Meet Ms. Granara: Counselor

michelle2Ms. Granara grew up in Norwell, MA where she spent her free time playing lacrosse. In high school, her lacrosse team won two State Championships and Ms. Granara was named an All-American. Ms. Granara graduated from the University of Maine and attended classes at multiple campuses. Prior to coming to Alma, she was a school counselor in Worcester, MA.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose to be a part of the Alma team because I fell in love with the school the moment I stepped inside. I saw incredibly hard working students and dedicated staff all striving to create a top notch educational experience in New Bedford.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to be a resource and advocate for the students of Alma. I want to help them on their toughest days and also be there celebrate their successes as they navigate their time at Alma.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

To develop a comprehensive School Counseling program tailored to the needs of the Alma community.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My teacher Ms. Schad taught me that a dedicated educator can have a lifelong impact on both her students and her community. Although Ms. Schad started as my teacher and coach she became a trusted mentor whom I still turn to today for encouragement and guidance.

Why did you become involved in education?

I wanted to work in education so that every day I spent at work would be an opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to Holy Cross to earn my B.A. in English with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. I loved Holy Cross’s mission to teach each student to become “men and women for others.” I earned my M.A. in School Counseling at Assumption College.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is Costa Rica.

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Meet Mr. Mello: PE Co-Teacher

My brother and I do not go skiing often so when we do we make it a point to look good

My brother and I do not go skiing often so when
we do we make it a point to look good.

Mr. Mello was born and raised in the city of New Bedford, where he participated in a multitude of physical activities and sports from an early age and still tries to as much as possible. Mr. Mello went to Holy Family Holy Name Catholic School before attending Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. He was enrolled in the shop of Engineering Technology and enjoyed it quite a bit but has always had a knack for learning and helping others learn movement activities. Mr. Mello is always open to trying new things and because of that, he finds himself exploring various interests.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose the Alma team because Alma is well recognized for their success in academic achievement in the local community which I am from.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to contribute a unique energy and passion for Physical Education, motivating each scholar to pursue the healthy, active lifestyle.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My top goal is to influence all scholars to apply their full capabilities to both new and familiar Physical Education activities.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My Engineering Technology shop teacher at New Bedford Voc Tech – Mr. Volkmann. Mr. Volkmann was one of the more impactful teachers I have had. He was very passionate about all things and had a unique way of turning, what seemed like everything,  into a lesson applicable to life. He definitely helped me to discover new interests and promote positive thinking habits, something I am very thankful for.

Why did you become involved in education?

I decided to pursue education because of the magnitude of its impact on the local community as well as the greater community. To me, education is about electrifying the youth to become lifelong learners, motivated to make a difference. I am grateful to be a part of it.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at Bridgewater State University. I personally enjoyed the wide variety of courses with interesting topics available to learn about.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac. 

What is your favorite food? 

It’s tough to narrow down my favorite food because I really like everything so to chose just one I would say…Paelha.

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Meet Ms. Webster: 1st Grade Lead Teacher

Ms. Webster enjoys spending time outside and hiking. Here, she and her brother are taking a break on a hike in St. Croix

Ms. Webster enjoys spending time outside and hiking. Here, she and her brother are taking a break on a hike in St. Croix

Ms. Webster grew up by the beach in York, Maine. She attended Providence College and studied Elementary/Special Education and History. Ms. Webster recently received her Masters in Language and Literacy from Simmons College. She then moved to the Berkshires after graduation and taught first grade at a community school in Pittsfield, MA for three years. Recently, Ms.Webster relocated back to Providence and is excited to be a member of the Alma del Mar community.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose Alma because I believe that all students can and should be held to high academic and behavioral expectations. Alma’s emphasis on involving students in their school and the city of New Bedford also appealed to me because it supports students in becoming active members of their community. Instilling the value of service and citizenship early is critical.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to contribute to Alma by providing students with a structured and engaging learning environment that fosters growth.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My primary goal for my first year is to create a learning environment in which students feel comfortable yet challenged and also understand their critical role in becoming compassionate citizens of their classroom, school and local community.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

Fortunately, I had a wealth of teachers who helped to foster my excitement for learning but my high school history teacher was the one who pushed me to take on different perspectives and be a more critical thinker. He maintained high expectations for all his students, but also made sure each student received the guidance and support they needed in order to succeed.

Why did you become involved in education?

As far back as I can remember, I have always known I would be a teacher. As a child and still as an adult, I have always craved knowledge and desired a deep understanding on how, why, when, where things happen. As a teacher, I am able to help my students become aware of the immense opportunities that are available to those who seek knowledge.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I attended Providence College and majored in Elementary/Special Education with a minor in History. What I loved about Providence College, aside from my dedicated professors and advisors, was the time I spent exploring the city and state of Rhode Island with my friends. For such a little state, we found plenty of amazing trails, parks and restaurants. We still try to gather and visit our favorite spots together.

What is your favorite food?

My sweet tooth is tremendous! I am on the never-ending hunt for the perfect cinnamon roll recipe.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is the beach. I grew up swimming in the cold Maine ocean and love exploring tide pools and kayaking.

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2017-18 School Calendar now posted!

The 2017-18 School Calendar is now available on our website.  Paper copies will be sent home in the end of year packet. Magnet calendars will be sent home for all families in August.

