utilize a variety of tools, techniques, and elements of art for self-expression, communication, and to obtain cultural and religious perceptions. Elements of design such as line, shape, form, texture, movement, color, perspectives, balance, and proportion are focused on in the art curriculum. Several units are taught showcasing the following famous artists: Picasso, Matisse, Cassatt, O’Keefe, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
The music curriculum includes creative movement, rhythmic activities, and singing to songs from different cultures and eras. We provide orchestra and hand chime instrumental opportunities for our students. Students learn to sing on pitch and read music through ear training and basic music theory activities. Students hear, discuss, compare, and critique music from every genre of music history to gain an understanding of the importance of music in our society.
The physical education program is designed to assist students to learn the basic motor skills in a variety of physical activities and to gain an awareness of the importance of wellness and being physically fit. We implement a variety of activities which involve teamwork, competition, sportsmanship, as well as physical and social skills.
The social studies curriculum provides opportunities for students to become active learners by participating in hands-on experiences, role playing, debates, and projects to reinforce continuous development by promoting life skills, patriotism, and an awareness of cultural diversity. Black History Month, Red Ribbon Week, Disability Awareness, Student Council, and the Peer Mediation Program are a few highlights of our social studies curriculum.
Opportunities are provided in the science curriculum for inquiry-based learning, project based learning, experimentation, collection and interpretation of data, microscope usage, and the use of technology. We celebrate our focus on science through the Science Fair and Physics Day learning opportunities.
Teachers at each grade level focus on the major themes of Creed, Sacraments, Christian Living, and Prayer addressed in the Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide. Religious instruction includes moral development and ethical behavior. Spirituality is developed through daily prayer, study, and weekly rosary and liturgical celebrations. Global awareness is taught through missionary guest speakers and service projects.
2.Saint Mary’s Catholic School has adopted Scholastic Literacy Place to be implemented in kindergarten through fifth grade. This series is complete with the spelling and writing components that integrate with quality children’s literature selections that are provided in the series. Prentice Hall is the literature book in grades 6-8, and Holt,Rinehart, and Winston is the grammar series for grades 6 – 8. Vocabulary and spelling books are also utilized in the junior high grades. All grade levels supplement the adopted texts with trade books that are representative of high quality children’s literature. The entire faculty in grades k-5 has been trained and implements the Four-Blocks Literacy Framework with the adopted texts and supplementary materials. The junior high does a modified version that possesses the same philosophy of the Four- Blocks. We selected these programs because we believe in providing different approaches to reading on a daily basis. The adopted texts are structured to go hand – in – hand with this philosophy. The four different blocks – Guided Reading, Self Selected Reading, Working with Words, and Writing – represent four different approaches to teaching children to read. We recognize that all students do not learn the same way, and by implementing this program, we provide numerous and varied instruction on a daily basis for all children to learn to read and write. This approach provides substantial instruction to support whatever learning modality a child possesses. Each block can easily be adjusted to address multiple levels of ability, thus providing support for children who struggle and challenges for a more advanced reader.
In keeping with the Mission Statement of providing a stimulating environment conducive to lifelong learning, St. Mary’s Catholic School has an established technology curriculum in which all grades
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