Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade
The strongly integrated curriculum enhances opportunities for spiritual, academic, artistic, musical, technological and physical development.
Such a curriculum is challenging and goal-oriented. It employs methods, tools, and technology that is reasonable and appropriate to each child's age and development. Our curricula teaches concepts appropriate to the child's grade level and ability and concepts are built upon information learned from previous years. All areas of the curriculum are introduced, developed, mastered or maintained depending on the grade. The students are assessed in many ways both formally and informally through observation, class participation, homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. As you review our curriculum, you will see that teaching children is important to us. The strength of our curriculum is validated by various measures. IOWA Test of Basic Skills scores demonstrate academic achievement well above the national average.
Students in these grades are assigned to a primary classroom for their core subjects. Additional class subjects such as art, physical education and music are attended throughout the week that allow students the experience of different teachers and also provides important exposure to enrichment opportunities.
We know that Our Heavenly Father has a plan for your children. The collaborative work between parents and teachers is sure to be seen when the children are ready for their life's work. The children can say with enthusiastic readiness as Samuel did, "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening" (Samuel 3:10) in the tradition of excellence which is the hallmark of a Catholic education.
Students are the heart and soul of St. Joseph the Worker and we couldn't be more proud of how they represent our school, their families and most importantly, Jesus. We hear from many that having a school with a culture of honesty, kindness, respect and personal responsibility makes our school a safe and fun place for the students to learn. There are a variety of ways that students interact with each other from prayer partners and academics, to sports and art and music. There truly is something for everyone at St. Joseph the Worker!
Academics and Student Support
St. Joseph the Worker School's mission is to provide a quality Catholic education where every child can succeed. In doing so, we provide the necessary services and supports as prescribed by the Diocese of Allentown Inclusive Catholic Education Council. All students who utilize learning support services must have a written academic support plan that is developed on a yearly basis.
- Full Day Kindergarten
- Children must be 5 by October 15th
Learning support has three levels of service available. In addition to school based learning support, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 provides services through Title 1 and Act 48. Students in kindergarten through 8th grade can qualify for these services through testing given by our reading specialist.
We continually nurture the growth of each child and their relationship with God and the community. The spirituality of the whole child is developed through prayer, liturgy, and service. Spiritual formation revolves around the litugical cycle. The students participate in School Masses, Class Masses, daily prayer, reception of the Sacraments, and religious programs to celebrate the liturgical seasons. The religion curriculum is based on the four pillars of our faith: creed, sacraments, morality, and prayer each having priority topics for the appropriate grade level.
Integration of Faith in Academics
"THE KNIGHTS OF VIRTUE"
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us to be virtuous children of God; "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things" (Phillipians 4:8).
As a school community, our mission is to be God's best examples of virtues. We are called to bring all the virtues to the communities beyond our school. Virtues are habitual and a firm disposition to do good. The goal of a virtuous life is to be closer to God.
Once a month, our students and staff stop what they are doing to take time working in groups to learn about the virtue of the month, and share our thoughts and feelings about these virtues amongst our peers. We explore different aspects of the virtues in different ways, but what is important is that we never forget our mission. St. Joseph the Worker students are cloaked in the armor of virtue, defending and upholding the good in us all!