Student life… the mind, the spirit – and much more.
Activities in and outside of the classroom play a critical role in the overall educational development of a child. Through many programs and services offered at Morning Star School, we provide students with opportunities to enjoy learning. Our many programs, clubs, programs and activities enable students to work in groups, learn about the arts, be physically challenged and spiritually engaged. Our goal is to help students get the the most out of their learning experiences while inspiring them to achieve wellness and success!
Founded in 1988 by Bette Fetter, Young Rembrandts has become a recognized leader in art education. What began as one person, working with children at home, has developed into an international franchise business with franchisees who teach drawing to thousands of students every week. Fetter applied her fine arts education and background in child development to create an original, step-by-step method to teach children drawing, the fundamental skill of all visual arts.
What Research and Education experts say about the Young Rembrandts program…
There is a significant correlation between involvement in the arts and achievement in the classroom. Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization, and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills. Their original curriculum introduces concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge their visual vocabularies, enrich their imaginations and their minds.
To provide the best comprehensive education possible, Morning Star School is proud to offer a program of instrumental music and band. Anyone can learn to play an instrument; and, it is fun and rewarding. The program will give an insight into the art of music, contribute to education, and help develop self-confidence and creativity, social, spiritual, and cultural skills better than any other subject. It also provides an opportunity for success for those students who have difficulty with other aspects of the school curriculum, especially math and reading. In short, this experience will help your child get the best out of life.
The first Friday of each month is STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) day at Morning Star School. Students participate in activities designed to solve twenty-first century, real-world problems. This year our STEM program is focused on building water filters and pollinators.
Math lab is offered quarterly for students in Intermediate 3 through Junior High 4. This program focuses on Basic math skills, pre-algebra, and problem solving.
Does your child love to talk? Would they like to compete with other students to deliver a wonderful speech? If you answered yes, then Morning Star’s Speech Club is for them! By participating in Speech Club students will learn life-long speech skills, gain self-confidence and have the opportunity to compete in the diocesan Modern Woodmen Speech Contest.
Morning Star School is proud to be a safe-haven for students with learning differences. Through workshops and life skills classes students are taught to recognize and report Bully behavior. The program explains types of bullying, where and when it is most likely to take place, and one of the more important aspects of bullying: how to deal and understand one’s feelings. Our Bully Prevention Classes focus on learning personal safety skills that will prevent our students from becoming victims of bullying.
Morning Star is proud to partner with Christ the King Catholic School to give our students the opportunity to participate in the diocesan athletic programs. Our students are invited to try out and participate in all competitive athletic programs offered by Christ the King.
Morning Star School is excited and grateful for the opportunity to integrate Pet Therapy into the services we offer. Our service dog services are provided through Project Chance and the HEAL foundation.
Through the care and nurturing of a therapy dog, our students learn responsibility and independence. We have seen a vast improvement in language skills of our students which has led to increased and improved social interactions with others. Nova provides a calm and safe place for students with anxiety disorders. Students and parents have reported fewer issues with anxiety and we have documented fewer absences with our students with anxiety disorders.
Many of our students are reluctant readers who do not read aloud. Our wonderful service dogs provide an opportunity for these students to practice their reading skills in a non-judgmental situation. Those who did not read aloud in class before, now volunteer to read, as they sit next to their canine friend. Reading fluency and comprehension is improved as reluctant readers are now excited to read.
Each year Morning Star students present a musical production. This musical presentation is the culmination of months of hard work giving our students the opportunity to share their talents with family and friends. We encourage all students to participate either on-stage or behind the scenes.
In accordance with our mission to provide a Catholic educational program to the children attending Morning Star, it is required that all students participate in religion classes, liturgical celebrations, daily prayer experiences, and all other religious-oriented aspects of the school program. This includes, but is not limited to, making the sign of the cross, genuflecting, receiving ashes, singing religious songs, receiving a blessing from the priest, and attending and participating in all liturgies, Masses, and prayer services. Students may participate in sacramental Preparation programs based on Diocesan guidelines.
“My child transferred here from public school. He used to hate school. Morning Star accepted his different learning style, and adapted to him, instead of expecting every child to learn the same. The teachers and staff really care and the school is like a family.”Submitted by a Parent
“My daughter was invited to her very first birthday party yesterday. It was so nice to be around the parents of the kids in her class. For the first time ever I felt 100% comfortable with the other children and parents we were surrounded by. I didn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed if she did something inappropriate, or she wasn’t communicating at the level of other children her age. I was in the presence of parents who not only understood but sympathized with our daily struggles. I was able to have an amazing connection with parents of other children with special needs. I will be forever thankful to Morning Star School for the opportunity, not only for my daughter, but for me, so thank you.”C.L.C., Parent