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Welcome to St. Mel Catholic School! We are a school rich in tradition, Catholic identity, and academic excellence. On our website, you will learn what makes our school an excellent educational choice for your children.

St. Mel School was founded in 1959 by the Sisters of Mercy who had a vision where children are educated in heart and mind, formed to be men and women of faith, learning, virtue, and service to others. It is that vision that lives on today! Our students appreciate our proud history as well as the sense of community that supports them. Our commitment to the development of the whole child includes differentiated instruction. They develop their talents - academic, artistic and athletic. The achievements, attitudes, spirituality and well-being of our students are important to us as are their families.

The core curriculum is academically challenging and is designed to help students prepare for high school pursuits. St. Mel School offers many extra activities, including athletics, academic competitions, art exploration program, choir, drama, baton, STREAM week, Student Council, and other special events. Our Student Learning Expectations (SLE’s), encourage children to become life-long learners, develop care for self and others.

A Catholic faith identity is at the heart of St. Mel School. This is what sets us apart from other schools and draws us together as a community. Our students are afforded the luxury of having the religion curriculum woven into their daily school experience, opportunities to celebrate the sacraments, and participate in community service projects. I invite you to attend the second Sunday of the month school Mass at 10:00 a.m. There you will see St. Mel Catholic School students getting a head start on leadership as they serve as lectors, greeters, altar servers and sing in the children’s choir.

I have been blessed to be Principal of St. Mel School since 1990. My belief that faith and a strong parent-teacher-student partnership will empower the students of St. Mel School to become tomorrow’s leaders who are compassionate, confident, and articulate. After you have finished browsing our website, please call me at 916-967-2814, or email , to arrange a tour to experience for yourself the tradition of St. Mel Catholic School, “Integrating Faith with Academic Excellence”.

Welcoming New Students

St. Mel School is accepting applications for students entering Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten and grades 1 – 8 for the 2018-2019 school year. 

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Note From the Principal

"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.  A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them; a time to embrace and a time to be far from embraces."

This passage from Ecclesiastes 3 seemed especially appropriate as we end the 2017-2018 school year. We are preparing to say good-bye to our 8 th graders, many of whom have spent ten years at St. Mel School. I am very proud of the Class of 2018 and their many accomplishments and contributions. They said that they felt safe and cared for, grown closer to God, were challenged academically and that St. Mel School is their home. They will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, May 22 . Our mission at St. Mel School is to nurture and challenge our students so they will achieve their God-given potential. These graduates are well on their way to doing just that!

Often words cannot begin to express the gratitude we have for the wonderful volunteers and employees of St. Mel School. Mrs. Barbra Joyce, who is retiring after 35-years of service, has given many ways in support of our mission. Most often it has been done in a quiet and unassuming manner, all for the greater glory of God through this ministry of education. We wish Mrs. Barbara Joyce much joy and happiness in her retirement. I am grateful for the volunteers, parents, grandparents, parishioners and friends of St. Mel School. It truly takes a village to open the doors every day and make each day count!

Our student athletes not only thrived in the classroom, they excelled outside the school environment as well! I want to acknowledge our student athletes who participated in our Spring sports programs! Many Track & Field records were broken this year by our very talented Track Team. The Girls’ Flag Football Team showed their competitive side and advanced to the play-offs, and our Golf Team “putt-ed” right along!

While change is often difficult, it is also exciting. We are working diligently to prepare for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please welcome Ms. Marie Weider as our new First Grade teacher. She has teaching experience in the public school system and most recently, at St. John Notre Dame in Folsom. Our Student Council will be under the joint leadership of Mrs. Fran DellaSerra and Mrs. Darcy Grieve and I look forward to their contribution. Thank you, Mrs. Kaye De Luca, for leading and challenging our middle school Student Council officers for the past 14-years. They will be guided by the high expectations you placed on them! Additionally, a few of the lower level grades will be moving from one classroom to another as the TK-Extension Programs relocate to the Kindergarten classroom. These changes will accommodate the addition of the St. Mel Pre-School Program scheduled to open late August/September.

In closing, May is a busy ‘maternal’ month as we honored our Blessed Mother with a beautiful May Crowning ceremony on May 1st and a Recitation of the Holy Rosary on May 4th. Our second graders received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 5th. It was a joyous occasion for our First Communicants and their families. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I wish all mothers a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Sincerely In Christ,

Janet Nagel

A St. Mel graduate is:
  • An active, responsible Catholic
  • A moral and ethical individual
  • An effective communicator
  • A life-long learner
  • A physically and mentally healthy person
  • An independent, open-minded thinker