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St. Mary School celebrates new year

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

St. Mary School in DeKalb began the new school year with fresh faces, updated classrooms and renewed spirit.

Father James Parker and Principal Carol Norman have joined the school staff and greeted students on the first day of classes, Aug. 26.

Many new student faces also graced the classrooms that were renovated with new flooring over the summer and blessed by Father Parker on the first day of school.

The school’s technology also was updated over the summer. Under the technical guidance of St. Mary parent Todd LeBouef and administrative support of Deacon Greg Urban and parish leaders, Technology Director Carole Liske coordinated and launched new computer hardware and software throughout the school. Student computing stations with state-of-the-art Microsoft Multipoint software were installed in the classrooms and technology lab to enhance the curriculum through interactive learning technologies.

Parker and Norman have instituted many new religious celebrations to support the Catholic mission of the school. On the first day of classes, the students and teachers gathered around the statue of St. Mary at the front of the school for a blessing of the statue, decade of the Rosary, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and all-school Mass coordinated by each grade will provide students the opportunity to express their faith through the planning and leading of the celebration of the Eucharist.

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