Father James B. Hay Catholic School Curriculum is sequential in all areas and students are exposed to a wide variety of cross-curricular learning activities. Students in all grades are also taught Art, Music, Physical Education, Computer Technology, Science and Library on a weekly basis, besides the core subjects of Religion, Language Arts (which includes Reading, English, Spelling, Vocabulary and Phonics), Math, Science and Social Studies.
The philosophy behind the Diocese of Arlington’s art curriculum is based on the belief that each person is a unique creation, having worth as a child of God, and as a gift of God, possessing many talents. Art is a visual language that can be read and understood by children and teachers alike as an important part of their response to beauty in God’s created world.
Music is a universal language through which one can understand and appreciate the richness and diversity of human experience. Coupled with integration of liturgical music, the student has a unique opportunity for a complete education in the arts, establishing their Catholic identity.
Physical ability is not our most important concern here in our P.E. class. We do want to promote skill development, but our primary goals are to encourage students to try their best, work hard, and always have a good attitude!
Our program consists of a wide variety of activities which will contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the students.
Our goals are as follows:
- Develop total fitness by increasing strength, stamina, and cardiovascular endurance.
- Develop better motor skills.
- Develop social skills such as sportsmanship, team play, and cooperation.
- Increase interest in activities and games for continuation of physical activity throughout life.
We discover God’s creation using the scientific concepts of hypothesis, observation, procedure, and drawing conclusions using higher order thinking. Science lab is a wonderful place of discovery and to bring order to the many questions we may have. Science provides an avenue to answer these questions about the workings of the world around us that God has provided for us to use and enjoy. I encourage the respect and stewardship of the earth as we discuss and explore the sciences.
Through the use of technology, our goal is to educate the whole person by supporting classroom goals, lesson intent, and professional development. technology enables us to expand the classroom beyond it’s physical walls, creating a learning space that is active and available 24/7-365, where students can gain access to a wide array of information and experience. We further promote moral behavior and relationships in an internet setting, by providing meaningful opportunities for students to demonstrate moral behavior online, by allowing students to leverage technology in a positive way.