Our mission at St. Jarlath Catholic School is to provide a quality Catholic education that addresses the needs of the whole child while recognizing the abilities and talents of each individual child. Our curriculum is aligned with the newly adopted National Common Core State Standards and the Diocese of Oakland’s Curriculum Guidelines. Our teachers challenge students to be critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and collaborative learners. Technology is integrated across all grade levels and content areas. At St. Jarlath, learning is an active process and the curricular resources utilized encourage our students to think outside of the box.
Below is an overview of the current resources being utilized by the teachers at St. Jarlath.
Religion: Finding God
Finding God is a faith formation program that fosters a lifelong relationship with God by engaging children in the full and authentic teachings of the Catholic Church. Catechists and teachers are supported every step of the way as they lead children through Scripture, doctrine, Church Tradition, and prayer to build a strong foundation of faith.
Seventh and eighth graders face many important decisions—about school, friends, interests they want to pursue, and about faith. Finding God reaches young people where they are in this critical stage of their lives and provides in-depth support for teachers, catechists, and parents. The life of Jesus Christ and the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church are presented and explored in an age-appropriate manner, encouraging lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.
Mathematics: Engage NY
Cirriculum modules in mathematics are marked by in-depth focus on fewer topics. They integrate the CCLS, rigorous classroom reasoning, extended clarroom time devoted to practice and reflection through extensive problem sets, and high expectations for mastery. The time required to complete a cirriculum module will depend on the scope and difficulty of the mathematical content that is the focus of the module (first priority cluster area for a given grade level). For example, the cirriculum module relating to Grade 3 multiplication and division introduces intial ideas of multiplication and division in a brief period at the start of the year, continues to develop strategies and problem solving throughout the year, and includes materials to be used throughout the year for helping students reach fluency by the end of the year with single-digit multiplication and related division.
Reading and English – K-2nd Grade:
Superkids Reading Program
Superkids Reading Program is a core reading program designed for Kindergarten through Grade 2 that looks like no other and works like no other, with a cast of characters that children love. Based on a proven pedagogy and compelling brain research, it combines rigor and fun to deliver on its promise: Every Child will learn to Read.
English – 3rd-8th Grade:
Voyages in English
Voyages in English is the result of decades of research and practice by experts in the fields of grammar and writing. Responding to the needs of teachers and students, this new edition provides ample opportunities for practice and review to ensure mastery and improved performance on standardized tests.
Literature – 3rd-8th Grade:
The ELA curricula includes six modules that focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking in response to high-quality texts. Each module is intended to last a quarter of a school year; the addition of two extra modules allows for teacher choice throughout the year. Each module will culminate in an end-of-module performance task which can provide information to educators on whether students in their classrooms are achieving the standards. Modules may include several units and each unit may include a set of sequenced, coherent progressions of learning experiences that build knowledge and understanding of major concepts. They will also include daily lesson plans, guiding questions, recommended texts, scaffolding strategies, examples of proficient student work, and other classroom resources.
The modules include authentic reading materials: published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material may mean that some material is emotionally charged and may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.
With TCI in our classrooms, students don't just read textbooks or answer questions they discover information for themselves. They feel the emotions of historical figures. They reason through problems. They debate complex issues. The TCI activities provide students opportunities to interact in pairs and groups so they are engaged in their own learning. There are also opportunities for personal reflection and processing. Giving students a variety of ways to experience content helps them better retain and recall key information. Most importantly, when students are engaged, they love learning. TCI helps make social studies your students' favorite subject. Most importantly, when students are engaged, they love learning. TCI helps make social studies your students' favorite subject.
TCI's Bring Science Alive is the first K-8 science program to align the Next Generation Science Standards. Bring Science Alive has student-centered lessons, easy to implement investifations, and online text, simulations, and interactive presentations. This comprehensive program blends rich, standards-based curriculum with engaging investigations–perfect for the flipped classroom.
Technology in Classrooms
The goal of the Technology Program is to produce young citizens who are competitive and productive in today’s global market. By integrating the current curriculum with skills and information that are based on and utilize computer technology, students learn to
apply technological skills to real life situations.
St. Jarlath Catholic School offers a fully networked learning environment. Students from Kindergarten through the 8th grade are encouraged to use advanced tools for learning, including the school’s technological resources and instructional resources available on the Internet. Each student is expected to develop his/her technological skills through the general instructional program of the school. No child is permitted to access the school’s network or the Internet without adult supervision. The use of the school’s educational network is a privilege, not a right. All students have the opportunity to use the classroom and Portable Lab computers and other devices after reading the St. Jarlath Catholic School Technology Acceptable Use Policy and submitting a signed Acceptable User Agreement Acknowledgement Form. Students and parents are both required to read and sign this form. Students without a signed Acceptable User Agreement Acknowledgement Form are not permitted to use the school’s electronic resources personally; however, the student may have access to materials electronically delivered through group work or general class presentations.