My St. Mary's

Back to School Information

Welcome Back to School! We have compiled all the information you need to know for the first few weeks of school.

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • MyStMarys Launch: We've got a new online portal!

    We are pleased to announce that St. Mary’s School is migrating to a new online portal this year that will replace MyBackPack. The new platform is recognized as one of the best school information systems on the market and it is known to be user-friendly and has an excellent, easy to use interface. We are excited to introduce MyStMarys! MyStMarys allows students and parents to view schedules, grades, and other pertinent school information.  
     
    To log into the new system, navigate to smschool.myschoolapp.com in your web browser and click on the “Forgot login or First time logging in?” link as seen here:
    Then, enter your email address (The one at which you receive official school communications is the one we have on file and is the one that you should use.) and check the boxes as seen here to receive your user name and a link to set your password.
    After you set your password and log in, please take a few minutes to go through the “Getting Started” tutorial that appears on your screen. This guides you to key locations where you can adjust your privacy settings and notification subscriptions.
    If the “Getting Started” tutorial does not appear or you dismiss it, you can get back to it by clicking on your name in the upper right of the screen and selecting “Getting Started”.

    Students and parents will be able to view schedule information using MyStMarys; there is also a Smart Tuition link on the Resource Board for your convenience. 

    We are confident that you will enjoy using MyStMarys. It’s a step up over MyBackPack and we think you will find the portal easy to use with a better interface. Please email our IT Helpdesk (helpdesk@smschool.us) if you have any questions or encounter any problems.
  • Purchase Textbooks

    St. Mary's School partners with Follet, an online bookstore for all textbook sales. Please click here to order textbooks.
    Please note, if there are no books are shown for a particular class, there are no books needed for that class.
  • School Supply List

    Click here for the Middle School supply list. 
    High School: Due to the highly innovative and customizable nature of 2.0 schedules, with no two students' schedules being the same, students should simply come prepared with a notebook, writing utensils and a binder. At the start of each mod, teachers will inform students of any other materials/supplies needed for that particular mod.
  • Middle School Details

    First Day of School
    Wednesday, August 21 is the first day of classes. The first middle school class will begin at 8:10am and the last class will end at 3:15pm.

    Orientation sessions for 6th -8th grade

    We ask that students and parents in grades 6-8 attend either of two Orientation sessions: Monday, August 19 at 4 p.m., or Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in the Callaway Library. We will cover the same information at both sessions, and the sessions are not grade-specific—please attend the one that is most convenient for you. Each will last for about an hour.

    We will be talking about the social-emotional learning program called Developmental Designs that we use in Adviser Group (view a brief video on social-emotional learning); the ins-and-outs of our food service; our mobile phone and laptop policies; and of course answering your questions.

    Orientation session and move-in for 5th grade
    5th grade students and parents should plan to attend a welcome and orientation session with Mrs. Schultz on Tuesday, August 20 at 4 p.m. in room 21. Please watch for more information from her.

    Lockers
    All 7th and 8th graders will have a locker in the Middle School area (5th and 6th graders have individual cubbies in their classrooms). Lockers are assigned randomly. 7th and 8th graders can stop by school to get their locker information and move in at these times:
    Monday, August 19: anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m or following the Orientation
    Tuesday, August 20: between 5 and 6 p.m.

    6th grade move-in
    6th graders can stop by between 3 - 4 p.m. on either Monday, August 19 or Tuesday, August 20 to drop off books and supplies. Mr. Ward and Mr. Pederson will be in touch via e-mail with more information about what to expect during the first few days of school.

    School supplies
    Click here to see a list of needed supplies for the year.

    Laptop computers for 6th-8th grade
    St. Mary’s uses a “Bring Your Own Device” technology model, and 6th-8th grade students are required to bring a laptop computer to school each day. 

    PE clothes for 6th-8th grade
    Students in grades 6-8 are required to wear a uniform for PE. If you haven't already purchased a uniform, please take a few moments to order shorts and a shirt through our online vendor. In order to have your clothes by the first day of classes, please place your order as soon as possible. In addition to PE clothes, the online store also features a wide selection of Crusader wear, including sweatshirts and t-shirts. Clothing orders will be delivered at school.

