Catholic is committed to providing an academic curriculum
based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, infused
with Catholic social teaching, rooted in basic skills
and coupled with innovative programs that will prepare
young people for college, career, and life.
The primary goal of the program of instruction in
our elementary schools is to provide learning experience
in a Catholic environment that will assist the students
in their religious, spiritual, moral, intellectual,
social, emotional, and physical development.
A child's journey in the elementary grades spans from
learning to read to preparing for young adulthood,
and the approach to teaching the curriculum evolves
through the years to reflect a child's developmental
The curriculum at Wyoming Area Catholic ensures a
strong academic foundation and the development of
the whole child. The curriculum is delivered through
lesson plans designed to meet student's unique social,
physical, emotional and academic needs.
Arts and Reading
|Our faith is expressed daily
throughout all facets of school life. We strive to pass
on the teachings of Jesus Christ to all of our students.
Our faith is reflected in our traditions, prayer life,
and service that we do for one another. Our school celebrates
Mass and Holy Hour monthly, and we celebrate the Sacrament
of Reconciliation four times a year. Various collections
are held to help those most in need in our area. The
faith and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ is alive
and well in our school!
Religion is also taught as one of the core academic
subjects. The focus of our study of religion can be
summed up in one statement: God is Love. Every facet
of the study of religion stems from God's love.
At Wyoming Area Catholic School, students will study:
Scripture: beginning with Pre-Kindergarten, students
learn stories from the Bible. Our younger grades continue
to learn Bible favorites and they eventually learn to
categorize them as Old Testament and New Testament.
Our junior high students will connect the covenant that
God makes with His people in the Old Testament with
the fulfillment of the covenant that is witnessed in
the New Testament.
Morality: Our youngest students learn what it
means to "be good" - to be kind to one another,
to help each other, and to be fair to one another. As
our students grow, they study the 10 Commandments. They
learn about forgiveness, and will eventually learn that
God gives us all free will, and that through our study
of the faith, we are able to properly form our conscience
in order to act morally.
Sacraments: Our first graders begin to learn
about the Sacraments, and how they are outward signs
that give us grace. As our students progress through
the grade levels, the Sacraments and their effects on
us are studied more in-depth. Special attention in given
to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist
in 2nd grade, as that is the age level that students
receive those Sacraments for the first time in their
parishes. Special attention is given to the Sacrament
of Confirmation in 5th and 6th grade to help prepare
our older students for the reception of that Sacrament.
Liturgy and Prayer: Along with attending monthly
Mass, our students learn the parts of the Mass and the
liturgical seasons and colors. They also learn about
the Holy Days of Obligation. Students learn about the
true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist as they experience
Eucharistic Adoration. Traditional Catholic prayers
such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, the Memorare, Stations
of the Cross, Prayer to the Holy Spirit, etc. are introduced
and practiced at appropriate grade levels.
Theology: The basic beliefs of faith are taught
throughout the years such as: Jesus is the Son of God
the Father; the Most Holy Trinity; Mary is the Mother
of God; the death and Resurrection of Jesus, Jesus is
both God and Man; etc.
History of the Church: The learning of Church
history is scattered throughout all of our grade levels
in different ways, but a concentrated study is done
in 8th grade.
The high-quality Mathematics program
helps all of our students learn Math Skills and concepts
they need for academic success. Technology in Math
is also used to add a new dimension to our Math instruction.
The PA Scott Foresman Addison Wesley Series is used
in grades K-6.
Our preschool students are provided with many hands-on-activities,
games and visual materials used to explore Math.
At the Kindergarten level students are introduced
to basic sorting, classifying, numbers, patterns,
fractions, time and money and readiness of addition
Grades 1-6 focus on introducing, reinforcing and mastering
all skills that meet the PA Academic Standards for
each grade level.
The Math program emphasizes the mastery of all facts,
systemic and explicit problem solving application,
graphs, charts, maps, fractions, decimals, probability,
percent and geometry. Critical thinking and writing
in math enhances our program.
