About Martensdale Jr/Sr High School
Welcome to Martensdale-St. Marys Jr/Sr High School!
There is something special about being a Blue Devil. First and foremost, being a Blue Devil means you are part of a true family community. We care about and look out for one another, regardless of title or tenure. You’ll see this in every classroom, the cafeteria, on playing fields and courts, and every other corner of the school community.
Some quick facts about our students, staff, and programs at MStM:
- We boast a four-year graduation rate average of 98%
- All students in grades 7-12 are issued Chromebooks to enhance learning
- We have a dedicated and student-centered faculty and instructional support staff
- 100% of our teaching staff meets performance expectations
- 100% of our Career and Technical Education Concentrators meet proficiency standards
- Our facilities are second to none among Class 1A schools
- We embrace a progressive curriculum and employ innovative instruction to meet the needs of all students
- We enjoy success at all levels in all activities offered to students – sports and performing arts alike
- Beginning with the Class of 2023, all graduates will have completed a Zenith Learning Experience, a unique opportunity to explore post-secondary career interests tailored to the individual student.
There is so much more than what can be said on this web page – come see for yourself! We welcome visitors and provide tours by appointment. Come join the Blue Devil family!
Josh Moser, Jr. & Sr. High Principal
Christy Henderson, Administrative Assistant
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Daily Bell Schedule
- Intervention Period: 8:00 – 8:35
- Block 1: 8:40 – 10:00
- Block 2: 10:04 – 11:26
- Power Hour: 11:26 – 11:50
- Block 3 (w/ Lunch): 11:53 – 1:33
- Advisory: 3:04 – 3:15
1:00 PM Dismissal
- Block 1: 8:25 – 9:23
- Block 2: 9:28 – 9:56
- Block 4: 10:31 – 10:58, 11:01 – 11:29
- Block 3: 11:34 – 1:00
2-Hour Late Start
- Block 1: 10:25 – 11:05
- Block 2: 11:10 – 11:50
- Block 3: 11:56 – 1:33
- Block 4: 1:37 – 3:00
- Advisory: 3:04 – 3:15
Students should not enter the building before 7:30 a.m. unless prior arrangements have been made. Students who are selected for Intervention will be notified during Advisory the day before they are to report. Students who are not required to attend Intervention will not need to report until the start of block 1. Students who are on school premises before Block 1 and are not participating in Intervention will report to the HS gym or the media center until they are dismissed to attend class.
At 3:15 p.m. all students must leave the building unless they are waiting for a bus or are remaining under supervision. The building is closed for students not participating in staff-supervised activities at 3:30.
Intervention Period: Students who are required to attend Intervention will be notified the day before, as will the parents/guardians of those students. Students not required to attend Intervention will not be required to be at school until 8:40AM.
Interventions are implemented for both academic and non-academic reasons. An academic intervention occurs when a student or group of students are identified as lacking a particular skill or knowledge necessary to achieve course objectives. For example, if a student has proven to have difficulty conjugating a certain verb, balancing chemical equations, or has no working knowledge of the Civil War, then an academic intervention would be applied. This usually takes the form of re-teaching on an individual or small-group basis, depending on need.
A non-academic intervention would be applied when a student’s behaviors prevent him or her from attaining course objectives. For example, if a student is habitually disruptive during class or repeatedly fails to turn in assignments, then a non-academic intervention would be applied. This usually takes the form of a detention or structured study hall, depending on the behaviors needing correction.
“Power Hour”: This is a time wherein students can attend club meetings as well as work with their Advisors in post-secondary planning, see teachers for additional assistance, and recharge to complete the remainder of the school day. In order to make this time most effective, sponsors will be required to schedule and hold regular meetings based on a firm day and time. This will ensure all students have the chance to get to where they need to go during a given week or month. Students not participating in any scheduled organizational meetings or club gatherings will report to their Advisors.
Advisory: Teachers would submit names of students using a Google Form survey by 2:30 p.m. for the next day’s list. The finalized lists will be distributed to Advisors no later than 3:00 p.m. and shared with the appropriate students. On the occasion of a pep rally, they would be held during this time as well.