Academics

The School of Saint Mary is fully accredited by the State of Oklahoma and in 1998 became the state’s first Catholic elementary school to meet the higher accrediting standards set by the Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accreditation Association.

 

15:1 ratio means individual attention

Because every student deserves individual attention, the School of Saint Mary has 18 certified and 4 teaching assistants for a student teacher ratio of 15:1. A special education teacher and an educational consultant are available to help teachers and parents identify and meet the varied needs of the students at all grade levels. The early elementary students spend their entire day in one classroom, with one teacher and the same group of children, while older students rotate between classes. Our faculty employs a variety of teaching methods to accommodate students’ unique learning styles and utilizes the Schools Attuned Program to facilitate student learning.

Students’ efforts prove that the Saint Mary system works. Using the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Saint Mary consistently achieves a school average at or above the 95th percentile nationally in math, science, reading comprehension, language arts and social studies.

 

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is an exciting time for both children and parents. The School of Saint Mary offers a full day of kindergarten with a focus on learning the school routine, organization and fun. The morning begins with calendar time where students will learn the seasons, patterns, counting, weather, place value, and money. Following calendar time, the morning will consist of snack, unstructured play and center rotations. Center rotations cover language, math, listening, writing, art, computer, pretend and critical thinking and library/computer. Afternoons include religion, nap/quiet reading, art, music and physical education.

Language Arts Summary

  • Kindergarten introduces children to reading and writing.  Therefore, it is critical that students experience the enjoyment of reading while they learn the strategies and skills that will enable them to read independently.
  • During the kindergarten year, students will learn the enabling skills of phonemic awareness, letter names, sound-letter correspondences, decoding skills, high frequency vocabulary and comprehension skills as they listen and respond to a variety of texts.  Students will enjoy listening to stories, relating to characters and events to their own life experiences, dramatizing stories and responding to stories through art and writing activities.
  • Students will extend their speaking and listening skills when they are given opportunities to express themselves.  They will learn how oral language is recorded to convey experiences and ideas as they observe their experiences and ideas being written.  The kindergarten student should be immersed in a language-rich environment to develop communication skills and an appreciation for language arts.

Mathematics

  • The kindergarten mathematics program emphasizes counting, comparing, sorting and ordering objects.  Students learn about numbers, quantities and shapes.  They examine patterns and explore measurement.  As they work and play, kindergarten students experience a variety of ways to solve simple problems.

Science

  • The kindergarten science program begins with the lesson that the world is an amazing place, worthy of intense exploration.  Students will be given many opportunities to experience and manipulate common objects and materials in their environment.
  • Students will practice basic science skills by observing, describing and collecting objects.  Students will interpret their observations through the five senses.

Social Studies

  • Kindergarten social studies begins with an introduction to the lives of interesting people in history.  Basic concepts involving historical events, geographic direction and economic choices are integrated into the program of study.  Kindergarten students will use maps and globes to locate some of the places and geographic features discussed in the class.  Citizenship education will include the importance of following rules and respecting the rights of others.  Students will have opportunities to learn about national symbols.

Religion

  • God is our loving Creator and created each person.  He loves each person in a special way and our world is filled with signs of God’s love.

Click here for the complete Diocesan Curriculum.

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special activities and celebrations

  • One Hundredth Day of School
  • Show and Tell
  • Grandmother Spider comes to tell stories
  • Special time with 6th grade buddies (6th graders act as mentors to the kindergarten and sit with them during the Friday all school Mass)
  • Adoration

First Grade

In first grade, the students are very comfortable with the school routine and following directions. The day begins with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance and continues on with a center format. In centers, the children will work on reading, spelling, handwriting, phonics and listening. The afternoon includes social studies, science, Spanish, religion, phonics, P.E., art and music. Every Friday, the students attend an all school Mass and are paired up with seventh graders as their mentors. The first graders and seventh graders quickly form a bond and enjoy a special relationship throughout the year.

 

Language Arts

  • First grade is devoted largely to learning to read.  As a result, students will become independent readers by the end of the school year.
  • The first grade student will be immersed in a literature-rich environment to develop an awareness of print materials as sources of information and enjoyment.  They will use a variety of strategies to read new words and read familiar selections aloud with fluency and expression.  Understanding the main idea and sequencing the events of a story are important comprehension skills that will be applied to all subject areas.

Mathematics

  • First grade mathematics introduces the concept of number sense and operations and continues the development of sorting and patterning skills.  By the end of first grade, students can use ones and tens in the place value system.  First graders will add and subtract small numbers easily, measure a variety of objects and use basic geometric concepts.  In addition, first grade students can collect and organize data and solve basic work/story problems.

