School News

Here at Father Marquette Catholic Academy, we want our parents and community members to be informed about our student accomplishments, important updates, and inspiring and informative articles. Check our news and events page often for all the latest happenings.

Sayklly’s Easter Chocolate Sale

It is time to order your Sayklly's Easter chocolate! Participation in this fundraiser is optional. Half of your total sales will go directly into your family account which you can use for class trips, or you may donate proceeds to the 7th and 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip! Orders are due Friday, March 1. We will deliver orders on Monday, March 18. Please see our Sayklly’s Easter chocolate sale flyer for more information.

100th Day of School
View more photos our 100th Day of School celebration

On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, we celebrated our 100th day of school! Our classes participated in fun activities to celebrate. The first graders had a 100th day challenge to make the tallest tower out of 100 legos. They had some awesome creations! Kindergarteners made necklaces out of 100 pieces of cereal. Finally, the second graders successfully completed their challenge to build bridges that were one yard long and could allow a car to travel over. These students are future engineers in the making!

Pre-K Learns About Animal Tracks
View more photos of our Pre-Kindergarten students learning about animal tracks

Students in Pre-Kindergarten Blue recently learned about animal tracks/footprints. Miss Anne brought her collection of tracks, and students thought it was so neat to look at and compare them. They saw footprints from ducks, muskrats, woodpeckers, porcupines, mice, beavers, deer, elk, and many more. Afterwards, they took out their Play-Doh and the animals from their block area and made our own tracks!

Feast of Presentation of Our Lord Jesus
View more photos of the Feast of Presentation of Our Lord Jesus

During a recent Friday school Mass, we celebrated the Feast of Presentation of Our Lord Jesus, which commemorates the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple by his parents, which was Jewish custom. Often called “Candlemas” (think Candle Mass), because on this day, the Church would traditionally bless the candles that would be used during Mass for the rest of the year. The reference to light heard in the Gospel reading that day, “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel," (Luke 2:32) is what inspired the tradition of blessing the candles on this feast. And yes, we really gave the kids candles with real fire, they all did a great job!

Successful Catholic Schools Week
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Students had a wonderful time during Catholic Schools Week celebrations this week! The week started with our pre-kindergarten gold students getting a taste of kindergarten for the morning. They got to experience what a day will look like for them next year during Kinder for a Day. We had lots of festive clothes all week for all of our dress-up days. The students took some new-to-them books home during our used book sale, and the funds raised from the donations will be going to an area charity. The whole school really enjoyed cheering on the players for our student vs staff volleyball game. Middle school students went to the Cathedral for their annual retreats, all classes had a movie and popcorn afternoons, and wrote thank you notes to various people and businesses in the area and more! 

Catholic Schools Week serves as a way to integrate faith and stewardship into the fabric of the school community. We look forward to this week all year long. 

A big thank you to the dedicated teachers and volunteers who put in the effort to make these days memorable for the students. Their contributions play a significant role in creating a positive and enriching CSW.

    2024–2025 Enrollment Night
    2024–2025 Enrollment Night flyer

    Fall 2024–2025 registration is now open! Please join us on Wednesday, February 21 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our 2024–2025 Enrollment Night. Meet the teachers and principal, explore the classrooms, and more! View our Enrollment Night flyer for details.

      Monsignor Blessings

      On the Epiphany, our kindergarteners watched as Monsignor bestowed a blessing on our entrance into the new year. The numbers "20" and "24" at the front and end represent the year we are entering. Meanwhile, the letters in the middle hold symbolic significance, representing the three wise men—Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar—who are traditionally associated with the Epiphany. The Epiphany is a Christian feast day that commemorates the revelation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, as represented by the visit of the Magi or wise men. It is a celebration of divine manifestation and illumination.

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      Adult reading from a book20+C+M+B24 written above the door
      FMCA Catholic Schools Week

      The FMCA Catholic schools week is January 28 through February 3. We would love for your participation in all of the activities. Please see the schedule of events to plan your week.

      FMCA Annual Fruit Sale 2024

      You are invited to participate in the 2024 fruit sale. Our delicious fresh fruit includes California oranges, Texas grapefruit, and Washington state apples and pears. The fruit sale begins on January 19. Fruit sale order forms and money need to be turned in to the school office by February 9, 2024. Please view the FMCA Annual Fruit Sale flyer for more information and the order form. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at (906) 225-1129. You can also email Jackie Lefebvre or call her at (906) 235-5723.

      Third and Fourth Grade Field Trip
      Third and fourth grade students standing in front of theater - View More Photos

      Mrs. Parson's and Mrs. McKnight's Father Marquette Catholic Academy third and fourth graders had a field trip on Tuesday, December 19 to the Peter White Public Library. After the library, they took to spreading joy by caroling in downtown Marquette! They finished their day with a well-earned lunch at Donckers.

      Heritage Presentations
      Table with heritage items

      The second graders created a family crest with their parents. They then made a poster with their crest, flags, and maps from the countries of their family's origin. Each student brought in a family artifact to display and tell about. We shared a meal of soup, rolls, and desserts. Many family members attended, and it was a great day of celebrating the students' work and bringing families together.

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      Student gives presentation while adult holds up picturesadults and students in classroom watching a presentation
      St. Nicholas

      The first graders have St. Nicholas for their classroom saint. They made wooden shoes in the hope they will be filled on St. Nicholas Day on December 6!

      First grader making a wooden shoe at her desk First grader coloring in a paper wooden shoe at her desk Three students holding up their wooden shoe artwork
      Fall Lego League
      View more photos of our Fall Lego League

      Six kids + one robot + 15 + missions + one AR concert glasses presentation = An unforgettable first Lego League Challenge competition. We finished in first place in innovation project and third place overall.

