At St. Mary’s, we want to ensure that our learners are respected, valued, loved, and provided for so that they can more effectively learn. Students’ social and emotional needs are addressed by the classroom teacher as well as by the school social worker. In addition to meeting with small groups and individuals, the social worker works closely with the classroom teacher, using the Second Step program, to teach students the life skills of collaboration, decision-making, problem solving, and effective communication.
St. Mary’s is committed to providing meaningful and relevant learning that prepares students to be successful. To ensure this, our classroom teachers are supported by educational assistants who work with students one-on-one and in small groups. NWEA test results are used to measure student growth and to inform whole-group and individual instructional methods and strategies. One strategy to prepare students for the 21st century is an introductory level coding program for students in all grade levels. St. Mary’s staff continues to seek out effective strategies to engage all learners in reaching their full potential.