Dear Parents and Guardians,
This past Saturday night our Drama Club, under the direction of Mr. Cook and Mr. Smith, performed Sherlock Holmes. What an amazing performance! I can imagine Broadway or Hollywood calling them any day now. Thank you to our students for your hard work and to our Directors for your tireless dedication!
That evening we were also treated to a wonderful dinner cooked by our very own chef and assistant, Mr. Broadwater and Mrs. Olson. Thank you to all parents, grandparents and friends who helped, setting up, serving and cleaning up.
Today our 8th graders will be enjoying a day at Eagles Wings with other 8th graders in the Diocese of Austin. This is a special retreat day planned just for them as they prepare to transition into their high school years. Please keep them in your prayers.
This Saturday between 8:00-10:00 we will be serving pancakes at Applebee’s to raise money for Walking for Education. Please join us for a yummy breakfast. Fifty percent of all profits come back to the school to help our families. What a perfect reason to eat pancakes
Speaking of Walking for Education…….have you been helping your child collect pledges? Please do all you can to help make this a success for all our families. Remember, the more our enrollment grows the more programs we can bring in and the more staff we can employ for the future.
This Sunday our second graders will be receiving the Holy Eucharist for the first time. We are excited for them and very proud. Congratulations to the following students:
Diego Alonzo, Lauren Atkins, Nicholas Basile, Jacob Boone, Adam Compean, Madison Donohue, Michael Hubbard, James Humphreys, Kenneth McCauley, Grace McKenna, Victoria Mosmeyer, Hannah Neiser, Nataleigh Salas and Mackinzy Wall. We also congratulate Wesley Kuriger and Sarah Barkis who made their First Holy Communion on April 10th at St. Luke’s Parish.
As is tradition, each year an 8th grade student is chosen to crown Mary during the month of May. All students in grade 8 were given the opportunity to write an essay about Mary and why he/she should be chosen to crown our blessed Mother. Essays were then judged by impartial faculty members. Congratulations to Reagan Smith, who was chosen to crown Mary. And……… congratulations to her attendants, Margaret Linz, Abby Lucksinger and Emily Gist. Please join us for our annual May Crowning on May 6th at the 8:15 a.m. all school Mass. We ask that all students bring a flower and take part in the procession at the beginning of Mass as we honor our Blessed Mother.
As the year continues to wind down we seem to be busier than ever. Enjoy these fun days. We will only get one chance to end this year great! My door is always open for questions or just for a chat
2016 - 2017 Parent Student Handbook
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
The Mission of St. Mary's Catholic School is the commitment to academic excellence, and the spiritual development of our students toward a life of prayer, service and love.
Rooted in Tradition: Educating for the Future
St Mary’s Catholic School is to prepare students to excel in High School, as well as to shine as a light for Christ in the world by using their unique God given potential, doing all in the spirit of our Blessed Mother.
Philosophy of Education of St. Mary’s Catholic School:
We believe that each child is loved by God and uniquely created for a sublime purpose. Therefore, we must help our students to love God and neighbor with a whole heart; to think, judge, and act with right reason; and to use their education to better embrace Catholic teachings and the example of Christ.
To accomplish this aim, the school strives to create a Christian atmosphere of care and concern in which all children may grow toward their full potential spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The very nature of the child requires a coordinated education, which is the product of a cooperative effort by home, church, and school. It is through this harmonious partnership that the aim of Catholic education is achieved.
We believe that the “effective Catholic School must call its pupils to the conviction that people are more important than material gain, that justice is more important than success, that love is more important than esteem, and that collaboration unites while competition divides. The truly successful Catholic School student is not necessarily one who is successful in every endeavor, but one who accepts Christian responsibility for fulfillment of personal potential and shares these gifts with others.” (Texas Catholic Conference Education Department)
Goals of Catholic Education:
·The school promotes a community of believers and active learners in the spirit of Jesus Christ to become responsible citizens in today’s society.
·The school provides instructional leadership and maintains an effective and efficient program of studies.
·The purpose, design, and implementation of the curriculum represent the school mission that is shared by teachers, parents, and students.
Why choose Catholic schools?
·The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·Students demonstrate higher academic achievement in Catholic schools (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
·Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote and earn higher wages (Dee, 2005; Neal, 1997).
·Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
· Call the school to make an appointment to take a tour today!