Dear Parents and Guardians,
This past Saturday we said good bye to our Mighty Eighth graders. We had a beautiful graduation ceremony and a lively Grad Night party. Thank you to all who helped make the day and night a success, and made it so very memorable for our students.
This Wednesday at 2:00, in the gym, we celebrate our Pre-K through 7th grade students with end of year awards. Please join us if you are free. This Thursday is Spare Time. Permission slips and money were due May 13th. If you have not turned in what is required, tomorrow will be the last day. Students may wear Spirit clothes on Thursday.
This Friday is our last day of school for the 2015-2016 school year. Students may wear dressy dress on Friday if they choose. This is not a dress down day but a special dress up day.
Students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. There is no Zone on this day. Please plan to pick your child up at 12:00. On Tuesday, May 31st the school office will move to summer hours of 8:00-12:00 p.m. We will be open each day though June 17th. At this time the office will close for the summer. We will reopen on July 25th. Please ensure that you have completed your child’s registration before the office closes.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of St. Mary’s Catholic School I would like to thank you for all your support throughout this school year and to wish you a happy, safe and restful summer. We will see you in August
Final Schedule for grades 4-7
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!