St. Anna School Update!

summer update #1

Good Luck and Welcome Back!

Good Luck Mrs. Smith! We want to wish Mrs. Smith the very best as she begins her next adventure; teaching first grade at Fallbrook. Mrs. Smith will be missed and we appreciate everything she's done for our students and school over the past four years. We never know where our journey may take us.


Welcome back Mrs. D.! Mrs. Daigneault has decided that she's not quite ready for retirement and is ready for a new challenge- Teaching second grade!!

We are excited to have Mrs. D. come out of retirement to teach second grade next year. The students will be excited to see a familiar face on the first day of school in room 2!

Welcome to SAS!

We are happy to announce that Miss Mann will be our new preschool aide with Mrs. Michalak. You may recognize Miss Kaitlin Mann from extended care and she helped out at the end of the year with preschool when we needed her. Kaitlin is a recent graduate from Worcester State with her Bachelor's in Psychology. Kaitlin is thinking of pursuing her graduate degree in counseling but has found she LOVES working with kids, especially the preschool students. We are glad to have Kaitlin as part of our St. Anna family.

NEASC Accreditation

We are currently working our the NEASC (New England Association of Schools & Colleges) re-accreditation self study. Schools need to be accredited every 10 years. There's a lot of work to be done throughout this process and you'll get surveys and other updates during the year.

Standards

The Worcester Diocese has allowed schools to use a combination of Diocese of Hartford and Phoenix standards to their discretion.

In preparation of our NEASC Visit, the teachers spent a few days after the school year ended to review the standards to assure they align with our curriculum and vice versa.

St. Anna School has adopted the Diocese of Hartford Standards for Preschool to Grade 5 and the Diocese of Phoenix Standards for grades 6-8.

These standards support our goal of academic excellence and ensure all students are well prepared for high school and beyond.

Middle School History/Social Studies Curriculum


Due to the adoption of the Phoenix standards for the middle school and making sure we have the most comprehensive curriculum for our students, we are making a change to the scope and sequence of our our middle school social studies/history classes. This will create a cohesive History program throughout the Middle School.

This enables a continuity throughout the middle school that will prepare our students to excel at the high school level. Currently, the 6th grade class receives Geography as their History instruction. This new sequence incorporates Geography through all three History levels, complementing the instruction rather than stand alone.

Below is the model for this instruction based on the Phoenix standards-


6th Grade

World History (Ancient Civilizations through the Reformation) Geography focus will be on Africa/Asia as it relates to these topics. Early Catholicism and World Religions will also be a focus when covering Ancient Civilizations. There are seven sub categories within the 6th Grade standard,Social Justice and Catholic Identity, History, Renaissance and Reformation, Geography, Government and Economics.


7th Grade

American History Part 1: Revolutionary War through Civil War. Geography will focus on early America including colonies and westward expansion. Human migration is a strong thread throughout this class. The same seven categories are found within the 7th Grade Standard, Social Justice and Catholic Identity, History, Geography, Government, and Economics. There will also be a local focus too, bringing in MA and surrounding towns and their roles in the Revolution and Civil War.


8th Grade

American History Part 2: Industrial Revolution through 20th Century( Cold War/Vietnam War) This section of American History will focus greatly on how America evolved into a World Superpower. Special Focus on World War I and II the creation of the United Nations. President Wilson and Roosevelt and Kennedy will get special focus. Geography will focus on Europe and U.S. and Asia.

Summer Reading!

READ, READ, READ this summer! You can do the summer BINGO challenge- and don't forget to send us pictures of you reading everywhere!!


Summer Reading Lists:


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Upcoming Events:

8/23 Back to School BBQ Meeting 6:00-7:00

8/27 First Day for grades 1-8

8/30 Kindergarten Orientation 9:30

8/30 Preschool Orientation 10:30

8/31 No School- enjoy the LONG Weekend

9/4 First Day Preschool & Kindergarten

9/19 Early Dismissal 11:30 No Lunch

9/21 Back to School BBQ