Art - Mrs. O'Connor
Mrs. O'Connor teaches art classes for grades 1 through 8. She also hosts after school Art Clubs in which students work on various projects including paper maché, painting on canvas, and silk scarf painting. Projects vary with each art club and each session lasts for 5-6 weeks.
Computer - Mrs. Hughes
Saint Mary of the Hills School is providing opportunities for students to participate and experience different technologies. We are very fortunate to have an array of the latest technological equipment including a computer lab with twenty-four (24) computers running the Windows 10 operating system, SMART Boards, Promethean Boards, Google Chromebooks, iPads, overhead projectors, color printer, LaserJet printers, digital cameras, and other video equipment.
My goal is to accomplish two things during students' time in the computer lab. My first goal is to acquaint the students with computers -- identifying internal and external parts, reviewing how to take care of them and learning to use software applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, Internet, etc. My second goal is to reinforce concepts and skills students are learning in their regular classrooms.
Students work very hard and are very productive in computer class. While working very hard, they are also having fun, which I believe is the key to success. In order for children to gain knowledge, most activities should be hands-on, fun, exciting and enjoyable experiences. The computer along with the different types of educational software programs are some of the motivational tools that assist children in learning and/or reinforcing new concepts in fun and exciting ways.
This year all grade levels will continue working on keyboarding skills and use the computer as an aid for curriculum enrichment.
Library - Mrs. Hurley
Mrs. Hurley introduces the children to reading in the most sacred of places for it. She instills them with a love of reading they can keep for a lifetime.
Music - Mr. Bennett
Saint Mary of the Hills School offers music lesson through Paul Effman Co. and collaborates in the spring to perform all together as one school band. Lessons for percussion, winds, brass, and strings are offered.
Physical Education - Mr. Asadoorian
Our school is unique because it offers not only a Physical Education program tailored to each age group, but it also extends to its students an after school sports program once a week from September to June. In addition, I established our ‘Saints’ CYO Basketball team 5 years ago and since then we have had great success including a trip to the CYO championship and Middle School State Tournament, this year we are hoping to repeat those feats!
My philosophy on Physical Education is to get every child stretching and moving. Also, being a certified Personal Trainer I understand how important being healthy is in this new millennium. Our school has a wide variety of places for children to exercise including our football & soccer field, basketball courts, indoor gym space and outdoor fitness station.
Our after school sports program that I developed my first year teaching in 2009 change monthly and are open to Boys and Girls 1st-8th graders. They range from sports such as Capture The Flag, Soccer, Basketball, Dodgeball and my own creation Extreme Sports which is a new sport every week. That sure is a fan favorite very similar to my gym classes.
Throughout the years our CYO Basketball teams have had 4th-8th grade teams both boys and girls and Cheerleaders too. Stop by my field or gym class Wednesday thru Friday some day and dress to get some exercise!