Science

  • Science education in first grade builds upon the foundation that began in kindergarten.  First graders learn that all living things have the same basic needs.  Students will be given as many opportunities as possible to experience and interact with living things within the environment and study the basic needs of all living things.  They will also continue to explore the physical and earth sciences.
  • Students will conduct simple experiments in which they make predictions and test them.  They will draw conclusions from experiments and practice recording and explaining them.

Social Studies

  • The first grade social studies curriculum includes a comparison of the everyday life in neighborhoods and communities in different places and time periods.  Maps and globes will be used to locate places in Oklahoma and around the world.  Students will also learn the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship as well as patriotic traditions.

Religion

  • Jesus, the son of God, came to earth to teach us about God’s love and help us to be holy members of the church.

Click here for the complete Diocesan Curriculum.

Enrichment

  • Art
  •  Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special activities and celebrations

  • Special time with 7th grade buddies
  • Show and Tell
  • Grandmother Spider comes to tell stories
  • Adoration

 

Second Grade

Since second grade is considered a part of Early Childhood Development, the format utilized in kindergarten and first grade is continued with adjustments made to ensure a smooth transition into the traditional classroom setting in third grade.

A modified center format similar to the one used in first grade is used to teach language arts, spelling, reading, writing and listening. Lunch and recess are followed by math, religion, Spanish, art, music, physical education, science and social studies.

As in kindergarten and 1st grade where students are paired with middle schoolers, second graders are paired with eighth grade mentors. The mentors sit with them during the all school Friday Mass and help them as they prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

 

Language Arts

  • Reading continues to be a priority in second grade.  Immersing students in a literature-rich environment, filled with classical and contemporary fiction, as well as grade-appropriate non-fiction, encourages an exploration of various literary forms.
  • Students in second grade will be able to speak and listen in classroom discussions, use a combination of strategies when reading and read with comprehension.  Students will be able to identify main ideas, make predictions and formulate questions.  In addition, students will write stories, letters and simple explanations, apply simple grammatical principles to writing and locate information in reference materials.

Mathematics

  • Second grade instructional time will focus on six critical areas:  (1) extending understanding of base-ten notations; (2) building fluency with addition and subtraction; (3) developing a foundation for understanding fractions and multiplication; (4) using standard units of measure; (5) collecting and analyzing data; and (6) describing and analyzing shapes and numbers.

Science

  • Science education in the second grade extends the foundation that began in kindergarten and first grade.  Changes in rate, development and properties will be the focus of student investigations.
  • At the second grade level, investigations include slightly more detailed procedures.  Students will also take measurements and write short descriptions of their findings.

Social Studies

  • Students in second grade will study the features of neighborhoods and the community in more detail.  Students will also explore the lives of extraordinary people from history whose achievements have affected them directly or indirectly and, in addition, students will continue their map skills, which will include an interpretation of charts and timelines.  Civics standards will consist of distinguishing the basic functions of the government.  Finally, second grade students will enhance their understanding of basic economic concepts.

Religion

  • Second grade religion will focus on preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.  In Reconciliation, we express sorrow for our sins and we celebrate God’s forgiveness.  In Eucharist, we are nourished with Jesus’ Body and Blood.

Click here for the complete Diocesan Curriculum.

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special activities and celebrations

  • Special activities with 8th grade buddies, including Ribbon Mass
  • Trip to Bishop Kelley High School to see a play
  • ITBS testing
  • Grandmother Spider comes to tell stories
  • Adoration

 

Third Grade

 

Mrs. Goodwin’s Third Grade Website

Third grade begins the entry into a standard classroom setting. Students have begun to work much more independently and are allowed to travel to their different classes by themselves. The students are now divided into two groups for both reading and math.

 

Language Arts

  • Reading continues to be a priority in third grade.  Students will read a variety of literature.  They will apply the foundational skills learned in earlier grades to decode and comprehend text.  These strategies will be applied to all subjects.
  • The third grader will present information orally and plan, draft, revise and edit their writing.  In addition, students will gather and use information from print and non-print sources.  Third grade students will be expected to write legibly in cursive.

Mathematics

  • Students will understand numbers, relationships among numbers and terminology.
  • Students will understand operations and use them to solve problems.
  • Students will use expressions and equations to solve problems.
  • Students will explore basic geometric thinking.
  • Students will explore the basics of measurement.
  • Students will use appropriate statistical methods to interpret data.

