September 2020 - New curriculum

The transitional plan for migrating current curriculum from St. Mark Parish School to the new educational platform begins with an updated school name; now called St. Mark Catholic Classical School. 


Faculty and staff will meet in June for two days and map out the enhanced educational plan for Fall 2020 school year.   Part of that preparation includes a three day online conference in July with the Institute for Liberal Education. Colleen Richards who presented to faculty and parents in February, to give an overview of Catholic Classical education, will return in August for a two day workshop to train and assist in curriculum transitions.


The classical tradition nourishes the human soul, inspires the intellect, and is grounded in virtues and values.

Each grade level focuses on a specific time frame in history. 


Preschool: Introducing the Bible-Ms. taught by both Eamaer McGuigan/Mrs. Marcella Little

Kindergarten: The Cradle of Civilization Year taught by Mrs. Julie Pinard

First Grade: The Greek Year taught by Ms. Nicola Beard

Second Grade: The Roman Year taught by Mrs. Elizabeth McAllister

Third Grade: The Medieval Year taught by Mr. Joe DiAte

Fourth Grade: The Modern Year taught by Ms. Pauline Storino

Fifth Grade: The American Year taught by Ms. Yvette Herra 

Sixth Grade: The Ancient Year taught by Mr. Tom Doran

Seventh/Eighth: The Christendom Year open teacher position - interviewing in process


History books, classical literature, Theology of the Body, and a Latin curriculum will be new for Fall 2020.

The following scenarios could affect the 2020-2021school year:


  • Scenario 1: The 2020-2021 school year starts on Tuesday, September 8th, building open for education.
  • Scenario 2: A spike in COVID-19 cases with Governor restrictions in place for building use; activating the Spring 2020 Remote Digital Learning platform for teachers, faculty, parents and students.


The faculty and staff are planning for each scenario.  Students will attend school daily in either of these scenarios.  Teachers will be in their classrooms teaching from 9:00 a.m., starting with all school prayer, until 3:20 p.m., early out Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. Strict guidelines will be in place for everyone to follow, whether students are in school or at home.  Masks and temperature checks will be standard practice for on-campus learning.  Students with fevers or who are ill, or students with fragile immune systems can still sign in to the classroom and attend class virtually every day.


The faculty is researching platforms such as ZOOM, Google Classroom, and Microsoft Teams for distance learning.  Devices for easy transfer of materials and cameras are being researched. Two grants were received this year, one from Erate (a federal program to fund internet in schools) and one from the Fulcrum Foundation.  The grants will be used to upgrade to fiber optic cabling (superior for transmitting data) and cabling for a voiceover phone system for the entire campus.  The faster internet enhances the ability to effectively use a digital platform.


Parents will be informed on how St. Mark Catholic Classical School prepares for learning, whether it is digital distant learning platform or traditional on campus, students in the classroom platform. 


Thank you for your support; don’t hesitate to contact me with questions at


Blessings to you all,


Principal Kathy Palmquist - Keck

St. Mark Catholic Classical School



Prayers in Latin:

Sign of the Cross - In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen


Glory Be - Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Sritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculrum. Amen.


Hail Mary - Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominu tecum. Benedicta tu I mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen