SMA Belles are Women of Distinction 

St. Mary's Academy

From the Director


An "attitude of gratitude" was the theme for this year's incoming St. Mary's Academy 9th grade students' orientation.  Reinforcing with our young Belles the importance of always thanking others who freely share their gifts, was discussed, as the new students learned about the Development and Alumnae Relations Department.  It was evident during the presentation and discussion that the students were not strangers to appreciating the kindness of others.  As part of the class exercise, students wrote notes of thanks to their parents/guardians/grandparents, and at the new family orientation that evening, the students handed the lovingly written notes to those adults.  Throughout the school year our students will continue thanking not only their parents/guardians/grandparents, who make many sacrifices to send their students to the school, but all of you who thoughtfully contribute to the school your gifts of time, talent and treasure. Through the generosity of our dear alumnae, friends  and Foundations, the students are able to receive the best possible education and are afforded many ‘outside of the classroom’ learning opportunities.

This school year I look forward to continued work on projects  with the school’s alumnae, friends and partners, Foundations, our students and their parents/guardians, our faculty, staff, and  our Board members.


If you are new to our school community, or a long time partner, please know you are always welcome to stop by the school for a visit and to spend some time walking the halls and classrooms, experiencing the enthusiastic teaching and learning going on. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a personal guided tour!


May our heavenly Father continue to shed His grace on our dear school, as St. Mary's Academy celebrates 129 years of education.  

Jeanne Fisher
Development Director
School year 2017-2018