St. Thomas More High School
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St. Thomas More High School represents the dedication, faith and work of many individuals in western South Dakota. We are a fully accredited private high school, anchored in the Catholic tradition of academic excellence, service and sound Christian values. Today, students of varied religious, economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds enjoy a full program of spiritual formation, academic classes and co-curricular activities. The core of the school is its religious foundation. The school focuses on four major areas: spiritual, academic, service and social interactions through activities. All of this encompasses our system mission statement: “Developing Personal and Academic Excellence in the Catholic Tradition”.
For more information about our school or to schedule a tour please contact our office at (605)343-8484.
In this article we will inform you of what standardized testing is asked of your students while attending St. Thomas More. During the 4 years that a student attends STM they are required to take the following:
- 10th grade – Write to Learn test. This test offer feedback for our 6+1 traits curriculum we use for writing.
- 10th grade – PLAN test. This is a Pre-ACT test that projects the students score on the ACT.
- 10th & 11th grade – PSAT test. This is a Pre-SAT test that also projects the score for the SAT test. This is also the qualifier for the National Merity Scholarship program.
- 11th grade – SAT 10 test. This is a nationally normed test which measures student ability compared to like students in 5 primary subject areas (reading, math, science, social science and language).
- 11th grade – DSTEP Science test. This is the Dakota Step test that we use to gather data on how are students are performing in that subject area. We are only administrating the science test this year.
I hope this gives you some idea of what the students are taking and what they are used for throughout their high school career. We have 100% of our students take the ACT test on their own time during high school as well. We believe that they are prepared to take this test due to the standardized test we administer to them. We continually score on average 4-5 points higher on the ACT test than the state and national average. The SAT is also becoming more prominent with our students as well. We have more students looking to enroll into IVY league schools as well as schools in the East coast, which require the SAT test to be taken.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me and we can set up a time to meet.
Congratulations to our 3 National Merit Finalists! Daniel Duffy, Torin Peterson and Nicholas Sieger have all advanced to the Finalists status for this prestigious scholarship program. This is the first time in school history that we have had 3 make it to the finalist. Good luck!
Good luck to our girls and basketball teams as they head into playoffs.
Congratulations to Ryan Krump who has earned a birth into the State Wrestling. Best of luck. Thank you to Coach Nick Durham and the varsity wrestling team for an outstanding season.
Congratulations to all who made the cast and crew for our upcoming Spring play “Leaving Iowa”. We are all excited to watch you perform this spring.
St. Thomas More families, there are many ways that we as a school can earn money without having fundraisers! I will list a few items that can earn money for our school that I am sure you are doing and do not even realize the potential of income for our school. They are:
- Family Thrift receipts- for every $150,000 dollars of receipts our school receives $1,000.
- Every top of “Land of Lakes Milk” is worth - $.05
- Every “Our Family” upc code is worth - $.05
- Every “Box Top for Education” is worth - $.10
If you simply send in these items we will have groups such as “Student Council” and “National Honor Society” at our school add them up and then we collect the monies for our school. It is that easy! We appreciate your support.
“It’s easy when you know how”
Have a wonderful month and may God Bless you and your family.
STM Counselor's Office
The Rapid City Catholic School System is home to two counselors. The counseling department is responsible for testing, mental health services, scholarship opportunities, and the safe environment program.
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