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Standards for All School Workers Regarding Interaction with Youth



FROM THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF ORANGE   (1)  School workers must be aware of their own and others’ vulnerability to appearance or perception of impropriety when working alone with youth. At all times, School workers should, therefore, use a team approach to managing youth activities. At least two adults (preferably a team of several adults) will organize and supervise youth activities.   (2)  Except in an emergency or urgent circumstances involving the youth’s safety, School workers shall never be alone with a youth during any school activity or setting. For example, adults should avoid situations that put them in a position of being alone with a minor in a rectory, parish building, school, or other closed room (except as required for the Sacrament of Reconciliation).   (3)  School workers will observe careful boundaries concerning any type of physical contact with youth. Beyond a simple handshake or a friendly, brief hug, any physical contact should only take place in public circumstances, and prudent discretion and respect should be applied by School workers in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety.   (4)  Clergy and religious shall never permit a youth to stay overnight in their private accommodations or residence nor…

Active Response Council Team



      The Active Response Council Team, also referred to as ARC, is a student-led club that are tasked with the responsibility of preparing the school for a crisis or disaster. In the event of a natural disaster or crisis, under the leadership of ARC President Gavin C., this team of 22 7th and 8th graders will provide assistance to students and staff.   Each week ARC President Gavin C. hosts a segment on our daily Broadcasts in which he address different safety issues, and gives viewers tips on how to stay healthy and safe. The Team will also create videos about various subjects, as seen in the video below.   President: Gavin C. Members: Nicholas B., Isaiah B., Brian B., Mariah B., Ryan C., Julianna C., Trent E., Noah G., Agustin G., Daniel G., Aidan H., Collin H., David L., Jillian M., Adam P., Jake Q., Ian R., Connor R., Kaden T., Cosme T., Joshua W. and Kevin W.  

Transitional Kindergarten



Transitional Kindergarten
What is Transitional Kindergarten?   St. Angela Merici Parish School is proud to offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to students who are four years old by September 1st of the new school year. TK is the first year of a two year kindergarten program. It is designed to prepare our youngest students for elementary school, serving as a bridge between pre-school and kindergarten. Our full-time, credentialed TK teacher and teacher aid provide a nurturing, Christ-centered environment that aids in the development of social, emotional and academic skills necessary to succeed in their advancement to kindergarten. We offer two 5-day programs for Transitional Kinder: Monday-Friday Half Day: 8:00-12:30 PM Monday-Friday Full Day: 8:00-2:45 PM   Curriculum The TK curriculum is similar to kindergarten, but modified to be developmentally and age appropriate. It focuses on eight major areas: religion, reading and math readiness, printing, science, art, music and daily life skills, such as manners, outdoor play and cooperative learning. Additional curriculum includes music and physical education.   How does TK differ from preschool? Unlike preschools, the curriculum of Transitional Kindergarten uses California's academic standards to prepare the young students for kindergarten. TK is not a child development program or preschool. Reading and math...

Accelerated Reader



Accelerated Reader
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Each child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, the child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that the child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and parents feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.  In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace. AR Bookfinder Find Books in your student's AR range Home Connect Monitor your student's AR...

Student Work Showcase



Student Work Showcase
While all of our students regularly generate work worthy to be showcased in the Smithsonian, this website, or any refrigerator door, here is a random sampling of some recent SAM student work.  Feel free to browse the work of future artists, philosophers, physicians, engineers, scientists, novelists, and teachers.

Textbooks



Textbooks

Our current listing of textbooks in use at St. Angela Merici Parish School.  Search below, or download a listing here.

Learning Expectations



Learning Expectations
SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS 1. A Faith-filled, active Catholic: A. Celebrates faith through prayer, sacraments, Christian service, words, and actions. B. Understands and participates in the teachings and traditions of the Catholic faith C. Strives to build a moral conscience, enabling him/her to make decisions based on Catholic values D. Uses Scripture as a guide in his/her personal journey of faith 2. A Life-long learner who: A. Sets realistic goals, recognizes his/her/personal learning style, and is self-motivated B. Utilizes technology competently and responsibly to facilitate learning, research, and growth. C. Values a quality education D. Develops critical thinking skills to solve problems 3. An Effective Communicator who: A. Articulates ideas clearly and creatively through writing and speaking B. Listens actively and responds appropriately to communication C. Expresses opinions compassionately, appropriately and respectfully 4. A Responsible Citizen who: A. Exhibits respect, integrity, and empathy B. Supports and participates in community activities C. Respects the value of all life through Christian stewardship 5. A Quality Producer who: A. Develops and utilizes his/her God given talents B. Uses organizational skills and manages time effectively. C. Works independently or collaboratively. 6. An Integrated Individual who: A. Understands the importance of making healthy choices B. Accepts...

Discipline to Discipleship



Discipline to Discipleship
We at St. Angela call our Discipline Program “Building Discipleship” The words "discipline" and "disciple" both come from-the Latin word meaning "to learn." To learn the way of discipleship, to follow in Christ's footsteps, we must be prepared to face the disciplines that make learning possible. Sometimes we need to be corrected, lest we go astray, knowing God's corrections are always acts of love. In an effort to help each child reach his/her God-given potential, each teacher will be updating GradeLink each week with the section of Responsibility and Conduct grades. Please check Gradelink each week for your child’s progress, and discuss the week with them as you are the primary educator. We will be focusing on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22), which is the evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in us. Our goal is to become followers of Christ, who consistently exhibit love, joy, peace, and self-control. Level 4 Doing God’s Will When you do what is right for no other reason but because it is the right thing to do, you are a diligent disciple of God and doing his will. Level 3 Conscientious Christian You are aware of right and wrong, but...

Curriculum



Curriculum
Saint Angela Merici Parish School is a Catholic community offering a Christ-centered environment. Religion is integrated with all aspects of student life and our curriculum. This atmosphere fosters the development of a personal relationship with God. Our goal is to develop faith-filled, active Catholics who model Christ to the world. St. Angela Merici Parish School offers students opportunities for growth in the following major subjects: Religion Daily religion curriculum incorporates a study of scripture, prayers, bible verses and an understanding of our Catholic values and traditions. Highlights include: Celebrating weekly Eucharist Student Council & Broadcast Team: Morning & Afternoon Prayer/Announcements Monthly school lead Eucharist that reflects liturgical seasons, virtues, Saints and special days of the Church calendar Participation in a variety of Christian Service activities that support our Student Learning Expectations, “Learning to be a faith‐filled Catholic.” Student lead Stations of the Cross Opportunities for grades 6­‐8 to be part of Campus Ministry Spiritual retreats Opportunities for grades 5­‐8 to become an altar server Christian stewardship community program   Computer Literacy Grades K­‐8, attend the computer lab throughout the week. Students practice word processing, keyboarding skills, electronic presentations (PowerPoint), database, spreadsheets, web design, basic coding and integration with curricular subjects....