Religion

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Guided by the ideal “faith seeking understanding,” Annunciation School challenges students to open their minds and hearts to Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher. Religious instruction is rendered on a daily basis from PK through Grade 8. Scripture, Church History, Doctrine, Sacraments, Liturgy, and Ethics are all equally addressed and integrated throughout the entire program. In addition, the social gospel found in the exhortation of Jesus in Matthew 25:45, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” is a constant theme emphasized to students for the formation of character and moral conscience. Students attend weekly Mass as a school community every Wednesday.

English Language Arts

Annunciation School emphasizes Language, Writing, and Speaking and Listening Skills. Student portfolios are developed in Kindergarten and transferred to the following grade level on a yearly basis to demonstrate the progression of growth in writing skills.

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Literature

Annunciation School provides students with the opportunity to study a variety of genres of literature in depth, as well as to cultivate their writing skills as they examine a diversity of major literary works and non-fiction text. Students in Grades 2-8 participate in STAR Reading Assessments and Accelerated Reader to improve comprehension and vocabulary, and to instill a love for reading.

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Mathematics

Students at Annunciation School work systematically to develop a strong foundation in the areas of Number Theory, Statistics, Algebra, and Geometry. Through the rigorous application of arithmetical and algebraic principles, students master the concepts that they will use to solve real-world problems. Our Jr. High students have 365-day access to IXL.com, an engaging website that allows students to practice skills learned in the classroom at their own pace! Students in Grades 6-8 also participate in academic competitions sponsored by neighboring Catholic high schools.

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Science

Annunciation School provides students with a rigorous science program that includes physical, life, and earth and space science as well as the integration of faith and a science laboratory. Kindergarten through Grade 5 participate in weekly science lab experiences, where hands-on activities are used to connect the student’s understanding of theory and practice. The middle school students attend science lab regularly and employ hands-on activities to deepen their understanding of concepts learned previously, as well as investigate and independently discover topics that are yet to be learned. With access to wireless internet animations, videos, and the most current research, technology integration is employed on a consistent basis. Middle School students participate in a yearly Science Fair that demonstrates mastery of the scientific method to solve problems and appreciate science in their everyday experiences.

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Social Studies

The aim of the Social Studies program at Annunciation School is to promote civic competence. The students understand elements of history, social studies, economics, geography, governments, and religion.
Students in Grades 6-8 participate in National Geographic Bee and local contests.

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Technology

The technology program at Annunciation School emphasizes keyboarding skills, basic computer literacy, knowledge of computer hardware, and Internet etiquette, while learning the basic tenets of productivity software. Students also become proficient in modern presentation software such as Edmodo, Prezi, and Slide Rocket in order to collaborate on projects with peers. The technology lab includes 35 Apple iMac computers and each classroom has access to Apple iMacs and iPads.

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Spanish

The Spanish program at Annunciation School emphasizes vocabulary, grammar, reading and conversation. Students in grades PK – Grade 8 attend Spanish class once a week. Subject integration and thematic lessons are incorporated throughout all grade levels.

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Physical Education

Annunciation School’s physical education program strives to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence that will enable them to become a lifelong physically active person. Students participate in structured classes once a week in the school’s indoor gymnasium. The school’s goal is to keep students active, engaged, and feeling successful while emphasizing kindness, cooperation, and respect for one another.

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Art

The art program at Annunciation School allows all students to creatively express themselves using a wide variety of media and techniques geared to grade level and abilities. Special events, seasonal programs, and masses are enhanced by artwork from students that are displayed throughout the school. The Art Club meets monthly to assist or promote upcoming events. Every student is represented at the end-of-the-year art exhibition as well as being entered into local art exhibits/contests. A portfolio of compiled artwork is returned to students at the end of each school year.

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Music

The music program at Annunciation School consists of several components to meet the needs and interests of the students. Singing is integrated in the program during all classes. Listening skills and enjoyment of music is emphasized through student opportunities to participate in weekly liturgies, concerts, and school functions. A Choral program for students in Grades 3 through 8 is provided as an after school program to encourage students’ interest in liturgical music and choral performance. A String program for students in Grades 1-2 is offered as a before school program. A Band program for students in Grades 3-8 is offered as an option to regular music instruction and facilitated during the students’ music special.

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Academic Fairs and Competitions

  • Catholic High School Academic Competitions – Grades 6-8
  • History Fair – Grades 6-8
  • Literary Fair – Grades 6-8
  • Science Fair – Grades 6-8
  • Science Olympiad – Grades 3-5
  • Spelling Bee – Grades 4-8

PACE 2014 8th Grade Win

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