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

St. Mary's Past Events

  • NERR Spelling Bee: Can you spell c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n? Congratulations to our spelling champions, Logan Schmidt - 1st place and Cayden Sapinski - 2nd place. Logan, Cayden and Hailey Martin will compete at the CESA Spelling Bee on February 6th at Rib Lake Elementary School. Wishing them the best of luck and spelling.

  • Spelling Bee: Congratulations to our champion spellers: Logan Schmidt - champion, Abram Jacobson - 2nd place, Luke Hoenisch - 3rd place, Hailey Martin - 4th place, Cayden Sapinski - 5th place, and Ella Altfillisch - alternate. These students will compete in the NERR Spelling Bee at St. Anthony's School, Athens on January 22nd.

  • Free Throw Contest: Click on link to see the winners of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest.

  • Maddy Day: Faculty, staff and students showed their support for Maddy Lang, 8th grader battling leukemia, by wearing their Maddy Day shirts or teal and orange. We had an assembly in the gym to kick off the fundraiser to shave Mrs. Suzie Lang's head. If we raise a minimum of $2000 Maddy will shave Mrs. Lang's head at an all-school assembly on Friday, February 7th. All are welcome to attend. For information on how you can donate, please click here. Thank you.

  • Gingerbread men: Mrs. Kind's first grade class had a great time decorating and eating their gingerbread men. They were delighted that Mr. Koch could join them to decorate cookies.

  • Caroling: Our theme for Advent was "Christmas with a capital C" with the first week centered on Christ, 2nd Charity, and 3rd Caroling. Our 7th and 8th grade choir spent the last day before Christmas vacation caroling to the senior citizens of Wellington Place, Copperleaf Assisted Living and Park View Court.
  • St. Mary's Christmas Program: Thank you to Jason Mechelke for taping the program to share with everyone. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year from St. Mary's School
    Music from the students of St. Mary's Catholic School in Marathon, WI Grades 4K through 8th all performed.
    4th Grade Recorder
    7:18 5th Grade Recorder
    4K & 5K
    1st-6th Program
    7th & 8th Choir

  • Christmas Program Collage

  • Bowling: Miss Wirkus took the 3rd - 8th graders bowling for their phy. ed. unit. Thank you to the Activities Committee who sponsored this unit.
  • Knowledge Bowl 2019: Congratulations to The Eagles, a team made up of teachers and parents, who were victorious over the the student teams in the 2nd Annual Knowledge Bowl. This was great preparation for the Brains and Brawn Tournament in La Crosse.

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

  • Justin Loew: Justin Loew, WAOW News 9 meteorologist, came to visit Grade 5 and 6 Science class. He explained about different kinds of severe weather and how he does forecast on TV with a "green screen". He did some experiments with air pressure and clouds and created a mini tornado. Justin showed different kinds of weather equipment including a weather balloon. The students had very good questions for him and he tried to answer them all. Thank you, Justin Loew for coming to St. Mary's School!

  • Quarter 1 Wrap Up: The first quarter of the 2019 - 2020 school year is in the record books. Students were recognized for their accomplishments in academics as well as sports. It's always a good time when they put a little twist on their sport with some friendly competition. The 8th graders were no match for the staff though as they took their defeat in volleyball with grace and dignity.

  • Veteran's Day: Veterans from American Legion Post 469 came to help us celebrate Veteran's Day. Guest speaker, veteran Dennis Dahlke spoke to an attentive audience eager to learn about our veterans, St. Mary's Band and Choir played and sang a couple patriotic songs, Marathon High School Color Guard performed to "Still a Soldier" by Tracy Atkins. Thank you to all the veterans who serve for our freedom.

  • All Saint's Day: Mrs. Kind has a saintly class of first graders. Check out the procession of saints from All Saint's Day.
  • Fire Safety: We appreciate Fire Chief Mike Tylinski and fireman, Darrin Hall for coming up to St. Mary's to teach the 4K - 1st graders about fire safety. The students enjoy seeing all the gear it takes to fight fires and like to take a tour of the fire truck. Learning to "stop, drop, and roll" is a life saving measure we hope they never have to use in real life. Thank you, Chief Tylinski, Fireman Hall and the Marathon City Fire Department.

  • Farm Visit: Fourth graders are grateful to the Marathon FFA and Keith and Juli Kreager for teaching them about life on the farm. It's a real treat to see the animals, learn about the farm machinery and all the work that goes in to a dairy farm.

