Area Catholic is committed to providing an academic curriculum based on the teachings
of the Catholic Church, infused with Catholic social teaching, rooted in basic
skills and coupled with innovative programs that will prepare young people for
college, career, and life.
The primary goal of the program of instruction
in our elementary schools is to provide learning experience in a Catholic environment
that will assist the students in their religious, spiritual, moral, intellectual,
social, emotional, and physical development.
A child's journey in the elementary
grades spans from learning to read to preparing for young adulthood, and the approach
to teaching the curriculum evolves through the years to reflect a child's developmental
The curriculum at Wyoming Area Catholic ensures a strong academic foundation
and the development of the whole child. The curriculum is delivered through lesson
plans designed to meet student's unique social, physical, emotional and academic
Language Arts and
faith is expressed daily throughout all facets of school life. We strive to pass
on the teachings of Jesus Christ to all of our students. Our faith is reflected
in our traditions, prayer life, and service that we do for one another. Our school
celebrates Mass and Holy Hour monthly, and we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
four times a year. Various collections are held to help those most in need in
our area. The faith and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ is alive and well in
Religion is also taught as one of the core academic subjects.
The focus of our study of religion can be summed up in one statement: God is Love.
Every facet of the study of religion stems from God's love.
At Wyoming Area
Catholic School, students will study:
Scripture: beginning with Pre-Kindergarten,
students learn stories from the Bible. Our younger grades continue to learn Bible
favorites and they eventually learn to categorize them as Old Testament and New
Testament. Our junior high students will connect the covenant that God makes with
His people in the Old Testament with the fulfillment of the covenant that is witnessed
in the New Testament.
Morality: Our youngest students learn what it
means to "be good" - to be kind to one another, to help each other,
and to be fair to one another. As our students grow, they study the 10 Commandments.
They learn about forgiveness, and will eventually learn that God gives us all
free will, and that through our study of the faith, we are able to properly form
our conscience in order to act morally.
Sacraments: Our first graders
begin to learn about the Sacraments, and how they are outward signs that give
us grace. As our students progress through the grade levels, the Sacraments and
their effects on us are studied more in-depth. Special attention in given to the
Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist in 2nd grade, as that is the age
level that students receive those Sacraments for the first time in their parishes.
Special attention is given to the Sacrament of Confirmation in 5th and 6th grade
to help prepare our older students for the reception of that Sacrament.
and Prayer: Along with attending monthly Mass, our students learn the parts
of the Mass and the liturgical seasons and colors. They also learn about the Holy
Days of Obligation. Students learn about the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
as they experience Eucharistic Adoration. Traditional Catholic prayers such as
the Our Father, Hail Mary, the Memorare, Stations of the Cross, Prayer to the
Holy Spirit, etc. are introduced and practiced at appropriate grade levels.
Theology: The basic beliefs of faith are taught throughout the years such
as: Jesus is the Son of God the Father; the Most Holy Trinity; Mary is the Mother
of God; the death and Resurrection of Jesus, Jesus is both God and Man; etc.
History of the Church: The learning of Church history is scattered throughout
all of our grade levels in different ways, but a concentrated study is done in
Mathematics program helps all of our students learn Math Skills and concepts they
need for academic success. Technology in Math is also used to add a new dimension
to our Math instruction. The PA Scott Foresman Addison Wesley Series is used in
Our preschool students are provided with many hands-on-activities,
games and visual materials used to explore Math.
At the Kindergarten level
students are introduced to basic sorting, classifying, numbers, patterns, fractions,
time and money and readiness of addition and subtraction.
Grades 1-6 focus
on introducing, reinforcing and mastering all skills that meet the PA Academic
Standards for each grade level.
The Math program emphasizes the mastery of
all facts, systemic and explicit problem solving application, graphs, charts,
maps, fractions, decimals, probability, percent and geometry. Critical thinking
and writing in math enhances our program.
