Elementary

Grades 1-5 at Holy Cross Lutheran School

Our School’s Mission & Vision

Christian Faith and Challenging Academics

The mission of Holy Cross Lutheran School is to provide a Christ-centered, nurturing ministry for children and their families, with an emphasis on academic excellence.

Elementary

Holy Cross Lutheran School places an emphasis on academic excellence and on the teaching of the Christian faith.  Our curriculum is challenging, yet flexible, and is designed to meet or exceed the standards set by the State of Indiana.  Our teachers are dedicated to providing this excellence in an atmosphere of personal warmth and Christian love, recognizing the individuality of each child and encouraging each child to reach their full potential.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes:

Religion

  • Lutheran Curriculum
  • Bible stories and Bible study
  • Worship experiences/Chapel
  • Mission education
  • Memory work
  • Religious songs
  • Application to real life values

Language Arts

  • Scott Foresman “Reading Street” Curriculum
  • Quality children’s literature
  • Leveled reading activities
  • English grammar
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Drama/Reader’s Theater
  • Speaking and Listening skills
  • Independent Reading
  • Accelerated Reader/technology based reading assessment

 

Math

  • “Everyday Math” (for grades K-3) and Houghton Mifflin Math (grades 4-5) curriculum designed to enable children to learn more mathematical content and become lifelong mathematical thinkers. 
  • Numbers and Numeration
  • Operations and Computation
  • Patterns, Functions and Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement and Reference Frames
  • Data and Chance
  • Experiential activities using a variety of manipulative materials
  • Math Pentathlon games and Math Pentathlon Club

Science

  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Space & Technology
  • The curriculum provides inquiry-rich content and activities, experimentation and field trips for hands-on learning.  It also provides cross-curricular connections and leveled readers that link reading and science skills (Mystery Science). Our young scientists study all of these concepts within the context that God is the creator of all things.

 

Social Studies

  • Communities and their Institutions
  • People and Cultures
  • Indiana History
  • United States History
  • World and Early Civilization History
  • Teacher-led discussions and current events and provide cross-curricular connections linking reading, as well as religion and character education. Children learn that respect, caring, responsibility, fairness, courage, and honesty are all important characteristics in being a member of a community.  Additional publications such as Weekly Reader, Scholastic News and Time for Kids are utilized in some classrooms.

Foreign Language

  • Introduction to Spanish language and culture

Art

  • Activities include the study of major artists and styles, exploration of various art mediums, and art appreciation

Music

  • Musical concepts, singing, music appreciation, rhythm and rhythm instruments
  • Choir for all grade levels
  • Band for 5th grade

Technology

  • Computers and technology use in many curricular areas
  • Keyboarding
  • Word Processing
  • Powerpoint
  • Internet

Technology Student Standards

  • Digital Citizenship
  • Computative Thinking
  • Creative Communication
  • Global Collaboration
  • Empowered Learner
  • Innovative Designer
  • Knowledge Constructor

Physical Education

  • Introduction to personal physical fitness and health.  Group activities, cooperation, rules and guidelines for fair play.  Physical activity for personal enjoyment, recreational opportunities, individual and  team sports.

Study Trip Experiences

We Are Social

Holy Cross Lutheran School
8115 Oaklandon Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46236
317.826.1234

High Ability Program at Holy Cross Lutheran School

Holy Cross is committed to meet the needs of high ability students whose performance is consistent with nationally-recognized criteria for giftedness. We provide them with advanced experiences beyond grade-level curriculum through acceleration and/or enrichment of the curriculum.

High Ability students perform at or show the potential for performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain (areas of aptitude and talent) compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment and is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interest.

Cluster Model

Cluster grouping is when gifted and talented and/or high-achieving students are identified as being within the top five percent and placed in a standard, mixed-ability (heterogeneous) classroom within their grade. Groupings of three to six or five to eight are typical cluster groups. If there are more than eight to ten students meeting the necessary criteria, another cluster group is typically formed and placed in a different class.

Advantages of Clustering

Grouping all gifted children in a regular classroom provides:

  • Social, emotional, and academic advantages to students.
  • Inclusive spaces.
  • Gifted students often feel more comfortable among students with similar abilities.
  • Cluster groupings help facilitate this comfort level by increasing the number of high achieving students within one class.

Cluster Model

Cluster grouping is when gifted and talented and/or high-achieving students are identified as being within the top five percent and placed in a standard, mixed-ability (heterogeneous) classroom within their grade. Groupings of three to six or five to eight are typical cluster groups. If there are more than eight to ten students meeting the necessary criteria, another cluster group is typically formed and placed in a different class.

Advantages of Clustering

Grouping all gifted children in a regular classroom provides:

  • Social, emotional, and academic advantages to students.
  • Inclusive spaces.
  • Gifted students often feel more comfortable among students with similar abilities.
  • Cluster groupings help facilitate this comfort level by increasing the number of high achieving students within one class.

 

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