In each grade level, beginning with 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten, students experience a variety of developmentally-appropriate special subjects. These courses, like the core curriculum, are designed to challenge and excite students to explore their God-given gifts and talents, and expose them to the concepts, skills, and culture of each subject.
The mission of the art department at Saint Henry School is to provide a positive, nurturing, creative environment in which students can uncover and cultivate their artistic talent. Students will have the opportunity to explore numerous media and techniques and sharpen perception of aesthetic qualities by studying characteristics of visual forms from a variety of cultures and time periods.
The interactive Spanish program at Saint Henry School engages students in a variety of ways to enhance the ability of students to speak, listen, read, and write the Spanish language. Beginning in Kindergarten and First grade, students are focused on listening and speaking the language. Students in Second through Fourth grade expand their skills to include reading and writing. The program expands further in Fifth through Eighth grade exposing students to a full Spanish I course, augmented to meet the maturity level of the students, and spread across multiple years.
At every grade level, students at Saint Henry School learn about sportsmanship, rules and regulations as they participate in physical education. In earlier grades, there is an emphasis on the safety, teamwork and care of equipment in addition to skill building and fun. Late, in grades Five through Eight, the program promotes fitness and instills self-confidence in each student, teaching them various ways to be healthy in their adult years.
Our music program is designed to allow students to enjoy music while also developing their aural, visual, spatial, tactile and emotional intelligence. We also incorporate the students' spirituality by expressing prayer through music.
KINDERGARTEN TO THIRD GRADE
Focus on singing and learning the very basics of music, such as simple rhythms. The students also use Orff and percussion instruments to enhance their music making experiences.
Students will expand on the curriculum from earlier years by learning to play an instrument. All fourth graders are required to play the recorder and will have two opportunities to perform what they've learned at both a Christmas and Spring concert.
FIFTH TO EIGHTH GRADE
Band - Students have an opportunity to choose an instrument and join the band. There are three bands at Saint Henry. Fifth graders join beginner band, sixth graders participate in intermediate band and seventh and eighth graders join advanced band.
Music Class - Students who choose not to join band attend music class. Curriculum covers singing and basic music reading skills. The program also teaches music history and appreciation of other musical styles. Fifth grade learns beginning techniques of hand bells, and sixth grade incorporates proper vocal techniques and beginner guitar.
Choir - The junior high choir is made up of seventh and eighth graders who enjoy singing. The ensemble sings at our weekly school masses and prepares for two concerts throughout the year. The seventh and eighth grade choir students also take a field trip and share their musical talents with the Nashville community.
The library supports the educational program and the students by developing research skills including how to best utilize library materials and find high-quality information. Students learn valuable research tools using both traditional book sources and a variety of technology sources for cross-curricular projects. Additionally, the library helps students fall in love with reading by helping students find exciting recreational reading. Through the Accelerated Reader program, students are presented with developmentally appropriate book recommendations to help students find their next favorite book and offering enticing rewards.
Saint Henry School students are introduced to computers and technology beginning in Kindergarten and build their knowledge through eighth grade. Students have access to one traditional computer lab equipped with Microsoft Windows-based computers with Microsoft Office and a variety of age-appropriate software installed. Kindergarten through Third grade students have access to Apple iPads in their home classrooms, and students in grade Four through Eight have access to three Chromebook carts and one Windows Laptop cart in addition to Apple iPads. Throughout the building Promethean ActivPanel interactive boards are installed in most classrooms, further augmenting the students interaction with and understanding of technology.
The formal computer curriculum covers a variety of topics and skills, with the concepts of digital citizenship and a Catholic-infused understanding of how to appropriately use technology underpinning every lesson. Classes are taught using project-based learning, sharpening student’s problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. In the full course of study, students will learn advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher, as well as similar skills in G-Suite applications. Students also learn how to successfully and safely use the internet as a learning and research tool, with special attention paid to remaining safe online. In grades Five through Eight, students are also introduced to Computer Assisted Design (CAD) and 3-D printing, and coding using both block-coding and Python.