St. Mary’s Students Give Generously to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry

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St. Mary’s School Student Council presents a check to Mrs. Mary Ann Gubanc for St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. Mrs. Kim Bellofatto, Assistant Principal is pictured left along with Sister Marie Blanchette, O.P. Principal, right.


 
St. Mary’s School students and faculty gathered on Monday, November 30th for an all school assembly to share some great news with St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.
Student Council President Elizabeth Waltman opened the ceremony by congratulating the students on their accomplishment in surpassing their goal for collecting food items in November. She then addressed Mary Ann Gubanc, Coordinator of St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, telling her that the Student Council was saddened to hear that the Food Pantry was not able to offer holiday baskets for the Thanksgiving season due to lack of funds.
The Student Council decided that they needed to do something to make sure that the Christmas baskets would happen. They set a very lofty goal of collecting as a school 2,015 items (for the 2015 school year) to replenish the Food Pantry. Elizabeth was excited to announce that the school had exceeded their goal, collecting 2,325 items with the support of the St. Mary’s Religious Education program and interested parishioners who came to the school daily to drop off food. In addition, the students at SMS had recently participated in a Silver Coin Challenge to raise money for charity. Student Council proposed giving the funds raised this year with St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. By unanimous vote, St. Mary’s students agreed and the Student Council was able to present a check for $1,859.85!
DSC_0618 goodMrs. Gubanc shared with the children that the Food Pantry had decided that they would not be able to include meat certificates in the Christmas baskets this year, but because of St. Mary’s School’s generosity, they will be able to offer the certificates. She said, “Because of what you have done here, which is amazing for children so young, you have had a direct impact on many, many families.” St. Joseph’s Food Pantry is serving approximately 500 people each month.
St. Mary’s is an award-winning Catholic school, founded in 1950, that offers Pre-K-8th grade classes. A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the school is known for its excellent math, technology & science programs, as well as small class sizes, individualized instruction, athletic programs & after-school care. Please schedule a tour to learn more about our programs and extra-curricular activities. Phone: (865) 483-9700.

St. Mary’s School (Oak Ridge) Receives $10,000 Physical Education Grant

St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge was honored to be selected as one of twenty Tennessee middle schools to have been awarded a 2015 Shape the State grant to improve its physical education program. The grant, valued at $10,000 is funded by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation. Ms. Ashley Williams, BlueCross BlueShield of TN visited St. Mary’s School on Wednesday to present the $10,000 check to Sister Marie Blanchette, OP, Principal and Mrs. Shannon Adcock, Athletic Director. Mrs. Adcock also received a check for $1,000 to spend at her discretion for PE, nutrition and wellness efforts. SMS Photo 3
According to the state Department of Health, about 40 percent of Tennessee children are overweight or obese. Obesity dramatically increases a person’s risk for dangerous health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The Shape the State grants continue a longstanding practice of BlueCross’ Tennessee Health Foundation’s supporting efforts to fight childhood obesity in the state.
Mrs. Adcock and other Shape the State grant winners recently gathered for training from SPARK professionals on using the program with their students. Additionally, they have received complete SPARK curriculum materials, as well as accompanying exercise equipment.
SPARK was launched in 1989 after being developed by researchers at San Diego State University. Since then, its evidence-based curriculum has been used in public schools, YMCAs and other settings across the nation.
St. Mary’s is an award-winning Catholic school, founded in 1950, that offers Pre-K-8th grade classes. A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the school is known for its excellent math, technology & science programs, as well as small class sizes, individualized instruction, athletic programs & after-school care. Please schedule a tour to learn more about our programs and extra-curricular activities. Phone: (865) 483-9700.

St. Mary’s (Oak Ridge) Lady Crusaders Varsity Volleyball Team Crowned Season and Tournament Champions for the Third Consecutive Year

VB ChampsThe Knoxville Independent School League (K.I.S.L.) held its annual Volleyball Tournament last week at St. Joseph’s School with the finals being held on Friday, October 2nd.
The St. Mary’s varsity volleyball team from Oak Ridge took first place in the regular season and swept the tournament securing their 3rd consecutive Championship.
“We never dropped a set” said Coach Rob Halcrow beaming with excitement. “A THREE-PEAT! We couldn’t be happier to have won both the season and tournament for the last three years”, he added.
Coach Laura McKenna said, “Their hard work paid off big-time. This is a fabulous group of girls that gave it their all on and off the court”.
VB Father SheltonWhen asked how they did it, coach Halcrow had this to say… “Dedication from everyone involved. The tremendous job of our athletic director; giving us the support we needed to be successful, each player’s willingness to commit to every practice and game without fail, and our wonderful parents who without their support none of this would be possible.”
 
