St. Mary's School Marathon, Wisconsin, Excellence in Education, Home of the Eagles
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Welcome to St. Mary’s School.  Please take time to browse and discover all the wonderful things happening at St. Mary’s School.


Welcome to St. Mary’s School.  Please take time to browse and discover all the wonderful things happening at St. Mary’s School.

Webinar: The 'Abortion King' turned Pro-Life: The Biggest Story You Never Heard -9:00-9:45 AM Friday, January 21: This presentation by Terry Beatley is designed for students in 7th grade and up and adults. Pro-life author and presenter Terry Beatley will share the pro-life conversion story of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, America’s “Abortion King” and co-founder of NARAL Pro-Choice America, who ultimately became a powerful champion for the child in the womb. She had also presented at our church in 2019.

St. Mary's Christmas Program under the direction of Mrs. Jodi Langenhahn. (Thank you to Jason Mechelke for the video.)

First Grade Nativity Play: The first graders bring you the story of the Nativity and wish you a Merry Christmas.

Fourth Graders wish you Christmas tidings of comfort and joy. They share with you the real meaning of Christmas.

Private School Tax Form: The Wisconsin Tax Deduction for Private School Tuition Expenses information is available.

REMIND: Sign up for important school announcements well as other reminders from school throughout the year.

Sycamore: Please login with the directions you received through this link. Any questions, please contact the school office. Thank you. (Sycamore Parent Letter)

Amazon Smile: You can make a difference while you shop Amazon. Simply shop at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (St. Mary's). Thank you for your support.

Weekend Mass schedule:

  • Saturday at 4:00 PM
  • Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00 AM

CALENDAR AT A GLANCE: Calendar for 2021-2022 School Year                

  • Wednesday, January 19th:  3 - 4  Grade Mass
  • Wednesday, January 19th:  First Communion Parent Meeting – 6 pm Gr 2 – parents only
  • Thursday, January 20th:  End of Quarter 2
  • Friday, January 21st:  No School, Marathon in-service
  • Monday, January 24th:  1 - 2  Grade Mass
  • Wednesday, January 26th:  7 – 8  Grade Mass
  • Monday, January 31st:  5 - 6 Grade Mass
  • Tuesday, February 1st: Grades 2 – 8 to go roller skating at Melody Gardens
  • Wednesday, February 2nd:  3 - 4  Grade Mass
  • Friday, February 4th: Grades 4K – 1 to Children’s Museum
  • Friday, February 4th: Grandparents’ Day, Mass at 1
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  • Spelling Bee: Congratulations to our school Spelling Bee champions. 1st place - Luke Hoenisch, 2nd - Martin Gruetzmacher, 3rd Anika Kolka, 4th - Bristal Baumann, 5th - Nathan Hoenisch, and alternate - Tony Hahn. These students advance to the NERR Spelling on January 26th at St. Anthony's School, Athens. Good luck, spellers!

  • NERR Knowledge Bowl: Congratulations to St. Mary's academic team who took first place at the NERR Knowledge Bowl. They competed against St. Anthony's, Athens, St. John's, Edgar, and St. Joseph's, Stratford. The team consists of Sam Altenhofen, Briggs Baumann, Martin Gruetzmacher, Victoria Gruetzmacher, Luke Hoenisch, Abram Jacobson, Sara Marek, Hailey Martin, Taunna Rindt and Levi Scheiderer. They are coached by Miss Baeseman.

  • Roll a Snowman: Second graders taught the 4K students a fun dice game called "Roll a Snowman". Each number they rolled helped them to fill in the snowman's eyes, buttons, etc. until their snowman was complete.

  • Bell Ringing and Caroling: 7th and 8th graders had a rewarding day bell ringing for the Salvation Army and then caroling at Copperleaf Assisted Living and Park View Apartments in Marathon. Of course they made time for a little shopping and lunch at Fazoli's.

  • Christmas Program: St. Mary's students practiced for weeks to bring the story of the birth of Christ to life. Thank you to all those who made this a very special event and to the students for an outstanding job of singing and acting. Their hard work paid off.

