Staff Spotlight #11
Ask any student what their favorite part of the day is... you'll like get "recess!" or "lunch!"
These 5 make lunch so tasty for our students!
Mrs. Donna Fisse is the head of the cafeteria department. She has been here for 9 years! Donna loves spending time with her family, and you'll even see one of her sons on a future Staff Spotlight because he works in our tech department!
Mrs. Nichole Kalinowski has been a big help in the cafeteria for 6 years at SMS! Nichole and her husband, Joe, have 2 daughters: Natalie (high school) & Ashley (7th). Did you know Nichole is originally from Wisconsin? She still has family there and loves to travel and visit them as often as she can.
Mrs. Kimmie Gauck has been at St. Mary's for 2 years. Kimmie is always so bubbly and brings so much happiness to the students as they come through the line. Kimmie and her husband, Steve, run a family business called "Gauck's Meats" and everyone in their family helps! Her son, Christopher (high school) raises chickens for the business and her daughter Addie (high school) raises pigs. Both of her children were SMS students and now attend NDHS.
Mrs. Mandy Richards has helped in the cafeteria for 2 years. Her willingness to lend a hand and help around the school is so appreciated, in and out of the cafeteria. Mandy and her husband, Scott, have 3 children who have attended or are attending SMS: Lauren (high school), Emma (7th), and Chance (5th)
Mrs. Diana Hermesch has been here since 2004. We are sad to announce that Mrs. Hermesch is retiring after this year and we wish her all the best as she gets to spend more time with her grandchildren in her retirement! She says, "I feel like St. Mary's school was where I should be." ... See MoreSee Less
9 hours ago
I miss helping all of you. I always enjoyed it. Congratulations to all of you! Happy Retirement Diana.
Looks like you’re blessed with these helpers
The 7th and 8th grade Academic Team took on a new challenge this year: battling adults in our school, parish, and community. In their first meet, the battle was close, but in the end the team of Mr. Brad Fox, Mr. Ben Schutte, and Mr. Chris Bedel bested our 8th grade team of Sam Tuchmann, Jill Witkemper, Seanna Peetz, and Tam Ngo. Coming in 3rd place was the adult team of Mrs. Suzanne Fox, Mrs. Staci Schutte, and Mrs. Mandy Bedel. Their next meet is tonight at 6 pm vs. some Greensburg community members and former SMS students and parents. Let's go Knights! ... See MoreSee Less
16 hours ago
A very unique way to challenge our students, parents and community!
It was a lot of fun to watch! Here’s a pic of the 7th graders!
We had a lot of fun watching the meet... so much we are going tonight, too!
Staff Spotlight #10
2nd graders are privileged to learn with these 3 ladies.
Mrs. Kathy Murray (not pictured) is a big blessing to St. Mary's as she prepares our sweet 2nd grade students for 2 special sacraments: Reconciliation & First Eucharist. If you've ever been given the privilege of hearing Mrs. Murray teach or speak about our faith, you will understand just how blessed our children are to learn about our faith from her.
Mrs. Mollie Johannigman, known as Mrs. J around SMS, has worn many hats here at school: observing and student teaching for her teaching degree & license; substitute teaching; teachers assistant to name a few, but a good portion of this year has been spent with the 2nd graders while Mrs. Murray was out on medical leave. Mrs. J has been working with children for 13 years; starting out in Early Childhood development as an Early Preschool teacher. She and her husband, Mike, have three children, Maggie (K), Raylan (PreK) and Amelia.
Mrs. Emily Weigel has been teaching for 10 years. This is her 2nd year at St. Mary's. She is the English Language Arts and Reading teacher for 2nd grade. She enjoys cooking, baking, and trying new recipes. She also loves to read when she finds time between teaching and being a mom & wife!
We love this trio and are so thankful for their contributions to our 2nd grade program! ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
Thanks for all you do. God bless you!
Thanks for all you do. Congratulations!
Staff Spotlight #9:
These 2 super 6th grade teachers are amazing!
Ms. Trish Witkemper has been here at SMS for 23 years! She wears many hats in the junior high! She is a 6th grade homeroom teacher, but did you know she also teaches an elective course to all junior high students? Her elective is always so interesting, teaching things like button sewing, financial literacy, college and career readiness, employability skills, world languages, and the very popular Knightly News directed by the 8th graders! Trish has 2 children that attend SMS, Jill (8th) and Eric (4th). She is very close to her family and enjoys the time they spend together.
