Website Transition

You may notice some change in website functionality over the coming weeks, we are excited to announce that we are transitioning to a new and upgraded web platform!

We appreciate your patience in advance as we prepare to enhance our web presence.  We are confident you will find the new site to be a great improvement that offers many additional features!

Covid-19 School Closure *Updated 11/11/2020*

11/11/2020 Update:

Due to a change in circumstances, we have extended the closure until 11/13/2020.  We are expecting a tentative return date of 11/16/2020, but will keep everyone informed as the situation develops.  

Stay healthy and safe!

 

Dear Saint Michael School Family,

It has just come to our attention that a member of our faculty has tested positive for Covid-19. We have been in consultation with the Lake County Health Department and have begun the process of contact tracing, of which this letter is a significant part. The Health Department has advised that temporarily suspending in-class learning and proceeding with eLearning is the best course of action.

While the risk to students is minimal due to how limited their contact with the positive individual has been; we still feel this is a necessary precaution. Students will be coming home with needed material and books, and the eLearning Plan will be sent home over the weekend.

As you are well aware, we have strictly adhered to all safety practices and protocols, including social distancing, mask usage and routine classroom disinfection. These measures have undoubtedly helped to mitigate viral transmission throughout this pandemic, and should provide you with some solace during this troubling time.
School will transition to eLearning starting on Monday, November 2nd for the coming weeks, with a tentative re-entry on Thursday, November 12, provided no additional faculty members or students exhibit symptoms or test positive for the virus.

The Lake County Health Department strongly recommends you avoid social gatherings, extracurricular activities, and exercise extreme caution when Trick-or-treating.

I will be in regular communication to keep you informed of the latest developments. Fr. Marty and I are incredibly grateful for your patience and understanding during this time. We ask that you offer prayers for the individual infected with this virus, and continue to pray for all those who are sick.

Blessings,

Miss Kennedy and Father Marty

Job Opportunity: School Nurse

St. Michael Catholic School in Schererville, Indiana is currently looking to employ a part-time registered nurse for their school environment.  Interested applicants should email their resume, transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to Colleen M. Kennedy – principal (ckennedy@stmichaelparish.life).  Please don’t hesitate to contact the school with inquiries.  

  • Provide healthcare to students and staff
  • Perform health screenings
  • Serve as liaisons between school personnel, family, and community healthcare providers to ensure a healthy school environment
  • Developing plans for student care based on assessment, interventions, and identification of outcomes, and the evaluation of care
  • Serving as consultants with other school professionals, such as food service personnel, physical education teachers, coaches, and counselors
  • Providing health-related education to students and staff in both individual and group settings
  • Monitoring immunizations, managing communicable diseases, and assessing the school environment as to prevent injury and ensure safety
  • Overseeing infection control measures
  • Actively participating in school safety plans that address school violence, bullying, and emergencies that may occur at school
  • Overseeing medication administration, health care procedures, and the development of healthcare plans
  • Making decisions related to the delegation of healthcare tasks as directed by state laws and professional practice guidance
  • Providing health advice to school educational teams, such as the Committee on Special Education and the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) team
  • Assisting families with locating outside care and obtaining health insurance

 

Sixth Grade Field Trip: Beyond Boundaries

Every year our 6th Grade class embarks on a field trip to Beyond Boundaries in Valparaiso to take part in a challenge course with unique obstacles designed to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  These obstacles are both physically and mentally taxing, but our students had a blast working together to overcome the challenge.  We were told they completed far more obstacles than the average visitors, which is a testament to the close bonds shared by students at our school!

Special Person’s Day

Special Person’s Day, an annual event where students invite cherished family and friends to our school and church, was a resounding success this year! It began with mass (which included several songs the students diligently practiced during the weeks preceding the event), was followed by a reception with donuts in St. Patrick’s Hall, and concluded with an open house at the school. Thanks to all the friends and family who came out and made the day memorable!

 

At the Arboretum

On May 21st, the 1st Grade class of Mrs. Rusin and the kindergarten class of Mrs. Barone enjoyed a day at Gabis Arboretum, (formally known as Taltree Arboretum).  The students were given a guided tour of the grounds and taken on a nature walk to observe all that Mother Nature had to offer.  The students observed the sounds and sights of many birds, plant life, and water systems that help keep the ecosystem what it needs to be and to be sustained.  They were also asked to notice all the different colors of the forest, in and along the hiking path.  It was a wonderful experience for all the students.  After their hike, the students enjoyed a picnic lunch among the trees and it was followed up at school with drawings and writings of their many discoveries.  Gabis Arboretum is a beautiful way to experience nature and all it has to offer.

2018 Academic Team

This year, members of St. Michael’s School Academic Team competed in the 2018 Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl America Answers National 7th/8th Grade Contest. Our Academic team is a combination of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. There were 192 teams from 27 different states competing. Of the 192 teams, 127 competing at our level were all-8th-grade teams.

The Academic Team finished with a score of 92% – giving us 1,155 points, placed 32/127 (8th grade), placed 41/192 (overall), and was the Highest Ranked Indiana Team!

Wednesday, May 23, we celebrated the Academic Team’s success with a pizza party. Way to go, Warriors!

Pep Rally!!!

To celebrate the end of the 2017-2018 school year, the SMS students put together their annual Pep Rally. The individual sports and their coaches  were recognized between the cheerleading routines and some very comical sketches from the 8th Grade boys! The 8th Grade class then went on to dominate the SMS faculty in an epic tug of rope competition. It was a delightful afternoon for students, faculty, and families alike, topped off by the last Food Truck Friday of the year with I’Scream and Cookies. We can’t believe how fast the year has gone and wish our 8th Grade graduates the best of luck as they begin their high school adventures.

Spring Poetry Reading

Mrs. Barone’s Kindergarten class  spent their Thursday morning putting on a very special event. It was their 5th Annual Spring Poetry Reading. The students dress in costumes and bring props as their read an arrangement of poems they’ve written, not only making for a memorable morning for their families but also giving them a great chance to overcome their shyness before heading into 1st Grade next year. It was amazing just how many students were ready to step outside their comfort zone and make their performance their own. With the calendar ticking closer and closer to the summer holiday, these kids can’t wait to be back as First Graders.

Preschool Travels the World

Saint Michael 4/5 PreK class took a journey to learn about other Countries they were interested in with the children each picking a country they wanted to learn more about.  Some of the children brought in flags, items, books or food from their country. They “applied for” and filled out passports and bought plane tickets.  Then the children went to the computer lab where Mrs. Pagorek took tickets, and sat the children on their seats on the plane.  She then used the Smart Board and took the kids on a plane ride.  The kids absolutely loved this and you could see the imagination practical written on their faces.  After the plane ride, they went through customs and had their passports stamped.  They then did a show-and-tell about their countries, making flags and tasting foods from all over the world, imagining their trip to Poland, India, Russia, Mexico, Australia, Ireland and Vietnam.  They tasted food from Poland, Mexico, Ireland, Vietnam and India.  What a wonderful experience they shared!!