  • Family Fall Festival: St. Mary's 1st Annual Family Fall Festival was a great success. Families gathered to share conversation, enjoy good food, children played games and throughly enjoyed the maze. After they were finished playing they enjoyed a movie together and were able to get family pictures taken by Amanda Hale Photography. Thank you to the Activities Committee for planning this fun event. It was a great way to kick off the three day weekend.

  • Willow Springs: Although the weather was rainy, cold and cloudy, it didn't dampen the spirits of the 4K - 1st graders who spent the afternoon at Willow Springs Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. Students were able to pick their own pumpkin and had a great time. Thank you to Willow Springs for the fun afternoon and to Home and School for providing the transportation for this event.

  • Breakfast at St. Mary's: Any time we can bring generations together it warms our hearts. Parishioners at daily Mass were invited to school to have fresh homemade cinnamon rolls, coffee, and juice. Four-year old kindergarten students were happy to be able to spend time with them and play BINGO as an added bonus. Special thanks to Suzie Martin and Pam Schulz for making the delicious cinnamon rolls, and to Home and School for sponsoring this wonderful event.

  • Parent's Night: Volleyball players took time to recognize and thank their parents for all the sacrifices they make in order for their children to be in extra-curricular activities. Thank you, parents. It is because of you that your children have wonderful opportunities to try new things and become well rounded people.

  • Pumpkin Patch: St. Mary's Home and School held the annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. Thank you to the many who donated pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, corn stalks, canned goods, homemade goodies, hats, mittens, fall decorating items. It's is because of your generosity this fund raiser is successful. Thank you to all who came out on that rainy Saturday and supported our event.

  • Blessing of the Animals: The feast day of St. Francis of Assisi is a special day at St. Mary's School. St. Francis had a boundless love of animals and nature and in celebration of his feast day, families bring their pets for a special blessing from Father Joe.

  • Packer Tailgate Party: Another year is in the record books for our Packer Tailgate Party. We are amazed year after year at the generosity of our community. Thank you to everyone who donated, purchased items, came to meet Frank Winters, and worked for this event. St. Mary's School and Parish are grateful for your generosity.

  • Little Red Schoolhouse: 4th graders from St. Mary's School were able to experience first hand what school was like many years ago. They dressed in clothing much like what was worn back then and took their cold lunch in tin cans. The more authentic they could make the day, the better the experience. Thank you to the Marathon County Historical Society for providing this great opportunity.

  • Celebrating the Feast Day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Pictures)

  • Q4 Wrap Up: The year was packed with learning, field trips, sports and academics. Our Quarter 4 Wrap Up highlighted a few of the events to round out a terrific year.

  • Employee Years of Service Recognition Banquet: We are proud to recognize our faculty and staff who are dedicated to the children of St. Mary's School and Catholic education. Congratulations to Miss Globensky - 25 years, Mrs. Jacobson - 10 years, Mrs. Paul - 10 years, and Mrs. Mader - 5 years. Thank you for your dedication to the students of St. Mary's. We also congratulate Mrs. Jacobson on her retirement after 38 years of teaching in Catholic schools and thank you for inspiring the minds of our youth. You did your best, now let God do the rest! May God bless your retirement.

  • 8th Grade Service Day: St. Mary's 8th graders divided up and helped clean up at St. Mary's Cemetery and St. Anthony's Spirituality Center. After their service work was done they returned to St. Mary's and set the wooden cross, constructed by Kip and Tanner Hanke. (Thank you, Kip and Tanner.) The students then placed a cross necklace on the large cross. This is symbolic of their faith in God and will be an annual project for the 8th grade graduates. The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania is the inspiration for this project. Then the students, along with Deacon Hilts and Mr. Koch, played volleyball and softball at Marathon City Sports Center and enjoyed a cookout of brats and hamburgers to top off the day.

  • 8th Grade Graduation: We said farewell to the 8th grade class as they begin their new journey in high school. May they always keep God as their compass and remember the foundation they received here at St. Mary's School. Congratulations, graduates.

