It seems that every year that we celebrate Catholic Schools Week mother nature throws a wrench into our plans! Nonetheless, we had a very successful and activity packed short week.
Thank you to all of our friends, parishioners, partners, and families who came to our pancake breakfast, open house, science fair, and STEM presentations! We are so happy to have your support! We hope you had a chance to see our three-D Pancake Maker in action! We also hope you took time to have your picture taken in our photo booth. The Three –D Pancake Maker was donated to us by the Ohio Catholic Credit Union. The photo booth was a thank you gift from Interstate Studios. Thank you to both businesses for making our open house a bit more exciting and fun!
Please keep our eighth graders in your prayers. This coming week the local Catholic high schools will be sending acceptance letters to students who applied. About 50% of our eighth graders have applied to a Catholic high school. We wish them well!
One of our school’s STEM higher education partners is the ISTEM High School in Concord, Ohio. This coming week students and faculty from the ISTEM School will be coming to St. Mary to share ideas and knowledge with our junior high students. We are very excited to have forged this partnership! In the coming weeks our students will be visiting the ISTEM School to collaborate in educational activities.
On the last Day of Catholic Schools Week, we hosted a STEM Career Day for our students. Fifteen speakers came to share presentations about their careers and backgrounds with our students inspiring them to think about their futures. Students traveled from station to station following an itinerary listening to various talks on engineering, medicine, aeronautics, and computers, and robotics, and much more. Thank you to all who came! Thank you to Mrs. Maureen Intihar, our development director, for organizing and implementing Career Day. The feedback was nothing but positive. Students are already asking if we will have it again next year! That is the biggest compliment one receive from students.
Every day we prayed for the intentions that you wrote on the slips of paper after Masses on January 29th. During the school day we announced “prayer alerts” at which time student stopped bowed their heads and prayed for the intentions announced. Each homeroom class also had intentions that they prayed for in their own way. Rest assured that if you asked for prayers – you received them during Catholic Schools Week!
We are always proud of our school – faculty, staff, and students! Catholic Schools Week enhances that pride and makes us aware of the treasure that we have in our parish school!
Joyfully in Christ,