At the junior high level, students
use the Prentice Hall Series. A variety of methods are used to introduce and reinforce
pre-algebra, geometry and trigonometry skills. Students utilize Reading and Writing
Skills along with real-world problem solving. Various technology activities are
used throughout the year.
In addition to our regular Math program, we offer
Advanced Math in Grades 6-8 it is departmentalized and offered on site with 8th
grade participating in Algebra I. It uses the Prentice Hall Advanced Math series.
NCTM standards are included in the Advanced Courses and the effectiveness of Mathematics
is evident by results in contests, placement tests, and standardized tests along
with overall success our students experience in High School.
The Language Arts program is designed to provide the
WRITE way to communicate. Students will learn the fundamentals for effective oral
and written communication. In grades K-1 Language Arts is incorporated in our
reading and phonics programs. In these grades alphabet letter recognition, all
sounds and blends are taught and mastered.
The McGraw Hill English series
is used in grades 2-5. McGraw Hill Language Arts provides a balance approach to
grammar and writing.
In grades 6-8 the Writer's Choice and Composition by
Glencoe/McGraw is used. This program offers our students proficiency in oral and
written communication. Students are taught principle rules and mechanics of the
writing process are reinforced and advanced at each grade level. Written and oral
reports and research papers provide opportunities for our students to apply the
knowledge they have learned. It is our goal at W.A.C.S. to achieve student proficiency
in writing and in all subject areas.
Finally along with out English series,
a spelling or vocabulary series is used in grades 1-8th. Grades 1-5 use Houghton
Mifflin Spelling and Vocabulary. Grades 6-8 use the Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary
Workshop series. Both of these series build upon a word list complied to provide
students with new vocabulary and vocabulary skills in order to achieve higher-level
reading proficiency and also success with standardized testing.
The reading curriculum emphasizes reading comprehension, vocabulary development,
oral and silent reading, group discussion and story related activities. All national
and state requirements are built into the program's scope and sequence of skills
The reading text in grades K-5 is the Scott Foresman Literary-Based
Reading Series. Educator's Publishing Service Inc. and Modern Press Phonics are
also used in grades K-3. Our Reading program is designed to include exposure to
critical skills strategies, and instructional techniques to meet the diverse needs
and learning styles of all students. Skills are taught, reinforced and expanded
at each grade level.
In Pre-K and K students are introduced to basic sounds
and the ability to manipulate sounds. Language development is the core to reading
comprehension. Phonemic awareness and a variety of hands-on materials enable students
to develop the skills necessary to learn to read. Students begin with letter and
sound recognition, follow by basic site words, reading sentences, and finally
achieving the challenge of reading short readers.
At the primary level, decoding
of words, the use of context clues for word development, and speaking and listening
strategies develop the mastery of comprehension skills essential for future reading
The fourth and fifth grade reading curriculum reinforces skills,
word meaning and comprehension by reading a variety of texts and genres including
realistic and historical fiction. Finally students work on writing projects fostering
personal, creative, and critical response in reading creating a reading and writing
Lastly at the junior high level the Glencoe Literature Series
is used. The students are introduced to literary history and various genres. Students
analyze a number of literary elements. They become familiar with strategies and
skills for comprehending a variety of texts and for thinking critically, creatively,
and analytically. We also use writing workshops to write and communicate in a
variety of forms for various purposes and audiences.
At W.A.C.S. we also
have added the Accelerated Reader Program to our comprehensive reading program.
All students achieve success in reading.
and Social Studies
Art and Music
Computers and Spanish
The Science program involves
exploring, investigating and experimenting at all levels.
Our Pre K students
participate in growing and caring for their own garden. They dig, plant, and harvest
all the garden vegetables while learning the workings of a garden. Various science
experiences are explored.
Grades K and 1 are introduced to the basics of Science
by learning about themselves, plants, animals, and the world around them. They
care for pets, see eggs hatch and investigate the emergence of butterflies.
