One of the characteristics of Macris School is its sense of community and belonging. There is low turnover of teachers and staff and most of our students join us in preschool and stay until they graduate. We are also known for being open and welcoming to new members of the community no matter when they enter and whether they are students or staff.
In an effort to continue building upon this strong sense of belonging and to reinforce and materialize our core values, we developed a house system. Each incoming grade is assigned one of six school houses, which are based on our six core values. There is a sibling relationship between elementary and high school by houses. In other words, the senior class and the first grade belong to the same house. This creates a sense of caring, collaboration, and connection among the various age groups in the school.
Each house has particular colors, an emblem, motto, patron saint, and world language. These elements reflect our Catholic values and our recognition of the one, global world we live in. Students wear house t-shirts to celebrate their group identity during special activities held throughout the year. Some of these events include house rallies, house celebrations, and friendly competitions among the houses. At the end of the school year the house with the most points earns recognition as the winner.