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We would like to share some bittersweet news with our school community. Principal Christy Toben will be expecting her second child this summer and will not return to Marian for the 2015-2016 school year. Christy has been a valuable member of the Marian family since 2003 when she came to the school as our English teacher through the Gateway Vincentian Volunteer Program. She continued teaching English for a few more years before becoming principal in 2007. While we are sad to see her leave, please join me in thanking Christy for her noteworthy contributions over the past decade.

Since the beginning of 2015, a committee has been searching for a qualified candidate to take Christy's position. We are happy to announce the appointment of Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, as principal for the 2015-2016 school year. Sister Sarah has been with Marian as a 5th grade teacher since 2010, and this year also took on the role of vice principal. She is a strong leader and we have the utmost confidence that she will lead Marian with distinction. Please join us in congratulating Sister Sarah.

February, 2015 - KMOV Marian Middle School on Great Day St. LouisGreat Day St. Louis features Marian Middle School and President Mary Elizabeth Grimes during Black History Month. Follow this link to view the video.

November, 2014 - Three Marian Marian Middle School - KSDKMiddle School Students shared their winning essays regarding the Ferguson shooting and Dr. Martin Luther King on KSDK, channel 5.
Follow this link to view the video.

Operation Foodsearch at Marian Middle SchoolOctober, 2014 - KSDK visited Marian Middle School to learn more about our partnership with Operation Food Search.

Follow this link to view the video.

October, 2014 - The Scholarship Foundation Launched the 529CollegeSavings Plan Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis - Marian MiddleScholarship Program. The program will provide 120 eighth-graders with up to $1,400 per student over the next five years. The Scholarship Foundation has partnered with MOST-Missouri's 529 College Savings plan to create the accounts. The program kickoff featured eighth-grade students currently enrolled in and attending De La Salle Middle School, Marian Middle School, and the Teen Leadership Program at Wyman.

Read more at: The College Access Network and The Scholarship Foundation of Saint Louis.

July, 2014 - Mary Elizabeth Grimes, Marian Middle School'spresident, was selected by theWashington University Olin School of Business to be interviewed on the Executive Edge program featured on KMOX.
Listen to the broadcast

ShabanaMarch, 2014 - Saint Louis University's Atlas Weekkeynote speaker to visit Marian Middle School
Read more about Shabana Basij-Rasikh and Atlas Week

February, 2014 - Marian Middle School and Saint Louis University featured in the Health section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Marian Middle School President - Mary Elizabeth GrimesDecember, 2013 - The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Mary Elizabeth Grimes as the new President of Marian Middle School. Ms. Grimes has a strong background in managing non-profit organizations and has demonstrated leadership in fund development, strategic planning, financial management and communications. We believe that Marian is very fortunate to have someone with Ms. Grimes's experience and expertise to continue to lead our school into the future and we are looking forward to working with her. "It is truly an honor to share in the mission of Educating Girls for Life. Being from a family of educators, I look forward to incorporating my enthusiasm, experience and faith to lead such a great organization," says Ms. Grimes.

Ms. Grimes has worked with a variety of organizations in the St. Louis area, most recently as the State Director of the Greater Missouri Chapter—March of Dimes. Before that, Ms. Grimes was the Director of Corporate Marketing for BJC Healthcare and Development Director for Fair St. Louis. Ms. Grimes graduated from Spelman College and received an Executive MBA from Washington University. She is a member of the Cathedral Basilica parish.


Girls Night Out 2013October, 2013 - The 6th Annual Women's Event, Girls Night Out, was a success. On October 17th, 250 women attended the event at the Saint Louis Club and raised more than $70,000! Follow this link to view photos from the event.


Maureen Herrmann

August, 2013 - At the end of August, Marian Middle School said goodbye to Maureen Herrmann. After serving as president for ten years, Maureen accepted a position as Director of Institutional Advancement at Chaminade College Preparatory School. While we are sad to see Maureen leave, we feel fortunate to have had her with us for a decade.
During her time at Marian, Maureen made significant contributions and saw tremendous growth. In 2003, Marian consisted of six staff members and its 30 students took classes on the third floor of the former St. Anthony of Padua High School. Today, Marian is blessed with two buildings in South St. Louis City, 20 staff members, and more than 70 girls in grades fifth through eighth. Through Maureen's guidance and energy, the school has built an ever widening circle of supporters and a stable and sustainable program serving girls from a wide area. Marian has touched the lives of over 150 alumnae, seen the first Marian girls graduate from college, and received numerous awards and recognition. We have been privileged to have Maureen play such a vital role in our journey to provide a transformational education for under-served women in our community.

