NCEA Monthly Feature School: Saint Mary School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

With a devoted commitment to our Catholic faith and a promise to incorporate the values of mercy, kindness, and compassion into our school day, Saint Mary School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts lives the mission of a community of active learners, producing leaders who are prepared to serve their global communities because of a foundation anchored in faith.

Students, faculty and staff bring the mission to life each day with daily prayer to begin and end the school day as well as participation at all-school Mass, Reconciliation and First Communion preparation in Grade 2, the Grade 5 portrayal of a chosen saint for the All Saints Day Mass and the Grade 6 Passion Play presentation.

A rigorous, engaging curriculum is present throughout all grades at Saint Mary School.  Students of all faith backgrounds are welcomed into our community of learners and encouraged to be active participants as they explore the curriculum.  In the preschool through grade 4 classrooms students work on English language arts, social studies, science, math and Spanish, all with the elements of Catholic faith interwoven throughout the instruction.  Faculty integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lessons into their higher level classes across curriculums.  Students work collaboratively to discuss complex concepts, create projects and present innovative illustrations for the benefit of all students.

While academics are at the forefront of a vibrant Catholic preschool, elementary and middle school, the programs offered after dismissal foster the principles of good sportsmanship, healthy competition, physical activity, technology integration, creative endeavors and hands on service to reach the less fortunate within the communities we serve.

Service to others is best displayed through class specific service projects which include raising funds for young learners in Uganda, Africa; Coins for Construction collection drive for the Public Library; and collecting children’s pajamas to benefit Cradles to Crayons.  Students in grades 5-8 take leadership roles in school responsibilities including leading Morning Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, raising and lowering of the flags, collecting school wide recycling, and gathering food donations for our local food pantry.

The students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts live their mission every day with high academic standards, acts of mercy, kindness, and love, all with a clear focus on our Catholic faith.  Saint Mary School provides its students, faculty, alumni and our community with a foundation anchored in faith.