• GRADE 6

    REQUIRED

    CORE SUBJECTS

     

    INTEGRATED MATH

    This integrated math program addresses four major areas:  number relations, geometry and measurement, algebra and probability/statistics.  Students acquire basic mathematical skills while expanding their mathematical knowledge to

    gain a deeper understanding and application of skills in problem solving.  Students are expected to:

    ·   Read, write and speak about mathematics;

    ·   Participate in large group, small group and individual task-oriented mathematical activities;

    ·   Use concrete materials and manipulatives to extend, reinforce and enrich mathematical thinking;

    ·   Learn and practice basic mathematics facts and skills;

    ·   Participate in activities that are real-life and prepare students for mathematical thinking in real-life situations.

     

    Students who exceed standard in sixth grade math may qualify to take accelerated math in seventh grade.  Criteria for exceeding the standard include a final average of “A” in 6th grade math, teacher recommendation based on mastery of basic math facts, consistently high achievement, completion of homework and exceeding standard on the benchmark assessments.

     

    READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS

    This course integrates reading, writing, speaking and listening to develop students' literacy skills.  The reading portion of this course emphasizes skill development in comprehension, reading response, vocabulary and higher level thinking through the reading of a variety of contemporary and classic literature.  Students develop their listening, speaking and writing skills through various writing assignments, many of which stem from their reading.  Areas of instructional emphasis in writing include focus, content, organization, style and conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization and sentence formation).

     

    SCIENCE

    This course is designed to give students a background in general science by successfully completing various scientific activities.  Major units of study include Catastrophic Events; Human Body Systems; and Energy, Machines and Motion.

     

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    Students study prehistory and the great early civilizations of the world, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus River, Ancient China, Greece and Rome.  Students are exposed to the impact of these civilizations on the modern world.

     

    REQUIRED

    SPECIAL SUBJECTS

     

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    The physical education program focuses on the physical development of each student.  Developmentally-appropriate activities provide experiences conducive to the development of one’s physical capabilities and realization of individual potential.  A healthy body and positive attitude toward physical activity as a way of spending leisure time are stressed.

     

    ART*

    In an effort to make art education an important part of students' lives, instruction involves a discipline-based approach with a focus on understanding and appreciating art.

     

    The sixth grade art course is an introductory study of ceramics, commercial art, graphic design, design elements, drawing, painting and three-dimensional design.  Each unit of study incorporates specific goals, objectives and structured learning activities that develop and expand students' knowledge of art.  Refinement of skills used for participating, creating or responding to art is also pursued. 

     

    HEALTH*

    Focus is placed on positive ways to deal with conflicts and challenges that arise in difficult situations.  Specific areas of study include the effects of tobacco, family and peer relationships, anger management, conflict resolution and self-esteem. 

     

    FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE*

    The sixth grade Family and Consumer Sciences program provides opportunities that focus on developing personal resource management skills.  This involves understanding concepts such as independent and responsible behaviors, growth and human development, healthy relationships, consumerism, money and resource management, food management and nutritional wellness. 

     

    KEYBOARDING*

    Mastering the keyboard is the primary objective of this course.  Emphasis is placed on using correct fingering for keys, building speed and accuracy using a keyboard, keeping eyes on the copy and producing error-free materials.  Time practices will be given several times each week to measure progress.  In addition students are provided practice reading and following directions, organizing materials efficiently and developing skills in proofreading and editing.  Students are introduced to a word processing program and Internet.  In summary, students learn basic word processing skills and how to use Internet search engines to locate general information related to their work in other courses. 

     

    TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES*

    Sixth grade students follow a curriculum pertaining to visual communication.  Included are projects in areas such as:  rubber stamp, letterpress, computer graphics, telephone/telegraph, conventional drafting and computer aided design (CAD).

     

    *Each course lasts 36 days.  Students take all of them over the course of the school year, one per marking period.

                                                                           

     

    ELECTIVES

     

    INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

    The concert band consists of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who are taught the basics of good musicianship with an emphasis on counting and the development of reading skills. Musicians are scheduled for a small-group music lesson once during each four-day cycle. Five major performances are scheduled throughout the school year, including Band Night at a senior high football game, a winter concert in conjunction with the chorus, two spring concerts (March and May) and the Memorial Day Parade.  Participation is expected in all scheduled performances.  Seating is determined by private audition held in October.

     

    VOCAL MUSIC

    Students in this course develop vocal performing skills and techniques in an organized group instruction format.  A comprehensive musical understanding is stressed through part-singing, vocal exercises and proper vocal techniques applied to a rehearsed and performed repertoire.

     

    GENERAL MUSIC APPRECIATION (for non-band/chorus students only)

    This course consists of academic work, listening, and performing in conjunction with various units of study.  Units of study are selected from the following topics:  careers in music; conducting; harmony; instruments of the orchestra; melody; musical symbols; operetta; program music; rhythm; scales; Spanish-American music; texture, timbre and form; and vocal music.

