Overview

Southminster School's elementary program began in 1999 with an initial kindergarten class. The school has expanded through sixth grade and also includes our pre-kindergarten classes and bridge. The safety of our students is a top priority. All school staff, substitutes, and after-school providers are background checked and fingerprinted. Our low student-to-teacher ratio, coupled with teacher expertise, further students' successes in our challenging, multi-sensory program. Should you have questions regarding Elementary classes, contact

Tiera Pennix, Head of School.



ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Southminster School requires that each elementary teacher complete teacher training and hold a teaching certificate. Two of our elementary teachers also have Masters Degrees in specialty areas. Each teacher meets the required CEUs for their teaching certificate as well as the 15 hours of training prior to the beginning of the school year. Teachers are trained in CPR/First Aid, and AED through the American Red Cross. Southminster teachers have various years of teaching experience from first year teachers to those with more than 25 years of experience. Each teacher is a Christian who is committed to developing students mind, spirit, and body. 


ELEMENTARY OUTCLASS TEACHERS

These degreed teachers each specialize in the area that they teach in addition to having general teaching experience. These individuals work hand in hand with the classroom teachers to combine their specialties with the specific needs of the classroom. 


CHAPEL

Chapel and Christian Education are an integral part of the Christ-based learning experience offered at Southminster School. Children of all faiths are warmly welcomed at Southminster School and all participate in chapel services. The services and class lessons teach the children how to apply and incorporate scripture in daily living. 


The elementary students begin and end the week with a chapel service. Each service is an opportunity for the students to worship, pray, and enjoy Christian music together. During chapel they study church history, Bible heroes from the Old and New Testaments, and the life and works of Jesus Christ. Each child has the opportunity to serve as an acolyte during a service. The children begin learning Bible verses as bridge students and continue throughout their elementary school years. Prayers, verses and affirmations of faith are discussed and offer students a foundation of faith that help them develop strength of character.

classes

Below is a list of classes offered, school hours, and requirements for new students entering Southminster's Elementary program.


Pre-Kindergarten (4-year-olds)

Hours: 9:00 am until 2:00 pm

Must be toilet trained by the start of school

Onsite testing

School uniform required


Bridge

Hours: 8:00 am until 2:00 pm

Onsite testing

Teacher recommendation

School uniform required


Kindergarten through Second Grade

Hours: 8:00 am until 3:15 pm

Onsite testing

School uniform required


Third through Sixth Grade

Hours: 8:00 am until 3:15 pm

Successful completion of prior school year

Informal interview conducted by Head of School with parent and child

Onsite testing

Transcripts from previously attended schools

School uniform required


After school activities are offered to our school families as an additional service in a convenient, safe environment. These classes are taught by outside vendors on Southminster School's campus.  


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    Elementary Music and German

    The elementary music program is lead by Mrs. Gabriele Hodges. The children sing more complex pieces and are introduced to music theory and instruments. The children regularly perform at services of Southminster Church and in school programs. They also have to opportunity to audition for smaller ensembles which compete at ASCI competitions.


    Mrs. Hodges, a native of Germany, will also be conducting a German outclass for 5th and 6th graders. 


    Spanish/Latin/Sign Language

    Spanish lessons are a part of the weekly curriculum for students in Pre-K, bridge, and kindergarten through sixth grade. Beginning with basic vocabulary through more complex sentence structure and concepts, our Spanish teacher, Mrs. Julie Ruiz, uses song and visual aids to impart a multi-sensory lesson. Elementary students in second through sixth grade are tested and graded on the course work presented to them. Mrs. Ruiz will teach the 5th and 6th graders Latin and Sign Language. 


    Physical Education

    The elementary Physical Education program is for all students from PreK through 5th grade. Mrs. Beth Spearman will be teaching PE to the students three days a week.  


    Computer Technology

    Each elementary class, grades PreK-5th receives computer technology instruction weekly from Mrs. Maria Botti. Mrs. Botti focuses on beginning computer skills, keyboarding, computer terminology, Internet Safety and much more. All lessons are taught using a Google Chromebook which runs off Google Apps for Education and is completely web based. Using their personal Google Accounts students will create charts, graphs and Google Presentations. Students will also conduct internet searches and participate in document sharing . Objectives from the classroom will also be reinforced in the computer lab.


    Library

    Every week our students have an opportunity to go to the library and check out new books. Mrs. Blaha reads stories with them, teaches lessons on how to choose appropriate books based on interest and reading ability, concepts of print, and a variety of other book-based skills.