Principal's Updates - 9/27/19

Dear Families, NWEA/MAPS testing is now complete. The teachers and I met today to go over the results of the testing and to plan instruction based on these results. Your children are so blessed to have such dedicated and supportive teachers! I met with the PTO officers this week. They have so many exciting plans for the year. There will be opportunities to build an even stronger community and for that I am grateful. It has been a great 1st month of school. Thank you for your continued support and for entrusting your greatest gift of your child with us. Enjoy the weekend together making memories!! God Bless, Mrs. Julie Marotta ~ Principal

Principal's Updates - 9/20/19

Dear Families, Thank you to those of you who came to our annual Back to School Night. I hope that you enjoyed meeting the teachers and hearing about all the expectations for the year. This week we started NWEA/MAPS assessments for Grades 2-8. We are assessing the students in Reading, Math, and Language Usage. The results of these tests help guide the instruction in the classrooms. Areas of student strengths and weaknesses are identified which allows us to better develop lessons that continue to grow the knowledge of every student. There has been so much learning happening in the classes that I visit. Students are engaged in investigations, cooperative learning, creating, questioning, and gro

Principal's Updates - 9/13/19

Dear Families, Everyone is settling in nicely to their daily routines. Our Service to others continues thanks to our students, staff, and the generosity of so many of you. Mrs. Etienne will be delivering all of your donations to an organization that is helping the victims of the hurricane in the Bahamas. Whatever we can do as a school community to help others in their time of need helps us to be grateful for what we have. MAPS testing will begin next week for students in Grades 2-8. This is an Archdiocese mandate that will happen three times this year. This assessment is a tool for our teachers to see where their students are academically. The data derived from these assessments drives instr

Principal's Updates - 9/6/19

Dear Families, Welcome Back to St Mary of the Hills School! If you are new or a returning family please know that you are now part of a very special community of educators and scholars! We have so much to be grateful for. Many of you have already stepped up to volunteer your time and talents to help in many ways. Volunteering is proven to improve your lives but also the lives of your children. Elementary and Middle School students enjoy seeing their family members take an interest in their school life and you are being an incredible role model for them. I know with work schedules this may not be possible for everyone. Consider taking your child's birthday off if it falls during the school y

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