St. Mary’s Hosts Annual College Consortium

St. Mary's held its annual College Consortium, where area colleges pay a visit to St. Mary's where they answer questions and pass out information to inquiring SMH students. It is out hope that meetings like these really motivate our students to research and learn even more about the colleges that pique their interests. Thank you to all of the schools for coming out!

St. Mary’s Wins Inaugural School Pride Food Drive Competition

St. Mary's students (from left to right Alyssa Okon '21, Chelsea Okon '18, Andrew Wargo '18, and Emma Ridolfi '20) pose with the winning plaque.

 

Like The Little Engine that Could, St. Mary’s High School came out on top of the Village of Depew and Tops Friendly Markets School Pride Food Drive.

The food drive, which ran from September 11 through October 13, involved three area schools – Lancaster High School, Depew High School, and St. Mary’s High School – in an effort to donate non-perishable food items to three food pantries located in Depew – Tri-Community Food Pantry, St. Martha’s Food Pantry, and Trinity Food Pantry. 

In addition to donating as much food as possible, there was a competition within the drive to see which school could bring in the most donated food items.  Given the sheer size difference among the public school giants Lancaster and Depew and the small, private St. Mary’s, we went right to work devising plans on how to best get the entire student body involve through class competitions, where class that brought in the greatest amount of food got a free dress down day.  We also promoted the food drive through in-school announcements, in the Scoop, through our social media channels, and we held a dress down day on the last day of the drive, asking students to bring in at least one canned good for a final push.

Service to the community is really one of the pillars of St. Mary’s.  Head of School Kevin Kelleher knew that despite the odds, his students would persevere: “The spirit of service in our hallways and then the action to carry out that spirit out is amazing.” Kelleher said.  “We really stress how important giving back to the community is, so to see our kids come through in such a big way to help people literally in our own backyard is truly touching.”

A press conference was held on October 14 to announce the winner of the School Pride Food Drive.  Student representatives from each school were present to hear the announcement.  Depew Trustee and the organizer of the entire food drive, Audrey Hamernik, declared St. Mary’s the winner of the drive, awarding the school a beautiful, wooden plaque to display in the school for one year and a sponsored dance at a to-be-determined date. 

St. Mary’s senior, Chelsea Okon was one of the student representatives at the press conference and was thrilled to be a part of the whole day: “Thank you to the Village of Depew and Tops for affording us the chance to participate in such a wonderful cause.  I know I speak for all Lancers when I say what a great feeling we’ve had over the last month,” Okon said.  “To see the culmination of all of our donations, knowing we have helped provide meals for people in need that we might see on a daily basis – that’s the real prize. The whole process has been so rewarding.”

St. Mary’s Partners with AAA to Offer Driver Education Program

St. Mary’s has partnered with AAA Western and Central New York to offer Driver Education programs at the school this Fall.  Along with the Driver Ed program, St. Mary’s will also be able to offer several 5-Hour Pre-Licensing classes and several 6-Hour Points/Insurance Reduction classes thanks to its new partnership with AAA.

You can learn more about the program and how to sign up here.

Classes run October 3, 2017-November 28, 2017 and the cost for the program is $520.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of AAA website.

Homecoming Week Set to Take a Journey Around America

 

This year’s Homecoming Week, planned by the Junior Class, will have quite the patriotic theme.  Each day of the week will have a different themed-dress corresponding to an area of the country and each class will be assigned a part of the U.S. to theme their hall decorations around.  The big Homecoming Dance is scheduled for Thursday night from 7 to 10 p.m., and the Lancers will take on Honeoye Falls/Lima at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. for the big Homecoming Game!  Make sure to check here to see all of the rest of the teams that are in action this week and need some Lancer support!

Take a look at all we have in store for the week below:

 

 

2017 Open House a Huge Success

 

St. Mary's held its annual Open House for prospective students September 21 and 22.  We want to thank all of the families who came out to spend their evenings with us over those couple of days.  The turnout was fantastic, even with the balmy summer-like weather we've been having.  We hope you enjoyed getting to see all of the things that make St. Mary's such a wonderful place to be! If you couldn't make it to the Open House but still want to take a tour, please contact Andrea Drabik, Dean of Student Life and Enrollment, at 683-4824 ext. 211.

RPM Heads on Retreat

 

Retreat Peer Ministry (RPM), a group that some of our Seniors applied to be a part of, went on their own retreat September 17-18, to start off the school year the right way. They went to Camp Pioneer to grow closer as a group and with God. RPM is responsible for planning all of the class retreats here at St. Mary's. Looks like a fun couple of days had by all!

Psychology Classes Get 9/11 Perspective

 

Mrs. Connelly's Psychology classes had a very special guest speaker this month. Mrs. Lisa Amatura - a parent of a 2017 alumna and an SMH sophomore - was on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. She shared her memories of that day with our students, making it come to life for them in a very real and meaningful way. Thank you for sharing an incredibly difficult and emotional journey, Mrs. Amatura. 

St. Mary’s Participates in “School Pride Food Drive”

 

St. Mary's is participating in a food drive to help benefit some local food pantries. The event runs through October 13th, and our Lancers are in a friendly competition with Lancaster and Depew High Schools to see which school can bring in the most food, based on percentage of students in the building. With a cause like this, everyone is a winner! Don't forget to get those non-perishable food items in, Lancers! As always, thank you for being so generous!

Fall Play Announced and Cast is Set

This year's Fall Play will be:

Photo credit: StageAgent

According to StageAgent, here's a look of what's in store when we meet Mortimer and his rather peculiar family:

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity. as well. An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace has become a favorite amongst regional theaters throughout America.

Read more here.

Auditions will be held in The Gus after school on Thursday, September 14, with callbacks the following day, Friday, September 15.

We can't wait for what will surely be another amazing performance in from the Performing Arts Department!

9/18/17- The Cast List has been announced for the Fall Play this week.  Here are your leads for Arsenic and Old Lace:

Abby Brewster- Stephanie Baran

Teddy Brewster- Scott Brown

Martha Brewster- Molly Callahan

Officer Brophy- Andrew Domros

Mr. Gibbs- Jacob Fay

Mortimer Brewster- Joe Flading

Officer Kline- Julia Hartloff

Elaine Harper- Mackenzie Kwilos 

Dr. Einstein- Vincenza LaMagna

Rev. Dr. Harper- Joe Lebron

Mrs. Witherspoon- Riley O’Malley

Officer O’Hara- Kylie Wagner

Jonathan Brewster- Matthew Walter

Lieutenant Rooney- Jeff Zoyhofski

Student Directors/Understudy- Brianna Propis and Madison Meredith

Deacon Robb Starts Off the St. Mary’s School Year Right

 

One of the newest additions to the SMH family as a Religion teacher and Campus Minister, Deacon Robb Ciezki, went around the whole school and blessed every corner of the building with holy water. He also made a pit stop at football practice to give our boys a blessing that helped them get off to a 1-0 start this season!  Now, we're ready to get the school year started!