We provide a novel-based, integrated History and English languages curriculum along with leading programs in math and science. Our small class allows for personal attention for every student. Our program integrates technology, utilizing 1:1 Chromebooks for class projects and assignments through Google classroom, research, and in a dedicated technology class. Students learn Google docs, sheets and slides while applying their knowledge and skills to complete projects with real world applications. Our block schedule model allows for coordinated offerings at St. Vincent High School in areas such as advanced math, physical education, and electives.
Junior high students participate in our Electives program, offering a varying selection of courses each trimester. Athletic offerings in the North Valley League are available. Junior high students develop leadership skills through our PEAK Family program. Field trips enhance the student experience and connect to the curriculum. Eighth grade students participate in an overnight Outdoor Education program. Additional afterschool enrichment in Chess for Kids and Team daVinci (coding and robotics) is available.Academics
The core curriculum for junior high students at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School includes Spanish courses. Interactive classes focus on vocabulary development and pronunciation, preparing students for high school foreign language requirements.
The junior high math program builds the algebraic foundation essential for all students to solve increasingly complex problems. Higher order thinking skills use real-world applications, reasoning and justification to make connections to math strands. The curriculum focuses on algebraic thinking and multiple representations -- verbal, numeric, symbolic, and graphical. Advanced Math courses are available for seventh and eighth grade students.
Using literary analysis to examine short stories and novels, students identify the central themes, points of view and author’s purpose through citing evidence and drawing inferences from the text. Writing instruction focuses on informational, persuasive, narrative and creative composition, utilizes the writing process. Grammar instruction supports students in using complex sentences and ensures proper conventions. The study of Latin and Greek roots is the foundation of the vocabulary and spelling program in junior high.
Daily religious education classes, prayer, and attendance of Mass as a school community monthly provide a foundation in faith formation. Students at each grade participate in leading morning prayer and planning and hosting a First Friday Mass. Junior high students provide active service to others through our community service program and reflect on the impact of their service to the community and to themselves.
The curriculum focuses on an overview of world religions and the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students receive Confirmation in eighth grade with St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish.
The junior high science curriculum focuses on an in-depth study of life and physical science. Comparing and contrasting plant and animal cells, students identify the structures of cells and their functions. Students learn how organ systems work together and the role that physical principals play on living things. Students also conduct experiments and investigations, exploring position, motion and forces as well as chemical and physical reactions.
Beginning with a study of the major events preceding the founding of the nation and the development of American constitutional democracy to World War I, the Great Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe, the junior high history curriculum provides a strong foundation and opportunities for students to connect the past to the present.
Applying technology skills used in the primary and intermediate grades, junior high technology instruction focuses on the examination and seriousness of digital footprints. Project based learning provides opportunity for students to use skills to calculate a Lifestyles Budget, create a timeline using research skills, and present an overview of stock performance after playing the stock market game. Students regularly utilize Google classroom in all areas of the curriculum.
I believe students learn best when actively engaged with curriculum through a variety of group, individual and project based learning.
I love the sense of the community at St. Vincent’s. I love that the faculty, parents and students all work together as a team.
My 8th grade US History teacher, Mr. Van Atta started my love and interest for US HIstory. He was really loud and did voices for all the important historical figures we studied.
First, I want to convey my enthusiasm for the subject and my excitement about learning in general. If I am not excited, they’re not excited. Second is listening and knowing my students. They need to be engaged in learning and that can only happen if we are working together.
It’s great to see that energy and enthusiasm of the kids. It’s infectious and I feel rejuvenated.
Collecting tree leaves for 8th grade science in the autumn with our teacher, Mr. Moses rekindled my love of science. It was not just collecting and classifying leaves but also looking at the soil and proximity to streams and other trees that awoke in me a deeper perception of the multidimensionality and interconnectedness of the world.
My teaching philosophy is based on the premise that creating a safe, positive, and upbeat learning environment where students are encouraged to practice their language free of judgment will allow students to experience success; which in turn fosters confidence and ultimately allows students to achieve their highest academic potential. I am passionate about second language acquisition and pride myself on creating classroom environments that are welcoming and engaging for all students. Incorporating proficiency-based methodologies such as the AIM (Accelerative Integrated Methodology) and the OWL (Organic World Languages) allows me to create immersion-style classroom settings where students are actively engaged in using the target language to interact with one another in a fun and active learning environment.
I became part of the SV community last year while my daughter attended her senior year at SVHS. I am super excited to bring her love of World Languages to the SVES campus.
I have loved language study since my own beginning language experiences at San Domenico. Although I don't recall being at the top of my French class, my teachers always praised my successes which encouraged me to continue my study for many years and to ultimately devote my life to spreading my love of language to others.
My approach to teaching is the Golden Rule... treat others how you want to be treated. I highly respect my students in all areas of their learning and expect the same respect from them as I teach. I understand and respect that all students learn differently, and I teach accordingly. My door is always open as I see my students as my second family.
I love SVES because of the strong traditions that the school community holds on to. The two traditions I appreciate the most are Morning Prayer and Candlelighting at Christmas. I found these very important and special when my own children attended St. Vincents.
When I was in junior high, I fondly remember working in the office during lunch, working in the library before school, and being on Student Council.
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.
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.