Curriculum: The basic curriculum includes Religion,
Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music,
Band, Computers, Physical Education, Foreign Language and Drama.
school also offers students the following educational
participate in a variety of school performances
Involvement in the
School Newspaper, Student Council and Yearbook
the Childrenís Choir
Education: Pre-eminent among the school goals are
those related to the living of religion, the experience of
religion, the everyday expression of religion through service to
others and the teachings of religion. The involvement of parents
in developing such faith is through modeling.
Sunday Liturgy: It
is important that families pray together each Sunday. It is
the responsibility of the parents to instill the practice of
Catholic faith in their children.
Weekly Mass: St.
Jerome School will have their traditional Wednesday Liturgies
at 8:05 A.M. Kindergarten begins to attend mass in early
November. Preschool is always welcome and will be attending
from time to time.
Religion: Everyday, your child will have formal religious
instruction that is taught at their appropriate grade level.
Tuesday morning at 8:05, the entire school comes to the second
floor for a short prayer service. The Principal is the leader
of prayer and the students have a variety of parts during the
Religious Education Program involves students in preparation
for community celebration of three sacraments: reconciliation,
First Communion and Confirmation. Before the reception of the
sacrament, a parent meeting will be held regarding any
information that needs to be communicated to all parents.
A studentís work should consistently reflect individual ability.
Complete and neat assignments, accurately and carefully executed
are the norm. All class work and homework must be submitted at the
time required. Each student is accountable for the completion of
grade work to be eligible for the next grade level.
Letter grades will be given to all major subjects each quarter.
Pass or Fail will be given for the subjects of art, music, gym,
computers, drama and foreign language. If you want to know their
actual grade please contact their individual teacher. Pass and
Fail grades will only be given at the second and fourth quarter.
To see grade equivalencies please see Policy and Procedures in the
St. Jerome School Handbook.
Homework gives an opportunity to help fulfill an individual
studentís needs by supplementing and reinforcing classroom
teaching. Parents are expected to take an interest in their
childís work. Students of all ages, but in particular the
younger students will need additional help in drilling of math
facts, spelling or vocabulary. We rely on parents to help in these
areas. Under no circumstances should the parent do the work for
their child. We remind parents that satisfactory completion of
homework assignments affect a studentís daily grades and
ultimately the report card grade. As a general guideline, homework
times should follow
for Parental Supervision of Homework
Ways Parents Can Get
See that books and
materials come home regularly. Look at what your child is
bringing home daily.
Donít accept the
excuse that ďI did it in schoolĒ or ďThere is no
homework.Ē There is not enough time to do homework
properly/thoroughly in school. Even if there is no written
homework, there is always study homework.
See that your
child does their homework in an appropriate atmosphere.
Look over their
Ask and talk to
your child each day regarding the material they learned today
these tasks takes time and effort on your part. It is well worth
the effort as it is the best way for you to keep in touch with
what your child is learning in school. If you ever have any
questions about an assignment please call the appropriate teacher.
involvement is important. Parents are highly encouraged to
actively listen to the readings and to provide guidance in
spelling of words and usage of definitions. Also, to supervise
when needed, the researching and problem solving process, while
encouraging and directing, not just providing answers.
can be given all days of the week including weekends.
There are no scheduled study periods at the elementary level and
homework is part our educational program. Therefore, if your child
is not doing homework on a consistent basis, it is important for
you to contact your childís teacher.
Roll: St. Jerome School has three honors: First
Honors, Second Honors and Good Effort. First and Second Honor
Rolls are based on grades received in each subject area.
Grade A: Four
Grade B: Three
Grade C: Two
Grade D: One
Grade U/F: 0
who earn 25-28 points will get First Honors
who earn 21-24 points will get Second Honors
Students in grades 5th-8th: checks in one
area from two or more teachers disqualifies the student from First
or Second Honors. To qualify for the Good Effort Honor Roll the
student can have no checks. In determining the studentís points,
it is only the main courses. Art, Music, Computers, Physical
Education, Drama and Language are not included in the
determination if a student makes Honors.
Attendance: Student who maintains a perfect record of
attendance and punctuality for each quarter will receive an award
ceremony at the end of the year.
Student Progress: Conferences, progress reports and
report cards are the means of communicating a studentís
is a First Quarter Parent Teacher Conference that is held on
Sunday. Each conference is ten minutes and all conferences are
scheduled. During the Third Quarter only students who are
having problems have a parent teacher conference. At any time
a parent can schedule a conference to meet with his or her
These are given out at the fifth week of each quarter. It
gives parents a measure on how well their child is doing in
school. These must be signed and returned to school the next
Report Cards are given out every ten weeks. Please review the
report card with your child and sign and return the report
card by the next school day. The Principal or Pastor passes
out Report Cards each marking period.
Records: The Archdiocese of Chicago, Office Of Catholic
Education, adopted guidelines for school records. These guidelines
describe your rights to your child records maintained by the
Archdiocese of Chicago. These rights include:
Right to Inspect:
You have the right to look at your childís permanent record
at any time.
Right to Prevent
Disclosure: The school will not disclose any information to
any third parties from your childís record unless you give
written consent, information is directory information, and
information that a school your child will be attending.
Right to Request
Correction: You may present evidence to the school if any
information is inaccurate. If the school decides not to change
the record, you may insert an explanation in your child file.
Testing: Terra Nova Tests will be given to students in
grades Kg-7th in March. These tests are important
indicators of the studentís progress in basic skills in Reading,
Math, Language Arts, Study Skills. The teachers use the result of
these tests in their instructional planning. The results also
indicate the studentís strengths and weaknesses as a measure of
School Policy: If a student receives a U in
any two quarters of any major subject, they will have to attend
mandatory summer school. Once summer school is completed, your
child will be promoted to the next grade level. The subjects that
this would include are: Religion, reading, Language Arts, Social
Studies, Science and Math.
in the school year 2002-2003, St. Jerome School will be offering
summer school. There will remedial classes and enrichment classes.
Programs, dates, times and cost will be provided after the third