Extracurricular Activities & Athletics

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Overview of Programs, Curriculum, and Services at the 4-6 Campus

Faith

Integrating the Catholic Faith and Traditions is a part of every aspect of the 4-6 Campus. Our mission is to share in the Church’s mission of proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ as lived out in the Catholic Church. Student faith is enriched and nurtured by the following:

  • Weekly Mass
  • Preparing and participating in the liturgy as lectors, singers, and servers
  • Weekly classroom visits and instruction from local Parish Priests
  • Daily prayer and scripture readings
    • Learning traditional Catholic prayers
  • Special grade level “Prayer Day”
  • Celebrating Catholic Schools Week
  • Daily religious instruction using an approved Religion Textbook
  • Special prayer services in church throughout the year
    • Advent and Lent activities and service projects
  • Daily Rosary
  • Weekly Eucharistic Adoration
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Curriculum

Keeping up with best practice, current research, and continuous improvement is key in selecting the curriculum that will be covered at the 4-6 Campus. Teachers receive a minimum of four days of Professional Development during the summer, and other PD opportunities are planned throughout the school year to continuously search out and learn about the latest educational research and trends in best practice. Students receive instruction in all of the following curriculum areas:

Religion                                         Reading

Science                                          Spelling

Math                                              English

Social Studies                               Writing                  

 

Instruction is designed with the needs of each individual student in mind. Whole group, small group, and individual activities are planned throughout the day. The average class size is 25 students.

 

Blended Learning – Teachers utilize technology to enhance and reinforce instruction through researched based programs like IXL, Read Theory, and Accelerated Reader.

 

Technology

Technology is an essential tool in expanding the educational experience and addressing the 21st Century Skills.  At the 4-6 Campus there is a staffed Computer Lab with 30 computers.  In addition to the Media Center Lab, the students also have access to IPADS and Chromebooks for classroom use.  Technology is utilized for both enrichment, reinforcement, remediation, as well as for productivity and creativity.

 

  • Smart Board used for computer lessons and instruction
  • Accelerated Reader Program
  • High-Speed Internet connection both in the lab and in the classroom
  • 2 to 1 Student/IPAD  Ratio
  • Bring Your Own Device for Reading
  • 3 Chromebooks Carts
  • IXL

 

Library/Media Center

Exposing children to literature is an integral part of developing reading skills and a lifelong love for reading. Students at the 4-6 Campus go to the Library for 30 minutes per week as a class. Students also go at other times throughout the week to check out materials or take Accelerated Reader Tests.

  • Certified Media Specialist
  • Automated Library Check out system
  • Wide variety of books and genres for children to choose from
  • Accelerated Reader Incentive program

Integrated Arts

The K-3 Campus’s new integrated arts program lets students exercise to the beat of their own drums – literally!  Students attend an Integrated Arts class once per month in addition to the regular weekly music and art programs.  These classes will  combine traditional aerobic movements with the powerful beat and rhythm of drums.  Instead of beating on a drum, however, people whack a large exercise ball, unleashing their inner rock stars. The beauty of this new program is that any student can do it, regardless of age, fitness level or physical limitations, and drumming in a group fosters a sense of fun and community.  Classes will rotate throughout the year giving all students many opportunities to join in the beat and the fun!”

Music

Students at the 4-6 Campus attend music class two times per week.  Classes are devoted to music terms, elements, and singing.  The students also spend a quarter devoted to learning keyboarding in the Yamaha Keyboard Lab. The music curriculum includes:

  • Certified Music Teacher
  • Liturgical music is introduced and taught to encourage students to actively and consciously participate in liturgical worship as a means for praying and praising God
  • Introduction to and appreciation of different types and styles of music
  • Terminology, elements, and music concepts are taught using music textbooks and other resources
  • Yamaha Electronic Keyboards for every student
  • “Bluegrass in the Schools” instrument program
    • Students are given lessons on the banjo, mandolin, guitar, and fiddle

 

Art

There is a long tradition within the Church that recognizes the longing to create beauty in collaboration with the Creator and to give expression by a means other than with words alone.  Young students love to express their individuality and creativity through art. Students at the 4-6 Campus go to Art Class for one hour each week. Students use many different mediums, techniques, and processes for creating art.

The art curriculum includes:

  • Certified Art Teacher
  • Exploration of a variety of materials, techniques and processes in artworks
  • Hands on art projects
  • Integrated with the teaching of other subject matter
  • Creativity encouraged and fostered
  • Art supplies and materials provided

 

Differentiated Learning Specialist

Differentiation and continuous progress are essential for students to be successful. OCES is committed to meeting the individual needs of every student. The 4-6 Campus has a Differentiated Learning Specialist on staff to assist teachers and students. The Learning Specialist:

  • Differentiated Learning Specialist holds a Masters Degree in Education
  • Works with teachers to plan individualized learning activities
  • Assists with grade level planning
  • Presents Staff Development
  • Researches to find appropriate activities for students
  • Works with small groups of children with special needs
  • Works with individual students
  • Performs assessments to determine student strengths and/or areas of difficulty
  • Administers MAP Assessments to all students
  • Differentiated Learning Specialist holds a Masters in Education

 

Title 1

The 4-6 Campus receives federal funds through the Title 1 program to meet the needs of students needing additional assistance in reading and math. These students meet with a Certified Title 1 Teacher in small groups. The Title 1 teacher works with the classroom teacher to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. The Title 1 Program is another way to ensure that all students are succeeding. A Homework Assistance Program (Homework Helper) provides an assistant for qualifying Title I students from 2:15 – 3:15 Monday-Thursday.  The Title I Program is another way to ensure that all students are succeeding. 