At the junior high level, students use the Prentice
Hall Series. A variety of methods are used to introduce
and reinforce pre-algebra, geometry and trigonometry
skills. Students utilize Reading and Writing Skills
along with real-world problem solving. Various technology
activities are used throughout the year.
In addition to our regular Math program, we offer
Advanced Math in Grades 6-8 it is departmentalized
and offered on site with 8th grade participating in
Algebra I. It uses the Prentice Hall Advanced Math
series. NCTM standards are included in the Advanced
Courses and the effectiveness of Mathematics is evident
by results in contests, placement tests, and standardized
tests along with overall success our students experience
in High School.
The Language Arts program is designed to provide the
WRITE way to communicate. Students will learn the fundamentals
for effective oral and written communication. In grades
K-1 Language Arts is incorporated in our reading and
phonics programs. In these grades alphabet letter recognition,
all sounds and blends are taught and mastered.
The McGraw Hill English series is used in grades 2-5.
McGraw Hill Language Arts provides a balance approach
to grammar and writing.
In grades 6-8 the Writer's Choice and Composition by
Glencoe/McGraw is used. This program offers our students
proficiency in oral and written communication. Students
are taught principle rules and mechanics of the writing
process are reinforced and advanced at each grade level.
Written and oral reports and research papers provide
opportunities for our students to apply the knowledge
they have learned. It is our goal at W.A.C.S. to achieve
student proficiency in writing and in all subject areas.
Finally along with out English series, a spelling or
vocabulary series is used in grades 1-8th. Grades 1-5
use Houghton Mifflin Spelling and Vocabulary. Grades
6-8 use the Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary Workshop series.
Both of these series build upon a word list complied
to provide students with new vocabulary and vocabulary
skills in order to achieve higher-level reading proficiency
and also success with standardized testing.
The reading curriculum emphasizes reading comprehension,
vocabulary development, oral and silent reading, group
discussion and story related activities. All national
and state requirements are built into the program's
scope and sequence of skills and strategies.
The reading text in grades K-5 is the Scott Foresman
Literary-Based Reading Series. Educator's Publishing
Service Inc. and Modern Press Phonics are also used
in grades K-3. Our Reading program is designed to
include exposure to critical skills strategies, and
instructional techniques to meet the diverse needs
and learning styles of all students. Skills are taught,
reinforced and expanded at each grade level.
In Pre-K and K students are introduced to basic sounds
and the ability to manipulate sounds. Language development
is the core to reading comprehension. Phonemic awareness
and a variety of hands-on materials enable students
to develop the skills necessary to learn to read.
Students begin with letter and sound recognition,
follow by basic site words, reading sentences, and
finally achieving the challenge of reading short readers.
At the primary level, decoding of words, the use of
context clues for word development, and speaking and
listening strategies develop the mastery of comprehension
skills essential for future reading success.
The fourth and fifth grade reading curriculum reinforces
skills, word meaning and comprehension by reading
a variety of texts and genres including realistic
and historical fiction. Finally students work on writing
projects fostering personal, creative, and critical
response in reading creating a reading and writing
Lastly at the junior high level the Glencoe Literature
Series is used. The students are introduced to literary
history and various genres. Students analyze a number
of literary elements. They become familiar with strategies
and skills for comprehending a variety of texts and
for thinking critically, creatively, and analytically.
We also use writing workshops to write and communicate
in a variety of forms for various purposes and audiences.
At W.A.C.S. we also have added the Accelerated Reader
Program to our comprehensive reading program. All
students achieve success in reading.
and Social Studies
The Science program involves exploring, investigating
and experimenting at all levels.
Our Pre K students participate in growing and caring
for their own garden. They dig, plant, and harvest all
the garden vegetables while learning the workings of
a garden. Various science experiences are explored.
Grades K and 1 are introduced to the basics of Science
by learning about themselves, plants, animals, and the
world around them. They care for pets, see eggs hatch
and investigate the emergence of butterflies.
