Catholic Schools within the Diocese of Venice utilize a set of standards and benchmarks that have been designed to promote the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of children. Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School works to increase the academic rigor in all content areas. Our desire is to enable each child to be a successful learner, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor.
The curriculum aims to ensure that all children develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need if they are to flourish in their life of purpose now and in the future.
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Art- Scope & Sequence
Grade Pre K- 2
Primary age students are guided in developing a sharpened visual sense in order that they may “see” the world around them with greater care, enabling them to observe objects more personally. Students will learn to look for shapes and patterns. They will be introduced to basic art media and vocabulary, and the art elements of line and color. They will learn how to use basic art tools. Emphasis is on building the skills necessary for their art production. The focus is on the “process” of making art. Students at this early stage are also given many opportunities to experiment with materials as part of the process. Examples of student art at this level include: puppet saint, self-portraits, holiday art, etc.
The students will develop the skill of recognizing and producing art in both two and three- dimensional medial. They will continue to expand their art vocabulary and learn what makes up the different art medias and techniques. They will learn how to use and care for the art materials needed for the creative process. Students will begin to learn about the element s of art and the principles of design. Knowing these concepts and their terminology will help them understand the different styles and forms of art and to use the appropriate vocabulary in class discussions. They will be introduced to the work of well know artists and be able to recognize and discuss similarities and differences in these artists’ work of art. Examples of student art at this level includes: still life are, collages, and 3 dimensional art, etc.
Students will begin to use their knowledge and media techniques to create art from personal experience, observation, imagination, and themes. They will learn which materials are suitable for different media. They are expected to use materials in a responsible manner and understand the importance of good craftsmanship in their work.
Students at the middle school level learn similarities and differences of art from various cultures and times. They will learn about selected artists’ lives and how their work was influenced by their experiences in their individual culture and time.
Grades 2-5 Scope & Sequence
The gifted teacher creates lessons that have been designed for the second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students that have been identified as gifted or high performing on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
The eligibility requirements for these services begin with a teacher nomination form, followed by a series of steps involving conversations with classroom teachers and parents, data collection, and work samples.
Once identified and tested for eligibility, these students are offered academic acceleration through the implementation of an education plan. The instruction is a pull out program in which a teacher is the facilitator of the Diocese of Venice curriculum, which is extended, and student centered. Lessons are designed to support classroom content areas, process, and product. The activities that are included are centered on higher order thinking skill, and problem solving strategies using Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math (STREAM). Research papers and projects are developed at least twice a year. The Christ centered philosophy of Epiphany Cathedral School strives to capitalize on students’ intellectual strengths while recognizing the importance of being humble and kind.
The Resource Department of Epiphany Cathedral School is designed to provide support for students experiencing difficulty mastering the identified benchmarks of the Diocese of Venice curriculum. In conjunction with the classroom teachers, areas needing growth are identified, and accommodations are designed to meet each individual’s academic needs. Support is provided by a certified resource teacher on a regular basis until the student demonstrates appropriate achievement. A learning support plan is written with the parent/classroom teacher to identify and implement an intervention process that provides accommodations. The resource department supports the educational program of students through a collaboration of teacher, parent, and student interaction. In certain cases, students may be placed in learning strategy classes in place of certain related art classes.
2-8 Grade Students
The third, fourth, and fifth grade identified students are taught or re-taught skills that have been identified as areas of need in Reading, Writing, and/or Math. As students are identified, they are provided direct instruction, leveled guided reading, and differentiated instruction/centers are provided in mini-lessons that meet their needs. In addition, learning styles are identified and used to enhance learning. Along with learning styles, the lessons are student centered with the teacher as the facilitator. Lessons are designed to support classroom content areas. The Christ centered philosophy of Epiphany Cathedral School strives to capitalize on students’ intellectual strengths and minimize areas of concern while recognizing the importance of being humble and kind.