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Technology

Technology is used widely throughout ALL grade levels at Sacred Heart School. Our junior high classrooms are equipped with Chrome Notebooks, providing students with 1:1 technology! Our middle school students use iPads and laptops for advanced, engaged learning in the clasrooms, while our preschool through grade 2 students utilize iPads, Leapsters, and PC's in their classrooms. SMARTboard technology is utilized daily in every classroom. In addition, Sacred Heart School is blessed to have a 26-seat computer lab, which is used by students in grades Kindergarten - 8. Students receive 1-2 class periods of instructional time per week in the computer lab. The students at Sacred Heart School also have access to a Virtual Science Lab, Senteo Response Systems, and Digi's. 

At Sacred Heart School, we believe that the use of technology is important to our students in that it keeps them engaged in learning, and ensures they are advancing their skill levels in core subjects such as math, reading, and English. Our teachers attend technology conferences and continually research and update the various apps that are used on our iPads, and they encourage the students to use learning games and apps at home on their personal devices, where applicable.

Students are able to bring their own personal technology devices to school, for use in the classroom, when applicable and according to specific teacher instructions. Each device must be registered in the school office. Please speak with your student's teacher if you have questions or concerns about your child's personal technology devices. During Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) time, the student may use his/her personal iPad, iPhone, iPod, Kindle / Kindle Fire, etc. to read digitally. Students might also use iPhones, iPads, etc. to creat classroom projects such as music videos and historical presentations.

From as early as Kindergarten, students learn how to operate and log on to a computer, open and work in such programs as Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and more. Students also take computer-generated tests as part of the Accelerated Reading Program at Sacred Heart School.

 

We thank the generous donors who help Sacred Heart School stay at the forefront of technology advances. Our annual Technology Raffle (held from Oct-Dec) has enabled us to purchase new and maintain our current technologies in the classroom. What a blessing!

Accelerated Reader Program

Sacred Heart School (K-8) is a proud participant in the Accelerated Reader program. Accelerated Reader is an assessment tool which aides our teachers in a variety of ways with regards to student reading. The program provides an assessment of a student's reading level and comprehension level in addition to suggesting other titles that are within a student's reading level. 

There are three steps to using Accelerated Reader. First, students choose and read a fiction or non-fiction book, textbook, or magazine. Teachers monitor reading including guided, paired, literature-based, and textbook reading. Students then log on to the Accelerated Reader web site and complete a test. The teacher receives information that is intended to assist, motivate reading, monitor progress, and target instruction. Reports regarding reading level and comprehension skills are available through the software. This information is shared with the student's parent(s) on a quarterly basis during Parent/Teacher Conferences. 

AR’s advanced technology helps our teachers to:

  • Make essential reading practice more effective for every student.

  • Personalize reading practice to each student’s current level.

  • Manage all reading activities including read toread with, and read independently.

  • Assess students’ reading with four types of quizzes: Reading PracticeVocabulary PracticeLiteracy Skills, and Textbook Quizzes.

  • Build a lifelong love of reading and learning for students.

Students do receive a grade for their Accelerated Reading throughout the year, and are also able to earn prizes and special rewards for meeting AR goals and school contests. This is a fun and engaging opportunity for Sacred Heart School teachers to build the students' reading capabilities.