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Curriculum

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Religion

As a parochial school, our primary purpose is to teach and pass on the basic truths of faith and Christian values.  Hence, religious classes are considered of prime importance.  All students attend religious classes and functions.  Any student of another religious denomination is not required to be tested or graded in religion or participate in religious functions, if the parent so stipulates.  However, this must be presented to the office in writing at the beginning of the school year.

Students prepare for participation in liturgies, para-liturgies, and religious services weekly throughout the year.

Sacramental Program

Students first receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist during the second grade.  The reception of these sacraments is a total parish program.  Therefore, the students of St. Patrick School and the CCD program are united in the preparation for the reception of sacraments.  Some parent preparation is also required; parents will be given prior notification.

Mathematics

Mathematics, a major subject, is taught daily at all levels.  The St. Patrick School mathematics program stresses the knowledge of the structure and patterns of math.  Our aim is to train the student’s mind to reason, think logically, and work independently.

Language Arts

In grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 our students read, discuss, and explore a Novel each semester.  Language Arts consists of reading, English, spelling and handwriting.  The object of Language Arts is to teach the child to think clearly, feel deeply, listen attentively, express oneself in both oral and written form, and to be able to read intelligently and respond wisely.  As a culminating activity, before leaving our school, grade 8 students write and illustrate a 3 chapter book as their culminating activity.  This is done electronically but is also available to parents to purchase as a hard back book.

English

English is a major subject taught in all grades.  Creative writing, expository writing, and grammar are the main components of the English program. The Five Paragraph essay is a focus in grades 4 through 8. It is our goal to help students write and speak effectively and confidently in a wide variety of everyday situations, and to promote personal growth through increasing mastery of the language.

Reading

Reading is given major emphasis throughout the school curriculum, particularly in the primary grades.  It is a total language program that incorporates a strong phonetic base in the primary program.

At the upper elementary level, literature, music and social studies are correlated in a humanities approach to learning.

Spelling and Handwriting

Spelling is taught beginning in Kindergarten with emphasis on correct spelling, meaning of words, and proper usage.  Handwriting skills are emphasized from Kindergarten through Grade 8 with aim toward legibility and neatness at all levels.

Science

Science, a major subject, is taught at all levels.  Students learn the basic skills of science, discover the marvelous world God has created, and gain a further understanding of their relationship with the world around them.

Health

The health program provides an understanding of individual growth and teaches the importance of forming moral standards and values.  The subject matter and methodology is geared to the student’s daily needs and problems.

Social Studies

Social studies is taught at all levels from the simplicity of “Community Helpers” to the more defined areas of history and geography, including economics, archeology, political science and sociology.  The students learn more about others within a particular environment and from the examples set by events.  A sense of personal involvement and sensitivity is developed to the needs of all mankind- all stressed within the framework of Christian values and faith.

Spanish

(In our time, our world has become smaller and smaller. Learning a foreign language has become even more important than ever before. In the United States today, about 13% of the population speaks primarily Spanish. It is estimated that by the year 2050, about half of the population of the United States will speak Spanish as their primary language.) The Spanish program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to recognize and use the language in order to become part of a growing whole-world community. It presents the basic building blocks of phonics, vocabulary, and language structure to allow students to be able to communicate effectively in the language. The program also incorporates our faith and gospel values by teaching students the prayers they are familiar with in Spanish. To present a well-rounded curriculum, it also exposes students to the culture and customs of the people and places that speak Spanish, and incorporates concepts of geography into the curriculum. We offer Spanish to students in Kindergarten through Grade 8!

Art and Music

The fine arts are a means of stimulating and developing creativity.  The program provides experiences with a variety of media that develop the basic skills.  Many of the skills learned in the fine arts can be used throughout life and in praise of the God who gave us these gifts.

Computer

Computer instruction is essential in today’s educational process.  Instruction includes computer awareness and computer literacy.  The curriculum focuses on those concepts, skills and objectives which appropriately fulfill the
challenge of using the computer as a tool to handle information.

Physical Education

Physical development, coordination, stamina and basic skills are stressed.  Competitive sports are introduced with emphasis on good sportsmanship, as well as winning.  Each child from preschool to 8th grade will take physical education as a part of his/her regular schedule.  Any student who needs to be exempt from physical education must have a written notice from a physician.  Students will be graded for physical education.

Library

The school library is open daily and every class has a scheduled library period.  The rules of the library are as follows:

Books are checked out for either one or two weeks.  There will be a fine of ten cents per day, per book, for overdue books.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Reporting student progress to parents is one of the primary responsibilities of the school.  Special conference times are scheduled throughout the year.  Please check your calendar.

EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM

The school provides an Extended Care Program in our ½ day Kindergarten room for students enrolled in our school from 7:30 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. and from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.  A modest fee is billed monthly and sent directly to your home.  Payments are received at the school and the rectory.