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"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."  ~ Matthew 25:35-40

Students participate in religion classes from 3K through eighth grade.  Prayer is an everyday activity. All grades participate in a Disciple Development program focusing on character traits, service, and leadership in living out our Catholic faith.  Our students attend mass every Tuesday and serve in various liturgical tasks, including readings and petitions. Our Catholic values, teachings, and traditions provide the foundation of our school.

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St. Monica students grow in skill and understanding because of a math curriculum that strategically builds from year to year.  Real-world problems, combined with direct instruction in fundamental math skills, create a rich learning environment in each classroom.  Building blocks such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division create a foundation for older students to begin fractions, algebra, and more advanced math.  In junior high, advanced class options offer opportunities for growth. We’re proud to say that St. Monica students have and will continue to be well-prepared for mathematics classes in high school and beyond.

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Language Arts

Students are immersed in a rigorous curriculum focusing on writing, speaking, reading, and listening.  The fundamentals of writing and grammatical ideas are introduced in the primary grades and carried all the way through eighth grade.  Writing is emphasized across the curriculum, and students learn to present their ideas in a variety of ways for a variety of audiences.  

St. Monica students are exposed to many types of literature and challenged to consider plot, characters, theme and conflict from a Catholic perspective.  Direct instruction is given in speaking in front of an audience, listening and forming an argument, and effectively debating.

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have refocused St. Monica School’s science curriculum to teach through firsthand experiences such as investigation, design, and modeling. Instruction emphasizes scientific exploration and experimentation. In the state-of-the-art junior high science lab, St. Monica students are immersed in investigative experiences that help to develop important critical-thinking skills.

With an intentional integration of our Catholic values, we discuss our beliefs as we work through scientific exploration.  For example, we incorporate ways we can take care of God’s creation while researching habitats. This type of instruction is unique to a Catholic School, and we pride ourselves on this deliberate, multi-faceted approach to teaching and learning.

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"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation."
Psalm 95:1

Music class is an important part of the the curriculum for all of our K4-8th grade students. In addition to class time instruction, SMS offers Choir, Band, Strings, and Piano instruction as early as kindergarten.

Recognizing the importance of music to our sacred celebration of the Eucharist, and with the goal of fostering a heart ready to serve, our junior high students may audition to be cantors for school mass, and our Jubilation Choir regularly leads our school congregation in song.

Ms Gillette and Mrs. Cervelli guide St. Monica students through a curriculum rich in beauty, history, and all-out fun.  St. Monica has treasured musical traditions, such as our Spring Showcase and also our incredible Variety Show, held at Dominican High School.  In music class (schedule below), students study rhythm, instruments, note reading, and vocal techniques. These units of study are often correlated with grade level teachers’ units of instruction to create a cross curricular masterpiece.


K4 and K5 Once per week

Grades 1st – 5th Twice per week

Grades 6th – 8th Once per week

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Physical Education

Mrs. Wallner, our treasured Phy Ed teacher, leads the way for students to participate in creative and energy-filled units ranging from roller skating to jump rope.  Kindergarten – 3rd grade emphasizes “mini-units”, games, and general physical fitness development. In grades 4th – 8th, units of study include volleyball, basketball, football, floor hockey, and soccer.  Schedule:

• K4 and K5 Twice per week (25-minute period)

• Grades 1st – 5th Twice per week (40-minute period)

• Grades 6th – 8th Once per week (Full class period)

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Academic Support

St. Monica School offers academic support to students in need of additional reading, math or writing assistance (as determined by classroom teachers). Grade level teachers work directly with the support team to help every child learn and grow. This instruction occurs within the classroom as well as in a learning center, both individually and in small groups.

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