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.
The Media Center is open every school day from 7:30 to 3:30pm, except for Fridays when we close at 2:00pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to visit any time during open hours to select or return books or do research, as per classroom teacher permission.
We invite you to explore the Media Center Website, link is on the left, or click link below to view all of the information offered there. As always, suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
Media Center Website
STREAM educates students for their future. The idea of emphasizing the subject areas of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math has been driven by the business community to prepare a more agile, educated workforce for our country’s future. It has become evident that our economy is being driven by innovation. The creativity and communication nurtured through “the Arts” is seen as an essential component to innovation. As Catholic schools, “Religion” is woven through all subjects creating a holistic approach to education. STREAM, therefore, is the necessary evolution of STEM education, using an interdisciplinary approach to bridge subject areas. It is not a new curriculum, but a philosophical framework for delivering excellence in Catholic education for 21st century learners!
STREAM education makes learning relevant. STREAM education allows academic concepts to be coupled with increased real life experience in all the subjects. Students become involved in hands-on projects where problem solving, collaboration, and the results of their efforts make lessons more relevant than a textbook alone. Increased technology to enhance teaching and learning is emphasized allowing students to explore their own interests. Access to business professionals further exposes students to potential future careers and helps answer the question “why are we learning this?” STREAM education emphasizes interdisciplinary connections. STREAM intentionally connects disciplines; in the real world content knowledge is interwoven, layered and sophisticated, it is not experienced in isolation.
For teachers, STREAM education promotes the coordination of topics around central themes and encourages the exploration of concepts in relation to one another. While disciplines are essential, STREAM encourages teachers to ask “where does my subject area intersect with yours?” It takes a village. STREAM education promotes the focus of our school resources. It empowers teaching professionals to increase collaborative planning and teach standards in unique and engaging ways.