Welcome to First Grade at St. Michael School!
Our first graders at St. Michael School come brimming with enthusiasm and an excitement to learn and make new friends. Our classrooms provide a safe, rich learning environment with challenges every day so that each child can reach their full potential.
Religion is the core of our school. Besides having religion class every day, we attend weekly Mass on Fridays. Our curriculum includes SuperKids, that is a fun friendly language arts program. The children not only learn reading, spelling and grammar skills, but the stories incorporate life lessons that they can use on a daily basis. Technology has become integrated into our classrooms. We use laptops and iPads during our center times. The children have embraced this exciting way of learning.
The children not only learn reading, spelling and grammar skills, but the stories incorporate life lessons that they can use on a daily basis.
During the Christmas season, the first graders make Gingerbread Houses. This tradition is more than 20 years old! The students also have the opportunity to make Lenten pretzels and eat their delicious creations during snack time.
SMILES is a shared reading program with adult volunteers. Each student has a partner to read with twice a month. This program has been a blessing to our school for more than 25 years.
All first graders have the opportunity to join K-Kids that is a Kiwanis based organization working to help in the community.
Something special happens on Thursday afternoons at the St. Basil Campus of St. Michael School. At individual tables in a quiet room, young children and older adults explore new lands, think deep thoughts and chuckle over silly misadventures – all through the magic of reading.
The SMILES Reading Program is a longstanding, treasured St. Michael School tradition. First graders are paired with adult volunteers from the community – senior citizens, retired teachers, grandparents, and godparents – to practice their newly emerging reading skills. The children are presented with a wide variety of books so they can make selections based on their interests and skill levels. They earn stickers and smiles for each book read. "It is a unique opportunity to practice their reading in a positive, encouraging atmosphere with one-on-one attention from a dedicated volunteer," said Principal Mrs. Margaret Campisi.
For more than 25 years, SMILES has been run by parent volunteers. Nancy Peters was the school's "SMILES Lady" for more than 12 of those years. "She was beloved by our volunteers, faculty and students for her enthusiasm, dedication, welcoming spirit and a megawatt smile that lifted your heart and lit up the room," said Parent Volunteer Erin Sobecks.
Nancy passed away very unexpectedly several years ago. On July 14, 2014 Nancy's daughter, Laura Peters of Brecksville, married Eric Sidol of North Royalton. In lieu of favors at their reception, Laura, Eric and Nancy's husband, Mike, made a generous donation of books and stickers to SMILES in honor of Nancy. Laura is a kindergarten teacher and Eric is a high school science teacher so their book selections were fantastic – targeted specifically for early readers and reflecting their personal interests in education and science. "We at St. Michael's are so grateful for their continued support of SMILES and wish Laura and Eric joy and happiness in their marriage," said Sobecks. "Nancy Peters was and will forever be a St. Michael's Angel. Her spirit and legacy lives on at SMILES."