Grades 2 through 6 use the Scott Foresman Science Program.
They are introduced to Life Science, Earth Science,
Physical Science and the Human Body. Each year the program
is more challenging and teaches an appreciation for
all that God has created or man has discovered. Students
at this age level are encouraged to complete group projects,
individual reports, and lab experiments and use technology
to further understand the method of Science. The study
of Science also helps students see the relationship
between Science and the world. Students also connect
the studies of Science to other subjects which foster
the further application of knowledge.
The seventh and eighth grade students study Earth Science
and Life Science respectively. They spend a full year
on Earth Science then complete a full year on Life Science.
Science concepts are presented in a way that students
can understand the how and why of science comparing
it to their daily experiences. Windows on Science is
also used to supplement our program in grades 6-8.
The scientific method is used as a basis for the completion
of individual science projects. Each student is responsible
researching, designing, completing, presenting a completed
The fourth grade also participates in the Junior Deputy
Program and the fifth grade participates in the D.A.R.E.
program. Both programs are designed to teach students
to say "no" to drugs and alcohol and to stay
safe by making the right choices.
The Social Studies program is committed to the understanding
of the people and places in our own state, country,
and the world. Both geography and history are represented
in our Social Studies program. The Social Studies
program uses Scott Foresman Social Studies in grades
k-6 and Prentice Hall in grades 7-8. Pennsylvania
History is also presented in grade 4.
In grades K-3 students cover such topics as culture,
citizenship, government, geography and economics.
At each grade level lessons include a hands on approach
with long or short term projects Social Studies skills
address the needs of our students at each grade level.
Grades 4 and 5 primarily focus on the United States,
map and graph and globe skills, Fourth graders learn
the spelling, abbreviation and U.S. states on the
map. The fifth graders focus on real life connections
with fact files and citizen heroes of the past and
the present. Students participate in presenting written
reports; create totem poles representing their culture,
dioramas and a resource quilt. These projects enable
students to integrate what they have learned in all
Grade 6 focuses on the World by understanding the
differences and similarities in living in a culturally
In grade 7-8 students study "The American Nation"
the study of the American Way of life while developing
an understanding of its history.
Students in grades 7-8 also participate in History
Day. Students submit an individual or group exhibit
whose topic is related to history. Students have the
option of entering the History Day Competition at
Penn State, Wilkes-Barre Campus in the spring.
Students in grades 6-8 learn how to complete a research
paper. They are taught all steps in researching and
writing this report. A geography Bee is also held
in the Junior High Level.
Overall our Social Studies program covers information
necessary for our students to learn and master all
skills and knowledge
Art allows students in PreK-8 to express themselves
using different art mediums. The classroom teacher provides
the process and materials to be used. Students create
the finished project using their own creativity. They
display their God given talents in their own works of
Special crafts are made for special holidays. Students
enjoy creative art, discussing its purpose and sharing
it with others. Art is developed and implemented in
Music classes are offered twice a week for grades
K-8. Students develop a strong appreciation for music
by studying basic music theory, classical artists,
multicultural and musical trends. Musical selections
are introduced by singing, listening, interpreting,
analyzing, dancing and memorizing. All students participate
in school liturgies, prayer services and two concerts
per year. The musical concerts are held at Christmas
time and in the spring. Students are also invited
to participate in an annual talent show during Catholic
Schools Week. Students are encouraged to express themselves
through music in a fun and educational environment.
Computer classes are offered in our computer lab to
grades K-8 once a week. Students learn keyboarding;
word processing skills, and the use of the internet.
A variety of skills are developed during the year
using programs such as excel, power point, and "Kidspiration".
The program is specifically designed to expose each
child to present and advanced technology. Our state
of the art computer lab is also utilized for research
and class assignments.
Spanish classes are held once a week for grades 4-8.
The students learn Spanish through a web site entitled
The instructor reinforces the website instruction
with basic grammar lessons. They also learn basic
prayers, and communicate with each other in Spanish.
The variety of instruction allows for all learning
styles to achieve.