  • Bowling: As part of the phy. ed. curriculum students in grades 3 - 8 had the privilege of going bowling. Thank you to Steve and the Marathon City Sports Center for accomodating our students.

  • 8th Grade Night - Boy's Basketball: 7th graders had the privilege of wishing the 8th graders well as they played their final home basketball game. We wish them the best in their high school careers.

  • Medieval Fair: 7th and 8th graders learned about medieval times and had a lot of fun putting what they learned into action by putting on several skits for the other students. It was a great learning experience for all of them.

  • Circle of Joy: The kindness elf made a stop in 4K and asked them to bring an item for the Circle of Joy collection. They were pretty proud of their generosity.

  • Boys' Basketball Parent's Night: The boys enjoyed the opportunity to recognize and thank their parents for their support of their basketball season.

  • Kindness Project: Mrs. Meyering and the 8th graders put together stove top potpourri gift bags for the faculty and staff while also working on building their social skills of kindness, empathy, communication, cooperation, respect and much more.

  • If You Take a Mouse to the Movies: 5K students love to read stories and they find it even better if they can re-write that story with their own ideas. Take a look at what they think will happen if they take a mouse to the movies.

  • Ornaments: 1st graders are proud to show off the ornaments they made for the tree.

  • Thankful Trees: St. Mary's 4th graders had a lot to be thankful for and they filled their leaves on their trees with many of the things they give thanks for.

  • NCSF Donation: The National Catholic Society of Foresters, Court 850, presented a check to Kaci Sessions, co-president of St. Mary’s Home & School, in the amount of $750 as part of their Heart and Hands matching funds.  The ladies helped with the Pumpkin Patch to secure these funds for St. Mary’s School.  Thank you, National Catholic Society of Foresters, Court 850.

  • Q1 Wrap Up: After a quick first quarter of hard work we like to shine the spotlight on our students and their accomplishments. We are proud of their work. Then they have a heated volleyball match with 8th graders battling it out to see who gets to take on the faculty and staff. The faculty and staff reign victorious.

  • Knowledge Bowl: Our 3rd Annual Knowledge Bowl is in the record books. Team 4, The Disciples, were the champions this year. Their team consisted of Charlie Altenhofen, Carie Cihlar, Miss Globensky, Dominic Gruetzmacher, Randy Hoenisch, Luke Jacobson, and Marcus Martin. This is a great time for our academic team to prepare for the NERR competition and the Brains and Brawn tournament in La Crosse.

  • Science Project "Sugar Shake": 4th graders had fun learning about rocks and how they weather in the elements. This little experiment using sugar cubes helped them to visualize how rocks get wore down over time through weather or other objects hitting them.

  • First Holy Communion: Sunday, November 14th was a very special day for the 3rd grade students as they received the Body and Blood of Jesus for the first time, recceiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Take the love of Jesus with you as you go.

  • Veteran's Day: American Legion Post 469 veterans came to school for a Veteran's Day Program. Thank you to Roger Grell - Post Commander, Bob Plant - Post Chaplain, Paul Fredrickson, guest speaker, Maddie Martin, Poppy Princess, American Legion Color Guard, and all the veterans who attended. We are grateful for your service.

  • All Saint's Day: First graders always look forward to All Saint's Day so they can dress up and learn about the Saints. Thank you to Mrs. Bankes and Mrs. Eckardt for their efforts putting on the Parade of Saints.

  • Paper Making: Thank you to Mrs. Hummer for teaching the second grade students how to make their own paper. The students had a lot of fun and were pretty proud of their projects.

  • Maddy's Bell Ringing: Congratulations to Maddy Lang, a former student, for her final chemo treatments and for ringing the bell to signify she is cancer free. We are so happy for Maddy and her family and wish her continued good health.

  • Friday Fun - Reading with Friends: 2nd graders felt pretty special to be able to read to our 4K students. Pairing up students to share their love of reading is great for both classes.

  • AgCountry Donation: Thank you to AgCountry for their generous donation to St. Mary's School. We appreciate your support of Catholic education.

