Enrichment

Levels of Enrichment

Different levels and types of enrichment are provided in various ways at St. Francis of Assisi School, as they are available and appropriate for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

All students receive

  • Appropriate, varied and rigorous curriculum and instruction in the classroom as well as ongoing opportunities for strengths and talents to emerge, be developed and to be recognized
  • Opportunities provided by teachers within classroom activities for open-ended responses and student choice to allow for individual needs and to promote creative thinking
  • The benefit of teachers collecting, sharing and using anecdotal or performance data to learn more about students’ strengths and interests
  • Teacher-planned group experiences as part of their instructional program, which facilitates exposure and exploration of various subjects and interest areas
  • Enrichment through curriculum enhancement experiences as planned by the administration, teachers and/or the St. Francis Curriculum Enhancement Committee on a regular basis and includes but is not limited to interactive presentations, experiment-type activities, guest speakers, field trips and cultural events

Many students are recommended for or choose to

  • Join one or more extracurricular enrichment clubs or programs that are developmentally appropriate and of interest to them in order to nurture and develop their emerging talents (Chess Club, Spelling Bee, Mock Trial, etc.)

Some students (based on demonstrated need) receive

  • Differentiated instruction by the teacher within the classroom
  • Curriculum modification or substitution
  • Small-group and individual plans created to respond to demonstrated and sustained strengths and interests
  • Regular “pull out” learning sessions outside of the classroom with other high-ability peers
  • Recommendation for participation in specific enrichment clubs, mini-courses, performances, competitions or programs related to area of emerging talent or demonstrated traits of giftedness
  • Written documentation of services maintained and provided to parents via PEP (Personal Education Plan)

Few students (based on demonstrated need) receive

  • Acceleration in a specific subject area or whole-grade
  • High school level study and coursework through dual-enrollment at Dowling Catholic High School (7th & 8th grade only)

St. Francis of Assisi Curriculum Enhancement Committee

Purpose Statement 2017-2018

The Curriculum Enhancement (CE) Committee is a parent and teacher-run committee providing enriching activities and events beyond the classroom curriculum to St. Francis of Assisi students.   The CE Committee consists of the following subcommittees:  CE in the Classroom, Talking Canvas, Music Enrichment, and Special Events.  Workshops, field trips, presentations and performances organized by the CE Committee are held throughout the school year for all grade levels.
 
Here is a list of programs that CE has provided to St. Francis of Assisi School students in past years:
  • Mad Science of Central Iowa
  • Polk County Conservation
  • Author Visits (in person and via Skype–past authors include Dan Gutman, Gordan Korman, Rebecca Janni, Ken Nesbitt, Roland Smith, Wendy Mass, Tim Green and Jerry Pollotta)
  • WDM Police Department
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • CultureAll
  • Renaissance Faire Actors
  • Salsa Des Moines
  • Des Moines Symphony
  • Chess Club (see Student Enrichment Clubs and Activities page for current information)
Individuals

To heighten self-awareness and enhance self-esteem through acceptance.

Practical learning

To encourage the children to be responsible for their own individual.

Open school

To encourage every child to express their individuality appropriately.

Community involve

To provide a wide range of Outdoor Education programmes using.

Online resources

To provide opportunities for involvement in a wide range of sports.

Plan and details

Outdoor learning and tending to our school garden is a big part of day.

Respect

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church building on All Saints.

Responsibility

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church.

Honesty

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church building on All Saints.

Kindness

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church.