From the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston: As many of you are aware, the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, recently released a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. Included in the list were the names of priests who have been stationed near, or who have celebrated liturgies and other events at parishes within the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, including our Catholic Schools. The Diocese encourages anyone who may be the victim of abuse by one of these priests, or any priest in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, to contact your local authorities or the Diocesan Office of Safe Environment at (304) 233-0880.  Diocese of Steubenville Release.


November Music 2018

Happy November to you all!

Thank you all for celebrating Halloween in true Halloween fashion with costumes, parades, songs, dances, and games! The students had so much fun, but so did I! What a Faboo-lous Program and day!

Now that Halloween is over, we will continue to learn our musical concepts such as treble clef, lines and spaces, dynamics, and rhythm through fall themed activities in singing, playing instruments, and dancing.

In the preschool, we will be making our very own shakers out of water bottles and corn kernels, while singing songs Thanksgiving themed songs like “Five Little Turkeys Sitting on the Ground.” We will also be able to play on the xylophone this song, as we started to learn “Five Little Pumpkins.”

In Kindergarten, we will work on the lines and spaces on the treble clef through the theme of “Turkey Treble.” Students will also recognize notes and rests and color by note.

In K-5 we will celebrate and honor our veterans on Nov. 9 through singing American songs such as The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and American Tears. We are learning the importance of these songs and who and why we honor our veterans and active military who serve.

In grades 1-3 it is that time to start preparing for our Christmas program. Each class is going to learn an instrument 1st- colored handbells, 2nd- the dulcminer, and 3rd- handchimes. Each grade will get to showcase what they learn over the next 8 weeks at the Christmas program. Students will learn traditional Christmas carols and be able to portray the Nativity of our Lord with the Christmas Story.

In 4th- 5th grade we will prepare for liturgies, learn musical concepts through fall themed activities, and study famous composers. Students will also get opportunities to play instruments such as dulcimers and hand chimes.

Christmas Program Save the date: Dec. 18 at 6:30 PM in the church. Performing are grades 1-3. 

Many blessings,

Mrs. Haas



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October Music 2018

Welcome to Music in October!

We have been making “Boo”ti-ful Music in the music room and church the last six weeks! I am impressed of the growth the students have shown so far of using their singing voices and blending with one another! Each class has really caught on quickly. A couple activities students seem to enjoy are Rhythm Drill practice and a singing Solfege Game where they can’t sing a certain phrase or else I get the point! They really like winning.

In October, we will continue to work on steady beat, but now putting it to practice with performance pieces. We are starting to learn Halloween songs in each grade while focusing on instrument skills, and movement to perform for our Halloween Sing- Along.

In classes throughout the month students will work on the following instruments and skills

  • 5th grade will play handchimes
  • 4th grade will play xylophones
  • 3rd grade will play hand drums
  • ECE, Pre-K and K-2 will focus on percussion instruments and hand motions

October is a busy month, as it will also be a time for starting to learn Patriotic music for Veteran’s Day and Christmas music. I do keep things moving in music class as you will find students learning how to sing, play instruments, dance, or doing a music activity each time they come to class.

Music in the Liturgy notes:

  • Sung Responsorial Psalms will continue
  • Adding instruments to appropriate songs

Have a Fa-“boo”-lous October!

Many blessings,

Mrs. Haas

“Sing and make music from your heart, to the Lord.”-Ephesians 5:19

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September Music

Welcome to music at SHGS for 2018-2019 school year! I am Renae Haas, and I am thrilled to be the new music teacher! It has been a pleasure to work with the students these last couple of weeks!

**The students did a superb job on the first All Schools Mass. We practiced very hard with such a short amount of time and our efforts surely showed! Thank you for your support and kind words!

Our classes will consist of preparing for our weekly liturgies musically and then allowing time for activities that focus on a musical concept.We will be exploring a lot of musical concepts throughout the year such as singing, rhythm and movement, dynamics, instruments, composers, music families, note and staff recognition, and composing.

In the next coming weeks, we will continue to review our procedures and focus on steady beat, note and staff recognition, and start to play instruments.

  • ECE and Pre-K will sing songs, use simple instruments (rhythm sticks, claves, and shakers) to practice steady beat, and dance!
  • K-5 will be focusing on singing and blending within the group, using Magic Feet terms to learn about the notes and use hand drums and rhythm sticks to practice rhythms. Grades 3-5 will use xylophones to practice steady beat and learn how to read music. Students will also learn a clapping game to focus on the beat!

We will be working very quickly in music as we have a lot to get through in such a short amount of time. My goal is for them to be able to use their talents, whether it be playing an instrument, singing, or writing music. I look forward to a wonderful school year and seeing/meeting you all.

Many blessings,

Mrs. Haas
“Those who sing, pray twice.”- St. Augustine

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