Elementary

Holy Cross Lutheran School places an emphasis on academic excellence and on the teaching of the Christian faith.  Our curriculum is challenging, yet flexible, and is designed to meet or exceed the standards set by the State of Indiana.  Our teachers are dedicated to providing this excellence in an atmosphere of personal warmth and Christian love, recognizing the individuality of each child and encouraging each child to reach their full potential.

The curriculum includes:

Religion

  • Lutheran Curriculum
  • Bible stories and Bible study
  • Worship experiences/Chapel
  • Mission education
  • Memory work
  • Religious songs
  • Application to real life values

Language Arts

  • Scott Foresman “Reading Street” Curriculum
  • Quality children’s literature
  • Leveled reading activities
  • English grammar
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Drama/Reader’s Theater
  • Speaking and Listening skills
  • Independent Reading
  • Accelerated Reader/technology based reading assessments

Math

  • “Everyday Math” curriculum designed to enable children in elementary grades to learn more mathematical content and become lifelong mathematical thinkers.  The program includes:
  • Numbers and Numeration
  • Operations and Computation
  • Patterns, Functions and Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement and Reference Frames
  • Data and Chance
  • Experiential activities using a variety of manipulative materials
  • Math Pentathlon games and Math Pentathlon Club

Science

  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Space & Technology
  • The curriculum provides inquiry-rich content and activities, experimentation and field trips for hands-on learning.  It also provides cross-curricular connections and leveled readers that link reading and science skills (Mystery Science). Our young scientists study all of these concepts within the context that God is the creator of all things.

Social Studies

  • Communities and their Institutions
  • People and Cultures
  • Indiana History
  • United States History
  • World and Early Civilization History
  • Teacher-led discussions, current events and the text (Scott Foresman) provide cross- curricular connections linking reading, as well as religion and character education. Children learn that respect, caring, responsibility, fairness, courage, and honesty are all important characteristics in being a member of a community.  Additional publications such as Weekly Reader, Scholastic News and Time for Kids are utilized in some classrooms.

Foreign Language

  • Introduction to Spanish language and culture

Art

  • Activities include the study of major artists and styles, exploration of various art mediums, and art appreciation

Music

  • Musical concepts, singing, music appreciation, rhythm and rhythm instruments
  • Choir for all grade levels
  • Band for 5th grade

Technology

  • Computers and technology use in many curricular areas
  • Keyboarding
  • Word Processing
  • Powerpoint
  • Internet

Technology Student Standards

  • Digital Citizenship
  • Computative Thinking
  • Creative Communication
  • Global Collaboration
  • Empowered Learner
  • Innovative Designer
  • Knowledge Constructor

Physical Education

  • Introduction to personal physical fitness and health.  Group activities, cooperation, rules and guidelines for fair play.  Physical activity for personal enjoyment, recreational opportunities, individual and  team sports.

Study Trip Experiences

Elementary Grading Scale

A: 100-96 %
A-: 95-93 %
B+: 92-90 %
B: 89-87 %
B-: 86-84 %
C+: 83-81 %
C: 80-77 %
C-: 76-74 %
D+: 73-71 %
D: 70-68 %
D-: 67-65 %
F: 64 % – Below