St. Henry students learn social studies through the integration of sub-disciplines including history, geography, culture, and government. Scaffolding the previous grades’ instruction, programs include an online worktext that connects vocabulary, geography, primary sources, and content knowledge. The curriculum is vertically aligned to include all major historical periods and the study of local, state, and federal governments is woven into each grade level.
Working at their own pace, students engage in collaborative projects, debates, simulations, and research to enhance their understanding of the content. Critical thinking is an important objective, as students apply history to current events. Field trips to the state capitol and museums contribute to an even higher level of learning.
There are many new innovative tools in our foreign language
classes to ensure our students’ highest standards of learning are met. Along with Google tools, we also use the
website Duo Lingo to not only learn Spanish, but also introduce ourselves to
other languages such as French and Italian. The students learn conversational
skills as we practice verbal techniques in articulation of common Spanish
Students often use journals entries to track progress and reflect on personal growth.
These journals are written both in English and Spanish. Each day, students are
given a prompt that they must then translate and respond to using Google
Translate and other 21st century tools. Students learn technical
skills adhering to proper usage of verbs, nouns, adjectives and more in the
There is much focus on Spanish conversational skills which also strengthen our
everyday social skills. By learning about other languages and cultures around
the world, we are learning more about who we are. This prepares the
students not only for the high school classroom, but for college and beyond.
Students in grades K-8 participate in physical education classes, clubs, and electives. St. Henry uses the SPARK curriculum, which is aligned with national physical fitness education standards. Students can join clubs like running and archery. Periodic electives are offered in martial arts, cross-fit training, golf, and lacrosse. Athletic Boosters provide programs including basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, and cross-country. All students participate in the much anticipated Olympic Day with team building activities.
St. Henry school has an ongoing working relationship with the local EMS, police, and fire departments who conduct first aid and other safety training. The Federal Lunch Program assists in educating students on healthy eating practices. The Veggie Man Program and traditional instruction are included in the curriculum.
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