Click here to view the calendar now! 2017-2018 School Calendar

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Last Week of School Dress Guidance for Parents

Clothing Guidance for the Last Week of School

Monday 6/26- regular uniform

Tuesday 6/27- Dress to impress! All scholars can dress up in their “Sunday best” for the last full day of school. No jeans or joggers please. If your scholar has PE please bring a pair of sneakers to change into.

Wednesday 6/28- Crew day! Scholars can wear their crew shirt for Field Day and should wear sneakers to participate in all of the events. Please apply sunscreen to your scholar in the morning before school. Field Day is at Alma this year on our new field!

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Uniform Store Opens June 19th, 2017

Alma del Mar uniforms are being ordered from epluno beginning in June 2017.

Place your order via the telephone number listed below or through our Online Store.

Customer  Service: 1-800-249-5275
Online Store:

Samples are available to try on at the school. Please contact the front desk at 774-206-6827 to set up an appointment.


When can I order uniforms? You can order uniforms anytime. For the best price, you should order during our bulk ordering windows. All items ordered during these times will be delivered to the school. The ordering windows for the Summer and Fall of 2017 are:

  • June 19th – July 7th (Items to arrive by July 28th.)
  • July 11th – August 3rd (Items to arrive by August 18th.)
  • August 14 – August 28th (Items to arrive by September 15th.)

If I already have uniforms for next year, do I need to buy new uniforms again? The uniforms from the new vendor are exactly the same as our current uniform. Anything that scholars are wearing this year that is within the uniform policy is acceptable for next year. If you are unsure if a uniform item that you have is in compliance with the uniform policy please stop by the front desk with the items for assistance.

What are the guidelines for the belts, undershirts, shoes and socks?
Scholars may wear any white socks and white tights without logos.
Scholars may wear any black belt.  A belt must be worn every day.
Scholars must wear solid black, close-toed shoes with a rubber tread and no logos, lights, wheels, or other distractions from learning.  They may wear boots to and from school but must wear sneakers while at school.  Sandals are not permissible.

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Alma del Mar welcomes Maria Rosario to Board of Trustees


June 14, 2017

New Bedford, MA

Alma del Mar welcomes Maria Rosario to Board of Trustees

Maria Rosario was elected to the Alma del Mar Board of Trustees during the Board’s May 26 meeting.

Rosario, who resides in New Bedford, has served for 11 years as Executive Director of NorthStar Learning Centers, a minority-led nonprofit that serves disadvantaged New Bedford area children and families. She has emerged as an influential leader in building support for strengthening the relationships between the schools, families, and the community at large.

“Maria has a proven passion for getting outcomes for kids,” said Will Gardner, Executive Director of Alma del Mar. “We look forward to benefitting from her deep experience in community-based leadership.”

Alma trustees are volunteers who serve a three-year term. They are entrusted with ensuring the school lives up to its mission, formulates and follows a long-range plan and accountability plan, and complies with all laws. As a member of the Alma del Mar Board of Trustees, Rosario will advocate on behalf of the 320 New Bedford children that we are committed to serve and put on the path to college.  

Other current Alma del Mar Board of Trustees members are: Jan Baptist (Chair), Chris Arnold, Mary Jean Blasdale, Bronwen Cunningham, David Eckert, Lucile Hicks, Martha Kay, Gail Fortes and Bob Unger. 

About Alma del Mar:

Alma del Mar is a public charter school serving New Bedford. Our mission is to put every one of our scholars on the path to college and to challenge them to be service-minded leaders. We are achieving this mission by providing a highly demanding, highly supportive education to every scholar who walks through our doors. Alma del Mar features a longer school day, a longer school year, high expectations for all scholars, and outstanding teachers from across the country. We currently serve 320 scholars in grades K-7. Next fall we will expand to offer grades K-8.

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Alma’s Scholar Art Auction is LIVE!


So, you’ve completed your spring cleaning and now it’s time to freshen up those walls in your living room, your guest room, your den, your office … wherever! … with some new artwork! It’s a perfect time to bid on some incredible artwork that was generously donated by Alma del Mar scholars. 

They took on the likes of Picasso, Rothko, Yayoi Kusama and René Magritte.

They learned to own their ideas and push themselves to dig deeper creatively.

Scholars in grades K-7 worked all year long to create these, and many other, pieces of high-quality art. 

The decision to place a selection of scholar artwork up for auction is really a celebration of the mastery Alma scholars achieved this year. Every single Alma scholar entered a piece of his or her work into the annual Art Exhibition.

Proceeds from this scholar Art Auction will support enrichment activities (including meaningful field work experiences, college visits and afterschool programs) at Alma del Mar.

We ask that you bid often, bid generously and help us spread the word by sharing this auction with friends, family, and colleagues near and far.

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Kickstarter: Help Alma scholars hang their artwork professionally

Our Art Teacher, Ms. Frazer-Rego has a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to cover the purchase of movable gallery walls. These walls will be used for our annual Scholar Art Exhibition as well as at Expedition Nights to ensure our scholars’ high-quality work is displayed professionally. 

Please visit our Kickstarter page, share it with your friends, and consider donating to the cause!


More about the project:

As a college-minded school, we strive in our visual art curriculum to instill in our scholars the idea that they are growing artists. It is vital to the growth of any artist that they have the opportunity to display their work and receive feedback from the public and their peers. As we have grown as a school it has become necessary for us to provide a more professional space for the scholars to display their artwork. A space that is deserving of all the hard work and growth that our scholars have made over the course of our school year.

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