Susan Sparagna

The sophomore religious education program is concerned with how we, as persons, relate to others and our faith. As Catholic Christians we will look to the person of Jesus as the model for relating to others and to God. By studying the New Testament, we will examine how it calls all people to wholeness, to community, and to Christian values in the creation of the Kingdom of God, here and now.

Quick overview of each quarter-

  • The first quarter will explore how we relate to others as Catholic Christians and how we experience God as individuals. Morality and the maturing process is discussed through the exploration of conscious development relating to life situations.
  • The second and third quarters focuses on the life of Jesus and the time frame in which he lived. Studying the New Testament, specifically The Synoptic Gospels, gives us a better insight into the life of Jesus and the time frame in which he lived. Studying the New Testament, especially The Synoptic Gospels, gives us a better insight into why today, we l view Jesus as a role model of faith.
  • The fourth quarter discusses the sacredness of sexuality and respect for relationships with others.


  • You must be prepared for every class with the following.
  • Your Ipad which has the digital content of Jesus Christ:Source of Our Salvation (Ave Maria Press, 2012).
  • Notebook, pens. You should already have a Bible app.
  • Every class begins with a prayer, please be on time. No food or beverage is permitted in the classroom at any time.
  •  I cannot stress the importance of being respectful of one another during discussions, we learn from each other and our experiences in life.
  • All assignments are given a specific due date. Any "late" assignment will have 5 points deducted for every day that the assignment has not been handed in. 
  • A zero will be entered into gradebook for any missing assignments, this includes being absent on a day the assignment is due.
  • If you are absent, you are responsible for checking the google classroom to see if you need to make up any work missed in class.
  • Cheating or plagiarism is not tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly.


  • A minimum of 2 tests will be given each quarter- this is 50% of your grade.
  • A minimum of 3 assignments will be given each quarter- this is 35% of your grade.
  • One project per quarter- 10%
  • Class Participation- 5%

Policy regarding late work and absences

  • Lateness and/or absence is not a valid excuse for incomplete work or for failing to hand in assignments. When an assignment is not handed in for any reason by the date it is due, the student will receive a grade of zero. The score will be adjusted once the work is handed in.
  • A five point deduction will be taken off an assignment for everyday that it is late.
  • Class attendance at St. Francis Prep is a major priority. All students are required to complete all required work even if they are absent.  

I look forward to a successful and productive year. Success will be achieved through cooperation and a willingness to learn!