     

    GRADE 7

     

    REQUIRED

     

    CORE SUBJECTS

     

    INTEGRATED MATH

    This integrated math program addresses four major areas:  number relations, geometry and measurement, algebra, and probability/statistics.  Students acquire basic mathematical skills while expanding their mathematical knowledge to gain a deeper understanding and application of skills in problem solving.

     

    INTEGRATED MATH ACCELERATED

    Four major topics are addressed in this course:  number relations, geometry and measurement, algebra, and probability/statistics.  Students expand their mathematical knowledge to gain a deeper understanding and application of skills in problem solving.

     

    Acceptance into Integrated Math Accelerated is dependent upon the following criteria:

    ·      Final average of  “A” in grade 6 integrated math

    ·      Exceeds the standard on benchmark assessments

    ·      Teacher recommendation:     mastery of the basic math facts

                                                             consistent high achievement

                                                             completion of homework          

     

    READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS

    This course integrates reading, writing, speaking and listening to develop students' literacy skills.  The reading portion of this course emphasizes skill development in comprehension, reading response, vocabulary and higher level thinking through reading a variety of contemporary and classic literature.  Students develop listening, speaking and writing skills through a variety of writing assignments, many of which stem from their reading.  The writing curriculum emphasizes focus, content, organization, style and conventions.

     

    SCIENCE

    This course is designed to give students a background in general science by successfully completing various scientific activities.  Students are introduced to and use basic scientific apparatus.  Major units of study include Properties of Matter, Organisms from Macro to Micro, Astronomy and Genetics.

     

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    Students study cultures and empires which spanned the world from Asia to China, from the Americas to the Middle East, and from Medieval Europe through the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution.  Political, Economic, Religion, Social Relationships, and lasting Ideas and Arts (PERSIA) are the focal points of study for these historical periods, with additional emphasis on geography and social studies skills.

     

     

    REQUIRED

     

    SPECIAL SUBJECTS

     

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    The physical education program focuses on the physical development of each student.  Developmentally appropriate activities provide experiences conducive to the development of one’s physical capabilities and realization of individual potential.  A healthy body and positive attitude toward physical activity as a way of spending leisure time are stressed.

     

    ART*

    Students build upon 6th grade art experiences, exploring the areas of drawing, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design and painting.  Each area of study incorporates specific concepts, goals, objectives, and structured activities that direct student learning through creating, questioning, analyzing, and interpreting art.  Developmental experiences with the elements and principles of design, drawing, and painting through technical, formal, and representational exploration and the study of several artists, cultures, and historical periods enhance studio experiences.

     

    COMPUTER LITERACY*

    This course is designed to introduce the purpose and function of hardware and software elements, with special emphasis on word processing and proper formatting.  Students expand keyboarding speed, skills and accuracy and learn how to format letters, resumes, tables and reports.  Drawing, painting and desktop publishing programs and beginning trouble shooting skills are introduced. 

     

    HEALTH*

    The seventh grade health curriculum includes four units of study:  Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Fitness and Hygiene, Puberty and Reproduction, and Self-Esteem.  Students engage in numerous activities to build their decision-making skills in each of these areas.

     

    TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES*

    Seventh grade students engage in activities dealing with energy/power and transportation technologies.  Specific topics include:  electricity/electronics, internal combustion engines, machine principles and land/air transportation.

     

    FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE*

    Students develop knowledge, attitudes and skills to be effective family members, both today and in the future.  Students respond to real-life situations and issues that interest and concern them.  Engaged in meaningful, student-directed projects, students develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and vocational preparation.  In the process, they learn cooperation, take responsibility, develop leadership, and provide service.

     

    *Each course lasts 36 days.  Students take all of them, one per marking period.

     

     

    ELECTIVES

     

    INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/BAND

    The concert band consists of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who are taught the basics of good musicianship with an emphasis on counting and the development of reading skills.  Five major performances are scheduled throughout the school year.  Students are expected to participate in all performances.  Performances include Band Night at a senior high football game, a winter concert in conjunction with the chorus, two spring concerts (March and May) and the Memorial Day parade.  Small-group music lessons are scheduled once during each four-day cycle.  Seating is determined by private audition held in October.

     
    VOCAL MUSIC/CHORUS

    This course provides students the opportunity to study vocal skills and techniques in an organized group instruction format.  Sacred and secular music of all historical periods and styles are studied and performed during winter and spring concerts.  Students learn many phases and techniques of singing which will aid each chorus member to make the most expressive use of his/her voice in a performance format.  Basic conducting skills, sight singing, part singing, ear training, exercises and proper vocal techniques are applied to a rehearsed and performed repertoire.

     
    GENERAL MUSIC (for non-band/chorus students only)

    General music in the seventh grade consists of unison, canon and part-singing.  Students learn the basic elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony and timbre) along with musical terms and symbols as they appear in the context of a musical score.  Units of study include music of the Western Hemisphere, instruments of the orchestra, great composers, learning to read the musical score and listening to all styles and periods of music to analyze its composition and making comparisons with other styles of music.

