"Walking for Education" Has Begun
This year St. Mary’s Catholic School will begin a new tradition entitled “Walking for Education”. The goal for creating this annual event is very simple. We want to make sure all who wish a quality Catholic education, and cannot afford the cost of tuition, are helped through tuition assistance. To help us reach our goal of $100,000, the students of St. Mary's Catholic School will be participating in "Walking for Education." Each student will be challenged to do their part and gather sponsors. We are also reaching out to all parishes who have children attend St. Mary's Catholic School, and to our local businesses. We are anxiously looking forward to a successful event, which will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Make a difference in the life of a child and give the gift of a Catholic education, donations are accepted and appreciated J. Mail donations to: St. Mary's Catholic School - 1019 S. 7th Street, Temple, Texas 76504
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I pray you enjoyed your Spring Break. Welcome back to the final days of this school year. We have many exciting events and activities planned. I am sure it will fly by so make sure to read your newsletters, check the important dates and ask questions if you are unsure.
Saturday our students participated in the annual PSIA event. Wow! It was amazing to see the students in action. This is my first experience with PSIA and I have to say that I was delighted with the effort and dedication of all students in attendance and especially proud of our St. Mary’s children.
Thank you to the coaches and organizers for all their hard work preparing our students. Thank you to our students for their diligent effort and commitment to their school. Thank you to parents and guardians for your support in all areas of PSIA. An official listing of the students who placed in each event is attached to this newsletter.
St. Mary’s Catholic School has secured a long-term substitute for our Junior High students in the subject areas of Math and Religion. Mrs. Karen Thieme is a former teacher of St. Mary’s and has been a valuable substitute of all grade levels for six years. Mrs. Thieme possesses a life-time teaching certificate in Texas and California and has experience in Middle School. I believe Mrs. Thieme will enable our Junior High students to complete this year successfully.
To provide greater support for our 8th graders in Algebra, we will be bringing in a co-teacher on Mondays and Wednesdays. Mrs. Anna Jaworski possesses a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, has taught advanced Math courses and has a special love for Algebra. She and Mrs. Thieme will work together for the success of our students.
As well, Mr. Ike Eichelkraut has offered to tutor all Junior High levels, after school on specific days to be determined. Mr. Eichelkraut has experience teaching algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus.
Prior to the current changes in Middle School, plans were already in progress for next year and are both positive and exciting for our Middle School students. I have begun interviewing high quality teachers for Middle School and have plans for expanding the curriculum to include a writing program, an Accelerated Reading program and multi-level Math classes for Middle School students. The quality of education at St. Mary’s Catholic school is moving forward in a constructive manner I assure you.
God bless you for your continued support.
A Smile From Father Steve
“Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous”
·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).
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