St. Mary’s School
State of The School
School Year 2017-18

Prepared by: Joseph Ferriero, M.Ed., Principal on August 15, 2017

Theme: ‘Seas’ The Day!


PreK – 16

Kindergarten – 16

1st Grade – 13

2nd Grade – 14

3rd Grade – 10

4th Grade – 15

5th Grade – 15

6th Grade – 9

Total: 108 Students          + 2 Music Only = 110

Staff Changes

Pre-K: Mrs. Nonnemacher resigned and was replaced with Miss Geis.

Amanda Geis: A 2017 Early Childhood Education graduate from Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Ms. Geis comes to us with experience in both Pre-School classrooms and elementary classrooms.

Grade 5: Mrs. Weick will be on maternity leave until the end of October. Mrs. Spaulding will return to cover while she is out.


This year’s budget was set at -$10,000.83, however we had a donation come in over the summer for $10,000 and we are back at a balanced budget. The change in budget is due to staff salary increases. Our goal has always been 70% of the public school salary. We were able to reach 70% this year.


  • High Academic Achievement
  • Strong Family Engagement
  • Open Communication with Staff & Families
  • Transparency – website, Facebook, Remind messages

Improvement Areas

  • Narrow the achievement gap
    • differentiated instruction
    • New mathematics curriculum
    • New spelling program (Words Their Way) in upper elementary
    • Pilot new Flexible Classroom (open seating) in grade 4
  • Promote Positive Interactions (continued from 2016-17)
    • Continue with – Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be St. Mary’s – program
    • ‘Sea’s’ The Day Program
  • Standards Based Instruction (continued from 2016-17)
    • Teachers will work to ‘unwrap’ the ELA (english language arts) standards this year along with other teachers in the diocese.


We are expanding our one-to-one Chromebook device to our 2nd graders. All students in grades 2-6 will have a Chromebook that they can use throughout the day.

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