Salle to meet with our sophomores and juniors.

University of Maryland

Wednesday, April 24th, 9am

La Salle Academy

An admissions representative from University of Maryland will be visiting junior English classes to provide information about what colleges look for in the college essay.

United States Service Academy Day

Saturday, April 27th, 10am-12pm

541 Airport Road

Warwick, RI

Learn about opportunites offered by the United States Military Service Academies on how to apply for a Congressional nomination.

Further information can be found in the College Counseling Office

Alumni Spotlight

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Daniel Procaccini ’04

I was well acquainted with La Salle’s distinguished history long before stepping foot on to its campus. My extended family includes nearly a dozen alumni, including my father, an uncle, and more second cousins than I can comfortably name. Family reunions often involve swapping “La Salle stories” around the table—fond memories and tall tales of astute and eccentric teachers, social misadventures, and lessons (academic or otherwise) taught by Christian Brothers.

The school I attended rivaled its reputation. My teachers created inviting classrooms to foster intellectual curiosity, analytical rigor, and respect for selfless public service. I credit so many of my instructors for encouraging critical thought and for their openness to respectful challenge and debate. They cared for the whole person, offering cheers for students’ successes and compassion in times of hardship.

Lessons learned outside the classroom are, of course, as important as those learned within. The strongest influence on my personal development came not from sitting at a desk, but from standing on stage: I am a passionate advocate for the performing arts; that passion was born in La Salle’s theatre and music program. The arts nurture human connections. They engage performers and audiences in provocative conversations and spark imaginative thinking. These qualities have transformative effects on the lives young people. I was no exception. Thus, the seeds of my early (and I hope future) personal and professional achievements were planted long ago on Academy Avenue.

I enrolled at Loyola University Maryland after graduation. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English Literature, summa cum laude, and was elected by the faculty to Phi Beta Kappa. I attended Boston College Law School and was awarded my Juris Doctor in 2011. I served as a senior editor of the Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice and I provided free representation in criminal matters for indigent clients residing in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhoods.

After passing the bar and clerking for a Rhode Island Supreme Court justice, I cut my teeth at a Boston-based national law firm. I am a civil litigator and trial attorney experienced in commercial disputes, white-collar crime, and business investigations. While I’m most often found on the defendant’s side of the “versus,” I’ve also had the opportunity to serve as a special prosecutor, including a high-profile trial arising out of the tragic death of a patient held in state custody.

Nearly fifteen years after I left, and with the support of my wife Lorraine and our daughter Olivia, I decided to come home in 2018. I am presently mining experience from the “other side of the bench” as a clerk for the chief federal district judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. I will shortly return to an active practice with Adler, Pollock & Sheehan.

I try to save my best performances for the courtroom. Nevertheless, my support for the arts is as strong as ever. I presently serve on the board of directors for Providence’s Wilbury Theatre Group, a nationally recognized, professional company connecting our community through new works, reimagined classics, and adventurous playmaking.

As a member of the Class of 2004, I have my own “La Salle stories” to add to the family canon. I am confident that tomorrow’s graduates will only improve on the legacies of their predecessors, and I would be glad to assist any interested students as they consider the next chapter of their journey.

College Counseling Office

Eric Simonelli, Director of College Counseling

ConiSue King, Director of School Counseling/College Counselor

Erin Casey, College Counselor

Anne Clawson, College Counselor

Check out our website, under the academic tab of the main LSA website.

Like us on Facebook: La Salle Academy School and College Counseling for information throughout the year.

If you have any questions, please let our counseling department know. Have a great month!