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Academics

The academic focus of our school is to provide a challenging yet supportive curriculum to all students.  Singapore Math is used in all grades, which greatly accelerates math learning.  Numerous computer programs help support students in language arts and math.  Reading is stressed at all levels in a variety of ways.   Students receive additional support if there is an academic need, whether it is in remediation or acceleration.  Religion is not only taught daily, but incorporated into all other aspects of school life.

The schools have forged several partnerships in the community, which helps provide more individual instruction.  Groups like Foster Grandparents, the University of Wisconsin –Stevens Point, the United Way, the Portage County Business Council and other community organizations work with our students regularly at all levels.

Technology is all over the school.  Each classroom has a SMART Board, and students have access to mini labs,  and a larger computer lab.  By 2016, all Students in grades 1-5 will have a personal tablet to use in school.  Technology is considered another tool for students.  STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a large part of the science curriculum.

Assessment is a major portion of the academic program.  A variety of tools are used which helps monitor students’ progress.  Curriculum Based Monitors from the University of Oregon, DRA’s, Three Minutes Assessments, and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills are  sample of some of the assessments.  Students at all levels score extremely high, performing at some of the highest levels in the country.

The staff has received numerous awards.  Currently on staff there are seven teachers who have received the Herb Kohl Fellowship Award, recognizing the top 100 teachers in the state (two others recently retired).   Teachers and support staff have also earned numerous local awards as well.  

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St. Stan’s, which includes 4k through Grade 2, and St. Steve’s, which includes grades 3- 5, have been selected as United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools two times, one of the few schools in the state to ever be recognized twice, in 2008 and 2015.  The award is given to those schools that show the highest test scores when compared to all schools in the nation, as well as other outstanding academic and community programs.  The school also received the “Innovations in Catholic Education” award in 2014 for outstanding literacy education.

The school has formed numerous partnerships with the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  A literacy lab is held at St. Stan’s.  UWSP professors teach college students reading courses in the St. Stan’s building, and then those students work individually with school children.  A fluency clinic, stressing fluency and comprehension,  is held at St.  Steve’s.  Additionally the math department from UWSP works with all students on math problem solving.  St. Stan’s has a shared physical education program with UWSP, using their staff and resources.

The academic focus of the school is to provide a challenging yet supportive curriculum to all students.  Singapore math is used in all grades, which greatly accelerates math learning.  Numerous computer programs help support students in language arts and math.  Reading is stressed at all levels in a variety of ways.  Test scores are outstanding, as evidenced by the awards the school has received.

Technology is all over the school.  Each classroom has a SMART Board, and students have access to mini labs, or a larger computer lab.  By 2016, all Students in grades 1-5 will have a personal tablet to use in school.  Technology is considered another tool for students.  STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a large part of the science curriculum.

The staff has received numerous awards.  Currently on staff there are seven teachers who have received the Herb Kohl Fellowship Award, recognizing the top 100 teachers in the state ( two others recently retired).   Teachers and support staff have also earned numerous local awards as well.  The principal has twice been named the Diocesan Administrator of the Year.

Academics

St. Stan’s, which includes 4k through Grade 2, and St. Steve’s, which includes grades 3- 5, have been selected as United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools two times, one of the few schools in the state to ever be recognized twice, in 2008 and 2015.  The award is given to those schools that show the highest test scores when compared to all schools in the nation, as well as other outstanding academic and community programs.  The school also received the “Innovations in Catholic Education” award in 2014 for outstanding literacy education.

The school has formed numerous partnerships with the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  A literacy lab is held at St. Stan’s.  UWSP professors teach college students reading courses in the St. Stan’s building, and then those students work individually with school children.  A fluency clinic, stressing fluency and comprehension,  is held at St.  Steve’s.  Additionally the math department from UWSP works with all students on math problem solving.  St. Stan’s has a shared physical education program with UWSP, using their staff and resources.

The academic focus of the school is to provide a challenging yet supportive curriculum to all students.  Singapore math is used in all grades, which greatly accelerates math learning.  Numerous computer programs help support students in language arts and math.  Reading is stressed at all levels in a variety of ways.  Test scores are outstanding, as evidenced by the awards the school has received.

Technology is all over the school.  Each classroom has a SMART Board, and students have access to mini labs, or a larger computer lab.  By 2016, all Students in grades 1-5 will have a personal tablet to use in school.  Technology is considered another tool for students.  STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a large part of the science curriculum.

The staff has received numerous awards.  Currently on staff there are seven teachers who have received the Herb Kohl Fellowship Award, recognizing the top 100 teachers in the state ( two others recently retired).   Teachers and support staff have also earned numerous local awards as well.  The principal has twice been named the Diocesan Administrator of the Year.

Academics

Midterm and Quarter Grading Scale:

94.00-100.00 = A
91.00-93.99 = A-
88.00-90.99 = B+
85.00-87.99 = B
82.00-84.99 = B-
80.00-81.99 = C+
77.00-79.99 = C
74.00-76.99 = C-
72.00-73.99 = D+
70.00-71.99 = D
67.00-69.99 = D-
0.00-66.99 = F


 

Writing Expectations
Appropriate writing will be expected in every class throughout Pacelli Catholic Middle School. Writing expectations will count for up to, but no more than, 10 percent of an overall writing assignment grade in any non-English class. The number of mistakes within the writing, and the number of total points on the assignment will determine the number of points lost. This will be left to the discretion of the teacher.

