Our school, the curriculum, and our teachers.

Preschool

The preschool at Holy Rosary strives, through Catholic principles, to create a loving, learning environment that will allow the students to grow and develop their faith, knowledge, sense of responsibility, respect for self and others, and ability to communicate thoughts and feelings.

K – 4th

We are a STEM+ school with 2 classes per grade. The “+” stands for a well-rounded curriculum beyond STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) that includes a strong Language Arts foundation (supported by 2 reading specialists), Social Studies, Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Religion, and Art. Our goal is to ignite our students’ spirit and minds in a Catholic school environment.

5th – 8th

Starting in 5th grade our math program offers 3 levels, culminating with Geometry in 8th grade for the advanced level. In addition to our core curriculum, we offer nearly a dozen different elective classes for our 7th & 8th grade students that includes yearbook design, the arts, and woodshop.

Holy Rosary students matriculate to public and private high schools, including the Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools. Feedback indicates our students leave Holy Rosary well-prepared for their next steps in high school.

Specialties & Extra-Curricular

Math Program – Math 5-8 Specialist – Mrs. Heuer

Our goal in the math department is for students to develop a love for math.  Students will develop a love of math when they feel confident with the material, see how math is used in real life, and develop the mental tools they need to become strong problem solvers and critical thinkers.  Holy Rosary School teaches to the Common Core Standards in its math program (http://www.corestandards.org/Math/).  In Grades K-4, students are building a strong mathematical foundation for grades 5-8 and beyond. Emphasis is mastery of key concepts.

In Grades K-5, the primary grade level text is McGraw-Hill: MyMath, which is supplemented to provide differentiated learning opportunities.

In fifth grade, there are three levels of math: at grade level, accelerated, and one grade level advanced.  Both the at grade level and accelerated groups use the fifth grade MyMath text and move through the fifth grade common core standards. The one grade level advanced works also works through the fifth grade standards using both the MyMath curriculum and supplementary materials.  After completing all new fifth grade standards, this group will work through the 6th grade text. We are able to cover two grade levels in one year by eliminating any review work in each of the grade levels.  

5th grade text – McGraw-Hill: MyMath 5th OR Glencoe Course 1 (sixth)

6th grade text – Glencoe Course 1 6th Math OR Glencoe Accelerated Pre-Algebra

7th grade texts – Glencoe Course II OR Glencoe Accelerated Pre-Algebra OR Glencoe Algebra 1

8th grade texts – Glencoe Accelerated Pre-Algebra OR Glencoe Algebra 1 OR Glencoe Geometry

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Theater Arts

  • We have a spectacular Talent Show
  • We have a fantastic Christmas Program
  • We have a profound Passion Play
  • We conduct the Living Rosary
  • We perform the Liturgical Dance

There are many opportunities for public speaking and performances: Drama play, Talent Show, First grade President’s Report, Second grade Poetry Cafe, Third grade Nativity Play, Fourth grade All Saints Mass, Sixth grade Wax Museum.

Music – Ms. Beck

Student attend music class twice a week with a hands-on curriculum experimenting with a wide range of musical instruments and learning about various musical pieces.

Grades K – 3: Students love to learn about composers and their musical works –they study Bizet, Camille Saint-Saens and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Many different art modalities are integrated: music, visual art, movement, storytelling and drama. Students enjoy growing in music appreciation skills.

Grades 4-7: Students learn to deepen their understanding of music theory by learning to play instruments such as the recorder, soprano ukulele and acoustic guitar.

Art – Ms. Audrey

The Art Room is a magical place where children come to get inspired, explore, have fun, create memorable experiences, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and challenge themselves to think in bold new ways.

A hands-on approach is used to explore a vast array of artistic mediums. Watercolor, ceramics, and multi-media sculpture are but a few examples. In addition to our standard Art Program, students are given the opportunity to participate in a unique after-school art program, which offers exposure to an elaborate array of dazzling, in-depth, experience-based projects.

