Special Area Classes
Religion is taught as one of the core subject areas along with language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Our daily religion classes enable us to discuss and share all that is central to our faith. Liturgies, prayer services, and community outreach are a frequent part of the religious curriculum. Parents are always invited to attend the school liturgies and all church functions during the school day. St. Anne School is decicated to development of the entire child: body, mind, and spirit with the goal of a seamless integration of faith, character, knowledge, and life.
At St. Anne, we are very passionate about the inclusion of an arts program in our curriculum and believe that early exposure to arts education boosts your student’s development in many ways. With art as a permanent component of our comprehensive and stellar education, our students have an expansive interpretation of the world around them. Students in preschool through eighth grade enjoy both visual and performing arts. The art program at St. Anne's helps students communicate observations, personal ideas, feelings, and experiences. They explore and use multiple art elements, skills, techniques & processes, media, materials, equipment, and technologies in a range of art forms. In addition to building a solid foundation of awareness and technique, our visual art program ties across multiple subject areas from the class room. For example, when Kindergarten studies volumes in Math class, they collect various objects such as cubes, rectangles, cones, etc. These objects are then used in Art Class to construct a robot that is paper mache`d and displayed in their classroom. Another example is the design of travel posters that coincide with students' state and country reports.
Students' art work is displayed throughout the school during the school year. Some art work is entered in contests, and sold or auctioned at various fundraisers for the school. Students also have the opportunity to join the Art Club which meets afterschool one day a week and/or to attend Summer Art Camp.
Librarians know that valuable library programs lead to improved student achievement. Led by our certified Library Media Specialist, our program incorporates information literacy instruction in harmony with lessons being taught in the classroom. Examples of this can be seen through numerous hands-on activities and research projects that make our library more than a place to check out books. All subjects can be explored throughout our library which provides more than 10,000 books, magazines, videos, computer resources, and online databases. In addition, students are provided a variety of materials selected to encourage reading for pleasure. With the guidance of our librarian, students also learn to balance a bank account, write a resume, search for a job, and about establishing and maintaining credit.
Another gift that our Library provides is our annual Author's Day Program. Through an endowment, our library is able to sponsor this program featuring an author or illustrator of national prominence. This is always an opportunity for us to welcome the greater community into our school. This program has included visits from such authors as Jerry Pinkney, Hudson Talbott, Mordecai Gerstein, Laura Elliot, and Kim Bradley. We can't wait to see who's next!
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St. Anne School follows the Consensus Curriculum of the Diocese of Richmond with regard to the teaching of music. Our music program is preschool through middle school. Students are offered the opportunity to sing alone and with others, a wide and varied repertoire of music. They learn how to improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments using a variety of sound sources. Through a historical perspective, students learn how music has evolved through time. They learn how to recognize how music reflects social, cultural, and historical values. To wit: students learn about different forms and types of music from various time frames from classical through jazz, big band, rock, and show. Standard music symbols are taught so that students recognize them in the form of meter, rhythm, ptich and dynamics in simple pattern. All students but particularly the middle school students learn to recognize music as a means of communicating feelings and ideas.
Healthy minds start with healthy bodies, and we take the health and well-being of our students personally. All students participate in Physical Education here at St. Anne. Our physical education program teaches students to move through sports, dance, tumbling, or the joy of simply “running around.” Classes are often designed to familiarize the student with rules, simple skills, strategy of game, and places an emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship. The program aims to teach individual responsibility and to develop a positive attitude toward lifetime physical activity. Students are encouraged to participate in school-sponsored athletic programs as well as community-sponsored teams and events.
The Spanish curriculum broadens students’ global perspective and helps them gain an appreciation for diverse cultures. Spanish is taught to every student starting in preschool. Instruction is accomplished through oral, written, auditory and visual concepts as well as, word patterns, media, and critical thinking. Foreign language concepts are enhanced through creative involvement in field trips, conversation, composition, games, reports, biographies and Spanish-related celebrations.
Students who graduate from St. Anne Middle School have the opportunity to earn high school credit for Spanish I. For more information, please contact Julie Looney (School Counselor) or the high school your child will attend.
We are aware of the important role that technology plays in our daily lives, and it is our goal to incorporate this technology throughout the St. Anne curriculum. Starting in preschool, our students are exposed to the exciting world of Technology. It is incorporated throughout all curriculum areas and in every classroom, not only through the equipment that is available in each room, but through utilization as a part of their daily classroom teaching and activities. St. Anne’s has invested significantly in technology facilities, equipment, software, and access. Key technology features include:
- Newly enhanced computer lab with 22 desktops
- Mobile laptop cart housing 20 laptops
- A bank of computers in each classroom
- Smart Boards throughout the school
- 2 Mimios
- LAN and wireless Internet access throughout the school
- Secure portal for parent/teacher/student communication at www.edline.net
St. Anne students are encouraged to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and live a life of service to one another. This value is an extremely important part of our mission and we believe it contributes to a well-rounded and rewarding life. All classes, preschool through grade eight, participate in various forms of community service. Sometimes this service is done inside our own St. Anne community and sometimes is reaches to our global community. To give a few examples from this school year:
- Items have been collected for the Food Pantry
- Baby items have been collected for a local crisis center
- Outdated uniforms were donated to 3 schools in Uganda
- Items were collected and delivered to tornado victims in SW Virginia
- Preschoolers raised money for St. Jude Children's Hospital in their annual Trike-A-Thon
- Lunch and a concert to our local fire fighters and law enforcement officers on September 11th
- Caroling at the local hospital during the Christmas season
These are just a few of the examples of our children learning to "love one another" and one of the things that brings tears to the eyes of parents as they witness their child growing in love. Students grow to understand the importance of giving back to the community, helping those in need, and doing one's part to make the world a better place. That makes us all smile!
STEM Center (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
We are happy to have a very impressive room dedicated totally to STEM learning here at St. Anne School. STEM focuses on student's engagement and skills, from the earliest grades, in science, math, engineering, and technology. The center infuses real world examples and encourages hands-on activities that help student's gain a better understanding of the world around them and how our world is affected by these disciplines. This rooms helps to encourages study, discussion and participation among students, fostering an environment dedicated to broadening their learning experince beyond basic curriculums. The STEM center is equipped with various items to study areas such as: Magnetism & Motion, Lifecycles & Species, Experimentation, Geology, Paleontology, Space & Time, Senses, and Animal Habitats, as well as, laboratory slides, microscopes, and much more.
In the fall of 2011, we incorporated various units of "Engineering is Elementary" (EiE) as they align in the particular grades with the Concensus Curriculum. EiE is a research-based, standards driven, and class room tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary and middle school science topics. EiE lessons not only promote K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics learning, but also connect literacy and social studies.
In addition, the middle school Science Lab is equipped with college level microscopes, and various scientific equipment to accommodate the intense focus of the middle school sciences. Science is broken out in the middle school to be studied as three independent sciences: General Science, Life Science, & Physical Science. They participated in various dissections, experiements, a Science Fair, Learning Landscapes, and field trips to extend the classroom experience. Students in middle school continue the EiE programs as it pertains to specific areas of study in each grade.
We are convinced of the importance of preparing our students to compete nationally and globally to be the next generation of innovators and leaders.