Science

  • Scientific method
  • Energy, force, mechanical and kinetic energy
  • Simple machines
  • Adaptation increases and organism’s chances of survival
  • Life cycles, extinction, genes
  • Lunar cycle, Earth’s rotation and the solar system
  • Weather patterns and climate

Social Studies

  • In third grade, students begin a focused study of the state of Oklahoma.  The historic strand introduces selected Oklahomans who have been important in the development of the state and creates an appreciation for the many peoples who have settled in Oklahoma.  In the geography strand, students explore the physical and political features of the state including its natural resources.  In civics, students examine the structure of local governments and the state government.  In the economic strand, students explore how Oklahomans have used their natural resources to create a prosperous and growing economy.  Catholic social teachings will be incorporated throughout.

Religion

  • The Church and the community continue the mission of Jesus.  The Church consists of a community of believers who follow Jesus.  We are guided by our leaders, the pope and bishops.

Click here for the complete Diocesan Curriculum.

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special activities and celebrations

  • Grandmother Spider shares stories once monthly
  • Catholic Charities service projects
  • Adoration in the chapel
  • Trip to One Room School House
  • Land Run

 

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade is a self contained classroom unit. There is one main teacher for social studies, science and religion. The students are split into two groups for math and reading/language arts and have the opportunity to participate in physical education, Spanish, art and music.

 

Language Arts

  • Students in fourth grade will continue to develop their reading skills by applying various reading strategies and skills.  They will read to gain information, to perform a task and for literary experience.
  • Students will continue their study of grammar and usage (pronouns, verbs, modifiers, prepositional phrases, connectors, types and structures of sentences, capitalization, punctuation and spelling).
  • Students will continue to develop their writing and handwriting skills

Mathematics

  • Students will continue their study of operations, numbers, relationships among numbers and terminology.
  • Students will represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using expressions and equations.
  • Students will continue to explore the basics of geometric thinking.
  • Students will continue to explore the basics of measurement.
  • Students will grow in the use of appropriate statistical methods to interpret data.

Science

  • Students in the fourth grade will discover that plants and animals rely on each other, as well as their environment, in order to meet their basic needs.  Students will be provided with opportunities to explore the interaction of plants and animals with their environment so they can develop concepts of ecosystems
  • Students will explore Earth’s basic structure in relationship to changes on the Earth’s surface.
  • Students will investigate how electricity and magnetism can be combined with simple machines to impact everyday life.

Social Studies

  • Fourth grade students will examine the physical, cultural, political, economic and the historic development of the United States including early European contact with Native Americans.  Students will use geographic tools to analyze the influence of the environment on the growth and development of all major regions of the United States.

Religion

  • Living the Christian Life – through the Ten Commandments that God offered as guidance to the Israelites and in the Beatitudes and the Law of Love.  Jesus taught his followers a way of life.

Click here for the complete Diocesan Curriculum.

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special Activities and Celebrations

  • Adoration
  • Make a rosary

 

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade is a self contained classroom unit. There is one main teacher for social studies, science and religion. The students are split into two groups for math and reading/language arts and have the opportunity to participate in P.E., Spanish, art and music.

 

Language Arts

  • Students in the fifth grade will expand and deepen concepts, skills and strategies learned in previous grades.  They will make new connections as they experience more sophisticated ideas and begin to study subjects in a more formalized way.  Fifth grade students will read and write a variety of texts with greater breadth and depth.  Catholic Social Teachings are embedded in reading selections and writing.  In addition, students will analyze and evaluate information and ideas.  As fifth graders revisit and refine concept about the language arts conventions, they will become more sophisticated and independent learners.

Mathematics

  • Add/subtract/multiply/divide fractions and decimals
  • Convert between decimals, fractions and percents
  • Compare/simplify fractions and decimals
  • Write decimals as fractions and percents
  • Apply order of operations
  • Find greatest common factor, least common factor and least common denominator
  • Read, write and plot positive and negative numbers on a number line
  • Use bar/line/pie graphs to show statistical data
  • Write and evaluate simple algebraic expressions with one variable.
  • Write and solve word problems
  • Explore basic geometry
  • Explore basic measurement – convert measurements within the same system, read a thermometer and measure length in customary and metric units
  • Use appropriate statistical methods to interpret data – use mean, median, mode and range, interpret table and graphs and determine probability and express as fractions

Science

  • Students in fifth grade will determine that all living and non-living systems are made up of smaller parts and/or processes.  The exploration of systems will develop students’ higher-order thinking skills as students investigate how interrelated parts work together (part to whole).
  • Students will discover that systems are virtually everywhere.  In-depth investigation should begin with those systems with which students are most familiar (e.g. playground, mall, theme park, etc.).

