St. Margaret Mary Courses Offered
St. Margaret Mary focuses on developing a solid foundation for academic and personal success. It is our belief that young students need to attain proficiency in these building blocks of knowledge.
Curriculum at all grade levels include:
- Computer Skills
- Language Arts
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
In Art classes, the students explore the elements of art. The elements are color, value, line, shape, form, texture and space. The students also experiment with art principles and concepts hands on with a range of pure and mixed media. The principles are balance, contrast, proportion, pattern, rhythm, emphasis, unity and variety. It is stressed to the students that they are all artists by definition, which is a person that creates art. And within the world of art, just like anything else, the more one practices, the better one gets. In the classroom, the same processes that are used in the Writers Workshop are followed. This means the art instruction is completely process oriented. The students complete a rough draft (sketch), talk about and edit (revise) and then begin the final copy. All of these items are integral and important parts of the art experience.
TCCES Elementary students receive a computer and technology class once per six-day cycle with a licensed elementary computer science teacher. The focus of the class is to integrate technology into other curriculum areas such as Spanish, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Students complete curriculum-based projects using various software packages: Microsoft Paint, Word, Excel, and Power Point. A favorite program among all grades is Kid Pix, a graphic design program. Students also learn how to safely use the Internet, basic computer skills, touch-typing, mouse control, proper care of a personal computer, and file management.
TCCES general music programs aims to promote music appreciation and develop students' musical ability. The goal of our dynamic program is to instill a love of various styles of music and movement, as directed by our Kohl Teacher's Fellowship award winning instructor, Mr. Rhex Arboleda. While meeting the standards set by the diocese and the state, "Mr. R" leads students in experiencing the joy of singing, playing musical instruments from various cultures and learning to dance
Students prepare for two concerts a year - a Christmas play and a spring concert. The students' love of singing, dancing, and instrument playing are demonstrated at these special events.
Philosophy: "Physical Education in the Catholic schools is an integral part of the total education program. Movement experiences which focus on improving physical fitness and developing physical skills will help students maximize their potential, not only during their formative years, but throughout their lifetime. Participation in physical activities contributes to the development of self-confidence, cognitive skills, social skills, and an appreciation of God's gift of life and movement. A comprehensive physical education program contributes to the total development of the Christian person."
- Develops fine and gross motor skills and performs combinations of movements.
- Demonstrates ability to perform combinations of movements in creative and rhythmic activities.
- Develops sports skills and other activities for lifetime use.
- Develops attitudes of good sportsmanship, cooperation, and teamwork.
To assist parents in their lifelong duty as the primary faith instructors of their children, the school provides instruction in the doctrine and beliefs of the Catholic faith at all grade levels. Students plan and participate in liturgies. Sacramental preparation is a parish responsibility and is coordinated with the parish religious education departments.
Spanish class is a time for students to explore a new language and culture while having fun at the same time. With lessons based on the "Viva el Español!" series, students develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Their eyes are also opened to many different aspects of Hispanic culture. Sample topics covered throughout year include prayers, colors, weather, clothing, feelings and emotions, and the list goes on!