Sean and his mom made Apple Dumplings which he learned about during his colonial unit. Sean also learned that colonists ate squirrels, but didn't want to try that recipe 😂
Mary of Nazareth Catholic School is comprised of three age-focused programs: early childhood, intermediate and middle school. We are dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded curriculum, which focuses on educating the whole child.
During his tenure as Archbishop of Washington, DC, James Cardinal Hickey recognized a growing need for an elementary school to serve upper Montgomery County. He envisioned a regional school attended by children from numerous parishes. A meeting was convened with the pastors of seven upper county parishes: Our Lady of the Visitation, Darnestown; St. Mary’s Shrine, Barnesville; St Paul, Damascus; St. Rose of Lima, Gaithersburg; Mother Seton, Germantown; St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg; and Our Lady of the Presentation, Poolesville. The pastors unanimously agreed to the formation of a regional school – the first Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese in 30 years. Mary of Nazareth School opened on August 29, 1994 in a converted barn on the old Boyer farm property in Darnestown, MD. The same property is home to one of our seven school parishes: Our Lady of the Visitation. The parish, led by founding Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Raymond Fecteau, postponed the building of the church until Mary of Nazareth School was open to students. Sr. Frances Stavalo, M.P.F, of the Religious Teachers Filippini was the first principal, leading the school for eight years. Sisters from her order helped staff the school, as well as teachers from the Sisters of St. Frances of the Martyr St. George, and lay teachers. Sr. Elaine Bebyn, M.P.F., another Filippini religious, succeeded Sr. Frances as principal for the 2002-2003 school year. Mr. Michael J. Friel, the first lay principal, has been leading our school since the 2003-2004 school year. The present school building, dedicated by Cardinal Hickey, was completed in 1996. It includes classrooms for kindergarten through eighth grade, a science lab, a computer lab, a multipurpose room, kitchen facilities, a health room, teachers’ lounges and administrative offices. Subsequent modifications provided space for the chapel, preschool, library, academic resource center, and rooms for the extended care program. Mary of Nazareth purchased the Katie Fitzgerald Center in 2012, which has been an invaluable asset to the school community. During the school year, the KFC is used as a gymnasium for physical education as well as school-wide events. Cardinal Hickey’s vision of a regional school for upper Montgomery County has grown into a thriving community. The school is faithfully supported by devoted families from seven parishes and a dedicated faculty and staff. Our current enrollment has grown from the first days in the barn with 87 children to over 500 students.
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Mary of Nazareth School is a Christ-centered environment where each child, nurtured by parent, parish and educator, is encouraged to follow the example of Jesus in all aspects of life. Our students thrive in an environment of regular worship, service, daily prayer, devotion to Mary, and consistent reference to the word of God. We welcome diversity among our inclusive student-body and stress the unifying concepts of tolerance, love and respect. Students are encouraged to seek knowledge through the teachings of the Catholic Church and apply those teachings to daily life.
Mary of Nazareth School is comprised of three age-focused programs: early childhood, intermediate and middle school. Within these programs, teachers collaborate to develop and strengthen relationships. These interdependent relationships within the school community are fostered through the leadership of administrators.
The curriculum of the Archdiocese of Washington is viewed from a Catholic perspective, with a central love for the wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit. The faculty is aware that the manner in which we model our love of God and Church encourages our students in their own search for lasting faith. Families of our students and their individual parishes continue to foster a love for Christ and a respect for education. Parents are the primary educators; in partnership, teachers and parents strive for the overall success of each student.
We are dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded curriculum, which focuses on the spiritual, developmental, emotional, cognitive, and physical well being of our students. Recognizing the multiple learning styles and diverse needs present in each classroom, the educators differentiate with a variety of resources, teaching methods and assessments. Through reinforcement, praise and consequence, we foster an enthusiasm for education. As a result, our students develop the inner confidence to make choices that positively impact their world.