Social Studies – United States Studies

  • Students will examine the inheritance of the British system and the practices of self-government, individual rights and representative government.  The United States Studies will begin with the British settlement of Virginia at James Towne in 1607 and will conclude with the Treaty of Paris on 1783.

Religion

  • God shares His life and His love with us in the sacraments.  Through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, we are initiated as members of God’s family.  Through Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick, we are healed and strengthened.  Through the sacraments of service, Holy Orders and Matrimony, we celebrate God’s call to live our lives in loving service to others.

Click here for the complete Diocesan Curriculum.

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library/Computer
  • Spanish

Special Activities and Celebrations

  • Investigate simple machines using Legos
  • Vocation Awareness Day
  • Operation Aware

 

Sixth Grade

Sixth grade is a transitional year between the self contained classroom of fifth grade and the classroom changes of the seventh and eighth grades. The students are also guided in the development of organization skills necessary for upper middle school.  There are two levels of sixth grade language arts and math available to sixth grade students.

The sixth graders act as mentors to their Kindergarten buddies.

 

Language Arts

  • Language arts at the sixth grade level builds proficiency in the communication skills.  Reading objectives promote the development of vocabulary and comprehension skills that foster reading from a variety of genres, authors and media.  Content will include broad and complex material.  Listening and speaking instruction will help prepare students to interact and express themselves among peers, at home and in the community. Emphasis will be on developing effective writing skills, including prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing compositions that demonstrate proficiency in mechanics and usage.  Students will have many opportunities for creative and informational writing.  Strategies that enable students to develop spelling and vocabulary skills will be utilized.

Mathematics – 6th grade

  • Add/subtract/multiply/divide fractions and decimals
  • Add/subtract/multiply/divide using integers
  • Estimate with whole numbers
  • Determine prime factorization of whole numbers
  • Find the greatest common factor and the least common multiple of 2 or more numbers
  • Convert between decimals, fractions and percents
  • Compute operations with mixed numbers
  • Order of operations
  • Exponents and integers
  • Commutative, associative and distributive properties of numbers
  • Solve for missing variable in single step and multi-step equations
  • Identify geometric solids and calculate perimeter/area/circumference/volume of geometric objects
  • Use statistical methods to interpret date – median, mode and range, interpret graphs, table, histograms, line graphs, stem and leaf plots and line plots and probability

Mathematics – Advanced

  • Solve proportions
  • Work with percents greater than 100 or less than 1
  • Add/subtract/multiply/divide with integers
  • Study simple algebra and pre algebra – identify algebraic terms, use distributive property, combine like terms, solve single, two-step and multi-step  equations with whole numbers, integers and rational numbers, solve and graph inequalities, use ratios, study percent and estimation and interpret graphs
  • Apply principles of measurement and geometric thinking – understand angle relationships and parallel lines, polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, determine the area of various geometric objects, determine perimeter and circumference
  • Use appropriate statistical data to interpret data

Science – Earth Science

  • Earth science focuses on the composition, formative processes and history of the Earth, solar system and universe.  Investigations of Earth include the four main systems:  the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere and the geosphere.  Each system is composed of unique characteristics, which interrelate to compose the system of the universe.

Social Studies – World Geography – Western Hemisphere

  • Geography is the study of spatial patterns of the human and physical characteristics of the world and its peoples.  Students will use geographic knowledge as a tool for understanding the concepts of economics and the impact of recent history on contemporary events.  Students will explore how spatial patterns form, change over time and relate to one another through a two-year examination of the regions of the world with the Western Hemisphere being studied in Grade 6 followed by the Eastern Hemisphere in Grade 7.  For practical uses, the traditional designations of Eastern and Western Hemispheres have been followed.  The Western Hemisphere is treated as the areas of North America, South America and the Caribbean.

Religion – Old Testament

  • Introduction to Exegesis
  • Torah
  • Historical Books
  • Prophetic Books
  • Wisdom Books
  • The fulfillment of God’s Covenant
  • Christian Living – the Christian response, morality, social issues, and Catholic social teachings
  • Prayer

Click here for complete Diocesan Curriculum

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special Activities and Celebrations

  • Kindergarten/6th grade buddy activities
  • Preschool/6th grade carnival

 

Seventh Grade

In seventh grade, the students will move from classroom to classroom as their classes change and experience a variety of teachers and teaching styles. Students are split for math and language arts with two levels being offered for each of the mentioned subjects.

Seventh graders are paired with students in the first grade for Mass and special occasions. The seventh graders act as mentors to their first grade buddies.

