What sets St. Joseph School apart from the rest? The development of STREAM education, which purposefully and organically integrates our Catholic faith and the Arts into diocesan science, technology, engineering and math curriculum guidelines. In the elementary grades, students participate in real world activities that promote critical thinking and 21st century skills. Such activities provide students with diverse opportunities to expand their general knowledge and help solve contemporary problems and challenges. As students progress through elementary school they will begin to independently incorporate STREAM concepts into their daily lives.
Science: Fifth Grade will be using LittleBits in a DIY environment empowering our students to use their creativity. Our Sixth Grade students use robotics to learn about alternative energy, recycling (reduce, reuse, recycle), space exploration, food contamination, World Class challenge (students teaching students) and more. Students can use various sensors to "Data Log" or sample data in various experiments.
- Technology: iPads are available to all students to use in the classrooms. We have a computer lab where all students have classes at least once per week. Our faculty uses interactive white boards to teach interactive lessons. Faculty use document cameras to display work and demonstrate work. Our Kindergarten students have access to use OSMO with their students. Our students have access to various student responce appliances (ActiVotes, ActivExpressions, iPads). The entire school campus is WiFi enabled. We have access to Arduino circuit boards and also Makey-Makeys and Rasberry Pi.
- Religion: St. Joseph School is blessed to be a part of a Franciscan church community in which peace and goodness flourish. Our Catholic faith is woven throughout the curriculum and daily events as students and staff strive to be examples of Christ to one another.
- Engineering: All Sixth Grade students work with robotics (using both EV3 and NXT) in their science and math classes throughout the academic year. Students in grades 5 & 6 can apply to join the FLL robotics team and compete in the largest FLL group in the country. FLL competition is world-wide. Students in Grades 7 & 8 can apply for our FTC Robotics Team. This team competes with other teams composed of students from grades 7 through grade 12. They learn to program smart phones and configure them to control motors and sensors. Students in Grades 1 - 4 work with the Lego WeDo's to begin programming and learn basic engineering design.
- Arts: Exposure to classic and modern art, music, and drama are key to appreciating beauty in the world around us. Students are challenged to explore God given gifts and talents with art creations, music and band classes, a modern television studio, and dramatic class productions. The study of literature and oratory helps prepare students to communicate effectively and be future leaders.
- Mathematics: ROKENBOK set - Using robotics students must apply their math skills to program a robot to accomplish various programming and design challenges. Robotics is also offered as an elective at the Junior High level. 7th Grade is offered Intro to Python programming and 8th grade is offered Intro to Robotics.