SMS seeks to develop the whole child and in this effort, there are numerous activities available to the students. Participating in extracurricular activities helps you in many ways. Research has shown that students involved in extracurricular activities receive higher grades than those not involved in activities. A myriad of components contribute to the reasons why extracurricular activities benefit students academically. One of these reasons is that students learn character-building lessons that they can apply to their study habits and to their lives. Activities such as athletics, music, theater, and organizations teach students how to discipline themselves through drills, practices, or rehearsals. The students have a responsibility to the activity and must perform the tasks assigned to them. By participating and persevering in any of these activities, the students gain a sense of self-respect, self-esteem, and self-confidence. These activities will also give them pride in their accomplishments, and they learn that if an activity is worth doing, it is worth doing well.
We at St. Mary's feel it important to offer these types of activities to our students. We continually grow and evolve in this space of education. Activities are not solely about what the score is, how many wins or losses there are, or what place is won at a competition. They provide and instruct students with lessons that will last them a lifetime.
The purpose of red ribbon week is to promote a bully and drug free enviroment for the school and students. Red Ribbon week is a time when we challenge the students to stand up for what they know is right . A time to educate them on the ways that that could hurt their futures such as drugs, friends, bullies, and bad choices.
The St. Mary's dances are an opportunity for the students to spend an evening together dancing and socializing. There is great music and delicious food! Also, plenty of chaperones to make sure the evening is not only enjoyable but to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
NED Show Character Building
In addition to the daily religious moral lessons being taught, students and staff at St. Mary's enjoyed America’s most popular school assembly, The NED Show.
Inspiring more than 2.5 million students annually, All for KIDZ®, Inc. partners with schools in all 50 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Their simple, yet impactful message is introduced through The NED Show, a 45-minute assembly that serves as a catalyst to enhance school climate.
With credentials that include performing at the White House eleven times, All for KIDZ has been sharing their unique form of character education for more than two decades.
Teaching three critical skills, the story of a loveable cartoon character NED® is designed to give students the tools they need to become Champions at school and in life. NED’s name serves as an acronym that makes the message easy to remember – Never Give Up, Encourage Others and Do Your Best®.
Audiences enjoy an engaging performance that focuses on the importance of persistence, kindness, diligence and excellence. Humor, audience participation, storytelling and amazing yo-yo tricks all combine to make it a truly NEDucational experience.