Academics

At St. Joseph we balance traditional studies with physical education, fine arts, and the Catholic faith to give our students a well-rounded education that sets them on a path to excel in high school, college, and the real world. Explore our Academics section to see how we ensure that every child, every day learns, grows, and thrives.

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Our Culture for Learning

Teachers use the California state standards for all subjects to develop curriculum maps outlining the skills students will need to master each year.  Depending on the standard/skill, teachers use textbooks, technology, or other materials to provide students with the practice needed to achieve mastery.

Some applications used to provide enrichment and support of learning are Lexia, RazzKids, and St Math.

To measure growth from a standards based perspective, St. Joseph students take the STAR Test for reading and math four times per year.

Report Cards

Report cards are shared with parents three times a year in Grades TK-8.  The purpose of report cards is to summarize the learning of skills at the end of each trimester. Student knowledge is measured following the standards-based grading scale.

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Art

Grades TK-8 have art once a week. The students learn to make many different types of art such as ceramics, sketching, water coloring, oil pastels, chalk pastels, printing, and much more. The art created by the students is always showcased throughout the school.

 

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Music

Music is taught once a week to grades TK-8th grade. All students participate in two performances a year: one at Christmas and one in the Spring.

Choir

Available for grades 4th – 8th

St. Joseph School has enjoyed a robust Choir program for many years. Mr. Joseph Pigg volunteers his time to work with and teach over 30 students, at 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 Friday mornings to help students with the complexities and beauty of Christian music. Our choir sings at all of the school Masses as well as once a month at the Family Mass held at our Parish, St. Joseph Church. They also compete in the Choir festival in April, held by the Diocese. Any 4th-8th student is welcome to join.

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Physical Education

Curriculum

“Why Teach Physical Education?

Physical education contributes significantly to every student’s health and well-being. Physical education is an instructional priority for California schools.  Every student—regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, native language, race,religion, or sexual orientation—is entitled to a high-quality physical education program. Physical education is an integral part of the overall education program for every student and provides one of the few opportunities for every student to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to lead a physically active lifestyle. A high-quality physical education program promotes an active lifestyle and improved health, motor skill development, and better cognitive performance. (Etnier and Sibley 2003; Etnier et al. 1997).

Motor Skill Development

The proper development of movement and motor skills requires instruction, practice, and appropriate feedback. Most students do not develop the proper technique or understanding of movement and motor skills on their own. Proficiency in movement and motor skills allows greater enjoyment when one participates in individual and dual sports, combatives, aquatics, tumbling and gymnastics, rhythms and dance, and team sports. In addition, this proficiency carries over to life skills, such as safely walking and climbing and avoiding falls.

Academic Performance

Over 200 studies (Etnier and Sibley 2003) have addressed the relationship between physical activity and cognitive function. Meta-analyses have been applied to the studies in general (Etnier et al. 1997) and, more specifically, to children from elementary to high school age (Etnier and Sibley 2003). According to Etnier and associates (1997), the evidence consistently shows that despite study design, student health, or type of activity, exercise improves the cognitive performance of children. One study found that “devoting substantially increased school time to health-related physical education does not have detrimental effects on students’ academic achievement” (Sallis et al. 1999).  A Study of the Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in California Using 2004 Test Results (2005) reports that while there is little research on the relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement, the research that has been conducted indicates a positive correlation between physical fitness and academic achievement. As one rises, so does the other (A Study of the Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement 2005, 1). (Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve Adopted by theCalifornia State Board of Education Published by the California Department of Education Sacramento, 2009)

Lesson Plan

FALL

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

  • Orientation
  • Games-Color Tag
  • Football, Throwing & Catching
  • Football, Punting, Kicking & Flag Pulling
  • Trash Can Football with Flags
  • Fort Knox, Capture the Chicken, Cat & Mouse Dodge ball

OCTOBER

  • Hot/Cold Water Dodge Ball
  • Softball, Throwing & Catching
  • Softball, Hitting Instructions, Tee Hitting
  • Softball Games

NOVEMBER

  • Soccer, Dribbling, Kicking, Throw-Ins, Passing
  • Soccer, Sharks & Minnows( K-4), KOC Free Throw Contest(5-8)
  • Soccer Games
  • Presidential Physical Fitness Testing I(Pull-ups) & Team Handball

WINTER

DECEMBER

  • Presidential Physical Fitness Testing II(Shuttle Run)
  • Giant Soccerball Soccer, 4 Goal Soccer

JANUARY

  • Basketball, Skills-Shooting, Dribbling & Passing
  • Basketball, Bowling Basketball, Team 21
  • Basketball, Numbers Basketball, Champion Basketball
  • Basketball, Around the World, Knockout

FEBRUARY

  • No Swipe Basketball (Standard Basketball)
  • No Swipe Basketball (Standard Basketball)
  • Kickball Basketball
  • Presidential Physical Fitness Testing-Part III(Sit-ups)

SPRING

MARCH

  • Presidential Physical Fitness Testing-Part IV(V-Sit)
  • Kickball – Long Base, Regular
  • Volleyball, Skills-Setting, Bumping, Serving
  • Volleyball Games – Regular & Beach Volleyball

APRIL

  • Presidential Physical Fitness Testing-Part V(Mile Run)
  • Track – 50 Meter, 100 Meter, 200 Meter, 400 Meter, Softball
  • Throw & Relays

MAY/JUNE

  • Track-Continued
  • Cross Country Running, Kickball-Standard
  • Polo
  • Tennis Baseball, Circuit Training, Musical Hoops
  • Students Favorites