 

Language Arts

  • Language arts in the seventh grade continues to build and expand proficiency in communication skills.  Reading comprehension and vocabulary skills will be developed through the use of a wide variety of literary genre.  Listening and speaking strategies require students to gather and process oral information and to effectively express themselves in a variety of situations.  By using the process of prewriting, composing, revising and editing, students will produce content-rich written communication.  Students will develop an appreciation for literature through a study of literary elements contained in classic works as well as contemporary selections of both fiction and non-fiction.  Language instruction will be addressed through grammar, mechanics and application.  Students will practice research skills by gathering, organizing, interpreting and reporting on information.

Mathematics – 7th grade

  • Solve proportions
  • Work with percents greater than 100 or less than 1
  • Add/subtract/multiply/divide with integers
  • Study simple algebra and pre algebra – identify algebraic terms, use distributive property, combine like terms, solve single, two-step and multi-step  equations with whole numbers, integers and rational numbers, solve and graph inequalities, use ratios, study percent and estimation and interpret graphs
  • Apply principles of measurement and geometric thinking – understand angle relationships and parallel lines, polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, determine the area of various geometric objects, determine perimeter and circumference
  • Use appropriate statistical data to interpret data

Mathematics – Pre-Algebra

  • Convert, compute, estimate and work with integers, rational numbers, integers, fractions, decimals and percents
  • Identify factors and least common multiples of monomials
  • Understand and work with absolute value, square roots, standard notation and scientific notation, exponents, rational numbers, cube roots, laws of exponents
  • Algebraic thought – combine like terms, simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions, use distributive property
  • Solve single and  multistep equations
  • Solve equations with variables on both sides, by combining like terms and that contain grouping symbols
  • Work with ratios, proportions and percentages
  • Understand interest
  • Use linear functions and graphing to represent and analyze mathematical situations using algebraic thought
  • Find the volume and surface area of prisms, cylinders, regular pyramids and cones
  • Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find side measurements of right angles
  • Use statistical methods to interpret data

Science – Life Science

  • The life sciences will emphasize the processes of life.  Students will explore the characteristics and diversities of organisms and the interaction of organisms with the environment.  Knowledge of basic life science give students and understanding of the world around them.

Social Studies

  • Geography is composed of the interrelated components of skills and content knowledge, both of which are necessary to being a geographically informed citizen.  Students will use geographic knowledge as a tool for understanding the concepts of economics and the impact of recent history on contemporary events.  Students will focus on spatial patterns of human and physical characteristics of the world and its peoples and will explore how these patterns form, change over time and relate to one another in the Eastern Hemisphere.  This is the second half of the middle level geographic studies program.  The Western Hemisphere was the focus of the Grade 6 portion.  For practical uses, the traditional designations of Eastern and Western Hemispheres have been followed.  The Eastern Hemisphere is treated as the areas of Africa, Europe, Australia and Oceania.

Religion – New Testament and Sacraments

  • Hebrew Scriptures
  • Gospels
  • Acts of the Apostles
  • Pauline Epistles and other letters
  • Revelation
  • Sacraments and their meaning
  • Christian living – the Christian response, saints, morality and ethics, social issues, Catholic Social Teachings and human life

Complete Diocesan Curriculum available here

In seventh grade, the students will move from classroom to classroom as their classes change and experience a variety of teachers and teaching styles. Students are split for math and language arts with two levels being offered for each of the mentioned subjects.

Seventh graders are paired with students in the first grade for Mass and special occasions. The seventh graders act as mentors to their first grade buddies.

Language Arts

  • Language arts in the seventh grade continues to build and expand proficiency in communication skills.  Reading comprehension and vocabulary skills will be developed through the use of a wide variety of literary genre.  Listening and speaking strategies require students to gather and process oral information and to effectively express themselves in a variety of situations.  By using the process of prewriting, composing, revising and editing, students will produce content-rich written communication.  Students will develop an appreciation for literature through a study of literary elements contained in classic works as well as contemporary selections of both fiction and non-fiction.  Language instruction will be addressed through grammar, mechanics and application.  Students will practice research skills by gathering, organizing, interpreting and reporting on information.

