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ELECTIVES AND ENRICHMENT

Pre-Kindergarten through third grade students participate in enrichment classes in the areas of Art, Spanish, Physical Education and Music.  Students in PreK -third grades learn the basic elements of art, various media, and techniques in their art classes while exploring the world of foreign language in Spanish class.  Physical Education provides students the opportunity to develop gross motor skills which assist in the development of foundational skills for sports. PreK through third grade students also enjoy music enrichment learning the basics of rhythm and harmony.
Our fourth graders participate in Art, PE, Music and a special fourth grade elective focusing on technology, executive functioning skills and integrating “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (Stephen Covey) into their school days.

Upon entering fifth grade, students are able to select electives which may be of interest to them.  Physical Education classes remain a part of each student’s curriculum through eighth grade, but students are also able to discover and develop their interests and gifts.  Spanish, Art, Music, Band, Video Broadcasting/Production, Algebra I and Robotics and Programming  

electives are available to St. Pius fifth through eighth graders.  

Three levels of Spanish are offered to those interested in furthering their knowledge of Spanish. Those who have enjoyed their art classes in earlier years may take Basic Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Painting then Liturgical Art, respectively, in fifth through eighth grades.   For those interested in music, Chorus is offered to 5th and 6th graders with Musical Theatre offered to 7th and 8th graders who are interested in developing their musical talent while learning more about choreography, staging and performing.  Being a part of the SPES Beginning Band is something 5th graders may choose to do with Intermediate and Advanced Band offered to 6th -8th graders respectively. 

For students with an interest in science, LEGO Robotics and Programming courses are the next steps for 7th and 8th graders.  Eighth grade math students who qualify may also choose to apply for Algebra I which, if successfully completed, will earn the student a Carnegie Unit for High School credit.  Spanish students who take Spanish in 7th and 8th grade can also qualify for a Carnegie Unit for High School credit for Spanish I. 

Last but certainly not least, aspiring videographers may apply for the Video Production and Broadcasting class which has become known for its creation and production of the St. Pius New Network (SPNN) broadcasts which air internally and are posted on this website.