St. Mary Catholic School Algoma Wisconsin

Academic, Enrichment and Extracurricular Programs at St. Mary School

Why choose SMS for your children's education? A full academic curriculum, daily religious studies, a loving, caring and safe environment and a wide offering of enrichment and extracurricular acitivities allow students to have a well-rounded and very rich learning experience at St. Mary School.

Students receive instruction in the core courses of Math, the Sciences, Social Studies/History, Language Arts, Penmanship and Reading. In addition each grade level participates in Art, Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Library and computer/technology. Health education is introduced about the 3rd grade. Personal and social growth is also part of the daily learning experience at SMS.

A Family Life Program is used throughout SMS. Basic themes include Family Living, Personal Growth and Self-Understanding, Respect for Life, Catholic Christian Sexuality and Social Living.

Programs/Activities
Basketball Blue Jay Run/Walk Catholic Schools Week Clay on Steele
Eighth Grade Canoe Trip Eighth Grade Class Trip Field Trips Fit & Fun Day
Forensics Geography Bee Jump Rope For Heart Kindergarten Screening
Student Recognition Award Red Ribbon Week Science Fair Spelling Bee Theatrical/Musical Productions
Volleyball

All School End-of-the-Year Picnic
Held on the last day of school at Peterson Park the entire student body along with teachers, staff and families enjoy a wonderful time at the End-of-the-Year picnic. Group games and a barbeque lunch are highlights of this fun event!

Band
Students in Grades 5 - 8 have the opportunity to join the Algoma Public School band. Eligibility of students wishing to participate in band will depend on academic efforts, attitudes and conduct, both in school and at school functions. To maintain eligibility, students must display a pattern of sufficient progress.

Parents and guardians of band students are responsible for the transportation of their children to and from band practice. Students are allowed to leave SMS during the designated band practice times. Sharing the driving responsibilities between parents has worked well over the years.

Basketball
Students at SMS have the opportunity to participate in basketball for girls and boys in grades 5 - 8.

Blue Jay Run/Walk
Held in the fall, the Blue Jay Run/Walk promotes family fun and fitness!


Catholic Schools Week
Along with Catholic Schools nationwide, SMS shares the good news about Catholic Schools by participating in Catholic Schools Week. Visit the National Catholic Schools Week site for more information.

Clay on Steele
Funded through a grant, each class is given the opportunity to visit Clay on Steele and create a piece of pottery.


Destination Imagination (DI)
SMS give students the opportunity to participate in Destination Imagination (DI). Students in grades K - 2 can participate in the exhibition level of DI called the Rising Stars if they want to get their feet wet before joining a competitive team at the elementary level (grades 1 - 5). The middle level is for students in grades 6 - 8. Under the supervision of a parent volunteer, seven member teams use creative and critical thinking skills to solve challenges. SMS has had much success with DI, sending teams to the Regional, State and Global levels for many years . In 2008, three out of the four teams from SMS advanced to the State tournament held at Steven Point. For more information on DI, click here. View the SMS DI teams in action here. SMS DI Coordinator is Cindy Massey.

Eighth Grade Canoe Trip
View photos from the Fall 2007 trip.

Eighth Grade Class Trip
Each spring the graduating class takes a trip.

Field Trips

An integral part of instruction, many field trips are taken throughout the course of the school year. Some field trip destinations have been to Heritage Hill State Park, Roncalli High School, The Neville Museum, Point Beach, Woodland Dunes and various local schools for musical and/or drama performances.

Fit & Fun Day

Sponsored by Families First and Kewaunee County Public Health, SMS students, staff, parents, friends and families participate in Fit & Fun Day.

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Football
Students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to join the Algoma Public School football program.



Forensics
Forensics participation is incorporated into the grade 7/8 Language Arts Program.

Geography Bee
SMS participates in the National Geographic Society's Geography Bee, sending their winner on to take the State qualifying written test.

Jump Rope For Heart
SMS students raise money each year for the American Heart Association by participating the the Jump Rope for Heart campaign.

Kindergarten Screening
Kindergarten Screening is used to identify a child's strengths and weaknesses in various areas and helps to determine kindergarten readiness. SMS holds screening each spring. Call the school office for more information.

Knights of Columbus Student Recognition Award
Each quarter the KOC presents one student from each grade a Student Recognition Award. At the recommendation of the teacher, this award is based on a student's behavior, citizenship, community service, grades, effort and/or overall improvement.

Red Ribbon Week
Each year the students of SMS take a pledge to live drug free lives by participating in Red Ribbon week.

Science Fair
SMS held this year's Science Fair on April 10. View photos of the 2007 Fair here.

Spelling Bee
SMS students participate in a Spelling Bee. Students participate in 'leveled' Spelling Bees. This gives student representatives from the entire school an opportunity to compete against age-appropriate classmates at each of the individual grade levels; K - Grade 2, Grades 3 - 5, and Grades 6 - 8.

Theatrical/Musical Productions
Each winter and spring the entire student body at SMS participates in a musical theatrical production. This gives the entire school the chance to work together as well as each student the chance to develop their individual skills such as acting, singing, dancing, prop, scenery and costume preparation and back stage management.

Track
Students are invited to join the Algoma Public School track program.

Volleyball
Students are invited to join the Algoma Public School volleyball program.

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