Mathematics – 7th grade

  • Solve proportions
  • Work with percents greater than 100 or less than 1
  • Add/subtract/multiply/divide with integers
  • Study simple algebra and pre algebra – identify algebraic terms, use distributive property, combine like terms, solve single, two-step and multi-step  equations with whole numbers, integers and rational numbers, solve and graph inequalities, use ratios, study percent and estimation and interpret graphs
  • Apply principles of measurement and geometric thinking – understand angle relationships and parallel lines, polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, determine the area of various geometric objects, determine perimeter and circumference
  • Use appropriate statistical data to interpret data

Mathematics – Pre-Algebra

  • Convert, compute, estimate and work with integers, rational numbers, integers, fractions, decimals and percents
  • Identify factors and least common multiples of monomials
  • Understand and work with absolute value, square roots, standard notation and scientific notation, exponents, rational numbers, cube roots, laws of exponents
  • Algebraic thought – combine like terms, simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions, use distributive property
  • Solve single and  multistep equations
  • Solve equations with variables on both sides, by combining like terms and that contain grouping symbols
  • Work with ratios, proportions and percentages
  • Understand interest
  • Use linear functions and graphing to represent and analyze mathematical situations using algebraic thought
  • Find the volume and surface area of prisms, cylinders, regular pyramids and cones
  • Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find side measurements of right angles
  • Use statistical methods to interpret data

Science – Life Science

  • The life sciences will emphasize the processes of life.  Students will explore the characteristics and diversities of organisms and the interaction of organisms with the environment.  Knowledge of basic life science give students and understanding of the world around them.

Social Studies

  • Geography is composed of the interrelated components of skills and content knowledge, both of which are necessary to being a geographically informed citizen.  Students will use geographic knowledge as a tool for understanding the concepts of economics and the impact of recent history on contemporary events.  Students will focus on spatial patterns of human and physical characteristics of the world and its peoples and will explore how these patterns form, change over time and relate to one another in the Eastern Hemisphere.  This is the second half of the middle level geographic studies program.  The Western Hemisphere was the focus of the Grade 6 portion.  For practical uses, the traditional designations of Eastern and Western Hemispheres have been followed.  The Eastern Hemisphere is treated as the areas of Africa, Europe, Australia and Oceania.

Religion – New Testament and Sacraments

  • Hebrew Scriptures
  • Gospels
  • Acts of the Apostles
  • Pauline Epistles and other letters
  • Revelation
  • Sacraments and their meaning
  • Christian living – the Christian response, saints, morality and ethics, social issues, Catholic Social Teachings and human life

Complete Diocesan Curriculum available here

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special Activities and Celebrations

  • 7th grade/1st grade buddy activities
  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special Activities and Celebrations

  • 7th grade/1st grade buddy activities

 

Eighth Grade

In eighth grade, the students will move from classroom to classroom as their classes change and experience a variety of teachers and teaching styles.  There are two levels in Language Arts and math determined by the student’s ability.

Eighth graders are paired with students in the second grade for Mass and special occasions. The eighth graders act as mentors to their second grade buddies and help them with their sacramental preparation.

 

Language Arts

  • Language arts in the 8th grade is designed to encourage students to develop strategies that deal with language in real life situations.  Writing focuses on prewriting, composing and editing with emphasis on narrative, expository, persuasive and descriptive texts.  Reading comprehension and vocabulary stresses development of reading and thinking skills that enable students to comprehend and react critically to various genres.  The student will continue to develop an appreciation for literature through a study of literary elements contained in classic works as well as contemporary selections of both fiction and non-fiction.  Language objectives stress mechanics, language expression and organization of ideas.  Information and research skills emphasize organization and analysis to synthesize information

Mathematics – students will either study 8th grade math or Algebra 1 based on the student’s ability

  • 8th grade math
    • Solve proportions
    • Work with percents greater than 100 or less than 1
    • Add/subtract/multiply/divide with integers
    • Simplify using order of operations
    • Find perimeter/area/volume/surface area of geometric shapes and solids
    • Solve fractional part problems and equations with variables on both sides
    • Solve equations with variables on both sides
  • Algebra
    • Understand operations, numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers and number systems.
    • Represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using algebraic thought.
    • Use equations in problem solving
    • Solve problems involving inequalities
    • Understand the connection between relations and functions
    • Apply knowledge of graphs and linear equations
    • Solve systems of equations by multiple methods
    • Demonstrate understanding of exponents and polynomials
    • Use factoring to solve equations
    • Understand rational and radical expressions and use them to solve equations

Science

  • Physical science concepts focus on matter, energy and the interactions of matter and energy.  Physical science progresses students from exploring physical characteristics of materials to knowing how atoms and molecules are arranged.  Students have the opportunity to investigate and apply the basic concepts of physical science as a foundation for other science disciplines.

