Academics

Our premier Pre-Kindergarten programs offer your child a dynamic, world class curriculum within a nurturing Christian environment. Blending life experiences and academic opportunities, our programs foster your child's natural curiosity, encourage self motivation and independence, and prepare him or her for academic success.

We believe that each child is a unique gift from God.  Our Pre-Kindergarten teachers are outstanding educators who serve as loving, nurturing role models guiding your little one as he or she discovers many gifts and talents.  Partnering with you, our teachers promote excellent communication between school and home.
 
The Kindergarten program provides a transition to the structure of formal school.  With parents and guardians as partners, we strive to develop the whole child by:

Helping each child gain an understanding of the loving goodness of God and His Son, Jesus.

Developing each child's positive self-image through experience of success, affirmation and encouragement.

Enabling the child to discover and develop a love of learning.
Fostering creativity and self-expression through stimulating developmental curriculum including language skills, reading readiness, math, social studies, science and religion.

Enriching academic skill through the use of technology with weekly classes in the computer center.

Attending music, art and physical education classes taught by specialists.
Parent communication includes a weekly newsletter which shares information on Kindergarten activities and involves parents as partners in their child's education
 
The First Grade program includes three recesses and a lunch program.  Each child will become a reader, thinker, problem solver and responsible student by learning at his/her own pace.  Growth occurs by:
 
Developing the child as an independent reader and writer through a phonics and literature-enriched basal program and integration of trade books.

Developing math concepts through the use of manipulatives and real life experiences.

Learning life skills such as listening, following instructions, asking questions, sharing and social skills.

Learning that life is a gift from God our Father, life is blessed by the living presence of Jesus and is an invitation to love as Jesus loves.

Observing the world in which we live and learning how things in our world relate to each other.

In First Grade, it is important to have parents and teachers working together to help the children make this transition into the formal academic world. Parent letters and the Friday Folder share information that will enable parents to reinforce classroom learning.
 
The Second Grade program provides opportunities for increased independence and responsibility, setting a framework for successful learning experiences.  This is accomplished by:
 
Preparing to share in the Eucharistic celebration (First Communion) and First Confession (Reconciliation)

Using a phonics and literature-enriched basal program to develop reading skills and a life-long love of reading.

Developing mental math strategies to problem solve.

Expanding skills in earth, life and physical science by hands-on experiences, cooperative learning and discussion.

The combination of personal life skills, academics and spiritual growth results in a well-adjusted child. Parent letters and the Assignment notebook will keep parents informed of the week's activities, projects and assignments.
 
The Third Grade program provides for a transition from the primary level to the intermediate level.  Third graders develop their study and organizational skills.  Growth takes place by:
 
Developing reading skills and a love for literature using a literature-enriched basal reader, chapter books and reviewing phonics skills.

Increased use of cursive writing and gradually replacing printing.
Emphasizing effective communication, oral and written, using correct writing mechanics to creatively express ideas.

Focusing on the marks and beliefs of the Catholic church, studying the Ten Commandments and Jesus' law of love.

Practicing the personal life skills of listening, following instructions, asking effective questions and social skills.

Studying communities within the United States, learning geographic terms, using map skill and comparing life of long ago with the Appleton community of today.

Developing math skills of place value, computation, solving story problems, counting to 900, interpreting graphs, identifying geometric shapes and learning the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.

Emphasizing the scientific process, experimentation, critical thinking and study skills in the science curriculum while learning concepts from the life, earth, physical and health sciences.

Daily assignment notebooks are checked and signed by teachers and parents.
 
In the Fourth Grade, children learn to make responsible choices as they gain an understanding of their individual uniqueness as well as grow in awareness of and concern for others.  Growth takes place by:
 
Developing the child's knowledge and understanding of God, church, sacraments and scripture.

Gaining an appreciation of themselves as unique persons created by God.
Developing an increased understanding of the Ten Commandments and recognizing opportunities for practical applications in the students' life.
Fostering confidence in basic math and reading skills which are applied across the curriculum.

Investigating science concepts focusing on hands-on activities and in-depth discussions.

Using critical thinking skills to strengthen creativity and deepen awareness of their world.

Developing students' ability to become strategic readers and reflective writers using a variety of mediums and resources.

Gaining a basic knowledge of Wisconsin state history and a broad overview of our nation's regions.

Gaining increased independence in learning and assessing personal responsibilities.

Students are encouraged to increase their sense of responsibility in the school community through participation in Student Leadership, band, orchestra  and athletics.
 
Parent-teacher communication is an essential part of a successful fourth grade program.  Student work is sent home on a regular basis and daily assignment notebooks are checked and signed by parents and teachers.
 
Physical Education
The Physical Education program provides opportunities for each student to develop basic coordination skills, physical fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork.

These objectives are developed by the student through:
Participation in structured and unstructured movement activities that enable students to move competently and confidently.

Participation in activities that emphasize strength development, flexibility and agility, as well as aerobic activities that help develop the attitude, knowledge and skills that lead to life-long fitness.

Learning about and participating in group games.

The major emphasis is participation, rather that competition.  Through full participation, each student is a winner.
 
Tools for Learning
To prepare our students for the future, our staff utilizes advanced teaching methods and provides individualized learning opportunities.

The Library Media Center (LMC) combines traditional library services with computer-based learning opportunities.

Non-computerized area:
    Reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases)
    Periodicals
    Bookstacks (non-fiction, fiction and picture books)
    Instructional and study areas including individual carrels
    Storage and student display areas
 
Computerized areas:
    Computer Center with PCs and printers
    LCD panel with overhead projector for large screen display
    Scanner
    Digital camera
    On-line catalog stations for locating LMC materials
    Production room with PC, copier and materials processing area
 
Computer Lab
Modern computer technology is an integral part and links all classrooms through a local-area network.  This network also connects the administrative offices, the Library Media Center and the Computer Lab.  Computer technology helps students become seekers of information.  In addition, technology allows teachers to offer individual enrichment and remedial instruction.

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