    Summer reading for current 5th-7th graders
    Please click here for information about our summer reading program and to see the summer reading book list. Happy reading!

     
    ALEKS access during the summer for current 6th-8th graders
    ALEKS accounts are accessible to you during the summer. This is a great tool to help you keep your math skills sharp.
  • High School Details

    High School orientations are class-specific and will take place on August 20, 2019.

    Incoming 9th grade students,
     please join us for our Welcome to St. Mary's Party from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. We'll gather in the Grace Courtyard (the courtyard behind the chapel). We have a full day of fun activities planned for you (including a variety of orientation type items, such as locker checkout), but we'll also just hang out, enjoy lunch together, and bond over bowling. Everything you'll need that day--including food!--will be provided by the school. Please print this permission slip, have your parents sign it, and bring it the day of the event.
     
    Sophomores, juniors, and seniors, we have plans for you too! Come anytime between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. that afternoon. See your teachers, visit the scheduler, grab a locker, get a parking pass, and enjoy a popcicle. Plan for about 30 minutes to complete all items.
    First Day of School
    Wednesday, August 21 is the first day of classes. The first high school class will begin at 8:30am and the last class will end at 3:30pm.
  • Fall Sports Information

    Last call for registering for Fall Sports. If you have not registered for fall sports and would like to participate, please go to www.smcathletics.usto register today!
    HS Fall sports season begins Monday, August 19th 

    Please refer to the website calendar www.smcathletics.us for practice and game times for each team. Using the "Agenda" button will help you view the daily schedule. All of the ins and out of using the website will be covered in the Information meeting.
    If you have not turned in your physical yet and have been notified that you are missing one. You will be unable to start practice until it has been turned in to Tammy Martinez in the Athletic department. Please feel free to scan and email it to tmartinez@smschool.us.
  • Ashland Bus Information/Sign-Up

    St. Mary's will be offering a morning bus service from Ashland to Medford for $4.72 per day. This service is contingent upon ridership.
     
    Here are the details for the service:
     
    Pick-Up Location: Bi-Mart in Ashland
    Pick-Up Time: 7:30 a.m.
    Arrival Time to St. Mary's: 8:00 a.m.
     
    Cost: $850 per student for the school year - full payment required by August 15, 2019. All St. Mary's buses and drivers are certified through the Oregon Department of Education.

    To sign up for this service, please email Rebecca Naumes Vega at rnaumes@smschool.us. The fee is fully refundable if we do not have enough riders for the service.
     
    Space available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Picture Day Details

    Picture Day is August 27 and 28
    School pictures are taken for all of our students (including seniors). Ordering them for personal purposes is optional. Fliers will be provided on picture day but families are encouraged to place their order online at mylifetouch.com. If pictures were purchased, the picture package must be returned to the photographers on retake day before a student's picture is retaken.
    When ordering online, the St. Mary's School Picture Day ID to use is: FO918199Y0 (The second digit is the letter O and the last digit is the number 0).
    There are many benefits to ordering online:
    • Get more background choices for your student’s school pictures.
    • Customize your package with different portrait sheets.
    • No need to send cash or flyer back to school
    • New MyFamily rewards program available online.
    If you have any specific questions about pictures and need to contact Lifetouch, please call them at 541-772-4455.
  • School Calendar and Synching

    We advise that all current parents sync the St. Mary's school calendar with their personal calendar. Below are the directions.
    On the St. Mary's online calendar,
    from the Calendar Feeds window, you can choose what information on the current calendar you wish to send to your outside calendar software:
    Click the green "ICAL" button corresponding to the calendar you want to export. You'll see a list of custom iCal feed options allowing you to pick a feed URL that's tailored to the software you want to use. If you don't see your calendar software listed, select "Get Standard iCal URL," otherwise, choose the option that matches the calendar software you use.
    Using either method, you'll end up with a URL that can be pasted into your external calendar software. After you have pasted this URL into Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple iCal or other calendar software, the events that you have entered into Finalsite will be displayed there. Any edits you make to your Finalsite calendar will be automatically updated in your external software.