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Welcome to Queen of Martyrs School...Where Faith and Knowledge Meet!

Queen of Martyrs school enters into its 63rd year of operation. It’s because of its dedicated community and loyal alumni that the school has remained educationally vibrant and productive for so many years. Today, community and alumni spirit remains alive and supportive as before. This, along with a dedicated faculty and staff will allow Queen of Martyrs to remain an educational icon in the Evergreen Park and Chicago Mt. Greenwood Communities for many years to come.

At Queen of Martyrs, we educate the whole child: mentally, physically and spiritually. In our Preschool through Eighth grade classes, children are engaged in academically challenging curricula. Highlights include the SuperKids Primary Reading Program in the early childhood classrooms, challenging math, language arts and writing programs in the elementary grades and a rigorous high school prep program in junior high.

Factored into learning objectives are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Bear in mind that the CCSS are not a curriculum but rather are a set of academic expectations that inform the way teaching takes place in schools. As such, at Queen of Martyrs we will go beyond the CCSS for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Going beyond the standards of public schools has always been a hallmark of Catholic schools. In support of this goal, the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) has developed a set of teaching and learning benchmarks for kindergarten through grade 8. Aligned with ACT College Readiness (CRS) strands, Terra Nova Objectives, and Common Core State Standards, the OCS K through 8 benchmarks will guide Catholic School instruction in English Language Arts and Mathematics to be broader, deeper and more rigorous than CCSS.

As we direct the implementation of the benchmarks within the culture and context of our school curriculum, we will bear in mind the faith, principles, values and social justice themes inherent in the mission and Catholic Identity of Queen of Martyrs Catholic School. Moreover, morality, respect and camaraderie will be nurtured in all that we do as well.

If you wish to learn more about our wonderful School, please take some time to peruse our website. You are also most welcome to come and tour Queen of Martyrs and experience first-hand, what makes this School extraordinary for so many and for so long.




Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. ~ G.K. Chesterton








HOME OF THE WILDCATS

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Queen of Martyrs Catholic School is a school in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Since the school’s founding in 1953, Queen of Martyrs has delivered on the promise of melding faith, education and tradition inside and outside of the classroom. For nearly forty years, the School had been blessed with the leadership of the Sisters of Mercy whose legacy of providing a first class Catholic education continues today. This has been exemplified with exemplary standardized test scores year after year, as well as a near perfect placement rate with our eighth graders being accepted into their high school of first choice.

Queen of Martyrs has been able to remain educationally vibrant and productive through its 63rd year of operation because of its dedicated community and loyal alumni that support the school in so many ways. Today, community and alumni spirit remains alive and supportive as before. This, along with a dedicated faculty, staff and clergy will allow Queen of Martyrs to remain an educational icon in Chicago & Evergreen Park, IL for many years to come.

Queen of Martyrs Catholic School is located in Evergreen Park, Illinois yet is bordered by Saint Xavier University to the west and Mt. Greenwood, a near south side of Chicago community to the south. Consisting of several second & third generation families, this community is extremely proud of its strong roots to Queen of Martyrs with family and friendship ties running deep and strong in the parish and school.

Queen of Martyrs Catholic School has experienced stability in enrollment over the past couple of school years. For the 2014 -2015 school year, our 337 students were enrolled in grades pre-kindergarten (three- and four-year olds) through grade eight. The school is served by 20 teachers, 3 aides and 3 administrative staff. All faculty and the principal are licensed by Illinois State Board Education licensure for their area of specialty and are involved in on-going professional development sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago and Queen of Martyrs. Moreover, four teachers and the principal possess their masters degrees.

Queen of Martyrs Catholic School has a somewhat diverse student population. With 93 percent of the student population being Catholic, the school is comprised of approximately 85 percent white, 6 percent Latino, 5 percent African American, 1 percent Asian, and 3 percent Multicultural. Nearly 4 percent of the student population receives free or reduced lunch; and nearly 25 percent of the student population received financial aid.

2014 – 2015 was wonderful year at Queen of Martyrs Catholic School. So many accomplishments. So many memories. So much for which to be proud. We’ve witness many productive changes in our great school from first year offering full-day three year old preschool to the frequent, meaningful and efficient email communications to parents.

