life through a global lens

For many years, St. Mary's has made a conscientious effort to unite the school community in activities that help our students see their place in the larger world. In 2013, the administration decided to be more deliberate and appointed a global coordinator, social studies teacher Linda Boza, to coordinate an annual theme for the entire school to study.
Global Program Goals:
·To help our students develop an understanding and appreciation for their place in the global community
·To expose our students to different cultures and environments
·To educate our students on areas of the world with which they may interact
·To create building blocks of world peace and health through understanding other cultures
·To unite the school through an annual theme of study
Global bulletin board
Food for thought
India global theme
Global Conference, United for Water

2023-2024 gLOBAL tHEME:


School experiences throughout the year will increase our awareness and appreciation of music from all parts of the world. Every month there will be a different and exciting focus.
Music Topics for each month
August: Mozart (Topic of Intermediate and Middle School Summer Reading Books)
September: Percussion with SMEDS Drummers Welcome to Assembly
October: Vocals (including opera & musicals, i.e. 8th Grade’s Addams Family production)
November: Music from Africa
December: Christmas Music across the Globe
January: Orchestra with Special Assembly Concert
February: Music from Asia
March: Country, Folk and Bluegrass Music with Evening Family Event
April: Blues and Jazz
May: Review of the Monthly Themes
For a little inspiration, theme-related summer reading books included:
  • Primary: Because by Mo Willems and Amber Ren
  • Intermediate: Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? by Yona Zeidis McDonough
  • Middle: Mozart: The Boy Who Changed the World with his Music by Marcus Weeks
World of Music Logo


  • National Parks, 2022-2023
  • Costa Rica, 2021-2022
  • Food for Thought, 2020-2021
  • Spain, 2019-2020
  • India, 2018-2019
  • Canada, 2017-2018
  • United for Water, 2016-2017
  • Brazil, 2015-2016
  • Africa, 2014-2015
  • China, 2013-2014