Saint Henry School Art Department believes that instruction
in the Visual Arts is a vital component of a quality PreK-8th
grade core education. The Visual Arts experiences at Saint
Henry will cultivate creative expression, innovative
thinking, problem solving, and personal development.
The mission of the Art Department at
Saint Henry School is to provide a positive, nurturing,
creative environment in which students can cultivate their
God-given gifts and talents. Students will be encouraged
to: explore many media, sharpen perception of aesthetic
qualities, increase art knowledge and skills, and increase
their understandings of the characteristics of visual form
from a variety of cultures and historical times.
Below are some local Art resources:
Some fun student’s sites to visit:
The Saint Henry Art Department is
dedicated to cultivating a love of the Arts in children of
all ages and abilities.
Our computer program includes two labs, one for grades K-4
and the second for grades 5-8. They are equipped with
personal computers, running on Windows 7, loaded with the
Office Suite along with age appropriate software. All
computers in the complex are networked with internet access.
Students in grade K-4 are introduced to all aspects of the
computer. They are exposed to the history of, hardware, and
software. Keyboarding is introduced and progressively
practiced and utilized in age appropriate projects. In the
Office Suite, Word is utilized in all grades, while Excel is
introduced in grades 3 and 4, and Publisher and PowerPoint
in grade 4. Some specialized software is available for story
writing, math, and reading. Lastly, the internet is used as
additional learning tool, with safety emphasized, for activities and research.
Students in grades 5-8 further their computer/technology
education through the learning of advanced skills in the
Office Suite and internet researching. Internet safety
education is stressed through demonstrations and discussion.
Students create projects which model their learning of
technology and productivity tools. Problem-solving and
decisions-making skills are reinforced throughout the
Overall, the goal is to gain computer skills, a basic
understanding of, and knowledge of technology to exist in a
technological world and support the curriculum throughout
Counseling, coordinating, consulting
The counselor is available for all students in the school.
Services offered include:
Developmental classroom guidance lessons
Small group facilitator for various groups including
friendship and social skills groups
Coordinator and facilitator of the Rainbows program:
facilitating small groups for children living with
separation, divorce, death, remarriage, and other life
Individual counseling provided for children for
various issues including anxiety, anger management,
friendship, grief, self-esteem, etc.
Consult with faculty: available to meet with faculty
members individually regarding student progress and
concerns, participate in conferences with parents, etc.
Consult with parents: available to consult with
parents and to make referrals within the community when
Work with the Diocesan Safe at Last program, a
mandatory safety program for all children in the Diocese
a Saint Henry School program designated by the diocese for
children in K through 8th grade who are living in single
parent families, stepfamilies, or families undergoing
transitions or loss. Participating in RAINBOWS groups
offers children an opportunity to share their experiences
and work through their feelings. If you would like you
child/children to participate please
click here to obtain the paperwork.
Working Together for School
The faculty of Saint Henry School realizes that every
student has the potential and gifts which God has given
them. To help support areas in which a student may need
extra help, resource instruction may be a component of the
educational program of a child.
The Saint Henry School Resource Program is designed to
support children who are experiencing difficulty in the
regular classroom due to properly identified learning
The Resource Program is coordinated by the resource teachers
in consultation with the classroom teacher and the child's
parents. It is designed to support the regular classroom
setting through individualized or small group instruction to
students in the areas that have been identified as needing
A student must be recommended in consultation with the
classroom teacher, parents, and resource teacher.
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The Saint Henry School library supports the
school’s objectives by being totally involved in the
teaching/learning process. The library exists to assist the
teacher with the child’s development by means of both
informational and recreational reading, and to assist the
students in learning how to use reference materials to their
It is our special objective to instill in the students a
love for books and the joy of reading.
The library welcomes parent volunteers. Opportunities
include working a bi-weekly morning or afternoon shift and
helping with the annual Scholastic Book Fair. Teams of two
volunteers each alternate the weekly shifts. Scheduling is
done at the beginning of the school year. Duties include
checking books in, shelving books, checking books out for
the students and general library duties as time permits. If
you are interested in serving as a substitute during the
current school year or becoming a regular volunteer for next
year, please contact the library staff at 615-630-6705.
