This past summer was a busy time at St. Mark School. We hosted Totus Tuus, a fun religious education program, Camp S’Mores, a three-week academic enrichment camp, and basketball camps for boys and girls. We also continue to make improvements to our school building and got a new roof this summer and brand new desks for almost all the classrooms. Students, staff and priests participated in the West Peoria Fourth of July Parade, where our awesome float took first place in the juvenile division!
As great as summer was, the 2014-15 year will be even better. To our talented and experienced faculty, we welcome four energetic new teachers and one aide. Karen Campbell will be the new PreK teacher assisted by new aide Rita Merkle. Alyssa McClenthen is the new second grade teacher, Jennifer Campbell will be the new third grade teacher, and Ashleigh Koch will be instructing all of our students in music. All of our new teachers are recent Bradley University graduates!
We are also excited about our new writing curriculum, Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study Writing Program, which will teach students opinion, informative, and narrative writing across the curriculum. To this program, we add expanded hours to our school library for a wonderful enhancement of our language arts.
We invite you to stop by St. Mark School to see all the exciting changes taking place.