National Blue Ribbon Award
For Excellence 2001 | 2015

Intermediate

Grades 4-6

Students in the St. Pius intermediate grades apply the basic skills they have previously learned as the content areas become more in-depth. The students are now reading to learn as opposed to learning to read. More emphasis is placed on the learner’s responsibility for himself or herself, spiritually, academically, and personally.

The transition years between primary and junior high include increased use of technology. Students in grades 4 have 1:1 use of Chromebooks. Additionally at this level, students begin switching classes. This occurs for three subjects in 4th grade, all subjects in 5th grade, and all subjects including switching for leveled instruction in 6th grade. This allows more specialized instruction in the subject area.

Reaching all learners through differentiation is emphasized in the intermediate grades. Examples of this are the use of weekly experiments in Science and the availability of a Math resource teacher for the 4th and 5th grade math classes. All teachers offer after school study time for students who need additional review.

The goal of the St. Pius Intermediate curriculum is to prepare all students for success in junior high.

Standardized Testing

St. Pius X School follows the program set up by the Diocese of Covington, which is the TerraNova, 3rd Edition, and InView Test for grades 2- 7. These tests are usually administered in the spring. Test results are reported to parents and are used by faculty and administration to study the strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum. Test results may also be used for ability grouping of students in some academic areas.

Grade 4: Meet Our Teachers

Mrs. Mary Ann Halpin

Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies
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BA, Elementary Education - Thomas More College
MA, Elementary Education - Northern Kentucky University
Religion Teacher Certification, Advanced Level, Diocese of Covington

Mrs. Rosemary Vogt

Language Arts, Math, and Religion
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BA, Sociology/Education, Lehman College, City University of New York
MA, Elementary Education, Lehman College, City University of New York
Religion Teacher Certification, Advanced Level, Diocese of Covington

Ms. Clair Brunson

Language Arts, Math, and Science
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BS, Elementary Education, Xavier

Grade 5 & 6: Meet Our Teachers

Mrs. Jenny Bradhold

5th Grade Language Arts
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BS, Education, Shawnee State University

Mrs. Cecilia Noll Baker

Science
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BA, Elementary Education, Northern Kentucky University
MEd., Elementary Education, Northern Kentucky University
Environmental Education Endorsement, Northern Kentucky University
Non-formal Environmental Education Certification, Kentucky Environmental Education Council
Religion Teacher Certification, Basic Level, Diocese of Covington

Mrs. Amber D'Amico

Social Studies
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BA, History, Northern Kentucky University
MA, Middle Grades and Secondary Education, Morehead State University

Ms. Christy Wissman

6th Grade Language Arts
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BA, Middle Grades Education, Thomas More College Associate Degree, Spanish, Thomas More College

Mr. Jeff Slater

Math
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Bachelor Degree, Secondary Mathematics, Ball State University
Bachelor Degree, Information Processing, University of Cincinnati
Master’s Degree, Education, Northern Kentucky University
Certified teacher for STEM Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology
Religion Teacher Certification, General, Diocese of Covington

Mrs. Bridget McGee

Religion
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BA Education, Northern Kentucky University
MEd. Educational Administration Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
Resident Educator Mentor, Ohio Department of Education
Religion Teacher Certification Advanced, Archdiocese of Cincinnati