St. Mary Magdalen School closes after 75 years
“It's just a sign of the times and the writing was on the wall that there was no other way to go. We had to just close it.”
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#1 Jul 1, 2007
It is a shame that St. Mary Magdalen School is closing. I attended this school and it was much more advanced than the Public schools.. in fact we were doing "college type prep" work before we even entered High School !!!
#2 Jul 13, 2007
I attended S.M.M. for 8 years. I was planning on my children going there for 8 years as well. We only made it through the 1st grade. The education was great; and we even had Mrs. McCormick still there. Being someone so involved in the school, it was a total shock when we were given a letter, in our children's back packs, saying we will not be open in the fall. This letter was given on the last full day of school. I must say receiving that letter was like a knife in my back. We had no warning of the schools closing. During a "Town Hall Meeting" we were told we would be open for sure! Nothing was told to us after the fact that there could be the possibility of the school closing. For most of the parents with children attending St. Mary Magdalen, we trusted in the "leaders" of the school. We believed we had another year to get the enrollement up. Therefore, we didn't have a back up plan. Why should we, we were told we had another year. We were even given permission to pass fliers out to a church 4 days before we received the letter. Needless to say, many people are hurt; left wondering why! I truely understand why we had to close. It is a business decission. The way things were handled is what hurts. I felt as though the parents of children attending S.M.M. really didn't mean a thing to the "leaders" of our school. If they did, we should have been given a "heads up". I am very limited to where I can send my children. Most other Catholic schools are too expensive, and going to some other districts isn't an option. Some districts have school of choice which has a deadline. The deadline has come and gone. So basically, we are s.o.l. I must say, even though I am angry about the position I was put in; God has a plan and we don't get to see his blueprints. Things happen for a reason. We all must be like the Little's from "Stuart Little" and see the silver lining. I can only wish the parents and students who went through this unfortunate closing remember this was a business decission, and most of all; God is with us always!
#3 Jul 28, 2007
What a shame that this school had to close! I remember seeing this school almost everyday. I only knew one person who went to this school.
What I do remember about the school was that there was this yearly motorcycle day! I have no idea if any of these motorcycle riders were related to the school there for one reason or another.
I thought it was the coolest thing to see those hundreds of motorcycle hanging around the school!
#4 Sep 10, 2008
I went there for six years. I am just now finding out that they were closing, and am shocked and heartbroken. When did this happen? I can underwstand, with the cost of catholic schools and the economy, but it still saddens me.
#5 Jul 2, 2013
How sad. Our son attended SMM through 6th grade. It was the fine education he received there that got him through some of the rougher years that followed in public school..
Fond memories from the Segal Family
#6 Jul 3, 2013
Still remember the Latin I learned in grade school taught by the nuns in Chicago.
Poor blacks don't have the money to pay for tuition and don't value the education they receive in private schools.
Light years ahead of what's taught the corrupt union mismanaged public school mess.
#7 Nov 13, 2014
I remember many years ago, that I attended SMM from the late 50's through the late 60's... I have just now been made aware of the school's closing... It's a real shame!!! Is there any way to get my records??? And is there any way to get pictures of my years spent there, or get in contact with the classmates I spent my time with???
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