1st Grade

Good Shepherd was the best choice we could have made

Good Shepherd was the best choice we could have made for our daughter's education. The student to teacher ratio is excellent and makes me feel that my child gets the attention she needs to succeed. The teachers and staff are all friendly and alwaysavailable for any questions I may have.Although this is only our second year at Good Shepherd, I feel like I've gotten to know everybody, including the staff and students, in a way that wouldn't have been possible at a bigger school.
2016-09-16T01:01:44+00:00
Good Shepherd was the best choice we could have made for our daughter’s education. The student to teacher ratio is excellent and makes me feel that my child gets the attention she needs to succeed. The teachers and staff are all friendly and alwaysavailable for any questions I may have.Although this is only our second year at Good Shepherd, I […]

Good Shepherd School is comprehensive

As parents with children in multiple grades, our perspective of Good Shepherd School is comprehensive and we are proud to say that we can’t recommend it enough. Our experience has been exceedingly rich and gratifying. Not only do we feel that our children are receiving the best education,we are confident that their lives are being enriched through extraordinary teachers, extracurricular activities, and an interactive school environment that promotes morality and kindness. The collaborative approach that the teachers take to education, both through in-year consultation and as the children transition between years, produces an environment whereby each child’s needs/strengths are defined and addressed accordingly by the faculty collective. And their intuition is amazing. The teachers “open-door” policy and routine communication with the parents is a differentiator for the school.We are truly blessed to have found such an nurturing environment for which our children can grow and prosper.
2016-09-16T01:09:46+00:00
As parents with children in multiple grades, our perspective of Good Shepherd School is comprehensive and we are proud to say that we can’t recommend it enough. Our experience has been exceedingly rich and gratifying. Not only do we feel that our children are receiving the best education,we are confident that their lives are being enriched through extraordinary teachers, extracurricular […]

Good Shepherd School provides our children with a solid academic foundation

Our family lives in Pacifica and our children have attend Good Shepherd School for several years. Good Shepherd School provides our children with a solid academic foundation along with strong Christian values. The school encourages parent participation and we have a real sense of community. The student to teacher ratio is low,and our teachers are very committed to our children. We love this school!
2016-09-16T01:11:37+00:00
Our family lives in Pacifica and our children have attend Good Shepherd School for several years. Good Shepherd School provides our children with a solid academic foundation along with strong Christian values. The school encourages parent participation and we have a real sense of community. The student to teacher ratio is low,and our teachers are very committed to our children. […]

The close-knit and welcoming community made a huge difference

My older son transferred to Good Shepherd after attending public school while my younger son started Kindergarten at Good Shepherd. They were both immediately welcomed by their classmates and also by the student body as a whole. I was amazed that older students at Good Shepherd knew my children's names and interacted with them after school, at Extended Care (the after-school program) and at school events. I also found that the parents of Good Shepherd students were very welcoming andwe were invited to social events starting on the first day of school. The close-knit and welcoming community made a huge difference in both our sons' adjustment to a new school. I continue to be impressed with the diversity of the student body as well as the commitment to academics at each grade level. I am thankful we chose this school for our family
2016-09-16T01:13:51+00:00
My older son transferred to Good Shepherd after attending public school while my younger son started Kindergarten at Good Shepherd. They were both immediately welcomed by their classmates and also by the student body as a whole. I was amazed that older students at Good Shepherd knew my children’s names and interacted with them after school, at Extended Care (the […]

Family & Community Feel

We have been with GSS since 2013; now, both of my daughters attend GSS and we ALL LOVE it. If you are looking for a school that is small, challenges your child in academics, encourages teacher/parent involvement while maintaining a “Family\Community feel” then do consider Good Shepherd School. (Mr. and Ms. S., Children in 4th and 1st grade.)
2016-10-15T01:03:33+00:00
We have been with GSS since 2013; now, both of my daughters attend GSS and we ALL LOVE it. If you are looking for a school that is small, challenges your child in academics, encourages teacher/parent involvement while maintaining a “Family\Community feel” then do consider Good Shepherd School. (Mr. and Ms. S., Children in 4th and 1st grade.)

It really does take a village

It really does take a village to raise children and we are so thankful for the village (Good Shepherd School) that we have in our lives. (M.H., Parent)
2016-10-15T01:04:30+00:00
It really does take a village to raise children and we are so thankful for the village (Good Shepherd School) that we have in our lives. (M.H., Parent)

The first grade curriculum focuses on Jesus, the Son of God, who teaches us about the Father and the Holy Spirit. The content covers an age appropriate understanding of the concepts in each of the following areas:

  • The Profession of Faith
  • The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
  • Life in Christ
  • Christian Prayer

All students prepare and participate throughout the school year in school masses and Sunday family masses.

First-grade students utilize previous learned skills that enable them to read and write more independently. By the end of first grade, students will read proficiently at grade level and have the ability to decode and recognize increasingly complex words accurately and automatically. Students increase their academic and content-specific vocabulary by reading a variety of literature and informational text. Students further develop their communication skills as they engage with peers and adults in collaborative conversations that provide additional opportunities to express their ideas and experiences. As first-grade students learn to write for different purposes, they apply their growing knowledge of language structures and conventions.  Continuous practice of decoding skills is ongoing throughout the school year. To develop comprehension skills, students are exposure to a variety of high-quality literature and informational texts descriptions of objects, persons, places, or events.

First grade math is divided into domains. The domains for first grade are Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data and Geometry.  First-grade students will extend their knowledge of mathematics as they learn to add and subtract within 20, develop an understanding of whole numbers and place value within 100, measure and order objects by length, interpret data (with up to three categories), and work with shapes to compose new shapes and partition shapes to create “equal shares” (decompose shapes).

Students in first grade learn about the properties of solids, liquids, and gases and use words and drawings to record their observations about various objects. They deepen their understanding of the needs and structures of plants and animals. First-grade students also continue their study of weather, observing, measuring, and recording weather conditions regularly to learn more about day-to-day and seasonal changes.

They also use Investigation and Experimentation to develop their ability to make quantitative observations and comparisons by recording and using numbers.

The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship:

Students learn about the values of fair play and good sportsmanship and respect for the rights and opinions of others.

 

 Geography of the Community:

In first grade geographic literacy is developed, by building on students’ sense of their neighborhood and the places students regularly go to shop, play, and visit.

 

Symbols, Icons, and Traditions of the United States:

First-grade students deepen their understanding of national identity and cultural by learning about national and state symbols.  They learn  to identify and understand American symbols, landmarks, and essential documents, such as the flag, bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, U.S. Constitution, and Declaration of Independence, and know the people, ideas, and events associated with them.

 

 Life Today and Long Ago:

Students learn about times past with an emphasis on continuity and change. They compare different times and places and how certain aspects of life change over time while some things stay the same.

 

Cultural Literacy: One Nation, Many People

This standard focuses on the people from many places, cultures, and religions who live in the United States and who have contributed to its richness.

 

Economics: Goods and Services:

In first grade, students acquire a beginning understanding of economics. Students learn about the use of money to purchase goods and services and the specialized work that people do in order to manufacture, transport, and market such goods and services.

Students begin to learn using different kinds of software for different purposes.  They start digital painting, coding and story-writing.  They begin to reflect on how computers help us accomplish many different kinds of tasks.