St. Michael recognizes language as a student’s most important tool, for without language there would be no communication. Catholic schools seek to help in developing communication skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar/writing, reading/literature, and spelling/vocabulary are taught at all levels of the curriculum. Phonics and handwriting are taught in lower elementary grades.
Mathematics reflects the order and unity in God’s universe and deals with truth. Therefore, it plays an integral role in the Catholic school. Mathematics also contributes to the development of the whole person by enriching the student’s life and providing a functional tool for daily living.
Major topics in each grade level include: Kindergarten math readiness (counting, one-to-one correspondence, recognition and writing of numerals); Grades 1 and 2: addition/subtraction; 3: multiplication; 4: division; 5: fractions; 6: decimals/percents; 7: integers, application of arithmetic, pre-algebra; 8: extension of application of arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra.
Within a science classroom of a Catholic school, science classes should be permeated with the vision of faith that identifies individuals as created by God, personally responsible for the well-being of others and of the environment, and charged with the task of cooperating with others and with God in bringing all things to unity and perfection in Christ. Sufficient scientific knowledge and skills must be attained and proper values and attitudes developed on each level to assure continued growth in the student’s perception and appreciation of God’s universe.
Catholic education includes the development of healthy living habits and right attitudes of mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and moral values. Catholic schools help students follow the path toward a meaningful and rewarding life, by establishing a firm and solid foundation of health knowledge, attitudes and practices. Health instruction is designed for the development of an appropriate set of Christian values, the improvement of individual capacities for continuing growth, reverence for life, respect for the human body, and concern for personal well-being and that of others. Aspects of life science, physical science and earth science as well as health topics are covered each year in grades K-8.
The study of Social Studies in a Catholic school is based on an understanding that all persons are made in the image and likeness of God and are destined for eternal life. Social Studies ultimately explores the interaction between God in His providence and mankind in his response to God’s initiatives – salvation history.
The Social Studies program strives to have the students realize that they have a responsibility to God and to others to develop an understanding and respect for various peoples, cultures, and geographic regions of the earth. The history of mankind should teach a direction for the future. Areas covered in each grade are as follows: Kindergarten and Grade 1: Families; 2: Neighborhoods; 3: Communities; 4: Physical Regions, Nebraska History; 5: United States History; 6: World Geography; 7: World History; 8: United States History.
As beings created in the image of God, we may come to know, love and serve Him more fully through the study of art. While creation is at the heart of every good art program, definitive achievement standards provide a framework for helping students mature in their ability to understand, analyze and express themselves in visual images. Students in grades K-5 receive 30- 45 minutes of art instruction each week. For grades 6-8, Art is offered as an elective.
Computer education provides all students with knowledge of computer basics and proficiency in the use of computer systems. Students will be prepared to incorporate this knowledge in life-long education, careers, and personal lives in ways consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Computer classes are offered to students in all grades
Participation in the school band program is available to all students beginning in fifth grade. Students must provide their own instruments. All fifth through eighth grade band students receive free lessons. Individual band lessons DO pull students from other regularly scheduled classes, and it is their responsibility to find out what they have missed and check in with the teacher to make it up. Group band practices generally do not occur during other scheduled classes. All band members are expected to attend lessons and practice regularly at home. Band concerts are held twice a year, one in January and one in May