Archdiocesan schools. Saint Mary’s faculty members have coordinated these efforts to present new approaches in learning as well as created agendas and developed activities to provide for a well organized learning opportunity. We have hosted classroom observations for other buildings in our deanery to come and share in new instructional approaches and strategies that are supported by current research. Invitations are sent to neighboring schools to attend an array of assemblies and guest speakers. The principal serves as a sound board to other principals in the New Albany Deanery to offer advice and to reflect upon experiences in grant writing, curriculum alignment, special education, and school improvement processes. Saint Mary’s is an advocate for deanery level events that serve as opportunities to showcase student learning.
PART V – CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
1. The curriculum at Saint Mary’s Catholic School addresses the major concepts, themes, and skills identified in the Indiana Academic Standards. Each curricular and program area provides for the unique learning needs, personal interests, and capabilities of each student to develop lifelong learning skills. Textbook selection, scope and sequence charts, and an array of instructional materials and programs assure alignment with Indiana’s Academic Standards and support current research on how students learn best.
It is our goal to implement consistent approaches to reading, writing, speaking, and listening across all curricular areas. The following effective programs and strategies are the foundation to strong curricular mapping in English/language arts: Technology is utilized to accommodate various learning styles, special needs, and to reinforce essential skills. The Four-Blocks Literacy Framework, Daily Oral Language, Daily Oral Analogies, Stevenson Approach, and Tucker Signing Strategies are implemented to enhance spelling, phonics instruction, expressive writing, language mechanics, and reading comprehension. The Shurley Method language arts program provides improved grammar and sentence structure through brain compatible teaching methods. Writing skills are enhanced through the use of scoring rubrics, research papers, journaling, expository, expressive, informational, persuasive, and descriptive writing. Students are consistently challenged with inferential, interpretive, cause and effect questioning, and sequencing in the language arts curriculum with quality pieces of children’s literature and trade books. Word walls, word skills, etymology and vocabulary building activities are resources to enhance phonemic awareness and word attack skills.
The mathematics curriculum fosters continuous development of the student by expanding the concepts and level of difficulty as the student progresses through the school’s program. Students are challenged to incorporate problem solving skills and thinking strategies in multi-disciplinary experiences particularly in the area of technology and mathematics. Students demonstrate problem solving strategies through oral and/ or written explanations as well as technological presentations and evaluations of strategies and processes they have utilized. Creative scheduling is developed to provide for accelerated math opportunities with a small teacher-student ratio of approximately 10 to 1 in grades seven and eight. A high school algebra course is offered to students in grade 8 and a pre-algebra course in grade 7. We utilize the Saxon Math Program, Glencoe Algebra, Marcy Cook Math, Touch Math, Mastering Math Facts, Daily Oral Math, Hands-On Equations, and various computer software programs and online math sites to teach and present math skills and concepts. We host a Mathematics/Physics Day and Science Fair to integrate the development and maintenance of the scientific theory.
Students at the elementary level take Spanish. Our junior high students take Latin in the seventh and eighth grades as part of the core curriculum. Students read, understand, and interpret Latin. Students interact with speaking, writing, and listening skills as part of the language learning process. Our Latin curriculum is based on the following standards: Communicate in a classical language, Gain knowledge and understanding of Greco-Roman Culture, Connect with other disciplines and expand knowledge, develop insight into own language and culture, participate in wider communities of language and culture. We utilize the Glencoe, Textbook.
The visual art curriculum incorporates media such as drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students
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