2017-18 Facts and Achievements
We had a very successful 2017-18 school year!
Below is a sample of our school's achievements, and facts about our current academic programs!
- A grant supported our adoption of Second Step, a weekly Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program throughout every grade. Our goal is to develop a culture of character vs. a culture of compliance. In the program, students learn why character matters, how to show empathy, how to be upstanders and not bystanders, to understand how they treat all people, to know it's important to be honest, with themselves and with others, to admit mistakes, and move past them in a positive way, taking full responsibility.
- A grant supported the adoption of Nancy Larson Science for grades Kindergarten through 2.
- We adopted Penn's Valley support texts for Social Studies curriculum in grades 4 through 7.
- Our Art program increased in depth with new projects completed based on learning through experience, and Art History.
- Our graduating class of 2018 completed one unit of high school Spanish.
- All students are in an Algebraic program with Go Math, Sadlier, and Prentice Hall, with all three groups in Algebra courses. The middle and Honors group took the Algebra I high school exam at the end of the year.
- In Music, students had the opportunity to perform in the fall school musical, and participate in the Harmonium choruses. Five students performed at the Kimmel Center at the Archdiocesan Concert of Excellence.
- Our Religion curriculum will be adopting a Sophia Press scripture-based program in the Fall for grade 6.
- English/Language Arts (ELA) continued with the Wonders program, which increased the children's achievement in comprehension (especially in non-fiction works). Vocabulary continues to be taught on every level.
- Our National Junior Honor Society and Student Council were more active with service and projects. For example, the NJHS offered a tutoring on-demand program.
- Our Stars in Service program continued over four months during the school year.
- The Knight School Chess Club was added after school, along with the continuation of other clubs, including: 24 (Math), Reading Olympics, off-site cooking classes, Science Explorers, Odyssey of the Mind, Future Cities and Robotics.
- Students had the opportunity to compete in the Science Fair, and new this year, the History Fair.