Lean on Me

August 24, 2020
Student Council Co-Presidents
Patrick ’21 and Lily ’21 

Hello Marist! We are excited to be your Student Council Co-Presidents for the 2020-2021 school year! We want to extend a warm welcome to all the new teachers and new students, as you experience your first day of school in a very different way. We understand this year will be challenging for all of us, but we know our Marist Fam will get through it together. In that spirit, our theme for the year is Lean on Me.

While our hearts may grieve over our new normal, we want to emphasize that our community is strong because of our relationships. While we cannot physically “lean on one another” from six feet apart, we can still support each other in all that we do. As your co-presidents, we want to extend that friendship to you, along with all of Student Council. This fall, we will send invitations to Google Meet with us, ask us questions, make suggestions, and make new friends to lean on.

As we considered our theme for the year, those who have felt isolated since we left campus in March were present in our mind. This fall, we have the privilege of being back at school and all the excitement and engagement that comes with being together again. We also want to be there for students who are learning from home. While they may not be physically present, we are still one Marist Fam.

That being said, we also have to lean on each other to do the right thing to make our return to campus a success. To love one another this year is to act responsibly. Our school has worked so hard to ensure our safety, but it is in our hands now. It is our job to do everything in our power to keep our community safe. We are leaning on you to do your part.

We have been working hard to bring our campus back to life in every way possible, starting with the release of our new podcast “Unpresidented” with Lily Holmes and Patrick Withers. We will also give out Sadie Hawkins Dance t-shirts from last spring (we didn’t forget!), so be on the lookout for yours. We can all look forward to a dress-out day this fall for the Sadie that never happened. 

In closing, on behalf of Student Council, we are here for you, Marist, and we are all in this together. Let’s protect our nest!

Share the Spirit

August 23, 2019
Opening of Term Assembly
Student Council Co-Presidents
Bella ’20 and Justin ’20 

Welcome back Marist Fam! Or welcome for the first time. We are happy to announce our Marist Fam theme for the year is Share the Spirit.

Sharing the spirit is more than just wearing crazy colors to football games on Friday night. It’s about the spirit in all of us and showing up when it counts. We want every football game, basketball game, soccer game, cross country meet, swim meet, robotics tournament, and theater performance to be filled with students and overflowing with War Eagle Fever.

Marist students have so much to offer and to celebrate. Whether it’s academics, athletics, or arts, Marist is teeming with talent. It is the Marist experience and the friends and memories you make here that will resonate with you forever. We challenge you to share your spirit. Whatever you like to do, wherever you like to go, and whatever makes you happy. Let’s share it with each other to make Marist a place where everyone feels connected and at home.

Spirit at Marist is different for everyone. It could be a friendship with your favorite teacher…the feeling when you drive onto campus under the big oak trees…the fierce glare in Coach Chadwick’s eyes under the Friday night lights…the “howdy” from Mr. Belland that echoes in the hallway…the cookies and smiles from Mrs. Mary in the cafeteria…the mountain of bags in the bag drop that shows how much we trust each other…the sign of peace at Mass that takes twice as long because we all love to hug and shake hands. Our school is extremely special because of the heart and soul we as a student body put into it and the bond that comes from it. That is what creates the Marist Fam.

Class of 2020, Seniors, we made it. This is the year to make it count. Not just for college but for Marist. As leaders of the school, we set the tone for everyone else. Let’s be remembered well and make this year the best one yet.

We are so excited for the year ahead and can’t wait to share the spirit with our family of 1,200 who always has our back. We’ll see you in the halls! @maristfam

to the Glory of God

Morning Prayer:
September 29, 2016
Prayer by Mary Catherine ’17

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

It is so easy to fall into the trap of going through the motions, doing our daily activities merely because that’s what we did yesterday.  Really, do you think about setting your alarm each night or fixing breakfast in the morning or studying for your math test?

Yes, our routines are great, but how would your daily life be impacted if you truly did all with the intention of praising God?  Would you act a little differently in the lunch line?  Would you choose to smile and say “hi” to the person you sort of know in the hallway?  Would you be a little less stressed going into that math test, knowing that you did your best to glorify God through your preparation?

Dear Lord,

Please help us to glorify you with all the small, trivial things we do each day.  Help us to remember that living in a Christ-like way does not require some colossal change in our lives, but rather just a small change in our intentions and perception of the things around us.


Mary Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Interfaith Service Day 2015

Interfaith Social Action & Social Justice Day
A Davis Academy & Marist School Joint Program

On Friday, January 30, 2015, Marist School students participated in a day of social action and social justice throughout Atlanta with students from The Davis Academy Reform Jewish Day School.  This is a continuation of an Interfaith Dialogue program begun last spring and this past fall with our current 8th graders.  You can read Rabbi Micah Lapidus’ blog @rabbispen about The Davis Academy/Marist School Interfaith Dialogue Partnership.

A quick recap of the day:

  • 750 sandwiches were delivered to Open Door shelter;

    Medshare workers!

    Medshare workers!

  • 6,900 pairs of eye-glasses were washed for the Lions Lighthouse Foundation;
  • Reusable bags were decorated for Atlanta Community Food Bank;
  • Stones of Remembrance were made for a Holocaust Memorial organized by the Bremen Museum.
  • The Medshare team worked hard to package medical supplies to be sent overseas;
  • The Books for Africa team weathered the cold warehouse to sort and package tons of textbooks to send to schools and students in need;
  • The Safehouse Outreach team cooked and served a pancake breakfast to children at the shelter downtown. So much good was done!
  • Students also learned about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the King Center and were inspired by Stephon Ferguson while visiting Old Ebenezer Baptist Church. For many, it was their first time visiting and hopefully not their last!

Enjoy this video recap of the day:

“Dude. Be nice.”

This week the Counseling Office and Student Council are co-sponsoring a week long campaign aimed to get Marist students actively thinking about acts of kindness to others. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and this week aims to focus on the positive. Additionally, this is the perfect opportunity to highlight our theme for this year – Ardent Love of Neighbor.

Counselors modeling the "Dude. Be Nice" shirts.

Counselors modeling the “Dude. Be Nice” shirts.

Throughout the week Student Council members will be giving “Dude. Be nice.” bumper stickers to students caught performing random acts of kindness. Additionally, students will be able to nominate their peers for nice actions throughout the week. On Friday, a boy and a girl at each grade level will be recognized with a “Dude. Be nice.” t-shirt, and they will have a day the following week to wear their shirt.