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

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.

Senator Jerry Petrowski: When the Madison field trip gets cancelled we do the next best thing, bring Madison to St. Mary's. Thank you, Senator Petrowski, for visiting with our 4th and 5th graders. They enjoyed learning about congress and the process to pass a bill into law.

Catholic Schools Week Activities: Catholic Schools Week is always a great time to celebrate Catholic education. They played board games, Bingo, watched movies, had extra recess time and enjoyed time spent together. Thank you to Home and School for sponsoring candy guesses throughout the week.

Crazy Hat/Hair Day: Although we celebrated Crazy Hat/Hair Day after Catholic Schools Week due to the snow day, it was just as much fun. We hope you enjoy the pictures of our silliness.

Fun in the Snow: Students in grades 2, 3, and 4 enjoyed an extra recess and enjoyed the snow on the hill.

What is important in 4th grade?

When it comes to a well-rounded fourth grader, good manners rank up there with mastering cursive writing. Mature communication skills and thoughtful actions are stressed throughout the day, using Jesus as our model. Students take more independent responsibility for organizing and prioritizing their work.

Fourth grade is a wonderful year of adventures in learning! A highlight of the year is studying the history of our great state, Wisconsin. Our field trips revolve around this theme when we travel back to the early 1900s to spend a day at The Little Red Schoolhouse; later in the fall we visit an area farm to learn about farming in our community; and finally near the end of the year we travel to our state capital and see where our government leaders work.

In Math, we build on previous concepts—such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and so on. We become masters of the basic facts by taking Rocket Math tests. Art projects are integrated throughout the curriculum. Expect your child to be writing often in cursive (but don't be surprised if it loops and jiggles). More importantly, expect more complex ideas as we engage in weekly writing assignments that strengthen our literary skills. Fourth graders still work on mechanics like vocabulary, but look, as well, for strategies that boost understanding as they read. Active participation in Mass helps them to develop leadership skills and master the art of oral speaking.

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Bernie Heindl Fourth Grade

Hello, my name is Allie Baeseman and I teach 4th grade here at St. Mary's School. After graduating from St. Mary’s in 2011, I attended Marathon High School then furthered my education at Edgewood College, where I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  

My family and I spend a lot of time together, whether that be playing cards and board games, or up north camping and fishing.  When I have some down time I enjoy nature photography, doing cross stitch, reading a good book, or watching a Disney or Hallmark movie with a bowl of popcorn.  During the summer, I spend my time as a girls' horse camp director and as an office manager for a campground.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to be back in my hometown, surrounded by a supportive and loving community.  I hope to instill the love of learning into the students, as well as strengthen their faith.

Phone Extension: 211


Allie Baeseman
Fourth Grade