Kerry Connor, Librarian
Katie Gilles, Library Assistant
Each class visits the school library once during a six
day rotation. Students may visit the library
individually or in small groups at any time to research
or to check out books with their teacher’s permission.
LIBRARY CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES
Kindergarten students may check out one book for one
week beginning in September.
First grade students may check out one book for
a one-week period and may take the books home during
first semester. Beginning second semester, first
graders may check out two books for the one-week
Students in grades two through four may check
out two books for the one-week period.
Students in grade five may check out four books
(one for their reading buddy) for the one-week
period, and students in grades six through eight may check out three
Students who need books for a longer time period
than one week may renew them with permission from
No overdue fees are charged. However, for books
that are lost or damaged, the charge is the price of
a replacement book. These charges are made at the
end of each quarter. Report cards are withheld for
students failing to take responsibility for lost or
damaged books at the end of the year.
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ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM
Accelerated Reader Program is an individualized computer
reading management program that encourages reading,
increases reading comprehension and tracks progress.
Students read books at their
appropriate level and are then tested on their
comprehension of the books by taking the computer
quizzes. Students may take quizzes both in the
Library and in the individual classrooms.
Students in grades one through eight participate in
the Accelerated Reader Program, and Kindergarten
students may participate if their reading skills
become sufficiently well developed. Individual
teachers of reading or literature determine what
role Accelerated Reader testing plays in their
An additional incentive is the awarding of points
for each quiz passed. During the school year
students may use their points earned to purchase
‘coupons’ for a Friday out-of-uniform. At the end of
the school year, awards are given to the boy and
girl who have the highest number of points at each
grade level, and one boy and one girl receive awards
as the overall high point winners.
During the Scholastic Book Fair, volunteers help
with the setup, serve as “sales and advisory” staff
when the students come in to visit the Book Fair and
serve as cashiers when the students make purchases.
Many volunteers are needed to staff the Book Fair.
Please contact the library staff if you would like
Goals of the Saint Henry School music program are
to develop skills to bring a lifetime of recreational and
aesthetic pleasure, as well as develop the students’ aural,
visual, spatial, tactile, and emotional intelligences. We
also strive to develop the students’ spirituality by
expressing prayer through music. The program encourages
students to listen to music and participate in making music.
All students experience music through singing in the
classroom and at mass. The program also strives to let
children experience music through using instruments.
The curriculum for kindergarten through third grade focuses
on singing and learning the very basics of music like
dynamics and simple rhythms. The students also use Orff
instruments and percussion instruments to enhance their
music making experiences.
The fourth grade curriculum carries on the curriculum from
the younger grades but also adds in playing an instrument.
All fourth graders are required to play the recorder. The
fourth grade has two opportunities, Christmas and Spring
Concert, to perform and show off what they have learned on
In 5th through 8th grade, students have an opportunity
to choose an instrument and join the band. There are
three bands at Saint Henry. There is the beginning band which is
made up of fifth grade students. There is the intermediate
band which is made up of sixth grade students and then there
is the advanced band which includes seventh and eighth grade
Fifth and sixth grade students, who are not in band, attend
music class. During these years, the curriculum continues
covering singing, and learning basic music reading skills.
The program also teaches music history and appreciation of
other musical styles. 5th grade learns beginning
techniques of hand bells. 6th grade will
incorporate proper vocal techniques and continue
exploring ways to make music.
The junior high choir is made up of seventh and eighth
graders who enjoy singing. The choir has the opportunity
to sing at our weekly school masses and prepares for two
concerts throughout the year. The 7th/8th choir students
will have the opportunity to take a field trip to share
their musical talents with the Nashville community.
The physical education program at Saint Henry School is
designed to promote physical fitness, as well as instill
self-confidence in each student. It also enables the
students to become very familiar with various team,
individual and dual sports. The students will learn ways to
combine fitness with fun while gaining knowledge and skills
that will keep them active even into their adult years. The
program also puts great emphasis on the importance of
good-sportsmanship and conducting oneself in a Christian
manner, whether participating in the activity or being a
spectator, both in and out of the school setting.