  • Packer Tailgate Party: Last year we were not able to have our Packer Tailgate party so we are thankful to have it this year and have beautiful weather and a chance to get together with family and friends. Thank you to everyone who had a part in making this fundraiser a huge success. Special thanks to Rod and LeAnn Lang, Jamie and Melinda Lang and Kevin and Gina Lang for organizing this event for the past several years. This was their final year and will be passing the reigns on to other volunteers.

  • Volleyball - 8th Grade Night: 7th graders had a special tribute to the 8th graders at their final game as St. Mary's Eagles. 7th graders presented the 8th grade players with a gift bag and Coach Petersen treated them to a pizza party.

  • Blessing of Animals: October 4th is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi and families were invited to bring their family pets for a blessing. St. Francis had a great love for God's creation. He found much comfort and love for the animals.

  • Pumpkin Patch: St. Mary's Home and School was happy to bring back the Pumpkin Patch this year. Thank you to all that donated pumpkins, gourds, baked goods, decorative items and to those who helped set up and run the Pumpkin Patch. We are blessed with wonderful volunteers. Special thanks to Kaci Sessions for organizing the Pumpkin Patch this year.

  • Pumpkin Decorations: Miss Baeseman and the 4th grader were very busy making pumpkin decorations. Some were delivered to Copperleaf Assisted Living and the others were sold at St. Mary's Pumpkin Patch. Check out their cute creations.

  • Rock Ridge Orchard: The fall of the year is the perfect time for a field trip to Rock Ridge Orchard. 4K - 2nd grades visited the orchard and were able to pick apples, enjoy a petting zoo and other fun activities. Thank you to Dan & Julie Knetter for the great experience and to Home and School for providing the transportation.

  • Pumpkin Painting: 4K and 2nd graders got together to make wooden pumpkins for the Pumpkin Patch. Thank you to Senator Jerry Petrowski for the wood slices for this project. It's fun to be creative and see the different things we can make.

  • Little Red Schoolhouse: One of the highlights in 4th grade is the trip to the Little Red Schoolhouse. Students dress in authentic attire and find out what a typical school day was like in 1904. They learned how to write with pen and ink, each had chores to do such as, sweeping the floors and carrying in firewood. They also enjoyed games and fun at recess. Our hot lunch staff packed their lunches in tin cans with handles to add to the authenticity of the day. Thank you to the Marathon County Historical Society and the Marathon County Parks Department for providing this opportunity for our students. Also, thank you to Home and School for providing the bus for the day.

  • 4K Apple Stars: Mrs. Drexler read the book of the little red house with no windows, a chimney and star inside to 4K students. Then they got to discover the star in the middle of the apple.

  • Catholic Daughter's of the Americas: Congratulations to Will Bretzke for winning 2nd Place at Nationals in the Catholic Daughters of the Americas competition.  There are over 12,000 orders of the Catholic Daughters in the US and Mexico so this is quite an accomplishment.  Kathy Lezniak, the local representative from the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Rose Court #1062, presented Will with a check and his ribbon.

  • Honor Roll: Congratulations to our Honor Roll students.

    Link to Past Events

Don't forget to pick up your Scrip for all your shopping needs! You may purchase Scrip after weekend liturgies or any school day in the office. (On line order form available under Parents' Page/Forms.)

The RStore and Marathon School District Endowment Fun have teamed up to raise money for the endowment fund. (See details)

The Marathon School District Foundation supports our local school district by giving scholarships to students, grants for teachers, and holding the “making a difference” program for all the teachers and staff in our school district.  Our mission statement:  "To provide all Marathon students & those dedicated to education with opportunities to achieve continued educational excellence." (Link)

St. Mary’s is a Catholic School in the Diocese of La Crosse following the Diocese curriculum (updated curriculum draft). As a Catholic School we will teach and advocate our Catholic Faith.  All students are welcome in our school, and all parents and legal guardians must understand that Catholic Doctrine will be taught.  The passing on of our Catholic Faith is our number one priority.

St. Mary’s School respects the dignity of each individual and, therefore, will not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, ethnic origin, or gender in regard to enrollment or hiring practices.