St. Mary's School Marathon, Wisconsin, Excellence in Education, Home of the Eagles

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.

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.

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.

Art Class: Second graders learned the art technique of pointillism. They had a great time decorating their fall trees.

Track Grades 2 & 3: Tug-o-war, hurdles and other fun races made up the track meet for our 2nd and 3rd graders.

Wildwood Wildlife Zoo and Safari: 2nd and 3rd graders had an amazing time in Minocqua at the zoo. Luckily none of our little monkeys got left behind.

Fossils: The paleontologists in grade 2 were busy making their own fossils. Maybe there's a future archeologist in the bunch.

Leprechauns: The first graders found the pot 'o gold at the end of the rainbow and the second graders were busy making leprechaun traps. Check out their shenanigans.

Mission Carnival: One of our Lenten fundraisers is the Mission Carnival. Parents and grandparents donate prizes and baked goods and then we have a carnival to raise money for our sister Parish in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II Orphanage in Peru.During our mission carnival we had an open house for prospective students, and we were happy to see so many families attend. The profits this year were $2142.52, which is over $500 more than the last carnival. Thank you to all who donated and worked the carnival.

BINGO: Mrs. Drexler and Mrs. Hahn continue to make learning fun by joining the 4K and 2nd grade classes together to play Bingo. They are learning letters and numbers, 2nd graders learn leadership skills while helping the 4K students. It's a win, win and a triple win if you can yell "BINGO".

TWOSday: When you're in 2nd grade the number 2 is very important. Also when you're in 2nd grade on February 22, 2022 it's cause to celebrate! See all the ways St. Mary's 2nd graders enjoyed 2.22.22. They had double the fun that day because they got to stay home for a snow day and then celebrate two days later!

STEM Challenge: A fun Valentine project and learning experience was to build a heart out of just solo cups and cardboard. Students learned about force, balance and gravity. Each time they added a new cup or piece of cardboard to the heart, gravity acted on that new cup to pull the entire structure to the ground. However, if the force of gravity was equal on both sides of the first cup, the forces in the structure were balanced, causing the structure to remain standing. This gave them a hint of what it is like to be a structural engineer designing and constructing bridges and buildings. You can see the pride in their faces when they were able to complete the projects successfully.

2nd Grade Valentines: Check out the creative Valentine boxes the second graders made for their Valentine exchange.

Grandparents Day: Passing the faith down through the generations is evident as you browse through these pictures. Some of the grandparents and their grandchildren were able to do the ministries at Mass. The students always enjoy welcoming and entertaining their grandparents on this special day.

Class Colors: Each homeroom picked a color and dressed in their special color for the day. Catholic Schools Week provides days to have fun while learning.

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.

In second grade, our year is filled with many engaging activities that help the students achieve at their greatest potential. Second grade students continue to develop a growth mindset, expand their knowledge, and become independent thinkers.  The students move from "learning to read" to "reading to learn.” We explore a variety of genres including both fiction and nonfiction text. Through shared reading, guided reading, and mini lessons, second grade students learn about the main idea, author’s purpose, cause and effect, and drawing conclusions. We also continue to use the Accelerated Reading (AR) program to encourage students to read independently, at their own level and pace, to meet their individual reading goal.

In Writing, students learn how to write personal narratives, create opinion pieces, write about informational text, and creatively write through Writer’s Workshop.

In Math, students continue to strengthen their math knowledge and mastery of basic facts.  Some of the units include: addition and subtraction (three-digits), metric measurement, 3-D shapes, patterns, time, tables and graphs, and fractions.  The Rocket Math program helps the students to master addition and subtraction math facts.

Through many hands-on experiments and fun lessons in Science class, students learn about weather, plants and natural resources, animal and plant life cycles, and habitats. In Social Studies, students will learn about many topics including citizenship, geography, historical figures, and innovations over time.

Second grade students enjoy sparking their creativity through art and music classes. They strengthen their athletic skills through physical education and explore technology through computer education. The students look forward to field trips and a spring track and field day.

Finally, but most importantly, the 2nd grade students in addition to growing in knowledge grow in faith.  Each day the student's relationship with Jesus grows.  The students prepare to receive the forgiveness and mercy of God through the Sacrament of First Reconciliation.

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Barbara Britten Kindergarten

Hello, my name is Kelly Hahn. I am the second grade teacher at St. Mary’s School, where previously I have taught 5-Year-Old Kindergarten and have worked as the Educational Interventionist. I earned a BS degree from UW-Madison, and a MAE degree from Marian University. My husband Matt and I grew up in Sun Prairie, WI. After living in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Chicago, and Madison, we made our home in Marathon. Our three oldest children attended St. Mary’s School, and our youngest is currently a student here. When I’m not at school, you can find me spending time with my family, restoring our old home, gardening, supporting the arts, or cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. 

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Kelly Hahn
Second Grade