MAJOR PROGRAM CHANGES
2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
As we look forward to the 2017-2018-school year I want to inform you of two exciting changes we will be making in our academic program.
Next year our library program will undergo a major transformation. The nursery thru 2nd grade program will be a major source for literacy development. Students will use books to enhance their reading and comprehension skills and either have books read to them or read the books themselves. Students will be asked age appropriate critical thinking questions that will enhance their understanding of the books they have read. Classroom teachers will follow up on students library time continuing a discussion of the books read by the students.
For grades 3-8 the library will be transformed into a media research center utilizing 21st century media skills. Subject area teachers will work with the media specialist to establish age appropriate research projects. These projects will mirror the content being covered in class. Each grade level will be assigned a library period to research their project. The Media Specialist and the teacher will work closely with each other to review student progress.
Our mew media research program will strengthen student research, critical thinking and analytical skills while allowing classroom teachers to continue working on their units with minimum interruption. This program will prepare your children to excel when they reach High School.
Our technology program will also be transformed into a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Art, and Math) based program. Our STEAM Program will tie all content area subjects together using a hands-on approach. Our technology lab, which already houses 30 computers for student use, will expand to incorporate robotics, circuit board design, and graphic arts that will include a 3d printing program. As we incorporate logic and math skills, students will also have a course on programming and software development. Our students will strive towards fluency in these technologies while isolating key classroom content by creating projects that expand understanding and competency.
These programs are essential to learning in the 21st century. Just as technology and research in today's world is constantly changing, St. Joseph School is committed to change with it; giving your children the tools they need to succeed today AND tomorrow.