IXL Math and Language Arts Program
For all Grades PreK3 through 8th, the math curriculum includes a supplemental online program called “IXL.” This online program provides reinforcement for the math concepts being taught in class and math enrichment in a wide range of age-appropriate topics. We have recently added the Language Arts program for grades 2 – 8.
IXL Update, August 2016
The Diocese of Dallas has made a deal with the company that supplies IXL (our math and language arts online reinforcement program) to provide IXL to multiple schools in the diocese. This lowers the cost to our school, but it also means that, beginning next week, we will change the web address that we use to login to IXL.
Today, we get to IXL here: http://www.ixl.com/signin/spsdfw
Beginning Tuesday afternoon, we will login here: http://www.ixl.com/signin/rcdd (The “rcdd” is an abbreviation for Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas.) Beginning next Tuesday afternoon (8/30), if the process goes as planned, IXL will move all of our SPS student data to the new Dallas Diocese portal.
IXL has assured us that our student records (usernames and passwords and all accomplishments) will not be changed; only the login address will change.
We at SPS will change all of the links on the school website to point to the new address. However, for those students that use IXL from an “app” on a tablet or phone, please remember that the student’s username includes the address, so the usernames for logging in from an app will need to include @rcdd
For example, on an iPad, bakerb@spsdfw will become bakerb@rcdd
DECATS (Grades 3-8)
Junior DECATS is sponsored through the DeBusk Enrichment Center for the Academically Talented Student. This three week summer program takes place in June. It targets students in grades 3-5 who are identified as the top 5% academically. Students are nominated in the fall by Saint Paul staff based on ITBS results. The determination of admission to the program is made by DECATS.
Senior DECATS is a summer program targeting students in grades 6-8 who are identified as the top 5% academically. This three week summer program takes place in June. Students are nominated in the fall by their Saint Paul teachers based on ITBS scores as well as achievement in art, drama, or music. The determination of admission to the program is made by DECATS.
In November - (Grades 4-8) - Each homeroom or English class will conduct a classroom spelling bee in November. Two winners from grades 4-8 (total of 10 students) will compete in the school wide bee in mid-December. The winner of the school spelling bee will represent Saint Paul School in the Diocesan bee in January. The alternate will also attend as a spectator as well as receive the study guide. The spelling bee coordinator will administer rules, study lists, and a suggested word list for in class bees. The coordinator will also provide the winner with the necessary lists to study for the Diocesan bee.
National Academic Quiz Tournament
What is the NAQT?
At the middle school level, quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for which players attend periodic practices and then represent their school at tournaments. Those tournaments may be based on the school's athletic conference, school district, county, or state.
Quiz bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of the middle school curriculum and also include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Quiz bowl can reinforce classroom lessons and also encourage players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas as well.
The two major aspects to a school's quiz bowl program are practicing and competing at tournaments.
National Jr. Honor Society (Grades 7-8)
National Junior Honor Society is a co-curricular opportunity that recognizes middle school students who demonstrate outstanding performance in each of the following areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character. This program provides the school an opportunity to recognize the academic, service, and leadership characteristics of students and, more importantly, engage participants in further leadership and service experiences aimed at nurturing and, in some cases, enhancing the spiritual, academic, and social goals of the school.