Social Studies

  • The student will describe and analyze the major causes, key events and important personalities of the American Revolution.  The student will examine in greater depth the factors, events, documents significant individuals and political ideas that led to the formation of the United States of America.  These will be pursued through a chronological study of the establishment of the 13 colonies, early national development and understanding of constitutional government in the United States.  The student will continue to develop and put to use a variety of Social Studies Process and Literacy Skills.

Religion – Church History

  • Trinity
  • The Church and it’s growth
  • Church Leaders
  • Church Councils
  • The Christian response
  • Morality and ethics
  • Social Issues
  • Human Life
  • Prayer

The complete Diocesan Curriculum is available here.

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special Activities and Celebrations

  • 8th grade/2nd grade buddy activities
  • Ropes course
  • Ribbon Mass
  • End of year trip
  • Graduation ceremony

 

Art

The art program at the School of Saint Mary is based on four interrelated content areas: aesthetic perception, creative artistic expression, art history and art criticism. Learning in each area supports and improves learning in the other area.

Topics introduced in the early grades are reintroduced in later grades, but studied in greater depth or in new contexts and relationships. The art program has three objectives: to create art, to look at art, and to live with art.

Grades K through 8

  • Identify and communicate using a variety of visual art terms.
  • Recognize the development of visual art from a historical and cultural perspective.
  • Observe, select, and utilize a variety of ideas and subject matter in creating original works of art.
  • Appreciate and utilize art to make interdisciplinary connections and informed aesthetic decisions.

Special events and activities

  • Art show

 

Music

The goal of the music program at the School of Saint Mary is to provide a variety of musical experiences so that the students develop a positive sense of self esteem and a positive attitude towards music. These experiences include singing, moving, playing instruments (Orff, non-pitched percussion, guitar and recorder), listening and composing music using a wide range of styles of music (jazz, classical, folk, patriotic and religious). Students are provided exposure to various musical styles and instruments so that they can develop lifelong music appreciation skills.

 

Kindergarten and grade 1

  • Develop rhythmic competence by feeling the pulse, patting the beat and playing a steady beat on percussion instruments
  • Imitate gross motor movements and perform them with music
  • Express creative movement to music
  • Develop listening skills by differentiating between ascending/descending, fast/slow, long/short, loud/soft and high/medium/low pitches
  • Develop solo and group singing skills by accurately matching pitch

Grades 2, 3 and 4

  • Continue development of skills from grades K and 1
  • Identify and name the lines and spaces of the treble clef
  • Identify instruments by sight and sound
  • Identify the names and counts of notes and rests
  • Identify step, skip and leap of melodic line
  • Apply melodic and rhythmic knowledge to music performance

Grades 5 and 6

  • Continue development of skills from grades 2, 3 and 4
  • Apply rhythmic and note reading skills to the recorder
  • Analyze various pieces of music for the musical elements of rhythm, melody, expression, tone, form and harmony
  • Use the elements of music in original compositions
  • Identify expression markings and music symbols
  • Study the accomplishments of individual composers

Grades 7 and 8

  • Continue development of skills from grades 5 and 6
  • Notate melodic and rhythmic dictation
  • Apply melodic, harmonic and rhythmic knowledge to the guitar
  • Compare and contrast the function of music in various cultures
  • Apply acoustics principles in the design of original instruments
  • Apply music knowledge to performance on guitars

Special Events and Activities

  • Christmas and Spring Program

 

Physical Education

The physical education program at the School of Saint Mary is designed to promote the overall health of each student and help each student achieve an understanding of a healthy life style, enabling them to be productive and active members of our society.

Physical education instruction time is as follows:

  • Kindergarten will meet three days a week, 30-minute class period
  • First-Sixth will meet three days a week, 45-minute class period
  • Seventh-Eight meet two days a week, 45-minute class period

Grades K-2

  • Develop an awareness of their body’s place in a space
  • Master the eight loco-motor skills
  • Develop six performance skills
  • Develop fitness of students concentrating on flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and muscle endurance
  • Develop a positive attitude toward other people and work together to accomplish a goal
  • Introduce lead up games and rules to the lifetime sports of basketball, soccer, softball, track and volleyball

Grades 3-5

  • Fitness testing to determine weaknesses followed by incorporation of activities to improve identified weaknesses
  • Learn the five components of fitness – flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, body composition, muscle strength and endurance
  • Develop character through participation in a variety of sports and tournaments
  • Develop sportsmanship and fair play
  • Develop responsibility for one’s own actions and appropriate behavior in socializing with others
  • Allow student self expression of movement in space through dance games and other activities
  • Develop interest in life long fitness and health