The curriculum includes: croquet, ultimate frisbee,
basketball, flag football, bocce, soccer, dancing, speed
stacks, jump rope, softball, kickball and many other games
Physical Education teacher for grades 5-8 is Jeremy Dison, who holds
a Bachelors degree in Physical Education
as well as Masters Degree in Curriculum Instruction.
Lucy Blair teaches K-4th grade. She is a graduate of
Tennessee Tech University and received her teaching degree
from Middle Tennessee State University.
Some links they have found useful are:
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The Kindergarten and first grade Spanish program at Saint
Henry School is focused mainly on the areas of listening and
speaking. In the second, third, and fourth grade the
children move more into the other key areas of language
adding reading and writing. The program is interactive in
that students are asked to use the target language as much
possible. . I try to involve as many of their senses as
possible- so we do occasional art projects, and listen to
well. They learn greetings, days of the week, colors,
numbers, weather, food, and clothing to name a few. In the
and fourth grade students are introduced to more specific
grammar points such as adjective agreement, verb conjugation
and articles. All grades learn prayers in Spanish. Much of
the material in the early grades is taught through songs and
rhymes as well and games and other hands on activities. I
believe that learning about the culture of Spanish speaking
countries is also important, and so I try to weave this
information into my lessons.
The 5th through 8th
grade Spanish program aims to offer the students a solid
understanding of grammar, vocabulary, and Hispanic culture.
The students are exposed to various activities which are
designed to enhance their abilities to speak, read, write
and listen in the target language. Starting 5th grade,
the students deepen their abilities to dialogue in Spanish
by using additional vocabulary as well as grammatical
constructions; they learn how to provide basic information
about themselves, use descriptive adjectives, learn gender
and a number of nouns, they discuss things that they like,
learn numbers, weather expressions, classroom objects, and
family members to name a few. In 6th grade, the
students make use of their knowledge from 5th grade in order
to reach a more advanced understanding of the language and
culture. They study more in depth various grammatical
constructions (such as present tense, irregular verbs,
etc.), learn new vocabulary through reading and discussing
authentic texts, as well as collaboratively research
information about a Spanish speaking country which they
present to the class. In 7th and 8th grade, the focus
is to enhance student prior knowledge and make use of it in
new, meaningful ways in preparation for high school.
The students are exposed to various sources of authentic
literature which present more advanced vocabulary and
grammar. In class the students are also engaged in
group conversations in the target language and they write on
PRAYERS IN SPANISH
que estás en el cielo.
Santificado sea tu nombre.
Venga tu reino.
Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día.
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden.
No nos dejes caer en tentación y líbranos del mal.
Dios te salve, María.
Llena eres de gracia.
El Señor es contigo.
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres.
Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre:
Santa María, Madre de Dios,
ruega por nosotros pecadores,
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.
Gloria al Padre
Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al Espíritu Santo.
Como era en el principio, ahora y siempre,
por los siglos de los siglos.
Ángel de mi guarda
Ángel de mi guarda,
Mi dulce companía
No me desampares
Ni de noche, ni de día.
No me dejes solo
Que me perdería.
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Time allotment for homework must, of necessity, be flexible.
All children vary in their ability to perform any task.
Parents should provide proper conditions in the home, and,
as far as possible, a specific time span when homework can
be done. Parents are also urged to help the child realize
that study and review assignments are as vital and necessary
as any written work.
Teachers at Saint Henry do not usually assign homework on
weekends; however, it is the prerogative of the individual
teacher if he/she feels the need to assign weekend work at
Assignment notebooks are required of all students in Grades
2-8. These may be checked at any time by the teacher or the
Principal. Parents are encouraged to review these notebooks
with their children.
Please refer to student handbook for recommended homework
are eligible for the Honor Roll. Grades for academic
eligibility are required from the following subject
areas: Religion, Language Arts (Reading/Literature;
English Grammar, Spelling), Mathematics, Science/Health
and Social Studies/History. Effort and Conduct grades in
the additional areas of instruction included in Honor
Roll eligibility are: Art, Music, Physical Education,
Computer Science, and Spanish.
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