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  Curriculum

All people are sons and daughters of a loving God and share equally in God's unconditional love. All of our formational programs for the students reflect this loving, inclusive experience.

Our formational programs strive to be pro-active in the promotion of an appreciation for diversity and inclusiveness in language and behavior. This appreciation is demonstrated in the curriculum and is evidenced by our Mission/Philosophy Statements and by all of our school policies included in our Parent/Student Handbook.

School personnel will respond appropriately when instances of discriminatory or exclusive language or behavior is detected or reported. Consequences of such discriminatory and/or exclusive language or behavior are articulated in our school's handbooks for faculty, students and parents.

Organization

St. Dominic Catholic School provides instruction for children in K3 through Grade 8.

Communication

All information pertinent to families about the community of St. Dominic Catholic School is communicated via the Family Folder. The Family Folder is an electronic newsletter sent to every family. Families can expect the Family Folder to reach their inbox every Thursday. The Family Folder is also archived on the school website. Any information/ flyer needing to be shared with the community must be submitted to the principal for review by 10:00 AM on Wednesday morning. 

Religion Program for All Students

The teachings and traditions of the Catholic faith are at the core of our instruction at St. Dominic Catholic School. Formal instruction in the faith exists in every classroom and is infused throughout the day. This does not negate or replace the instruction by the parents in the home. The faculty, staff and administration of St. Dominic Catholic School recognize the parents as the primary educators of their children. Therefore, we strive to 

  • Present our Catholic faith in a way consistent with the age and readiness of the student.

  • Empower students with Catholic knowledge and the ways to best practice their Catholic faith.

  • Engage the family and students in faith sharing and Scripture reflection.

Children's Liturgies and Sacrament Preparation

Students in grades K5 through eight attend weekly Mass on Wednesday morning unless a holy day of obligation occurs during the week. The Mass is planned by the students, teachers, parish music liturgist and priests. Parents/ guardians are always welcome to join in our liturgies.

Sacramental preparation is done in cooperation with the Director of Children's Ministry. Students is second grade receive the sacrament of reconciliation in the fall and the sacrament of Eucharist in the spring. For more information click on the link below.

Kindergarten: K3, K4, K5

The 3 Year Kindergarten features a 2-day session (Tuesday/Thursday), a 3-day session (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) from 7:50 am to 10:20 am and a 5-day session (Monday-Friday) from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Children must be 3 years of age on or before September 1 to qualify for this program.

The 4 Year Kindergarten features a morning session from 7:50 am to 10:30 am and an afternoon session from 12:00 pm to 2:45 pm. Children must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 to qualify for this program.

Our 5 Year Kindergarten is a full-day session from 7:50 am to 2:45 pm. Children must be 5 years of age on or before September 1 to qualify for this program.

Emphasis is placed on religious education and the development of reading and math readiness skills. However, the following subjects are also included in the Kindergarten child's curriculum: social studies, science, music, art, physical education and computer education.

Extended Care

The Extended Care facility provides care for children before school, during and after school from 7:00A.M. until 5:45P.M. The Extended Care reinforces the school's philosophy of teaching Christian values. The program provides a balance of structured and non-structured activities for the children. Learning activities are balanced with free play activities.

The Extended Care facility is located in Room 6 until after school when rooms 5 and 6 are both used. The children are divided according to age, and the activities are age appropriate. From 3:00 until 4:00 we provide a library study program with a St. Dominic's teacher for grades 2-8.

The Extended Care is staffed by state certified persons. The cost for scheduled time is $5.50 per hour, with a maximum fee of $38.50/day. The cost for unscheduled time is $6.50 per hour, subject to availability. Snack fee is $1.00 per day or $125.00 for the entire school year.

Extended Care will be provided only on days when school is in session. Extended Care will be provided until 5:45 P.M. on days when school is dismissed at Noon.

An Extended Care Handbook is given to all families using this service. An annual registration fee of $50.00 is required of anyone using the Extended Care.

Primary - Grades 1, 2 & 3

Language Arts

Language skills and concepts include reading, writing, spelling, penmanship and grammar. These skills are incorporated throughout the curriculum.

Math

The basic concepts of numeration, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are introduced, reinforced and mastered in these grades.

Science

The objectives of this program are to encourage discovery and observation. There will be many hands-on lessons and experiments.

Social Studies

Instruction includes community life, geography, history, map skills and interpretation of graphs and charts.

Intermediate Unit - Grades 4, 5 & 6

Language Arts

To continue to meet the diverse needs of our students, reading instruction is taught in grade level grouping with attention to individual needs. Writing, spelling and grammar continue to be taught at grade level. Trade books will be incorporated across our curriculum.

Math

Reinforcement of basic skills as well as application of problem solving skills related to daily usage.

