Mission and Philosophy
About St. Mary's Elementary School
St. Mary’s School is celebrating providing quality education to our community! Our school first opened on December 8, 1880. We are located at 26 West Street in Shelby, Ohio.
Maintaining our school’s Catholic identity is paramount. We are able to do so through our curriculum as well as our service to others.Our students take active roles in mass weekly. Participating in service projects is another means by which we help our students not only develop a sense of global awareness, but also a desire to make a difference in the world.
Through the continued cooperative efforts of Father Jim, our school & parish staff, students, parents and parishioners it is our mission at St. Mary’s to work together to share faith and foster a passion for learning.
St. Mary’s Elementary School is proud to offer:
- Full accreditation by the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association.
- Courses of study are fully aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Academic Content Standards.
- A Preschool Program for ages 3 through 5 (now located at the main school building), providing an excellent academic and social program with many enrichment opportunities.
- An all day kindergarten program is offered, also. Teachers enjoy the benefits of this program as the students move into first grade and beyond.
- Our children enrichment activities through Grade 6, including a strong music program, the Children’s Choir, Physical education and computer classes in an excellent computer lab equipped with the latest technology.
- A school library.
- Title I reading, speech, nursing and guidance counseling services.
- Admission to students from any religious denomination.
Our expert teaching staff brings our students a carefully planned focus on our academic goals throughout the year while at the same time, nurturing their spirits, developing positive self-esteem, and fostering a love of learning they will carry into the future. This year the staff is working hard on writing a new continuous improvement plan in order to renew our accreditation.
The students in grades 2-6 participate in web based achievement testing in the fall & spring that provides immediate results to teachers so that they may plan instruction according to the individual needs of the students.
We are blessed to have the support of our School Advisory Council and the Parent Teacher Organization to help keep our school flourishing.
A special thank you to all of you who make our school what it is today!
of St. Mary's School
St. Mary’s Catholic School is different by design. With the
assistance of the Pastor, Principal, staff, students, parents, and
parishioners, we provide an excellent educational environment
where students and teachers work together to cultivate,
strengthen, and share faith, excel academically by fostering a
passion for learning and personal accountability. It is our goal at
St. Mary’s to commit ourselves to the development of the total
person, spiritual and physical, moral and intellectual, individual
and social, in an atmosphere filled with the spirit of Christ.
Why a Catholic Education?
Discover the Difference…
The third apple of our logo represents what makes us different and is symbolic of who we are. When cut horizontally, the apple has five core seeds:
First Core Seed: Formators
- Parents, as primary religious educators
- Pastors/pastoral leaders, principals, catechetical leaders,
teachers, parish staff and entire community are formators
Second Core Seed: The Religion Curriculum
- Taught from K-12 in a consistent, age-appropriate way in each
of our 101 schools; consists of 8 strands:
- Church - Doctrine - Lifestyles - Old Testament - Morality - New Testament - Sacraments & Prayer - Social Teachings / Justice
Third Core Seed: Community
- Our schools are communities where students are loved and respected;
where Christian behavior is expected, differences are celebrated,
and families are welcomed.
Fourth Core Seed: Worship
- Students attend Mass regularly and begin each day and each class
with prayer. We celebrate together our common faith; we welcome
those other faiths.
Fifth Core Seed: Service
- Students are challenged to reach beyond themselves in service
and works of justice to the poor, the sick, and the underprivileged.
|Research “Thus it follows that the work of the school is irreplaceable and the investment of human and material resources in the school becomes a prophetic choice. On the threshold of the third millennium…[the Catholic school] is still of vital importance.” Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium (1997.)
Research on Catholic Schools tells us:
For more information, visit the OCSAA website or call Catholic Youth and Schools Service Office at 419.244.6711
All information on this page taken from the Diocese of Toledo CYSS webpage.