St. John Primary

The St. John Primary consists of Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grades where values of the Catholic faith are integrated with a high quality education. The faculty and staff, in partnership with parents, are committed to the religious and academic education of each child to his or her full potential.

Each child needs to experience instruction that promotes acceptance, tolerance, love, individuality, inquiry, and success. The child should also assume responsibility for his or her own education, understanding that education is a lifelong process.



Ryn Gautreau, Teacher
Sandra Miller, Instructional Assistant


Carrie Matassa, Teacher
Shelly Regira, Instructional Assistant


Kristen Acosta, Teacher
Jeanette Schexnaydre, Instructional Assistant


Gabi Scaffidi, Teacher
Marie Midence, Instructional Assistant


Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

St. John Primary’s Pre-Kindergarten is a full day program. The curriculum and developmental program is individualized to best meet each student’s needs. To enter Pre-Kindergarten, a student must be 4 years old by September 30th. Each student progresses with help and encouragement to explore and search for answers in a loving and structured environment. At St. John Primary, much emphasis is placed upon the students’ spiritual, as well as, academic development. Prayer experiences are provided as well as an increase of knowledge about God and friendship with Jesus through the use of “I Am Special” by the publisher Our Sunday Visitor. The academic program is guided by “The Letter People” curriculum. Students develop within a play oriented curriculum with emphasis on language arts, problem solving and acceptable social behavior. Creative experiences provide age appropriate opportunities for the students to explore, such as cooking, music and movement, constructive play, and various art projects. Teachers provide students with opportunities to discover, gather information, classify, organize materials, process information, make decisions and solve problems which reinforce the curriculum. Education field trips are taken throughout the year.

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Rochelle SanSoucie, Teacher
Dianne Arceneaux, Instructional Assistant


Mindi Gonzales, Teacher
Karin Naquin, Instructional Assistant


Lisa Thompson, Teacher
Paula Bourgeois, Instructional Assistant


Jeanne Wright, Teacher
Rachel Ruiz, Instructional Assistant


Kindergarten Curriculum

The Kindergarten program at St. John Primary is designed to provide students with a strong academic foundation in a Christ-centered environment. Emphasis is placed on Catholic faith values which are integrated throughout the curriculum, which includes Reading, Writing, and Number Sense. The religion curriculum is based on the Sadlier’s We Believe series which encourages the students to recognize life and religion as a whole. The Sadlier program gives the students the opportunity to develop as individuals and to gain an appreciation and respect for all of God’s creations. To help further develop the Catholic faith, students attend weekly mass and are exposed to prayer throughout each day.

The foundation for learning is set in an environment that provides basic reading, writing, math, science and social studies skills to ensure future academic success. The students participate in many activities throughout the day that include whole group instruction, small group instruction, peer collaboration, and learning centers that promote independent learning. Teachers provide opportunities for students to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create. The Kindergarten Curriculum is enriched with weekly music, computer, P.E. and library classes. To enter Kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by September 30th.

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First Grade


Trena Pearson, Teacher
Shelby Hoyle, Instructional Assistant


Kim Jones, Teacher
Shelby Hoyle, Instructional Assistant


Tina Carpenter, Teacher
Teresa Landry, Instructional Assistant


Chelsea Landaiche, Teacher
Teresa Landry, Instructional Assistant


First Grade Curriculum

Math Program

St. John Primary math program is guided by Common Core Aligned McGraw-Hill. The first grade math curriculum includes Hands-on and manipulative activities, technology, and peer-grouping foster student interaction and engagement and the following main concepts:

  • Numbers and Operations
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Algebra
  • Mathematical Processes

English Language Arts Program

St. John Primary English Language Arts program is guided by the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill series and correlated to the Louisiana Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs). The first grade program addresses:

  • Oral Language
  • Word
  • Reading
  • Language Arts

Religion Program

First Grade students utilize Sadlier’s – We Believe. The first grade curriculum includes the following concepts:

  • Jesus Teaches Us About God’s Love
  • We are Followers of Jesus
  • We Belong to the Church
  • We Celebrate and Live Our Faith
  • Liturgical Year

Science Program

St. John Primary science program is guided by Macmillan McGraw-Hill. The first grade curriculum includes:

  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Earth Science
  • Human Body

Social Studies Program

St. John Primary social studies program is guided by Houghton Mifflin and correlates to Louisiana Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs) along with the National Standards. The first grade social studies curriculum includes the following five main concepts:

  • People Everywhere
  • Where We Live
  • World of Work
  • Everything Changes
  • Good Citizenship

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Second Grade


Kaitlyn Seim, Teacher


Nicole Bernard, Teacher


Shawn Smith, Teacher


Second Grade Curriculum

Math Program

St. John Primary math program is guided by Common Core Aligned McGraw Hill. The second grade math curriculum includes the following main concepts:

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Number patterns
  • Adding two-digit numbers
  • Subtracting two-digit numbers
  • Place value to 1,000
  • Three-digit numbers
  • Money
  • Data Analysis
  • Time
  • Customary and Metric lengths
  • Geometric Shapes and Equal Shapes

The math curriculum correlates to Common Core State Standards.

