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.



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Weekend Mass schedule:

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

CALENDAR AT A GLANCE: Calendar for 2022-2023 School Year  
Wednesday, March 22nd:  4K – 3rd Grades attend Mass
Wednesday, March 22nd: 6th-8th Grades participate in Forensics
Friday, March 24th: Solo/Ensemble at Marathon High School
Saturday, March 25th:  St. Mary’s Badminton Tournament
Monday, March 27th: 4th - 8th Grades attend Mass
Monday, March 27th: Meat Sale Begins
Wednesday, March 29th: 4K - 3rd Grades attend Mass
Wednesday, March 29th: NERR Forensics Competition at St. Anthony's School, Athens
Friday, March 31st: End of 3rd Quarter
Friday, March 31st: MVA Spring Ffling - 7:00 - 10:00 PM (Grades 6 - 8)
Easter Break: April 3rd-April 10th
Tuesday, April 11th: School Resumes
Wednesday, April 12th: Meat Sale Orders to be Returned

Future dates of interest:
Thursday, April 13th: 7th and 8th Grades Large Group Choir Competition/Rib Lake (after school)
Saturday, April 15th: Jesus Day - Grade 2 10:00 AM
Sunday, April 16th: First Holy Communion - Grade 2 11:30 AM Mass
April 19 - 20: 5th and 8th Grades at CWES
Friday, May 12th: Day at the Diocese - 7th and 8th grades
Thursday, May 18th: 4th Grade Trip to Madison
Monday, May 22nd: Awards' Night/5th - 8th Grades
Tuesday, May 23rd: Piano Recital 6:30 PM
Wednesday, May 24th: 8th Grade Graduation Mass
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  • Leprechaun Traps: One of the favorite March activities for second grade students is making leprechaun traps. These traps are made from a variety of materials such as cardboard boxes, shoeboxes, and cereal boxes - and are decorated with glitter, jewels, popsicle sticks, stickers, coins, shamrocks, and other colorful and shiny items. The activity of making traps can help students develop their problem-solving, engineering, and creative skills. Leprechaun trap making also teaches patience, fosters teamwork, and is a fun way to celebrate the festive spirit of St. Patrick's Day!

  • Fridays with Friends: The Friday Friends were at it again! After watching the story of St. Patrick, students discussed how St. Patrick was a champion of justice - our virtue this month.  Click on the link to see their fun.

  • Where do you see the Holy Face of Jesus? A big thank you to Ms. Julie Daul for helping the second grade students create an art project that focused on the Holy Face of Jesus - it was a meaningful and challenging endeavor. To begin, students reflected on the many different art pieces loaned to the classroom by Ms. Daul. Each piece also included a prayer or piece of scripture to reflect on. Doing this provided students with inspiration and ideas for their own interpretation. Students prayed and sketched their thoughts and ideas throughout the week before. Many students included symbolic elements in their sketches that represent different aspects of Jesus's life and teachings. We learned that some of us see the Holy face of Jesus at Mass, at Adoration, in the woods, in the faces of loved ones, in the Saints, in the sky… With the guidance and encouragement of Ms. Daul, students then painted their project ideas onto canvas and created a very special keepsake.

  • Volcanoes: Fifth and sixth grade students have been studing volcanoes and earthquakes. Students took their skills to the test and created snow volcanoes while 4K - 2nd grade students got to enjoy the show!

  • Dino Week: Mrs. McMeeken's 3rd - 6th grade paleontologists really "dug" their fossil Science unit. During Dino Week you could find these students diligently digging for fossils.(Dino Week Digs - Gr 3, Gr 4, Gr 5, Gr 6)

  • Fruit Loops Math: First graders thought it was a real treat to collect data with their Fruit Loops. Take a look by clicking on the link.

  • Fridays with Friends: Friday Friends were at it again! Sticking with the monthly virtue of kindness they listened to a story called “A Friend Like You”, written by Andrea Schomburg and Barbara Rottgen, where two unlikely characters, a squirrel and a bird, found ways they could be friends. Click on the link to hear more about it.

  • Mission Carnival: Thank you! Thank you!  The Mission Carnival was a huge success.  In total $2274 was raised.  This money will be sent to our two Diocesan Missions, our sister parish in Bolivia and to the Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II orphanage.  This money will help support families in need.  Thank you for your generous donations of prizes, soda, baked goods and your time.  Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child.

  • Science Fair: A Science Fair was held with projects from the 7th and 8th graders. We may have some "mad scientists in the making".

  • Renaissance Fair: Students met Theodora, Elizabeth, a samurai, Sundiata, Mansa Musa and more at the Medieval fair.
    Artifacts from Medieval times were on display, guided by seventh grade, expert curators and historians. Following the museum, skits were performed showing scenes from the past. Thank you, seventh grade, for sharing your knowledge of medieval times.

  • Grandparent's Day: Catholic School's Week ended with our Grandparent's Day Mass, entertainment and social. What a great way to end the week celebrating our faith and a great Catholic education.

