Many of the activities and programs we offer are open to all students in the school. There are, however, a few special clubs and events that are only for our 7th and 8th graders.
The Yearbook Committee is open to all Grade 8 students with meetings beginning in November. Come and play an important role in putting together the school's yearbook...a real keepsake full of wonderful memories! Are you a writer, artist or photographer? Do you enjoy working on the computer? We need your talents! Meetings are generally held once a week after school for about an hour. Parent assistance is welcomed! Contact Mrs. Sullivan in 8B at email@example.com for more information
These experiences are open to all Jr. High students! Come have some nighttime fun with your classmates and teachers! Travel to the Topsfield Fair in October, have some screams on the rides, and take pictures of the world's largest pumpkin! In December, dress up for a night out to see Elf - The Musical at the Wang Center in Boston. Do you like seafood? Come hungry to the February trip to Woodman's in Essex and enjoy an authentic clambake. In March, see the Celtics live in action at the TD Garden! Choose to attend one or more of the experiences, and get "cultured!" Parents are welcome, too, and all Culture Club events are chaperoned by the Jr. High faculty.
This annual production, held on Good Friday each year at St. Mary's Church, is a wonderful way to celebrate the Easter season. Interested eighth grade students play the parts of Jesus, Mary, Simon, and the many others involved at the time of the crucifixtion. There are also critical "behind the scenes" roles for those students who feel more comfortable behind the curtain! See Mr. Flint or any Student Council officer if you are interested in participating. Weekly practices are held after school for about two months before Easter.
New York/Philadelphia Trip: This fabulous three day trip is open to all Grade 7 students. This annual spring trip (departing on a Friday morning and returning Sunday night) is an action-packed bus tour that's sure to delight all history and travel buffs. Our first stop is New York City where we visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Stops in Philadelphia (just to name a few) include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross' House, Ben Franklin's Print Shop, Ben Franklin's grave site, and Christ Church, all of which were important venues in the founding of our country. Then we head back to New York City and visit Times Square.On Saturday night, students will enjoy a Broadway show...a real treat! On Sunday morning we attend Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and visit the 9/11 Memorial. The trip is chaperoned by the five Junior High teachers, and run by Capital Tours, a company SMS has used for 30 years. This trip has always been the highlight for all Grade 7 students!
Washington, DC Trip: All Grade 8 students are eligible to take this unforgettable five day trip! This annual spring trip (departs on a Friday morning, returning the following Tuesday night), is an awesome way to finish up your career at St. Mary's School! It is truly "the trip" all the kids look forward to! Just about every DC memorial and the White House (of course!) are visited, along with sites in Virginia including Monticello, Mount Vernon, and the Luray Caverns. The Class of 2014 was lucky enough to be given a tour of the inside of the White House! A highlight includes seeing a show in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts! The trip is chaperoned by the five Junior High teachers, and run by Capital Tours, a company SMS has used for 30 years.