Core Values Education
The attention to Core Values Education enhances a student’s academic performance in school. All subjects can be taught through the lens of character development. The goal of Core Values Education in the Lower School is to develop thoughtful, just, and compassionate students.
The administration, counselors, and most importantly, teachers are responsible for building an emphasis on Core Values in the daily lives of students. The desired result is a “culture of caring” and respect for all members of the community. In the Lower School, students reach out to fellow students and the community in a variety of ways.
Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
Saint Mary’s Hall serves as the charter organization for the parent-led Cub Scout Pack #496. For girls, the scouting program begins with Daisies and continues to the Junior Girl Scout level in Form 5. Both boy and girl scouts participate in community service projects and are an integral part of the annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony held each year. The scouts line the sidewalks and greet all veterans and military personnel and escort them to a reception.
Lower School Baron Ambassadors serve as role models for their fellow students. One student is chosen from each of the Forms 3-5 classrooms to help with duties such as greeting visitors when they visit the classroom, welcoming guests when they attend Lower School Previews, passing out programs at events, helping at Grand Day at the Hall, and representing their classmates at special events.
The Lower School has a full-time counselor who works with students, teachers, and parents to teach classroom guidance lessons at all Form levels. Lessons include topics such as friendship, taking responsibility for actions, positive communication, compliment activities, making cards for sick friends or the hospital, and bullying.
Morning Moments & Circle Time
Every day in the Lower School begins with Morning Moments and in Montessori & Kindergarten the teacher and students greet one another in Circle Time. On Mondays, students and teachers enjoy chapel and the celebration of faith. Every day, a Core Value is emphasized, pledges are recited, patriotic songs are sung, and Bible verses are read in both English and Spanish. One day a week is devoted to the celebration of student volunteer work in the community.
Beyond the specific instructions to teach core values, the classrooms are the best place to foster a culture of kindness, care, and respect so those values become a routine way of working and learning together. By focusing on building community, first with classmates then outside the Saint Mary’s Hall campus, Lower School students are given many opportunities to become thoughtful leaders who personify the Core Values of Saint Mary’s Hall.