Our intermediate students are challenged to increase their independence and responsibility in their faith, in their academics, and in their actions. Growing as Catholic Learners, students extend their faith through respect and understanding of others. Students are excited to delve into the rich intermediate curriculum, exploring California history and ancient civilizations, reading and interpreting novels, practicing the writing process, and expanding their mathematical skills. Active participation, collaboration with peers, and organization are emphasized to support student achievement at the intermediate level and beyond.
Intermediate students benefit from regular PE classes, weekly visits to the school library, STEM activities, our PEAK Family Program, and participation in Westside Relays. Our sixth grade students participate in our Electives program, featuring a varying selection of courses each trimester. Athletic offerings for fifth and sixth grade students in the Catholic Schools League are available and classes enjoy field trips to the Walt Disney Museum, AT&T Park, Cline Cellars Mission Museum, Green Music Center, Luther Burbank performances, and the Museum of the American Indian. Additional afterschool enrichment in Chess for Kids and Team daVinci (coding and robotics) is available.Academics
The intermediate math program builds upon the foundational math skills mastered at the primary level. With a focus on problem solving and emphasis on developing skills in all areas of math, daily instruction supports student achievement and regular investigations challenge students to apply mathematical concepts in real world situations. Beginning in sixth grade, advanced math courses are available to students.
From learning to read to reading to learn, our intermediate students enjoy reading short stories and novels that connect the curriculum. Strengthening comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, and analyzing literature as well as spelling, grammar and writing instruction provide a comprehensive and well rounded English language arts program. Students visit the school library weekly and participate in the Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader program.
Daily religious education classes, prayer, and attendance at monthly Mass with the school community provides a foundation in faith formation. Students at each grade level participate in leading morning prayer and First Friday Mass. Sixth grade students participate in active service to others through our community service program.
A dedicated science teacher provides instruction on science concepts and principles including: electricity, magnetism, energy, ecosystems, elements and compounds, weather, and the solar system. Additionally, students study rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, landforms, and forces. The science curriculum comes alive through field trips, manipulatives, interactive notebooks, and hands-on experiments in our science lab and classroom.
Beginning with a study of California’s past and moving to the exploration of ancient civilizations, the engaging curriculum allows students to make connections between the past and present. Projects, cooperative group activities, presentations and field trips provide a variety of experiences to enhance the intermediate history curriculum.
Our fine arts program provides students an opportunity to express their creativity and develop and appreciate music and art. Music instruction includes singing and an introduction to music theory, including note-reading and playing instruments. Volunteer art docents provide a rich opportunity for students to study artists in a variety of genres and create their own masterpieces to share with classmates and families.
Weekly classes, utilizing 1:1 chromebooks, emphasize the importance of digital citizenship, while teaching students how to use Google docs, sheets and slides and engaging students through projects that enhance the curriculum and encourage creativity. Students practice formatting when writing formal letters, making tables and designing a school newspaper. Google slide presentations on California Missions, state reports, and country reports connect technology to the curriculum. Google Classroom is introduced to allow teachers to integrate technology into all areas of the curriculum.
My philosophy to teaching is to engage the students through differentiated learning techniques. It is important to teach, and help, the "whole" child. There should always be a balance between structure and flexibility for "individual student" learning as well as "whole class" learning. With trust in the Lord God, our guide, all of this, and more, can be accomplished.
I love the history and tradition of our school. However, we could not have a strong history and tradition without the commitment and dedication of our community. I love the students, my friends and co-workers, the SVES families, and their extended families, who constantly assist and support our school.
My fourth grade teacher was Sr. Lucia. She was the most kind, intelligent, and helpful teacher. She always knew the right thing to say, even if it was difficult to hear. I'll never forget her gentle smile and her words of encouragement.
My philosophy includes creating a safe and efficient learning environment for all students. It is important to me to encourage students to challenge themselves daily, always striving to do their best, which varies from student to student. Helping them recognize what they are capable of is the true gift of teaching.
I love that I am a part of such a supportive and faith-filled environment.
I remember when Mr. Franks, my sophomore year world history teacher, told me he had noticed that I had a renewed sense of confidence. I had become involved in FFA, working on an agri-science project which received awards at the state level. I felt a bit more confident, but having a teacher take time to notice and encourage me made all the difference. I try to be that teacher for my students.
Physical Education helps children learn movement and their knowledge of movement enables them to participate confidently in many forms of physical activities. The child who is well educated physically is more likely to be a healthy adult, motivated to remain healthy. Physical education promotes the social skills and cooperation needed to be successful in school, work and play. It is my goal to help children develop Christian character in a socially and physically interactive curriculum occurring in a natural setting outside the classroom.
I love St. Vincent Elementary because Jesus is the Common Core. I have been so blessed with the many personal and professional relationships over the years at SV. One of the great strengths of St. Vincent’s is the community of and focus on the family. It has been the joy of my heart to be a part of this community.
Mr. Isola was the PE specialist when I was at my grade school. He always had fun activities when he came to our school. I remember enjoying running in the pony express relay and learning new activities from different cultures, which I enjoy teaching at St. Vincent’s today.
I think it is important to be prepared and have a plan. However, I believe it to be even more important to understand your students and where they are at, and to be flexible so you can meet their needs in the best way possible.
I love the community we have at SVES. Our students, parents and faculty are a wonderful support system for each other. I love that SVES offers the whole package and educates the whole child -- academically, socially, and spiritually. My husband and I have been so pleased with the education that our children have received at SVES and SVHS.
We did not have computer class when I was in elementary school. Math was my favorite subject. I remember what it was like to be part of a wonderful community at my Catholic grammar school. That community still remains as a big part of my life today. I wish that special gift for all of our SVES students throughout their entire lives as well.
I believe in an organic approach and like to use the student's passion and excitement to guide the curriculum. I believe that children are capable of more than any of us know, especially when it comes to music.
I love SVES because of the community. Even after a few months I feel like I have a whole new family.
I remember attending the Nutcracker after learning all of the instruments in music class and seeing them in the orchestra pit and knowing I wanted to be a part of that someday. I’ve played in more than 20 pit orchestras, I always think back to that day.
Reading is my passion! I was a reader as a child and still love to read as an adult. It is my goal to help the children at SVES realize their potential as lifelong readers.
I feel blessed to have been employed at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School for the last 21 years. I was hired as the Learning Center Director and now fill the roles of Librarian and Reading Resource Teacher. It is my privilege to go to work every day with a group of amazing teachers and support staff members. St. Vincent's provides its students with the foundational skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond. Having sent three children through SVES and SVHS, I can say without reservations that I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and philosophy of both our schools.
My love of reading started in elementary school with the Nancy Drew Series. After reading the first book, The Secret of the Old Clock, I was hooked--hooked on Nancy Drew and hooked on reading! Books gave me the ability to see the world and meet new people. I wish I could remember who suggested that book to me, because I should have said thank you a thousand times over. Elementary school is where I became a lifelong reader!
First we work, then we play!
I love the family and community feeling. This is my fourth year working full time at SVES. My two daughters attended SVES and SVHS.
When I attended Catholic grade school in San Francisco, I played on the 4th grade kickball team. I still love to watch the kids here play kickball.