Classes in session for St. Michael's

PLYMOUTH — Saint Michael’s Catholic School held first day classes Aug. 13. The small parochial school houses 175 students across preschool to eighth grade.

Principal Amy Weidner has been working with staff and faculty to get ready for the upcoming 2014-2015 year, including implementing new state standards as of July 1.

“We work with Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). We are creating our own curriculum based on the new standards for all of the core areas,” she explained.

The process has taken four years of work and includes working with social studies, math, fine arts, reading, and language arts skills.
New to the works will also be the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program.

“Teachers will get training from the National Catholic Association STREAM. It helps [the students] prepare for the college and career readiness assessment,” said Weidner.

The school has utilized methods that may be different from other schools to help students achieve and focus. In Beth Kolter’s fith grade class, students sit on exercise balls to strengthen their core and help them achieve better focus.

Find out more about the catholic school approach to education at St. Michael's in today's Pilot News.