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 uses the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment for kindergarten through eighth grade students. The MAP assessment was introduced by the Diocese of Covington and is administered to students three times a year. Test results are reported to parents and are used throughout the year to design student instruction and to study the strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum. Test results are also used to ability group 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, Teaching 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
MA, Educational Technology, University of Cumberlands

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, Elementary Education, LBD Certification, Northern Kentucky University
MA, Special Education, Northern Kentucky University
Advanced Catechetical Certification

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