Grammar: Complete sentences? Do the sentences make sense?
Paragraphs: Topic sentence, 5-7 sentences, Correct spacing/indentation
Mechanics: Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation
Neatness:

Handwritten: Cursive, Legible
Computer generated: Easy to read font size 12-14
No typing errors

Students will be expected to follow The Writing Process as listed.

  1. Prewrite: Collect details, brainstorm, and plan.
  2. Draft: Put details together in paragraph form of a first draft.
  3. Revise: Peer edit. Change parts that are unclear.
  4. Edit: Proofread! Make a second draft with mistakes corrected.
  5. Publish: Make a final copy to turn in for a grade

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“We have the best and most interesting teachers. Our teachers let you learn on your own and in your own way. They are always there to help you one-on-one.”  – Peter Clark, Class of 2016


The teachers of Pacelli Catholic High School are dedicated to using the latest available technology to prepare students for their future in the competitive and global 21st century. Instruction and coursework will assist students in developing learning, innovation, digital literacy, career, and life skills. To achieve this goal, classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, and each student is equipped with a personal computing device, for use at school and home.

Pacelli Catholic High School offers a variety of different options for our students. We offer numerous Advanced Placement courses, Youth Apprenticeship, Project Lead the Way, and along with opportunities to earn college credit through partnerships with various universities.

For Graduation Requirements, GPA info and more, visit the School Profile page.

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PCS Academic Excellence Framework for Teaching & Learning

Pacelli Catholic Schools offers a world-class, rigorous academic experience for all students. Our Catholic faith is at the heart of our curriculum and forms the foundation of all we do in the classroom. Our curriculum, instruction, and assessments work together to develop students that are not only knowledgeable, faith-filled, and compassionate, but also students who demonstrate the skills of collaboration, critical thinking, and concern for others so that they leave our schools prepared to be leaders in our 21st century global society.

Students are challenged on a daily basis to strive for academic excellence. We offer relevant curriculum that focuses on the skills and knowledge students need to meet the demands of an ever-changing world. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively, make cross-curricular connections, communicate effectively, collaborate with one another, and grow spiritually.

Curriculum

Arts & Physical Education | Language Arts | Mathematics | Religion | Science | Social Studies | World Languages

The curriculum for Pacelli Catholic Schools is written to surpass all state standards.  Our goal is to provide all students with the most challenging education possible.  Additionally, curriculum is written in accordance with the Diocese of LaCrosse, so that the Catholic faith is infused into all curricular areas.  Curriculum teams at both the Diocesan and local level are involved in this process.  Common Core standards are always met or exceeded in our curriculum writing.

Arts & Physical Education

The subjects of art, music and physical education all have a written curriculum.  The goal in each area is to help each child develop their own unique talents, exposing them to all aspects of the topic area.  Students have an opportunity to participate in a number of individual ways, including performances, displays, contests, and more.  In physical education, the emphasis is on skill development, cooperation, and lifelong fitness.

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Language Arts

Language arts encompass the areas of phonics, reading, writing, listening, and grammar.  A sequential program is developed so that beginning in 4K, students are exposed to literacy training throughout the day.  Classroom instruction is individualized, using researched-based techniques like the Daily Five and CAFÉ. Writing and reading in many different categories and genres is included each year.

There are a number of enrichment programs that PCS use to enhance reading.  Accelerated Reading is a computerized, reading comprehension program that creates comprehension skills and an increased enthusiasm for learning.  Students are able to take tests on upwards of 140,000 different books.  Programs are also done in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, including America Reads and the Literacy Lab.  The Literacy Lab has reading education classes from UWSP taught in the school building, and college students and professors then work with students to enrich and enhance their reading instruction.

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Mathematics

Students use Singapore Math for their mathematics program, and the curriculum is directly related to that program.  Singapore Math is modeled after the national curriculum of Singapore, which for many years has scored the highest on international mathematics testing.  In contrast, the United States is in the middle to lower level internationally.  

Singapore Math focuses on creating a very strong number sense and understanding of basic operations in the early years, and then building upon that at an accelerated pace each year.  Core topics are stressed, so that students can master the most important and vital subjects early.  This allows all students to move ahead mathematically. Top of Page

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Religion

A specific diocesan curriculum is provided to all schools in the area of religion.  Religion is to be taught daily, and students attend mass every week, taking roles in the liturgical celebration.  Additionally, special activities are held during the liturgical year, such as during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, to enhance student’s understanding of the scripture, morals and other Catholic traditions.  The diocesan Virtues Program is also part of the religion program. Students make their First Communion and First Reconciliation in their own parishes.  After that has been done, these sacraments are celebrated regularly throughout the school year. Go here for the full Diocese of LaCrosse Religion curriculum or view by grade level below:

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Science

The goal of the science program is to allow children the opportunity to explore and do science, as opposed to reading science.  Hands-on activities are incorporated at all levels.  There is a sequential list of topics covered in each grade, so that students are exposed to all subject areas within science, including biology, earth science, geology, life science, physical science, and more.  A special diocesan supplement is used to make sure that sensitive science topics are taught in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum requires students to study a wide variety of topics each year.  These areas include components of writing, reading, and problem solving.  Some of the areas covered in social studies include Wisconsin history, landforms, geography, colonial life, American and World history, and more.

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World Languages

Pacelli Catholic Schools offer Spanish for grades 5-12, and introduce French at the high school.

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