Grades 2 through 6 use the Scott Foresman Science Program. They are introduced
to Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science and the Human Body. Each year
the program is more challenging and teaches an appreciation for all that God has
created or man has discovered. Students at this age level are encouraged to complete
group projects, individual reports, and lab experiments and use technology to
further understand the method of Science. The study of Science also helps students
see the relationship between Science and the world. Students also connect the
studies of Science to other subjects which foster the further application of knowledge.
The seventh and eighth grade students study Earth Science and Life Science
respectively. They spend a full year on Earth Science then complete a full year
on Life Science. Science concepts are presented in a way that students can understand
the how and why of science comparing it to their daily experiences. Windows on
Science is also used to supplement our program in grades 6-8.
method is used as a basis for the completion of individual science projects. Each
student is responsible researching, designing, completing, presenting a completed
The fourth grade also participates in the Junior Deputy Program and
the fifth grade participates in the D.A.R.E. program. Both programs are designed
to teach students to say "no" to drugs and alcohol and to stay safe
by making the right choices.
The Social Studies
program is committed to the understanding of the people and places in our own
state, country, and the world. Both geography and history are represented in our
Social Studies program. The Social Studies program uses Scott Foresman Social
Studies in grades k-6 and Prentice Hall in grades 7-8. Pennsylvania History is
also presented in grade 4.
In grades K-3 students cover such topics as culture,
citizenship, government, geography and economics. At each grade level lessons
include a hands on approach with long or short term projects Social Studies skills
address the needs of our students at each grade level. Grades 4 and 5 primarily
focus on the United States, map and graph and globe skills, Fourth graders learn
the spelling, abbreviation and U.S. states on the map. The fifth graders focus
on real life connections with fact files and citizen heroes of the past and the
present. Students participate in presenting written reports; create totem poles
representing their culture, dioramas and a resource quilt. These projects enable
students to integrate what they have learned in all social sciences.
6 focuses on the World by understanding the differences and similarities in living
in a culturally diverse world.
In grade 7-8 students study "The American
Nation" the study of the American Way of life while developing an understanding
of its history.
Students in grades 7-8 also participate in History Day. Students
submit an individual or group exhibit whose topic is related to history. Students
have the option of entering the History Day Competition at Penn State, Wilkes-Barre
Campus in the spring.
Students in grades 6-8 learn how to complete a research
paper. They are taught all steps in researching and writing this report. A geography
Bee is also held in the Junior High Level.
Overall our Social Studies program
covers information necessary for our students to learn and master all skills and
Art allows students
in PreK-8 to express themselves using different art mediums. The classroom teacher
provides the process and materials to be used. Students create the finished project
using their own creativity. They display their God given talents in their own
works of art.
Special crafts are made for special holidays. Students enjoy
creative art, discussing its purpose and sharing it with others. Art is developed
and implemented in all subjects.
Music classes are offered
twice a week for grades K-8. Students develop a strong appreciation for music
by studying basic music theory, classical artists, multicultural and musical trends.
Musical selections are introduced by singing, listening, interpreting, analyzing,
dancing and memorizing. All students participate in school liturgies, prayer services
and two concerts per year. The musical concerts are held at Christmas time and
in the spring. Students are also invited to participate in an annual talent show
during Catholic Schools Week. Students are encouraged to express themselves through
music in a fun and educational environment.
Computer classes are offered in our computer lab to grades
K-8 once a week. Students learn keyboarding; word processing skills, and the use
of the internet. A variety of skills are developed during the year using programs
such as excel, power point, and "Kidspiration". The program is specifically
designed to expose each child to present and advanced technology. Our state of
the art computer lab is also utilized for research and class assignments.
Spanish classes are held once a week for grades 4-8. The students learn Spanish
through a web site entitled LearnSpanish.com.
The instructor reinforces the website instruction with basic grammar lessons.
They also learn basic prayers, and communicate with each other in Spanish. The
variety of instruction allows for all learning styles to achieve.