Course of Study
Teachers are responsible for curriculum-driven instruction, knowledge of grade-level curriculum, and awareness of the total Diocesan curriculum. The Principal and Assistant Principals are responsible for overseeing curriculum implementation.
Technology is integrated across the curriculum for grades K-8. While there are no formal weekly classes, teachers may reserve lab time, where there are 28 computers, to work on technology skills or projects. In addition to the main computer lab, there are iPads in grades K-2, portable laptop labs in grades 3-4 and Chrome Books for each student in grades 5-8. SMART Boards are located in every classroom K-8th grade and in the art, music and Spanish classrooms. Digital Citizenship and Online Safety lessons are required for all classes K-8 and follow the www.commonsensemedia.org curriculum.
Methods of Instruction
The methods of instruction used at TFS are in keeping with the needs of the individual students and the basic philosophy of Catholic education. These methods include, but are not limited to, small and large group instruction, cooperative learning, and hands-on activities.
Textbook selection is made by TFS based upon recommendations of the Catholic Schools Office. Textbooks are in full conformity with Church and Diocesan guidelines. Each textbook selected supports the Diocesan-defined curriculum and Catholic Christian teachings.
Each year at Commencement TFS recognizes the singular achievements of a few students whose unusual combination of gifts – and their sharing of those gifts –has made a particular difference in the life of this community.
The TFS Citizenship Award is made to that 8th Grade student who, through his or her example and often quiet, behind-the-scenes leadership and good will, has made TFS a better place to live, work, worship, and learn.
The Franciscan Awards
The Commencement of each TFS 8th grade class is recognition that their faith journey and their lifelong journey of learning have reached a milestone but still have only just begun. The TFS Commencement is thus a sending-out of our 8th graders into the world to continue to develop and share their gifts.
TFS has a full day of simple and dignified Commencement activities to mark a rite of passage for the 8th Grade Class and for the entire Franciscan School community. Commencement is held on the Wednesday prior to Memorial Day weekend so that the families can celebrate their 8th graders transition to high school over the holiday weekend with extended family.
On Commencement Day we celebrate a Baccalaureate Mass for the entire TFS community (all grades) in the Church. Parents, friends, and family of the 8th grade class are invited to attend. Attire at the Mass and during the day is regular school uniforms for all 8th graders.
The Baccalaureate Mass is followed by the traditional Alumni Ceremony and clap-out of the graduates in the TFS gym following the Alumni Ceremony. Parents and friends are welcome at all morning events following Mass.
Commencement exercises, marked by the awarding of TFS diplomas and San Damiano crosses, are held that same evening in the Church. Students arrive at church early for a class photo on the Church steps and to prepare for the procession into the Church. Details regarding both the details of Commencement Day and dress requirements are sent to families in March.
Commencement is a not a graduation but is a ceremony marking the ending of their time at TFS. It is a celebration of their accomplishment and recognition of all they and their families have given to our community. We wish all of our students much success, and, while we will miss them all, we are confident they are all heading towards bright futures in high school and beyond as Franciscan emissaries of our Faith.