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Middle School (6-8)

Welcome to St. Mary Cathedral Parish & School

Middle School - Grades 6th-8th 

At St. Mary Cathedral Parish and School, we are dedicated to nurturing lifelong discipleship in the Lord, promoting academic excellence, and cultivating God-given talents.

For each grades 6-8th, we focus on a variety of standard subject areas, including Language Arts, Mathematics, Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Art, Ancient Culture/World Geography, Medieval World, and US History.

For a full description of all subject areas broken down by grade, please visit our St. Mary Cathedral School Standards and Course Descriptions Grades 6-8th brochures.

Instrumental Music—Cathedral Band: We are proud to say that all St. Mary students learn an instrument in middle school. During this time, students perform concerts, participate in parades, and have the option to participate in Solo and Ensemble.

Blue & White Band – 6th Grade: Students begin the year with a recorder, learning basic note and rhythm reading. They then transition to band instruments by October and learn the basics of their particular instrument. They perform at two concerts.

Snowbird Band—7th Grade: Now students are expanding their knowledge of their instrument, strengthen their rhythm, extend their range, and add different meters. They also learn how to march and play in parade formation and get the chance to march at Homecoming and in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Students also participate in four concerts throughout the year and have the option of participating in Solo and Ensemble and Jazz Band.

Cathedral Band—8th Grade: The emphasis this year is on tone control, scales and complex rhythms and to continue working on the basics of marching. Students march at Homecoming and in the St. Patrick’s Day parades and participate in four concerts. They also have the option to participate in Solo and Ensemble, Middle School Honors Band, and Jazz Band.

Creative Arts: Art Class 

Choir: (information to come)

In addition to a robust academic and religious education, students will work together as a class and often as an entire school to engage with our community through service projects. Each month the school focuses on a Virtue of the Month, some include Prudence, Justice, Faith, Temperance, and Fortitude. Each class learns about the virtue and then participates in a service project. Service projects range from leaf raking for our elderly parishioners to collecting for our local food pantry.

Additionally, we believe that our students learn greatly from each other. We support a buddy system with our high school students and elementary, and between our elementary and Young 5 students. Students work with their buddy during masses at the Cathedral and often during various times through the week. Our school is small but mighty, and students of every age engage with each other for a richer more universal experience.

As a Catholic school, our mission drives our activities. As a result, students are engaged in daily prayer, religion activities and lessons, and daily reflection on our Catholic faith. Our program provides an opportunity for students to be involved in prayer and other religious activities in conjunction with our Catholic Christian Values.

Our Middle School students have daily religion classes. They will receive scriptural instruction in accord with Sacred Tradition. Additionally, our 8th graders will learn about the great truths of the Catholic Faith and promote Biblical literacy by extensive reading and discussion.

Students participate in weekly mass at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in the school gymnasium, or at the Cathedral on Holy Days. Parents are welcome to attend.

Students participate in adoration and take time with their class in our chapel to sit in the presence of our Lord.

For more information about our Parish please visit website

Currently being renovated for the students to have an amazing afterschool safe place! Run by parent volunteers, this is a great way to fulfill your family stewardship hours.

 

 

Our Middle School Teacher Team:
We know and understand that being a parent of a Middle School student can leave you with lots of questions. That is ok, we are here to help!
   
Karen Borowiak
Eva Gruscynski
Liz Reynolds
   
Ken Blust
Marie Hahnenberg
 

Parent Ambassadors: Every class has at least one parent ambassador. This can be a great resource for parents to learn more about our school, participate in classroom activities, or get to know some of your fellow elementary parents!

School can be as much about what the parents put into learning as the students. Some of the significant events/programs sponsored by the ambassadors are: Field Day, Campbell Soup Label Collection, Spartan U.P.C. Labels, General Mills Box Tops for Education, Gordon Food Service Fun FUNDs, SCRIP Program, and welcoming new families.

Office Staff: Our office is open for business Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. You may always drop by with questions, comments, or concerns. We are here to help!

Mrs. Hatch: Mrs. Hatch is our school principal and works daily to guide our school and students. She is a teacher and administrator and can be a great resource. Please feel free to contact her directly to schedule a meeting or conference.

Weekly Emails: St. Mary Cathedral Parish & School sends out weekly emails to parents. This is a great place to get helpful information on activities and happenings at our school. As a parent, you will be automatically signed up for emails during registration.

ParentWeb and RenWeb: Our online portals for our students and parents.

Note: All of our students participate in our school-wide uniform standards. For details on our uniform requirements please click here.