Grades 6-8

  • Evaluate fitness levels through fitness testing
  • Develop individual fitness plans of action to improve current fitness levels
  • Understand how the body responds to exercise and other controllable forces
  • Develop skills in the lifelong sports of softball, tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer and dancing
  • Develop a strong and positive character through participation in a variety of sports tournaments
  • Develop teamwork and sportsmanship through tournaments
  • Develop resilience and determination in difficult environments and daunting tasks
  • Allow self expression of movement in space through dance, games and other activities

Special Events and Activities

  • Obstacle course in lower grades
  • Diocesan Track Meet
  • Various in-class tournaments

 

Library

The goal of the library is to provide an open and welcoming environment where students are encouraged to read and enjoy books. At the School of Saint Mary, the library works in conjunction with the computer center to offer students a wide range of media resources. The librarian, the computer specialist and the teachers frequently plan multi media learning experiences together to enhance the classroom curriculum.

Students in grades K-2 have a scheduled library time once a week. There is a featured book and activity at each session and the students are introduced to the workings of a library. Students are allowed to choose their own books to check out and read at home. Students in grades 3 and 4 have a standard time to check out books and have lessons planned in the use of the library and the Dewey Decimal System. Students in grades 5 and 6 are scheduled to check out books weekly and seventh and eighth graders are encouraged to check out books when needed. In order to further promote a love of reading, students may participate in the Accelerated Reader Program, where they earn points for scoring well on tests covering books they have read.

Special Activities and Co-curricular Events

  • 6th grade Medieval Fair
  • 5th grade Colonial Times
  • Insect Unit
  • Poetry Writing
  • Pig Unit
  • Dewey Decimal Scavenger Hunt
  • Scholastic Book Fair

 

Computer

Computer education is an integral part of the School of St. Mary curriculum and a vital part of the Library/Media Center. The program involves all students in grades K-8 and its goal is to provide training in technology that will encourage exploration, problem solving, inquiry, collaboration and media handling.

 

Grades K-2

  • Introduction to computer proficiency
  • Use instructional and simulations software
  • Define graphics and create an original piece of art with graphics software
  • Demonstrate responsible use of technology

Grades 3-5

  • Demonstrate basic computer proficiency
  • Memorize the keyboard and show keyboarding proficiency
  • Distinguish what a computer can and cannot do
  • Define text and graphics
  • Use a word processor and understand simple formatting and editing
  • Use instructional, presentation and simulation software

Grades 5-8

  • History of computers
  • Compare and contrast computer systems
  • Use word processing for classroom assignments
  • Design and create a simple database and a simple spreadsheet
  • Use desktop publishing and simulation software
  • Use multi tasking to create a multi media presentation
  • Understand Internet terms
  • Understand HTML and design a web page
  • Understand the basics of telecommunications
  • Demonstrate moderate computer proficiency
  • Demonstrate responsible use of technology systems

Special Projects

  • The media center will coordinate the use of technology and reference with special projects in the classroom

 

Spanish

The foreign language program at the School of Saint Mary is an introduction to the culture and history of Spanish-speaking people. The program is for students in grades 1-8. In these grades, students practice speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. Students work on basic vocabulary, grammar and idioms which are relevant to their daily lives. The program increases in difficulty from 5th to 8th grade and many of our 8th graders test out of Spanish I in high school after completing our course of study.

The 1st through 4th grade students meet four times a week for a total of sixty minutes per week. The 5th grade meets four days a week for a total of eighty minutes a week. Middle school students (grades 6-8) meet five days a week for a total of 225 minutes a week for one semester.

 

Grades 1-2

  • Learn vocabulary by thematic units with the addition of vocabulary to the units each year
  • Compose simple sentences with learned vocabulary by the end of 2nd grade
  • Participate in celebrations of Hispanic holidays, feast days, songs, legends and traditions

Grades 3-5

  • Read, write and speak in Spanish
  • Cross-curricular units with homeroom teachers
  • Verb conjugation and other grammar aspects in grade 5
  • Use conversational Spanish

Grade 6

  • Conjugate and use irregular verbs
  • Read, write and speak in Spanish
  • Study cultural references through the Media Center
  • Study Mayan, Aztec and Incan cultures

Grade 7

  • Use thematic based vocabulary
  • Conjugate regular and irregular verbs
  • Use grammar applications (number and gender)
  • Use conversational Spanish in “real life” applications

Grade 8

  • Use thematic based vocabulary
  • Conjugate regular and irregular verbs present tense, past tense and imperfect tense
  • Conjugate reflexive verbs
  • Use grammar applications (direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns, etc.)
  • Use conversational Spanish