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Academic Excellence

St. Teresa Catholic School offers a safe, diverse, and nurturing environment to guide students into a lifetime love of learning and love of Jesus. Our challenging academic curriculum prepares students for higher education and helps them to become confident, caring, and responsible citizens. In the words of our patroness, “Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.” We uphold a dedication to the Catholic values of peace, justice, and service.
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Preschool
Ages 4 and 5
Our preschool offers three flexible half-day options to help children learn about the world around them and prepare for kindergarten as they play, create, experiment, and explore.
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Elementary
Grades K-6
Our challenging curriculum provides the skills students need to become lifelong learners and leaders: critical thinking, communications, collaboration, and creativity.
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Junior High
Grades 7 & 8

Respect, accountability, and independence create a foundation from which our students learn and excel as they engage in academic and student leadership opportunities.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We are a faith-filled Catholic community called by God to teach, nurture and guide our children to achieve their God-given potential on life's journey to heaven. Our core values are Faith, Community, and Action.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Language is the student’s most important tool, because without language there would be no communication. Catholic schools seek to help in developing communication skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Spelling & Vocabulary

Spelling and vocabulary are taught in all grade levels. Good spellling skills make students better readers and writers!

Phonics

Phonics is taught in preschool through third grade. This decoding ability is a crucial element in reading success.

Handwriting

Handwriting is taught in grades Pre-K to 5 to engage cognitive, perceptual, and motor skills simultaneously. 

Mathematics

Math classes prepare students to effectively use mathematics in society, to reflect the ethics and teaching of the Catholic Church, and to appreciate patterns in the world God created.

Science/Health

Science enables students to recognize God in creation. Aspects of life science, physical science, health, and earth science are explored in an age-appropriate manner in all grade levels.

Social Studies

Each person is made in the image and likeness of God. Social Studies ultimately explores the interaction between God in His Providence and mankind in his response to God’s initiatives.

Art
Students in Grades K-8 attend scheduled art classes once or twice a week.
Music
Students K-8 take vocal music classes. Band is offered to students in grades 5-8.
Technology

Technology is an increasingly integral part of  K-8 educational programs .

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
 

Students in Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade receive instruction in the Catholic faith each day. Teachers use a diocesan curriculum, which includes elements of Catholic belief, worship and morality and prayers to be learned at each grade level. We strive to foster a religious atmosphere throughout the school through the use of crucifixes, religious pictures and statues, prayer corners, and religious bulletin boards. Finally, we integrate the Faith, whenever possible, into every subject area.

Preschool

St. Teresa Preschool provides an opportunity for 4 and 5 year old children to grow and develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, and psychologically. We offer three options if they are filled. All three classes will cover the same curriculum. The students in all three sessions will be prepared for Kindergarten the following year.
Mrs. Theresa Schafers

Meet Mrs. Theresa Schafers

Welcome to St. Teresa Preschool! My name is Theresa Schafers. I have been teaching for 21 years in the Catholic school system, with sixteen of those years being at St. Teresa’s School! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and, for the last 6 years, I have been in charge of developing and teaching our preschool program. Our preschool program is holistic in nature, and it focuses on developing the mind, body, and soul of each child.

Thus, “When the soul and body are united, then nature orders the soul to rule and govern, and the body to obey and serve.” (Plato) It is for this reason that I have taken our school’s mission statement as the basis of my own philosophy of education: “We are a faith-filled Catholic community called by God to teach, nurture, and guide children to achieve their God-given potential on life’s journey to heaven.” Come and join our faith-filled school family! I look forward to meeting you and your little one!

Religious Foundation

The teaching of our Catholic values and philosophy is the capstone of our preschool program. Our program helps each child grow spiritually. Lessons based on bible stories, liturgical seasons, and dogmatic concepts help each child to learn about God and His great love for them. Besides meeting priests and sisters, children will hear and learn prayers, religious songs, and stories.

Classroom Academics

Our preschool environment focuses on developing the entire individual. Daily activities concentrate on phonological awareness, letter/print awareness, and oral language skills. A weekly theme introduces each individual child to new vocabulary words and educational concepts which they learn to apply to the world around them. Math, Science, and Social Studies lessons are intertwined within the week’s theme. Teaching facts and basic skills, along with physical body movement through music and art, help develop small muscle coordination. Our program allows each child to learn and grow educationally at their own pace.

Social Development

Ample time is given to developing each child’s social skills. The children are given opportunities to practice sharing and working with others. During center activities, there are many opportunities for children to learn and take turns talking and using supplies, as well as practice patience when waiting for their turn.
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“Parents are the first and foremost catechists of their children. They catechize informally, but powerfully, by example and instruction. They communicate values and attitudes by showing love for Christ and His church and for each other, by reverently receiving the Eucharist and living in its spirit, and by fostering justice and love in all their relationships. Their active role in the parish, their readiness to seek opportunities to serve others, and their practice of frequent and spontaneous prayer, all make meaningful their profession of belief. Parents nurture faith in their children by showing them the richness and beauty of lived faith.”
- Sharing the Light of Faith