Anchoring educational experience with moral development
Our tradition of Catholic education continues in middle school with daily Religion class for grades six to eight. Our Catholic faith anchors the educational experience with moral development that supports the rapid physical and emotional growth naturally underway. What’s more, our students cherish this class and its role in guiding their lives.
Middle school students move classrooms throughout the day while studying math, literature, religion, science, social studies and alternating between art, music, physical education/health and Spanish. Many extracurricular activities are also available including choir, Lego robotics and athletics for boys and girls.
The priests from the Church of St. Stephen meet with middle school students throughout the year both in the classroom and during retreats at the church. Catholic morals and values are emphasized throughout the entire day and throughout the general curriculum. Class periods are 45 minutes long and include:
Faith Formation – Archdiocesan Standards
- Formation (Religion)
- Prayer & Worship
- Word & Tradition
- Sacraments & Liturgies
- Community Service
- Character Building
- Catholic Social Teachings
Core Academics – MN State Standards
- Language Arts
- Geography-Social Studies
Encore Academics – MN State Standards
- Music (½ school year)
- Art (½ school year)
- Physical Education/Health (½ school year)
- Spanish (1/2 school year)
The adolescents in our school need at least one person (an advisor), who knows them well. These students need an advocate, someone who will commit themselves to ensuring a successful school year for each student.
These growing students need individual academic guidance. Our Middle School teachers are responsible for 110-120 students each day. Splitting the students among 10 teachers will ensure that no child silently falls behind and fails. Each advisor will contact parents immediately when a concern arises.
As these students push to be more independent, each advisory group will learn to work together as a team to complete projects, tackle tough ideas and problem solve creative solutions in a group setting. The advisor will become a trusted guide and confidant.
Communication between teachers, parents, and students in the middle school is a struggle. One adult in the school responsible for communicating with students and parents will become more manageable and more efficient.
Advisory groups meet each morning for a 1/2 hour class. Details like attendance, lunch count, and announcements can be taken care of during this advisory time. Once again, one adult caring for a dozen or so students will be more organized and easier to complete.
Enrichment classes are held throughout the school year during the advisory class time. Students may pick from a variety of classes offered, such as:
- Reading Buddies (help a first grader read)
- Strategic Games
- Color Guard
- Scarf Factory
- Football Analyst
- Blankets (make blankets for the homeless)