Our fourfold purpose at St. Mary School is to worship God, proclaim the Gospel, serve one another, and foster community. Our faith is ever present in all that we do each day and is modeled by both faculty and staff. The whole staff is required to participate in the Green Bay Diocese Catechist Training Program. All faculty and staff are mandated to achieve and maintain the three levels of training in order to be employed at St. Mary.
The faculty, staff, students, and parents attend Mass every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. The students in Kindergarten through 8th grade rotate preparing the weekly Liturgy and other prayer services throughout the school year. Students lector, lead in song, and serve. Each student attends Mass with their prayer buddies (each older grade is assigned a younger grade to partner with for Mass).
Prayer is very important to us at St. Mary School. We begin our day with prayer which includes the Gospel for the day, a birthday prayer for those celebrating a birthday, and the Morning Offering. Each class gathers before lunch to say a blessing before they eat. Announcements are made again at the end of the day where we reflect on the morning's reading and pray the Act of Contrition before leaving school.
Preschool and Prekindergarten use the RCL Benziger series, Stories of God's Love. This Bible based program presents age appropriate stories from both the Old and New Testament. Stories reflecting the Bible stories heard follow connecting God's love to the student's own life.
Kindergarten uses the Image of God Series, Who Am I, by Ignatius Press. This series presents God and creation and stresses the dignity of each child made in God's image. Bible stories are also included in each lesson.
The Faith and Life Series from Ignatius Press is used in 1st grade through 8th grade. This series follows a progression throughout each book.
First grade begins with creation, prayer, the Trinity, the life of Jesus, salvation, mary and other topics.
Second grade prepares children for Confession and First Communion.
Third grade focuses on the Old Testament and on Jesus, the Commandments, and the founding of the Church.
Fourth grade looks at the Old Testament stories of the patriarchs and the sacraments. Children form a deeper understanding of why Jesus came to redeem us.
Fifth graders follow the Creed as they learn more about their faith.
Sixth grade studies the commandments in depth, the Mass, and focuses on how to live a Christian life.
Seventh grade places emphasis on grace and virtue as they continue to develop reason and faith.
Eighth graders learn about the Church's history, structure, and function: the Mystical body, Christian life and Sacraments of Service.