Last year, St. Mary School was honored and blessed to be chosen by the
National Arts Education Association (NAEA) as one of the 17 schools nationwide to participate in an assessment study for the newly codified National Core Arts Standards.  The 8th grade's  participation in the Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project helped to illustrate what children learn when studying the arts and how educators may teach and assess that learning. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Model Cornerstone Assessments were designed to demonstrate the types of evidence needed to show student achievement aligned to targeted performance standards.

We are so very blessed that our school understands the importance of arts education as evidenced by their continued support of the St. Mary Art Appreciation Program (now in its thirteenth year!).  Artistic literacy equates to life long learning. The St. Mary Art Appreciation Program helps students not only be exposed to the wonderful world of art, but helps them to apply factual knowledge, concepts, skills, higher-order thinking and habits of mind.  

Our program is successful in large part because of the wonderful support and volunteerism of our parents. Please consider volunteering in the classroom. Go to VolunteerSpot to sign up today!

Mrs. Kim Bonney