Barbara Roche, SLWhile we look for a new president, Marian is very happy to announce that we have named Sr. Barbara Roche, SL as interim president. Sr. Barbara is one of the school's foundresses and has been on the board for many years. Sr. Barbara's background with Marian and her experience as past president of Nerinx Hall High School will create a good bridge to the school's continued success. We have an exciting year planned and look forward to many more great accomplishments!


Video tribute to the class of 2013Congratulations to the 2013 Class of Marian Middle School
View a video tribute to our graduates


Ms. Klonsky, Peabody Leader in EduationMay, 2013 - Ms. Maggie Klonsky,our language arts teacher, was honored as a Peabody Leader in Education for her innovative teaching and above-and-beyond commitment to her students.
View a video on Ms. Klonsky and her teaching
View a video on the 7th Grade Poetry Competition

Read more about Peabody Leader, Maggie Klonsky

Thank you for a successful event!

April, 2013 - Marian Middle School
thanks our wonderful sponsors, honorees, friends and guests at Marian Magic, "How Sweet it Is!"

View the video


Gorman honored by Washington UniversityApril, 2013 - Marian Middle School board chair, Mary Jo Gorman, MD, was honored by Washington University's Olin School of Business with the distinguished alumna award.
View the presentation video featuring fellow MMS Board member, Bob Henkel


State Schools of CharacterMarch, 2013 - Marian Middle School is one of fifteen new schools honored as a Missouri School of Character. CHARACTERplus, recognizes schools that offer "a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed."

Read more about Missouri Schools of Character


Marian Girls on Character

Watch our students describe character in their own words




Dr. Donna JahnkeFebruary, 2013 - Dr. Donna Jahnke, MMS Board Member, has been named as Ladue's new superintendent effective July 1st.
Read more on CBS St. Louis


Operation Food Search and Marian Middle on CCTVFebruary, 2013 - Operation Food Search and Marian Middle School's Culinary Arts Program were highlighted on CCTV, an English learning channel.
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Jenna Bush HagerFebruary, 2013 - Jenna Bush Hager Featured as "Marian Inspires" speaker at the Busch Mansion
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Frank Wilson Stl Business JournalFebruary, 2013 - Frank Wilson, Project Manager for Clayco Construction, has been named as one of the St. Louis Business Journal's "40 under 40" class of 2013. Frank serves on Marian's Facility and Finance Committee for the past year overseeing Marian's new lighting project in the Recreation Center.
Read the article at


GNO Ladue NewsSeptember, 2012 - Marian Middle School Girls Night Out featured in the Ladue News
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Kid's Garden Fresh / MMSSeptember, 2012 - Marian Middle School highlighted in video: Kid's Garden Fresh, a partnership between Gateway Greening and the Monsanto Fund
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Marian Middle featured in STLtodayApril, 2012 -
Marian Middle School featured in the Health section of the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Christy Leming honored with Peabody AwardFebruary, 2012 - MMS Principal, Christy Leming, was named the Peabody Logos Leader in Education.
Read more on KSDK
Read more about Peabody Logos Leader, Christy Leming

View video of the surprise presentation at MMS

Educating Girls for Life
February, 2012 -Marian Middle School recently adopted its new tagline, "Educating Girls for Life".
This simple phrase embodies the spirit of Marian Middle School,its mission, and its holistic approach to the educational experience. While students at Marian, girls are given the opportunity to achieve their educational potential and to build a solid foundation on which to achieve future success in life. After graduation the school's Alumnae Support Program ensures former Marian students are given the financial and social assistance they need to flourish in high school, college and beyond. In addition, alumnae are encouraged to stay connected to the school throughout their lives and share their life lessons with the next generation of Marian students.

Sr. SarahNovember, 2011 - MMS teacher, Sr. Sarah Heger, featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October, 2011 - MMS Board Vice Chair, Mary Jo Gorman, MD, was honored by Ernst and Young LLP as one of ten National Winners of the 2011 Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Program.
Read more about this honor.

Bob HenkelOctober, 2011 - MMS Board Chairman, Bob Henkel, Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Health, was honored by the University of Pittsburgh as a 2011 Pitt Legacy Laureate.
Read more about this honor.

August, 2011 - MMS presented with the
Mayor's 2011 Spirit of St. Louis Award 
The Mayor's Spirit of St. Louis Award recognizes businesses that make major expansions or improvements to their existing locations, open or relocate to the City, and certain major City projects. The Spirit Award program is administered by the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC), the economic development agency for the City of St. Louis.

