Weekly Letter (Mar 4, ’19)

Dear Parents and Students,

Our faculty, as well the school’s curriculum committee, have been hard at work researching and delving into classical curriculum and textbooks to be ready for the next school year. The first of our efforts to move in this direction will be integrating the Humanities: Religion, Language Arts, and History. We believe that the integration of content from one subject to another will give our students a wide comprehension of history and the achievements of mankind.

To develop a Humanities curriculum that combines History and Literature with the study of the Bible, a teacher, or team of teachers, will work to coordinate readings and assignments within a chronological framework. We believe that this avoidance of a compartmentalized approach will enable our students to participate in the “Great Conversation,” a conversation that has been going on between writers, thinkers, and philosophers for a couple thousand years. It refers to the way that authors have been referencing and interpreting the works of their predecessors through the ages.

In history, we have decided on the Catholic Textbook Project in grades 4-8. The Catholic Textbook Project produces high quality history textbooks that teach from a Catholic perspective. They are similar to standard history texts in layout but some events are included that might be not be in a secular history book. Even with a Catholic emphasis, the texts avoid the temptation to make the actions of Catholics always look good in contrast to those with other religious beliefs. They are well-balanced, inclusive, and comprehensive History textbooks.

In Religion, our teachers have decided on Sophia Press’s Spirit of Truth series in grades K-8. The teachers felt the text was engaging and will capture and keep our students’ attention. The texts include vivid sacred art reflections, stories of the saints, games, role-plays, and critical thinking questions.

Our Latin program will include offerings from Memorial Press and our next goal will be to research texts and materials for Language Arts. We will keep you updated over the following weeks.

All of us at Star of the Sea, parents, students, faculty, staff, parish, alumni, and countless others, have been working very hard to ensure the future of this great school. Our effort to provide a high quality curriculum in a classical setting is just one. These are difficult times for many of us, times when we need turn to our faith. As Paul the Apostle, one of the most important and influential saints, said in one of his letters to the Corinthians: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Take care and God bless,

Mr. David Gallagher

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