Mr. Rodney Martin has been with St. Mary's for 2 years. He teaches science and PE & health. Rodney and his wife, Kendra, have 4 children: Rhett (high school), Kenlee (high school), Ryker (5th), and Klara (PreK). Rodney loves to spend time with his family and he enjoys all sorts of sports, especially football.
This team is dynamite together and we are so thankful for them! ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
The first graders are proud parents to 4 little Campbell ducklings. They’ve been waiting for 28 days monitoring temperature, adding water for moisture, and turning the eggs. Happy Friday and happy birthday to our 4 newest friends 💕🦆 ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Cute little ducklings! You are a fun teacher. I know how excited the kids get.
So cute! Bet they are excited!
I am glad they finally got free from their eggs!
Today is the day!
Take the night off and let WENDY'S cook for you!
Be sure to mention you're dining in support of St. Mary's and 20% of your total will be donated to our school! ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Staff Spotlight #8
1st graders have so much fun with this pair of teachers.
Mrs. Jen Blankman is known to her students as "Mrs. B" and she's been a teacher for 24 years; teaching at St. Mary's for 15 of those years. Jen is an active member of our parish's music group; you may see her singing at church occasionally!
Mrs. Staci Schutte has been a teacher for 16 years and has been at St. Mary's for 8 of those years. Mrs. Schutte is known at school for her class pets, hosting guinea pigs, turtles, baby kittens, rabbits, hermit crabs, lizards, hatching ducks & chicks, and probably the students' favorite... our class dogs (Hi, Gus and Gertie Gehrich!)
Jen and Staci both love teaching first grade together and are thankful for the opportunity to share Jesus's love with those sweet kiddos. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Gus and Gertie love these wonderful teachers and the sweet kids they teach!
2 great teachers and so fun to work with. I miss not helping this year. Hope to be back next year.
2 of my favorite people and Alex's teachers!
My grandson really likes Mrs. Blankman.
Saint marys is so blessed to have these 2 fine teachers
Two awesome teachers!
Love both of these ladies soooo much!
Two of the very best!!!
The BEST 1st grade teachers ❤️
Please share & Mark your calendars!
SMAFA is hosting a Dine to Donate to support our school.
Let Wendy’s do the cooking for you on Thursday May 6.
Just mention the flyer so 20% of your total goes to SMS.
Thank you, SMAFA, for all you do for our school. We are so grateful 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
A beautiful day for First Communion!
God bless all the sweet children that received Jesus for the first time today. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
God bless all of them!
A big congratulations to Mrs Domingo and her 7th grade Battle of the Books team: Elijah McCullough, Ashley Kalinowski, Carmin Ripperger, Landon Swango, Cecilia Scheidler, and Lilly Vanderpohl. They tied for
🥇FIRST PLACE 🥇 in the library’s annual Battle of the Books contest. Way to go, SMS!
Thank you to the Greensburg Library and Jill Pratt for hosting the event and bringing the team trophy to school! 🎉 ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Way to go St. Mary’s
Congratulations!! St. Mary's. Great job.
Congratulations!!! Miss this so much lol... one of the first times my reading skills came in handy for something other than my own entertainment!
Way to go!
Congratulations! Way to go team!
A win for St. Mary's means a win for Meals on Wheels!
Begins next week!! ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Staff Spotlight #7
Kindergarteners are lucky to have these 4 ladies as their teachers and assistants!
Mrs. Jenny Smith has been teaching for 26 years and 21 of those years have been here at her alma mater, St. Mary's School. Jenny loves to sing and, when she is not watching one of her four children compete in various sports or sing in choirs, you may see her cantoring at mass or leading songs at VBS in the summer. As a matter of fact, when she needs to catch her students' attention or help them remember something, she has been known to make up songs in the moment. She knows just how to make learning fun!
Mrs. Laura Rather has been a Kindergarten aide at St. Mary’s for 22 years! She says, "I enjoy helping out in kindergarten! I also love spending time with my 3 grandkids!"
Mrs. Megan Brown is the other Kindergarten teacher at SMS. Megan has been teaching at St. Mary's for 7 years. Megan loves to spend time with her family and friends. Her favorite part of school each week is working on STEM activities.
Mrs. Katie Hirt is Mrs. Brown's aide two days a week. Did you know, Katie is also Mrs. Brown's older sister?! This is her first year at St. Mary's School. Another fun fact: Mrs. Brown's daughter, Maya, and Mrs. Hirt's son, James, were born only 4 days apart!
These 4 ladies are shining smiles that teach some of our youngest learners at SMS and we couldn't ask for a better team! ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Appreciate all you do to make learning fun. God bless.
Join us in celebrating the woman behind the chipper morning birthday wishes, the cheerful voice answering phone calls, the guardian of the doors, the one, the only... MRS OESTERLING!!
