National Blue Ribbon Award
For Excellence 2001 | 2015

Junior High

Grades 7–8

In Junior High, we elevate student learning to prepare each child for high school. We push each student to reach their full potential by differentiating instruction. In Math, we challenge our students to be problem solvers and offer multiple class levels including Algebra I. In Science, we use Discovery Education Science which is aligned with the current Next Generation Science Standards. We encourage higher level thinking and application through weekly hands-on science experiments. Students participate in the regional, district, and state science fairs. In Language Arts, the junior high concentrates on critical thinking and writing in response to literature, as well as essay writing according to the MLA format.

In Social Studies, students learn about events and important people who have helped shape America through simulations, class discussions, and examinations of primary sources. Students also participate in the National History Day Project and the Diocesan Academic Competition.

Through these experiences, St Pius X students will gain the knowledge and resources needed to prepare them for high school.

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.

Eighth graders take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) in mid December at the high school they plan on attending. St. Pius X offers preparation for this test beginning in September.

Grade 7: Meet Our Teachers

Ms. Ashley Stacey

English/Writing
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BA, Middle Grades Education, Math and English, Northern Kentucky University

Mrs. Brianne Donelan

Mathematics
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BA, Psychology, Thomas More College
MA, Mathematics Grades 5-9, Northern Kentucky University

Ms. Claire Wurtenberger

Science
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BA, Middle School Education, Math and Science, University of Kentucky

Grade 8: Meet Our Teachers

Mrs. Pamela Fitzpatrick

Reading
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BA, English, Northern Kentucky University
MA, Secondary Education, Northern Kentucky University

Mrs. Tina Koch

Social Studies
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BS, Special Education, Northern Kentucky University
MA, Elementary Education, Northern Kentucky University

Mrs. Karen Henson

Religion
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BBA, Marketing, Eastern Kentucky University
Advanced Catechetical Certification, Diocese of Covington