Special Program Courses

Physical Education | grades K-8

Physical education is intended to meet immediate needs for healthy student activity as well as to promote life-long fitness. Good sportsmanship and a cooperative spirit are emphasized in all athletic endeavors, both competitive and noncompetitive. P.E. classes are M-T for Kindergarten, daily for grades 1-6 and twice a week with extended classes for grades 7 and 8.

Mary Immaculate School employs an Athletic Director to supervise and directs the extra-curricular athletic program for grades 5-8 at MIS in conjunction with the DPL. Mary Immaculate School is a participating member of the Dallas Parochial League (DPL).

 

Speech/Drama|  Grades 5-6 (Elective for 7-8)

School and community performances occur in all grades. All students participate in liturgical celebrations, seasonal and cultural activities, and dramatic performances. Speech and drama classes in grades 5-8 focus on development of oral communication skills and creative performance.

 

Music | Grades K-6 (Elective for 7-8)

A thorough education in music will foster musical performers who can make and share music, stewards of their musical and cultural heritage, critical thinkers, creative human beings, and excellent listeners. If we are to develop a child's self-knowledge, self-awareness, and emotions, we need to educate them in music! 

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Art Appreciation/Technique | Grades K-6 (Elective for 7-8)

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An art appreciation curriculum is taught school wide, and a newly renovated art room allows for creative expression through a variety of art mediums. Students in grades K through 6 have an extended 1 hour class each month, which covers art appreciation and art technique with connections made to the era studied within their grade’s social studies course. They focus on one element of art during each class, learning of artists and artwork with attention to the element of art; then they do a hands-on project to put what they learned into play. 7th and 8th graders can choose art as an elective with 2 hours each week of elective time. The elective class is a studio class, using a wide array of mediums including painting, wire sculpture, ceramics, and digital art.

 

Computer Science | Grades K-8

The administration encourages and regularly assesses instructional methods utilizing technology, beginning in Kindergarten.

A thirty-two station computer lab is used weekly by all grades to enhance what they are learning in their classrooms.  Kinder through third graders spend a significant amount of time in language arts and math learning programs, and are introduced to MS Powerpoint and MS Word. Keyboarding begin in third, as does MS Excel. Multimedia presentations are used frequently in grades 6-8.

Students in all grades spend time learning coding, and eighth grade students learn how to view, analyze, create, edit, and style a website.

 

Spanish | Grades K-8

The Spanish program begins in kindergarten and progresses through eighth grade, meeting the NCLB-BRS program requirements. The curriculum focuses on conversation proficiency in conjunction with reading and writing fundamentals. Instruction for native speakers is enhanced by the study of Latin American cultures and history.

 

Television Design and Production | grade 8

An elective available for eighth graders, this course helps students explore all areas of working in a television or film crew, in either a news or entertainment format. Students learn to operate a simple camera, line up shots, work with a tripod and other equipment, write interviews, conduct interviews and edit the film into a usable format. 

 

Content Mastery

The Content Mastery Program provides individual attention and assistance to students to help improve performance, identify learning strengths and coping skills and to teach organizational skills.