At each grade level, students are expected to recognize and make meaningful connections with the seven
Principles of Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Call to Family, Community, and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable; Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers; Solidarity; Care for God’s Creation.
The incorporation of these principles at each grade-level curriculum is accomplished by references to them throughout the school year in word problems, cooperative learning tasks, and teacher commentary, thereby providing our students with additional contexts for developing a deep appreciation for them.
Mathematics is recognized as a great example of the expansion of God’s gift of the human mind for the
betterment of all mankind. In today’s global society, we are challenged to fully understand and expand
mathematical accomplishments to assure a peaceful, productive and more equitable world. Everyday lives
are increasingly mathematical and technological. Understanding and applying quantitative skills and
solving real-life problems are essential educational goals for all students, regardless of heritage, language,
aptitude, talents, needs, or interests. Therefore, all students must be given the opportunity to learn and
understand mathematical concepts. Teaching strategies and learning experiences are varied, meaningful and engaging to students.
In our increasingly technological world, students need to be exposed to and know how to correctly use new
tools, communication media and technology to solve cross-curricular mathematical problems. Technology,
however, is not a substitute for the understanding of concepts. Mastery of computational skills is expected to be accomplished at the appropriate grade level as outlined in the objectives. It is through communication and collaboration that we will advance our students towards a deeper appreciation and knowledge of mathematics.