Marquette Catholic School (MCS) provides a comprehensive and relevant curriculum for each student.
MCS is accredited by Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA).
We follow the educational guidelines of the Catholic Diocese of Duluth and the Minnesota Department of Education. The basic curriculum includes instruction in the following subjects: Religion, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Math, English, Social Studies and Science.
Additional instruction is provided in the areas of Music, Art, STEM, and Physical Education. Students visit the library weekly.
MCS students consistently score above the national average on standardized tests.
The various benefits enjoyed by the students include: Smart Boards in the classrooms, Classroom iPads, Chromebook lab, Breakfast and Hot Lunches and Title I Services
Small class sizes ensure our students are given the individual attention they deserve.
Our faculty recognizes and respects the different learning styles of its students.
We believe learning is an ongoing process in which each child’s unique gifts are recognized.
Marquette Catholic School has long been noted for its excellence in promoting Catholic identity. All students participate in the school’s religion program that includes:
Instruction in basic Catholic doctrine
Preparation for and participation in weekly Mass
The study of scripture
Participation in the annual school-wide Christmas program and Spring program
Preparation for the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation
Opportunity for altar serving
kindergarten - ms. Mellesmoen
Hello! I'm Abby Mellesmoen and I'm very excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Marquette this fall! I grew up on the Iron Range and it's my pleasure to be teaching here. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University, with a Mathematics Endorsement. My love for teaching began when I was called to teach preschool at my church's Vacation Bible School. I love every minute of learning, singing, and playing with my students. Outside of the classroom I enjoy swimming laps at the YMCA, biking and walking on the Mesabi Trail, kayaking on Lake Vermilion, and skiing at Giant's Ridge. I can't wait to meet you all!
1st Grade - Ms. Anderson
Hi, my name is Elizabeth Anderson and I teach First Grade here at Marquette Catholic School. It is very exciting to be a part of this staff especially because I am an MCS alumni! In the summer of 2018, I moved to Virginia, MN after graduating from St. Cloud State University with my Elementary Education degree. I like to attend athletic events, community activities, and stay involved. I have a large family with an older sister and brother, and a younger sister who is just beginning high school. I look forward to spending this year with everyone.
1st Grade - mrs. Kjenaas
Welcome, Mrs. Kjenaas!
2nd Grade - Ms. Berlin
Ms. Berlin moved to second grade from her position teaching middle school language arts last year! We are excited to have her guiding our second graders as many of them will be receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist this year!
3rd Grade - Mrs. Papin
Hi, my name is Jill Papin. I teach 3rd grade here at Marquette. I've taught 3rd grade for the last several years, but I have also taught 1st grade here at MCS. However, my journey at MCS didn't start as a teacher - I was a student here also! I am married to Sam Papin, and I have two daughters: Addison and Julia. They will be in 7th grade and 4th grade this year. I grew up in Virginia, but I attended college at Bemidji State University (BSU), and I have also lived in International Falls for awhile. My degree from BSU is early childhood education. My hobbies include painting and doing fun things with my family. God Bless!!
4th Grade - Mrs. Jarvi
Hi, my name is Leanne Jarvi. I've been blessed to be called to a vocation of teaching at Marquette Catholic School. We value intellectual growth, but Marquette also values teachers that guide a student's physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.