St. Mary's Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-4765
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Challenging the Mind - Living the Faith

SMCS students collect donations to support Doey’s House

HAGERSTOWN, MD – St. Mary Catholic School students brought in monetary donations for a TAG day on October 27, 2017 in support of Doey’s Hospice House of Washington County. Students who participated were allowed to dress out of uniform. Students were asked to wear colors in support of all types of cancer. A total of $223.66 was collected by SMCS students. Monthly TAG days are held where the students may come out of uniform dressed in the theme of the month for a contribution to a worthy cause. TAG days are organized by our student council members. HWC has been offering high quality end-of-life care for over 37 years. The organization serves their patients wherever they live through an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family. However, sometimes the option of staying in their home is not viable when pain and symptoms need to be managed at a more intense level of care for a period of time; a hospice house is the perfect option. At present, those needing or wanting a hospice house setting for this pain and symptom management have only one option – to leave the county. This led HWC to build Doey’s House, a 12-bed inpatient hospice house that will provide general inpatient, respite services and short-term residential care for hospice patients right here in Washington County (http://hospiceofwc.org/doeys-house/). Learn more about St. Mary Catholic School at www.stmarycatholicschool.org. St. Mary Catholic School is located in Hagerstown and serves students in grades...

SMCS named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

SMCS NAMED 2017 NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE! HAGERSTOWN, MD – St. Mary Catholic School (SMCS) received notification earlier in the afternoon that they were named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The National Blue Ribbon program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels. SMCS was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School. The designation is the highest academic honor bestowed upon a school by the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible to apply as an Exemplary High Performing School, SMCS students had to perform in the top 15% of the nation in reading and mathematics as measured by a nationally normed test in the most recent year tested. Having met the eligibility requirement as a private school, SMCS then had to be nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) by meeting CAPE’s stringent criteria for recognition. A school must have a strong curricular program and a school culture that supports and engages families and the community. SMCS met all the requirements and now has received national recognition. They were one of only 342 schools across the nation and one of only 50 private schools in the entire nation to receive this prestigious award. Mrs. Patricia A. Mc. Dermott, Principal, and Mrs. Mary K. Barger, a middle school teacher who serves as test Coordinator, will be attending the awards ceremony on November 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education will present SMCS with a plaque and a 2017...

Mark Your Calendars for the Rosary Congress!

St. Mary’s (parish) will be the regional host for the Rosary Congress from October 7th through October 13th. The Rosary Congress will honor the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s appearance to the children of Fatima. The Rosary Congress consists of round the clock Eucharistic Adoration at St. Mary’s and recitation of the Rosary on the hour. At the 3:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. hours the Divine Mercy Chaplet will follow the Rosary. Join us and sign up here!  ...

SMCS RUNNING TEAM PARTICIPATED IN 5K in WILLIAMSPORT

St. Mary Catholic School running team students participated in the 5K in Williamsport over Memorial Day weekend. The proceeds of the run went to help fund a WWII Memorial for the town. The coaches encouraged the kids to participate in this race for a few reasons, most especially to perform a civic duty for the Washington County community and help celebrate Memorial Day with a true purpose. After the race, the coaches asked their running friend, Gil Crumrine, to address the kids about the significance of this weekend.  Mr. Crumrine is a Vietnam Era veteran who shared with the kids his military responsibilities, answered questions from our runners (and parents), and told the kids the real meaning of Memorial Day (not just a long weekend). Mr. Crumrine’s children also attend St. Mary Catholic School....

Maryland BOOST Scholarship Program

Application Information BOOST is a State Maryland Program, enacted in 2016, to ensure lower-income students could afford the K-12 education best fit for their needs. BOOST provides scholarships to eligible students to enable them to attend a nonpublic school. Now in its second year, Maryland’s BOOST Scholarship Program will provide nearly $6 million in scholarships in the upcoming school year to eligible K-12 students toward tuition at a qualifying nonpublic school of their choice. Who’s eligible for a BOOST Scholarship? BOOST scholarship are available to public school students and current nonpublic school students whose family incomes is: • $30,044 or less for a family of 2 • $37,777 or less for a family of 3 • $45,510 or less for a family of 4 • $53,243 or less for a family of 5 Click here to APPLY TODAY! Applications due by June 15,...

Race 4 Technology

St. Mary Catholic School offers a competitive and forward thinking technology initiative to students.  Technology provides an avenue for communication, collaboration, problem solving, and efficiency. Our goal is to ultimately provide a one-to-one computing environment for all students. St. Mary Catholic School is working proactively to provide a competitive learning environment for our students with awareness of the Digital Learning Plan implemented by Washington County Public Schools.  Our students are not only provided the technology by physically placing iPads in their hands, they are also provided the tools for maximizing the educational benefits of iPad use by our faculty who embrace the teaching methods and means for implementation in the classroom learned during iPad specific Professional Development sessions.   St. Mary Catholic School students participated in our Race 4 Technology on May 12, 2017. Funds raised in support of this event will be used to purchase iPads for the 2017-2018 school year.  Take a step today towards the future of technology at SMCS: Pledge Form_2017 Online giving can be arranged through St. Mary Parish at https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/39. Please select Race 4 Technology from the list of funds....