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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. 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. Open Court 2002 reading program will be 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. Houghton Mifflin English will be used to focus on grammar.

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 The World and Its People by Silver Burdett and Ginn. Teachers will occasionally select novels for students to read which connect with classroom topics.

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 through basal readers. Spelling and vocabulary will naturally extend from literature read in class. The Language of Literature and English by Houghton Mifflin 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 textbook used.

SOCIAL STUDIES

American History Part I is the focus. Students will learn about early America, colonists, the American Revolution and other related topics. Life in American from Prehistory to the Civil War will be highlighted. Geography and economics are integrated into the curriculum. Creating America by McDougal Littell is the primary text. Related readings will be used to highlight instruction.

Grade 8

MATHEMATICS
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 freshman. This course is a study of numerical and algebraic relations using linear equations, factoring, fractions, and algebra in a plane. Algebra by Prentice Hall will be our primary text.

PRE-ALGEBRA

Students are selected for this course based upon their over all 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, these students will work with Algebra students to master algebraic concepts. 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 through basal readers. Spelling and vocabulary will naturally extend from literature read in class. The Language of Literature and English by Houghton Mifflin 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

American History Part II is the focus. Students will learn about the Civil War, the Western Movement, World Wars I and II and other related topics. Life in American from about 1860 to the present will be highlighted. The United States constitution as well as state and local government will be taught. All students must pass the U.S. Constitution test as a graduation requirement. Geography and economics are integrated into the curriculum. Creating America by McDougal Littell is the primary text.

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.

GIRL’S CHOIR

Girl’s Choir is a performing vocal ensemble for any female students in grades 6-8. The focus of the choir is to introduce students to the fundamental of choral/vocal performance and to prepare them for future success in high school music ensembles. Musical and vocal concepts will be learned through performance as well as in classroom work. This choir will perform alone and combine with the Boy’s Choir to create a mixed ensemble. Members are required to perform in at least four performances each year. (Year-long course)

BOY’S CHOIR

Boy’s Choir is a performing vocal ensemble for any male student in grades 6-8, or high school students who have never been a member of a PSM band or choir. The focus of the choir is to introduce students to the fundamentals of choral/vocal performance. Musical and vocal concepts will be learned through performance as well as classroom work. This choir will perform alone and combine with the Girl’s Choir to create a mixed ensemble. Members are required to perform in at least four performances each year. (Year-long course)

ORCHESTRA.

Orchestra is designed for the beginning/intermediate string players in grades 3-12. Emphasis is placed on the beginning skills of musical performance, with study and performance of grade one and two repertoire. There are two performances per year. Solo contest opportunities are offered. Attendance is mandatory, since it meets outside of the school day. This course requires additional fees for instrument rental and lessons.

ART

Students in Grades 6 and 7 receive instruction in art, in classes taken quarterly. Students learn texture, pattern, shape, color and form theory. Students are exposed to art history and theory as they participate in required course work.

SPANISH

Students in Grade 7 receive instruction in Spanish for one quarter. 8th Grade students have Spanish instruction for 1 semester to extend their knowledge and confidence in conversation, as well as in reading and writing in Spanish to prepare them for Spanish in high school.

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 or basketball; students will also receive instruction in 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. Students will understand the consequences of alcohol, drugs and irresponsible sexual activity. One of the primary goals of eighth grade guidance is preparation for success in high school.