STREAM enables teachers to focus in an interdisciplinary way on Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM), while integrating the Arts and allowing Religion to flow throughout the daily routine (STREAM).
Our STREAM vision at Holy Cross is to offer a rich learning environment that will prepare our students for 21st-century skill application, encourage academic excellence by combining the STREAM subjects, promote student collaboration, cooperation among peers, investigate real-world problems, and a love of all God’s creations.
Teachers offer project-based learning during the students’ dedicated STREAM time, which is offered three times a month for Kindergarten - 8th grade.
Elements of our STREAM program include:
● STEMscopes curriculum
● STREAM Lab space
● Broadcasting Center
○ Live morning prayer and announcements streamed to all classrooms
● Library Media / Makerspace / Technology Center
● Math Hub space
● Guest Speaker opportunities
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Team sports play an important role in your child’s personal development. Holy Cross offers volleyball, basketball, track. Students in 3rd through 8th grade have an opportunity to participate in athletics. The mission of Holy Cross Athletic program is to provide an atmosphere for each student with knowledge of the sport, fundamental skills, teaching discipline, building community, and creating an attitude of good sportsmanship.
Our band program gives students the opportunity to explore and develop their musical abilities, as well as reap the mind-building benefits of music. Band is open to all 5th through 8th graders.
The junior high and kindergarten bell choirs are dedicated to learning the ancient and honorable art of bell ringing. They provide music for worship services as well as presenting programs at special times of the year.
The Holy Cross Cub Scout program is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and is a year-round, family-oriented endeavor. It is open to boys in 1st through 8th grades. The purpose of Boys Scouts is to promote character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, fun and adventure, friendly service, family understanding, respectful relationships and personal achievement. Meeting times and activities will vary by den.
Open to grades K-8, students meet Monday afternoons to practice math skills in preparation for competition. Students compete in Johnson County Catholic Schools Mathletics once a month
Students in 7th and 8th grade test their knowledge in Scholar's Bowl tournaments against other area Catholic schools.
St. Francis Science Club
3rd, 4th and 5th grade scientists are invited to participate in the St. Francis Science Club each first Monday of the month. Why? Because St. Francis is cool and science rocks!
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a reading program designed to encourage children to read and to give recognition to those who like to read. The program is a privilege for students in grades four, five and six, they form a team of 4 - 6 peers and read through the year from a pre-selected list of books. In the spring, the teams compete against each other during the Battle of the Books competition, typically held at a local bookstore. The top two teams move on to compete against teams from Nativity, St. Ann, and Holy Rosary Wea.