The Preschool 3s enjoy spending time in the Outdoor Classroom for learning, play, and exploration. We celebrate their art achievements at the Preschool Art Show in May.
Preschool 4s use the Outdoor Classroom for learning, play, and exploration. Students make friends with their 6th grade Prayer Partners. At the end of the year, Preschool 4s enjoy Field Day and ice cream party, and we also showcase their creativity at the Preschool Art Show.
Young 5s students spend time learning and exploring in the Outdoor Classroom and planting in the garden beds. They pair up with students in the big school as Prayer Partners. One of the highlights is a field trip to Orchard Hill Farm Market. During the school year, Young 5s have Spanish, music, and library classes. At the end of the year, students enjoy with an Art Show, Field Day, and end of the year celebration!
Kindergarteners enjoy trick-or-treating and singing Christmas songs at Beacon Hill, field trips to Robinette’s, the Children’s Museum, Meijer Gardens, and John Ball Zoo, hatching chicks, and doing performances for families throughout the year.
Special highlights for the first graders include field trips to dentist office, Kid’s Food Basket, a walk to Village Cone Shop, a visit from John Ball Zoo, watching the life cycles of caterpillars and ladybugs, a tea party, pasta party, and fun activities with our prayer partners.
In second grade, students experience their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Students prepare for their sacraments with visits to the Adoration Chapel and retreats. Throughout the year, students host their own Animal Zoo, create Potato Head pets, engage in lots of hands-on science experiments, and visit the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, among other fun experiences.
Third graders take field trips to our capitol building in Lansing and Blandford Nature Center. Prior to All Saints Day, students complete a research project on a saint which they present at the school Mass on All Saints’ Day. Third graders attend Mass with their 7th grade prayer partners.
Fourth graders gain responsibility with prayer partner leadership building activities throughout the school year. Fourth graders visit the Van Andel Institute for a morning of fossil digging and meet a scientist. In March, the fourth graders participate in the annual diocesan 4th Grade SongFest, as well as Battle of the Books. In May, students research and create a Biography Research Wax Museum Project, which families and other students in the school are invited to attend. They also get to visit Catholic Central High School for an instrument fitting and have the opportunity to try various instruments for the possible idea of joining band in 5th grade.
During the school year, fourth graders complete a service project for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. They collect toys for the students who are hospitalized. Fourth graders also participate in the Junior Achievement Free Enterprise Financial Literacy program for Social Studies.
Fifth graders get the special privilege of spending a full week each season at the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, MI. Students engage in outdoor activities, farm-related tasks, and faith-based education.
Sixth grade students get the opportunity to participate in a team-building camp experience during the school year. They also earn service hours to engage with their communities. To commemorate the end of their school year, sixth graders celebrate with an afternoon at the bowling alley.
The seventh graders spend their school year completing service hours and preparing for their eighth grade confirmation.
As the oldest students at IHM, our eighth grade students take part in a fall Leadership Retreat and receive the sacrament of confirmation. In October, they display the crosses for life on our campus, followed by assisting with Luminaries for Life in January. In the spring, the eighth graders take a full-day field trip to Detroit, organize May Crowning, and celebrate their experiences at IHM with a Mass and graduation ceremony at the end of the year.
Service projects include:
- Catholic Social Teaching Capstone Project
- Service Hours
- Crosses for Life
- Luminaries for Life
- 9-11 Salute
- Prayer Partners