Mazzuchelli Middle School
|Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School|
|2005 Kane Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
|School type||Private middle school|
|School district||Holy Family Catholic Schools|
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Dubuque|
|Assistant principals||Doug Varley|
|Affiliation||Roman Catholic Church|
|Athletic conference||Iowa High School
|Website||Mazzuchelli Middle School website|
Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School (commonly Mazzuchelli or MCMS) is a three-year Roman Catholic middle school located in Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only middle school in the Holy Family Catholic School system, and enrolls approximately 400 students in grades 6-8. Mazzuchelli is named in honor of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, a Catholic pioneer and missionary. The school's mascot is the Eagle, and it competes in the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
Since the beginning of Roman Catholic education in Dubuque, the city's 12 parishes largely ran their own, independent elementary and middle schools, which were mostly K-8 operations. However, in the early 2000s, faced with declining enrollment and rising tuition costs, the parishes chose to merge their individual schools into a large, comprehensive school system, the Holy Family Catholic Schools. As part of the cost-saving objective of the merger, several schools were closed or reconfigured.
Holy Family looked to open a centralized middle school to better serve grades 6-8, and to keep more students enrolled in the school system. The elementary schools were converted into K-5 programs, and grades 6, 7, and 8 were moved temporarily to the former Nativity Elementary School. A fundraising drive was begun to build the new school, and the system chose to name the facility after Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, founder of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. In August 2006, Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School opened on the campus of Wahlert High School, utilizing some vacant classroom space, along with a newly constructed wing housing a gymnasium, classrooms, and offices.
Mazzuchelli extracurricular activities include Chess Club, Mock Trial, the Iowa Invention Convention, FIRST Lego League, Show Choir and Show Band, and both boys and girls sports. Boys sports include Football, Cross Country, Wrestling, Basketball, and Track. Girls sports include Volleyball, Basketball, Eagles Dance Team, Indoor Soccer if enough try out, and Track.
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- "2007-2008 Non-Public Schools Certified Enrollment". Retrieved January 24, 2008.