  • Memorial Day: Mrs. Betty Blume, American Legion Auxiliary President, visited the kindergarten classroom and told the story of the symbolism of the poppy for Memorial Day. She passed out poppies to the class and they had several projects to remember those who died for our freedom. Thank you to all who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Awards Night: A year's worth of hard work was the spotlight at our Annual Awards Night. Students were recognized for their achievements in band and choir, sports and academics. A video was shown with pictures from the year's activities. The Outstanding Female Athlete was Kali Prihoda and Outstanding Male Athlete was Matthew Annis. There were two Academic Award winners, Ava Buchberger and Ashley Seliger. The Eagle Award was awarded to Taylor Pawlowicz. The Eagle Award is our most prestigious award and is given to the student who shows respect towards teachers, staff and classmates, exhibits school pride, is responsible, demonstrates involvement and participation in class, assemblies and extra-curricular activities, is dependable, shows acceptance of all classmates, applies Christian principles towards self and others, shows reverence at liturgy, and puts for effort in all he/she does.

  • Service Day Grade 7: Mr. Koch and Deacon Hilts escorted the 7th graders on their service day. The girls went to the HOPE Life Center and helped pack information bags which will be given out to expecting mothers, and the boys went to St. Mary's cemetery and cleaned the monuments of our veterans. This was a way to honor our veterans before Memorial Day.

  • Wildwood Wildlife Park, Minocqua: The second and third graders headed north to the Wildwood Wildlife Park in Minocqua and enjoyed a beautiful, sun-filled day with the animals. The parakeet hut and feeding the giraffes seem to be the favorites among the students. Thank you to Home and School for providing the transportation to these field trips.

  • Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield: 4K - 1st graders enjoyed the day at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield. They enjoyed a lunch packed from home and then stopped at Hub City Ice Cream Company for a cone.

  • 7th Grade Retreat: The 7th graders were on a morning retreat at St. Anthony's Spirituality Center. Deacon Bryan gave them a tour and of the center and told them that the retreat center was self-sufficient by growing their own vegetables. High school sophomore, Michael Hahn spoke to the 7th graders and told them the importance of being a good leader in middle school and high school. Walking through the Stations of the Cross was a good time to meditate on their leadership roles and the difference between good and bad leadership.

  • Madison Field Trip: Miss Globensky and the 4th graders enjoyed their trip to Madison to tour the Capitol, the Wisconsin Historical Museum, and then they spent some time at the Henry Vilas Zoo. A highlight was meeting Marathon native, Senator Jerry Petrowski and Representative John Spiros. When they left the zoo she did a recount to be sure none of our monkeys stayed at the zoo.

  • Day at the Diocese: St. Mary's 7th and 8th graders took a trip to La Crosse to visit St. Rose Convent, The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral and had pizza lunch on the La Crosse Queens Cruise. It was to their delight that Cardinal Raymond Burke was at the diocese and he said a prayer with the group. The weather wasn't what they had hoped but it didn't dampen their spirits.

  • St. Mary's Day: It was a beautiful day at the top of the hill in Marathon City. A day to celebrate the gift of St. Mary's School. Many families and community members came together for good food, good company, bowling and music. Thank you to all the businesses who sponsored the lanes and/or prizes for the day: Brickner Motors, Custom Lawn Service, Kamenick Farms and Catering, Kipper Konstruction, Marathon Cheese, Menzner Hardwoods, Peoples State Bank, Pine Valley Golf Course, Sauter Tree Services, and The Dirks Group. Thank you to Tom Heise for the Grand Prize donation of $100 certificate to Custom Meats and to Steve and Jane Hanson and the Marathon City Sports Center and staff for providing great pizzas and a lot of bowling fun. We are very grateful to Jerry Schmitt and Bernie Dick for the wonderful entertainment. It was a day filled with faith, family, friends, and fun.

  • Kickball Tournament: The last day of school was filled with cleaning out desks and after the work was done everyone enjoyed time outside playing kickball. It's a great way to wear off that "end of the year" excitement.

  • Chemistry students: Mr. Fredrickson and his high school Chemistry class entertained our students with some cool experiments.

  • Pen pals: The fourth graders have been writing to the senior citizens of Copperleaf Living throughout the year and were happy to meet them and spend some time with them. They were able to visit their rooms after sharing some goodies together.

  • Track and Field: The weather cooperated nicely as 2nd and 3rd graders competed in their Track and Field Day. Everyone did their best and had a great afternoon.

  • Field Day Friday: The teachers made Field Day Friday a "funtastic" day for students in grades 4K-1st. The weather was beautiful. Parents were able to come and see their children run, stomp and have gunny sack races. These are the years great friendships are formed. Enjoy looking at all the pictures showing their skills and their silly sides.

