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    St. Margaret Mary School
In Christ, We Live, Love and Learn

Academic Curriculum

CURRICULUM

St. Margaret Mary School offers its students opportunities in the following major subjects:

Religion

  • Catholic doctrine, preparation for the reception of Reconciliation and First Eucharist (grade 2) and Confirmation (grade 8). 
  • All students, Catholic and non-Catholic, will receive instruction leading to Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.  All students, Catholic and non-Catholic, and their parents are expected to participate fully in the meetings, retreats, and other events leading to these sacraments.  Non-Catholic students will not, of course, receive the sacrament, but, as a part of the class, will be given an inclusive role in the ceremony.  Failure to participate in these activities will be reflected in the student’s Religion grade and may result in the student being asked to leave St. Margaret Mary School.  7th and 8th grade Confirmation service hours are not permitted during the school day. 
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist is celebrated weekly, on Holy days, and for special events. 
  • Retreats and Reconciliation Services
  • Family Life Series, and Valuing Values Series (Catholic Values and Sexuality)
  • The Step by Step program was introduced at St. Margaret Mary in 2004.  The purpose of this program is to bring our Christian call to stewardship into the school at all grade levels.  The program was designed to teach our students at SMM that no one is too young to make a difference.  Step by Step is run by parent and grandparent volunteers who work in conjunction with the teachers and the parish to rein force the idea of stewardship.  Volunteers begin each year educating students about stewardship and the needs within our community.  Each grade has its own focus for volunteering their time.  The idea behind the various focuses is to expose our students to as many volunteer opportunities as possible while they are students at SMM.

Computer Literacy   Word processing, data base, spread sheets, and integration with curricular subjects

Fine Arts  Studio art, music, choral concerts, drama, music in historical and cultural context.

Foreign Language  Students in K-8 have the opportunity to participate in the Spanish foreign language curriculum

Health  Physical fitness, physical development and hygiene programs, drug and alcohol prevention programs, and A.I.D.S. education

Language Arts  Reading and English skills, literature, library skills, creative writing, penmanship

Mathematics  Mathematics skills, Pre-algebra, Algebra, and Algebra I

             Qualified students have an opportunity to participate in an Honors Algebra I course for high school credit.

Science  General Science and laboratory experiences

Social Studies  History, Geography, Current Events

Related Arts

  • Related Arts (grades 4, 5, and 6) Students will take three years of PE, Computer, Spanish and Fine Arts.  In grades 4 – 6, the homerooms will rotate through three “related arts” classes each year.  Each child will have one trimester of drama, instrumental ensemble and academic enrichment.
  • Related Arts (grades 7 and 8) Students will take two years of PE, Computer, Spanish, and Fine Arts.  Students in grades 7 and 8 will have a trimester of art, music, & drama. 

Physical Education, Music, Art, Drama, and Choir sometimes contain a performance grade element in their respective classes.  These performances are often held “after school hours.”  Students receive a grade for these “after school hours” performances.  It is expected that all students in these programs will participate in these performance events.  Non-attendance could adversely affect their trimester grade in these classes.

Opportunities to broaden knowledge and skill in the above areas include, but are not limited to:  Spelling Bees, Art Fair, Science Fair, 4-H, PE Demonstrations, Quick Recall, Governor’s Cup Competition, Volunteer Programs, Student Council, National Junior Beta Club and many aspects of scouting.  Seventh graders who qualify may participate in the Duke University TIP Program and take the SAT and/or ACT.

 

 

 

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