Working to Help Enrich Educational Learning
St. James Cathedral School offers an excellent enrichment curriculum for all students attending Preschool through 8th Grade. WHEEL programs are designed to elevate the student’s learning experience with a core focus on S.T.E.A.M. curriculum and concepts.
As appropriate for each grade level, students discover advanced technology, apply critical thinking and reasoning skills and use enhanced dexterity methods in collaborative group learning centers as part of their grade group curriculum. Please visit the curriculum brochures for insights on the specific grade level enrichment programs.
The advanced programs listed below are offered to our 7th & 8th Graders as they prepare for the next stage of their education path.
Evolve from a game-player to a game-changer as students explore their developer skills. Gamestar Mechanic is a game and community designed to teach kids the principles of game design and systems thinking in a highly engaging environment.
Students will design games using game-based “Quests” using strategy, logic and while building critical 21st century skills. As you complete these missions, students earn items that they can use to make their own games. Each “Quest” contains missions that challenge you to play, modify, and design games to help you level up from player to designer.
Teacher: Aline Sommers
Mad About Mythology
Students will embark on a journey through ancient Greece and explore classic myths through interactive scripts and videos. Navigating their vessel through the uncharted waters of Olympus and Valhalla, we will travel north to the land of the Norsemen and act out tales of dwarves, dragons, gods and goddesses.
Students will come in contact with a variety of world cultures while comparing those cultures to their own. Mythology teaches history by examining ancient times and their effect on the modern world. The study of Greco-Roman and Norse mythology strengthens students’ understanding of language since many English words are derived from characters and events found within. By studying ancient mythologies, students begin to think analytically about modern culture, analyzing the traces of ancient mythology has left behind and the legends that have been created in their own day.
Teacher: Elizabeth Sayers-O’Neill
Get ready to ignite your curiosity and imagination through this hands-on robotics class! Students will build and program their very own robot using MINDSTORMS Education EV3 software and materials.
Design, program and watch your robot carry out controlled actions created by you. In GEAR class you will learn “how to robot,” then use your “robot to learn.” Experience the new wave of 21st Century learning and application with G.E.A.R! This class is limited to 9 students per trimester to ensure experiential learning is maximized.
Teachers: Santiago Buraye
Panther Peer Leaders
Do you enjoy helping younger students in the classroom? Have you ever dreamed about becoming an educator and a strong leader? If so, this could be the class for you. We need students who are creative, who enjoy working with others, and who will serve as mentors for our first grade students.
Students will use their gifts, imaginations, and academic skills to enrich our younger Panthers in the areas of reading, math, science, and art. We will plan exciting activities that inspire and make learning an adventure. We will work in the classrooms, as well as the great outdoors. Come and be a part of serving our younger students!