Academic Information (Homework, Evaluation, Reports and Conferences)
Holy Cross School offers the prescribed academic program as outlined by Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth (MECY). The subject time allotments meet government requirements. In addition, Holy Cross School offers a Religious Education program to students at all grade levels. The curriculum areas are as follows:
English Language Arts
Fine Arts (Music & Art)
Students in Grade 7 & Grade 8 participate in an Industrial Arts program at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate. Students do courses in woodworking, electronics, foods and sewing throughout the school year.
Grade 5 – Grade 8 students participate in a Fine Arts program. This involves two 40-minute sessions each cycle. Extra-curricular activities are offered in music (piano, guitar, voice and rock band), and art.
Homework is assigned to reinforce basic skills, pursue individual talents and interests, supplement classroom experiences, and to develop independence and responsibility. Class work is assigned during the day, and if not completed during the school hours, that work constitutes homework. The amount of time spent doing homework will vary according to grade level and capabilities of the student. Homework helps parent(s)/caregiver(s) keep abreast of the school's program and their child's progress. Students should spend time reviewing the day’s work, recopying assignments, adding/enriching answers, researching topics of interest, and doing recreational reading.
It is important that parents monitor homework as it is expected that homework be completed each day. One consequence for incomplete homework will be that the student will be sent home to complete the work and may be assigned a detention until he/she learns to complete the assigned homework without the principal’s supervision.
If a student is absent from school for any reason, it is the student(s)/family’s responsibility to make arrangements to collect homework materials and textbooks. If homework materials are to be picked up, it is important that teachers are informed early in the school day so that required information is placed in the office by the end of the school day.
Assessing student progress in achieving the learning outcomes in each subject is a continuous process. Assessment information includes pencil and paper tasks, journal writing, individual and group projects, oral presentations, quizzes, tests, and portfolios. This information is used to make evaluative decisions throughout the school year.
Formal report cards will be prepared and distributed throughout each school year for all students. Generally the reporting periods are as follows:
First Term Reports – Late November
Conferences in December—for all students
Second Term Reports – Mid-March Gr. 5 – Gr. 8
Conferences in March---for all students
Third Term Reports – Late June
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are held for all students at the end of the first and second term. During the conference, the student will present a portfolio of work samples and the student will identify an area for personal growth. In some classes teachers may send the portfolio home for the parents to have a more detailed look at the child’s work. The focus for the parent(s) and the teacher is to offer ideas that will support the student in achieving the identified goal.