Here at Holy Spirit School, our mission is to provide students with an excellent academic program in a value-centered atmosphere which instills in the community Christ-centered moral values. We accomplish this through our dedicated faculty and staff, cutting edge curriculum and grounded moral teachings. For over 50 years, we have been educating the whole-child: academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally. We are very proud of the many accomplishments of our students and know that we will continue to prepare all of our students for high school, college and beyond!
Our enriching Pre-K 3 program is designed to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of each child. The program for three-year olds focuses on presenting letters, shapes, colors, and holiday themes in a structured and nurturing environment. Students in our Pre- K 3 program take part in our P.E. and Library program, have opportunities for Music and Movement, and participate in community service projects. We recognize that each child is a gift from God!
Our Pre-K 4 program focuses on teaching the whole child in the areas of language, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development. Students engage in learning activities that focus on English Language Arts (ELA) and Math skills that prepare them for the Kindergarten classroom. Classes in P.E., Music, Spanish, Art, and Library are all a part of their weekly schedule.
Our Pre-K programs include:
- Large-group, small-group, and one-on-one instruction
- Faith Formation lessons and activities
- Opportunities for outdoor play
- Field trips and special in-school events
- Technology-integrated classroom instruction in the Pre-K 4 classrooms
- Learning centers (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies)
- Activities with the K-8 community such as Reading Buddies, Ice Cream Social, Thanksgiving Brunch, 50th and 100th day celebrations
- Service projects (Food Drive, Mitten Tree, Project Cameron's Story, Crafts for the Seniors)
- Extended care and vacation camps available
Holy Spirit Elementary School nurtures the whole child by fostering each child’s individual academic, social, emotional and spiritual growth. Here, each student’s gifts are respected as he or she grows, developing independence as a life-long learner, reader, writer, and problem solver.
Holy Spirit School prepares students for success with a rigorous and comprehensive academic program. Students participate in authentic learning experiences to develop literacy through all of the core subjects — Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science — following the New York State Common Core learning standards. Students also participate in Spanish, Music, Art, Library, Technology, and Physical Education classes on a weekly basis.
At Holy Spirit, we prepare students to meet the challenges of life through the use of technology (interactive SMARTboards, tablets, and iPads), through group problem solving, and differentiated learning stations. Our teachers model a lifelong love of learning by seeking new and innovative strategies to engage today’s child. Students are treated with love and compassion as individuals and are encouraged to think critically in a setting that promotes our cherished Catholic values.
- After Care
- School Banking
- Make it! Bake it! Take it!
- Reading Buddies
- Field trips
- Guest Speakers (i.e. AAA Otto the Auto, Dental Health Visit)
- Opportunities to lead and participate in liturgies and prayer services
- Opportunities to celebrate the sacraments
- Girl Scouts
Holy Spirit Middle School is committed to developing a safe, nurturing, and academically rigorous environment for early adolescent students. Our environment fosters academic growth, creative thinking, respect, and a genuine responsibility. Our religious education program offers space for all children to grow and form faith. Our teachers strive to teach through meaningful instruction that encourages students to think critically and apply knowledge in all subject areas.
There are a variety of courses offered at the middle school level to challenge our students to become well-rounded individuals. In addition to core subjects in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts, we offer Regents-level Algebra and Earth Science. We take pride in our Spanish, Religion, Music, Art, Physical Education, Health, and Library/Technology classes.
