Here at Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School we provide a classroom environment that immerses students in a risk-free and nurturing setting to best satisfy students’ natural curiosities and their need for exploration. The instructional environment for the early childhood language program is a balanced one that includes opportunities for listening to and speaking languages and for learning about cultures. To achieve this balance, the Spanish teacher uses a variety of strategies and methods that include developmentally appropriate activities such as role playing, game playing, projects, drawing and painting.
The development of competencies for non-English languages is fostered through authentic communicative activities in which students recite a variety of materials, including our Catholic prayers, songs, rhymes, games and portions of predictable pattern texts that utilize learned vocabulary.
The standards for Grades Pre-K – 8th language acquisition are organized within the five goal areas of language study –Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. The Communication goal extends from simple oral language that includes recitation, recognition, and appropriate responses in Grades Pre-K – 5 and to more advanced levels of oral and written language in Grades 6-8. The Cultures goal moves from identifying various elements of the culture being studied in Grades 6-8. In Grades Pre-K – 5, the Connections goal begins with recognizing and categorizing cultural information by relating it to other school subject areas and progresses to utilizing authentic information from target language on Grades 6-8. The Comparisons goal at the elementary level moves from recognizing similarities and differences between the target culture and language and English to using spoken and written language to reflect knowledge of grammatical difference by Grades 6-8.
Following these guidelines in our foreign language program provides a firm foundation that prepares students for future success in language study.
Physical Education encompasses all grades from Kindergarten through 8th. Students go to P.E. to learn the benefits of physical activity in their daily lives and learn sports including basketball, volleyball, indoor and outdoor soccer, archery, hockey, dodge ball, flag football, pickle ball, and track and field. These foundations lay the ground work for fitness throughout our students' lives.
Mr. Onder, is our school music teacher. He teaches pre-K through eight general music along with grades seven and eight electives. He also teaches our school choir: Spirit Fuel and leads beginning and advanced guitar ensemble.
The electives detailed below:
“Praise and worship class” is for the student who has a love for singing and/or playing an instrument! It gives students a forum to practice, perform, and, most importantly, serve the Lord, through leading music at Mass and other schoolwide special events. Students learn fundamental music concepts such as sight singing/reading, listening skills, through studying current and classic church favorites!
“History of rock ‘n’ roll class” discusses rock ‘n’ roll as an art form, from its beginnings in the 40s and 50s through today! By the end of the year students will hopefully know even more than their parents about this incredibly diverse genre of music!
“Guitar ensemble” is open to middle schoolers, whether they are just beginning or play at an advanced level. Students learn to read music, play chords, and other fun concept to be applied to the guitar!
“General music class” is open to middle schoolers who would like to learn a wide variety of musical concepts from antiquity through popular music up today!
Guidance lessons are an important part of the weekly curriculum for elementary and middle school students. During these lessons, Ms. Bordeaux works hand in hand with classroom teachers to promote moral and social development through games and discussions. There are different topics covered each week including a safety discussion that is required by the Diocese. Ms. Bordeaux keeps these lessons relatable to their everyday life and encourages them to use these lessons outside of the classroom.
Library time is one dedicated to the enhancement for the love of reading. Whether it is checking books in and out, learning the way a library operates, or diving head first together into a book, students are encouraged to seek out their interests and grow as readers.
Older grades utilize their library time to learn more about computers and technology. These options include such things as typing skills, program use, and coding.
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. ~Vera Nazarian