Religion/Development of Spiritual Life
All students, regardless of faith heritage, are expected to attend classroom periods of religious instruction and scheduled church services. Students study Catholic doctrine, Scripture and church history. They also are provided time for prayer and worship.
Catholic students in 2nd grade participate in Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Catholic students in 8th grade participate in Sacramental preparation for Confirmation. In the event any student has not yet been Baptized, or a student in grades 3 through 8 has not yet received First Communion or First Reconciliation, parents may request these sacraments by contacting the Pastor or notifying the Principal, who will take the request to the Pastor.
Non-Catholic students are encouraged to actively participate in church services, except for the reception of the Eucharist. All are required to maintain a respectful behavior at such times.
As part of our religious curriculum, students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are required to participate in the St. Michael Parish School Service Program. Kindergarten through 4th grade students will do service projects with their classroom teachers. Middle School service hour requirements are as follows:
- Grade 5 5 hours
- Grade 6 6 hours
- Grade 7 7 hours
- Grade 8 10 hours
The Language Arts Program includes composition, grammar, vocabulary, reading, phonics, and spelling. Each is taught commensurate with the grade level, development, and maturity of the student. Basic skills become the foundation for future education and they are emphasized each year.
The Mathematics Program at St. Michael Parish School emphasizes mathematics as “hands-on” learning and teaches problem solving skills. Basic computation and math in everyday life provide a realistic basis for mathematics in the elementary grades. Middle School may include grade-level math and pre-Algebra.
The Science Program (Kindergarten through 4th grade) includes teacher demonstrations and age-appropriate “hands-on” involvement in all areas of general science. Students are taught the basic elements of observation, classification, prediction, and experimentation. Emphasis is placed on a global perspective and respect for our planet, as part of God’s gifts to mankind. Science at the Middle School level integrates earth, life, and physical science. Students participate in the annual Shelby County Science Fair, with projects displayed during Catholic Schools Week.
The History/Social Studies Program develops an understanding of history, geography, and social institutions. It also fosters an appreciation of the people of the world and our own American heritage, while strengthening commitment to democratic values and processes. All 7th and 8th graders participate in the Tennessee History Day Fair, with projects displayed during Catholic Schools Week.
Students are provided with opportunities to express themselves creatively and visually through art and choral music. The students use a variety of materials and media that contribute toward their experience and growth.
Using the Internet as a learning tool, students will explore, learn, and create products using basic Microsoft applications. Students will explore various topics including basic Internet usage, basic applications, research techniques, online libraries, reports, presentations, and databases.
The Physical Education Program emphasizes psychomotor, developmental, and locomotion skills. Each student will have a fine understanding of their body’s functions through exercise. An informal health curriculum is provided to students in Kindergarten through 8th grades. The subjects reinforced during the school year are first aid, safety, personal hygiene, and social development.
Students who enter St. Michael Parish School with a completed IEP will be afforded the modifications and accommodations to the best of the school’s ability. St. Michael Parish School reserves the right to refuse admission or suggest that an alternative educational setting be found if a student’s needs cannot best be met by the staff and program of the school.
Catholic schools shall have an age appropriate program in educating the students in the dignity of human sexuality and the virtue of chastity.