To complement our strong academics, the Holy Spirit Middle School student has the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, such as:
- Reading Buddies Program
- Spelling Bee
- Opportunities to receive the Sacraments
- Opportunities to participate in weekly prayer services and monthly liturgies
- Community Service Projects
- Catholic Schools Week Activities
- Field Trips
- Leadership Opportunities
- STEM Opportunities
- Student of the Month
- School Banking
- Homework Haven
- Student Council
Our Special Subject areas include classes in Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Library and Technology. Students in preschool through eighth grade visit each special at least once weekly. The goals of our special area subjects strive to:
- create enthusiastic and lifelong learners
- meet the needs of every learner
- promote the value of reading, music, movement, art, technology, and wellness
- make learning a positive experience
- encourage each child's potential for growth
- recognize and cultivate each student's giftedness
- collaborate with the school community to create a relevant learning experience
Student Council at Holy Spirit School comprises an energetic and highly motivated group of students in grades 5-8. Students are chosen in a Middle School Wide election. The students take a leadership role in the school and help to foster strong connections to the larger community. Many fundraisers and community activities are supported by the Student Council. Recent organizations that have received donations raised by or volunteer hours are the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, The Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Project: Cameron's Story, Holy Spirit Parish and CoNSERNS-U. Our goal is to share our energy and faith through the good deeds we do.
Girl Scouts "builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place." It is the goal of our Holy Spirit School Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scout troops to provide each member with opportunities to develop leadership skills, strong morals, and much more. The troops are coordinated by parent volunteers and meeting dates and times can be found on the school calendar.
Holy Spirit School offers basketball teams for both boys and girls in grades 3-8 depending on numbers. Our 3-4 grade teams generally practice 2 times per week and play games with local teams on the weekends. Our grades 5-8 programs participate in the Troy CYO basketball league. Practices are usually twice per week with games on the weekends. Game scheduling is done through the CYO program. The basketball practices generally begin at the end of October or beginning of November and run through March. During Catholic Schools Week, Holy Spirit holds its annual basketball tournament.
Holy Spirit School offers co-ed soccer for grades 5-8 as members of the Friendship League (St. Pius, Menands, St. Gregory’s, Doane Stuart, Montasori, and Brighter Choice Boys). Practices are held at the Greenbush Soccer Fields on Phillips Road in East Greenbush, where our home games are also played. The soccer season begins in September and runs through October.
Holy Spirit track is co-ed and is open to grades 4-8. Track meets are held on Tuesdays in May at Rensselaer High School with many events represented. Members of the Friendship League also participate. The Championship meet usually takes place at the end of May.
Students (gr. 3-8) interested in playing an instrument receive lessons in small groups on Mondays during time periods that are flexible so that academic time is not impacted. The instruments involved in the school band include: Bells, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Drums, as well as many background instruments. Instruments are available through rental or purchase. The school band participates in the Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert.
Chorus consists of students in grades 5-8. We rehearse during our music periods. The Chorus performs songs with many opportunities for solos and advanced harmonies. The Chorus performs at the Christmas concert and at Eighth Grade Graduation.
Holy Spirit School puts on several drama productions depending on numbers and interest. Over the past several years, our third and fourth grade students have presented A Christmas Carol. Recent productions for our 4-8 Drama club include Mulan, Cinderella, and Annie. Starting with a talent show open to all K-8 students in the 2013-14 school year, we are alternating yearly between a Grades 4-8 drama production and a Talent Show.
Holy Spirit School is the only school in the diocese with a handbell choir. We have two performing groups, a beginning group and an advanced one. The beginning class consists of second grade students, and the advanced group is for third and fourth graders. Both groups perform at the Christmas concert and the spring concert. Playing handbells helps with note and rhythm reading, and gives students the joy of making beautiful music in a group setting with friends.
Each week, students have an opportunity to participate in our school banking program through Capital Communications FCU. This is a great opportunity for students to learn financial responsibility from a young age. For more information, please email Mrs. Spain at email@example.com
Each Friday, students in the middle school can participate in our Gaming Club. This club utilizes our dual TV screen and Playstation 4 system in the library, our computer lab, and the video games, electronics, and board games students bring in to create an atmosphere of fun and fellowship. For more information, email Mr. Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each quarter, our middle school students are invited to participate in an Activity Night. Activity Nights include music, games, movies, food, and fun. These nights are a great chance for students to have fun with their classmates. We encourage students to attend, and parents to participate.