Principal's Update - 9/28/18

Dear Families, I am so proud of the wonderful work our students did on the NWEA/MAPS testing in Grades 2-8. The new programs we have put in place and the updated curriculum have helped the students to achieve such tremendous growth. I am also proud of my faculty for their tireless efforts in making this happen. They have adopted new and innovative instructional practices which encourage students to learn by doing and offers them a chance to explain their solutions to problems. Our reading program starts in Kindergarten with Wilson Fundations with an emphasis on letter sounds and ultimately has students beginning to read and be assessed at the beginning of Grade 1. This continues through grad

Service Project Updates - 9/21/18

Another eye-opening experience has been going on service trips. Her first service trip occurred when she was 10 years old and she went to Haiti. That trip was interesting to her because Haiti is such a beautiful country, but the area that she visited had a lot of poverty so that was the first time that she saw with her own eyes kids who didn’t have enough food to grow to the right height, people living in houses that were dangerous for them so these experiences kept that feeling going inside her that this wasn’t fair that this was going on and that she needed to keep trying to do something about it. She went back to Haiti a few years ago and then this past summer she went to Guatemala and

Principal's Update - 9/21/18

Dear Families, It was so great to see so many of you at Back to School Night on Wednesday. I got a tremendous amount of positive feedback from parents and staff. I am so proud of our wonderful school and would love your help in promoting it. Tell your friends and neighbors about all the great things happening here. Write a review through our Social Media sites. We all need to do our part in letting people know the value of a Catholic School education. Students in Grades 1-8 enjoyed an assembly on Service. This being our theme for the school year, Mrs. Vasta invited her niece to inspire the students to give of their time and talents for the benefit of others. The following is a write up prepa

Service Project Updates - 9/20/18

To help kickoff our Service Theme this year, the students, faculty, and staff enjoyed a beautiful presentation by Sophia (Mrs. Vasta’s niece) yesterday. She had the day off and agreed to come and share her experiences with service trips that she went on abroad to Haiti and Guatemala and charities that she organized since she was a very young girl. When Sophia was just 7-years-old she was very inspired to help others when she heard stories from her Aunty Pam about refugees in the Congo who had to leave their home and all of their belongings because of violence going on in their country. She learned about the millions of children in orphanages who didn’t have access to clean water, had only on

Service Project Updates - 9/18/18

Yearlong Service Project: Our PreK1 Teacher, Mrs. Joanie Hulme, is collecting pull-tabs from beverage cans for Shriners Hospital. Aluminum has recycling value and the tab is the only pure aluminum part of the can. The tabs are sold to a recycling company and the money collected is used to fund transportation for needy children to and from Shriners Hospitals. The can itself can be returned for the deposit (in states that have can and bottle deposit laws) after the tab has been removed. It not only helps the Shriners, but it helps our environment by recycling in a responsible way. Please help us help Shriners Hospitals by collecting pull-tabs in a plastic bag or container and send them into sc

Service Project Updates - 9/17/18

As this is the year of SERVICE we collected money for Lawrence Academy in Lawrence, Massachusetts. They are a PreK through Grade 8 Catholic School in the area of the recent gas explosions. Students made cards and we sent them along with a check with the collected money.

Principal's Update - 9/14/18

Dear Families, Wow! What a wonderful week! The students have really settled into their routines. They are engaged and focused in their classes. I am incredibly grateful to the talented staff, supportive parents, and your amazing children. With this being the year of SERVICE many staff members have been donating their time, talents, and resources to enhance your child's experience. I know that many of you have seen the great transformation in the hall but there are other things that are not so visible. Teachers updated their classrooms over the summer. They painted, moved furniture, hung whiteboards, and so much more. Mr. A replaced the broken backboards on the basketball hoops, Mrs. Hughes

Principal's Update - 9/7/18

Dear Families, We are off to a great start! There is so much to be thankful for. I am so proud of the staff and the students of St Mary of the Hills School. We had three very hot and humid days to start the 2018-2019 school year and the complaints were minimal. These days will be missed when we are braving the New England winter weather! Our Service Initiative is off to a great start. Middle School students completed service hours over the summer, parents participated in a collaborative effort to improve the discipline policy, classrooms have been remodeled, and the school hall underwent a long overdue improvement. These things were done by community members because they believe in my v

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