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.
During the school days, Ms. Bordeaux is available to meet independently with students, as well as in small group sessions titled Lunch Bunch. This group has a monthly topic that addresses different challenges our youth are facing in today's culture and enhances coping skills. Participation is first come, first serve with a referral from parents and/or teachers.
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
Holy Spirit School is pleased to share new curriculum standards outlining the academic expectations for digital learning throughout our school.
By our definition, curriculum standards express the skills and content students are expected to demonstrate across grade levels. When a student has successfully completed a grade level, he or she will have demonstrated competence in the knowledge, skills, or attitudes required for digital learning at their grade level.
We have developed our curriculum standards to align with our Catholic identity. Our mission is to provide an education strongly rooted in Catholic values, reflecting each student’s unique qualities and promoting excellence in the whole person. Our vision to challenge our students to be faith-filled individuals as they discover and utilize their gifts and talents through academic success and service to others and our mission is supported by these digital literacy curriculum standard initiatives.
These standards are rooted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Cardinal Newman Society Catholic Curriculum Standards. Additionally, standards from various dioceses, national organizations of educators, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and other state curriculum standards, foremost, the Alabama Course of Study for Digital Literacy and Computer Science are integrated.
We also carefully considered the culture of our school, as no standards should be adopted without considering the unique attributes of the Holy Spirit School community and its location in the high-tech Huntsville corridor.
Specifically to address this unique facet of our environment, we are exploring and planning for a SMARTLAB, a fully-integrated hi-tech learning environment that supports hands-on, minds-on learning. The SmartLab® programs emphasize STEAM,(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) and media arts or a blend of both. The “R” in STREAM has been added; R for religion, the unique Catholic faith component we live every day in our classrooms, will be infused in all SMARTLAB activities. Please reach out to learn more about how you can support this exciting initiative.
Currently our students are learning computer science, coding, elementary robotics, and digital citizenship. Our 7th & 8th grade middle school students are assigned their own Chromebooks. Elementary students use iPads or laptops every day. Google classroom and apps for word processing, presentations, and spreadsheet applications are utilized to support classroom instruction..
Our school endeavors to provide our students with a rigorous, authentic and up-to-date curriculum in digital literacy that will continue to allow each student to achieve academically, grow spiritually, and use their gifts to serve effectively as Christian leaders.