Science

Emphasis on hands-on activities that reinforce the basic principles in science.

Social Studies

The focus is on the expansion and development of the United States. In grade 4, there is a special emphasis on the State of Wisconsin.

Middle School - Grades 7 & 8

Instruction in the junior high is departmentalized. Each teacher is responsible for his/her area of expertise. Academic core areas are Science, Math, Literature, Social Studies, Religion, English and Spanish.

Specials

St. Dominic Catholic School is grateful to be able to provide additional programming for its students in the way of Spanish instruction, physical education, general music and art.

  • Spanish is presented to children in grades 1-8. The Spanish curriculum involves skill development, speaking with fluency and cultural awareness.

  • Physical education is provided at least twice a week by a physical education specialist. Students will not be excused from physical education class unless they present a doctor's excuse or a parent/guardian excuse approved by the principal.

  • Music is provided twice a week by the music specialist for children in K5-5. Students in grades 6-8 once a week.

  • Students in grades K5-8 receive formal art instruction once a week from a certified teacher.

Reading Specialist & Academic Support Specialist

St. Dominic Catholic School is grateful in being able to provide a reading specialist for students who require additional support in reading in grades 1 through 4. The reading specialist also provides diagnostic testing for individual students when needed. The reading specialist works in collaboration with classroom teachers to identify and work with students needing support.

School Guidance Counselor

The guidance program at St. Dominic Catholic School is a character-based program that supports the academic, personal/ social, and career development of each student that is in line with the gospel message of Jesus Christ. The program offers opportunities for students to learn about themselves and others though classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling and small group counseling.

Learning Support

The faculty and staff of St. Dominic Catholic School work to provide a God-centered, student focused approach to instruction. Academic support teachers and volunteers are available to assist classroom teachers in meeting the specific learning needs of students to the best of their ability. Education Action Plans may be created with the faculty and parents under the guidance of the principal should modifications to a student's learning environment be made that are beyond the scope of quality classroom instruction. Education Action Plans are reviewed every quarter to ensure that students are feeling successful in school and academic or behavioral gains are being made.

Technology

St. Dominic Catholic School is committed to increasing the use of 21st century technology. It is our goal to provide students with the best access and opportunities to contemporary learning resources to meet the learning goals and objectives of the curriculum. Exposure to various types of media will allow the students to begin to self-select the appropriate tools for a given assignment. This will better prepare the students for the ever changing world of technology as they move on to high school.

Saint Dominic Catholic School�s Technology Scope and Sequence is broken down into 7 different categories. Each grade level integrates specific skills from these categories to enhance the learning process and support the curriculum through the use of the computer lab, laptops, iPads and classroom smart boards. As the students� progress through the grades, the skills taught become more in depth. Teachers integrate the Technology Scope and Sequence into the curriculum for the purpose of engaging students, providing differentiated learning, increasing independence and establishing skills. An overview of the skills the students are being taught throughout the grades can be viewed by downloading the document below.. St. Dominic Catholic Schools strives to "meet students where they are" in terms of the use of technology. We provide lo-tech and hi-tech approaches to classroom instruction. It is the role of the media facilitator to assist the teachers in identifying the most appropriate resources to use in order to address specific learning objectives.

Technology Scope & Sequence FAQs

Academic Expectations

Whenever school personnel and administration suspect a student may have exceptional educational needs, the parents/guardians are contacted immediately. After thorough discussion of the student's needs, a referral for testing is made with either the St. Dominic Supportive Consultant or the local Public School District within which the parents/guardians reside. If the child requires more than St. Dominic can provide, then a public school referral or other support agency may be recommended. Each student will be evaluated on a yearly basis.

Standardized Testing

2012-2013 MAP Testing
(Measure of Academic Progress)

Each spring, students in grades 3, 5 and 7 take the Iowa ITBS Achievements Test and Educational Ability Series. Vacations, dental and doctor appointments during these two weeks is highly discouraged, since the tests have to be administered by a teacher in a standardized setting. Therefore, any student missing one or more of these tests due to vacations, routine dental and/or doctor appointments will not be able to make up the missed test(s). His/her report will be incomplete. If a student misses one or more of these tests due to illness or some other emergency, the teacher will arrange for a time to make up that particular test(s).

Additionally, St. Dominic Catholic School utilizes the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth. The MAP is administered three times a school year, in the fall and spring, to students in grades K5 through 8. Students in grades K5 and 5 are additionally tested in the winter to monitor essential readiness skills. The information provided by these tests inform the instruction teacher provide so that we remain true to our God-centered, student-focused philosophy of education.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Religion assessment is administered to all students in Grades 3, 5 and 7 at the scheduled March Iowa Testing time.

The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination is also administered to students in 8th Grade.

 
 
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