Curriculum

Sacred Heart is a tuition-based school for First through Eighth Grades.

Sacred Heart is committed to providing a Catholic Education.  Our goal is to help prepare students to become active, productive participants in the Catholic Church and the larger community.  We recognize each child is a gift from God and we work with parents to meet the needs of each child to the best of our ability.  Our educational community is dedicated to providing opportunities for each student to achieve the fullest possible expression of their gifts in a safe, loving environment.  As a Catholic School, Sacred Heart challenges the students to witness their faith to the world through their concern for others and through service opportunities.  It is through this faith-filled interaction with others that we bear witness to Christ and spread his Word.  

Sacred Heart’s Catholic faith is the foundation for its academic program, teaching methods, and community.  We seek to teach all subjects with the Catholic faith as an integral part.  Students at Sacred Heart are taught the core subject areas of Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies, in addition to Religion.  They also receive instruction in Physical Education, Art, Music, and Computer Education.  Sacred Heart is committed to encouraging students to reach their highest level of academic performance.

 

School-wide Goals

After completing our entire program, a student leaving Sacred Heart Catholic School will…

  • Demonstrate respect and appreciation for self, the diversity of others and all God’s creation
  • Practice their Catholic beliefs in daily living and in service to the school, parish and global community
  • Demonstrate moral decisions based on Gospel values according to the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Recognize and develop their unique talents in order to achieve personal and academic excellence
  • Use effective communication skills in all forms of expression
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • Develop and use higher order thinking skills such as comparing, contrasting and classifying
  • Work cooperatively by demonstrating adaptability and flexibility
  • Use the appropriate technology and other resources to gather, evaluate and apply information
  • Develop creativity in fine arts and other content areas
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety, health and physical fitness skills in order to lead productive lives

 

Religion

Students will…     

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Scripture as the source of God’s Word and as a guide for living
  • Actively participate in the liturgy, worship and prayer and in the sacramental life of the Church
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the doctrines of the Catholic faith
  • Practice their Catholic faith responsibly in daily living and in service to the community
  • Exhibit a positive self-image, while recognizing all people are children of Go
  • Demonstrate respect for self, others and all created things

 

Math

Students will be able to use and understand…

  • Mathematical systems: real numbers, whole numbers, decimals, fractions and integers
  • Number theory: primes, factors, multiples and number sense
  • Accurate estimations and computations in all basic operations
  • Time, geometric and spatial sense involving measurement (length, area and volume), similarity and transformation of shapes
  • Data analysis, probability and statistics
  • Patterns, graph theory and relationships within and among functions
  • Algebraic and geometric concepts to solve problems
  • Mathematical skills and principles in other subjects and in everyday life
  • Mathematical reasoning and technology as a tool to solve problems

      

Language Arts

Language Arts/Reading

Students will…

  • Apply basic literature terms to the stories they read and write
  • Broaden their capacity to predict what might happen in a story by using their imagination and inference skills
  •  Increase their vocabulary and use it correctly in their speech, in their writing and in comprehending the story they are reading
  • Develop comprehension through good note taking
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the story by answering questions
  • Create a basic plot structure for stories they read or write
  • State a clear and concise opinion of what they have read with supporting evidence from the story

 

Spelling

Students will…

  • Systematically study frequently used words
  • Develop spelling strategies to aid proofreading and editing
  • Apply spelling rules in writing across the curriculum

 

Handwriting

Students will…

  • Write consistently and with neatness in the formation, slant, size and spacing of letters
  • Apply handwriting skills to all areas of the curriculum

 

English (Grammar & Composition)

Students will…

  • Speak and write standard English
  • Identify the parts of speech and use them correctly
  • Apply their understanding of grammar to their writing
  • Write formal essays, such as narrative and persuasive
  • Write informally, such as notes and journaling
  • Use graphic organizers, such as webs and outlines
  • Use all of the steps in the writing process to compose essays

 

Science

Students will…

  • Show respect for living things by exhibiting stewardship for God’s creation
  • Practice safe procedures in the classroom
  • Demonstrate correct usage of scientific equipment
  • Define scientific terminology through oral and written expression
  • Apply the basic concepts of physical, earth and life science to everyday life
  • Analyze problems by correctly using inquiry-based procedures to find solutions
  • Work cooperatively and effectively to solve problems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact science, technology and human activity has on resources and the environment

 

Social Studies

Students will…

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of relationships between individuals, groups and institutions in culture
  • Develop the skills needed to become cooperative members of a school, parish and community
  • Use appropriate tools of social studies, such as maps, charts, graphs, diagrams and primary source
  • Identify, interpret and evaluate the causes and effects of historical events and evaluate changes in the history of Missouri, the   United States and the world
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of literature, art and music from a variety of eras
  • Explain five geographical themes: location, place, movement, regions and interdependence of man and his environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of economic concepts, theories and systems
  • Evaluate the role of government in the world and in particular the democratic process and ideals contained in the U.S. Constitution and in the interpretive decisions of the Supreme Court

 

Computer Education

Students will…

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology
  • Understand the ethical, cultural and societal issues related to technology
  • Practice responsible use of technology systems, information and software
  • Develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits and productivity
  • Demonstrate a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences
  • Engage technology to locate, evaluate and collect information from a variety of sources
  • Utilize technology tools to process data and report results
  • Select technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions
  • Employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world

 

Art

Students will…

  • Create pleasing works of art using a wide variety of media and art tools appropriate for their age and grade level
  • Show appreciation for artwork done by famous artists throughout history and the present, as well as recognizing their own artistic style
  • Recognize the basic elements of design: line, shape, texture, form, color, value, space, balance, contrast, emphasis, rhythm and unity
  • Appreciate the beauty God has given us in nature, our environment, our world and each other

 

Music

Students will…

  • Exhibit reverent behavior while learning to sing liturgical music and cantoring for all school Masses and other liturgical observances
  • Identify a variety of vocal and instrumental styles of music from various time periods and cultures by listening to, categorizing and identifying instruments and vocal ranges
  • Express themselves through singing, creative writing, playing instruments, movement and visual arts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of music theory including notation, rhythm, pitch, design and expressive qualities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of music terminology through utilization and written tests
  • Develop skills to perform as a group or an individual in the classroom and for public performances (i.e., Song Festival, Advent/Christmas concert, Spring concert and other selected musicals)

 

Physical Education

Students will…

  • Show Christian values through sportsmanship
  • Demonstrate teamwork through sports and team-building activities
  • Develop a positive self-concept, appropriate social and emotional behaviors, self-direction and an appreciation for individual differences
  • Demonstration locomotor/non-locomotor movements
  • Demonstrate cardiovascular and muscular endurance
  • Improve flexibility, balance, speed and body composition
  • Make knowledgeable decisions for a healthy lifestyle