We have a fantastic art program that teaches children stylistic art by studying the periods of art and art history. Each student works on a number of projects yearly to include working in the style of manner of the masters. These creations are proudly displayed every May at our Holy Cross Art Show. Children come with families to show their art work and explain the process. Monthly our children's work is displayed in the front hallway of the school. Students also get to work in clay media and we fire the work in our own kiln.
Music at Holy Cross
All students at Holy Cross have music classes once a week, and students in grade three, and interested students in grades four, five and middle school participate in the school choir which practices once a week, and sings for all school Masses. The school choir sometimes participates in Sunday morning Masses during the school year.
The music program at Holy Cross explores the basic elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and tone color. All of these components depend
Drama productions are developed in conjunction with different school themes, holidays and celebrations. These productions are at times part of course curriculum and at other times extra-curricular.
OM - Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking "outside of the box." While conventional thinking has an important place in a well-rounded education, students need to learn how to think creatively and productively.
By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime.
Holy Cross School has participated in Odyssey of the Mind for the last fourteen years. We have been fortunate to send students to compete at the World level for nine of those fourteen years, enabling them great success in their academic futures.