The students at Sacred Heart Catholic School are kept busy throughout the school year. The staff does a wonderful job teaching and helping the students to learn as the students are prepared for high school and beyond. Here is a small window of what is currently going on inside the classrooms.
Fine Arts Program
Art, Music, and AHA (Art History and Appreciation) – Taught by Ms. Amanda Lowery
All students of Sacred Heart Catholic School participate in the Fine Arts program. This unique program helps students to grow within the arts. Information about the Fine Arts Program can be found here by following the link below.
Grades K – 5 (Elementary)
In K – 5 grade, each class has their own teacher. Each elementary teacher covers the majority of the subjects taught in each grade. Each class receives instruction from Ms. Amanda Lowery and Mr. Mike Katalenich in their Fine Arts and Latin classes. Band is part of the curriculum for all fifth grade students and is optional for students in grades 6 – 8. Band is taught by Mrs. Megan Burkle.
Kindergarten – Taught by Ms. Alyssa Rettig
In Kindergarten, the students are excited about the many things going on in their classroom! Updates from the class will be coming soon.
First Grade – Taught by Mr. Christopher Teixeira
First grade is excited to be learning the ancient Greeks. Our class will learn about ancient Greek culture, history art, and myths. We will compare ancient humanity’s pursuit of the goods, the true, and beautiful to how we experience it today in its fullness as revealed in the Catholic Church.
Additionally, we are using a new math curriculum this year called Saxon Math. it has a very hands-on approach which helps students to learn and practice new math skills in a very concrete way. This type of learning aligns very well with our classical education mission.
We look forward to all the new experiences first grade will have this year!
Second Grade – Taught by Ms. Susie Rziha
Great things are happening in second grade! Inspired by some books we read about pumpkins and apples, we dove into making two pumpkin pies and one apple pie. Rolling out the pie crust and loading it full of apples were some of the favorite parts of the day! Several students had never tasted pumpkin pie before and were delightfully surprised at how good it was!
We’ve had adjectives on our minds as we created new creatures and are writing descriptively about them. Creativity is flowing in second grade!
In religion we’ve been looking into the fall of creation with the sin of Adam and Eve. Seeing the consequences of Adam and Eve’s sin helps us to see the consequences of our own sin.
We are looking forward to starting Junior Achievement with the start of second quarter. We can’t wait to start our unit on weather!
Third Grade – Taught by Ms. Tricia Young
Third graders are having a blast! Recently the students helped hatch baby chicks as they learned about the life cycle. Please check back for future updates.
Fourth Grade – Taught by Mrs. Ally Beckwith
The fourth grade is off to a fantastic start. The students are almost done with their first class novel, The Cricket in Times Square. The fourth graders enjoy reading great literature and discussing it with one another. In religion, we have begun learning about the Old Testament. This year we have the privilege to study many great prophets and how they prepared us for the coming of Christ. Math has all been great fun with our new Saxon Math Series! The fourth graders are challenged to think deeper about many concepts and stretch their understanding to new depths. Our fourth graders are excited to learn new things and always try their best. We’re going to have a great year!
Fifth Grade – Taught by Mrs. Michelle Nice
Check out what’s happening in fifth grade!
Language Arts – The students wrote both personal narratives and how-to articles this past semester. Their focus has been on organization, conversations, and voice. In grammar, fifth has covered chapters over nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and verbs. Students are working hard to determine the various parts of speech in complex sentences.
Reading – Students finished reading The House Without a Christmas Tree by Gail Rock right before Christmas break. The book is based on a true story taking place in Nebraska in 1946. Fifth graders loved the strong characters in this holiday classic. Students especially enjoyed the opportunity to watch the movie, The House Without A Christmas Tree, in class!
Religion – Many topics the students have covered in religion over the past few months include the realm of the angels, being made in His image, the fall from grace, and the story of Abraham and Moses in the Old Testament. The fifth graders look forward to religion time and learning more about our savior, Jesus Christ!
Math – Students have been working hard solving multi-step, multiplication and division problems during math. They have especially focused on solving multiplication and long-division story problems and carrying out the correct steps in logical order to finding the solutions.
Science (4th & 5th Grades) – Both grades are finishing up their units of Life Science. Students have learned all about classification, plants, animals, ecosystems, and the anatomy of our human bodies. LES (Lincoln Electric System) also came to put on an electrical safety presentation for both fourth and fifth grade. Students learned all about how to be safe around all things electricity. If you see the students, ask what they learned. They would be happy to teach you an electrical safety tip or two!
Latin – Taught by Mr. Mike Katalenich
Kindergarten through Second Grade – The students learn basic vocabulary in each of these grade levels. They create a Latin alphabet booklet. Each grade practices and reviews standard prayers in Latin: Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.
Third through Fifth Grade – Throughout these grade levels, students begin to hear Latin spoken in the classroom. From commands to various classroom objects to other words they are interested in learning, students being to acclimate to the sounds, words, and phrases of Latin. The students also add prayers to their repertoire: Angele Dei, Sancte Michael Archangele, Benedictio Ante Mensam, Salve Regina.
When students enter third grade, they make one final Latin alphabet booklet. In addition, they encounter root words, from the Latin and Greek languages. In fourth grade, they will continue to add root words. They start to read and recognize those words in their class readings and in other readings; this process continues into fifth grade. During fifth grade, the students begin small steps in speaking Latin to one another in class.