     

     

    GRADE 8

     

    REQUIRED

     

    CORE SUBJECTS

     

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    This course is designed to introduce students to early American culture and history from the Age of Discovery to the Civil War, and includes the relationship between the United States and the world.  Students continue to develop and utilize reference, study, communication, and critical thinking skills while refining and learning new geography skills.  An awareness of current events is included in this course.

     

    LANGUAGE ARTS

    The language arts course combines literature, language and writing to develop skill in all forms of communication.  Literature units include poetry, drama, the novel and the short story.  During the study of literature, students analyze the elements of plot and structure, and often respond in written form.  Writing instruction integrates the principles of language mechanics and composition.  Students follow the writing process to produce many different types of writing.

     

    INTEGRATED MATH

    This course is an integrated math program which continues to address the four major areas in mathematics: number relations, geometry and measurements, algebra, and probability/statistics. Opportunities are provided for students to acquire basic mathematical skills while expanding their mathematical knowledge to include a deeper understanding and application of skills in problem-solving situations.  This course provides a good transition to the integrated math program used at the high school.

     

    INTEGRATED MATH I HONORS

    This course introduces the integrated math sequence building on students’ middle school mathematics experience.  The core topics of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, logic, statistics/probability, discrete mathematics, and modeling are covered in depth at an accelerated pace.  Emphasis is placed on the development of real number skills, algebraic expressions, exponential functions, exponential growth and decay, right triangle trigonometry, data analysis, graphing equations, similarity, ratios, proportions, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.  Performance tasks, where students apply what they have learned throughout the year, play an important role in the course.  Technology is used to enrich problem-solving skills and to develop graphing techniques through the use of the TI 73 calculators. Entrance into course is determined by previously demonstrated achievement criteria.

     

    Acceptance into Integrated Math I Honors is dependent upon the following criteria:

    ·      Final average of “A” in grade 7 Integrated Math

    ·      Exceeds the standard on benchmark assessments

    ·      Teacher recommendation:     mastery of the basic math facts

                                                             consistent high achievement

                                                             completion of homework          

     

    SCIENCE

    This course is designed to enable the student to obtain the necessary skills in compiling evidence of a basic model of matter, offering a rudimentary knowledge of physical science and providing insight into the means by which this scientific knowledge is acquired.  By performing a series of related experiments, the identification of characteristic properties of substances is explored.  Various methods of separating solids, liquids and gases are investigated.  Students organize and present data, and groups of students compare and analyze collective results.


    REQUIRED

     

    SPECIAL SUBJECTS

               

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    The physical education program focuses on the physical development of each student.  Developmentally appropriate activities provide experiences conducive to the development of one's physical capabilities and realization of individual potential.  A healthy body and positive attitude toward physical activity as a way of spending leisure time are stressed. 

     

    EXPLORATORY WORLD LANGUAGES*

    This exploratory program allows students to sample German and Spanish cultures and languages, which prepares them to make a decision about future foreign language studies. Students spend 36 days in German class and 36 days in Spanish.

     

    FUTURES*

    This unique integrated course provides students with an opportunity to examine their personal strengths and relate them to an exploration of career opportunities.  Students work with teachers in the areas of art, business and information technology, and family and consumer sciences to develop skills in each of these areas, which helps them identify possible career interests.

     

    HEALTH*

    The eighth grade health curriculum includes four units of study:  Nutrition and Body Image, Abstinence, HIV/AIDS and Sexually-Transmitted Infections, and Violence.  Students learn about avoiding "risky" situations by making healthy, wise decisions.

     

    TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES*

    Eighth grade students pursue a curriculum dealing with manufacturing and construction.  In manufacturing, students form a materials manufacturing company and complete a mass production project.  In construction, students design and make structural models, which are then stress-tested.  A craft production materials project is also completed.

     

    *Each course lasts 36 days.  Students take all courses, one per marking period.

     

    ELECTIVES

     

    INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/BAND

    The concert band consists of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who are taught the basics of good musicianship with an emphasis on counting and development of reading skills.  Five major performances throughout the school year include  Band Night at a senior high football game, a winter concert in conjunction with the chorus, two spring concerts (March and May) and the Memorial Day parade.  Band members are expected to participate in all performances.  Small group music lessons are scheduled once during each four-day cycle.  Seating is determined by private audition held in October.

     

    VOCAL MUSIC/CHORUS

    This course provides students the opportunity to study vocal skills and techniques in an organized group instruction format.  Sacred and secular music of all historical periods and styles are studied and performed during winter and spring concerts.  Students learn many phases and techniques of singing which will aid each chorus member to make the most expressive use of his/her voice in a performance format.  Basic conducting skills, sight singing, part singing, ear training, exercises, rhythmic exercises and proper vocal techniques are applied to a rehearsed and performed repertoire.

     

    GENERAL MUSIC (for non-band/chorus students only)

    Music in eighth grade consists of unison, canon and part-singing.  Listening and performance are correlated with unit studies focusing on the music of world cultures, including the history of African-American and rock music, the musical theater, careers in music, country music, the folk song, vocal and instrumental styles, twentieth century music and contemporary electronic computer music.  Performance is encouraged through class participation by singing and playing rhythm instruments and the piano.

     

Last Modified on July 3, 2006