Academics

The Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann Memorial Campus, offers a quality Catholic Education. The academic subjects in Kindergarten through 5th Grade are Math, English-Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.  The curriculum is aligned with the Diocesan Curriculum Guidelines which incorporates the common core standards.  Catholic faith formation is taught at all grade levels and Catholic values are infused throughout the academic curriculum. Each student has access to use the technology lab, participate in community service, cultural field trips, music, PE and art docent programs.

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Standardized Testing Information

The Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann Memorial Campus uses the STAR Assessments for standardized testing as directed by the Diocese of Fresno. STAR assessments provide valid, reliable, actionable data that empowers educators to focus on what matters most-individualizing instruction to accelerate learning for all students.

STAR assessment include skills-based test items and in-depth reports for screening, instructional planning progress monitoring and standards benchmarking.  Educators have immediate access to skill-specific actionable data to target instruction.

STAR testing enables the school to identify the continuums of concepts, strategies, behaviors and skills students develop as they progress through increasingly sophisticated levels of understanding to meet grade-level expectations.  Teachers use these learning progressions to  help plan instruction for all students.

3 Year Old Enrichment

MRS. TINA STUBBS

Our 3 year olds are taught in a loving, Christian environment and are offered a variety of opportunities which include religious education, music, art, literature,2016gmc_staff-faculty-9897 dramatic play, science, language development, math and reading readiness, and motor skills.

We accept children into our program that are/will be 3 years old by September 1st for 2, 3, or 5 half days per week and are fully toilet trained. Our preschool program is designed to meet the needs of the whole child. We strive to ensure that each child develops socially, academically, emotionally, and spiritually.

4 year olds – Jr. Kindergarten

MRS. CARLA EVANGELHO

We accept children into our Jr. Kindergarten program that are/will be 2016gmc_staff-faculty-98724 by September 1st and are fully toilet trained. We offer a full or half day, according to your needs. Our main goal is to prepare your child for kindergarten by offering a wealth of opportunities for your child to grow socially, academically, emotionally, and spiritually. We plan our days so that children will feel secure, receive individual attention and affection, develop self-discipline, experience success and positive self-image, and to develop intellectual and physical skills. In addition to all the foundational skills, we offer a reading program which includes illustrated stories, vocabulary development, phonological training, and a wealth of hands-on activities to develop the skills they need to learn to read.

Kindergarten

MRS. DIANNA PHILLIPS

Our full-day kindergarten curriculum includes the Superkids2016gmc_staff-faculty-9843 Reading Program.  This program integrates reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking.  Explicit phonics instruction is designed so children learn to decode words with continuous practice until they reach automaticity and fluency.  Multimodal instruction and practice is integrated throughout the Superkids Program. We have computer and formal music class once a week.  Our physical education classes are held twice during the week.  An art docent presents an art lesson each month.  We attend Mass with our fifth grade buddies on Friday mornings (Stations of the Cross during Lent). 

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MRS. AVRIL WADDLE

In first grade the children are introduced to the complete school curriculum. For example, in religion, our students learn the ten commandments and revel in God’s2016gmc_staff-faculty-9949 love for them. . They learn, and experience Mass by attending every Friday morning.

Science and Social Studies expose them to different cultures and the great world they live in. They understand that they are caretakers of our earth and all of God’s creatures.  Reading and writing are highlighted in Language Arts, where students write personal narratives, compare and contrast information, and learn to give details in their stories.

The focus in math is learning how to count to 120 and study place values, as well as addition and subtraction math facts which are tested daily.

MRS. KOLLIN

I am blessed with the heartwarming privilege of helping parents prepare their children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.2016gmc_staff-faculty-9920

In addition to academic growth in core subjects, second graders experience a beautiful spiritual journey and a love for Jesus.  They learn about their patron saints and honor them with a prayer service.

They receive two sacraments for the first time-Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.  As part of their preparation they paint blessing cups and bake bread, culminating in a celebration of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of the Eucharist they will be receiving.

Second graders develop critical reading skills using strategies that help them read to learn.  Conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts is developed through experiences with concrete and pictorial modeling.

Reasoning and problem solving strategies focus on meaningful problems.

Children enjoy becoming a family of friends as they learn and grow together.

MRS. McNALLY

Third grade is a challenging, busy but fun year!  In math, students are introduced to division and this concept is reinforced throughout the year.  In third grade a formal grammar and vocabulary program become a part of the curriculum.

Cursive is also introduced and practiced during the school year.  Third grade religion classes include:  the Creed, Liturgy and Sacraments, Christian morality, and Prayer.  Students also begin to actively participate in all-school Masses.

