Dear Parents, We are excited to announce that creative block classes have begun. These interesting classes give students a chance to explore material that is not traditionally covered in the curriculum. Below is a description of course offering.
Personal Enrichment Classes:
St. John Bosco Society for Priestly Vocations – In this class for young men in grades 6-8, we will study the Eine art and noble work of liturgy as we consider the call that God has placed in each young man’s heart: the call to serve. We hope to inspire and foster the young men’s vocations, whatever those may be, and to increase their appreciation and understanding of the Mass and Divine Office (taught by Mr. George, with guest lectures from Fr. Eurel, Kingsley the Seminarian, Gabe Castillo, and others such as may be arranged. Open only to 6th-8th grade boys).
Math Squad – Students in grades 5-8 are invited to hone their problem-solving skills through this weekly program for competitive mathematics. We will utilize materials provided by the Mathcounts foundation and will begin to practice for the PSIA Mathematics and Number Sense events in the Spring. Students who hope to compete in a math-related PSIA event as well as another event that may be coached in a later Creative Block should strongly consider joining the Math Squad Creative Block during the first quarter. This will allow them time to participate in coaching for other events that may be offered in successive quarters (taught by Mrs. Speed and Mr. Turrentine to a maximum of 25 students).
The Little Prince, The Little Flower, and the Pursuit of Virtue – Antoine de Saint-Exupery published his beloved fable for children of all ages, The Little Prince, in 1943. Since then, this deceptively simple book has inspired generations of men and women to look at the world with wonder and to ask what their role in it should be. In this class, we will read The Little Prince alongside reflections from St. Therese, The Little Flower, Patroness of Saint Theresa Catholic School, to compare what she and de Saint-Exupery have to say about duty, virtue, honor, and how to Eind and be your best self (the class will be taught by Dr. Newcomb to a maximum of 30 with priority enrollment for students in grades 6-8).
Plant Identification and Foraging – In this class, students will learn the skill of identifying and the techniques for proper foraging of wild edible and medicinal plants within this region of Texas. Students will not be allowed to consume ANY plants in this class in our occasional trips across the street to Sugar Land Park. Class will be taught in a classroom setting, until an (optional) ending afterschool assessment at Cullinan Park or Brazos Bend State Park, where students will demonstrate their knowledge in a woodland setting. Students will be given presentations, and will take notes for the plant walk at the end of the class after the first quarter (taught by Mr. Flaherty. Open to all students within 4th-8th grades, although older students have precedence).
Skill Building Classes:
These courses are designed to help students who are either struggling with academics or wish to have some intervention to improve their skills. In these classes, STCS faculty will provide small group tutoring experiences. This format will allow a more personal approach than a typical classroom as well as allow instruction to be more focused on the specific needs of each child. For these reasons, subject area teachers will generally recommend a student for a skill building section.
ELA Skills Building – In this class, students will work on language, reading, and grammar skills. A combination of student generated questions, teacher identified areas of emphasis, and educational activities will be used to improve participant understanding (led by Mr. Turner).
Mathematics Skill Building – In this class, students will receive a combination of computer assisted, individual, and small group instruction to improve mathematical proficiency. Emphasis will be placed on providing help with homework and classically difficult areas such as multiplication tables, ratios, and bar models (led by Dr. Capitano).