Assumption Curriculum

K-2 Curriculum

In grades K-2, students build a strong foundation of basic skills in a faith-filled and loving learning environment.  Students engage in lessons in the areas of religion, reading and language arts, math, social studies, and science.  Other areas of focus include communication, problem-solving, higher level/critical thinking, and relating learning to real life experiences.  The faculty work together to ensure a chronologically consistent and complete curriculum for all students. 

 

Faith 
Assumption students learn about and interact with their faith throughout their day.  In addition to daily prayer, weekly Mass, seasonal prayer services and activities, students participate in age-appropriate lessons and discussions that help them to learn about the Catholic faith and grow in their relationship with God.  The four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church are incorporated into each of the grade level themes.  The children learn through scripture, statements of belief, worship, and morality and prayer in addition to inspiring stories of the Saints.

 

Reading
The students in kindergarten and first grade are immersed in a phonics based learning environment.  The students in second grade review these skills as they make the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn.  We utilize a research-based curriculum grounded in systematic, explicit instruction of phonemic awareness, phonics and word knowledge, comprehension skills and strategies, inquiry skills and strategies, and writing and language arts skills and strategies. 

 

Math
In math, students begin learning basic concepts.  The math curriculum helps to form a strong base of learning in the younger grades so students may build upon what they have learned.  There is a focus on the use of manipulatives for hands-on lessons, the practical application of concepts, as well as the learning of basic math facts.

 

3-5 Curriculum

Students in grades 3-5 continue to build beyond the basic foundations of learning that began in the primary grades.  Students engage in lessons in the areas of religion, reading and language arts, math, social studies, and science in a faith-filled and loving learning environment.  Other areas of focus include communication, problem-solving, higher level/critical thinking, and relating learning to real life experiences.  The faculty work together to ensure a chronologically consistent and complete curriculum for all students.  
 


Religion
Assumption students learn about and interact with their faith throughout their day.  In addition to daily prayer, weekly Mass, seasonal prayer services and activities, students participate in age-appropriate lessons and discussions that help them to learn about the Catholic faith and grow in their relationship with God.  The four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church are incorporated into each of the grade level themes.  The children learn through scripture, statements of belief, worship, and morality and prayer in addition to inspiring stories of the Saints.

Reading
Reading, writing, discussion, research, and exploration activities are integrated through lessons that become increasingly complex and demanding.  As a continuation of the foundation laid in the primary grades, students experience an assortment of text genres including different forms of fiction and nonfiction and are introduced to a wide range of grammatical concepts.  There are also multiple opportunities for writing, allowing students to understand the uses of writing in their daily lives.  Learning units are tied to important concepts that call students to make connections across all areas of the curriculum and to acquire knowledge that can be used beyond a single lesson.  Each unit is organized so that a reading selection adds more information or a different perspective to the student’s knowledge of a concept.  

Math
In math, students strengthen their knowledge of basic skills as they learn important mathematical concepts and processes with understanding.  As they move through the grade levels, the students’ knowledge and confidence is built through problem solving, higher level thinking skills, and mathematical reasoning.  


Social Studies /Science
Content area learning is another important element in the intermediate grade levels.  History, geography, and map skills are all part of the social studies curriculum.  In science, students develop process skills as they actively investigate concepts and evaluate the results of their investigations.  Writing and research are included in the content areas as well, through various reports and projects.
 

 

Middle School (6-8) Curriculum

Social Studies


The middle school social studies department begins with Ancient World History in sixth grade.  Covering eras such as the Egyptians, Chinese, Indian, and Roman, the sixth graders interact with each other on a variety of projects including the ancient Greek Olympics and Roman chariot races.  In the seventh grade, they study U.S. history from pre European, through colonization, revolution, the Constitution, westward expansion, the Civil War, and ending with Reconstruction.  World Geography in the eighth grade centers on the Five Geographic Themes: location, place, human/environment interaction, movement and region.  The students produce a variety of projects using program technology such as Power Point and Publisher covering the Five Themes or various cultures of world countries. Science

At Assumption we believe in the following quote. "Science without God is like a bird without wings".  Well...here at Assumption, we are going to soar!  The study of creation is simply awe-inspiring.  By studying matter and how intricate it is and the many patterns and principles that govern our physical world, we will come to better appreciate the wonders of Our Creator!

Assumption’s Middle School Science Curriculum is driven by a textbook and enhanced with hands on experiments and activities in labs.  Sixth grade studies Earth and Physical Science.  Seventh Grade focuses on Life Science including many different topics -all related with living things.  Eighth Grade Earth Science includes many different topics - all related with the earth and space.  Each class takes several field trips throughout the year that pertain to the topics they are studying.


Science

 

At Assumption we believe in the following quote. "Science without God is like a bird without wings". Well...here at Assumption, we are going to soar! The study of creation is simply awe-inspiring. By studying matter and how intricate it is and the many patterns and principles that govern our physical world, we will come to better appreciate the wonders of Our Creator!

Assumption’s Middle School Science Curriculum is driven by a textbook and enhanced with hands on experiments and activities in labs. Sixth grade studies Earth and Physical Science. Seventh Grade focuses on Life Science including many different topics -all related with living things. Eighth Grade Earth Science includes many different topics - all related with the earth and space. Each class takes several field trips throughout the year that pertain to the topics they are studying.


Diverse Explorations (DEX)

 

Diverse Explorations is a class designed to introduce students to a wide range of experiences. Teachers will expose students to hobbies, crafts, sports, and careers through mini units. Guest speakers will enhance learning and knowledge. Hands on experiences will allow student to develop the skill. Fields trips will be taken when possible. Some topics to be explored are archery, computers, chiropractic, and first aide.

The second part of DEX is to do service for others. The School’s recycling is collected and sorted by DEX students. They will participate in community service projects like food drives. 


Language Arts


Sixth grade language arts class uses Open Court as its reading curriculum.  Vocabulary development along with spelling remains a focus area of the class.  Students begin using the Prentice Hall Grammar Book as part of their grammar unit.  Writing journals and the Six Traits writing process is utilized as well.

In seventh and eighth grade the students begin the Wordly Wise vocabulary program which not only works on word definition, but usage, synonyms, antonyms, etymology, and prefixes, roots, suffixes.  A variety of short stories and novels are examined using plot development, character analysis, theme and setting.  They continue using the Prentice Hall Grammar series with the four step process of definition, recognition, function and creation.  Composition includes narration, description, comparison/contrast, and expository.  Students work through each composition with prewriting, drafting, revision, and proofreading. 
 

Novels read in Seventh grade:   Shane, Walk Two Moon, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Holes

Novels read in Eighth grade:  The Outsiders, The Hobbit, The Pearl, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Night.


Journalism Class


Journalism is only open to 8th graders who exhibit a good work ethic, an above average level of writing skills, and, most important, the ability to work independently.  The students design the forty page yearbook online using a variety of tools that allow them to create colorful backgrounds and complex layouts.  Also created is a monthly four-page newsletter, The Green and Gold Gazette, which covers a variety of school activities including sports, classroom activities, assemblies, Masses, retreats and much more.  The student journalists use the program Publisher to format their newsletter and include many photos to enhance the articles.

 

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