St. Mary's School Marathon, Wisconsin, Excellence in Education, Home of the Eagles
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Welcome to St. Mary’s School.  Please take time to browse and discover all the wonderful things happening at St. Mary’s School.



Private School Tax Form: The Wisconsin Tax Deduction for Private School Tuition Expenses information is available.

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Sycamore: Please login with the directions you received through this link. Any questions, please contact the school office. Thank you. (Sycamore Parent Letter)

Auxiliary Essay Contest: "What does patriotism mean to you?" Students in grades 3 - 12 are invited to enter the Marathon American Legion Auxiliary Unit 469 Essay Contest. Deadline: March 1, 2023. Click on the link for details.

Weekend Mass schedule:

  • Saturday at 4:00 PM
  • Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00 AM

CALENDAR AT A GLANCE: Calendar for 2022-2023 School Year  

Wednesday, February 8th: 5K-3rd grades will attend Mass
Friday, February 10th: Mission Carnival
Monday, February 13th: 4th-8th Grades Attend Mass
Friday, February 17th: No School/Marathon School District
Monday, February 20th: No School/Marathon School District
Wednesday, February 22: Ash Wednesday
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  • Grandparent's Day: Catholic School's Week ended with our Grandparent's Day Mass, entertainment and social. What a great way to end the week celebrating our faith and a great Catholic education.

  • Huey's Hideaway Children's Museum: The littles didn't go roller skating but they had their own fun at the Children's Museum in Medford. Some of them may have found their future career as beautician's, farmers, doctors. Thanks to Home & School and Fischer Transportation for taking the students to and from the museum.

  • BINGO: Students from every grade played Bingo in celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The older students paired up with the littles and everyone had several opportunities to yell "BINGO".

  • Mass with Bishop Callahan: A highlight of Catholic Schools Week is to attend Mass with the Most Reverend Bishop William P. Callahan. We are grateful to Bishop Callahan for making time in his busy schedule to celebrate the Mass with the schools in the Diocese of La Crosse.

  • Roller Skating: A trip to Melody Gardens roller rink is always a school favorite during Catholic Schools Week. Thank you to Home & School and Fischer Transportation, Inc. for providing busing for this great trip.

  • Crazy Hat/Hair Day: Visitors coming in to St. Mary's School may have thought we went a little "crazy" on Monday. Faculty, staff and students were just having a little bit of fun with their crazy hair styles and hats in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

  • Brains and Brawn: Congratulations to St. Mary's Girls' Brawn Team for bringing home 2nd place medals. All three teams had a great weekend of competition. Congratulations to the Academic Team and the Boys' Brawn Team for never giving up. We are very proud of all of you. We are grateful to the Diocese of La Crosse, coaches, teachers and parents for their support of this wonderful event.

  • Fridays with Friends: There's just something special that happens when Eagles and Eaglets get together. The latest Fridays with Friends book and experiment taught 4K and 2nd grade students about the virtue of "patience". They learned that even though it is difficult to wait, good things come if you have patience. Take a look at the fun art project that helped them to understand what patience is all about.

  • Spelling Bee: Can you spell w-i-n-n-e-r-s?  Congratulations to St. Mary’s top five spellers: Hailey Martin -1st place, Natilee Hummer – 2nd place, Ellie Hummer – 3rd place, Paityn Brickner – 4th place, and Mayven Schneider – 5th place. The top five spellers will participate in the NERR Spelling Bee which will be held at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, January 25th at 4:00 PM.  The alternate waiting on deck will be Jack Blume. Go Eagles!

  • NERR Quiz Bowl: The NERR (North East Rural Region) Quiz Bowl was held at St. John’s School, Edgar.
    Students from St. Anthony’s, School, Athens, St. John’s, Edgar, St. Joseph’s, Stratford, and St. Mary’s, Marathon,
    answered questions testing their knowledge in religion, science, social studies, math and miscellaneous facts.  It was a tight race to the finish with the Academic Team from St. Mary’s School, Marathon, reigning as the 2023 NERR Quiz Bowl Champions.

  • Christmas Program: "His Name is Jesus" - St. Mary's students put on a beautiful Christmas program with the band performing, the choir and students singing and the first - sixth graders performing "His Name is Jesus", helping us to keep "Christ" in Christmas.

  • Winter Snow Fun: The fresh fallen snow may have caused a few power outages but it sure looked beautiful and the students enjoyed making snowmen, forts and tunnels.

  • Fridays with Friends (Oobleck):It was Friday and the 2nd graders and 4K students were at it again. Together they watched a short story explaining the real meaning of Christmas, ending the conversation with “With all the fun and games, and gifts and gatherings, remember to THANK GOD for sending us His Son, Jesus!"  They ended with a little Science fun by making it a solid or a liquid???

