Learning to create and appreciate art is an essential part of child development. Through art, students learn to develop their motor skills, language skills, decision-making ability and higher- order thinking skills. Teaching students the elements and principles of art allows students to creatively express themselves, and also provides students with a greater understanding of art history, the artwork itself, and artwork from different cultures around the world.
Computer science is an important aspect of a well-rounded education. At St. Joseph Catholic School students are taught to use the computer as a productivity tool. All students in the school receive instruction in keyboarding, computer management, Office products, file management, effective internet searches, internet safety, and computer etiquette.
The Counseling Department at St. Joseph Catholic School functions as a student and teacher support system. The guidance counselor assists teachers and students by working as a team to remove any barriers to learning that may exist for the student. The guidance counselor works with students individually, and in small groups, to provide instruction in areas such as social skills, conflict resolution, study skills, and organizational skills. In addition, the guidance counselor works alongside the teachers to offer age-appropriate guidance instruction.
It has been said that the library is the heart of the school. At St. Joseph Catholic School students have access to wonderful material in our media center. Students in the lower grades attend weekly library classes where they learn to use the library effectively, how to conduct research, and how to choose the right book. Students in middle school can browse through the adolescent section of the library, or use the databases in order to conduct research for school projects.
The goal of the music department at St. Joseph Catholic School is to provide students with the tools to understand and actively experience music throughout their lives. Through study and performance, music opens an aesthetic and awareness of other cultures. Students in the lower grades study the different genres of music using the five elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and timbre. Students in middle school apply this knowledge through music performances at band concerts, choral festivals, and the weekly Mass.
Regular physical activity is essential for growth and development. The goal of the physical education department at St. Joseph Catholic School is to promote lifelong physical activity, agility, and wellness in and out of school. Physical education focuses on age-appropriate, health-related fitness components and skill development through the use of traditional and non-traditional games and activities in a positive environment. Through these games, students in the lower grades learn motor skill development, while students in the upper grades practice sportsmanship and cooperation.
The school offers the services of a professional Learning Specialist and Speech and Language Pathologist. These highly trained specialists work with our students who are experiencing difficulty in school with our academic program. Using research-based materials, services are offered to students in a one-on-one setting or small group setting. Additionally, these professionals provide classroom teachers with alternate strategies and teaching methods in order to help students master the curriculum.
Students are immersed in the Spanish language weekly from kindergarten through 8th grade. The curriculum builds upon itself, with students increasing their vocabulary while practicing skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the Spanish language. Students are able to experience the Spanish language in an interactive environment with real world application. Practice in conversational Spanish is stressed, along with an appreciation for the Hispanic culture and its connections to our Catholic religion.