Grades 6 through 8

Upper SchoolThe curriculum in our middle school (grades 6 through 8) is rigorous and collaborative.  St. Mary’s provides a small school environment where middle school students receive the personalized attention they require to develop academically, spiritually and socially.   The teachers hold academics in high esteem while educating the whole child remains a key component to instructional strategy. Our middle school curriculum guides students to become independent, creative learners.   

Study skills and work habits that began in the lower school are reinforced by teaching enhanced note taking, research, annotation, and close reading strategies.  Christian values, respect for individual differences, and the importance of community are taught through students’ daily interactions with their teachers and classmates. Students are taught to respect one another and there is zero tolerance for bullying. Students graduate from St Mary School with the skills necessary to succeed in high school and beyond.

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Lower SchoolKindergarten

The kindergarten curriculum is designed to help each child develop positive self-esteem and to establish a foundation of learning.  Our kindergarten Instruction provides activities to stimulate, challenge, and meet the abilities and interests of the children. Each child has the opportunity to enjoy success by actively participating in hands-on activities and communicating in a variety of formats. An integrated, learning center approach allows children to actively engage in learning through individualized and cooperative activities.  This center based learning approach expands children’s knowledge of the world and self.  Our highly trained kindergarten teachers are skilled in facilitating learning by engaging students in all curriculum areas.  Centers are thematically designed to provide a variety of diverse learning opportunities.

Grades 1 through 5

The lower school (grades 1 through 5) fosters a love of learning by encouraging each child to become an independent, engaged learner. Children approach learning with different learning styles and our teachers offer a variety of strategies to provide individual success. Students learn best when learning is cumulative and developmental.  Our teachers use prior knowledge and experiences to make the learning real and meaningful to students. Themes and making connections between math, reading, writing, science, phonics, spelling and social studies characterize the interdisciplinary curriculum.  Students also have art, computers, music, physical education, and Spanish. Christian values are taught by interaction with classmates, and active engagement in acts of kindness and leadership both within the class and the school.

Preschool

Preschool

Our preschool curriculum provides a loving, safe, stimulating, and Christian environment that values and respects the individuality of each child. We believe in a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children three and four years of age. The focus of our preschool curriculum is to prepare children socially, emotionally and academically for the many challenges that elementary school brings.

 

Preschool Tuition Rates 2016-2017

Preschool Handbook

Curriculum

Curriculum

St. Mary School, established in 1867, offers a rigorous academic program to a diverse student body. Students learn the foundation of the Catholic faith and civic responsibility to serve the community through Christian service activities.   Our disciplined and thoughtful approach to instruction has resulted in St Mary students consistently scoring above grade on standardized testing.

The students receive a broad based challenging education on a daily basis. With a fully certified faculty, limited class size, and enhanced curriculum provided by specialist teachers, St. Mary School maintains high expectations of all students while ensuring individual attention.  St. Mary’s provides the curriculum and organizational structure so that students can achieve high academic standards, solid Catholic foundation, strong core values, and self-esteem. 

These fundamentals prepare our students to meet the challenges of high school, college and life.

Faculty

We are blessed to have a highly qualified, outstanding teaching staff. Our teachers are Alabama State certified and they hold advanced degrees. Each has the goal of guiding students to achieve their personal best by becoming independent, critical learners within a faith-based community.

Office Staff Directory

Debbie Ollis

Principal

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Jennifer Heisler

Asst. Principal/M.S. Teacher

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Annette Patterson

Registrar

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Katie Killion

Bookkeeper

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Celeste Cook-Lowe

Office Clerk

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Carmen Tuite

Cafeteria Manager

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Linda Thornton

Technology Coordinator

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Faculty Directory

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 Grade Level

School e-mail address

Ellen Marston

Kindergarten Teacher

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Karen Calametti

Kindergarten Teacher

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Liz Betbeze

First Grade Teacher

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Anne Lyon

First Grade Teacher

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Allyson DeMouy

Second Grade Teacher

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Amy Duncan

Second Grade Teacher

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Katie Sasser

Third Grade Teacher

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Amber  Jones

Third Grade Teacher

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Lindsey Brabner

Fourth Grade Teacher

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Nicki Dean

Fourth Grade Teacher

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Annette Grow

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Kyndel Edens

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Jennifer Heisler

Sixth Grade Teacher

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Katie Sharpe

Sixth Grade Teacher

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Gia Johnson

Seventh Grade Teacher

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Melanie Fromdahl

Seventh Grade Teacher

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Will Hester

Middle School Teacher

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Kortney Acton

Middle School Resource Teacher

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Ashley Thompson

Eighth Grade Teacher

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Hanna, Katelyn

Eighth Grade Teacher

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 Johnson, Monica

Spanish Teacher

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Williams, LePret

M.S. Resource

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Sue Lyon

 Library

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Patty Ericksen

Gr. 3,4,5 PE Teacher

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Daniel Peebles

K,1,2, PE Teacher

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Steven Medeiros

Middle School PE Teacher

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Carolyn Davidson

 Counselor

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Rebecca Ellison

 Ressource Teacher

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Kathy Ross

PREK4 Teacher

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Lillis Lewis

PREK4 Teacher

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Mary Lou Ankersen

 PREK4 Teacher

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Charlette Fibbe

 PREK3 Teacher

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Rose Rogers

PREK3 Teacher

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Kathryn Beagle

Resource Teacher

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Donna Anderson

Title I/Resource Teacher

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Suzy Fox

Title I/Resource Teacher

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Marie Stringfellow

 Library/Religion Chair

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Lisa Mayer

Resource Teacher

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Lauree Riggin

K-5 Science Teacher

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Tammy Nicolason

M.S. Drama/Music Teacher

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Carol Ogletree

K-4 Gr. Music Teacher

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Mary Ann Fletcher

Math/Rescource Teacher

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Kathy Walding

Art Teacher

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