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Working in conjunction with our families, the faculty, staff, and administration continues to strive toward academic excellence. Through a comprehensive range of programs and services, St. Michael School successfully prepares students for the endless challenges that lay ahead. Our mission calls us to teach the message of Jesus, to encourage service to others, and to prepare students for lifelong and responsible citizenship. We are committed to promoting academic excellence through an integrated, contemporary curriculum rooted in Gospel values and taught in a faith community.
We believe education is a never ending process of growth and challenge. Education enriches the whole person: soul, mind and body. We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children and together with teachers facilitate the learning process. We believe children learn and succeed in a caring atmosphere where they are given the opportunity to see their own value.
Every April the all students in Third through Eighth Grade take the ACT Aspire exams. ACT Aspire shows strengths and areas of opportunity in five individual subject areas: English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing. The ACT Aspire tests, along with classroom observations, summative testing, and classroom assignments are used by St. Michael to recognize current student performance, to assess student achievement and to develop school improvement goals.
Listed here are general descriptions of the core objectives and learning goals that will be covered in each subject/grade level throughout a school year. The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools have voluntarily integrated the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into our rich tradition because we view the standards as being in the best interest of the children and families we serve.
Our Resource Team members work hand-in-hand with our students, parents, and the local school district to provide our students with the support they need to be successful.
Communication and collaboration between school and family ensure that our students receive the best possible instructional environment that we can provide at Saint Michael School.
We are constantly exploring and incorporating new technologies that promote learning so as to create an atmosphere of technological collaboration that enhances and supports learning opportunities for all involved.
To become technologically proficient, students will develop their skills through integrated activities in all content areas. These skills will be introduced during their computer classes and then refined collaboratively with classroom teachers as an integral part of the learning process.
As national standards dictate, our students’ computer classes “provide a framework for technological literacy, and demonstrate a progression from physical manipulation skills in the use of technology, to intellectual skills necessary for information use, to skills needed for working responsibly and productively within groups.” Our school’s technology program and curriculum lay the foundation for continuous learning for both teachers and students.
While the teaching of technology skills and goals are met, teachers can use these goals as guidelines for planning technology-based activities in which students achieve success in learning and varied ways of communication to prepare them to meet the challenges of today’s technology-rich world.
St. Michael School is committed to promoting academic excellence through an integrated, contemporary curriculum rooted in Gospel values and taught in a faith community. Our mission calls us to teach the message of Jesus, to encourage service to others, and to prepare students to be confident, connected, and responsible lifelong learners.
Our hope and goal here at St. Michael’s is to teach and model for our students the virtues they learn at home; acceptance, integrity, respect, and kindness. Students need to learn and experiment with decision making on their own. Unfortunately, those decisions are not always the best and lessons are learned.
We are asking for your help in monitoring the proper use of social media. I realize that these outlets are an important way for our students to stay connected with one another, but we encourage you to discuss your definitions of proper usage with your child(ren). We will continue to discuss proper usage in the classroom as well.
You don’t have to be an expert on texting, Instagram, Minecraft — or whatever else your kids are into — to have The Talk. Start by reading up on what’s going on in your kids’ world (for younger kids and older kids). Ask them to show you what they like online, and why. Then, express a few basic expectations, with the understanding that this isn’t a one-and-done kind of chat. Here is some information from Common Sense Media to help you #HaveTheTalk.
Beginning in 2016, St Michael School became a 1:1 Chromebook school; in order to create a technology-rich environment for both teaching and learning for Grades 4th -8th. Every student in these grades will need to have a Chromebook for use in classes. We are very excited with the educational possibilities this program continues to provide.
Chromebooks must be purchased through the school. Please contact the front office, or our Technology Coach if you are in need of purchasing a new Chromebook.