In addition to regular core subject classes, specialized instruction is also offered in Physical Education, visual arts, performing arts, and foreign languages.
Physical Education Students attend PE twice a cycle. Classes are 45 minutes in duration and take place in the school’s air-conditioned gymnasium or on the big field. Students in Grades 4-8 are also invited to participate in the after school Catholic Schools League. Competitive sports include volleyball, basketball, and track and field.
Visual Arts Students in all grade levels attend visual arts classes twice a cycle. Classes range from 45 – 60 minutes in duration and take place in the art studio. The primary curriculum focuses on the elements of line, shape, and color. Texture and form are integrated into the grades 4 and 5 art curriculum. Middle School students also experiment with space and value.
Performing Arts The entire student body participate in two major performances throughout the school year: Christmas and May Day. In addition, middle school students also have the option to take a performing arts elective class.
Music Students in Grades K-5 participate in music classes twice a cycle. Students experiment with pitch, relationships in singing and listening (melody). They will learn to distinguish different rhythmic patterns, and the steady beat in songs in fast/ slow tempos (rhythm). Students will learn to recognize the presence of multiple sounds when listening or playing music (harmony and sound) and that melodic phrases and rhythmic patterns may be similar or different (form).
As students progress, more complex music concepts will be introduced including simple music theory, history, sight-singing, and will gain first-hand knowledge of music concepts through playing the ukulele in grade 5. Dance and movement songs will also be included for rhythm training and cultural purpose.
Middle School Band The band program is designed to allow students to explore and learn how to play an instrument for the first time, or gain additional experience and practice for the more advanced players. The program goals is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a sound knowledge base and basic fundamentals of a brass or percussion instrument so that they can actively listen, express themselves, and engage through music.
Foreign Languages The Spanish program for middle school at Mary Star of the Sea facilitates an active in-class and online learning environment where students will learn to read, speak, write, and understand the Spanish language and develop the key skills necessary for learning a foreign language according to the ACTFL standards known as the 5 Cs (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities). Through various pieces of art, music, literature, and real-life scenarios, the students will be exposed to the culturally diverse Spanish- speaking world and gain an appreciation for the world in terms of language, culture, and expression.