Academics

St. John Bosco Catholic School is committed to providing academic excellence with a strong foundation in basic skills. The curriculum is built on national and state standards and is updated annually to reflect the growing body of educational research.

Religion

Passing on the tradition of the faith to our students is the most important aspect of our program. Students in Grades PK-8 are presented with instruction in the basic beliefs of our faith, prayer and worship, sacraments, Christian morality, scripture and social justice. Students are provided opportunities to celebrate special seasons of the liturgical year and participate in preparing and serving in various roles at Mass. Catholic customs and devotions are taught and practiced as a regular part of the school program. In addition, students participate in grade level and school wide service projects designed to reach the broader community.

Praying the Stations of the Cross is a Lenten tradition. The Stations of the Cross are a special devotional prayer to help us to recall the tremendous love of Jesus Christ as He suffered and died for our salvation. Mr. Newbern, the music teacher, and the 4th grade class participated in the Shadow Stations of the Cross!

The 4th graders did an outstanding job with the shadow stations of the cross.

Posted by St. John Bosco Catholic School on Friday, March 9, 2018

 

Reading/Language Arts

We believe in a balanced approach to literacy instruction, and strategically and consistently integrate instruction with authentic reading and writing daily, so that students learn how to apply and utilize the literacy strategies and skills they are learning. A balanced approach to instructional literacy practices is grounded in the belief that ownership of literacy is central to students’ lifelong success and this ownership of literacy motivates students to continue reading even when reading becomes challenging. In an era of increased emphasis on accessing complex texts, a balanced literacy instructional approach ensures students are becoming proficient readers by providing multiple opportunities for modeled instruction as well as guided, collaborative, and independent practice. Language arts encompass the areas of phonics, listening, and grammar.  A sequential program is developed so that beginning in 4K, students are exposed to literacy training throughout the day.  Classroom instruction is individualized, using researched-based techniques like the Daily Five and CAFÉ. Writing and reading in many different categories and genres is included each year.

Mathematics

Mastering math is not just about knowing the numbers. It’s about looking beyond them to understand how and why they work and learning to ask the questions that lead to a thoughtful, informed approach to solving problems. Math Expressions is a proven K–5 curriculum that helps children make sense of math by exploring, discussing, and demonstrating their understanding of key concepts. In busy, active classrooms, students learn how to look deeper and choose their own path to the answers—skills that will take them far beyond the math classroom. The Big Ideas curriculum 6-8 is our middle school math program. It is the only program to offer multiple pathways through middle school mathematics. The Regular Pathway prepares students for Algebra in 9th grade. The Compacted Pathway and Advanced Pathway are for accelerated learners who will progress on to Geometry in 9th grade. Students gain a deeper understanding of math concepts by narrowing their focus to fewer topics at each grade level. Students master content through inductive reasoning opportunities, engaging activities that provide deeper understanding, concise stepped-out examples, rich thought-provoking exercises, and a continual building on what has been previously taught.

Social Studies

The social studies program incorporates history, geography, economics, civics, and current events. Students in the primary grades focus instruction on family, friends and communities. Intermediate grade students study the regions of our country, Wisconsin history, and early United States History. Middle school students focus on Geography, World History, and American History.

Science

Our high quality science education has our students meeting the Next Generation Science Standards through a blending of Foss and Project Lead the Way curriculum. Students develop an in depth understanding of content and develop key skills: communication, collaboration, inquiry, problem solving and flexibility that will serve them throughout their educational and professional lives. Project Lead the Way has pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science which engage students in hands on activities, projects and problems; empower them to solve real-world challenges; and inspire them to reimagine how they see themselves. A three year phase in of various modules in Launch (4K-5) and Gateway (6-8) began during the 2018-19 school year. The Foss curriculum also engages students with meaningful active learning experiences.  Both Foss and PLTW utilizes technology to deliver learning experiences.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Cohesive, Hands-On Learning Experiences
We believe all students – beginning at a young age – need access to real-world, applied learning experiences that empower them to gain the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond. That’s why our pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science provide hands-on learning opportunities from the first day of kindergarten through eighth grade. PLTW’s research-supported approach empowers students to discover and explore interests, imagine and design solutions to real-world challenges, and become independent, confident problem solvers.

Technology

The ultimate goal of our technology instruction is to help the students to develop lifelong skills to assist them in using various media to enhance their learning. The curriculum for technology includes computer keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, Internet skills, electronic presentations, desktop publishing, and graphics.

Music

Music is a vital part of human existence, culture and religion. Music education is provided to students with diverse abilities in an environment, which encourage the desire to develop one’s personal best. The curriculum includes singing, performing with musical instruments, reading music, creating and evaluating musical performances, and understanding music in relation to history and culture.

Band

All students in grades 5-8 are given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument as part of the school band. Individual lessons and total band instruction are part of the school program. This instruction opens the door for our students to explore new skills and talents which they may want to develop further in junior high.

Spanish A, B, Level I and II

Students in grades 5 – 8 are given the opportunity daily to learn Spanish. Various levels include:  Level A, B, I and II. This interactive course for middle school students is filled with diverse, multimedia language activities. Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the five key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students are actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored.

Physical Education

The physical education program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports, and physical fitness activities.  The students receive instruction in rules, skills, and strategies associated with the different sports as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities.  The students also have opportunities to become involved in life-long physical activities through individual sport units.  The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, sportsmanship and friendly competition.

Visual Arts

The arts are an important part of the formation of our students. The curriculum treats art as a subject for study yet allows for the joy of the creative act. It draws forth from students an appreciation for beauty and an understanding of the universal language of images. The curriculum includes understanding techniques and processes using a variety of media, understanding the characteristic and merits of one’s own artwork and that of others, as well as understanding visual arts in relation to culture and history.

4K Program

The goals of St. John Bosco’s 4K program are to help your child to: Develop a love of learning; a good self-image; become aware of others in relationship to self; become independent; develop social skills; be able to share; develop communication skills; develop physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The 4K program is licensed by the Wisconsin Non-Public School Accrediting Agency. The adult/student ratio is one adult per ten children. The staff provides a warm and loving atmosphere in which each child is encouraged to grow. Our teachers are licensed by the state of Wisconsin with specialization in early childhood education. Our aides are experienced professionals with experience in working with young children.

4K Promise: From Mrs. Kac “I will let them be Little…Fill their hearts with Laughter…Help them Grow wings…Nurture their sense of Wonder…Inspire them to Believe… andLove them like there is no Tomorrow.”

Posted by St. John Bosco Catholic School on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Accreditation

St. John Bosco Catholic School is fully accredited by WRISA (Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation). WRISA is a non-profit organization founded to provide non-public schools with an ongoing school improvement process. WRISA is a state chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations which is recognized by the College Board and the Office of Non-Public Education, an office within the U. S. Department of Education.

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