Blessings from Fr. Jack

Blessings from Fr. Jack

Blessings from Fr. Jack

MANY THANKS TO FATHER JACK MATTIMORE, SJ, WHO VISITED EACH CLASSROOM TODAY TO BLESS THE CHILDREN AND THEIR BACKPACKS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD! HE SPOKE OF HOW CATHOLIC EDUCATION FEEDS BOTH “HEAD AND THE HEART”.

SMS Welcomes Thirty-Six New Families

SMS Welcomes Thirty-Six New Families

SMS Welcomes Thirty-Six New Families

Sixty new students and thirty-six new families will be welcomed into our St. Mary School Swormville family when we return to our beloved SMS halls in September.

Please join us in welcoming the following families to our St. Mary’s Faith Community:

Andrade
Azevedo
Baker
Barwell
Botzenhart
Brewer
Bshara
Burns
Butch
Campanella
Carpenter
Charles
Costello
D’Angelo
Frangos
Gallo
Gualtieri
Hardick
Huber
Hurley
Johnson
Kauppinen
Kenyan
La Cotte
Lamphron
Lasky
Latona
MacDiarmid
Minor
Montana
Palladino
Rollison
Rowley
Vasconcellos
Witkowski
Whiting

St. Mary School’s teachers, staff and current families are excited to meet our new families! 

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SMS Plans 5 Day Classroom Instruction

SMS Plans 5 Day Classroom Instruction

SMS Plans 5 Day Classroom Instruction

St. Mary School Swormville will resume 5-day in-person instruction in September. 

Seats are currently available in grades 4, 6, and 8. 

Waitlists have been started for the remaining grades.

SMS classrooms are being prepared and class sizes have been capped in order to open safely as planned on Wednesday, September 9th. All plans comply with local, state, federal and CDC/DOH guidelines and recommendations. Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all our students with minimal interruptions to the instructional environment as we focus on educating the whole child.

St. Mary’s is an inclusive school in which nurturing teachers are trained in differentiated instruction. Advanced tracks are available for middle schoolers in Math, Science and ELA. Qualifying 8th graders may sit for the Algebra I and Earth Science Regents exams for high school credit.

To have your child in our Christ-centered school 5 days/week, call now!  (716) 689-8424

WELCOME, MRS. PRONTI!

WELCOME, MRS. PRONTI!

WELCOME, MRS. PRONTI!

St. Mary School (SMS) is excited to welcome Mrs. Alyssa Pronti to our amazing faculty team! Mrs. Pronti will be taking over the grade 6 homeroom, grade 6 Religion, and grades 6 – 8 Social Studies from Mrs. Sheila Kahrimanian, who just retired after 28 years of dedicated service to the students and families of St. Mary School, Swormville.

Mrs. Pronti has been teaching for seven years, the last six in a Catholic school setting. She first came to SMS as the substitute teacher for middle school English Language Arts (ELA) at the end of February and quickly had to adapt to distance learning when the schools closed in March.  We were truly blessed to have such a strong faith-filled teacher in place at that unparelleled time in history. And, she was very impressed with how well prepared the administration and staff were when it was time to change to a virtual format and with her students who were truly engaged in their studies while distance learning.

Mrs. Pronti loves Social Studies; learning about history and cultures!  It was her middle school History teacher that inspired her to become a teacher!  She is looking forward to fun and engaging activities that will be memorable for her students.  She wants to pass on her passion for learning, especially in Social Studies.   Mrs. Pronti shares, ” I cannot wait to share my passion with students and hopefully, they will love it as much as I do!”

When asked why she continues to teach in a Catholic school, she said it was because of the family environment that exists in Catholic schools. Teachers build strong relationships with their students and parents – many of which become like extended family.  She is sure that the same will be true at St. Mary’s because of the open, welcoming, and supportive teachers with which she has already made friends and the very respectful caring SMS students.  Mrs. Pronti is already impressed by the kindness she has seen between students and their openness to discussion during class.  Even in the few weeks on campus, Mrs. Pronti could sense the Christ-Centered culture of St. Mary School Swormville.  She feels that when the teachers, staff, administration, students, and parents are all centered on Christ first, everything flows from there.

Mrs. Pronti grew up in Lockport and currently lives in Pendleton.  Family is extremely important to her so she spends a great deal of time with her large extended family.  Mrs. Pronti earned her Bachelor’s degree in birth to grade two Special and General Education, with a concentration in English from Daemen College.  She earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction for grades 1-6 from SUNY Buffalo State College.  She is currently waiting to take the exams that will give her an extension for grades 7-12. 

Once again, please welcome Mrs. Alyssa Pronti to St. Mary’s Faith Community!

 

 

 

SMS CLASS OF 2020 EARN HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

SMS CLASS OF 2020 EARN HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

SMS CLASS OF 2020 EARN HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Once again, St. Mary School’s eighth graders who are attending Catholic high schools in the Fall were all accepted to their first choice school.

Self-discipline and hard work throughout their years at St. Mary School resulted in high school scholarships totaling $146,450.00 from these prestigious institutions:  Sacred Heart Academy of Buffalo, St. Joseph Collegiate Institute, Mount St. Mary’s Academy, Nardin High School, St. Mary’s High School and Canisius High School.

We are so very proud of each member of our SMS Class of 2020.  Our faith-filled leaders will also be moving on to Clarence, Williamsville North, Amherst, and Hutchinson Central Technical high schools.

For more information about St. Mary School’s inclusive, innovative, and inspiring Catholic elementary education, check out this website, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages, and give us a call for a tour at (716) 689-8424.

 

 

SMS Grads in Mount St. Mary Academy Class of 2020 are Valedictorian and National Merit Scholar

SMS Grads in Mount St. Mary Academy Class of 2020 are Valedictorian and National Merit Scholar

SMS Grads in Mount St. Mary Academy Class of 2020 are Valedictorian and National Merit Scholar

CONGRATULATIONS to Abby Karaszewski and Ashley Masci, who attended St. Mary School (SMS) from preschool through eighth grade excelling academically and taking part in numerous extracurricular activities and service ministries while at SMS, each received a scholarship to attend Mount St. Mary Academy. They chose “The Mount” because they were looking for a school that emulated St. Mary School: Catholic, small, close-knit, nurturing, with rigorous academics and opportunities to develop themselves into well-rounded faith-filled leaders. Both young ladies shared that their experiences and education at SMS had a direct effect on their success at Mount St. Mary Academy and provided the foundation for continued success in college and beyond.

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