Holy Cross School offers the prescribed academic program as outlined by Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning. The subject time allotments meet government requirements. In addition, Holy Cross School offers a Religious Education program to students at all grade levels. The curriculum areas are as follows:
Students in Grades 7 & Grade 8 participate in an Industrial Arts program at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate. Students do courses in woodworking, electronics, foods, and sewing throughout the school year.
Grade 5 – Grade 8 students participate in a Fine Arts program. This involves two 40-minute sessions each cycle. Extra-curricular activities are offered in music (piano, guitar, voice, and rock band), and art.
Assessing student progress in achieving the learning outcomes in each subject is a continuous process. Assessment information includes pencil and paper tasks, journal writing, individual and group projects, oral presentations, quizzes, tests, and portfolios. This information is used to make evaluative decisions throughout the school year.
Formal report cards will be prepared and distributed throughout each school year for all students. Generally, the reporting periods are as follows:
Homework is assigned to reinforce basic skills, pursue individual talents and interests, supplement classroom experiences, and develop independence and responsibility. Classwork is assigned during the day, and if not completed during school hours, that work constitutes homework. The amount of time spent doing homework will vary according to the grade level and capabilities of the student. Homework helps parent(s)/guardian(s) keep abreast of the school's program and their child's progress. Students should spend time reviewing the day’s work, recopying assignments, adding/enriching answers, researching topics of interest, and doing recreational reading.
It is important that parents monitor homework as it is expected that homework be completed each day. Consequences for incomplete homework will be in line with those outlined in our Holy Cross Code of Conduct.
If a student is absent from school for any reason, it is the student(s)/family’s responsibility to make arrangements to collect homework materials and textbooks. If homework materials are to be picked up, it is important that teachers are informed early in the school day so that the required information is placed in the office by the end of the school day.
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are held for all students at the end of the first and second terms. During the conference, the student will present a portfolio of work samples and the student will identify an area for personal growth. In some classes, teachers may send the portfolio home for the parents to have a more detailed look at the child’s work. The focus for the parent(s) and the teacher is to offer ideas that will support the student in achieving the identified goal.