Overnight Academic Offerings
Holy Name Students have various opportunities for overnight academic offerings.
4th Grade Gold Camp
Students visit Columbia, CA for three days and two nights. Students get the opportunity to learn about California's history by visiting an old gold camp and mining gold.
7th Grade Caritas Creek
Students attend Caritas Creek Outdoor Education for five days and four nights. Students get the opportunity to live technology free as they stay in the woods and breath in the fresh air. Sponsored by CYO.
8th Grade East Coast Trip
Students attend Washington D.C. and New York City for seven days and six nights as they learn about our country's history while touring monuments and other historical sites. Sponsored by EF Tours.
Grades 1, 2 and 3
Primary grade students have a daily core curriculum that includes language arts, math, religion, science and social studies. All students receive enrichment classes that include physical education, music, art and computer technology. Science is augmented by regular use of FOSS (Full Option Science Systems) providing an opportunity for hands-on scientific study. My Math was introduced in the 2013-2014 school year in alignment with the State of California's Common Core Standards for Mathematical Content and Mathematical Practice.
Students in the first grade learn in small and large group centers with project-based instruction. All students participate in writing workshops with Peer Buddies for help in reading and editing. First and second grade students each have an 8th grade "Buddy" for year-long companionship as well as project support for science. This allows the students to establish a strong bond with an older student and have a mentor to look up to. Second graders complete group work in science, math and reading comprehension. Writing across all curriculum in the second grade produces a dramatic growth in writing skills by the end of the school year. The second grade students present their Annual Author's Night and proudly read their own stories and poems to their families and teachers.
Kaylie Quon's story continues...
My teachers' names are Mrs. Aymard and Mrs. Preble. They are probably the best teachers in the world. Our principal is Mrs. Cosmos. She is the best. We have eighth grade buddies. They take us to Church. My buddy is Brittney. She is very nice. Every Friday we have spelling tests. Sometimes we have thirty words, but we usually have ten words. We also have Reconciliation and First Communion. Our Priest is Father Arnold. He is very nice and funny. We have great class parties in second grade. Art class is on Wednesdays. We have music on Wednesdays and Fridays. Our computer class is on Mondays and Tuesdays. We write a lot of stories. Our teacher says that we write the most stories in the school. We have Animal Blessing in October. You can bring a pet or a stuffed animal for the blessing. We have Spirit Week. There is going to be a PJ day and favorite super hero day. You need to check out this school! It's the best school in the world!
Each day our students participate in prayer and religious instruction, studying the traditions and practices of the Catholic Faith. Though we teach about Catholicism, many of our students are not Catholic, thus allowing our community a diversity of faith and awareness of other religions. Students who do not receive the Sacraments are encouraged to participate to the degree they can, and are always warmly welcomed at every faith-based event.
Second grade is a big sacramental year with First Reconciliation and First Communion. All students attend weekly Mass with the entire school, and the primary students participate in the Thanksgiving Mass and Christmas Eve Mass.
The primary grades provide our students with great opportunities for developing spiritually, emotionally, and academically. The students are provided with a solid foundation for the upcoming challenges of the intermediate grades.
Grades 4 and 5
Intermediate grade students have a daily core curriculum that includes language arts, math, religion, science and social studies. All students receive enrichment classes that include physical education, music, art and computer technology. Science is augmented by regular use of FOSS (Full Option Science Systems) providing an opportunity for hands-on scientific study. Go Math was introduced in the 2013-2014 school year in alignment with the State of California's Common Core Standards for Mathematical Content and Mathematical Practice.
Intermediate students participate in a variety of hands-on projects in science and social studies. Science projects include building a solar oven and a working volcano. Social studies projects include building 3D region maps, creating a comprehensive Power Point presentation on a California mission, and creating a state report to present to their class.
Fourth grade students are now eligible to run for a class representative position. The responsibilities of a class representative and the voting/election process prepare the students for student government which becomes available in Jr. High. Also in fourth grade, the students are introduced to organizing their subjects and class work in binders. The binder becomes a significant part of a student's organizational skills that are necessary in Jr. High.
The fifth grade students become big "Buddies" to the incoming kindergartners. During the entire school year, the buddies will mentor the younger students in class work, religious ceremonies, and holiday celebrations. They build a bond of trust and friendship that often continues past their years at Holy Name School.
The balance of personal growth and achievement they learn in these years prepares our intermediate students for success in Jr. High.
The Wonderful World of Science and Technology
We are proud of the technology and science advancements at Holy Name School including our newly built, state-of-the-art Science Laboratory and our fully equipped Technology Center. Our students utilize science and technology to engage in critical thinking and problem-solving resulting in an extremely rich learning experience.
Our Science Laboratory is outfitted with the newest laboratory equipment including a SmartBoard and iPads and e-textbooks for grades six through eight. Characterized by the desire to know and understand the natural world, our Jr. High science program focuses on Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences and Physical and Chemical Sciences. Students conduct experiments using the tools of a scientist such as microscopes, electric kits, mineral collections, test tubes, etc. This level of hands-on experimentation provides our students with the opportunity to develop logical and critical thinking skills when evaluating a scientific problem.
Science instruction for our younger students is provided through our newly purchased Full Option Science System (FOSS). Students actively participate in scientific practices through their own investigations and analyses, providing students with meaningful experiences through active participation in scientific practices.
All of our science programs ensure powerful instruction that enhances the way our students learn.
Our Technology Center is fully equipped with 35 Macbook Pros and a SmartBoard. Students work individually and in small groups. We have built a collaborative learning community in which students have access to curriculum-related Internet sites and work together on projects and interact with their teachers.
At every grade level our students are introduced to more challenging and enriching experiences. Our kindergarten students learn the basic functions of a computer and keyboarding skills. In the third grade they are completing PowerPoint presentations and by the fifth grade they are creating graphs and spreadsheets in Excel. Our Jr. High courses include Google Apps for Education, promoting interaction with students and teachers. We enhance the way students learn and teachers teach by using collaborative tools that are currently a critical part of today's business world and are highly relied on in our local high schools.
Modern technology expands beyond our Technology Center and into the classrooms. Many of our teachers utilize iPads in their daily instruction and enhance educational opportunities for our students throughout the day. Technology is an integral part of our day to day curriculum so our students will be fully prepared for the future.
At the junior high level we have a 1:1 iPad Program. Junior High students are expected to uphold our iPad Technology User Agreement.