  • Newman Track Meet: The 4th and 5th graders always look forward to the Newman Track Meet. They were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day and had a lot of fun showing off their athletic abilities. We are grateful to Newman for the invitation to join them.

  • Safety Patrol Trip: Thank you to Marathon Cheese for sponsoring the safety patrol trip to Milwaukee and Chicago. Maddie Martin represented the safety patrols from St. Mary's and had a wonderful time on the trip. She got to take a tour of Miller Park, the Jelly Belly factory, went to the Shedd Aquarium, and Medieval Times Dinner Theater in Chicago.

  • Track Records Broken: Eighth grader, Matt Annis was determined to break the school record in either the 100m or 400m run. His persistance paid off because he has set the new school record in both! Two new school records: 2019 Matt Annis 100M 11.84 (Previous record, 2006 Travis Schumacher 11.93) 2019 Matt Annis 400M 54.54 (Previous record, 2016 Aaron Schumacher 56.39). Matt also tied the school record of 9' 0" in the pole vault. That record was set by Preston Wirkus in 2012. Congratulations, Matt!

  • Clay Bowls Project: Miss Larsen and the sixth graders made bowls for their art project. The bowls were fired, glazed and will be for someone special. Thank you to Jacky Gertschen, Sharon Miller and SuzAnne Werner for teaching the students how to make the bowls from clay. It was a fun and worthwhile project.

  • "Breakfast at St. Mary's": In an effort to keep parishioners involved in what's happening at St. Mary's and as a way to say "thank you" for their support, we invite the adults who attend daily Mass to a treat of cinnamon rolls and coffee. We are grateful to Thrivent Financial (via LeAnn Lang) for their donation to this event. Special thanks to Home and School, Suzanne Martin, Autumn Sapinski, Kaci Sessions and Colleen Cihlar for providing the fresh baked cinnamon rolls.

  • Adopt a Classroom: Kindergarten students were excited to have some Marathon Cheese Corporation employees visit their classroom and teach them about planting seeds. They are hoping for sunshine to help their seeds germinate and grow. Thank you, Marathon Cheese Corporation and United Way for providing this opportunity for our students.

  • May Crowning: 8th graders, Elizabeth and Taylor, crown Mary, the Mother of God while the second graders show their love for her by wearing their First Communion clothes. We celebrate May, the month of Mary by bringing her roses as a symbol of our love for her.

  • First Holy Communion: Second graders proudly wore their first communion dresses and ties as they received Jesus for the first time. This sacrament allows them to receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in His fullness. May God continue to be with them as they walk their spiritual journey.

  • Military Presentation: Jake Salber is a military/history buff and over the years has attained uniforms and a lot of memorabilia. Jake has items from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. He enjoys re-enacting different scenarios and takes great pleasure in sharing these items with others. The students were fascinated by his collection. Jake involves his audience and helps them to learn about history by giving hands on demonstrations. Thank you, Jake for sharing this collection with us and helping us to understand history and the military. Seder Meal: During Holy Week we celebrate the Seder Meal together. This helps us to understand the Passover. Salt water, bitter herbs, matzah and fresh greens represent the tears of slavery, the exodus out of Egypt, freedom and new life. After the Seder we shared a meal together and then celebrated Holy Mass.

  • Award Winners: Congratulations to the winners of the "Doing My Best To Do Good" contest sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Winners were in several categories: Art, essay, graphic art, and poetry.

  • Q3 Wrap Up: It's always fun to see how the student success of each quarter will be celebrated. The third quarter wrap up consisted of arm wrestling, shooting baskets, the school song and recognition for our honor roll, AR readers, Rocket Math, and music students.

  • Choir Festival: Congratulations to Mrs. Langenhahn and the 7th/8th grade choir who received a 1st rating from every judge at the Large Group Choir Festival. The festival was hosted by Marathon High School. Our St. Mary's pride is showing.

  • Jump Rope For Heart: St. Mary's School raised money for the American Heart Association through our "Jump Rope for Heart" drive. Special thanks to Mrs. Kind for organizing this fun and worthwhile event. We also thank Dalton Lang who is our ambassador for the American Heart Association.

  • State Send Off: We are so proud of our students competing at state. Congratulations to Charlotte Gruetzmacher who is competing at the State Spelling Bee and to Mason Seehafer who will compete in the State Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest. We celebrated the 1st place win of our Academic Team at Brains and Brawn after receiving the traveling plaque.

