What is STEM?
We are excited to announce that our school will be a part of the diocesan STEM program starting the 2014-2015 school year. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math and will involve students in all grades.
The diocese partnered with the Center for Innovations in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken to bring this program to the schools. The center is providing workshops and classroom support throughout the school year and our teachers will attend workshops and trainings that will equip them with high quality, research-based curricula.
Grounded in the Catholic faith, social justice and academic excellence, the aim of STEM is for students to be critical thinkers, informed decision makers and morally responsible contributors to the advancement of the global community.
The curriculum at St. Therese offers a comprehensive program encompassing Diocesan, State and National standards. As a Catholic school, we strive to impart an understanding of the teachings of the Catholic faith. We begin each school day as a community with common prayer. Each grade is assigned the planning of a first Friday liturgy affording students the opportunity to lead the St. Therese community in prayer. Our goal is not just to impart knowledge, but also to involve students in service and outreach programs so that they can better understand their role in making a difference and put their beliefs to action.
In the primary grades, we utilize the enrichment program "Reading Counts" to enhance daily instruction and fundamental skill development. Children work in small groups, cooperatively with those on similar levels of learning. As students progress, key skills are developed such as listening skills, organizational skills, and effective study habits. At the junior high level, we offer pre-Algebra and Algebra instruction and a Language Arts program that includes reading, listening, writing, and speaking to develop and encourage the critical thinking skills necessary for students to proceed to their next level of success.
At St. Therese School, the latest technologies are incorporated into the curriculum. In addition to offering Computer classes, we also use current innovative software programs such as PIXIE, Brain Pop, and Discovery Education Plus. Smart Boards are in every classroom from Grades 1-8. Kindergarten and Grade 7 also offer students the use of a document camera, a digital teaching tool allowing teachers and students to display and share a much wider range of information to the whole class and to bring lessons to life. Grades 7-8 use the My Access Writing Online writing program. Our Physical Education program includes Geo-Mats to integrate technology into it's curriculum. Technology is used across the curriculum in all grades to provide our students with a thorough education in an ever-changing world.
We provide a well-rounded full-day program that incorporates creative play, socialization and academic readiness. In a self-contained classroom, children receive instruction in Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Kindergarten also has Physical Education twice per week and receives Art, Music, Computer, Library and Spanish instruction on a weekly basis.
Students in grades 1-3 also receive instruction in Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Bi-weekly Physical Education lessons and weekly lessons in Art, Music, Computer, Library, and Spanish instruction continues. The focus in Grades 1-3 shifts to nurturing the skills necessary to developing strong and competent readers.Grades 1, 2, and 3
In Grade 4, students are introduced to midterms and final exams and are now eligible for inclusion in the St. Therese Honor Roll. In addition to Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, the students now also receive additional vocabulary instruction to further develop writing skills and comprehension.
Students in Grades 6-8 receive departmental instruction in Language Arts/Creative Writing, Math/pre-Algebra/Alebra, Science and Social Studies. Daily lessons continue in Religion, Spelling, and Literature, as do the bi-weekly instruction in Physical Education and weekly instruction in the specials. When students reach Grade 7, Computer and Spanish instruction is increased to twice per week.