Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our first full week of school has passed and all went extremely well. Thank you for following procedures and keeping our students safe at drop off and dismissal. I appreciate your commitment.
Today is our first early dismissal for Professional Development. This is an important time for our faculty to continue their learning, which helps them to be better prepared to educate your child. Please mark your calendar with all early dismissal Tuesdays so you do not forget. Our next early dismissal day is September 30th.
As our theme above reads; St Mary’s, Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to Quality Catholic Education
we are moving forward to the increase of technology in our school. This year we have begun to blend our learning with scheduled technology classes in grades 4-8. These classes not only will educate our students on basic skills but will be an extension and support of the core subjects.
It is my goal this year to seek out resources to begin bringing at least three computers into each classroom to enhance the learning of our students. If you have a contact I might reach out to or if you would be able to donate to the school we would be very grateful. Everything we do is for our students
Each year our room parents give a great amount of their time to help with school events and classroom activities. A big part of this involves contacting other parents in the classroom. To make their job easier, room parents will be given the email address for other parents in that classroom. If you would prefer a different email given than the one your child’s teacher has please let the office know. Have a wonderful week and God bless.
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
The primary role of St. Mary’s Catholic School is the continuous formation of our students through a Catholic program of education committed to a standard of excellence.
We help students to develop their spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical abilities within a community dedicated to living the gospel.
In cooperation with the family, we help students to form character, so they will accept responsibility to fulfill their personal potential and learn to share their gifts through love for all.
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!