Middle School Highlights
- Catholic Identity: Retreats, prayer in class, weekly masses
- Service Opportunity-Food Pantry
- Mission work with our sister parish in Honduras
- Language Arts - research projects with presentation requirements, book clubs, multi-genre research
- Specialty and Enrichment Classes
- Technology opportunities, 1:1 iPad program
- Leadership opportunities to assist the school
- Various research opportunities
- Dramatic interpretation of "The Passion"
- May Crowning
- Washington DC trip
- Service Day across Indianapolis
- Hands of Science Curriculum
- Leadership Development - Challenge Course at Camp Rancho
- Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe
- Theatre Program
- Band, Choir, or Music Appreciation
- Algebra 1 & Geometry opportunity
- Individual schedules for Language Arts & Math layers
- Live theatre viewing opportunities through field trips to Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT)
- Preparing, Anchoring and Broadcasting live news program
- West Deanery Academic Competitions
Links for Middle School
MR. BUSH - Originally from the Chicago area, my family and I have been members of St. Monica since 1997. My wife and I have 3 kids and 1 grandchild. I currently teach Middle School Religion, here at St. Monica. I have a degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and a Masters Degree in Religious Education from the University of Loyola in Chicago. I have been working in ministry close to 25 years in a variety of positions, mainly working with youth. I like to run & play golf. I like the Cubs and Bears.
MRS. ROGERS - I live in Lebanon Indiana. Mother of two boys. Ryan, who will be a freshman this year at Ball State and Kyle, who is a sophomore at Lebanon High school. I have been married to my husband for 19+ years.
MR. KALNAJS (MR. K)- I had great teachers growing up and I strive to be one to your children! I have a passion for social studies, discovering how the world works, and finding ways for us to better it. Education of the mind without education of the heart is useless! I recently graduated from IUPUI and commissioned as an officer in the IN National Guard. I am also married with one son and enjoy movies, quotes, and the gym. I hope to one day find an affordable Jeep Wrangler.
MR. HEIMANN - loves living and teaching in Indianapolis, IN. In addition to loving teaching, Mr. Heimann is also an artist, a birder and a father of a third grader. He loves to travel, hike and run. Mr. Heimann attended St. Joseph Elementary School in Monroeville, IN and high school at Wawasee. Mr. Heimann graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Art in 2006 from Ball State University. In 2009, Mr. Heimann obtained his teaching certification through IUPUI. He has taught in Indianapolis and Baltimore, MD since graduating. This is Mr. Heimann's 3rd year at St. Monica and is proud to teach at such an amazing school.
MRS. RAZZINO - I hold a BA in Linguistics from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia. I started my career in Medellin teaching English to elementary students grades K-5. After a few years, I moved to the United States of America and taught Spanish and ESOL in North Carolina. Then I moved to Georgia and then to South Carolina where I taught Spanish to students grades K-8 and Spanish I. I feel blessed to be part of Saint Monica school and also be part of your child’s education. I enjoy spending time with my son and my husband. I love to travel, take pictures and dance Merengue.
MR. BOURKE - He is in his seventh year here at St. Monica. In addition to teaching 7th and 8th grade language arts, Mr. Bourke directs the the junior high theatre program - previous shows have included The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Godspell, and Oklahoma! - and is looking forward to directing this year's production of Annie. He and his wife Claire recently celebrated their one year anniversary, and, with his best friend, he owns and directs the Brooks and Bourke Theatre Company, which operates in the Indianapolis and Broad Ripple areas. In his spare time, Mr. Bourke enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends, and watching movies, going out to eat, and reading books of all genres!
Ms. Shirvinski - Greetings St. Monica Parents and Students! I am Ms. Shirvinski and this is my first year teaching junior high math at SMS. My most recent experience was teaching algebra at the junior high and high school level. For almost 10 years, I have tutored and instructed students at all grade levels of mathematics.
I graduated from Purdue University Calumet with my Bachelor of Science degree in Management, also attaining a major in engineering. Later, I took graduate classes to fulfill requirements for my Indiana Teaching License. I am a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. As I practice my journey of being a life-long learner, I try to instill this in my students daily. Critical thinking is a huge part of understanding mathematics. I promote this in the classroom by encouraging students to use patterns, analyze functions, explore graphs, and develop problem solving and logical reasoning skills. Throughout this school year, my hope is that students pick up on my love of math, and it becomes exciting and contagious. When I’m not at school, I’m most likely attending my children’s sports events, riding my bike, or going on road trips to explore new sights. Let’s practice our faith-filled journey by serving others. Go SMS Eagles!