Dear Students of SMCS,
Listed below are the books and activities required for Summer Reading 2016. This year you will read two books taken from our Catholic Values collection. One book will fulfill your fall semester requirement and one book will fulfill your spring semester requirement. You will then be responsible for another book of your choice per semester/per value. You can find a copy of these titles at your local public library, our library, or you can purchase your own copy.
The books chosen were:
5th and 7th grades:
1) A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole (ISBN:978-0-06-170410-9) and
2) A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (ISBN:978-0-547-57731-9)
6th and 8th grades:
1) Possum Summer by Jen K. Blom (ISBN:978-0-8234-2331-6) and
2) The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle (ISBN:978-0-8050-9082-6)
You are asked to read your two books over the summer and choose a project to do from the list below. Additionally, you will be expected to take an AR test over your two books. I hope that you enjoy your books and have fun with the projects!
CLICK HERE for information and to choose a project!
Welcome to St. Mary’s Catholic School and the 2016-17 school year!!
As a St. Mary’s alum and a fourth-generation Taylorite, it is truly an honor to come full circle and serve the school that “built me.” The exemplary formation I received here from the Dominican Sisters and talented teachers allowed me to discover and develop my God-given talents, which in turn led me to my passions in life: devotion to my faith, my family, and my career in education.
Today, you will find that same commitment to excellence in the faith, academics, and service formation of all our students. Each child is a unique and precious creation, and we are your partners in developing their God-given potential. In our classrooms, your student will experience the richness of 120 years of Catholic education tradition: an active faith life, a fully-accredited curriculum, virtue and character formation, and the cultivation of hearts which seek to serve others.
With over 412 years of combined education experience, our faculty, including the Dominican Sisters (yes--they are still here!), teach each child to live and uphold the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ. As a result, our students will “let their light shine before others, so that they may see their good works and give glory to their Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16). What a wonderful world it can be if we allow God’s love and light to shine through us each and every day.
St. Mary’s Catholic School is truly a loving place to call home, for the generations past and the generations to come. We thank you for the opportunity to be your partner in the formation of your children, welcome you to our campus and weekly Mass celebrations, and ask for your prayers. May God bless you and your family abundantly as we embark on an exciting year together. Get ready to let your light shine!
Yours in Christ,
We are looking for energetic individuals to join a mission-driven team. SMCS seeks those eager and driven to further God’s kingdom through faith, academics, and service! Resumes are now being accepted for: