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Language Arts




Kindergarten focuses on the 26 letters of the alphabet. Students systematically learn to read and write letters, to associate letters with sounds, to blend letter-sounds to form words and sentences, and to read and write phonetically regular words as well as sight words.


Grades 1-6

Wonders - Macmillan/McGraw-Hill 2016  

The new McGraw-Hill Language Arts for grades k-6 is dedicated to creating effective communicators. Through a careful balance of grammar and writing, students obtain the skills instrumental to personal expression.

McGraw-Hill Language Arts provides...

  • The grammar fundamentals every student should know

  • Continuous review of the skills students learn

  • A strong focus on improving student writing

  • Opportunities for listening, speaking, viewing, and representing

  • Exciting photo-essays from TIME for Kids™

  • Internet Connections that tie technology to themes, skills, and concepts


Social Studies

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Harcourt Social Studies is a comprehensive curriculum solution designed to engage and motivate every student. Through the stories of the intriguing people, exciting places, and fascinating events that make social studies relevant to their lives, students gain a global perspective. They also learn the social studies themes and skills they need to become informed, participating citizens who consider diverse points-of-view, use critical thinking skills, and are active in their communities. Completely aligned to the national standards, the program’s research-proven content provides rigor and depth in an easy-to-read, highly visual format that instantly connects with all types of learners.


5th & 6th grade Social Studies-Northern Lights-Minnesota Historical Society


Students use computers, chromebooks, and iPads as part of their technology curriculum.  All the classrooms also have SmartBoards.  The 5th and 6th grade class use Chromebooks in preparation for middle school.




Art/Music/Physical Education

These courses are taught by shared-time instructors who follow the District’s MN standards guidelines. 


Progress in Mathematics - Sadlier – Oxford

Fundamentals of Algebra, Foundations of Algebra, Algebra 1

Rigorous content aligns with NCTM Standards and Curriculum Focal Points. Student-centered textbooks instill confidence in all learners. 





Call to Faith (School Edition) - Harcourt Religion Publishers


Children’s Daily Prayer

Children's Daily Prayer provides an order of prayer for each day of the school year, as well as Sundays. It is newly written annually to reflect the Lectionary's scriptural cycles and the memorials, feasts, and solemnities of each liturgical year. Designed to be led by students, these short liturgies of the word incorporate the gestures and patterns of Catholic worship, gradually forming students in the traditional rhythms of our prayer. Additional resources include prayer services for special observances, Home Prayer pages with simple rituals for family life, and helpful introductions with background on the liturgical seasons, advice on preparing a classroom environment conducive for prayer, guidance for coaching children as prayer leaders and readers, and music suggestions.


The Catholic Children's Bible with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha Good News Translation -St. Mary's Press














Science A Closer Look - Macmillan/McGraw-Hill

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill's dynamic science program, Science: A Closer Look, offers students exciting and accessible standards-based lessons. Engaging activities promote curiosity and foster the development of science inquiry skills. Through a consistent and structured learning cycle, students confidently build upon their experiences to develop a lifelong understanding of science concepts.

Tuesday rotation

SJSA students spend one hour Tuesday afternoons with a rotation of computer class, Spanish class, and science lab.

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