      No part was easy, but these kids excelled through the stress of the precision required for the robot coding and showed resilience in learning how to come up with ideas for, and then share, an innovative (new to the world) idea on using technology in arts. The 22 teams were so fun to compete alongside, all encouraging each other as they each strived for excellence in their own performance. Our coaching team and parents were cohesive, each bringing strengths that complemented each other.

      Father Marquette Catholic Academy Gala 2024
      Father Marquette Catholic Academy presents Evening with the Eagles Gala flyer

      Father Marquette Catholic Academy presents Evening with the Eagles - A Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at The Northern Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Join us:

      • 4:00 p.m. - Mass at St. Michael’s Parish
      • 5:00 p.m. - Cocktails with cash bar provided by The Northern Center.
      • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Dinner with key note speaker and Dr. Jessica Betz
      • 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. - Dancing with music provided by Double Trouble Entertainment

      There will also be a silent auction; raffle prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250; 50/50 raffle, and a prize wheel. Tickets are $75. Please visit our Gala page for complete details.

      6th Grade Skyscraper Project
      View more photos of sixth graders building skyscrapers

      During the first quarter, the 6th grade student teacher, Miss Britney Challier, did a fun project with the geometry six class. This class is one of our quarter-long classical advantage the middle school offers. They designed and built skyscrapers, found the surface area of the buildings, and then found the volume.

      All Soul's Day
      Students in the classroom praying

      Second grade prayed the rosary on All Soul’s Day for all those who have passed.

      Pumpkin Patch
      View more photos of Pre-K students at a pumpkin patch

      Pre-k Gold turned the playground into a pumpkin patch! Students were each given $5 of pretend money, picked out their pumpkins, and paid the cashier. The pumpkins ranged in price, so the class had to count out money as they paid for their pumpkins.

      Fire Prevention Week Field Trip and Poster Winners

      Kindergarten and 4th grade took a field trip to learn about fire prevention at the Third Street fire house. The kiddos loved getting to see the fire trucks, and they took home some great helpful tips.

      Congratulations to our fire prevention week poster winners!

      • Grand Prize: Norah Gregorich - Norah won a ride to school in a fire truck on November 6!
      • Second Place: Elora Marchese-Lynch
      • Third Place: Sonja Ylkanen
      • Fourth Place: Noelle Espinoza
      students sitting on classroom floorstudents watching firemen next to firetruck
      Students watching fireman put on his gear next to the firetruckstudents lined up with firemen next tot eh firetruck
      October Prayer Partners
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      Please enjoy these fun photos of one of the October prayer partner get togethers!

      Fire Safety Week
      Students in front of fire truck with fireman

      Fire Safety Week is held in October every year. Students have many opportunities to gain knowledge on how to be safe around fires and what to do if fires should occur at home.

      Our elementary classes visit the Fire Station on Third Street, and that same station brings a trailer to FMCA. The firemen teach exit strategies for fires in the home. The students love it and learn a lot that they take home and share with their parents.

        Middle School Bike Trip
        Students with bikes standing in front of trail signs

        Middle school students recently took their annual bike trip along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. They started biking from Ishpeming and finished for lunch at Border Grill. The rain thankfully held off, and it was a great trip!

        September Prayer Partners
        Smiling children sitting at table while making crafts

        Kindergarten and 4th graders recently learned about the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi and made bird feeders together. 2nd and 8th grade prayer partners worked on a creation project.

        2nd Grade Scavenger Hunt

        The 2nd grade class has been enjoying the wonderful fall weather we've been having! Here are some photos of a nature scavenger hunt they had!

        Four girls with their note pads for the scavenger huntTwo boys with their note pads for the scavenger hunt
        Vestments
        Students seeing the vestments for the first time.

        Last week, the 8th grade logic class went outside to work out on the picnic tables. While walking over, they saw MaryAnn Bernier with a huge box heading into the Catholic Social Services building. She asked if they wanted to see Bishop Baraga's vestments that had not been seen by the public yet. She said the vestments had been hiding in an attic, staff not knowing what was in the box. The class was included in the first 20 people to have seen the vestments!

        Miss Soha is planning on taking the 8th-grade class to the Bishop Baraga House when the vestments go on display for the public. 

        Annual Applesauce

        PreK Gold made their annual applesauce in class! The kiddos have so much fun going through the process of "cutting" the apples, cooking the apples, and mixing it all together, but their favorite part (as would be ours!) is eating it! 

        Preschool boy sitting next to plate of apple pieces Preschool boy slicing apples Preschool girl slicing apples Applesauce recipe on the board
        Potato Harvest
        Students cleaning potatoes they've harvested - View More Photos

        Sixth grade students recently harvested potatoes with Miss Gencheff during their science class. These were planted by students in the spring of last school year in our own raised garden beds. We will have a tasty surprise soon. Stay tuned!

        Happy Birthday, Mary!

        The first graders visited the statue of Mary for her birthday on September 8. They brought birthday cards for her as well as sang the most beautiful version of Happy Birthday. We could feel Mary smiling in heaven.

        Students holding up their colored drawing of MaryAltar to Mary with candles and drawingsStudents singing Happy Birthday to St. Mary
        Welcome Back

        We welcome back our students, families, and staff. We look forward to an amazing 2023–2024 school year!

          2023 Open House
          2023 Open House Flyer

          The Father Marquette Catholic Academy will have an open house on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come meet your teachers and explore your classrooms! For questions on how to register, contact us at (906) 225-1129 or email us.