Elementary Education at St. Monica Catholic School
St. Monica Catholic School exist to proclaim the Gospel message, to build community, and to educate. All the people in the school —administrators, teachers, clergy, parents and students — share a common life of prayer, mutual responsibility, and freedom. Life in a Catholic school is shaped by the values of the Gospel — peace, justice, community, love, patience, reconciliation, and respect.
We base our curriculum on established state and national standards in every academic area. Teachers stay up-to-date through continuing-education and in-service programs. We design each course of studies to make the most of all our resources.
Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow, Today
Jesus Christ is the foundation for each Catholic school community. His call to teach is our inspiration; his image the model for our students. Working with parents, we prepare our students to become active members of the Catholic Church, to serve others, and to make a difference in the world.
The development of STEM proficient students continues in elementary school.
In the elementary grades, students apply the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content and the STEM Standards of Practice, while engaged in learning activities that investigate the natural world. Students explore technology and engineering solutions and appropriately apply the concepts of mathematics in order to understand and address real life issues and solve problems or challenges. As students progress through elementary school they will begin to independently integrate the STEM Standards of Practice. They will understand how to apply the roles and views of STEM career professionals and analyze real world STEM issues, problems, or challenges as they incorporate STEM content, skills, and practices and other disciplines such as Foreign Language (Spanish), social studies, performing arts, health, and creative movement.
Elementary STEM education:
Provides the introductory STEM courses that lead to success in challenging and applied courses in secondary grades.
- Introduces awareness of STEM fields and occupations.
- Provides standards-based, structured inquiry-based and real-world problem-based learning that interconnects STEM subjects.
- Stimulates student interest in “wanting to” rather than “having to” take further STEM related courses.
- Bridges and connects in-school and out-of-school learning opportunities.