English Language Arts Program

St. John Primary English Language Arts program is guided by the Pearson Realize series. The second grade program addresses:

  • Oral Language – oral vocabulary, listening comprehension, phonemic awareness
  • Word Study – phonics, spelling, high frequency words, vocabulary
  • Reading – comprehension, fluency
  • Language Arts – grammar and writing

Workstations, retelling cards, leveled readers, anthology selections, interactive charts, and listening library cds are inclusive in the reading curriculum. Science and social studies are a cross-curriculum component of the reading program.

Religion Program

Second Grade students utilize Sadlier’s – We Believe. The second grade curriculum includes the following concepts:

  • Jesus Christ is With Us Always
  • Jesus Calls Us to Penance and Reconciliation
  • Jesus Gives Himself in the Eucharist
  • We Live Our Catholic Faith
  • Liturgical Year

Science Program

St. John Primary science program is guided by McGraw-Hill. The main concepts in second grade are:

  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Earth Science

Students are actively involved in the learning by using Scientific Method. Students utilize Process Skills to test, collect data, make conclusions, and tell what they learn. Projects and experiments are used to further engage the students in the learning process. Cross-curricular activities are offered throughout the science program.

Social Studies Program

St. John Primary social studies program is guided by Harcourt. The main concepts in second grade are:

  • Governing People
  • The World Around Us
  • Using Our Resources
  • People Long Ago
  • A World of Many People
  • People in the Marketplace

Enrichment activities are utilized to reinforce the program.

The social studies curriculum correlates to Common Core State Standards.

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Third Grade


Bethanie Barrilleaux, Teacher


Mary Richardson, Teacher


Kathy Long, Teacher


Third Grade Curriculum

Math Program

McGraw-Hill My Math was developed to specifically address the Common Core State Standards. It is an interactive text where students experience math in multiple ways through out the learning process.

Third grade centers math instruction on the following concepts and skills:

  1. Place Value – Place Value Through Thousands; Compare and Order Numbers; Round to the Nearest Tens and Hundreds; Problem Solving using the Four-Step Plan. 
  2. Addition – Addition properties; Addition Patterns; Add Mentally; Estimate Sums; Add Three and Four-Digit Numbers; Problem Solving using Reasonable Answers.
  3. Subtraction – Subtract Mentally; Estimate Differences; Problem Solving using Estimate or Exact Answer; Subtract with Regrouping; Subtracting Three and Four-Digit Numbers; Subtract Across Zeros
  4. Understand Multiplication – Model Multiplication; Multiplication as repeated addition and with arrays; Problem Solving using a Table; Using Multiplication to Find Combinations.
  5. Understand Division: Model Division; Division as Equal Sharing; Relate Division and Subtraction; Relating Division and Multiplication; Inversion Operations. Problem-Solving using Models.
  6. Multiplication and Division Patterns: Patterns in the Multiplication Table; Multiply and Divide by 2, 5, and 10; Problem-Solving by looking for a pattern.
  7. Multiplication and Division – Multiply and Divide by 3, 4, 0 and 1; Double a Known Fact; Problem-Solving with extra or missing information.
  8. Apply Multiplication and Division – Multiply and Divide by 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12; Problem-Solving by making an Organized List.
  9. Properties and Equations – Take Apart to Multiply; The Distributive and Associative Properties; Multiply 3 Factors; Write and Evaluate Expressions; Write Equations; Solve Two-Step Word Problems; Problem-Solving using Logical Reasoning.
  10. Fractions – Unit Fractions; Part of a Whole; Part of a Set; Problem-Solving by drawing a Diagram; Fractions on a Number Line; Equivalent Fractions; Fractions as One Whole; Compare Fractions.
  11. Measurement –Estimate and Measure Capacity; Solve Capacity Problems; Estimate and Measure Mass; Solve Mass Problems; Tell Time to the Minute; Time Intervals; Problem-Solving by Working Backwards.
  12. Represent and Interpret Data – Collect and Record Date; Draw Scaled Picture Graphs and Bar Graphs; Relate Bar Graphs to Scaled Picture Graphs; Draw and Analyze Line Plots; Measure to Halves and Fourths of an Inch; Collect and Display Measurement Data; Problem-Solving: Solve a Simpler Problem.
  13. Perimeter and Area –Find Perimeter and Understand and Measuring Area; Area and the Distributive Property; Area of Rectangles and Composite Figures; Problem Solving by drawing a Diagram.
  14. Geometry – Angles; Polygons; Triangles; Quadrilaterals; Problem Solving: Guess, Check, and Revise.