Spanish – Ms. Nofrietta

All of our students in kindergarten through Grade 8 are exposed to Spanish in a lively program designed to create enjoyment in learning the language, as well as in learning about the cultures and Catholic traditions of Spanish-speaking countries.

The elementary grades are engaged in interactive games and songs to build vocabulary and listening skills. In middle school we focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing, with many opportunities to apply the acquired language as students participate through conversation, skits and oral presentations.

Our students are showing increasing confidence and fluency in Spanish and will finish the 8th grade with a solid foundation for moving on to high school!

Extra-Curricular

Additional programs are available to Holy Rosary School students. Some are offered through the parish, and others are offered based on a separate fee for participation:

  • Band – 5th grade beginning, 6-8th grades school band
  • Chess Club – open to all ages
  • Coding for Kids – computer coding classes taught on-site in our computer lab (K-8th grades)
  • Cross Country – K-8th grade
  • Soccer – K-8th grade
  • Basketball – 3rd-8th grade
  • Volleyball – 4th-8th grade
  • Track & Field – 4th-8th grade
  • Altar Servers – 5-8th grade
  • Children’s Choir – 3-5th grade, Jr High Choir – 6-8th grades,
  • Youth Ministries – 6-8th grade

Technology – Ms. Arciaga

2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades are using their iPads and implementing them into their curriculum. Grades K-8 use the computer lab for projects and research, often integrating what they’re learning in their classroom. We have a variety of software that includes Office, Creative Suite, Inspiration, Kid Pix, Comic Life, iMovie, Garageband and others. We subscribe to online software for learning and research resources. The Junior High electives include Graphic Design, Yearbook and Makers & Robotics. Grades 5-8 share a class set of laptops to do research and learning in the classroom. We have an enthusiastic use of technology at Holy Rosary.

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LibraryMrs. Wallace

K-3 students will engage with the nominees for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Awards, and learn about genres, reading skills and more. Students will vote for their favorite book in the spring. These are popular and award winning books. 

Students in 4th grade will read and learn about the Towner Award nominee books. Fourth grade students will also vote for their favorite non-fiction book in the spring. 

Our school also offers ‘Battle of the Books’ for students in 4th-6th grade. This is a fun reading competition.  Students who enjoy reading and trivia are encouraged to participate. Our winning school team will go on to compete with other local Catholic Schools.  The school typically uses the Sasquatch Award nominee books. 

Students in 5th-8th grade have a class called ‘Lib/Tech’. Students use both the library and computer lab to engage in library and technology lessons.

Health and Fitness

In Health and Fitness, the younger grades enjoy playing games and learning to use new pieces of equipment. The older grades look forward to playing mini tournaments in the various team sports.

Reading Specialist

The reading specialist provides small group instruction for students in grades K-2. Students build phonemic awareness, master phonograms, develop vocabulary, and learn comprehension strategies. This model provides intervention and support for emerging readers. We emphasize building a strong foundation of basic skills to allow students to become independent, confident readers.  It is so exciting to help children read their first books and see that light go on – hopefully leading to a lifetime love of reading!

In grades 3-4th, the reading specialist works with classroom teachers to plan and teach challenging and motivating reading lessons that focus on building vocabulary, comprehension and fluency skills for readers at all levels. Classes are broken into smaller groups (12-14 students) for every reading class. Teachers use flexible grouping, so both the homeroom teacher and reading specialist instruct all students. Reading class in grades 3 and 4 includes the use of novels, short stories and nonfiction selections. These are the years that students often “catch the reading bug!” In general, we shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” in these important and exciting years.

Buddy Program

The school is divided into multi-age groupings for activities that take place once a month.  They are called “Faith Families”.  As part of this there is a special relationship set up between eighth grade mentors and younger students.  They are called “Buddies”.  The older students accompany the younger ones to worship services and some assemblies. It helps the eighth graders to see themselves as examples in terms of conduct, word choice, and actions.  It also helps the younger children see that they have a special advocate for them in the school.  This builds bonds for a strong sense of community as it helps all activities become more rewarding, enjoyable, and growth centered.