Time to Choose an Elective!

Dear Parents of Stella Maris Academy:

On behalf of our school staff, I hope this note finds you well and that you and your children are enjoying your summer. Here at SMA, we are in the midst of trying to place our students into electives of their choice for Trimester One.

Last year we started our electives program and all students seemed to enjoy this time. Electives meet twice a week for 45 minutes each starting the week of September 5th. Electives will change slightly each trimester and you will be emailed each time to select a new elective for the new trimester. We do our best to place students in the electives of their choice.

Advanced Art  — students will delve deeper into all aspects of drawing in Trimester 1.

Sports Skills — a class of additional time to develop specific skills in the sports of the particular season at our school and Catholic Sports League.

Brain Games  — laughing while one learns, a class to stimulate one’s brain with friendly individual and team competitions including games, trivia and puzzles.

Choir  — students will have time to sing, and this may perhaps lead to become the basis of our “Star Singers Glee Club/Acabellas” as it progresses.

Folklore — In this class, we will explore different kinds of folklore practices including folktales, legends, riddles, games, rhymes, proverbs, greeting formulas, jokes and more. We will we learn how they are structured, discuss their role in society, create our own versions.

 Math Mania — Students needing a little extra time of support will do so under the watchful eye of a middle school math teacher. They might strengthen their skills with math games, or maybe tackle the concepts being taught in class and attack upcoming assignments!

Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know what elective your child is interested in for this first trimester. Your children will have the opportunity to select again near the beginning of our second trimester. There may be different electives offered at that time as we continue to explore ways of serving you and your children through the blessings of our school programs!

Please fill out the  following FORM by Wednesday, August 23rd.

Respectfully yours,

Katie Zack


Summer Work

Want to come back to school in the fall and attend our ice cream social? What about having the math department serve you pancakes? If either of these options interest you, please take a moment and check out the information below.

Every summer our students are asked to read and complete math assignments (grades 4-8) to help prevent the summer slide. Below you will find the links needed for these assignments.

Mrs. Marcelino’s Ice Cream Social Summer Reading Log – Students in kindergarten through third grade are asked to read and record 10 books. Students in fourth and fifth grade are asked to read five books, and middle school students are asked to read three books.

Middle School Reading (6-8) – Mrs. Fowler is asking all students to read one fiction book and one non-fiction book over the summer. Students entering seventh and eighth grade will be asked to be ready to speak about their book when they return. Read the letter to find out more about what is being asked of our students.

Summer Math (4-8) – Students in fourth through eighth grade are asked to complete 8 ALEKS assignments over the summer with a score of 90% or higher. If students score lower, they can use the Quick Retake option to simply redo the problems they missed. Assignments can be found in the upper left hand corner of ALEKS by clicking on the three lines and selecting “Assignments”. It is strongly suggested that students complete the 8 ALEKS topics before working on their personal pie if they are close to finishing their pie so as to not lose their work on the assignments.

Thank you! We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you on Monday, August 28th.

Announcements 1/20-1/27

imagesJanuary 20

  • 8:15 Student of the Month Assembly- Please join us in celebrating the students who show the virtue of Sharing!
  • Dollar Denim Day-Bring your dollar for the Missionary Childhood Association and wear jeans
  • Progress Reports Go Home Today!

January 23

  • 8:00 Mass
  • Sr. Eva is coming to speak with the middle schoolers at 9:00 today!

January 27

  • Spirit Wear of $5 Free Dress

Please check in here weekly for more updates on 8th grade! Feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back 8th Grade Families!

I’m sure it is hard to believe that this is your child’s last year before they head off to high school, but we are going to make it a great one! I’m blessed to have your children again and I can’t wait to see them all this Monday. Just a few reminders that this week is all 12:30 dismissals and on Thursday at 6:00 pm is our Back to School Night. I hope to see you all there! Finally, on Friday we will have our first all school mass at 11:15. You are always welcome to all our school masses and again I hope to see you then.

Please feel free to contact me via email if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns. My school email address is mamann@stellamarisacademy.org.

God Bless and welcome back to another wonderful school year at SMA!

Middle School Mandatory Summer Reading and Math Assignments

Dear Rising 6th-8th Grade Families,
Did You Know?
  • All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004)
  • Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. (Cooper, 1996)
  • Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do. (Duffett et al, 2004)

How can SMA help?

  • Mandatory Summer Reading and Math Assignments! Please click on the attached are the assignments your student(s) is assigned to complete this summer.
  • Optional Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt booklet from Mrs. Pridmore
  • Optional Summer Enrichment Courses

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Amann at mamann@stellamarisacademy.org , Mrs. Moreau atjmoreau@stellamarisacademy.org , or Mrs. Zack at kzack@stellamarisacademy.org.