Band – Taught by Mrs. Megan Burkle
Fifth through Eighth Grade – Band is open to all students in grades 5 – 8. Thanks to generous funding from the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, Sacred Heart Catholic School was able to purchase instruments that will allow all fifth grade students to participate in band as part of the curriculum. Band is optional for students in grades 6 – 8. Make plans to join us for our upcoming concert in December on Thursday, December 6 at Pius LPAC. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Grades 6 – 8 (Middle School)
Middle school is taught by multiple teachers including Mrs. Sandie Caradori, Ms. Jenny Bykerk, Mrs. Michelle Nice, and Mr. Luke Fischer. The students receive instruction from Ms. Amanda Lowery and Mr. Mike Katalenich in Fine Arts and Latin. Band is taught by Mrs. Megan Burkle.
English and Literature – Taught by Mrs. Sandie Caradori – The students are transitioning from paragraph writing to the Five Paragraph Essay. They are finishing up punctuation and capitalization rules. They will be starting the parts of speech and a little diagraming. They are also going to be starting their first novel soon.
Science – Taught by Ms. Jenny Bykerk -The students are focusing on the classification of living things and binomial nomenclature. Students will soon begin a focused study of the major domains of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals.
History – Taught by Mr. Luke Fischer – The students are studying ancient history and recently wrapped up an extensive unit on the ancient Egyptians. In early November the students finished a several week long project in which they worked in two small groups to attempt to mummify a chicken using techniques similar to those used by the ancient Egyptians. The chicken mummies are currently tucked away in a corner of the classroom. They will open them up in May to see how well they did!
Currently the students are getting started on their study of Ancient Greek history, culture and mythology which will culminate in a project. Each student will imagine their own Greek god or hero and write a new “Greek myth” explaining a natural phenomenon.
Religion – Taught by Mr. Luke Fischer – The students recently wrapped up a semester long study of the Mass. They have been learning about the deeper significance and biblical foundations of the literacy so that they can come to better understand the structure and meaning of the Mass. They are also learning the ways to enter more deeply into the spiritual realities of the Mass so that they can grow in their relationship with Jesus.
English and Literature – Taught by Mrs. Sandi Caradori – The students are busy reviewing parts of speech–peer reviewing essays and finalizing their own. Soon they will be introduced to some challenging diagramming. The students are starting their first novel, a historical fiction book, I Juan de Pareja.
Science – Taught by Ms. Jenny Bykerk – The students are reviewing the properties of matter and learning about the development of atomic theory. They will continue their physical science unit by discussing changes in matter and reviewing the periodic table of elements.
History – Taught by Mr. Luke Fischer – The students have been studying the history of Christian Europe from the Fall of Rome to the Age of Exploration. They recently have been focusing on the Feudal Age of knights, castles, kings, and lords. They wrapped up the study of knighthood, both real and legendary, that ended with a lively reading and discussion of the mythic poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” The students have been busy with lots of in class discussion and short essay writing. After Christmas, they will be on to the rise of absolute monarchs and the crusades!
Religion – Taught by Mr. Luke Fischer – The students have been studying salvation history in religion class. They have been reading through the book of Genesis from the accounts of creation through the stories of the Patriarchs with an emphasis on recognizing what these stories reveal about our own identity and God’s love for us.
English and Literature – Taught by Mrs. Sandi Caradori – The students are reviewing the parts of speech–peer reviewing essays and finalizing their own. They will be challenged as “upper classmen” with some lengthy sentences to diagram The students are starting their first novel, the classic Tom Sawyer.
Science – Taught by Ms. Jenny Bykerk – The students are reviewing cell theory and the organelles found in cells. Upcoming topics include chemical compounds in cells, cell division and genetics.
History – Taught by Mr. Luke Fischer – The students are focused on modern history with an emphasis on the United States. They began the year learning about the discovery and colonization of the American continents and debated the legacy of Christopher Columbus. They then turned their focus to the 13 British colonies in North America and the hardships and triumphs of these early settlers.
Currently the students are examining the American Revolution with an emphasis on learning the Founding Fathers who led this movement and of understanding the complex causes and motivations for the American colonies’ break with England. After Christmas they will focus on the fighting of the Revolutionary War and the students will create Revolution Era newspapers written from the prospective of the people who lived through the events of the time period.
Religion – Taught by Mr. Luke Fischer – The students have been studying the Church and its role in the world. They have studied the lives of the early Church Fathers and other theologians who have helped to shape and deepen our understanding of Christ’s teachings. While learning many of the nuts and bolts of church teachings and hierarchy, they have also been focusing on how the Church can help and guide us in our everyday lives. Recently they have been listening and discussing their way through a set of homilies given by Fr. Mike Schmitz on the “Art of Living.”
Latin – Taught by Mr. Mike Katalenich
During the middle school years, students begin to use and implement Latin in conversations. Each year adds new grammar and vocabulary through readings and stories, created by students, the teachers, and other supplemental materials. Students learn new prayers: Actus Contritionis, Angelus Domini, Requiem Aeternam, Symbolum Apostolorum.
Sixth grade students review their root word and use them to begin basic conversations in Latin. The students work with their teacher on composing basic Latin stories and answering questions, in Latin, about those stories and about themselves. This continues throughout the middle school years.
Seventh grade students continue working towards proficiency in the language as they don their Latin names. They learn how to speak about their emotions, environment, classmates, and lives.
Eighth grade students are introduced to daily life in ancient Rome and basic geography of the ancient world through Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, a supplemental text. This prepares them for high school Latin.