Mother of Sorrows School receives national recognition for STEM, career learning program

MURRYSVILLE — Mother of Sorrows School has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway.

MOSS is one of just 148 middle schools to receive the honor from PLTW, a nonprofit organization that serves millions of pre-K-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

“Our school is excited and honored to receive this recognition,” said Theresa Szmed, MOSS principal. “In today’s challenging world, Catholic schools strive to educate the heart, mind and spirit of every child. The Project Lead the Way program challenges our students to combine critical thinking with Christian thinking, to problem-solve while considering the value of their decision and the impact that decision has on the world around them. The relevant learning experiences focus on 21st-century skills and are preparing our students to lead others in careers of the future.”

The Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. The criteria for recognition are:

  • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level
  • Have at least 50 percent of the student body participating
  • Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units during their middle school tenure

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives.

For more information on Mother of Sorrows School’s PLTW Gateway program or to schedule a school visit, contact Szmed at 724-733-8840.

For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit

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