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Early Education/Curriculum

Prince of Peace School provides instruction for children four years old through grade eight. Students participate in religion, math, reading, language arts, science, social studies, art, general music and physical education classes. Prince of Peace School follows the Exit Expectations put forth by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Office of Schools. The Exit Expectations are aligned to the Wisconsin state standards. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has developed Grade Specific Catholic Education Curriculum to identify key religious education concepts for each grade level (1-8). These concepts are articulated in competence-based language.

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Archdiocese Education Curriculum

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Prince of Peace School empowers the whole child in preparation for life in an ever changing world. Students receive researched based instruction in all curricular areas.

In addition to core academic subjects students also attend music, art, and physical education classes. Grades 6-8 have Spanish language instruction embedded within social studies classes. We use curriculum created by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee curriculum committees which provides academic benchmarks at every grade level that are aligned to state and national subject area academic standards. Students at all levels are provided academic support though differentiated instruction, assignments and assessments. There are two full time English Language Learner teachers who support students in their acquisition of the English language. Reading support is provided by one of our reading specialists as well as through the Title I supplemental reading program. Students are supported in the development of their social-emotional growth through classes given by our school social workers.

Prince of Peace School uses the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment.

Three times a year students in grades K5-8 are tested in math, reading and language usage. The testing data of each student is analyzed to determine strengths and weaknesses. Teachers create individual learning plans for each student. Four days per week, students attend small group instruction in order to strengthen their skills in reading and math. Technology is infused into all aspects of the school day. Computers, iPads, and interactive whiteboards are utilized in all classrooms. Technology is used to enrich the learning experience. The resources used to aid in teaching the curriculum, chosen by the administrative and teaching staff is reflective of the school’s mission statement, philosophy, and goals.

The values and practices of the Catholic Christian faith permeate the entire curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the student’s needs to grow in knowledge and in the skills needed to be successful in today’s society as responsible citizens. For this reason, Best Practices are used to increase student achievement in all curricular areas.

These approaches accommodate the learning styles of children of many cultures and abilities. In addition to textbooks, the instructional program includes supplementary books, computers, learning kits, manipulative materials, games, audio-visual resources, field trips, and teacher created resources and materials. Continuous effort is made by the administrative and teaching staff to update and revise the resources to remain current. An overall plan for textbook revisions is followed according to Milwaukee Archdiocesan recommendations. All staff members involved in curriculum planning are degreed and certified by the State of Wisconsin.

ESL Support

Prince of Peace School strives to serve all students, providing English Language Learner (ELL) support for students who are acquiring the English language. Two reading specialists support the reading instruction of our students and participation in the Title I program provides supplemental reading instruction to students who are well below grade level in reading.

We understand the benefits of music and art in a student’s early childhood education. Students who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills. A study from Columbia University revealed that students who study arts are more cooperative with their teachers and peers, have higher levels of self-confidence, and are more equipped to express themselves and their ideas.

Music is a very powerful subject- It promotes teamwork, communication, self-esteem, creative thinking, imagination, discipline and study skills. Studies have proven that students who participate in a music education program develop better science and math skills. Prince of Peace provides both singing and musical instrument instruction for all its students.

Prince of Peace partners with Walkers Point Center for the Arts http://wpca-milwaukee.org/ to provide Prince of Peace with after school programming through an artist-in-resident on site at Prince of Peace School. Past residency programs have included mural painting, puppetry, drum making and mosaic tile stepping stones.

Students also participate in multiple programs with the Milwaukee Art Museum’s. One annual activity is the Junior Docent School Program. This program introduces elementary school students to the vocabulary, elements, and history of art while developing critical thinking skills.
http://mam.org/learn/school_programs.php

The physical education and health of our students is a very important part of the Prince of Peace curriculum. We understand that regular physical activity is essential for healthy growth and development and can increase a students’ academic achievement. Our physical education program provides students with the skills and education to develop a lifelong commitment to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.

When students participant in our physical education classes, they learn the
importance of: Skill development, Self-Discipline, Nutrition, Improved Judgment, Stress Reduction, Strengthened peer relationships, Setting goals, Improved self-confidence and Self-esteem.

Art/Music/Physical Education

Teachers create individual learning plans for each student. Four days per week, students attend small group instruction in order to strengthen their skills in reading and math. Technology is infused into all aspects of the school day. Computers, iPads, and interactive whiteboards are utilized in all classrooms. Technology is used to enrich the learning experience. The resources used to aid in teaching the curriculum, chosen by the administrative and teaching staff is reflective of the schools mission statement, philosophy, and goals.

The values and practices of the Catholic Christian faith permeate the entire curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the student’s needs to grow in knowledge and in the skills needed to be successful in today’s society as responsible citizens. For this reason, Best Practices are used to increase student achievement in all curricular areas. These approaches accommodate the learning styles of children of many cultures and abilities. In addition to textbooks, the instructional program includes supplementary books, computers, learning kits, manipulative materials, games, audio-visual resources, field trips, and teacher created resources and materials. Continuous effort is made by the administrative and teaching staff to update and revise the textbooks to remain current. An overall plan for textbook revisions is followed according to Milwaukee Archdiocesan recommendations. All staff members involved in curriculum planning are degreed and certified by the State of Wisconsin.

Athletics

Extra-curricular activities are of value as a supportive element to the complete education process. This process concerns the total student, the student’s growth as an individual be it spiritually, academically, emotionally, physically and socially.

Teachers, parents, and community members who have been approved by the Principal, will direct extra-curricular activities. Most extra-curricular activities are geared toward students in grades 4 through 8. Students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to participate in seasonal sports. Archdiocesan policies for athletics will be enforced; no student may play for more than one team in the same sport, in the same season. The school encourages healthful participation by all eligible students for personal and social growth.