Specialties

Spanish  (Pre-K - Grades 8)
Spanish is taught to Grade 8 five (5) times per week. Spanish is taught to Grades 6 and 7, four (4) periods per week. Spanish is taught to Grads 3, 4, and 5, twice per week, and to Grades Pre-K, K, 1 and 2 once (1) per week. The length of each period is 41 minutes.

Over the course of study from Grades 6 through Grade 8 the students are prepared for high school Spanish II. The curriculum meets and exceeds state standards in the areas of speaking, writing, reading, and listening as well as culture. Students become familiar with the geography, music, history, art, dance and customs of Spanish speaking countries. The Grades 3, 4, and 5 curriculums are thematically vocabulary based. Students learn vocabulary as it relates to daily activities and simple conversations. The skill objectives are mainly oral proficiency rather than written proficiency. Students work in small groups to produce written work. The Grades 1 and 2 Spanish curriculum is based on culture and study of Spanish speaking countries. Limited but useful vocabulary is established in thematic cultural units. Students create a travel “passport” to learn and explore the countries’ customs, music, art, dance and geography.  The Grades Kindergarten and Pre-K Spanish curriculum is literary based. Students hear a story that incorporates Spanish vocabulary into an easily understood story line. After the story, a follow up activity is completed to reinforce the vocabulary and heighten awareness of the culture.

Art  (Pre-K - Grades 8)
Students in grades Pre-K through 8 participate in art classes once a week. The art curriculum addresses the national visual arts content standards: understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes; using knowledge of structures and functions; choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas; understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures; reflecting upon and assessing the merits of their own and other's work; and making connections between visual arts and other disciplines.

Music and Band  (Pre-K – Grade 8)
Students in grades Pre-K – 8th Grade participate in music class once a week. The curriculum is general music with an emphasis on singing melody, rhythm, note reading, and performing. In the upper grades, skills necessary to read and perform music are expanded and refined. Music history, appreciation, and
knowledge about composers are included in the general music curriculum. A youth choir, with members in fourth grade, meets once a week and sings at all school liturgies. Students in Grade 3 – 8 may be members of our School Band. Musical productions are performed by many of the students throughout the year.

Physical Education  (Pre-K – Grade 8)
The physical education curriculum begins with participation in activities that involve imagination, coordination, and basic game skills in the primary grades. Elementary students participate in activities and exercises that emphasize teamwork and skills used in a variety of sports and other physical activities. Middle school students work to further develop the skills, strategies, and teamwork needed by all through various games, activities, and exercises. Students have physical education class an average of twice a week.

Computer Literacy  (Pre-K – Grade 8)
The purpose of the computer literacy curriculum is to assist students with development and mastery of computer skills that they will need for school and life activities. Included in the curriculum are keyboarding, word processing (Word), visual presentation slides (PowerPoint), spreadsheet applications (Excel), internet safety, searching and researching, and desktop publishing. Middle school students also have the chance during the week to access the computer lab for curriculum-related and research activities.

Library  (Pre-K – Grade 8)
Students in the elementary grades are scheduled for weekly library classes. During the classes, a library or reference skill is taught, a story is read or book introduced, and children have an opportunity to check out library books. Unscheduled visits to the library are encouraged and can be worked out between teachers and the librarian. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children visit the library weekly for a story and introduction to beginning library skills.

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