Saint Mary’s House System
Camaraderie. Competition. Friendship.
Camaraderie. Competition. Friendship.
The House System joins students of different backgrounds and grade levels – of different talents and interests – into a new foundation for student activities. The student body is united in six Houses, each with one of the saints on our mural as its special patron: St. Catherine of Siena, St. Junipero Serra, St. Agnes, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope St. John Paul II, and St. Francis. This means that every student at Saint Mary’s belongs to one of those six Houses. Each House is also divided into five rooms, and the student is a part of that room for as long as he or she is at Saint Mary’s.
Our House System creates lots of opportunities for camaraderie, for competition, and for friendship. The Houses host events together, meet regularly to pray together and to play together, and compete against one another for honor and glory. Our school, Saint Mary’s, is a place of long tradition. This new tradition does not replace the old ones, but builds on the family, the friendships, and community that we already have. Just as the beauty of our faith is ever ancient, and always new; so our school is built on a firm foundation, but is always building new traditions.
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Each House will elect two House Senators (Upperclassman Student Leaders) to serve and support the House with their Dean (Faculty Member). Each Room will elect two Room Cuncilors (Student Leaders) to lead and serve their Room with their Mentor Teacher. The House System creates a great opportunity for Saint Mary’s students to get involved in the SM Community by planning events, projects, and service opportunities, as well as creating fellowship with the members of their House and Room.
Co-Deans: Mrs. Liz Salgado and Ms. Nicole Salgado
Mentors: Mr. Aaron Thurow, Mr. John Calvert, Mr. Isak Bond, Mr. Anthony Cacho, Ms. Veronica Kuenstle
St. Thomas Aquinas
Dean: Mr. Ryan Womack
Mentors: Mr. Rocky Brittain, Mr. Tom Brittain, Sr. Peter Thomas, Mr. Peter Nguyen, Mr. Greg Fahrendorf
St. Catherine of Siena
Dean: Mrs. Mary Ferguson
Mentors: Ms. Christina Strafaci, Mr. Mark Amorose, Mr. Don Durkee, Mr. Izalco Teo Ruiz, Ms. Bella Ayala
Dean: Mr. Nick Gartonzavesky
Mentors: Fr. Oliver Vietor, Ms. Alexis Larios, Ms. Danielle Sheuer, Mrs. Dana Contreras, Mr. Graham Crawley
St. John Paul II
Dean: Mr. Thomas Coast
Mentors: Mrs. Linda Voita, Mrs. Christine Swingle, Mr. Bill Grimm, Mr. Jose Lucero, Fr. Estevan Wetzel
St. Junipero Serra
Dean: Mrs. Amy Jerome and Sr. Mary David
Mentors: Mr. Jon Ciani, Mr. Zachary Weisse, Sr. Mary David, Mr. Julie Vietri, Mr. Daniel Barba
The word liberal in liberal arts and liberal education does not refer to the opposite of conservative; it refers to being free, the opposite of constrained and subjugated. The liberal arts curriculum at Saint Mary’s is designed to help students learn how to think and how to communicate. In other words, these habits help men and women become wise, not just smart.
When asked to recall memories of high school, many graduates will quote a plaque in the gym from the words of legendary trainer Horace Pieri, “We may not be the biggest, but we have the firm conviction we can be the best”. Saint Mary’s boasts 9 Boys Football Championships, 7 Girls Basketball Championships, 3 Boys Basketball Championships, and one Girls’ Softball Championship.
Saint Mary’s Catholic High School has been part of Phoenix history since 1917, just five years after Arizona became a State. Founded by the Sisters of the Precious Blood, the school served five boys and twelve girls and was located in a dedicated classroom at Saint Anthony’s elementary school. In 1920, Saint Mary’s moved to its own one story home on East Monroe Street.