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Lower School

Lower School at Holy Name of Jesus School consists of First through Fourth Grades.

Religion/Spirituality: The Religion curriculum carefully blends child development with the Catholic faith and moral development and promotes continuing growth in religious literacy, understanding, and practice.  We Believe from Sadlier provides the basis of formation and instruction. Our Catholicity is incoporated in the daily life of students through prayer, communication, and interactions with others.

All religious holidays are discussed and celebrated.  Prayers are said every morning during morning assembly, before lunch, and at dismissal.  The students will attend mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church every Wednesday. 

Language Arts: The students develop Language Arts skills through a comprehensive curriculum. The Shurley English program has assembled a unique combination of features and strategies to provide for student success in grammar, skills, writing, and reading. These features are logically, sequentially, and systematically woven into the curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifetime literacy. The students also build upon their skills through trade books and novel studies. The students also use Sadlier's Vocabulary Workshop to increase their everyday vocabulary and improve their verbal and writing skills.

Math: The Saxon K-4 series is a hands-on, success-oriented program that emphasizes manipulatives and mental math. This primary basal program is designed for a multisensory approach to teaching, enabling the students to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of math. This program builds upon the hands-on, activity-centered approach and shifts the focus gradually from the use of concrete objects to mathematical modeling and problem solving using pencil and paper. The math curriculum is based upon incremental development, continual practice and review, and cumulative assessments at regular intervals.

ScienceThe Science curriculum provies students with direct experience in which they describe, sort and organize observations about objects and organisms. Grades second, third and fourth use The Harcourt Science Series, which is a standards-based content program that provides a research-based approach in teaching science.

Social Studies: Through the Social Studies curriculum, the students become active and informed citizens while covering state standards and maximizing teaching time.  The Houghton Mifflin Social Studies series explores My World, School and Family, Neighborhoods, Communities as well as States and Regions. 

Handwriting Without Tears:  Students learn to print using hands-on materials and developmentally appropriate activities through the Handwriting Without Tears program.  Students progress to printing mastery, with lessons that focus on functional writing practice. This program's simple cursive style helps students make an easy transition from print. Using the same multisensory techniques, the cursive program begins in third grade when children have better developed hand-eye coordination.

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.  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.

Computer:  Lower Schools students meet once every six days.  The 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.

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.

Music:  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.

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

Physical Education: 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 classes are held on a six day rotation. 

Students in first and second grade learn daily expressions and basic vocabulary.  The main objective of the class is to familiarize the children with Spanish as a foreign language.

Students in third and fourth grades are gradually exposed to more advanced vocabulary, complex sentences, and practice short dialogues. All students have an illustrated workbook which helps them practice the topics learned in class. In addition, the children 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.