St. Joseph School offers its students opportunities for growth in the following major subjects:
The religion program of St. Joseph School aims for a well-coordinated program involving all those from whom the child receives his first understanding of faith, whether in the home, in the parish or in the school.
In second grade, teaching about the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation is part of the Religion Curriculum, but does not replace the Parish Sacramental Preparation Program. Check your Parish policy regarding Sacramental preparation. The Sacrament of Confirmation is offered each year for the students in seventh and eighth grade according to the student’s pastor.
Parents of students celebrating these sacraments must contact their parish regarding additional preparations and parish enrollment information.
School liturgies are celebrated throughout the school year. All parents, family members and friends are invited to attend. Different classes participate in Liturgy on a weekly basis. Students are afforded the opportunity to participate fully and enthusiastically with great reverence and respect. If you are a trained Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, reader, or cantor and are available to assist in school liturgies, please contact the school office.
Because God is all knowing and all loving, we believe God keeps us constantly in mind. At St. Joseph School we strive to return this love of God by reminding ourselves of his presence. The way to respond to God is through prayer. Prayers that have pre-formulated words such as the “Lord’s Prayer” are called formal prayers. Informal prayers are simply prayers spoken in our own words expressing our love for God. Both forms of prayers have their place at St. Joseph School. Some of the “formal prayers” the students should know are:
- The Sign of the Cross
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Glory Be to the Father
- Hail Mary
- The Act of Contrition
- The Act of Faith
- The Act of Hope
- The Act of Love
- Grace before and after meals
- Morning Offering
The Language Arts Program incorporates reading and comprehension, writing, and oral language. The students are introduced to various literary genres and skills are systematically developed. Grammar, writing mechanics, phonics, spelling and vocabulary are taught in context as well as through formal instruction.
St. Joseph School uses the Saxon Math Curriculum in the Pre-K-Fifth grades. Saxon’s method of instruction is designed to promote student success through incremental development, continual practice and review, and ongoing cumulative assessment.
Middle school math offers traditional sixth grade math through the Geometry level.
St. Joseph School recognizes computer literacy and proficiency as a necessity in our technological society. All students participate in technology instruction on our wireless mobile lab of MacBook Pro computers.
In Social Studies, students study the cultures of people past and present, as well as geographical and environmental features of the world. They study the history of the United States and West Virginia and the contributions and traditions of diverse cultures. Students are taught to respect the dignity and rights of all members of our global society as set forth in the Gospels.
Science Through a hands-on approach to the biological, physical, and earth sciences, scientific literacy is achieved; curiosity isencouraged; and respect for God’s world is fostered. Students in grades 6th-8th may elect to participate in the Science Fair to meet their requirements for graduation. A parent orientation will be held to assist parents and students in preparing their projects.
Students at St. Joseph School are exposed to various art mediums, styles, and activities. Art expression is cultivated on an individual basis as class activities are introduced. Student artwork is on display at the school continually throughout the year. In music, students learn the rudiments of reading music. They also are exposed to various styles of music and composers. These groups prepare two programs a year that are shared with the entire school family. Middle school students may choose from a variety of music classes.
Students participate and learn various structured games, and work to pass physical fitness tests. Students are encouraged to strive for the Presidential and National Physical Fitness Awards.
Middle School Electives
Middle school students are given the opportunity to participate in electives throughout the school year. The elective period is held the last period on Fridays, and change quarterly. Parents who are willing to assist in offering an elective should contact the principal.
Academic Fairs – Middle School
To fulfill St. Joseph School’s graduation requirements, students must have participated in a minimum of one academic fair. Students must complete their participation by the end of their eighth grade year. Students who transfer into St. Joseph School in their eighth grade year must participate in either the Science or Social Studies Fairs.
- Math Field Day
- Social Studies Fair
- Science Fair
- Golden Horseshoe Competition (8th graders only)