St. Mary’s Catholic School is located in Oak Ridge and was established in 1950 to provide a Christ-centered education to students in Pre-K through the 8th grade. For more information about our school, please call (865) 483-9700 or visit www.stmarysoakridge.org.

St. Mary’s School Dedicates a Beautiful Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe

St. Mary’s Church and School in Oak Ridge celebrated Mass on Sunday, September 13th with a special blessing and dedication of a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The statue from Mexico was donated by Tomás and Bertalilia Léon of St. Mary’s Church in Jackson Tennessee. Sister Mary Rebekah, O.P., middle school religion and history teacher, maintains a relationship with the Léon family from her previous teaching role at St. Mary’s School in Jackson. She commented, “The Léon Family has always graciously supported the efforts of the Dominican Sisters.”
In preparation for the special day, members of the Knights of Columbus made an “Ark of the Covenant” to carry the statue from the church to the school. After Mass, the statue was mounted by the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard as the entire congregation processed through the school to the main entry foyer for a special dedication and placing of flowers at Our Lady’s feet. Over 250 parishioners and guests continued the celebration in the gym with live music and delicious food. Sister Marie Blanchette, O.P. Principal of St. Mary’s School described the moment, “It was a day rich in God’s blessings. It was beautiful to see the whole parish come together to honor the Mother of God. The devotion and love for Our Lady were tangible. From now on when someone walks in the doors of St. Mary’s School, the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe will serve as a reminder of the love Mary and her Son has for each of us. What a blessing to our school and parish community!”
St. Mary’s Catholic School is located in Oak Ridge and was established in 1950 to provide a Christ-centered education to students in Pre-K through the 8th grade. For more information about St. Mary’s School, please call (865) 483-9700 or visit www.stmarysoakridge.org.

St. Mary’s Brings Home the Gold for the Second Consecutive Year

Several area middle schools were invited to Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) on Aug. 15 to participate in the 2015 KCHS Volleyball Feeder Fest Tournament.
The tournament lasted more than eight hours, with some teams playing up to six games each. The Varsity volleyball team from St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge took first place in the overall pool and continued its winning streak through the finals, securing its second consecutive Feeder Fest championship.
The St. Mary’s Junior Varsity team also did very well, as they took first place in their pool and second overall in the finals. Both teams are coached by Laura McKenna and Rob Halcrow.
Coach McKenna said, “Both the JV and Varsity teams have exceeded expectations in play, team bonding and sportsmanship. The girls have laid a strong foundation for another spectacular season. As a coach, I could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication the team has shown and I look forward to helping the girls gain confidence in their volleyball skills and grow on and off the court.”
Coach Halcrow said, “They did GREAT! This says a lot about our training program. We are the second smallest school in the Knoxville Independent School League, so we rarely make cuts. Pretty much if you show up to tryouts you’re in. I’m very proud of every player.”
St. Mary’s Catholic School is located in Oak Ridge and was established in 1950 to provide a Christ-centered education to students in Pre-K through the 8th grade. For more information about St. Mary’s School, please call (865) 483-9700 or visit www.stmarysoakridge.org.

St. Mary’s School Wins Elementary Award for Street Painting Festival

St. Mary’s School wins the Elementary School Award for the “Tree of Life” chalk drawing at the Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.
Congratulations to Mrs. Lowden and students Jean, Marigrace, Breea, Brock, Sophie, Ethan, Sofia, Emma, Emery, and Anna on a job well done!
A very special thank you to Mrs. Amy Schoenthaler for directing the students’ work.
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St. Mary’s School Varsity Volleyball Team Named 2014 KISL Champions for the Second Year in a Row

St. Mary’s School Varsity Volleyball team has again been crowned the Overall Knoxville Independent School League Champions for the 2014 season.
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The varsity team was the undefeated season champions in regular season play, won first place in the tournament, and ended the season as KISL champions with a record of 17 wins and no losses. Coach Halcrow said, “Our season began on a great note winning Gold at the KCHS Feeder Fest.  This only motivated the girls to work harder in the gym during our short season. As a coach I couldn’t be happier with the result.”
 
 

St. Mary’s School Cross Country Team Sends Three Athletes to State Championship

St. Mary’s School Cross Country team was honored to send three student athletes to the State Cross Country Championships October 18, 2014.
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“These three individuals have worked very hard to prepare for this event,” said Coach Phil Dalton.  “Their passion for the sport is only second to their desire to improve their own person records,” he added.