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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 and physical education.
Junior Achievement gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give Junior High students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The new Junior High in Petaluma with a 130 year history, featuring a safe environment, exceptional instructors, high expectations, opportunities to develop leadership skills, and a unique experience in the historic, now renovated, original St. Vincent’s Academy Building.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 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 believe in educating the whole child and creating a positive and nurturing environment, using the same love and compassion that Jesus did, so every student can thrive.
SVES is an amazing community with the most dedicated and passionate faculty and staff. The feeling of family and care envelopes every student and family.
When I made my First Holy Communion, I wanted to be like Michael Jackson and wear only one lace glove when I went on the altar to sing with my class. My parents said, “No.” But, I snuck up on the altar and took off one glove to “perform” the song. My mom and dad were not amused.
Engage, enage, engage! When a child is engaged in material, the transition to learning is an incredible experience.
The ability to foster learning in an amazingly engaging learning community is very rare and special in our world.
My fifth grade teacher took time to show me exactly why an I-beam is so strong. I’ll never forget how it felt to have my learning style independently addressed in such a compassionate, focused manner.
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.
I have been teaching Spanish since 2004. My philosophy as a teacher is to help my students learn Spanish in a pleasant and interactive way and also to be their guide and mentor in their own human development in order to strengthen their education, their personal foundation, and their life coping skills to succeed.
I am a very proud teacher and a parent of two students currently enrolled at St. Vincent High School. The school offers the greatest environment and curriculum for our children in preparation for their future. The quality of the staff members and the families make the school stand out as one the best in our community.
I remember studying in a school with nuns. My first grade teacher was Sister Gabriel García Márquez, a very famous writer, a novelist, and the winner of the literature Nobel award in 1982. She had a great impact on my education during my years in elementary school. I also remember being involved with all the dance performances that the school offered.