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Inspiring excellence - educating mind, body, and soul - a classical education in the Catholic tradition.
WELCOME TO DMA
Divine Mercy Academy, an independent school in the Catholic tradition, serves students in Preschool through Grade 9 in the Gallatin Valley. Established in 2012, we seek to provide our students an excellent academic experience with a strong focus on moral formation and religious instruction.
The curriculum at DMA challenges students to think critically, speak effectively, write proficiently, and grow in their Faith.
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OUR VIRTUE: KNOWLEDGE
Saint: Maria Goretti
History:Industrial Revolution/Child Labor
Nature Studies:Force & Work
Query:Why did towns and cities grow during the Industrial Revolution?
Mission & VisionA Reflection from Cheryl RollerDMA Headmistress
It is re-enrollment time, and time to reflect on why you choose the DMA experience for your children’s education. It is a good time to revisit Divine Mercy Academy’s Mission and Vision. The Staff and Board of DMA truly do reference these principles in each decision. We may not do everything perfectly (not even God demands perfection), but we are always on the classical Catholic path.
Divine Mercy Academy’s mission is to provide a joyful and orderly atmosphere in which to foster solid character and academic abilities in a family setting, mirroring the environment established by our Creator. We strive to help each student attain true freedom, to be formed spiritually, intellectually, morally into persons capable of living lives harmonious with beauty, truth, and goodness.
DMA’s school day is designed to make Jesus the center of all we do. Students come to know their spiritual forebears (the saints), and “God talk” occurs naturally in all settings—during math class or on the playground.
DMA’s classical curriculum interweaves traditional subjects. The four-year cycle of themes (Ancient, Roman, Medieval, and Modern eras) grounds students in the culture to which they belong. Classroom work is guided by the classical trivium that emphasizes the developmental strengths of each grade level. DMA’s family model encourages healthy relationships among students of all ages. The schoolwide study of a theme allows older students to mentor younger students, younger students to grow in confidence, and all students to grasp the importance of virtue as they grow in these relationships.
DMA’s teacher-led team develops a rich program inspired by their own love of learning and understanding of the Faith. The DMA experience is intended to complement each child’s home life.
Classical curriculum gets a lot of mileage out of bits of wisdom. In last week’s Morning Assembly, students learned about battles of the Civil War, including Gettysburg. In their classrooms, the opening lines of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” were used in age-appropriate ways. Students in 2nd/3rd discussed tricky spelling and did the math to figure out how long “four score and seven years” would be, then wrote the first sentence as a dictation exercise (with some younger students doing a “perfect copy” exercise instead). Students in 4th/5th studied a comparison of 19th century and 21st century punctuation conventions and wrote their dictation exercise with today’s comma rules. Finally, 6th-8th graders learned about paraphrasing, an essential skill for writing research papers, expressing Lincoln’s powerful ideas without using his famous words.Cheryl RollerDMA's Headmistress
Music In the Soul: In my new role as DMA’s administrator, I have found myself lingering after Morning Assembly to witness young voices in training, as Mrs. Kostyal nudges students’ pitch, coaches the challenges of singing harmony, and instills appreciation for the Latin lyrics. Schola class is a favorite among students, and indeed it is central to our school’s classical philosophy. In his book Beauty for Truth’s Sake, Stanford Caldecott elaborates on Pope Benedict’s vision of human existence being fundamentally “liturgical.” Caldecott says that “our lives can be oriented toward God by prayer and action in such a way that the interior world of the human soul and the exterior world of the society and universe are brought into harmony” (p.13). Big stuff! But that is what DMA strives to do throughout the day. The harmony is just quite obvious in Schola class.Cheryl Roller
The church was darkened and silent, but very much alive with prayer and reverence. As I knelt before the relic of St John Vianney, I marveled at the sacredness of the moment, surprised by my response to this unusual religious experience. I rested in the silence, rejoicing that so many people were also drawn to the mystery. And I braced myself for the imminent arrival of the more than fifty Divine Mercy Academy students. Would their youthful exuberance disturb this holy atmosphere? I waited. Suddenly I noticed the familiar plaid uniforms slipping quietly into pew spaces here and there. Older students tended younger students. Their focus was on the relic. They knelt. They prayed. They touched special items to the reliquary. I cannot convey how proud I was of these children. The sense of the sacred is central to our humanity, and thus to classical education. The relic that we all venerated was awe-inspiring mystery, something DMA’s students understood intuitively. Stratford Caldecott tells us that this sense of the sacred attunes us to the essence of our “being”, to “reality”, to “ultimate creative power”--that is, to God Himself. Divine Mercy Academy’s mission was well served by last Tuesday’s veneration of the heart of St John Vianney.Cheryl Roller
All School News
● Please sign and return Report Cards to school by this Friday.
● Don’t forget to fill out reading logs for our April Reading Challenge!
● Look for important uniform information about next school year coming next week! (We’re talking discounts and hopefully a new cold weather option!)
● Save the Date: DMA's End of Year Event is Friday May 17th from 5:00 pm - 8: 00 pm.
The blinds in the JPII building are in need of some serious dusting! Please respond to this email if a little cleaning sounds like a good way to get some volunteer hours!
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