St. Joseph Catholic School offers the following daily specials in addition to our core curriculum.
Physical Education is a combination of health, nutrition, and fitness activities offered one to two times a week. Students engage in team building activities, learn a variety of sports, and learn how to respect others on the playground.
Our students are exposed to the Spanish language twice a week in grades Alpha K – 4, and three to four times a week in Grades 6-8. Our students are given opportunities to practice vocabulary, conversation, and culture so that they have a foundation for high school Spanish study.
Visual Arts is designed to enable students to achieve visual arts literacy and develop technical artistic skills. Students engaging in the artistic process learn by solving problems, exhibiting their work, and thinking critically about it; then, they continue the process by relating other ideas, contexts, and meanings to their own as they refine their future work to a more sophisticated level.
Music is taught to all students, enhancing their academic and emotional development. AK-3 students receive general music classes, focussing on developing their singing voice as well as their understanding of basic musical concepts. Students in grades 4-8 receive musical instruction on the Ukulele, focussing on technical skill and performance, while continuing to develop their singing voice. Throughout the program students will learn to become musically literate, being able to read, write, and perform music.
Our Wellness program is designed to teach students fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and mind-body connection. Students receive instruction once a month, participate in Run Club, and look forward to an end of year Iron Knight Challenge to show off their fitness progress.
Technology instruction is embedded in every subject and is spearheaded by our homeroom teachers. Students in Grades 1-8 have a 1:1 student to i-Pad ratio, while our Alpha K and K students occasionally use technology but focus mainly on developing fine and gross motor skills. Our Digital Citizenship program addresses timely topics and prepares students to take ownership of their digital lives. Topics include media balance and well being, privacy and security, digital footprint, online communication, and media literacy.