Third graders are invited to participate in Lip Sync during Catholic Schools Week, a long standing tradition of George McCann, attend various plays and go bowling at the end of the school year.

MRS. GONZALES

Students in 4th grade are in a new stage of reading and learning.  Our faith formation incorporates doctrine, Scripture, and liturgy.  During Advent and Lent 2016gmc_staff-faculty-9928fourth graders reach out to the sick at Kaweah Delta Hospital by making Healing Cards.

Students in 4th grade are in a new stage of reading and learning.  Students transition from learning to read to reading to learn.  This is very evident in one of our highlights of the year – studying the California missions.

Models are built and a research report is written.  Social Studies and Science become more interactive as we go on field trips to Sequoia National Park, AgVentures, and the Edison Education Center.  Cooperative strategies are used throughout the curriculum.

MRS. KAREN ROSA

In the fifth grade classroom we maintain an environment which refl2016gmc_staff-faculty-9841ects the goals of our mission statement to learn, lead and serve in the spirit of Jesus Christ.  We do this by striving to excel academically, we lead by being Christian examples to our kindergarten buddies, and we participate in the many community service opportunities at our school.

An emphasis is placed on learning the order of the Mass and the use of traditional vessels and vestments that are used during the Mass.  There are many opportunities for academic achievement through participation in Poetry and Prose, Spelling Bee, DAR essay writing, and Lion’s Club writing contests.

Science and Social Studies are routinely project based giving students opportunities for cooperative learning.

The addition of chromebooks to the fifth grade has allowed the students to incorporate technology in all aspects of their learning.

Middle School

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The Middle School at George McCann includes grade 6, 7, and 8.  In addition to core academics, all students have the opportunity to participate in sports, student council, a variety of essay and speech contests, middle school dances, altar serving, the Spelling Bee, Battle of the Books, Academic Decathlon, Fatima, several community service partnerships, and field trips. Elective courses are offered each semester to enrich the student’s academic program. They can further explore areas of interest with experts in that field. In addition, students attend computer, music, library, P.E. and art class on a weekly basis.  Math classes in grades 7 and 8 are leveled.  Mass is attended weekly by all middle school students.

MRS. HEBERT

Sixth grade is the first year of our Jr. High Program.  Students are not only challenged with tougher academic courses but adjusting to rotating classes 2016gmc_staff-faculty-9908among three teachers.  They are also given the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular academic activities.

Some of these activities include:  Academic Decathlon, Poetry and Prose, Battle of t he Books, Spelling Bee, and Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest.

The sixth grade curriculum includes courses in earth science, ancient history, and the GoMath program.  In Religion we focus on loving and caring for people in the image of God.

During Lent we learn about poverty around the world through the Columban Mission Program. 

One of the highlights of sixth grade is learning about the importance of conservation.  We run a recycling program all year to raise money for our week long science camp at SCICON.

We learn how important it is to be a steward of the environment.  Sixth grade is just the beginning to becoming caring and loving young adults.

MRS. STEPHANIE APPLEGATE

The 7th grade year is filled with challenging academics and exciting activities.  PreAlgebra is leveled and is utilizes the GoMath curriculum.  In language arts, 2016gmc_staff-faculty-9915students follow the Common Core guidelines in writing, reading, and speaking.

Life science and world cultures are the focus of study in science and social studies during the year.  Religion is taught daily.  The areas of study in religion are the New Testament and the Sacraments.

Family Life is taught in connection with religion and focuses on topics such as family relationships, identity, wellness, what love is and consequences.

Activities specific to the 7th grade include producing the school yearbook, monthly visits to Delta Nursing Home, raising & releasing Rainbow Trout, putting on the Halloween Carnival, running the concession stands at sports games, visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and hosting the 8th grade graduation dinner.

MS. MELISSA LOPEZ

Eighth grade at GMC is a fast paced demanding year for all students. Academics include Physical Science, Pre-algebra/ Algebra, Language Arts, U.S. History, and Religion.2016gmc_staff-faculty-9879Elective Classes such as Art, P.E. Music, and Computers round out the routine courses students take.

8th Graders stay busy with many activities just to name a few. 60 community service hours are required for graduation. Students serve food at the Bethlehem Center work at Seniors in the Park and play bells at the Delta Nursing Center.

The 8th grade bell choir plays at our weekly masses on Fridays. Students attend retreats at Santa Teresita Youth Center in Three Rivers as well as an in house retreat at the start of the year.

Some educational field trips are Exploring Physics at Physics Day Magic Mountain and our 8th grade trip to AstoCamp. The 8th grade year is an exciting and wonderful culminating experience.

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