Academic Information

Cursive Writing

Cursive writing is a skill that aids the fine motor and sensory development and is an important cognitive exercise. St. Helen School will follow this instructional path in regards to cursive writing:

  • Grade 2-introduction to cursive writing

  • Grade 3-mastery of cursive writing

  • Grade 4-strengthening of skills

  • Grade 5-8-maintenance of skills; students will be able to read and write cursive writing

Testing

St. Helen School participates in the testing programs specified by the Archdiocesan Superintendent and the State of Ohio. Assessments results will be communicated to parents, students, and appropriate stakeholders.

Assessment results will be reviewed for instructional purposes, as well as for intervention, guidance, grade-promotion decisions and evaluation. In addition to standardized testing, multiple and appropriate assessments aligned with the curriculum will be utilized to measure student growth.

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills will be given in March/April of the school year in grades 2 thru 7. The ACRE religion test is given to 5th and 8th graders in January/February. Grade 3 will take the Ohio Achievement Assessment in Reading in October and April. St. Helen’s follows state regulations when it comes to standardized testing.

Textbooks

All textbooks are approved by the Archdiocese. Books are to be covered at all times. Covers must be provided by the student. A book bag must be used whenever books are taken home. Students who lose their books will be assessed the value of the book. Students will be charged for books which are defaced or destroyed while in their possession.

Progress Codes Grades 4-8

Report Cards

Report cards are issued three times a year for students in K-8. All tuition, fees, and fines must be paid before the final report is issued.

Interim Reports will be issued at the mid-point in each semester if a student is doing less than satisfactory work (C– or S-). They will also be given if there is a radical change in a child’s performance.

A+       100-99
A          98-95
A-        94-93
B+       92-90
B          89-87
B-        86-85
C+       84-82
C         81-79
C-        78-77
D+       76-74 (below average)
D         73-72 (below average)
D-        71-70 (below average)
F          Failing (below 70)
I           Incomplete—Insufficient amount of work to determine grade, incomplete work must be made up within two weeks.

*Ability Adjusted Curriculum — Curriculum adjusted to meet special needs of students.

Effort Grade (Grades 1-8)

  1. Satisfactory

  2. Needs Improvement

 

The effort grade includes the following general criteria:

  • Completion of assigned work on time

  • Attention to task

  • Participation in class

  • Neatness of work

Progress Code Grades 1-3​

S+     Strong Progress (100-93)
S       Satisfactory Progress (92-85)
S-      Slightly Below Satisfactory Progress (84-77)
N      Needs Time/Experience/Improvement (76-70)
U       Unsatisfactory Progress (below 69)

*Ability Adjusted Curriculum*

Progress Code Kindergarten

4 – Consistently Demonstrates/Exceeds Proficiency

3 – Frequently Demonstrates Proficiency

2 – Progressing Toward Proficiency

1 – Demonstrates Limited Progress Toward Proficiency

N/A – Not Assessed This Grading Period

Homework

Homework is an outgrowth of class work. The amount of time a student spends on homework will vary from student to student, but the following serves as an approximate guide:

  • Kindergarten: 10 minutes per night

  • Grade 1: 20 minutes per night

  • Grades 2 and 3: 30 minutes per night

  • Grades 4, 5, and 6: 45-60 minutes per night

  • Grades 7 and 8: 60-90 minutes per night

Updated: June 17, 2019

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About St. Helen School

Since its opening in 1954, St. Helen School strives to promote the spiritual and intellectual development of every student.  First in the State of Ohio to be certified as a Virtue Based Restorative Discipline School, students are educated in the Catholic Faith, prepared for the sacraments, and attend weekly Mass. St. Helen, located in Riverside, Ohio, is a community that celebrates diversity and welcomes families from areas including BeavercreekDaytonFairbornHuber HeightsRiverside, and military families from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.