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Special Programs/Activities

Special Programs/Activities


  • Art:  The art curriculum for primary and middle school grades is the introduction to various media and artistic styles used to create art.  This course is designed to enrich the lives of its participants through discovery and creative problem solving.  As our students progress a goal is the development of awareness, appreciation of art, the visual experience and limitless creative paths in which art contributes to society.

  •  Band: The band program at St. Raphael Catholic School is now in its 11th year.  There are two bands in the program.  Band one is the beginning band which is composed of 5th grade students.  Band two is the advanced band  which is composed of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The beginning band performs only at our Spring Concert during the school year. The advanced band performs at our schools Christmas presentation and Spring Concert
  • Music:  Music class at St. Raphael School is for students in Pre-Kinder through Fifth grades.  Each section of each grade comes to music once a week for one half hour.  We spend part of every class learning songs for Mass or for Student Programs.  The remainder of the time is spent on learning basic musical concepts on a level appropriate to each age.  These concepts include beat, rhythm, pitch, melody, mood, tone color, dynamics, form, style, tonality, and harmony.  We listen to musical selections to illustrate each concept, and also learn to identify the instruments we hear.  We learn to sing many folk songs from around the world with which students can practice each concept.  We perform a lot of movements with our songs, and several times during the year we play rhythm instruments with them.  Fifth graders spend much of their time in music class learning to play the recorder, a simple flute-like instrument.  They learn to play and read familiar folk songs on the treble staff.  We have an enjoyable time in music class learning how to praise our God and how to better express ourselves through song.

  •  Spanish Language Program:  Currently in our classes, we are going thru vocabulary, conversational exercises, as well as phrases according to the student’s grade.  In addition we have touched briefly on traditions, history and cultural information primarily of Mexico.  We strive to give students a general and basic understanding of what the Spanish language is all about.

  • Spelling Bee: The Spelling Bee at St. Raphael is a great opportunity for students to challenge themselves in an intellectual manner.  While the traditional classroom spelling bees have students competing against the same students week after week, the school spelling bee welcomes challengers from 3rd all the way to 8th.  Some may not believe that these events can get exciting or even get the blood pumping like sports do, but they are indeed wrong.  Spelling bees of the past here at St. Raphael have seen younger students upset some of their older counterparts.  There have also been times where the students go back and forth for quite a while.  Our most recent spelling bee took a whopping 3 and a half hours with a tie between a 4th and 5th grader after 50 plus rounds!  We had to have a championship round the following day and even had the El Paso times come out to witness it.  Our champion Stephan Hatem was crowned roughly 10 minutes into the championship rounds.  He then went on to finish 29th in El Paso out of over 150 contestants from El Paso and Las Cruces public schools, as well as charter El Paso and New Mexico schools, and other parochial schools.  Spelling Bee is not your typical challenge, but it is one worth trying!