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The Diocese of Owensboro has developed a comprehensive curriculum and instructional standards through ongoing collaboration with teachers and administration. The curriculum at St. Mary Elementary fully meets and exceeds diocesan expectations. In developing our unique instructional program, St. Mary Elementary faculty routinely seeks state and national standards as important, rigorous benchmarks towards which to strive. Our regular student assessments, using Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), and our ongoing tracking of students’ performance scores, allow us to be proactive in assuring students get the instruction they need in the areas they most need it.

St. Mary Elementary has preschool through fifth grade with self-contained classrooms. A speech therapist is on staff as well as a full-time Resource teacher.  The goal of the curriculum is to work towards development of foundational academic skills and to help students build the academic skills necessary for success in middle and high school.  Evidence of our forward-looking curriculum can be seen in our foreign language program which begins in kindergarten, our Chromebox computer lab and Chromebook travelling cart, STEM activities, and our Success Lab program. 

Core subjects form the basis of our curriculum per guidelines from the Diocese of Owensboro.  Instruction in religion, computer science, physical education, and fine arts are an integral part of this curriculum.  Children attend Mass each week with each class taking turns planning and leading the celebrations.  Service projects are an essential component of St. Mary Elementary.  Students participate in various enrichment programs and clubs. Student leadership and responsibility are emphasized.

Our size allows students ample opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the St. Mary experience.  Students are not lost in the crowd, but rather are encouraged as individuals to take on new challenges through involvement in school activities.

Academic Subjects

The subjects taught are:

·         Religion: Catholic Christian Doctrine, Scripture, Prayer and Morality

·         Language Arts: Phonics, Reading/Literature, English/Grammar, Writing, Spelling, and Vocabulary

·         Mathematics

·         Science

·         Social Studies

·         Art

·         Music

·         Handwriting (Print and Cursive)

·         Physical Education

·         Computers

·         Spanish (K-5)

·         Library Skills (K-5)

MAP Testing:  The schools in the Diocese of Owensboro use Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) to improve teaching and learning throughout the school year.  MAP is a computer-based test taken by students up to three times per year.  Teachers use the growth and achievement data from the MAP assessments to develop targeted instructional strategies and create school improvement plans.  This helps educators make student-focused data-informed decisions to improve instruction throughout the year.

For more information about St. Mary Elementary School, please contact:

Mrs. Lisa Clark

Elementary School Principal

270.442.1681 Ext 252

lclark@smss.org

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