Enrichment Classes

Art
The goals of the Art Department of Holy Name of Jesus School are accomplished by immersing the students in a quality art education curriculum that follows state and national standards. As students progress through the grades, they will be challenged to develop their artistic skills, critical judgment and communicate their own artistic ideas. Classes are held on a six-day rotation and all students attend Art class.

Students are actively engaged in the artistic process as they learn the use and care of a wide range of art materials. Students are introduced to various modern and historical artists, as well as art from many different cultures.

Students, PreK-4 through Middle School, have the opportunity to work with a variety of media and techniques as they develop and improve their skills and abilities. 

Computer
The computer education at Holy Name of Jesus School prepares students to be proficient in the use of technology, not only as they move on to high school, but also as a lifelong skill. Students are challenged daily with independent, educational, and creative assignments that stimulate and promote the growth of their technological skills. 

Students learn to use the computer as a valuable “tool” for learning. Every student has his/her own computer in class. They are taught to keyboard by using the “touch” method. “Hands-on” instruction and explanation of computer terminology are both essential parts of this course. Students use the Internet to gather information, target what is relevant, cite sources from the World Wide Web, and learn to identify plagiarism. The Internet is filtered by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The use of technology is also reinforced across the curriculum in other disciplines. 

Computer is a required course for students in kindergarten through seventh grade. Classes are held on a six-day rotation.

Library
All students and faculty utilize our library, which contains over 12,000 volumes--including fiction, non-fiction, and reference books. The card catalog is fully automated and can be accessed from four computers in the library. An extensive video library enhances and enriches our curriculum. An online database is subscribed to annually and may be accessed from any computer on the school network. The Accelerated Reader program encourages a love of reading; the program involves each student taking an initial reading assessment and then choosing reading material appropriate for their specific reading level. After finishing each book, the student takes a web-based test to determine comprehension.

Classes are held on a six-day rotation and students in grades pre-kindergarten through seventh grade attend Library class.

Music
Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students attend music class once a week. During this time, they experience music in a variety of ways: singing, playing instruments, listening to music, moving to music, and playing games. They also begin learning to read music and different elements of music. The goal is to help develop a life-long love of music.

Classes are held on a six-day rotation. These classes focus on a more in-depth study of music and providing a variety of musical experiences.

Additionally, all students learn liturgical songs that are used in our weekly celebrations.

Physical Education
Classes are held on a six-day rotation and all students participate in physical education.

The students learn competency in many movement forms, with the goal of advancing to proficiency in those forms. At all levels of development, a health-enhancing level of physical fitness is encouraged, along with emphasis on personal and social behavior expectations in physical activity settings.

Spanish
Holy Name of Jesus School has a broad Spanish program, which starts in pre-kindergarten and continues through seventh grade. Classes are held on a six-day rotation.

The students are gradually exposed vocabulary, sentences, and conversation throughout the Spanish program. The students are constantly exposed to different activities, such as computer and class games, handcraft projects, dances and more--all in Spanish. Moreover, students are encouraged to speak in the target language as often as possible.