Ancillary Classes

Computer Literacy

St. Ambrose has a full computer lab with 30 computers and an interactive whiteboard.

  • Pre-K Classes: Students in Pre-K learn to manipulate the mouse, location of letters on the keyboard, practice the appropriate way to handle the keyboard, start typing name, learn computer vocabulary terms, learn how to open programs, create digital stories using Tux Paint.   Students build literacy and math skills through computer games.
  • Kinder and First Grades: Classes learn to manipulate the mouse, location of letters on the keyboard, practice the appropriate way to handle the keyboard, learn computer vocabulary terms, create digital stories using Tux Paint, learn Microsoft Word, start creating and typing simple sentences using sight words, and are able to change font size and color. Students learn how to open and access programs and websites. Students build literacy and math skill through computer games.
  • Second and Third Grades: Classes begin learning typing skills and finger placement, open and access programs and websites, troubleshooting skills, learn computer vocabulary terms, create and type paragraph, fixing errors, inserting graphics, print and save files in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Students learn about different types of computers, Internet safety and digital citizenship, research using the Internet, create digital stories and videos through different multimedia software.
  • Fourth and Fifth Grades: Classes continue improving typing skills and finger placement, open and access programs and websites, troubleshooting skills, learn computer vocabulary terms and computer system, create and type papers, fixing errors, inserting graphics, and print and save files in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Students learn Internet safety and digital citizenship, research using the Internet, create digital stories and videos through different multimedia software, and creating websites.
  • Sixth – Eighth Grades: Classes continue improving typing skills and finger placement (sixth typing 30 wpm, seventh typing 35 wpm, & eighth typing 40 wpm), open and access programs and websites, troubleshooting skills, learn computer vocabulary terms and computer system, create and type papers, fixing errors, inserting graphics, print and save files in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Students learn Internet safety, copyright laws, and digital citizenship, research, cite, and create projects using the Internet, create digital stories and videos through different multimedia software, and working on blogs, wikis, and online course management systems.
Fine Arts

Grades third through eighth have Art class once a week. Classes focus on using their imagination to create “Art.” They are introduced to the elements of art: shape, line, color, and texture. In addition to art, students may join one of several fine arts clubs. Read more information about these on the Clubs & Organization page found here.

Music

The children attend class in the Music room and may also take part in a children’s choir and the bell choir. Each grade sings as a choir for at least one Mass each semester.

  • Pre-K – First grade : Students learn to sing songs for Church, school and fun. They learn to clap in time, march, use a few rhythm instruments and work with others to make wonderful music.
  • Second & Third grades: These classes study the different musical instruments how they sound and what they look like. They learn to read music, play a recorder and other instruments.
  • Fourth & Fifth grades: These classes are learning the basic theory of music: reading, writing and rhythm. Learning to play hand bells is the challenge for the spring semester.
Spanish

St. Ambrose has a Spanish lab located in a loft area of the gym.  It has a sound system with head phones for conversational Spanish.

  • Pre-K – Kindergarten: Students meet 30 minutes once a week.  Basic expressions, songs, and vocabulary are taught.  The children become familiar with the language.
  • First – Fifth grades: Classes meet 40 minutes once or twice a week. Basic expressions are taught, commands, nouns(feminine & masculine), definite and indefinite articles, sentence structure, basic vocabulary such as parts of the body, days of the week, colors, numbers, etc. are covered.
  • Sixth – Eighth grades: Jr. High meets 40 minutes twice a week.  Conversation, listening, translation, reading, conjugation of regular and irregular verbs in present tense, and sentence structure are developed.