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K4J – KIDS FOR JESUS

The Kids for Jesus School of Virtue is a monthly component of our students' Religion classes. We strive to motivate children to practice virtues, make good choices, and love Christ through their Catholic faith. Each month, students are challenged with a new "mission" that focuses on a virtue, such as Responsibilty, Friendship, Perserverance, etc. Parents are encouraged to log onto www.kfj.org/user/register/hfo in order to register their children so they can participate in online activities regarding the virtue. They can also access the Mission Headquarters where they will earn recognition for their total points for each month. This program is available to all students in grades PK- 5th. Additionally, students in grades PK-3rd will be invited to a monthly performance by the K4J Skit Club and will also receive a monthly lesson regarding the virtue of the month during their religion class in school.
 
K4J CLUB
 
In addition to the above program that is offered to all students through the school, K4J also offers a club. The K4J Club meets once a month after school and uses crafts, games, service projects, and other activities to jump start the children on their "Mission of the Month." The K4J Club is open to all students in grades PK - 5th grade. Students in 6th-8th grade are also welcome to join the club as Captains. They will assist in teaching, leading games, and assisting in crafts. Service hours are earned for participation.
MEDIA CENTER
Our Holy Family Catholic School has an extensive Media Center collection for students PK-8th grade that include print and digital books and magazines. In addition, we have subscriptions to databases such as Britannica Online and Brain Pop. Equally important, our Media Center reflects the school’s goal to provide a Catholic Christian environment, and to ensure that students and faculty become effective users of ideas and information.
Media Curriculum —Media as a subject does not have current Florida Standards at this time, however we incorporate the Language Arts and Technology Standards in our lessons. For the lower grades PK-2nd our focus is on selecting books for optimal reading growth and enjoyment. Beginning in 3rd grade students begin to learn about reference resources, searching for and evaluating information, copyright and avoiding plagiarism, Internet safety and netiquette, and are introduced to a variety of genres of literature. Our overall goal is to encourage all students to become lifelong readers.

Beginning September 2015 we will be reintroducing the Renaissance Learning - Accelerated Reading Program for all grades. This reading incentive program provides feedback and monitoring of each student’s reading growth. Renaissance Learning keeps record of each student’s reading comprehension through online quizzes taken by a student for each book read. Result and summary reports provide students, teachers, and parents the ability to follow reading progress throughout the year.
 
ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. For more than twenty-five years, this unique program has helped teachers generate excitement in their students. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime.

The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking "outside of the box." While conventional thinking has an important place in a well-rounded education, students need to learn how to think creatively and productively.
For more information click here and visit the Odyssey of the Mind website.