 

Speech and Language Program

The 4-6 Campus partners with OPS to provide a certified speech teacher who works with small groups of students identified through OPS guidelines.  Students receive services weekly for 25 minutes. The speech teacher works with parents to develop the best course of action to help the child be successful.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Academic Team – Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 may participate in this program, which enhances their knowledge in all curriculum areas.  Academic team members compete in district and regional competitions.

Future Problem Solving –

Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 are given the opportunity to participate in this program.  Team members work on developing problem solving skills directed toward a specific prompt.  Future Problem Solving members participate in district, regional, and state competition.

 

·         Book Club

  • Chess Club
  • Lego Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Choir
  • Library Club

 

Elementary Athletic Program

The mission statement of the Owensboro Catholic Elementary Athletics program encourages a student to become an ideal youth, firmly loyal to God, Church, and community.  The goal of the athletic program is to promote good sportsmanship, respect for rules and self-discipline among its contestants.  Students have the opportunity to participate in the following athletic programs:

  • Girls Softball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis

 

Other Programs & Services

  • After School Program– Daily from 2:30 until 5:30- The 4-6 Campus has a fully qualified and trained staff. A discount is offered for multiple children in the same family.
    • The 4-6 Campus offers an After School Program for all students. A snack is offered, homework assistance is available, and activities are planned to engage all students. Students are divided up into grade level groups and rotate around to different stations:
      • Computer Games
      • Board Games and Activities
      • Arts and Crafts
      • Puzzles, Creativity, and Hands on Fun
      • Supervised Outside Play

 

  • Breakfast and Lunch Program
    • Students may eat breakfast from 7:00-7:30 every morning
    • Students have a 20 minute lunch period
    • The lunch program follows federal guidelines providing students with a healthy lunch involving student choice.
    • Students who bring their lunch can buy milk or juice.
    • Parents may call ahead to reserve lunch and eat with their child.
    • OCS students may apply for and receive financial assistance through the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Forms are available in the office.
    • Computerized lunchroom account system used
    • Lunchroom supervisor, three additional lunchroom staff, a lunchroom monitor, and two volunteers work in the cafeteria daily
    • Power Break each morning for all students to eat breakfast or purchase a mid-morning snack.
    • Students may purchase a la carte items after eating main menu item.

 

  • Health Technician
    • The 4-6 Campus has a qualified and trained health technician on staff fulltime. The Health Teach offers daily medication attention, maintains proper health records, and provides immediate medical attention on site.
  • Free tutoring can be arranged after school with the National Honor Society students at Owensboro Catholic High School
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts– Students are given an opportunity to sign up for Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts at the beginning of each school year.
  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) – The importance of home and school working together is of the utmost importance to the philosophy behind our Catholic School. The Owensboro Catholic K-3 Campus, 4-6 Campus, and the Owensboro Catholic Middle School have a joint PTO. The PTO is very active and involved in the schools. Many volunteer opportunities are available at both sites and parents are always welcome. The PTO has two general meetings a year. The parents elect the Executive PTO Board each year. 

 

  • ParentHome Communication– Parents are kept informed and updated on everything that is going on at school through:
    • OCS Website– The OCS website is updated  with a calendar of events, lunch menu, and highlights and pictures of activities that have taken place at school- owensborocatholic.org
    • Weekly e-mail announcements – Every Sunday, the principal sends out an email announcement to parents on upcoming events, activities, and reminders.  Anyone wishing to receive these can sign up by giving a current e-mail address.
    • Weekly Classroom Newsletter– Teachers of students in grades 4 and 5 send home a weekly newsletter to parents, informing them of upcoming tests, weekly homework, and curriculum highlights
    • ParentTeacher Conferences- Formal conferences are scheduled at the end of the first quarter; parents may request a conference with their child’s teacher at any time throughout the year
    • Progress Reports- Report cards go home every 9-weeks. Mid-term reports are send home at the mid-point of each 9-weeks for students earning below a C average.  Parents are encouraged to current with their child’s grades through INOW.
    • INOW – This program assists parents in observing their child’s grades and progress in each subject area. 
    • Blogs/Website – Some teachers us a blog or website to keep parents informed of up-coming events and schedules.  These are updated regularly.
    • See-Saw App  
    • FaceBook