CurriculumEnrichment

  • Art

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    Core Knowledge

    The Arts are not a peripheral part, but an essential part of the curriculum. As children progress in their knowledge and competencies, they can begin to learn more about the methods and terminology of the different arts, and become familiar with an ever wider range of great artists. Through attaining a basic knowledge of the arts, children are not only better prepared to understand and appreciate works of art, but also to communicate their ideas, feelings, and judgements to others. A good understanding of the arts grows out of at least three modes of knowledge---creative, historical, and analytical. Early study of the arts should embrace all three modes with special emphasis on creativity and active participation.

    Our Hope for Students

    We at St. Aloysius School believe that it is important for children to explore what they learn in the classroom in a creative way. Therefore we try to create art projects based on the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Our hope is that all students will acquire an ability to see the beauty the world has to offer and will gain appreciation for the art that is all around them.


    What we do in...

  • Computer

    Welcome to Computer Enrichment Classes!

    St. Aloysius offers Computer Enrichment Classes to 5th-8th grade students throughout the year. 

    The classes use project oriented teaching where the variety of projects the students complete emphasize the effective use of technology and core knowledge for cross curriculum activities with major emphasis on Keyboarding, Computer applications using Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher in Microsoft Office 10, Multimedia sources, coding, and accessing the Internet are incorporated into the curriculum.

     

    Robotics/ Newspaper

    The CS/Robotics Club for 5th–8th graders explores math, engineering and programming skills to complete Computer Science projects, and construct Lego Mindstorm robots that will perform specific tasks involving movement, sound, touch, ultrasound, and/or sight. 

    Robotics- Tuesdays

    Newspaper- Thursdays
     

    Learning is project driven in Computer Classes

    1. Time Line of Computer History
    2. Keyboarding: Good Typing


    Robotics Links

    1. Mindstorms Programming Projects
    2. Programming the NXT
    3. NXT Programs
    4. STEM Education in Robotics
  • Music

    Teacher Pages

    St. Aloysius School Music Department

    At St. Aloysius School music plays an essential role in each child's education. Students are provided a wide-range of opportunities to sing, play instruments, dance, listen to music, compose, and act. Our curriculum embraces the philosophy that “a good understanding of the arts grows out of at least three modes of knowledge ---creative (i.e. performance), historical, and analytical.

    Yearly performance opportunities include:

    • St. Aloysius Singers (Grades 6-8) – These award-winning choirs sing for all-school masses and for other special events.
    • St. Aloysius School Junior Varsity and Varsity BandBand participation begins in Grade 4 and is an extra-curricular activity. The Band presents two concerts and also plays for Grandparents Day.
    • Advent Festival of Readings and Carols – Presented annually.
    • Blessing of the Animals – Prepared and presented annually on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

    Core Knowledge Music Curriculum

    As students develop in their understanding and ability they explore music techniques and terminology through the study of great artists and their works. While learning about basic principles of music in the Core KnowledgeCurriculum, students become prepared to articulate their ideas, feelings and judgments to others.

    Kindergarten

    • Become familiar with rhythm, melody, form
    • Recognize instruments by sight and sound
    • Become familiar with the 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' by Grieg and Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals
    • Music and Movement from Kindergarten Songs list

    1st Grade

    • Review rhythm melody, harmony, form
    • Become familiar with simple music notation
    • Intro to composers, orchestra and opera.
    • Listening: Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik
    • Songs and movement from 1st Grade Song list

    2nd Grade

    • Review basic elements of music and notation
    • Review families of instruments
    • Recognize differences between piano and organ
    • Explore composition
    • Listening: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Bach's Minuet in G and Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
    • Music and movement from 2nd Grade song list

    3rd Grade

    • Review basic elements of music and notation
    • Review symphony orchestra
    • Composers and their music: John Phillip Sousa, Aaron Copland, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky
    • Intro to Jazz
    • Music and Movement - 3rd Grade Song List

    4th Grade

    • Review basic elements and notation
    • Introduction to singing in harmony
    • Recognize vocal ranges of singers
    • Listening - Britten's 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra', Handel's Messiah (The Hallelujah Chorus), Haydn's Surprise Symphony, Mozart's The Magic Flute
    • Music and movement from 4th Grade Song list, especially Gregorian chant and Sea Songs

    5th Grade

    • Continue with basic music terms and notation
    • Composers: Beethoven (Symphony No 5), Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition),
    • Mendelssohn (Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream) and music of the Renaissance
    • American Musical Traditions - Spirituals
    • Songs and Movement from the 5th Grade List

    6th Grade

    • Review as necessary the orchestra, keyboard instruments and vocal ranges
    • Italian musical terms
    • Review musical notation
    • Handbell Unit
    • Classical Music from Baroque to Romantic
    • Composers: Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn,
    • Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann

    7th Grade

    • Review terms from earlier grades
    • Recognize Italian terms
    • Understand notation
    • Listening: Romantics and Nationalists
    • Composers and works: Brahms, Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner, Dvorak, Grieg, Tchaikovsky
    • American Musical Traditions: Blues and Jazz

    8th Grade

    • Review terms and notation from earlier grades
    • Introduction to Non-Western Music
    • Listening: Modern Music (Impressionists)
    • Opera, Operetta, American Musical Theater, Music video and Film
  • P.E.

    Welcome to PE!

    In our mission statement at St. Aloysius School, we state that we strive to educate the whole child in the Cahtolic tradition for a life of meaning and purpose.  In our Physical Education classes we help to do this.  By teaching through movement, the basic locomoter skills and overall coordination can be learned so that our students can live active and healthy lives. We strive to always keep the students moving in a fun atmosphere making sure that good sportsmanship is always present.

  • Spanish

    Did you know...?

    Eighth Graders may earn high school credit for Spanish 1. Click here for more information.

    Practice Links

    Our 7th and 8th grade text is from Mcdougall...click below for practice activities.

    Spanish Links

    Spanish Curriculum at SAS

    Curriculum

    Vocabulary Builders

    Click on the links below to find helpful vocabulary: