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Middle School

Sixth through Eighth Grade

This curriculum exposes students to high school preparatory coursework. In addition to the core curriculum, students may choose band or choir, which is taught daily, and rotate through four special classes: physical education, guidance, Spanish and art.

 

Grade 6

MATHEMATICS

The core goal of this course is to expand math fundamentals and begin to use them to creatively and expertly solve problems. A combination of practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (long division), with whole numbers, decimals, fractions and percentages will be revisited and mastered.  Students will focus on various other math concepts as well. Real Math by SRA-McGraw Hill is the primary text.

 

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading, writing and analyzing literature will be taught simultaneously. Students will learn how to formulate thoughts into well-written paragraphs, stories, and essays.  Imagine It! by SRA-McGraw Hill is the reading program used. This program focuses on comprehension, language and writing skills simultaneously. Higher-level thinking skills are developed as students learn to analyze and question literature.  English by Houghton Mifflin is used as a supplemental grammar text.

 

SCIENCE

Students will learn about life science and the human body in science classes.  Hands-on science activities will be a regular part of each science unit. Technology is well integrated into science classes so that students can gain more experience and expand resources. Students will participate in a science fair.  Science Explorer by Prentice Hall will be the textbook used.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will study ancient civilizations and connect the past to the modern world. Civilizations such as Ancient Egypt, China, and Rome will be highlighted. Geography and economics are integrated into the curriculum. The primary text is Ancient Civilizations by McDougall Littell.

Grade 7

MATHEMATICS

This course has the dual purpose of helping students to make the transition from skill-based learning to concept-based learning and becoming experts in basic mathematical skills. Students will practice basic computational skills while also applying their knowledge to solving real life problems. Pre-algebra skills will be honed. Middle Grades Math by Prentice Hall and Passport to Mathematics by McDougal Littell will be our texts.

 

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading, writing and analyzing literature will be taught simultaneously. Students will learn how to formulate thoughts into well-written paragraphs, stories, and essays. Students will gain exposure to various types of literary work through novels and short stories. Spelling and vocabulary will naturally extend from literature read in class.  The Language of Literature and Language Network by McDougal Littell are the primary texts.

 

SCIENCE

Students will learn about earth science and the human body in science classes. Hands-on science activities will be a regular part of each science unit. Technology is well integrated into science classes so that students can gain more experience and expand resources. Students will participate in a science fair.  Science Explorer by Prentice Hall will be the primary text.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will focus on the first half of American History, from pre-European exploration to the Civil War. Early America, colonists, the American Revolution, the growth of the country, and the tensions of the Civil War will be highlighted. Geography and economics are integrated into the curriculum. American History by McDougal Littell is the primary text, and related readings will be used to highlight instruction.

Grade 8

ALGEBRA

Students meeting specific criteria as seventh grade students will be placed in Algebra for the eighth grade year. Algebra is a high school level class and moves at a rapid pace. Students who successfully complete the class will be allowed to enter into Geometry as high school freshmen. This course is a study of numerical and algebraic relations using linear equations, factoring, fractions, and algebra in a plane.  Algebra by Prentice Hall is the primary text.

 

PRE-ALGEBRA

Students are selected for this course based upon their overall performance as seventh grade math students.  Higher-level mathematical concepts will be explored as students gain confidence and mastery in their ability to problem solve. When appropriate, students will work with Algebra students to master algebraic concepts. Middle Grades Math by Prentice Hall and Passport to Mathematics by McDougal Littell are the primary texts.

 

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading, writing and analyzing literature will be taught simultaneously. Students will learn how to formulate thoughts into well-written paragraphs, stories, and essays. Students will gain exposure to various types of literary work through novels and short stories. Spelling and vocabulary will naturally extend from literature read in class. The Language of Literature and Language Network by McDougal Littell are the primary texts.

SCIENCE

Students will learn about physical science in science classes. Hands-on science activities will be a regular part of each science unit. Students will participate in a science fair.  Science Explorer by Prentice Hall will be the textbook used. Students receiving an  A or B, above average Terra Nova science scores, and the recommendation of the teacher will be allowed to enroll in Biology as freshman.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will focus on the second half of American History, from 1865 to present day. The Western Movement, World Wars One and Two, and America’s changing role in the world will be highlighted. In addition, the United States Constitution and governmental structure will be taught, and all students must pass the U.S. Constitution test as a graduation requirement. Geography and economics are integrated into the curriculum. American History by McDougal Littell is the primary text, and related readings will be used to highlight instruction.

 

The Arts

MIDDLE SCHOOL BEGINNING BAND

This course is designed for the middle school student with little or no instrumental experience. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental skills of instrumental performance, with study and performance of grade one repertoire from various styles and periods of history. Basic music theory is introduced. Two performances per year are required. This course requires additional fees for equipment rental.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERT BAND

This course is designed for the instrumentalist with at least one year of experience in performing ensemble and/or private lessons. Emphasis is placed on the intermediate skills of instrumental performance, with study and performance of grade two repertoire from various styles and periods of history. Study of intermediate music theory and harmony is included. Four performances and one adjudicated contest is required per year. This course requires additional fees for equipment rental.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR

Middle School Choir is a performing vocal ensemble for any middle school student who has not been a member of a PSM middle school band or choir for at least one year, and desires to expand their skills as a singer and musician. Students rehearse and perform music in a variety of styles and in the process develop music reading skills and an appreciation of music. This choir will be required to perform in at least five performances each year.  (Year-long course)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED CHOIR

Middle School Advanced Choir is an intermediate performing ensemble for any middle school student who has successfully completed a year in any PSM choir or band (or can test at our second level of music skills). Students in this ensemble will master vocal works that vary in style and level of difficulty. This choir will be required to perform approximately six times per year. (Year-long course; Prerequisite:  audition or permission of the teacher)

 

ORCHESTRA

Orchestra is designed for beginning/intermediate string player in Grades 3-12.  Emphasis is placed on the performance skills with the study of grade 1-3 repertoire.  There are approximately 5 performances each year.  Solo opportunities are also offered.  Attendance is mandatory.  Orchestra meets one afternoon after school and on Saturday morning.  This course requires additional fees for instrument rental and instruction.

ART

Students receive instruction in art, in classes taken quarterly.  Students learn the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design.  Students are exposed to art history and theory as they participate in required course work.  This class focuses on the visual arts.

 

SPANISH

Students have Spanish instruction, either quarterly or in one semester, to prepare them for Spanish in high school. This course provides an introduction to the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It also includes a study of the peoples, cultures, and geography of the Spanish speaking world. Students learn practical vocabulary and practice basic communication stills used in everyday situations.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students will take physical education for one quarter.  Students will receive physical fitness workouts and learn basic game techniques in several sports such as baseball, volleyball, basketball, and Yoga. Physical fitness tests, written exams, and daily participation will each determine a student’s grade. Once a week, students will have health classes to learn about nutrition and fitness for life. Gym uniforms will be provided and must be worn.

 

GUIDANCE

Students will learn to become organized and responsible, developing intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. They will also develop good communication skills through oral and written presentation. Students will practice techniques for solving problems and negotiating compromises with peers and adults in a respectful and appropriate manner.  Note-taking and test taking skills will also be taught. Students will develop personal value through bible lessons pertaining to issues they may be facing. Puberty and adolescent issues will be discussed.  In seventh and eighth grades, students will understand the physical, emotional, social, and mental changes encountered as an adolescent. One of the primary goals of eighth grade guidance is preparation for success in high school.