On the academic front, our students continue to perform well-above the national mean on Terra Nova. We introduced the SuperKids reading to preschool through grade 2. Our junior high took advantage of Mathletics, a terrific web-based extension to our math curriculum. And the faculty and staff worked diligently on our school’s portion of the AdvancED system accreditation project; taking strides to modify instruction to improve reading and math scores.

Our school curriculum was filled with traditional lessons that were interwoven with many projects, book reports, writing assignments and other activities throughout the year. From the Holocaust Project to the Architectural Tour, and the Noun Scavenger Hunt as well as Exploring Dinosaurs are but a few of the enrichment activities that took place. We had science experiments and more science experiments as well as museum trips and holiday feasts as part of our learning. Moreover, our classrooms were frequented by war vets, firemen, D.A.R.E. officers, farmers and nurses as well as alumni and many others who stopped in to share their post Martyrs journeys or lives growing up in a different culture. Suffice it to say that our children’s learning experiences were truly enriched by these wonderful supplemental experiences.

There was a significant push to incorporate technology into classroom life. Our recently purchased iPad lab was regularly used; being shared daily by teachers and students. It would be wonderful to be in a position to purchase an additional lab in the future.

Service as you know has been a significant component in the education of our children. This past year we have witnessed students embrace the concept of service with experiences such as Mercy Circle Pen Pals, Ronald McDonald House, and Mass Buddies. We collected supplies for a dog shelter, prepared Bed Bags for children, wrote letters to Vets and made grab bag lunches for underprivileged children as well.

Guided by this sense of service to others, children, faculty and staff raised student’s collective social consciousness with events such as Catholic Schools Week, Special Person’s Day, our Veteran's Day assembly, St. Baldrick’s Day or when we pledged to Choose Kind, as well as when we supported Emily. Our children have an endless capacity for compassion!

Our students’ spirituality and faith formation was also an integral component in their educational journey this year. Besides our morning-prayer assembly, student-led all-school weekly masses, and sacrament preparation, children were engaged in spiritual retreats in school as well as offsite at Mother McAuley, St. Laurence & St. Rita. In addition, our parish Youth Ministry remains an influential presence throughout the school. And let’s not forget Breakfast in Bethlehem, the Living Rosary and the Living Stations productions.

Queen of Martyrs students, with the guidance and assistance of our faculty and staff, worked diligently to be better citizens of our school. We began the school with the Principal setting expectations by reading stories to and fostering discussions with all classes about bullying and being respectful to one another. Through the year, speakers were brought into school to further guide our children about being kind and making good decisions particularly as it pertained to bullying and cyber safety,

This past year at Queen of Martyrs, much emphasis has been placed upon building a sense of community. Between cookouts, open houses, Special Persons’ Day, the Walk-a-thon and various other fundraising and parish ministry events, building community has been a significant component of our mission.

We are fortunate to have been in a position to offer and provide balance to our children’s academic lives. We have a wonderful athletic program and a host of dedicated individuals to coordinate and coach the many sports and teams throughout the school year…thank you for your time and talents. We were also blessed with the addition of a number of non-athletic, Wildcat Workshops about science, art, and Legos for example to engage our children after school. Thank you too to these parents and teachers for making these experiences possible.


Important News

Registration

Registration is ongoing. Come in and register your future "Wildcat." We offer the choice of a 5 day FULL DAY 4-year old Pre-K program or a 5 day half-day 4-year old program. We also offer a FULL DAY 3 year-old program as well as a HALF DAY 3-year old option. Please call the school office (708) 422-1540 for further details.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Summer Hours:

M - Th, 6/8 through 6/11, 8:00am to noon

Closed for cleaning 6/12 through 7/5

Monday, 7/6, Resume Summer Hours: M - Th, 8:00am to noon

Monday, 8/3, Begin Regular Office Hours: M - F, 7:30am to 3:00pm

For an appointment or a tour, please contact the School Office at 708-422-1540, or email officeqm@gmail.com.

Queen of Martyrs Catholic School 3550 West 103rd Street Evergreen Park, IL 60805 708 422-1540