Development of religious knowledge – Grades three, four, and five build on the foundation started in the primary grades. Students are exposed to more information in the area of the Mass, the Beatitudes, the Sacraments, the Ten Commandments, and the Catholic Saints. Parents are encouraged to participate in this instruction at home by using the on-line resources on the website of the Blest Are We series. The students continue to take part in weekly Mass and are provided an even greater opportunity to plan and participate at Mass. Starting in grade three, students can receive instruction on becoming an altar server.
To celebrate All Saints’ Day our students engage in projects that enhance their knowledge of the saints. Third grade students create crowns to depict their patron saint. In the fourth grade, students design and create Pumpkin Saints which are shared throughout the building a week prior to the Holy Day. And in fifth grade, students design and create shields of their patron saint.
Service Learning – All students participate in at least one service learning project each year. For example, our fourth graders are known for their Senior Breakfast which partners students with seniors from the parish for a morning of Mass, breakfast, entertainment and bingo.
Content area classes – During these years, our students greatly expand their knowledge in the areas of math and reading. To address our students’ unique educational and developmental needs, the intermediate division classes are no longer completely self-contained. Large classes are split for reading and math in order to maintain a maximum student/teacher ratio of 14:1.
One teacher serves as a science specialist for all three grades allowing the teacher to coordinate content between the classes to ensure no content is missed. Teaching the students all three years allows the teacher to develop a strong understanding of students’ individual learning needs and styles to enhance the teacher/student relationship. Some science highlights include:
- Third graders create solar system mobiles.
- Fourth graders start a worm bin so that by the end of the year, every student will have worms to take home to start their own composting area or bin.
- Fifth graders are responsible for the school-wide paper recycling program, make working volcanoes, dissect chicken legs when studying muscles and dissect cow eyes when learning about the eye.
Social studies also utilizes a specialized teacher for the students’ intermediate years. Some of the social studies highlights include:
- Third grade students learn about various communities around the world.
- Fourth grade concentrates on the state of Kentucky and the different regions of the Unites States, learning all the states and their capitals.
- Fifth grade students learn about the early history of the United States starting with explorers. As a culminating activity, students create an Explorer Power Point project.
Work with outside agencies – Our teachers collaborate with the Ft. Thomas YMCA to allow third grade students to take swimming lessons for one semester. Our fourth and fifth grades work with the Sanitation District One to learn about ground water and run-off. Our fifth grade hosts a speaker from the Campbell County Conservation Office to discuss conservation issues in the state of Kentucky.
Enrichment Classes - All intermediate students participate in enrichment classes in the areas of physical education, music, art, library, Spanish, and computers on a weekly basis to learn skills in the various areas.