Art at Holy Name of Jesus School is a hands-on program. Students explore a variety of art forms from drawing and painting to three-dimensional sculpture and clay projects. Every art experience the students have relates to the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. Through this weekly process of discovery, students develop skills and a sense of self- expression through their artwork.
We also participate in Art Adventure, which is an art appreciation program coordinated through the Minneapolis Institute of Art. After exploring and learning about an art collection, the students are able to take a field trip to the Art Institute to see the art pieces in person.
Students in KinderSparks through sixth grade attend Art once a week for 30 minutes.
The Holy Name of Jesus Band Program welcomes all students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade. There are two bands, Beginning and Advanced, that meet weekly, before or after school. Weekly, small group lessons are scheduled during the school day. Over 60% of our students in Grades 3 - 6 are in band and/or choir.
Becoming a member of the Holy Name of Jesus School Band Family is a sure way to boost academic awareness and sharpen life skills for success in any subject. Music is a wonderful outlet and a confidence builder for so many.
Our band students perform at both the Christmas and Spring Concerts.
The media center at Holy Name of Jesus is designed to help students learn literacy skills that are embedded into the curriculum. By guiding students toward self-discovery and self-direction, the library media program assists in promoting the learning of skills and attitudes essential to academic and personal development.
Students in KinderSparks through sixth grade attend the Media Center once a week for 30 minutes.
The music program at Holy Name of Jesus School promotes the-well rounded musician by instilling not only the skills necessary for quality vocal and instrumental performance, but a solid foundation of knowledge of the technical elements of music. Students experience music through a variety of lenses in the classroom and have many opportunities to sing, play classroom instruments such as the recorder and ukulele, and listen critically to different musical genres and styles. The goal of the Holy Name of Jesus School music program is to develop in each student an appreciation for music as an art form so that whether they go on to perform at the next level or not, they will still recognize music’s value as both a source of entertainment and of prayer.
Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade attend Music twice a week for 30 minutes. KinderSparks and LittleSparks attend Music once a week for 30 minutes.
Over 60% of our students in Grades 3 - 6 are in band and/or choir.
The goal of Physical Education at Holy Name of Jesus School is to promote activity now and to develop a desire to stay active for a lifetime. In most class sessions, social skills, safety, or health information are integrated into the games and activities. Good sportsmanship is integrated into every lesson.
Students in KinderSparks through sixth grade attend Gym twice a week for 30 minutes. Every spring our sixth-graders plan and execute our Field Day, a fun-filled activity day for our Kindergarten through fifth-grade students.
Language and communication are the heart of all human experiences. The goal of Spanish education is for students to be able to express themselves in Spanish (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and to develop an awareness of the Spanish speaking culture as well as for all students to be able to demonstrate their understanding of the language and culture. The Spanish program at Holy Name of Jesus School is based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning and built on the 5 C Standards for Learning Spanish: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.
Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade attend the Spanish class twice a week for 30 minutes. KinderSparks attend Spanish class once a week for 30 minutes.
Holy Name of Jesus STEM Lab builds a foundation for innovation by teaching our students to be problem solvers and 21st century leaders. Focussing on science, technology, math, and engineering the STEM Lab provides experiences, skills, and values that will prepare them to be self-motivated, competent, lifelong learners. Students utilize critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity to find and solve problems making God’s world a better place for everyone.
Students in KinderSparks through sixth grade attend the STEM Lab once a week for 30 minutes.
This year the STEM lab has partnered with MN Zoo, The Jeffers Foundation and Southwest Airlines.
To see more in our STEM lab, click here.
The Technology Lab at Holy Name of Jesus School is a place for students to develop technology skills across curriculum areas. Technology is viewed as a tool to enhance academic excellence.
- Develop computer literacy skills
- Become familiar with commonly-used software programs
- Utilize online collaboration tools in G-Suite for Education
- Gain experience in on-line research, video creation and blogging
- Explore educational activities that improve their technology skills
- Learn and teach other students about Digital Citizenship
- Strengthen keyboarding skills
Our goal is to integrate technology into our classroom curriculum areas.
We accomplish this through:
- Each classroom has a SMARTboard and classroom computer
- Chromebooks in our newly updated technology lab
- 1:1 Chromebook program in grades 5 and 6.
- 1:2 Laptop cart for classroom use in 4th-grade Classroom
- iPads in grades 1 - 4
Students in First through sixth grade attend the Technology Lab twice a week for 30 minutes. Kindergarten attends the Technology Lab once a week for 30 minutes.