Dear Parents and Guardians,
This is our last week with our mighty Eighth graders. Tomorrow they complete their finals, Thursday is their surprise Fun Day and Friday we celebrate their Baccalaureate Mass and they are dismissed at noon. On Saturday morning they graduate. It just does not seem possible that they are leaving us. We are all so proud of our 8th graders and wish them great success in High School.
Congratulations to our Graduates
Spencer Raymond Belbeck
Bridgette Alexis Burdine
Anamaria Cruz Panting
Jose Alfredo Flores Hernandez
Emily Christine Gist
Jackellene Ann Gonzalez
Francesca Ann Higgins
Sydney Marie Jolly
Margaret Clare Josephine Linz
Abigail Christine Lucksinger
Madalene Victoria Maldonado
Samuel Augustine Mosmeyer
Jonas Abram Munoz
Ashley Lucia Olivos Erribarren
Reagan Dale Ramsey
Mattie Josephine Richards
Reagan Marie Smith
Hannah Skye Shadburn
Benjamin Ryan Snyder
Stephanie Marie Soto
Savannah Austin Turner
Yabdielis Victoria Velez Macharet
Thank you to Mr. Smith, Mr. Shadburn and parents for helping create our floating rosary on Thursday afternoon. It was beautiful. If you were unable to attend, please look for the pictures on our school website. I can’t wait for next year!
This past Saturday our students competed in PSIA at the State level. The day was great, filled with energy and excitement. We are very proud of our students who qualified for State: Emily Atkins, Faithann Go, Kelvin Duffy, Lakshmi Aravindan, Samuel Mosmeyer,
Francesca Higgins, Matthew Crum, Dalynne Quintana. We are excited to share with you the news of those who placed at the state level as well. Congratulations to Kelvin Duffy 3rd in Science, Lakshni Aravindan 5th in Spelling and Francesca Higgins 2nd in Impromptu Speaking and 3rd in Modern Oratory.
Thank you to Kristine Crum, Santhi Chinnasamy, Susan Higgins and Evon Vargas for volunteering to help with the different events.
Grades Pre-K through 7, don’t forget to turn in permission slips and money for our end of year Spare Time event Thursday, May 26th.
Next week is the last week for all other grades. Please note significant dates at the end of this newsletter. Important to note is that school on the last day, Friday the May 27th, is dismissed at noon. There is no Zone on that day or any other after school care. Please make sure you are on time (12:00) to begin the summer with your child.
Have a great week.
Final Schedule for grades 4-8
8th Grade Finals: May 16 - 8;30 a.m. English & 10:00 a.m. Religion
May 17 - 8:30 a.m. Algebra & 10:00 a.m. Science
May 18 - 8:30 a.m. History & 11:00 a.m. Spanish
5th Grade Finals: May 18 - 10:15 a.m. Social Studies
May 19 - 8:00 a.m. Science & 11:15 a.m. Math
May 20 - 10:15 a.m. Language Arts
May 25 - 10:15 a.m. Religion
4th Grade Finals: May 20 - 12:15 p.m. Religion
May 23 - 8:30 a.m. Language Arts
May 24 - 10:15 a.m. Math & 1:10 p.m. Science
May 25 - 8:30 a.m. Social Studies
6th Grade Final: May 23 – 8:30 a.m. Science & 10:00 a.m. Religion
May 24 – 8:30 a.m. Math & 10:00 a.m. History
May 25 – 8:30 a.m. English & 10:00 a.m. Spanish
7th Grade Finals: May 23 - 8:30 Spanish & 10:00 a.m. Religion
May 24 - 8:30 a.m. English & 10:00 a.m. Science
May 25 - 8:30 a.m. History & 10:00 a.m. Math
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!