Academic Excellence

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One of the most difficult decisions a parent can make is where to your send your child to school.  Holy Family Catholic School welcomes you.  We accept children from pre-school through 8th grade.

Not only do we focus on morals, values and the Catholic faith at Holy Family, but we also have an academic edge.  Our primary teachers have recently introduced a new reading curriculum which has already increased our younger children’s ability to read and write.  We offer a STEM program for grades 3-8 which incorporates a strong science, technology, engineering and math core.  Our 7th graders last year scored higher than the Diocesan average for science, and our 8th graders scored higher in all subjects than the national level, and most of the grade schools in the Catholic Diocese and the local public school district.

All of our students also receive instruction in Spanish, technology and the Fine Arts.  We prepare each individual to collaborate with others, be able to communicate, write and be creative.

Most importantly, we put the Church and Christ at the center of everything we do.  Religion is a daily subject in all of classrooms, and we pray together each day as a community.

Diversity

Holy Family School is a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse community where all students are valued and celebrated as children of God.

Holy Family’s diversity enriches the social interactions and intellects of students by exposing them to multiple approaches, perspectives, and frames of reference.  Research shows that children educated in diverse schools have fewer prejudices and stereotypes, engage in a more reflective consideration of knowledge, are more open to new approaches, learn to ask more questions, explore a broader range of solutions to problems, and are more willing to interact with a broad range of people – skills which are essential in the global marketplace of the 21st century.

Our student body is composed of a rich and vibrant group of cultures including Filipino, Latino, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Indian, and African American.  Our culturally responsive classrooms and World Language Program ensure that all students, regardless of their background, are fully supported and provided with the best opportunity to learn.

Academics

Fine Arts

At Holy Family School, the fine arts are an integral part of our curriculum.  Our students have an opportunity to express their spirit and creativity through the disciplines of vocal music, dance, band, drama, and the visual arts.

Engagement with the fine arts enhances a student’s intellectual, social, and personal development.  Research evidence indicates that the fine arts develop neural systems in the brain that engender a wide spectrum of benefits such as improved fine motor skills and emotional balance.  Fine arts education produces higher test scores and greater self-discipline.  The arts provide students with new ways to access meaning, to perceive the word around them, to comprehend and problem solve.  They give students the tools they need to transcend the boundaries of language, culture, time, and space.  The fine arts promote self-esteem, motivation, inventiveness, aesthetic awareness, and appreciation of beauty and diversity, attributes which enable our students to become productive and active members of their communities.

STEM Education

STEM Education

Holy Family School is a leader in the field of STEM education.  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is an approach to teaching that integrates real-life applications of technical and scientific knowledge with experiential, hands-on learning.  STEM is the future – it provides our students with learning experiences that prepare them to be leaders in a global and technological society.

Thanks to ongoing financial support from People Engineering, a Peoria-based design and engineering firm, Holy Family’s science curriculum features robust learning modules from Paxton Patterson, a leading provider of STEM equipment and professional development for schools.  The Paxton Patterson STEM modules introduce our students to explorations in computer-aided drafting (CAD), alternative energy, robotics, flight dynamics, structural engineering, environmental science, material processing, laser technology, pneumatics, virtual architecture, video production, and audio technology.

Technology

Holy Family Parish School technology curriculum starts with the Preschool students and develops skills through Eighth Grade.  Holy Family School recognizing the increased role that technology plays in education and has dedicated time for technology education in each grade by a fully dedicated technology educator.

Our Preschool and Pre-K students meet once a week in the computer lab to develop basic computer skills with using the mouse and logging into programs.

Our Kindergarten through Second student visit the computer lab 2 times a week. Their computer curriculum uses software that enhances the classroom work by targeting specific skills, studies computer safety and well as develops basic computer skills of letter recognition, saving, logging on and off. They will complete projects using Paint and Publisher.

Starting in Third Grade, students start developing keyboarding skill and are introduced to Microsoft Office 365 Word and Publisher as well as using education software that closely ties in with their classroom curriculum during their twice a week class. Students discuss cyber safety and bullying.

Our middle school and junior high students have 45 minutes 3 to 5 days a week of technology class. Building on the skills learned, Fourth through Eighth Grade students explore Microsoft Office 365 with (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Sway), Google applications, CAD with 3D printing, Block programming with Scratch, Robotics, Moviemaker and other software applications to enhance their learning experience and prepare them for high school and beyond. Many of the projects completed by the student are multi-disciplinary enhancing the Math, Science and Language Arts curriculum with real world experiences by creating reports, charts, videos, presentation, programming, and more.

Spanish

The curriculum is based on vocabulary, cultural awareness, speaking, reading, and writing skills at each grade level taking into consideration the different levels of competency among the students. 

The early grade Spanish program is designed to provide an environment that encourages students to participate and explore a new language, progressively moving students to broader, real world application of Spanish, and establish language activities and learning goals based on their age groups.

Preschool, Kindergarten and first grades where they will be introduced to the language through activities, encouraging exploration and curiosity. Group based language games, music, and visual arts activities will enable students to mimic and repeat simple word phrases. These will increase in complexity through the two years.

Second to third graders develop beyond that by being challenged to interact using the Spanish language. Application becomes increasingly important as students are asked to recognize simple Spanish text and convert and combine words using everyday scenarios and simple verbal exchanges.

Fourth graders explore the Spanish language with a specific look at the country of Mexico. Their year is bountiful in vocabulary including a review of greetings, numbers, the months and weather, clothing, parts of the body, descriptive adjectives, holidays, foods, family, the house, the community, animals, school and feelings. Written and oral grammatical exercises teach the students to express their likes and dislikes, present tense verb usage and basic sentence structure. They enjoy “real life’ scenarios where they can put their Spanish to use – during in class presentations such as fashion show or dining at a Mexican restaurant.

In fifth through eighth grades, the students build on their prior Spanish skills. We plan to do this by expanding their vocabulary, comprehension, speaking and listening skills, while giving them a taste of the Spanish culture. Building upon previous topics, students construct more complex thoughts and expressions. Students perform skits and produce creative writing assignments to illustrate their understanding of Spanish vocabulary and grammar.

Spelling tests, grammar quizzes, tests and written projects reinforce the vocabulary and grammar the students have learned in class, with specific emphasis given to verb conjugations. During class, communicating in Spanish as much as possible is encouraged so as to empower the students with confidence. It is also a practical method to  retain  the  most  of  what  is  being  or  has  already  been  learned.  Our goal is for students  to  be  set  with  a strong  foundation  which  enables  them  to  enjoy  both the Spanish language and culture now during class and some day.

Enhancing Our Curriculum (2016 – 2017)

Please click on the following links below to learn more about our curriculum enhancements for the 2016 – 2017 academic year:

Go Math! K–8 offers an engaging and interactive approach to covering new state standards. Its seamless digital path and Write-in Student Edition ensure that students can access content at appropriate levels of depth and rigor.”

Collections: “Helping you develop student abilities to analyze complex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, and communicate thoughtfully, Collections—the nation’s leading ELA program for Grades 6–12—provides a multi-faceted digital and print approach that transcends the traditional anthology and resonates with today’s students.”

Super Kids is a comprehensive core literacy curriculum just for K–2″

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