Mrs. Cynthia Ward is the 4th grade teacher at Holy Cross School, prior to teaching fourth Mrs. Ward first availed herself to Holy Cross School as a substitute teacher. She had heard of a little Catholic elementary school in downtown Ventura. Visiting the campus, intent on introducing herself and learning more about the school, she found herself substitute teaching a class later that afternoon. As it turned out, her visit was timely, as it was a year of torrential rains and faculty members were having difficulty getting to work. Mrs. Ward, then a part-time middle school religion coordinator at nearby Our Lady of Assumption School, filled the void and never left.
Mrs. Ward earned a Bachelor of Science degree at California State University at Northridge. She later cleared her Teaching Credential and earned a Certificate in Language Acquisition and Development, followed by a Master’s in Education from Azusa Pacific University.
Her love of Holy Cross School stems from the academic freedom it affords her. The ability to explain moral and ethical issues to her students, encouraging discussion and debate, without the fear of crossing the church/state line so prevalent in the public school system, has defined her commitment to Holy Cross and the Catholic education. Add to that the opportunity teaching at one of the historic Junipero Serra Old Missions and Mrs. Ward has enjoyed Holy Cross School to a degree that she freely admits is difficult to explain. At Holy Cross there is a sense of being a part – a part of the Holy Cross School family and history.
During her off-campus time, Mrs. Ward enjoys gardening, walking, reading non-fiction and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Fourth Grade News and Posts
This past week we had a great time creating puppets for our Reader’s Theater production of, Pedro Puts on a Play. One of the reasons we are doing this play is to practice our “follow along” skills during group reading… and so far it is really helping! PLEASE do not forget to let me know before […]
We are having THE best time!!! All the pieces are coming together… we are in a groove and enjoying our time together. This past week we began our Readers Theater to practice many things such as: following along with reading, practice public speaking skills and working together. It has been great and we will do […]
We had a GREAT week! It was short, but we jumped right in with both feet and got SO much done! Our book report presentations went really well and the children did a terrific job presenting them. Our next book reports will be in February and the genre will be biographies. We squeezed in some […]
Greetings 3rd and 4th Grade Families! Happy New Year! I pray everyone had a blessed Christmas and you are all doing well. We have a short week ahead of us, returning to school on Wednesday, January 3rd. The weeks topics look like this: Shortened spelling list because of 3-day week. Test will be Friday 1/5/18 […]
Dear Holy Cross Families, We know that this has been a difficult time for everyone and we appreciate your kindness and patience throughout this disaster. Our Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools visited our school this morning observing the unhealthy air quality at and around the school. We were expecting air quality to improve, however it […]