Please join us in congratulating our students who earned recognition on the 2016-2017 First Quarter Honor Roll!
The following students were selected as “Student of the Week” throughout the first quarter. Please join us in congratulating them and their families!
Madelyn Trame – Class of 2020
Algebra Honors teacher Mrs. Deb Foote stated, “Madelyn is a dedicated and conscientious student who continually submits high quality work. In addition, she is very polite and respectful of her classmates.” Madelyn is the daughter of Chris and Danielle Trame of Breese. (09/05/2016)
Chase Kampwerth – Class of 2019
English II Honors teacher Mrs. Pam Zurliene stated, “Chase is a hardworking and committed student. He is willing to go the extra mile to make sure he achieves his best.” Chase is the son of Dale and Cindy Kampwerth of Carlyle. (09/12/2016))
Patrick Albers – Class of 2018
Composition teacher Mrs. Donna Goetz stated, “Patrick Albers is the kind of student who goes the extra mile to turn in quality work on time! Rather than submit an electronic assignment late and lose a significant amount of points, Patrick drove in a storm to a store that had WiFi when the satellite antenna on the silo at his family’s farm was struck by lightning. Also, I can always count on him to participate in class. He is proving to be a class leader.” Patrick is the son of Dale and Geralyn Albers of Germantown. (09/19/2016)
Leshi (Tina) Chen – Class of 2020
English I teacher Mrs. Melissa Kunkle stated, “Tina is an international student from China. She greets me and each school day with a smile and a “can-do” attitude. She works extremely hard in learning about the fictional stories and authors discussed in class, as well as the concepts of English grammar and its irregularities. Because she earnestly wants to learn the subject matter, she is willing to ask questions. Additionally, she has made friends among her peers, especially with her sunny, friendly demeanor, and has joined several organizations at school. We are happy to have her join our community of Knights!” While attending Mater Dei this school year, Tina resides with JoAnn Mitzel in Maryville. (09/26/2016)
Peyton Dermody – Class of 2017
Theology teacher Mrs. Judy Kampwerth stated, “Peyton shares valuable insights during discussions in her theology class. Moreover, she serves as a role model for all students for the respectful way she treats everyone she meets. Finally, Peyton is an accomplished equestrian.” Peyton is the daughter of Matthew and Lynn Dermody of Highland. (10/03/2016)
Alyse Kloeckner – Class of 2017
Director of Enrollment Mrs. Maria Zurliene stated, “In our Student Ambassadors organization, Alyse serves as the “coordinator of volunteers” for Junior Knights events. Her assistance has been especially important the past three weeks, during which we hosted four Junior Knights events. Alyse was quite busy, not only coordinating volunteers, but also serving at each event, while still focusing on academics and working after school! I truly appreciate Alyse’s dedication!” Alyse is the daughter of Brian and Vicki Kloeckner of Breese. (10/03/2016)
Mater Dei’s 2016 “A Knight in Time” Homecoming Court (left to right): seniors Trever Johnson, Tori Voyles, Jake Timmermann, Sophia Lager, Peyton Kreke, and Emma Dumstorff; retiring queen Abby Haag; King Otto Stark and Queen Margo Lampe; seniors Tori Arentsen and Noah Gerdes; juniors Lauren Kampwerth and Johnathan Dailey; sophomores Madeline Sullivan and Brady Boeckmann; and freshmen Shannon Lampe and Luke Albers.
Principal Dennis Litteken is pleased to announce that seniors Amber Litteken and Sarah Maller have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Nationally, approximately 34,000 Commended Students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success. Amber is the daughter of Ron and Cindy Litteken and a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church; Sarah is the daughter of Peter and Marsha Maller and a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church.
On September 25, Mater Dei students raised $1,225 for the Belleville Diocese St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP). We thank our students for their dedication to helping those in need!
Mater Dei is proud to announce that the Class of 2016 earned an average ACT composite score of 24.4 (state average 20.8). Thus, the Class of 2016 not only earned the highest score in the area, but also tied the Class of 2014 for the highest score in Mater Dei history! The average ACT subject scores were also exceptional: English 24.1, Mathematics 23.8, Reading 25.1, and Science 24.0.
For students enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum (known as “core or more”), the Class of 2016 made Mater Dei history by earning the highest average ACT composite score, as well as the highest average ACT subject scores! (A “core” curriculum includes four years of English and three or more years each of mathematics, science and social studies.) Specifically, the average scores were as follows: Composite 25.7, English 25.7, Mathematics 25.2, Reading 26.2, and Science 25.1.
Congratulations to the Class of 2016, as well as their families and the entire Mater Dei community!
For their field show “Patterns,” the Marching Knights earned the top awards in each category at the Metro East Marching Classic held at O’Fallon Township High School on Saturday, September 10. In addition to earning first place among the Class A schools, the Marching Knights earned outstanding music, outstanding visual, outstanding drum line, and outstanding color guard.
Ten Mater Dei students volunteered to attend a workshop led by Mr. Gary Glazner at Aviston Countryside Manor on August 25. Mr. Glazer is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care. After the students trained with Mr. Glazner, they created poetry with the residents, using life experiences to connect and to share with one another. The students will continue to create poetry with the elderly as they perform service hours as a part of Mater Dei’s Works of Mercy program, which guides our students in performing “charitable actions by which [they] help [their] neighbors” (U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults).
The annual Extracurricular Activities Fair was held during the lunch periods on Wednesday, August 24. During the fair, students obtained information about and signed up for extracurricular activities. In addition to athletics, Mater Dei offers 22 extracurricular activities, providing each student an opportunity to find an activity which allows him/her to share and to further develop his/her talents!