Saint Bridget School offers a strong, updated, sequential curriculum that is in complete conformance with the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office. Every child from kindergarten through grade eight is required to study the following disciplines:
Language Arts: reading, phonics, spelling, composition, vocabulary
Specials: Spanish, Music, Library, Computer Class and Physical Education
The lower grades (K-3 & 4-6) emphasize strong knowledge of the Catholic Faith, which emphasizes correct doctrinal and historical knowledge, with the intention of each student being a very faith-oriented, moral citizen of good character for the nation and the world.
In language arts/reading—phonetic decoding, word attack skills, word blends, oral and silent reading, sequencing, cause and effect, patterns of organization, spelling patterns, effective writing, and vocabulary are required for use in the upper levels (7-8).
In mathematics, the foundations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are taught, strongly emphasizing mental math and problem solving.
The science program requires every child to have a basic knowledge of the biological and physical sciences.
Social studies emphasizes community, citizenship, geographical concepts, ancient history, and American history.
The upper grades (7-8) stress Catholic-Christian living. Students study literary genres and essay writing in depth. The mathematics program has pre-algebra in grade seven and algebra in grade eight. American history is the focus for both grades seven and eight. Biological and physical sciences are stressed at this level as well as in the lower grades.
All students from Preschool through Grade 8 have music class once a week with Mrs. Sue Catalano. Each class enjoys learning about music in a very fun energized way. They sing, they dance, they play instruments, and they move to the beat. They learn and enjoy many upbeat songs to keep the music going all day long. All grades also begin to learn about Music Theory and Music Appreciation all at an age appropriate level.
In addition, the students will be taught the songs that will be sung at our monthly school Masses. By practicing these songs each week, the Church will be filled with beautiful voices as we worship together.
Our students will also enjoy many opportunities to perfom throughout the year at our Christmas Concert, Variety Show, Drama Production, and our Spring Concert. Each performance is not to be missed as the students work very hard to put on their best production.
And speaking of performance, students in grades 3-8 also have the opportunity to take instrument lessons on a weekly basis with Mr. John Smith. We offer clarinet, sax, drum, flute and trumpet. These students will join together to create a band and perform for the school.
Spanish is taught to all students K-8 via listening, speaking, reading, writing, cultural awareness and language. It begins with simple vocabulary and stories and continues to have increasing complexity with the goal of being prepared for high school Spanish courses.
K-2 has one session per week. Grades 3-8 have Spanish twice per week.
Computer classes for grades kindergarten through grade two are taught by Miss Cotter, our eighth grade homeroom teacher. Students meet, one-half the class at a time, once each week. We are excited to announce that we have a newly updated computer lab as of this past summer.
The computer curriculum for grades kindergarten through grade two consists of reinforcing academic and thinking skills, using computers rather than computer skills, often presented in a game format. Academic skills include letter knowledge, counting, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, word recognition, vocabulary development, grammar/punctuation skills, spelling, letter/pattern recognition, writing stories, and consonant/vowel recognition, decoding skills, pattern construction, identifying correct sentences/sentence parts, addition/subtraction, and data collection. Thinking skills include problem solving, observing/recalling, comparing/contrasting, visual memory, gathering/organizing/analyzing information, drawing logical inferences, sequencing information, deductive reasoning skills, decision making, word relationships, patterns/sorting, identifying relationships/patterns, and inferring/predicting.
Hopefully, this gives an idea of what your child is really doing when he/she says, “We only play games in computer.”
Computers, Grades 3-8
Students in Grades 3-8 follow the guidelines, frameworks, and standards from the DOE MassachusettsTechnology Literacy Standards and Expectations. The emphasis for this program begins with basic computer skills, problem solving, and reading and following directions. Students will develop proficiency in several program competencies such as Microsoft Office programs including Micros Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Moviemaker and Publisher. Additionally, students learn how use, OneDrive, a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser or their local device.
Each year in Technology Class we will build on the previous year’s skills as well as introduce new programs. Infused into the daily curriculum will be the basics of keyboarding while learning to increase typing speed. Students are also taught appropriate use of the Internet. Internet safety, website authenticity and maximization of their search skills are included in this section.