Our kindergarten students are introduced to
the wonderful world God gave us and how we can take care of it.
Students learn about many ways we show our love to God, for our
families, and for each other. Math standards include numeration,
beginning geometry, addition, and subtraction and problem solving
strategies. Time, money, and measurement concepts are also introduced.
Our language arts program encourages a love
of reading and writing. Students learn letters, sounds, blending and
decoding strategies. They develop strong comprehension skills. The
Scholastic Computer Program supports differentiated instruction as well
as providing one-on-one opportunities for student success. Students also
participate in P.E, music, weekly art projects and Art-to-Grow-On.
Special lessons on life and physical science are taught along with
ongoing lessons on the weather and the seasons.
Program Overview-We have two morning
Kindergarten classes: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon. An Extended Kindergarten
Program is provided from 12:00 noon through 3:00 p.m for those families
that need all day Kindergarten. In addition, After School Care is
available from 3:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. Each program has a separate
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The first grade educational experience is
fun and interactive while accommodating all learning styles: visual,
auditory, and kinesthetic. Content areas presented through the use of
integrated thematic instruction stress problem solving and critical
The Language Arts Program emphasizes the
writing process through technology using the Scholastic Inc. Computer
Program. Daily reading logs are monitored to foster and encourage every
day reading. Math and science incorporate the use of manipulatives and
tactile lessons to meet our Student Learning Objectives.
Students also have an opportunity to
participate in a Christmas Play, “The Birth of Christ” and raise funds
through the Annual Pet Show. A portion of the money raised goes towards
a charitable cause. All events are done in partnership with our
families to encourage a sense of community and foster our Catholic
By cultivating the academic, emotional and
spiritual well-being of the child, we prepare students to journey
through this critical stage of development well rounded and prepared for
In second grade, students are provided
opportunities to strengthen reading skills and improve the writing
process. In math, the concept of regrouping is introduced along with a
reinforcement of measurements, time, and money. The science program
enables creative experiments while learning about plants, animals, and
human growth and change.
Social Studies s students to learn about
people that make a difference in our world. The students also celebrate
family traditions and ancestors that culminate in a very special
Grandparents Day Celebration.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the
Sacrament of Eucharist are celebrated in second grade. Teachers and
families work with students to prepare to receive the sacraments and
strengthen their relationship with Jesus.
Art to Grow On
Art to Grow On is a community sponsored
program run by parent volunteers to provide art experiences in various
media and forms. The professionally trained volunteer instructors
present lessons to the students. The artistic outcomes display the
The Math Lab is designed to meet the
ongoing needs of students who have difficulty in math. The purpose of
the Math Lab is to offer the tools and alternative learning styles to
maximize the potential learning capabilities of these students in a
small group setting. The lab helps to build the child’s mastery and
ability, and in turn, to build self-esteem by succeeding in math.
Third grade introduces students to cursive
and time tables in addition to the continued emphasis on reading,
writing and math skills. In third grade religion, students are
introduced to the life of Jesus Christ through skits about His healings
and miracles. Students also experience a Seder Meal for Passover just
as Jesus did as a boy.
The science program utilizes weekly
experiments and hands on learning activities. Social studies includes
an examination of the local community’s past and present. Children take
field trips to historical San Pedro sites.
Our integrated learning approach also
includes a production of Christmas traditions around the world.
Students bring in samples of food, clothing, and music to share the
customs of other countries.
The 4th Grade curriculum concentrates on
the core subject areas of social studies, science, math, language arts,
and religion. Social Studies covers the history of California from the
Spanish exploration to the state’s current economy. Earth, Physical,
and Life sciences are introduced through lessons and inquiry based
Problem solving and critical thinking
skills are emphasized in our math curriculum. Work in standard
algorithms, introduction to fractions and decimals, and geometry are
taught. Reading comprehension, combined with spelling and grammar, is
developed through the use of fiction and nonfiction literature. The 4th
grade writing program includes skill development in expository,
narrative, descriptive, and persuasive styles.
Students are taught using a variety of
methods which include hands-on projects, collaboration with fellow
students, role-playing, field trips and computer research. These methods
contribute to a rich academic experience in the 4th grade.
Fifth grade continues to build upon the
core subject areas taught in 4th grade, while preparing students for
Middle School. In religion, students learn about the seven sacraments
and the Catholic beliefs on family life. This study is supplemented
with attending weekly Mass, the creation of a school-wide Mass and an
acting out of the Stations of the Cross. Students are serving others in
the comunity through school and classroom projects. They make holiday
gifts and write cards for Children’s Hospital as well as adopt a family.
For language arts and reading, students
read core literature books and Houghton Mifflin Expeditions.
Vocabulary, spelling, and skills-in-context are integrated into each
story. Book reports are expected of each student. The 5th grade writing
program continues the skill development for alternative writing styles
learned in 4th grade.
The math curriculum introduces more
difficult problems to expand upon students’ skills in addition,
subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, and fractions. Social
Studies covers the states and state capitals of the United States.
Students learn about the important people, documents, and events that
helped to create the nation we live in. The science curriculum continues
to develop in the their knowledge in life,earth, and physical sciences
through 36 hands-on experiments.
Music (taught by Music teacher)
Students in grades one through five learn
the fundamentals of music as they explore the concepts of steady beat,
meter, rhythm, melody, harmony, intervals, note duration, phrasing,
dynamics, tempo, and tone qualities. Students apply these concepts
through singing, movement, and playing instruments. Listening lessons,
multicultural songs and activities, and seasonal/holiday music provide
enrichment by promoting self awareness and a better understanding of the
world. In addition, students learn that music is an integral part of
our community prayer by practicing for, and singing at, school masses
and Sunday liturgies. There are also opportunities for students to sing
in the choir at school liturgies.
Computer Technology (taught by Computer Teacher)
The kindergarten and first grade students
participate in the Writing Starz Computer program where they go to the
Scholastic Lab for an hour each day. The second and third grade students
use the Scholsatic Lab to do language arts activities and math
Beginning in fourth grade, the students are
assigned a computer in the Mac Lab. Here they learn core computer
application skills using iWorks and the Microsoft applications, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students hone their keyboarding skills
using the popular Type to Learn 4. In the eighth grade the students participate in the challenging Stock Market Game. Each week the classroom teachers
collaborate with the technology teacher to integrate technology into the
curriculum. The teachers plan excellent lessons using Mathletics,
Spellodrome, Accelerated Reader, Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN), Learn
360, STEM, Discovery, and California Media.
Physical Education (taught by P.E. teacher)
Physical Education at the primary level
focuses on developing and maintaining fundamental motor shills and
manipulative skills. Activities are designed to encourage maximum
particpation. Students’ physical skills, fitness, social development,
and personal enjoyment are improved through active participation and
practice, while being in a positive, non-threatening atmosphere. The
ultimate goal is to help students enjoy and seek out physical activity
so that they are more likely to be active as they grow older. Primary
students meet twice a week for 50 minutes, with the exception of
Kindergarten which meets once a week for 30 minutes
Shelby Kovac- Grades 1-4 are taught about the world of art with local artist, Shelby Kovac. The students work together to learn about famous artists.