Stella Maris Academy

Commissioned by the Catholic Church, 
the Stella Maris Academy community prepares lifelong learners who lead, love, and serve as Jesus taught - 
transforming our world one student at a time.
Weekly Update: June 16, 2017
Mission Moment

The first ever Stella Maris Academy Middle School LOCK-IN was a ROCK-IN!  40 students and 8 teachers joined together at the St. John's campus on June 9 for activities, pizza, and movies. Future middle school classmates from St. James, St. John's, and Holy Rosary started off the evening with a game of extreme kickball and then relaxed with pizza and a good flick. Laughter and chatter echoed through the halls of St. John's as the students enjoyed showings of classics including  The Princess Bride, The Goonies, and The Sandlot . Making connections with future friends was a great way to kick-off summer vacation.

~submitted by Mrs. Jenna Kelly, Director of Admissions
Job Opening for Business Manager

The following job opportunity with Stella Maris Academy has been posted and is immediately available.
Stella Maris Academy is hiring a Business Manager responsible for maintaining accounting and human resources processes for the school. We are looking for a candidate with a bachelor's degree in accounting or business administration, an understanding of Excel, Word and other Microsoft programs and 5-10 years of relevant experience. For a full job description, contact Cynthia Zook. Click here for application and submit resume and applications here.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply soon as possible.
Busy Summer Planned for SMA Campus Buildings

Summer is always a busy time in school buildings. With students and teachers enjoying the break, the focus turns to routine maintenance, cleaning, and setup for another new school year. This year the maintenance crews are amping up for heightened activity as materials, supplies, textbooks, library resources, and classroom items are all relocated between Stella Maris campuses as part of the adjusted grade configurations for 2017-2018. In addition to standard cleaning, scheduled painting, and routine repairs, each campus will have improvements made to serve students and families. 

Across all campuses, technology improvements will upgrade infrastructure including enhanced security and WiFi. Whiteboards will be installed in classrooms that presently do not have one available, all to better support an interactive curriculum and teachers/student users. An option of an interconnected phone system is being explored and front entry security updated. Lockers will be installed for middle school students at St. John's. At  Holy Rosary, the kitchen will be remodeled to prepare and serve a daily hot lunch program and the staff room will be relocated to open space for the preschool program.

Our buildings will look beautiful with these added improvements, ready to welcome back over 500 Stella Maris students and families this fall.
Parent-Teacher Organizations Moving Forward

The parent partnership is a foundation element of the Catholic school experience. Involvement of parents and the greater community is essential to deliver the strong student experience, support teachers, and build community. It can also bring satisfaction in sharing common goals and of course, bringing the fun to school!

Great progress has been made forming the core leadership groups for each campus of Stella Maris Academy. The core leadership group includes five positions: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Parent Ambassador Coordinator(s), and Parent Volunteer Coordinator. In addition, the Stella Maris  "executive" leadership group in place, as the chair and vice-chair from each campus will serve this function. The complete list of leaders will be published in the Back To School packet along with a description of each role. Other elements being defined include constitutional and operational documents, a defined scope of work, logistics of meetings and publishing information. 

It is wonderful to have leaders identified to begin the work of the new parent organization. Thank you to parents who have stepped up already to share their wisdom and experience.
Looking ahead?  Use the SMA 2017-2018 calendar to coordinate schedules and family activities.  Important dates will be included in the Back to School packet mailed home in August.

Upcoming Events 

October 22: Feast of Faith Annual Scholarship Dinner

Visit campus websites for a complete list of upcoming events and activities as they are available!

St. Michael's:
 Holy Rosary:
St. John's:
Stella Maris Summer Hotline

Looking for information over the summer? Know a new family coming to town that would benefit from daily Catholic education?  Someone wants to know more about our great schools? Click here to connect to the SMA summer hotline!

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