America' Promise Alliance WinnerAugust, 2011 - Marian Middle School was named a "Promise Place" by America's Promise Alliance.
Read more about this honor.
August, 2011 - MMS Board Member, Susan Conrad, President of EICON Properties, was named one of St. Louis Business Journal's 2011 Most Influential Business Women.
Read more about this honor.
July, 2011 - MMS Committee Member, Charla Claypool, an associate at The Stolar Partnership LLP, was named one of St. Louis Business Journal's 30 Under 30.
Read more about this honor.

history photoApril, 2011 - Marian Middle School is April's KMOX "Voice of Caring" partner
KMOX reminds you to support their Voice of Caring partner for April, Marian Middle School. Listen to the interview on KMOX.

April, 2011 - Marian Middle School recognized by FOCUS St. Louis with "What's Right with the Region!" award
Marian Middle School will be honored for "Creating Quality Educational Opportunities" on Thursday, May 5. FOCUS St. Louis® will honor 20 organizations, individuals, and initiatives that have made a profound difference in the St. Louis region. Read more about this special event.

March, 2011 - Marian Middle School featured in the March Issue of St. Louis Magazine
The Frances Dolan Holloran Culinary Arts Center at Marian Middle School was recognized in the March issue of St. Louis Magazine. Students participate in after-school nutrition and wellness classes taught by a professional chef.
Read more in the March issue of St. Louis Magazine.

February, 2011 - Fifth Third Bank Seminar at Marian Middle School
Royce Sutton, vice president of community development for Fifth Third Bank conducted a workshop called "Money, money money!" for parents of children at Marian Middle School in south St. Louis. The seminar was part of the school's Family University program. Read the article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch

February, 2011 - Marian Middle School featured in the St. Louis Review
By providing a quality education, Marian Middle School is helping to stabilize the lives of urban adolescent girls and to shepherd them on through high school and college. Read the article in the St. Louis Review

November, 2010 - Roberts give $500,000 to MMS, largest annual gift in school history
Longtime friends of Marian, Jane and Bruce Robert, make a large donation to support the mission of empowering young adolescent girls to reach their full potential through faith based education. Read the article in St. Louis Business Journal.

June, 2010 - MMS Alums Attend UMSL Girls' Leadership CampWhere girls explore benefits and options for after high school, including different majors and career opportunities with energetic hands-on activities and multimedia presentations. Read more... Visit the website...

May, 2010 - Celebration raises more than $200,000 (Suburban Journals)
More than 425 supporters of Marian Middle School gathered for Marian Magic, the school's 10th anniversary celebration dinner and auction, recently hosted at the Chase Park Plaza. Read more...

April, 2010 - Marian Middle School featured on Hilton website Marian Middle School is grateful for the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for the past 10 years!

August, 2009 - Marian Middle School featured on Show Me St. Louis!
Melissa Rey shows Marian girls that science is interesting, fun and can lead to a bright future career. Click here to see the video clip!

June, 2009 - MMS Announces Additions to its Board of Directors Peter S. Frane, Principal, Olympic Marine
LaTisha Smith, Ed.D, Dean of Education, Harris Stowe State Univ
John T. Shaughnessy, Jr, Retired Ladue School Administrator

May, 2008 - Marian Middle School Teacher Wins Teaching AwardKSDK NewsChannel 5 - Marian Middle School Teacher Wins Teaching Award... at the St. Louis Science Center. Emilie Grimi is a math teacher at Marian Middle School and was awarded the 2008 Loeb Prize for Excellence in Teaching ... Watch the video now!

April, 2008 - MMS Receives Tax Credits (St. Louis Business Journal)
Marian Middle School will use the resources to fund its After School Enrichment Program and Graduate Support Program for economically disadvantaged girls 11-18 years of age. Read the full article here...

March, 2008 - "Girls, Powered" (MMS article in St. Louis Magazine)"Marian Middle School is not yet a decade old—but it's already transforming the lives of its students and enriching the city's dispirited education scene." Read the full article here...

February, 2008 - Governor Blunt Visits Marian Middle School
Outgoing Governor Matt Blunt and his entourage of "trench coats" as the girls called them, toured Marian Middle School to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. He visited classrooms, spent time with foundresses Sisters Madonna and Pat Harris, and long time supporters Sr. Mary Eckhoff and Bridget McDermott Flood from the Incarnate Word Foundation. Also, attending the visit was Phil Treacy, Lowery Systems Inc. and Mark Dunn of Dunn and Miller law firm. Governor Blunt took tough question from the students ranging from job challenges to questions like "Do you get nervous?, Do you work with (President) Bush, and Do you have a body guard? " These questions sure do beat out the ones he would have to face in a debate!


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