English Language Arts Program

The Houghton Mifflin English series (based upon the standards for the National Council of Teachers of English and the Louisiana Grade Level Expectations in English) is used to teach the students in third through eighth grades English grammar and writing. The program builds upon grammar skills throughout the grade levels, writing techniques and how to apply the grammar in writing (usage and punctuation) as well as speaking skills. The students are taught in heterogeneously mixed homeroom classes. Students are taught the (age-appropriate) writing process throughout the English curriculum:

  • Prewriting: gathering ideas, mapping ideas, listing ideas, outlining ideas
  • Writing: sentence construction, paragraph construction, entire writing piece construction
  • Revising: correcting mistakes in grammar, punctuation, sentence formation, paragraph formation, organization of sentences, paragraphs and papers
  • Publishing: turning in completed work, share with others when possible, use examples for all to learn about proper punctuation, grammar, organization, etc.

Third graders focus on grammar and writing skills, such as the following:

  1. Sentences: types, subjects, predicates, writing good sentences, correcting run on sentences
  2. Nouns: common, proper, singular/plural, possessives, writing with nouns to elaborate and combine
  3. Verbs: tenses (present, past, future), special “be” verbs, helping verbs, irregular verbs, contractions with “not”, writing with verbs and combining sentences
  4. Adjectives: descriptive, adjectives that tell “what kind,”, using “a, an & the,”comparing with adjectives using “er & “est’, writing with adjectives (elaborating and combining sentences)
  5. Adverbs: descriptive, adverbs that tell “how, when or where,” using “to, two & too,”writing with adverbs to elaborate and combine sentences
  6. Capitalization & Punctuation: proper nouns, other nouns that need to be capitalized, abbreviations, book titles, introductory words, commas in a series, quotation marks and writing good sentences by combining sentences to make a good series
  7. Pronouns: subjects, pronouns and verbs, objects, possessives, contractions, using “I & me,” and using “there, their and they’re,” writing with pronouns
  8. Writing Process
  9. Narrative Writing: personal and stories
  10. Expository & Informative Writing: writing instructions, research report
  11. Expressive & Opinion Writing: expressive and persuasive

Religion Program

Third Grade students utilize Sadlier’s – We Believe.  The third grade curriculum includes the following concepts:

  • Jesus Gives Us the Church: God Sends Us His Own Son, Jesus Teaches Us About God’s Love, Christ Will Come Again, The Church Begins, We Learn About the Early Church
  • We Are Members of the Church: The Church Has Four Marks – The Church Teaches Us – The Church Prays – The Parish is Our Home – God Calls Us to Holiness
  •  The Church Leads Us in Worship: We Celebrate The Sacraments – Celebrating Eucharist:  The Mass – We Worship at Mass – Celebrating Penance and Reconciliation – We Pray for Healing and Eternal Life
  • We Are Called to Discipleship: We Continue the Work of Jesus – The Church Respects All People – The Church is Worldwide – We Are God’s Holy People – The Kingdom of God Continues to Grow
  • Liturgical Year:  Liturgical Seasons – Feast Days – Saints

Science Program

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill: Science – A Closer Look

  • Life Science – Plant Parts and Growth Factors, Animal Growth Factors and Change in Animals, Living Things (organisms) and Where and How they Live, Causes of Environmental Change
  • Physical Science – Properties of Matter and Types of Changes, Motion, Movement, Gravity, Magnetism, Levers and Simple Machines, Forms of Energy, Types of Energy, Sound Factors, Travel of Sound, Use of Sound
  • Earth Science – Volcanoes & Earthquakes Affect on the Earth, Landforms, Water’s and Wind’s Affect on the Earth’s Surface, Living Things’ Affect on the Earth’s Surface, Materials of the Earth, Composition of Soil, Protection of Natural Resources, Compare Sun and Planets, Sun’s Affect on Earth, Moon Movement, Research Methods of Sun, Moon and Planets, Clouds, Clouds and Water, Cause of Storms
  • Human Body – Body Parts, Work of Bones and Muscles, Body Systems, Ways to Stay Healthy, Germs, Some Substances’ Affect on the Body

Social Studies Program

Third through fifth grades use the Houghton Mifflin Social Studies series which is aligned to national and state benchmarks. The Prentiss Hall series is used in sixth and seventh grades as it is aligned with national and statewide benchmarks. The eighth grade focuses on Louisiana history through the use of the Clairmont Press series. It is also aligned with state benchmarks.

Third grade studies the state of Louisiana including the following major topics:

  1. Communities and Parishes
  2. Land and waterways
  3. Regions and resources
  4. Early Louisiana – Communities, Explorers, LA colony
  5. Struggle in North America & Effects in LA – French & Indian War, Creole & Cajun Culture, A New Nation
  6. Territory & Statehood – Changes in LA, Cotton and Its Importance
  7. Nation Divided – North & South, Civil War, Economics of the Times
  8. Rebuilding Louisiana
  9. People & Places of Louisiana
  10. Government of Louisiana – Rights & Responsibilities, State Government, Local Government
  11. Jobs in Louisiana

Skill Lessons include the following:

  • Map & Globe Skills: review map skills, using map grids, using special purpose map
  • Chart & Graph Skills: read diagrams, make timelines, compare graphs, make & interpret a line graph
  • Reading & Thinking Skills: primary & secondary sources, make a decision
  • Graphic Organizers: cause & effect, compare & contrast, sequence, problem & solution, main idea & details, draw conclusions, predict outcomes, categorize

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