Q: How does Queen of Martyrs prepare students for High School?
A: The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools are voluntarily integrating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into our rich educational tradition because we view the standards as being in the best interest of the children and families we serve. In addition to incorporating Common Core State Standards into our comprehensive curriculum, we have adopted specific science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning standards as well.
Q: How are the parameters of STEM learning standards defined?
A: Generally, at advanced educational levels STEM programs of study are typically classified based upon four occupational clusters: computer technology; mathematical sciences; engineering and surveying; and natural, physical and life sciences. The STEM program here at Queen of Martyrs embraces the integration of technology in science and mathematics and is manifest in the following ways:
A curriculum driven by problem-solving, discovery, and exploratory learning that requires students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution.
Innovative instruction allows students to explore greater depths of all of the subjects by utilizing the skills learned.
Technology that provides creative and innovative ways to solve problems and apply what has been learned.
Independent and collaborative research projects embedded in the curricula.
Collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills threaded throughout the curricula.
Q: What are some other specifics of the Queen of Martyrs curriculum?
Reading incorporates Close Reading Strategies. Close Reading is a thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns in order to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text's form, craft, and meanings. It is a key requirement of the Common Core State Standards and directs the reader's attention to the text itself. The five steps integral to the application of Close Reading Strategies are: 1.Read the passage and take notes as you read. 2.Analyze the passage. 3.Develop a descriptive thesis. 4.Construct an argument about the passage. 5.Develop an outline based on your thesis. Our Junior High Math program incorporates the Prentice Hall textbooks at all grade levels. As students enter 8th Grade they they undertake the study of Algebra. The earth, environmental, and physical science content of our curriculum is delivered via the comprehensive Scott Foresman Earth Science series of textbooks.
Q: How do you address the specific needs of each child in the class? What if a student needs more help?
A: Queen of Martyrs is fortunate to offer a Resource Teacher to our students and families. Mrs. Sue Rohde is available on a daily basis to provide teachers with additional classroom support and assist students. Such assistance is geared toward those students who need extra help learning new concepts or those who need to strengthen their skills. Assistance may be provided individually within the classroom or in the Resource Room through small group instruction or in a one-on-one context.
Q: What is the ratio of teachers to students at Queen of Martyrs?
A: Students at Queen of Martyrs enjoy a 1:16 teacher/student ratio.
Q: Where do most Queen of Martyrs graduates attend High School?
A: The majority of graduating Wildcats many times choose to attend area Catholic High Schools such as Brother Rice, De La Salle, Marist, Mother McAuley, Mt. Carmel, St. Ignatius, St. Laurence, and St. Rita, for example.
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