  • First Grade Charity: In the spirit of Christmas and our December virtue of CHARITY, the 1st graders gave of their time to help Mr. Salber carry up the Nativity sets from the basement of church. CHARITY comes in many forms. Thank you, 1st Graders for being charitable and helping Mr. Salber.

  • Food Drive: St. Mary’s School held a Thanksgiving Food Drive and donated $2,310.17 in dollars and food items to the Circle of Joy. This was a class competition. In third place, with 284 was our sixth grade. In second place with 497 was fifth grade and the winner of our Generosity Award with 652 was our seventh grade.We are very grateful to John & Lynn Lensmire who made two trips to the Circle of Joy to deliver the food.
  • Fridays with Friends: 4K students joined the second graders for "Fridays with Friends" and discussed the virtue of the month, which is Gratitude. Expressing thanks is one way we grow closer to God.  Mrs. Drexler read the book Thankful, by Eileen Spinelli. Each second grader along, with their 4K friend, thought of things they were thankful for and wrote them on a strip of orange paper.The strips of paper will be turned into pumpkins and used as center pieces for the upcoming Family Thanksgiving meal at St. Marys School.

  • Honor Flight Presentation: Miss Baeseman, 4th grade teacher and organizer of the Walk-a-Thon, presented Never Forgotten Honor Flight Co-Founders, Mike Thompson and Jim Campbell, with a check from the Walk-a-Thon donations.  With the help of our 3rd-6th graders and generous outside donors, we were able to donate a total of $9,237 to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
    That is enough to send 18 veterans to Washington DC. Thank you to the generous family, friends and parishioners who supported this worthwhile cause.

  • Science Experiment: Eagles (Gr 2) and Eaglets (4K) did an experiment on solids turning to liquids.  They talked about how everything is a solid, liquid, or gas.  Solid is hard, liquid and gas fills the space, and gases are invisible.

  • All Saints Day: First graders learned about the saints and then chose their favorite saint to portray in the Parade of Saints in celebration of All Saints Day.

  • Packer Tailgate Party: Thank you to everyone that supported our Packer Tailgate Party. It was a tremendous success. God provided the beautiful day, businesses, parishioners, and families provided baskets, silent and regular auction items, monetary donations, Mrs. Martin and crew provided the delicious food, and a good time was had by all. St. Mary's School and Parish are blessed by your generosity.

  • Autumn Art Collages: The falling autumn leaves provided a wonderful sensory material for the second grade students to create beautiful autumnal collages with.

  • Silly Pumpkins: 4K students worked their fine motor muscles with stickers and pounding golf tees to make silly pumpkins!

  • Generosity Experiment: 4K students once again joined Grade 2 as they learned more about the virtue of Generosity.  Our activity started out with a little Science experiment using an egg, water, and some salt.  As the egg was placed in the water the students saw that it sank.  They were asked to associate the sunken egg to a classmate or other student that was all alone out at recess.  Next, students were asked what they could do to make that student feel better, as generous acts aren't always something physical that you give.  Suggestions included a smile, asking them to play, talking to them, and giving them a hand.  As each suggestion was made a spoonful of salt was added to the water.  The more generous acts the more salt.  Once salt was added and stirred in the students were amazed to see that once the egg was placed in the water again, IT FLOATED!  The afternoon concluded with the second graders giving some of their time and reading stories to the 4kers.  

  • Walk-a-Thon: Miss Baeseman organized a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. The 3rd - 6th graders solicited pledges from family and friends. It was a special honor to have Bob Plant, Honor Flight veteran and his daughter, Mrs. Paul, who was his guardian on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to help us kick off the walk-a-thon. Bob thanked them for the cards and letters they wrote for "Mail Call" on the flight home. We also were excited to have Jim Campbell, co-founder of the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, walk with the students to start the walk-a-thon. It was important for them to hear from the veterans themselves what an impact they make by raising money for this very important organization.

  • Wilke's Pumpkin Patch: 4K - 2nd graders enjoyed a day at Wilke's pumpkin patch. Even though the weather was brisk, they were bundled up and had a lot of fun and came home with their own special pumpkin.

  • Autumn Leaves: Some of God's most beautiful landscaping is during the months of Autumn when the leaves turn colors and are falling all around. Students enjoy the changing of the seasons and play in the leaves, enjoying God's beautiful gift.

  • AgCountry Donation: Thank you, AgCountry Farm Credit Services for the generous donation through the Giving and Growing Program and thank you to employees, Joe Murkowski and Amy Kramm, for helping to secure this gift.

