Curriculum Programs

Art

The visual art classes introduce students to art elements and principles. Student are also exposed to information on artists and their art form/techniques. Use of skills and creativity builds as students move through the grade levels. Drawing, painting, ceramic work, and more are introduced and developed throughout the visual arts experience.

In addition to weekly classes in the Art Studio, students may also experience art from outside resources. This may include visiting artists, Art Appreciation lessons taught by parent volunteers, Distance Learning opportunities, or field trips. STREAM lessons frequently incorporate science, technology, religion, engineering and math with visual arts. As our STREAM program develops, more projects will be incorporated throughout the Arts curriculum. This includes various aspects of CAD programming that will enable students to create and design projects that will utilize the technology equipment in the Makers’ Space.

“My Promise to You”

I promise you every day your child will learn something.

Some days they will bring it home in their hands.

Some days they will bring it home in their heads,

and some days they will bring it home in their hearts.

                                                                                                      -Valerie Welk

World Language

Students begin their study of the Spanish language and culture with weekly classes in the Lower School. They focus on basic vocabulary and learn about some of the countries where Spanish is the native language.  Class time is increased in grades three and four to allow students more time to develop their abilities to read and speak Spanish.

Fifth and sixth grade Spanish classes use a textbook series to expand vocabulary and learn basic grammar concepts.   Students practice their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills within the context of the units in the book. They will use present tense to discuss school and free time activities throughout these two years.

Seventh and eighth grade Spanish uses an intermediate textbook series to continue grammar and vocabulary instruction. Students continue to use listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to further their knowledge of the target language. They use present and past tenses to discuss family, friends, home life and other pastimes. By the end of 8th grade, some students will be ready to move into Spanish 2 at the high school level.

All students are introduced to Latin in grades 5 and 6 on a rudimentary level, and then junior high students participate in a more intense course during one of their 30-hour elective periods.  After four years of Latin, students will have a very solid knowledge base upon which they can easily build in their high school language classes, whether they decide to continue with Latin or not.  By the time students graduate from Gesu, they will be familiar with the first three declensions of nouns, many forms of the first two conjugations of verbs, adjectives and adverbs, breaking down and translating Latin sentences, as well as many aspects of Roman history and culture.  Learning to translate the Latin language develops a number of valuable skills in students, from organization, vocabulary, discipline, and critical thinking skills to a much stronger knowledge of, believe it or not, English grammar!

Music

Gesu School has a full time music specialist for Kindergarten through Grade 8. As outlined in the Curriculum for the Arts  established by the Diocese of Cleveland, students have a well-rounded music education with opportunities to sing, play instruments, move rhythmically, perform, and study music history.  A recorder program begins in Grade 3 and continues in Grade 4.  Orff, Kodaly, and Music Learning Theory methods are all used by our music teacher, Mrs. Mary Margaret Robinson.

Students in grades 4-8 have the opportunity to join the Gesu Liturgical Choir.  This group rehearses Tuesdays after school and sings at the school liturgies on Fridays with Mr. Mark Ehrbar. Additionally, students in grades 6-8 can join Gesu’s show choir, the Moondawgs, directed by Mrs. Robinson. This group meets on Thursdays after school and performs a variety of repertoire throughout the year both at school functions and in the community.

Christmas Music Program  Dec. 13, 2018
Christmas Pageant             Dec. 16, 2018
Spring Music Program         Apr. 11, 2019
Kindergarten Spring Fling    June 3, 2019

Band

Students in Grades 4-8 are invited to explore the world of instrumental music with Gesu’s growing band program.  Lessons are held during the school day and group practices take place during a weekly recess period.  Students demonstrate how they have improved at two yearly concerts given for classmates and parents.  The concerts for this school year are slated for:

Christmas Band Concert     December 17, 2018      7 PM    Family Center
Spring Band Concert           May 13, 2019                7 PM    Family Center

Technology and Robotics

Gesu’s STREAM curriculum includes opportunities for students to explore various design software as well as programming, 3-D printing, broadcasting, movie production, and robotics.  Some of these activities are directed by classroom teachers while others are guided by the STREAM director and the instructional technology specialist.  The curriculum is constantly growing and adapting as new technology evolves.

Physical Education

All students participate in weekly physical education classes directed by two faculty members.  Teachers follow the curriculum from the State of Ohio which fosters the development of individual skills and as well as participating in team sports.  Students in Kdg-Grade 2 can wear their gym clothes to school on the day they have class.  Older students change for their PE class and then return to their uniforms for the remainder of the day.