At St. John Vianney School, the students learn that their faith is an essential part of their daily lives. The religious education program at each grade level weaves the six tasks of catechist at developmentally appropriate levels. These six tasks are: knowledge of faith, liturgical education, moral formation, teaching to pray, education for community life and missionary initiatives. Through the study of each area the students examine the richness of their living faith and gain new insights about themselves.
Through their Catholic education, the students receive the moral foundation necessary to face the challenges and difficulties that life brings. The students will be prepared to make important decisions and to formulate an educated and faith-filled opinion on the controversial issues that they will face in the future.
The fourth grade year the students focus on growing in Jesus Christ, living the commandments and the universal call to holiness.
The fifth grade year students take a deeper look at Jesus sharing his life with us. The fifth grade year focuses on the sacramental life of the Church. They study Confirmation and Eucharist as completion of our initiation, the Sacraments of healing to restore us and the call to holiness as members of One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
During the middle school years, students deepen the knowledge and practice of the Faith. Students will also develop an understanding of the dignity of the human person as they live their faith and form a moral conscience living out their call to justice and service by imitating the life of Jesus. As students grow older and deeper in their faith, the goal is to have the student come to a more thorough understanding of the Church and the Sacraments as well as to develop their life of prayer and virtue.
English Language Arts
In the intermediate grades, fourth through fifth, teachers build upon the students’ experiences in the primary grades, using a variety of classroom activities to develop important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Recognizing the diverse abilities of students within the classroom, teachers work in both whole group and small group settings. As students’ progress from fourth through fifth grade, they will read increasingly more challenging literature, articles, and other sources of information and continue to develop their vocabulary. They will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction geared toward their individual reading levels and also of greater complexity that will be explored with teacher support. They will think, talk, and write about what they read. In their writing, students will pay more attention to organizing information, developing ideas, and supporting these ideas with facts, details, and reasons. By the end of fifth grade, students will be expected to understand and clearly summarize what they have learned from readings and classroom discussions, referring to specific evidence and details from the text. Students will write regularly and continue to develop their ability to gather, organize, interpret, and present information using the rules of spoken and written English. In sixth grade, students will read a range of challenging books, articles, and texts, and will be expected to show their understanding of the material by responding to questions and contributing to class discussions. In writing, students will continue to work on their use of language, sentence structure, and organization of ideas. They will also be expected to combine information from more than one source and respond to content through written interpretation and analysis.
Students in the intermediate grades are developing more abstract understandings of many mathematical principles, and they begin to be able to see connections from one dimension of math to another, such as the relationship between fractions and decimals or area and multiplication. Teachers continue to extend these understandings through the use of manipulative as needed, interactive technology lessons, frequent guided and individual practice, and other research-based practices for math instruction. In fourth grade, students will use all four operations to solve word problems, including problems involving measurement of volume, mass, and time. Students will continue to build their understanding of fractions—creating equal fractions, comparing the size of fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and multiplying fractions by whole numbers. They will also start to explore the relationship between fractions and decimals. In fifth grade, students will expand their understanding of place value by working with decimals up to the thousandths place. Students will also add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions with like and unlike denominators. They will continue to expand their geometry and measurement skills, learning the concept of volume and measuring the volume of a solid figure.
Fifth grade enhanced program will prepare students for Pre-Algebra in Grade 6.
In sixth grade, students will learn the concepts of rates and ratios and use these tools to solve word problems. Students will calculate using all four operations on multi-digit decimals and whole numbers. Students will extend their previous work with fractions and decimals to understand the concept of rational numbers. Students will also learn how to write and solve equations and apply these skills in solving multi-step word problems.
Sixth grade enhanced math program studies the concepts of Pre-Algebra preparing students for Algebra I in Grade 7.
Students are encouraged to find ways to apply their mathematical understandings to the world outside of their classroom as a means of reinforcement. Teachers also support students in developing the perseverance and problem solving skills necessary for success with future math concepts.
Science instruction is a diverse curriculum that explores aspects of Life Science (cells, interdependence, flow of matter and energy, heredity, biodiversity and change) Earth and Space Science (the universe, Earth, the atmosphere), and Physical Science (matter, energy, motion, forces in nature). Classes are held in the classroom for primary science with bi-weekly experiences in the grades 4 – 8 science lab. Students develop their understanding of scientific inquiry through observation, prediction, experimentation, and drawing conclusions. Building upon their growing skills in the classroom, students have the opportunity to read, write and demonstrate what they know in the classroom and through displays throughout the school. Students in sixth grade focus their studies primarily on Earth and Space Science, including the universe and the atmosphere; and Physical Science, including energy and forces of nature.
In the intermediate grades students shift from survey courses covering a range of social studies topics into content focused on more narrow areas of geography and history. In third grade students will develop skills across the six elements of geography and the impact these elements have on cultures from the past and present. They will explore the role of rules and laws in our daily lives and the basic structure of the United States government, with opportunities to compare different government systems. They will also look at how traditions and governments have evolved over time. In fourth grade students will learn about native civilizations in North America, European explorations to the New World, and the political, economic, and social development of the British colonies. They will study what led to the independence of the original thirteen colonies and the formation of a national government under the Constitution. They will also examine the history of Florida in this period of study. In fifth grade students will continue their study of American history with the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War and Industrial America. They will explore the major events of the early twentieth century, such as World War I and the Great Depression. Students will describe the key events and accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and the nation’s growing role in world affairs, from World War II to modern day.
In the intermediate grades, beyond the content specified by the course, students will also develop research, analytic, and critical thinking skills through the evaluation of evidence, interpretation of primary sources, and writing in response to their historical study.
Well Rounded Education
At St. John Vianney School teachers recognize that all children develop at different rates and have differing abilities and interests. Our approach to education looks at the whole child, not the sum of discrete academic areas. In addition to direct academic instruction in the content areas and religion, students attend weekly classes in art, music, library, technology, physical education, and Spanish. These experiences enrich the academic program and offer cross-curricular connections to the classroom when possible. These experiences enrich the academic program and offer cross-curricular connections to the classroom when possible.