  • Huey's Hideaway Children's Museum: The littles didn't go roller skating but they had their own fun at the Children's Museum in Medford. Some of them may have found their future career as beautician's, farmers, doctors. Thanks to Home & School and Fischer Transportation for taking the students to and from the museum.

  • BINGO: Students from every grade played Bingo in celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The older students paired up with the littles and everyone had several opportunities to yell "BINGO".

  • Mass with Bishop Callahan: A highlight of Catholic Schools Week is to attend Mass with the Most Reverend Bishop William P. Callahan. We are grateful to Bishop Callahan for making time in his busy schedule to celebrate the Mass with the schools in the Diocese of La Crosse.

  • Roller Skating: A trip to Melody Gardens roller rink is always a school favorite during Catholic Schools Week. Thank you to Home & School and Fischer Transportation, Inc. for providing busing for this great trip.

  • Crazy Hat/Hair Day: Visitors coming in to St. Mary's School may have thought we went a little "crazy" on Monday. Faculty, staff and students were just having a little bit of fun with their crazy hair styles and hats in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

  • Brains and Brawn: Congratulations to St. Mary's Girls' Brawn Team for bringing home 2nd place medals. All three teams had a great weekend of competition. Congratulations to the Academic Team and the Boys' Brawn Team for never giving up. We are very proud of all of you. We are grateful to the Diocese of La Crosse, coaches, teachers and parents for their support of this wonderful event.

  • Fridays with Friends: There's just something special that happens when Eagles and Eaglets get together. The latest Fridays with Friends book and experiment taught 4K and 2nd grade students about the virtue of "patience". They learned that even though it is difficult to wait, good things come if you have patience. Take a look at the fun art project that helped them to understand what patience is all about.

  • Spelling Bee: Can you spell w-i-n-n-e-r-s?  Congratulations to St. Mary’s top five spellers: Hailey Martin -1st place, Natilee Hummer – 2nd place, Ellie Hummer – 3rd place, Paityn Brickner – 4th place, and Mayven Schneider – 5th place. The top five spellers will participate in the NERR Spelling Bee which will be held at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, January 25th at 4:00 PM.  The alternate waiting on deck will be Jack Blume. Go Eagles!

  • NERR Quiz Bowl: The NERR (North East Rural Region) Quiz Bowl was held at St. John’s School, Edgar.
    Students from St. Anthony’s, School, Athens, St. John’s, Edgar, St. Joseph’s, Stratford, and St. Mary’s, Marathon,
    answered questions testing their knowledge in religion, science, social studies, math and miscellaneous facts.  It was a tight race to the finish with the Academic Team from St. Mary’s School, Marathon, reigning as the 2023 NERR Quiz Bowl Champions.

  • Christmas Program: "His Name is Jesus" - St. Mary's students put on a beautiful Christmas program with the band performing, the choir and students singing and the first - sixth graders performing "His Name is Jesus", helping us to keep "Christ" in Christmas.

  • Winter Snow Fun: The fresh fallen snow may have caused a few power outages but it sure looked beautiful and the students enjoyed making snowmen, forts and tunnels.

  • Fridays with Friends (Oobleck):It was Friday and the 2nd graders and 4K students were at it again. Together they watched a short story explaining the real meaning of Christmas, ending the conversation with “With all the fun and games, and gifts and gatherings, remember to THANK GOD for sending us His Son, Jesus!"  They ended with a little Science fun by making it a solid or a liquid???

  • First Grade Charity: In the spirit of Christmas and our December virtue of CHARITY, the 1st graders gave of their time to help Mr. Salber carry up the Nativity sets from the basement of church. CHARITY comes in many forms. Thank you, 1st Graders for being charitable and helping Mr. Salber.

  • Food Drive: St. Mary’s School held a Thanksgiving Food Drive and donated $2,310.17 in dollars and food items to the Circle of Joy. This was a class competition. In third place, with 284 was our sixth grade. In second place with 497 was fifth grade and the winner of our Generosity Award with 652 was our seventh grade.We are very grateful to John & Lynn Lensmire who made two trips to the Circle of Joy to deliver the food.
  • Fridays with Friends: 4K students joined the second graders for "Fridays with Friends" and discussed the virtue of the month, which is Gratitude. Expressing thanks is one way we grow closer to God.  Mrs. Drexler read the book Thankful, by Eileen Spinelli. Each second grader along, with their 4K friend, thought of things they were thankful for and wrote them on a strip of orange paper.The strips of paper will be turned into pumpkins and used as center pieces for the upcoming Family Thanksgiving meal at St. Marys School.

  • Honor Flight Presentation: Miss Baeseman, 4th grade teacher and organizer of the Walk-a-Thon, presented Never Forgotten Honor Flight Co-Founders, Mike Thompson and Jim Campbell, with a check from the Walk-a-Thon donations.  With the help of our 3rd-6th graders and generous outside donors, we were able to donate a total of $9,237 to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
    That is enough to send 18 veterans to Washington DC. Thank you to the generous family, friends and parishioners who supported this worthwhile cause.

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. 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.