Mater Dei will again utilize electronic learning days (ELDs) on snow days, during which learning is not lost, for technology allows our students to have class from home.  In preparation for potential snow days, September 22, will serve as our first ELD, a planned day during which our faculty and students will attend class via Schoology per the x-schedule (8:10 am—11:15 am).  Thus, students will have class from home.  Mater Dei is proud to continue this program for the academic benefit of our students!

Mater Dei Soccer’s Kick for a Cause game on October 4 will support Camp Oasis, which offers children with Crohn’s or Colitis Disease the opportunity to simply be a kid for a week in the summer.  Mater Dei senior soccer player Bobby Clancy, who has experienced multiple surgeries and hospital stays as he battles Ulcerative Colitis, volunteers as a Leader-in-Training (LIT) at Camp Oasis.
To purchase a shirt in support of this cause, please return the Kick for a Cause shirt order form and payment to a senior soccer player, the MD office, or Mr. Tees  by September 28.

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Student of the Week – Baylee Richter

Congratulations to junior Baylee Richter, our Student of the Week for the week of September 18!  In her nomination, English teacher Mrs. Emily Timmermann stated, “It is my pleasure to recognize Baylee Richter, for she has consistently shown motivation to succeed. She comes into class prepared and willing to participate. Additionally, she completes assignments diligently and continuously exceeds expectations.  Thank you, Baylee, for your efforts!”  Baylee is the daughter of Randy and Tracy Richter of Breese and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Homecoming 2017: “Red, Knight, and Blue”

Student Council members are finalizing plans for Homecoming 2017, “Red, Knight, and Blue.”  The celebration, scheduled for September 25-30, will begin Monday with “Old School Day,” when we celebrate the many grade schools from which our students hail.  Unity will be built Tuesday, when as a school community, we celebrate our annual homecoming Mass (9:40 am).  Students will show their creative side Wednesday for “Costume Day.”  The festivities will continue that evening with the parade at 6:00 p.m., followed by the coronation ceremony and bonfire.  Class pride will be evident Thursday, “T-Shirt Day,” as students wear their homecoming shirts, the color of which varies by class.  Friday, “Spirit Day,” music from the popular lip-sync and talent contest, as well as cheers from the pep rally, will fill the gym.  Homecoming week will then culminate with the dance on Saturday from 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm in the gym.  We thank our Student Council members, as well as moderators Mrs. Christine Gramann and Mrs. Pam Zurliene, for their dedication to planning this important week, which builds spirit and unity within our Mater Dei family!

Congratulations to our “Red, Knight, and Blue” senior homecoming court attendants (front, from left) Kate Maue, Emma Rogers, Sophia Mondt, Allison Beckmann, Sydney Richter; (back, from left) Lucas Theising, Drew Tonnies, AJ Albers, Henry Bergmann and Ben Logullo.

Congratulations to our “Red, Knight, and Blue” underclass homecoming court attendants (from left) Ellen Antonacci, Harrison Mondt, Alyssa Gall, Quinn Jansen, Elyse Faust and Drew Timmermann.

Marching Knights Earn Fourth at Tiger Ambush Classic

For their field show “Phobias,” the Marching Knights earned fourth place at the Tiger Ambush Classic on September 16.  We congratulate the Marching Knights members, as well as Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte, drumline instructor Mr. Matt Murphy, and color guard instructor Ms. Julianna Swanson.

Color guard members Gabrielle Millikin (front left) and Ashley Wuebbels (back left) are pictured performing with trumpet soloist Susy Cowgill at the Tiger Ambush Classic on September 16.

Bass player Calvin Hintz is pictured performing in the front ensemble at the Tiger Ambush Classic on September 16.

Marching Knights Excel at Metro East Marching Classic

For their field show “Phobias,” the Marching Knights nearly swept the awards at the Metro East Marching Classic held at O’Fallon Township High School on Saturday, September 9.  In addition to earning first place in Class A, the Marching Knights earned Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visuals, and Outstanding Drum Line.

Pictured displaying awards the Marching Knights earned at the Metro East Marching Classic on Saturday, September 9 are (from left) drumline instructor Mr. Matt Murphy, color guard instructor Ms. Julianna Swanson, drum major Caroline Kenow, drum major Ben Logullo, and Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte.

Student of the Week – Christopher Kalmer

Congratulations to freshman Christopher Kalmer, our Student of the Week for the week of September 11!  In her nomination, Algebra I teacher Mrs. Deb Foote stated, “Despite a tough start, after missing the first few days of school due to an injury, Christopher quickly caught up and continues to achieve success.  In addition, Christopher does not allow his use of a wheelchair to slow him down, as he demonstrated when he volunteered to assist with collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey at a recent football game.  Keep up the excellent work, Christopher!”  Christopher is the son of Steve and Barbara Kalmer of Damiansville and a member of St. Damian Catholic Church.

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