Recognizing the role of the parent as the primary educator of the child, the school assists parents in accomplishing this duty. Saint Peter Martyr School’s prime concern is with the total individual, including his/her religious, academic, emotional, social, physical, and cultural dimensions. The major function of our school is to help the individual develop these potentialities to their greatest extent.
Students receive a well-developed and complete curriculum of studies in the major cognitive areas. At all levels and in all subject areas a Catholic Christian value system is incorporated. Students are given the opportunity for service through student government, publications, athletic events, liturgical celebrations, and support of younger pupils.
Our school is striving to grow together as a community of strength and love.
1. Religious Dimension
a. We desire our students to develop a personal relationship with God through inward reflection, personal dialogue, common and personal prayer, liturgies, and retreats.
b. We provide a basic understanding of Catholic Doctrine through
• formal religion classes at each grade level.c. We prepare students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist through
• preparation of school liturgies and paraliturgies.
• formal classroom preparation.d. We encourage our students to recognize and apply Christian values through
• parent meetings.
• service learning opportunities e.g. food drives, money drives, and class projects.
• a sequentialled family life program.
e. We instill a sense of family among students, staff, and parishes through
• inter-grade activities, student government, assemblies, Catholic Schools Week, liturgies, retreats, and faith families.
• classroom activities e.g. field trips, celebrations, fundraisers, and social justice projects.
f. We encourage our students to have an awareness of other religious opinions through multicultural observances and social studies and religion classes.
2. Academic Dimension
a. We provide opportunities throughout a scheduled day for students to develop their potential abilities in the basic academic disciplines through instruction in religion, mathematics, reading, language arts, social studies, and science.
b. We provide the skill subjects in sequentially planned programs through
• the use of approved textbook series.c. We evaluate each student’s capabilities in order that he/she may develop at a comfortable and effective pace through
• the use of diocesan and school curriculum guidelines.
• teacher articulation in subject areas.
• placement testing and the ITBS testing program.
• subject area testing.
• STAR reading and STAR math programs, and other software programs
• referral testing i.e. psychological services, developmental testing, etc.
• communications and interaction with parents and child.
3. Emotional Dimension
We provide students the opportunity to enhance a feeling of self-worth through
• oral presentations, team sports, school assemblies, liturgies, clubs, awards, and parent-teacher dialogue.
• individualized teacher-student assistance, psychological service referrals, and school counseling.
• classroom displays and recognition
4. Social Dimension
a. We foster an awareness among students to be conscious of their social behavior and to evaluate it as the need arises through
• teacher-student communication and direction.b. We support and direct student-centered activities to develop a sense of personal responsibility and initiative through student council activities and workshops, liturgies, athletic teams, faith families, clubs, class officers, and monitors.
• teacher-parent communication.
• school discipline programs.
c. We encourage the older students to be conscious of the welfare of younger students and to work actively for their happiness through peer tutoring, school liturgies, clubs, faith families, and student government.
5. Physical Dimension
We develop acceptance and appreciation of others, physical abilities and coordination, good health habits, and a positive value of recreation through
• physical education and science and health instruction.
• supervised play and recess periods.
• Inter-school athletic programs for boys and girls.
• intramural activities
6. Multicultural Dimension
We foster an awareness among students and an appreciation of the diversity of cultures through
• discussion and instruction in social studies, religion, literature, language arts, and fine arts.
• special holiday observances, paraliturgies, liturgies, and events.
• field trips, assemblies, diocesan programs, and classroom activities.
• classroom and school libraries.