You’re invited! St. Mary Parish School is hosting a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The Bazaar will be open to the public and feature a variety of unique arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories and other gift items, gourmet specialty foods and music by local service providers. Shoppers will enjoy sampling beverages and hors d’oeuvres as they explore more than 65 vendors. This event will help raise funds for our school and generate holiday sales, new customers and increased brand awareness for participating vendors.
Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade teams who competed in the Dominican Academic Challenge last Friday and brought home individual, team and school awards:
- St. Mary Parish School took 2nd Place overall in the Dominican High School Academic Challenge!
- Out of 25 teams our 7th grade team placed 1st and our 8th grade team placed 4th!
- Individually, 7th grader, Alex N. took 1st place and Jenna H. placed third!
Students competed by taking a series of short tests in the areas of Science, Math, English, Religion, Social studies, Music, Fine Arts and World Languages. Individual scores were then combined to give the team scores. Students commented that they were well prepared for the experience having completed study in many of the areas such as a clay unit in Art, and acid and bases in Science.
Our school community is so proud of their accomplishments!
This initiative is aimed at creating a 21st century learning environment that maximizes student engagement. Students learn better when they are engaged, and research on what engages today’s students points to technology. Utilizing 1 to 1 technology in a classroom through the use of iPads helps us better match how our students interact and learn. Engaging our students and making their education relevant to their world is critical!
Many thanks to our generous donors for making our first iPad mobile lab a reality for our students! If you would like more information on how you can help with the next phase of our Technology Forward initiative, please contact Linda Joyner.
The 8th Grade Girls A volleyball team completed a memorable season with the culmination of a Seton Championship on Sunday and thus, bringing back the Seton banner back to the St Mary gym. They won convincingly in three games against St John Vianney.
The girls team did not lose a game in Seton Tournament -winning all 15 games. Timely execution and determined play was delivered by all the players on the team, while having fun at the same time.
The coaches and players would like to extend a great big THANKS to parents, classmates, teachers, grandparents, relatives and friends who came out and supported the girls during Seton Championship week and throughout the year. Without them, it would have been a lonely effort.
For more than thirty-five years, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Junior Docent School Program has introduced elementary school students to the vocabulary, elements, and history of art while developing critical thinking skills. Over three consecutive years, students visit nine times, contextualizing art into their life. At the program’s conclusion, each student will become an official Junior Docent.
St. Mary Parish School has been invited to participate in this enriching program and involves:
- Students in grade 3
- 9 visits over 3 years
- 1–1½ hours each visit
The 3rd graders recently completed the first of its visits.
Tour 1: Experiencing Art Through The Senses
On Thursday, October 25, 2012, St. Mary third graders experienced their first field trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum as part of the museum’s Junior Docent Program. The instruction students received during this visit, and can look forward to in future visits, extends their awareness and understanding of the visual arts in relation to culture and history. Students are learning to explore and further develop their verbal, visual and critical thinking skills which will enhance and strengthen their communication skills. Here’s the recollection of one 3rd grader following this first visit:
“We looked at this pie painting and learned that artists like to make things look dimensional. We could see two sides of the pies but knew there was a third side that we could not see. We imagined how the pie would smell or what it would feel like if we took a piece and what it would taste like.
We saw a bunch of other paintings and we took an art class at the end. Our guide told us things about a Noah’s Ark painting and the animals. We also saw a crazy blown glass sculpture that was awesome. The artist blows the glass and while it is hot they mold it and can make it into different shapes and put ridges in it.”
Students participating in the program will visit the museum nine times over three consecutive years. Each visit is led by a trained docent educator who actively and creatively engages the students in the specific theme of the tour. After a culminating project is presented to their peers and family, at the end of the program, students will become official Junior Docents!
The Docent Resource Packet provides more detail about the program and each visit.
Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation (WRISA) Announces the Accreditation of St. Mary School
In an October 2012 press release, the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation (WRISA) announced the accreditation of St. Mary School located in Menomonee Falls.
St. Mary School has proven compliance with WRISA educational Standards and is a member in good standing.
Beatrice Weiland, WRISA’s executive director is quoted:
“We applaud the accomplishments of the St. Mary School community and its commitment to ongoing school improvement and high standards of excellence. All religious and independent schools in Wisconsin that have been in operation with students for at least two years and meet extensive eligibility criteria may apply to WRISA for entry into the accreditation process.”
Schools must complete a comprehensive year-long Self-Study, host a Site Visit by a team of peers, and develop and implement a Long Range Plan for school improvement. Schools that are accredited enter a seven year cycle. During that time they submit Annual Reports to the Board of Directors that detail their progress in meeting their yearly goals.
In the sixth year of their cycle schools conduct a new Self Study. This is followed by another Site Visit and the submittal of a new Visiting Team Report and Long Range Plan to the WRISA Board of Directors in the seventh year.
WRISA is a state chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations (NFNSSAA).
Principal Linda Joyner was recently notified that St. Mary Parish School has been awarded Exemplary Accreditation Status in the area of Catholic Identity for the second consecutive accreditation cycle. In October, 2011, St. Mary went through the Accreditation process and was fully accredited by the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Association and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Wasting little time, the school’s leadership team prepared and submitted an application to the Exemplary Recognition program in the area of Catholic Identity. The Exemplary Recognition program honors schools that have demonstrated innovation and outstanding results in one of six key areas.
Principal Joyner received the notification letter from Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in which Dr. Cepelka stated, “The visiting team recognized the well-developed program in this area that has become part of the life of the school and a key support for student learning. Thank you for your commitment to providing the highest quality Catholic education to your community in the area of Catholic Identity, and warmest congratulations!”
Here are several of the commendations from the accreditation team:
- Intentional planning to integrate Catholic teachings across the entire curriculum was evident;
- The $50 Challenge, along with other meaningful service projects at all grade levels empower students to be of service to their parish and larger community;
- Morning meetings are a powerful approach to meaningful prayer, reflection, and dialogue among students at all grade levels;
- There is a clear commitment to continue to engage and seek active involvement of young people who have graduated from St. Mary’s Parish School;
- The staff is clearly united and focused on developing their own faith as well as their students;
- A culture based on Gospel values and core Catholic beliefs was evident and articulated by students, faculty, staff and parents.
St. Mary will be honored at the 2012 Archdiocesan Educators’ Convention on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee. This award is valid for a period of five years.