Grades 1, 2 and 3
Primary grade students have a daily core curriculum that includes language arts, math, religion, science and social studies. All students receive enrichment classes that include physical education, music, art and computer technology. Science is augmented by regular use of FOSS (Full Option Science Systems) providing an opportunity for hands-on scientific study. My Math was introduced in the 2013-2014 school year in alignment with the State of California's Common Core Standards for Mathematical Content and Mathematical Practice.
Students in the first grade learn in small and large group centers with project-based instruction. All students participate in writing workshops with Peer Buddies for help in reading and editing. First and second grade students each have an 8th grade "Buddy" for year-long companionship as well as project support for science. This allows the students to establish a strong bond with an older student and have a mentor to look up to. Second graders complete group work in science, math and reading comprehension. Writing across all curriculum in the second grade produces a dramatic growth in writing skills by the end of the school year. The second grade students present their Annual Author's Night and proudly read their own stories and poems to their families and teachers.
Kaylie Quon's story continues...
My teachers' names are Mrs. Aymard and Mrs. Preble. They are probably the best teachers in the world. Our principal is Mrs. Cosmos. She is the best. We have eighth grade buddies. They take us to Church. My buddy is Brittney. She is very nice. Every Friday we have spelling tests. Sometimes we have thirty words, but we usually have ten words. We also have Reconciliation and First Communion. Our Priest is Father Arnold. He is very nice and funny. We have great class parties in second grade. Art class is on Wednesdays. We have music on Wednesdays and Fridays. Our computer class is on Mondays and Tuesdays. We write a lot of stories. Our teacher says that we write the most stories in the school. We have Animal Blessing in October. You can bring a pet or a stuffed animal for the blessing. We have Spirit Week. There is going to be a PJ day and favorite super hero day. You need to check out this school! It's the best school in the world!
Each day our students participate in prayer and religious instruction, studying the traditions and practices of the Catholic Faith. Though we teach about Catholicism, many of our students are not Catholic, thus allowing our community a diversity of faith and awareness of other religions. Students who do not receive the Sacraments are encouraged to participate to the degree they can, and are always warmly welcomed at every faith-based event.
Second grade is a big sacramental year with First Reconciliation and First Communion. All students attend weekly Mass with the entire school, and the primary students participate in the Thanksgiving Mass and Christmas Eve Mass.
The primary grades provide our students with great opportunities for developing spiritually, emotionally, and academically. The students are provided with a solid foundation for the upcoming challenges of the intermediate grades.
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