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Academic Programs

Fine Arts

Our Art and Music programs provide our students in Grades Pre-K-8 a means to stimulate and develop creativity.  The programs provide 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 God who gave us these gifts.

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 grade-level based and geared to the student’s daily needs and problems.

Language Arts

Language Arts consists of Reading, Grammar, Writing, Spelling and Penmanship.  The objective of Language Arts is to promote the development of literacy and language skills in  Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  Students will learn how to read, write, speak, listen and use language effectively throughout the content areas as these skills are essential for success in the 21st Century.

English

The objective of this class is to emphasize reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, and Journal Writing as well as Grammar instruction are the main components of the English program. The  6 + 1 Traits of the Writing Model is integrated into Instruction and Assessment of student writing.  Before leaving St. Patrick School, eighth grade students create a Culminating Project that models the skills learned in the English programs.

Spelling and Penmanship (Handwriting)

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

Reading

Reading is given major emphasis throughout the school curriculum, particularly in the primary grades.  Journeys is a K-4 comprehensive, research-based English Language Arts Program that provides all students with a path to achieving rigorous standards with print and state of-of-the-art components. This program provides systematic instruction for reading literature and informational text, foundational skills, speaking and listening, language, writing, and English language development. In grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 our students read, discuss, and explore at least one novel each semester. At the upper elementary level, literature, music and social studies are correlated in a humanities approach to learning.

Accelerated Reader

All students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade participate in the  Accelerated Reader Program.  This program is a guided reading intervention computer program to supplement regular reading instruction. Its aim is to improve students’ reading skills through reading practice and quizzes on the books read.  The program calls for students to select and read a book and then take a computerized quiz based on the book’s content and vocabulary.  The computer software then provides teachers with information on the students’ performance on the quiz, which allows teachers to monitor student progress and identify students who may need more reading assistance.  Since students are reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be more successful.  Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

Library

Library classes are held weekly for Pre-School – 8th Grade for the purpose of library instruction as well as for the enjoyment of the materials and books and for doing research. All books checked out are expected to be cared for and returned on the due date in like condition. Books may be checked out for one (1) week. To avoid inadvertent charges, students are expected to check materials prior to leaving the library and report any damages.  Materials that are lost or stolen must be paid for at replacement cost.  Materials that are misused will be charged a fine or the replacement cost at the discretion of the Principal for such things as: torn pages; bar codes; coloring/writing on pages; covers torn; wet pages; or spine damage. If materials have been damaged, none will be checked out on the day of return until the Parent/Guardian has been notified of the damage and the fine paid.  Afterward, any student owing a fine will not be permitted to borrow any materials from the library.

Mathematics

Mathematics, a major subject, is taught daily at all levels.  Our mathematics program stresses the knowledge of the structure and patterns of math. Experiential learning is also included at the primary level. Our aim is to train the student’s mind to reason, think logically, and work independently.  We provide our students with General Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and Algebra II.

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 through 8th Grade will take physical education as a part of his/her regular schedule. Students are expected to participate in PE classes on a weekly basis.  A student may be excused from active participation in PE classes for a certain period of time only with written permission from a physician indicating that such activity would be detrimental to the student’s health. For safety reasons, athletic shoes are required for participation in class.  The “gym” uniform as stated in the Dress Code must only be worn to school on the student’s scheduled day for PE.  Students will be graded for physical education.  If a student is medically excused from PE class, or does not wear the “gym” uniform s/he may not participate in PE or recess on that day.

Religion

Religion classes are of prime importance.  As a parochial school, our primary purpose is to teach and pass on the basic truths of our Catholic Faith and Values.  All students have daily religion class and activities. The Diocesan Olweus Bullying Program is also a part of the curriculum in religion classes. Students prepare and participate in liturgies and religious services (Mass) weekly throughout the year.

Science

Science is taught at all grade levels.  Students participate in hands-on-projects, 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.  Students in the upper grades have the opportunity to participate in the Regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) and also at the State Level.

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.  Students also participate in community service projects. A sense of personal involvement and sensitivity is developed to the needs of all people stressed within the framework of Christian Faith and Values.

Spanish

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.

Technology

Technology 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.  Students have computer instruction in grades K-8.  Students in Grades 4-8 have daily access to chrome books in their classrooms.

 

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.