Happy Administrative Assistant Day to the one that makes this school run smoothly. We are so thankful for you!! ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Mrs. Osterling is fantastic!
Secretaries are sooo important. Thanks for helping.
Mrs. O! Thank you! You're the best!
One of the best!!
Thanks for all your hard work!
Thank you for all you do! Keep our kiddos safe!
Thank you, Mrs. Oesterling!
Definitely!! She's a keeper🌷
Thank you for always being so friendly.
She’s the best!
We appreciate YOU!
Oh man, love me some Mrs. Oesterling!!! ❤️
Thanks for all you your awesome
She’s the best!
She’s the Best! Miss you Mrs. Oesterling👏👏👏
You're the best Mrs. Oesterling!! We all love you!
Thank you! I do miss your kindness!
Mrs O is wonderful!
I miss seeing her! Hopefully next fall!!
She is the best!!
Happy day to THE BEST!!!!
Staff Spotlight #6
3rd graders are so lucky to have such awesome teachers!
Mrs. Sue Myers has been teaching at St. Mary's for 31 years. (She has even had some of our current teachers as students "way back when") She also works at the YMCA in Batesville! She wears many hats there: life guard, facility rental hostess, and she works in the wellness facility. Mrs. Myers loves all sports, but she really loves to play volleyball and tennis. She says, "I am very happy to call St. Mary's my family! I am very blessed!"
Mrs. Mandy Bedel has been teaching for 16 years, 3 of which have been here at SMS. Mrs. Bedel is a big Purdue fan and loves camping and traveling. She loves sharing her passion for reading with kids. Mrs. Bedel says, "I really enjoy teaching with Mrs. Myers - we balance each other out."
Thank you both for being such great teachers for our 3rd graders. You both are all-stars! ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Thank you for caring for and educating the St.Marys kids especially my grandkids! Bless you !
Congratulations Sue hopefully you will teach my G Grand son. He will be 5 in September.
Yes you are! St. MARYS has wonderful teachers.
Both excellent teachers. I’ve been helping Sue Myers in her classroom for about 7 years and helped in Mandy’s room a few times. I couldn’t continue when the pandemic hit and also have moved to another state recently. I miss these 3rd grade teachers and the St. Mary’s learning environment.
Love them both!
Sue Myers I will always remember the Garth Brooks days and how you made learning so fun... "way back when" in 2nd grade was one of my best years there ♥
What a busy day for some of our SMS Knights!
5/6 Batesville Deanery Academic Team
🌟St Mary’s placed 2nd overall missing 1st by just 1 point! Great job Clare Scheidler, Kiley Swango, Veda Fox, Erica Capper, Sy Nobbe, Ali Nobbe, Alaina Schwering, Josie Wenning, Lucas Kramer, Will Jones, and Kiera Kennelly.
St Marys Knights Golfers
🌟St. Mary’s hosted our first golf meet of the year! Eleven teams participated in the St. Mary’s Invitational at North Branch. Our top five players were Reece Chapman, Cale Johannigman, Sam Crowell, Carson Kendall & Jacoby Miller. The boys did great despite the weather. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
Did you know?
The 5th graders are learning how to solve a Rubik's Cube! They are studying the patterns and putting their problem solving skills to use! Can you solve a Rubik's Cube? ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
Staff Spotlight #5
Our 7th & 8th grade team of teachers rock!
Mrs. Lisa Schwering is the homeroom teacher for our oldest learners at St. Mary's, 8th grade. She is also the math teacher for the 6-8 junior high students. This is her 20th year teaching, but 5th year here at St. Mary's. She has spent her entire teaching career teaching middle school math to grades 6-8. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Andy, and 2 kids, Alaina & Luke (both SMS students), traveling to warm places, and teaching dance fitness Zumba classes.
Mrs. Julie McKittrick has 20 years of working in the education field. This is her 6th year at SMS. She is our junior high social studies teacher. Mrs. McKittrick has traveled to 47 states, you should ask her which ones she hasn't been to yet!
Mrs. Laura Domingo has 23 years of teaching under her belt with 13 of them being at SMS. Mrs. Domingo is the reading/language arts teacher for our junior high students. Throughout her career, she has taught grades 3-8. When asked which grade is her favorite, she said, "My favorite grade is always the grade I am currently teaching that year!" Did you know Mrs. Domingo LOVES shopping at Picker's Paradise for her classroom decor?!
Our junior high students are certainly blessed with the best! ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
1 month ago
The music was beautiful. Such a God given talent, thank you for sharing your light!