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Dec
19
Mass/Giving Tree Drive
 
Dec
21
Christmas Program 6:30 pm
 
Dec
22
Noon dismissal
 
Dec
23 -03
Christmas Holidays
 
Jan
04
School Resumes
 
Jan
15
M.L. King. Jr. Holiday
 
Jan
25
CSD Religious Decathlon
 
Jan
28
HTS Open House
 
Jan
28 -03
Catholic Schools Week
 
Feb
02
Renaissance Faire
 
Feb
02
Staff In-Service Noon dismissal
 
Feb
03
Father/Daughter Dance
 
Feb
09
Staff Prof. Dev. Day No School
 
Feb
19
Presidents Day Holiday No School
 
Mar
02
End of Trimester 2
 
Mar
02
Staff In-Service Noon Dismissal
 
Mar
05 -09
Staff Apprec.
 
Mar
09
Choral Festival
 
Mar
10 -11
Stewardship Commitment Sunday
 
Mar
12 -16
Book Fair
 
Mar
13
Mass and SLE Award Assembly
 
Mar
16 -18
Religious Ed. Congress in L.A.
 
Mar
21 -22
HTS Registration
 
Mar
30
Good Friday
 
Apr
02 -06
Easter Vacation
 
Apr
10
Skate Night
 
Apr
13
Staff Prof. Dev. Day No School
 
Apr
16 -21
Missoula Theatre
 
Apr
20
Staff In-Service Noon Dismissal
 
Apr
26
Mental Math Bowl
 
May
04
Talent Show
 
May
04
Staff In-Service Noon Dismissal
 
May
08
Mothers' Day Tea
 
May
16
Music Recital
 
May
22
Student Council Installation
 
May
22
Sending Forth Mass
 
May
24
8th grade Baccalaureate and Grad.
 
May
24
2:00pm School Dismissal
 
May
28
Memorial Day No School
 
May
31
Field Day
 
Jun
01
Last Day of School 10am Dismissal
 
Jun
01
Mass and SLE Award Ceremony No EDP
 
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Grade 2

Religion

The students in second grade prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Lessons, scripture references, and terminology are focused on these sacraments. The major topics taught are:

  • God, our Creator, sends Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help and guide us.
  • We participate in worship through liturgy and sacraments.
  • We develop personal responsibility.
  • We live the message of Jesus through our service to others.
  • God's people are connected by faith.
  • The uniqueness of each person is to be nurtured.

Sacramental formation includes both classroom and parish study and activities. School Ministry students work alongside Faith Formation students, attending classes on the weekends for both students and parents. All sacraments are celebrated as a parish community.

Language Arts

The second grade language arts curriculum encompasses the areas of reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and phonics, and covers the following topics:

  • Decoding and word recognition
  • Vocabulary development
  • Reading comprehension
  • Literary response and narrative analysis
  • Writing strategies and applications
  • Sentence structure
  • Listening and speaking strategies

The language arts subjects are taught as separate entities as well as combined into units, focused around literature stories. Various methodologies and programs are used including Step Up To Writing, Guided Reading, Junior Great Books, cursive writing, computer lab programs and websites, book reports, weekly library visits, visiting storytellers, monthly student-written newsletters, and multiple whole class and small group activities.

Mathematics

Second grade students strive to memorize basic addition and subtraction facts. The students will master renaming in addition and subtraction through hundreds, and be introduced to multiplication and division. The major topics covered are:

  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Computation with money
  • Estimation
  • Algebra and functions
  • Measurement and geometry
  • Probability
  • Patterning
  • Data analysis
  • Mathematical reasoning

Social Studies

Students in second grade learn the stories of extraordinary people from history and religion whose achievements touched them, directly or indirectly. The Scott Foresman "Then and Now" program is used to teach this concept, a social studies curriculum specifically designed to follow the California state standards. The five main topics are:

  • Students differentiate between those things that happened long ago and yesterday.
  • Students demonstrate map skills by describing the absolute and relative locations of people, places, and environments.
  • Students explain the institutions and practices of governments on the United States and other countries.
  • Students understand basic economic concepts of their individual roles in the economy, and demonstrate basic economic reasoning skills.
  • Students understand the importance of individual action and character and explain how heroes and saints from long ago and the recent past make a difference on other's lives.

Science

Science lessons cover the three major areas of physical, life, and earth sciences.

  • Physical Sciences: The motion of objects can be observed and measured.
  • Life Science: God made plants and animals to have predictable life cycles.
  • Earth Science: Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activities.

Field Trips/Special Activities

Holy Trinity students are involved in many curricular and extra-curricular activities during the school day and after school hours. Second grade students are involved in the following school-wide activities:

  • Faith Families (meet once a month for religious and service projects)
  • Recently developing school garden
  • Spirit Week and Catholic School’s Week activities
  • Parish choir
  • Chess Club
  • Violin lessons
  • Little Dribblers Basketball
  • Boy/Girl Scouts
  • Reading buddies (with the 8th grade class)
  • Science Fair
  • FAME lessons (Fine Arts Mini Experience)

In addition to school-wide activities, students also participate in grade level activities. Second grade students are involved in:

  • Parent/student weekend meeting for sacrament preparation
  • Class service project supporting Mustardseed School and/or the Sacramento Police Department (providing school supplies and comfort materials to similar-aged homeless students)
  • Field trip to a stage play followed by Mass and a tour of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Various educational field trips in the local area (that have included a firehouse, Explorit Science Center, Folsom Zoo, Nimbus Fish Hatchery, and an Apple Computer store)
  • Pen pal letters (written to a second grade class in a Southern-California Catholic school)