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The Tradition Continues...
We currently have 160 students registered from age 3 through 8th grade. We have a dedicated staff of 12 full time and 2 part time teachers. We also have a part time librarian and a classroom aide. We are able to offer a full curriculum of the core academic courses. We also offer computer classes in grades K-8 as well as music, physical education, and Spanish to students in grades K-8. Our preschool students work with our music teacher to develop their musical talents as well. We have a library that continues to grow thanks to the generous support of our parish and school families during our bi-annual book fairs. We continue to see our students excel academically, which is reflected in our scores on national tests as well as their achievement in the classroom. In 2013, our 8th graders tested in the top 8 in the La Crosse Diocese on national tests! Our students go on to the high school where they excel both academically as well as in co-curricular activities. Many St. Mary's students go on to take leadership roles because they have been raised to be involved, and they know how to work hard. In the last 29 years, St. Mary School has seen 36 of its alumni be named valedictorians and salutatorians! In 2015, St. Mary School alum took both top sports at Richland Center High School! What a testament to the strong academic tradition that is a part of St. Mary School!
Our classroom teachers are fully certified and truly top-notch! Mrs. Broadbent, middle school math teacher, was selected by the Diocese of La Crosse to participate in teacher training at the University of Notre Dame to train our diocesan teachers in the science of writing curriculum. Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Stoltz were selected from a national pool of applicants to be a part of the Trustey Family STEM Teacher Training Project. This is a 3-year program in which the teachers are trained to incorporate Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics in all aspects of classroom learning. They spent 2 weeks in the summers of 2015 and 2016 on the University of Notre Dame campus and went to Palo Alto, CA in January of 2016 for more training. This is a cutting-edge program, and we are proud that they were selected to be a part. Three of our primary/early learning teachers went to a national early learning conference in Las Vegas in the summer of 2017, and two of our teachers attended the national science conference this fall. One third of our regular classroom teachers have been selected to be leaders in their field on either a diocesan or national level! In 2016, Principal Vicki Faber was named Diocesan Administrator of the Year, Mrs. Jolene Frawley was named Support Staff Person of the year in 2017, and Ms. Donna Urbach (2nd grade teacher) was named Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2018! In the past 3 years, 2 of our faculty were nominated for the Herb Kohl Educator Awards. The faculty is strong and dedicated to the school's mission!
In 2015, St. Mary School was officially accredited through the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Association (WRISA). The on-site accreditation team stated that this was one of the easiest accreditations they had ever seen. Our school passed with flying colors and is another affirmation of the high quality of our school! As of the 2016-17 school year, we are also a member of the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program through which parents can qualify to send their children to St. Mary at no cost to them!
The true beauty of Catholic Schools is in our ability to incorporate important values…with Faith at the very center…into every aspect of our school day…whether it is in the classroom, lunchroom, basketball court, playground, school garden or wherever else our students are found. Students are taught the traditional basics…commonly referred to as “the 3 r's”…while at the same time learning how God is involved in every aspect of every day.
St. Mary's families…both school and parish…have a strong tradition of working hard to make the school run. Parents and parishioners are involved in every aspect of our school including assisting teachers in the classroom, working in the library, assisting in the kitchen, working at our parish fish fries, working in the Home and School Association, fixing whatever is broken, and tasks that just plain need to be done. That example set by our parents and parish is HUGE in the success of St. Mary's students. We can teach the importance of serving others, but students learn best by watching those around them set the example. We thank you, teachers, staff, parents, and parishioners, for your constant support.
The staff and students at St. Mary's School are excited to share our school with you. We welcome your help in celebrating the benefits of a Catholic school education. We continue to recognize that keeping our school going is a sacrifice for our parish. We know that times are difficult and we feel so blessed that our parish continues to make the school a priority. We work hard to invest your offerings in a way that will truly pay off with the kinds of dividends that can only come from a Catholic School education.
St. Mary School Mission
Our educational efforts are built on our Catholic heritage and we are committed to the longstanding tradition of providing a quality, virtues-based Catholic and academic education in a Christ-centered faith environment of worship and service.
St. Mary School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
If you would like information on the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, please contact the school at 647-2422! You can also check out the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program website at https://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider!
Phone: (608) 647-2422
Fax: 608-647-5914St. Mary School
155 W. Fifth Street
Richland Center, WI 53581