  • 8th Grade Night (VB): The 8th graders had their final home volleyball game and the 7th graders gave them a little good-bye/thank you gift. "We hope you guys will remember all the great memories that we shared together throughout this season, and we can't wait to play with you again in high school." Izzy and Taunna

  • "A Bushel and a Peck": The 2nd graders had a good time practicing their math facts while playing the game "A Bushel and a Peck".

  • Blessing of the Animals: With the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th) also comes the blessing of our pets. Families bring their pets to be blessed by Father Joe.

  • Pumpkin Patch: God blessed us with a gorgeous day for the annual Pumpkin Patch.  Special thanks to Kamenick Farms for the donation of pumpkins, gourdes and apples, and for the young men who harvested the pumpkins. Thanks to Suzie Martin, Ms. Cook, & crew for coming in to make delicious cinnamon rolls and bread. Thanks to all who donated items, to all who helped with set up, selling during the event, and clean up.  We are very grateful for Kaci & Brian Sessions and family for chairing the Pumpkin Patch.  Finally, thank you to all who came to support our fundraiser.

  • Scavenger Hunt: After finishing the book, “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George in Literature class, 8th graders went on a scavenger hunt at the grounds of  St. Anthony’s Spirituality Center.

  • Little Red Schoolhouse: The 4th graders look forward to going back in time to 1904 at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Thank you to the Marathon County Historical Society for providing this wonderful experience for our students.

  • Science 4K: 4K students explored their sense of touch in Science class. They could identify the objects that were hard, soft, rough and smooth.

  • Volleyball Parent's Night: Volleyball girls had the opportunity to thank their parents for all their support taking them to practices and games.

  • Art Class: Second graders learned the art technique of pointillism. They had a great time decorating their fall trees.

  • First Day of School: It was pretty special to capture a few of the staff/students on the first day of school.

  • Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: In celebration of the birthday of Mary, Our Mother, students and staff attended Mass and brought cakes to share with the class.

  • Q4 Wrap Up: Another year has come to a close and we are proud of all that our students accomplished throughout the year. Congratulations to all on your hard work and successes.

  • Talent Show: The last day of school is filled with excitement and students have one more opportunity to show off their talents. The talent show ended with Layla, Rehgan and Paityn leading the whole school in the Cupid Shuffle.

  • Employee Recognition: St. Mary's is blessed with dedicated faculty and staff members. This year we celebrate the years of service of the following employees: Mr. Koch, principal - 5 years; Mrs. Hahn, 2nd grade teacher - 10 years; Mrs. Lenard, 3rd grade teacher - 20 years; and Mrs. Wilichowski, librarian - 25 years. Because of their dedication to Catholic education, St. Mary's remains a school of excellence.

  • 8th Grade Graduation: We are proud to announce the 8th grade graduates of St. Mary's School. Congratulations to Sam Altenhofen, Briggs Baumann, Madalyn Blume, Logan Gore, Martin Gruetzmacher, Mylee Haehlke, Parker Hale, Luke Hoenisch, Nathan Hoenisch, Alex Kaiser, Anika Kolka, Javier Pintor, Lindsay Putnam, Leah Schulz, Taylor Schulz, Spencer Seubert, Blake Sternberg and Riley Werner. May the Lord always be your center, your guide and your protector.

  • Volunteer Appreciation: St. Mary's School is blessed with some pretty amazing volunteers. A volunteer appreciation Liturgy was held and after Mass students were outside cheering on our volunteers. Then volunteers were invited to school for a social and Bingo with some of our younger students. "A volunteer is a little pencil in the Hand of God, who is writing a love letter to the world." Mother Teresa

Don't forget to pick up your Scrip for all your shopping needs! You may purchase Scrip after weekend liturgies or any school day in the office. (On line order form available under Parents' Page/Forms.)

The RStore and Marathon School District Endowment Fun have teamed up to raise money for the endowment fund. (See details)

The Marathon School District Foundation supports our local school district by giving scholarships to students, grants for teachers, and holding the “making a difference” program for all the teachers and staff in our school district.  Our mission statement:  "To provide all Marathon students & those dedicated to education with opportunities to achieve continued educational excellence." (Link)

St. Mary’s is a Catholic School in the Diocese of La Crosse following the Diocese curriculum. As a Catholic School we will teach and advocate our Catholic Faith.  All students are welcome in our school, and all parents and legal guardians must understand that Catholic Doctrine will be taught.  The passing on of our Catholic Faith is our number one priority.

St. Mary’s School respects the dignity of each individual and, therefore, will not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, ethnic origin, or gender in regard to enrollment or hiring practices.