  • 100th Day of School: It seemed as if we were never going to reach the 100th day of school because the weather kept delaying us. But finally, we made it. Check out all the fun we had.

  • Minion Monday: Although Mother Nature kept cancelling our Catholic Schools Week plans, we persisted and finally were able to have a little fun with Minion Monday. Persistance pays off.

  • Square Dancing: Phy. Ed. class isn't just about basketball and gymnastics. Dominic Gruetzmacher came in to give the students a little "Square Dancing 101". Dominic is a square dance caller. The students had a great time learning how to do si do and prominade. Cotton Eyed Joe is a favorite song of square dancers.
  • CWES: Students from UW-Stevens Point run the camp CWES (Central Wisconsin Environmental Station) teaching students about the environment as well as teaching them communication and team building skills. Our 5th and 8th graders had an amazing time learning, exploring, playing games, solving problems and building a campfire. We are grateful to the students from UWSP and to Home and School for providing this wonderful opportunity.

  • Mind Trekkers: 6th and 7th graders traveled to North Central Technical Institute to see the Mind Trekkers. Mind Trekkers STEM Road Show brings the excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the students. Undergraduate and graduate students helped them explore these areas of education and ignite the fire within them.
  • Corpus Christi Procession: The Feast of Corpus Christi, which celebrates the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ was celebrated with a procession and song around church, to the statue of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the convent and then back into church for Benediction.

  • Service Day: After graduation the 8th graders had a service day in an effort to "give back" to their community. Activities included clean up at the cemetery, washing windows at St. Anthony's Spirituality Center, and helping Mr. Salber with a few maintenance items around the school grounds. After finishing these items they all went to Mr. and Mrs. Lensmire's house to construct our little library, "The Eagle's Nest" and ended with swimming in their outdoor pool and a "Koch Out" for lunch. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Lensmire for hosting our graduates for this fun service day.

  • Kindness Day: St. Mary's May Kindness Team packed goody bags of Puppy Chow for our volunteers. After packing bags the students each received a certificate and a bag of treats themselves in appreciation for being good examples for others throughout the school. Kindness...start a ripple, create a wave. It begins with YOU. Thank you to all who sprinkle kindness throughout our school.

  • B-I-N-G-O: It was a special treat for the sixth graders to play Bingo with the residents of Copperleaf Assisted Living. They learned that music triggers many memories for the senior citizens when they sang "Polly Wolly Doodle" and "You Are My Sunshine."

  • Auxiliary: Thank you to Betty Blume and the American Legion Auxiliary for the donation of books: "A Poppy Is to Remember", "In Flanders Fields", and "The Poppy Lady". The paper poppies are handmade by veterans and sold with the money going to disabled veterans.

  • Paper Making: Employees from Expera Specialty Solutions gave a demonstration to our fifth graders on how paper is made. Special thanks to Bob Blume and the Expera employees for the great and informative demonstration.

  • Rock Ridge Orchard: St. Mary's Home and School pays for the transportation for our many field trips...THANK YOU! We are grateful to have the opportunity to visit Rock Ridge Orchard. Check out the collage from our exciting day!

  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Thanks to a grant from the Marathon School District Foundation we have been celebrating the Hispanic culture throughout the month of May. It has been a great learning experience!

  • Spanish 4 & 5: As part of our Hispanic Heritage Celebration Senora Passineau and the Spanish 4 & 5 students from Marathon High School spent the afternoon teaching us about the Spanish culture. Muchas Gracias!

  • St. Mary's School celebrated a week learning about the Asian culture. This is a continuation of our cultural diversity unit. We are grateful to the Marathon School District Foundation for their grant to fund this project.

  • Thanks to a grant from the Marathon School District Foundation, St. Mary's School kicked off our cultural diversity unit with Wisconsin Heritage Week beginning with a Square Dancing Demonstration by Mr. Brock Jansen. The lumber industry was an important part of Marathon City's history. We thank Mr. Phil Menzner of Menzner Lumber for donating the wood blocks for our projects as we discussed the lumber industry. To cap off the week students visited the Heritage Center to see all the marvelous memorabilia from the Marathon area. Check out the "Wedding Whispers" display. Special thanks to Joe and Anna Straub and the Heritage Center Committee for sharing these artifacts with the public. We also made our own butter from cream and shared samples of German foods. In October we learned about Native American Culture. Take a peek at our amazing week of learning.