MTCES is committed to developing the whole person and enhancing the unique talents and abilities of every student. In addition to the Archdiocese's Graded Course of Study, we offer music, art, physical education, library, and Spanish. Following is the schedule for these special classes:
Art: Once per week
Physical Education: Twice per week
Music: Once per week
Spanish K - 5: Once per week
Spanish 6 - 8: Twice per week
Technology: Once per week
Library K - 5: Once per week
Education in the arts is an integral part of the development of each student. Art education strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success. Art classes provide students a chance to develop cognitive and creative skills, and to develop their imaginations. All students participate in art class once a week.
MTCES also offers an after school Art Club that is open for all students to join. Last year, the students learned how to collage, create 3D artwork, new painting techniques, and finished the year with a group art project. Every year MTCES hosts a Spring Arts Fair. Every student has a piece of art work on display throughout the school for the students and their family to come and see. Mother Teresa also participates in the Original Works program. Each student creates a piece in art class, and then families are able to purchase the work on different products like a mug, mouse pad, or pillow case.
MTCES tries to incorporate the arts into some of its field trips. Last year, the 8th grade students went to Funke Fired Arts and participated in a tour of the studio. This included a hands-on session with a ceramic teacher. Each student worked on the pottery wheel and created his/her own ceramic piece. The 5th graders went on a field trip to Brazee Street Studio and created glass suncatchers. They used colored glass pieces and attached them onto a clear piece of glass tile. For more information, contact art teacher Courtney Wuest at cwuest [at] mtces [dot] org.
Music Matters! Countless studies have shown that when students participate in formal music education they use all major areas of their brain at the same time. This helps prepare the brain for successful learning across all curriculums. Through music, students learn how to express themselves, solve problems creatively, use their imagination, work cooperatively with others, and connect with their emotions in constructive ways. In addition to weekly music classes, MTCES offers a variety of after school activities to promote student involvement in the performing arts.
Students also have the opportunity to study privately (one-on-one) with an instructor. Schedules are set between the student and the instructor at a mutually agreed upon time. Each instructor has different specialties as listed:
*Mrs. Conklin, ConklinAcademyofMusic [at] gmail [dot] com – Voice, Beginner & Intermediate Piano, Music Theory
*Mr. Conklin, ConklinAcademyofMusic [at] gmail [dot] com – Voice, Beginner Piano, Guitar
*Mr. Depolo, depolokb [at] gmail [dot] com – Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Math, Spanish
Mrs. Hogg, lkhogg [at] lkstudio [dot] com– Piano
Mr. Saurber, rsaurber [at] gmail [dot] com - Percussion
Mrs. Zinck, mzinck [at] mtces [dot] org – Flute, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano
*Comes to MTCES for lessons.
MTCES offers these performing arts ensembles:
Music Ministry - Mrs. Zinck, Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Students in 4th grade and higher are invited to participate in this group that leads worship songs during school liturgies. Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome. Adults are also welcome. With permission and advanced planning, flexible scheduling of participation can be accommodated.
Glee Club - Mrs. Zinck, 1st-4th Fridays of every month, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
This vocal ensemble for students in grades 2-4 focuses on learning basic singing techniques and simple part work.
Blue and Gold- Mrs. Zinck, Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30
As our school's middle school choir, this vocal ensemble for students in grades 5-8 focuses on learning intermediate singing techniques and moderate to advanced part work.
Band- Mr. Bailey, Thursdays, 2:30-3:30
Beginning in fourth grade, Mother Teresa students have the option to participate in band. As part of the program, students must take private lessons on their instrument of choice with a qualified instructor. Music and parts are often original compositions or custom arrangements to challenge each student at the appropriate level.
To join any MTCES ensemble, it is required that students and parents read and agree to the Ensemble Membership Agreement.
To register for Music Ministry, Blue and Gold, Band, or Glee Club, please fill the Ensemble Registration Form.
For more information about the school's music program, please contact Michelle Zinck at mzinck [at] mtces [dot] org.
Spanish instruction begins in kindergarten, and the curriculum expands as the children advance. When students reach junior high, Spanish is studied on a level comparable to high school coursework.
MTCES has a state-of-the-art technology lab where every student participates in technology class once per week. Instructor Mr. Bailey has a multi-faceted curriculum covering everything from helping kindergarteners become familiar with a mouse, to proper keyboarding, and even assisting junior high students with developing their own web pages. Contact Mr. Bailey at mbailey [at] mtces [dot] org (.)
MTCES boasts a voluminous library with two librarians and nearly 10,000 books. Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade have a dedicated library time each week where they can read freely on their own or are read a story by our Librarian (younger grades). Students in grades 6-8 have optional dedicated library time each week that they may use upon necessity. For more information, contact Pam Kleingers at pkleingers [at] mtces [dot] org.
All students participate in 90 minutes of physical education per week (two 45-minute sessions each week). The program encourages continuous engagement in physical activity. We promote diverse sport experiences that enhance and maintain student fitness levels. The program is centered around keeping the students active while having fun and enjoying moving their bodies. For additional information, please contact one of our phys. ed. instructiors:
Laura Schneider (grades 2-7)- lschneider [at] mtces [dot] org
Jenny Schwarz (grades K, 1, and 8)- jschwarz [at] mtces [dot] org