Value Themed Goals
Working collaboratively, our faculty and administrators select an annual faith-based values theme with specific applications for each quarter of the school year. Every teacher at every grade level includes the values theme in regular lesson plans across the curriculum as well as in special values-focused lesson plans. Our pastor and parish priests enthusiastically support the school values curriculum, including the quarterly themes in homilies at our First Friday Masses.
Through our yearly values themes, students and faculty consider and apply the tenets of our Catholic faith to daily life. Through this special curriculum, students and teachers continually revisit our core Christian values taught in Religion classes and consciously seek to live in accordance with Christ's teachings. Teachers at each grade level develop values lessons that are developmentally appropriate. Consequently, during each quarter there is a spectrum across the grades of students learning targeted values vocabulary, concepts, and practices.
We have three primary goals relative to our values curriculum:
• Design and implement assessment tools to evaluate the impact of this curriculum on the individual student and on our school community. We are interested in assessing the values curriculum in the following contexts: in the classroom, on the playground, in the school, and possibly on the student's life at home, in extra-curricular activities, and beyond.
• Continue to link technology training and integration to the values curriculum--for teachers and students.
• Clearly communicate to the school community our redefined discipline philosophy which accurately reflects our Christian values of self-respect and respect of others.