Middle School Curriculum
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We opened in 1993 with Preschoolthrough 4th grades. This year we have 221 students in Preschool through 8th grade. Our school is owned and operated as a mission of St . Peter’s Lutheran Church.
6th grade will be using One in Christ curriculum. It is a Christ centered curriculum that provides students with optimal opportunity to grow in their relationship of faith and life with Jesus Christ. The sixth grade materials of the One In Christ series are designed primarily to teach children about key concepts of faith such as law, gospel, confession, repentance, forgiveness and grace while focusing specifically on the person, attributes and work of Jesus Christ.
7th grade will be using a book called Route 66 for Bible. This is a trek through the 66 books of the Bible. Each book of the Bible is taught, with lessons focusing on providing a broad sweep of the books while asking the students to think about how the Bibles teachings affect their choices for their own lives. Students will be expected to do memory work as well as written assignments.
8th grade will be using Wise Up! for Bible. Wise Up! is based on the book of Proverbs. Wise Up! is a thought-provoking book that challenges students to apply the wisdom in Proverbs to their everyday lives.
The sixth grade language art curriculum is incorporated in our Houghton-Mifflin reading series. Book reports will add a variety of genre to our literature program.
Seventh and Eighth grade students will be using the Holt-McDougal reading series. The units we will be covering are: short stories, drama, non-fiction, folklore and tall tales, poetry and novels. Generally speaking, we will read one or two selections per week. Both 7th and 8th graders will be reading novels as well as writing several short stories of their own.
English in all three grades will entail a great deal of writing. We will be studying and applying the steps of the writing process to our written work. In addition, we will be studying grammar elements, including proper usage and parts of speech, and diagramming sentences.
Vocabulary and spelling are part of the Language Arts curriculum. Words are chosen to reflect the current assignments in various content areas. There is no spelling text for the 7th and 8th graders. Students are expected to check and self-correct their spelling on all written work. Spelling usages on a daily basis will be considered.
All middle school students take part in the Accelerated Reading (AR) program. Assignments will be made about a month in advance. Students can read books from the school library, the public library, or books purchased from book orders or stores. Books selected should match the student’s reading level, (ZPD). We encourage you to help your child develop a habit of spending 30 minutes per night reading the outside reading book. Each middle school student must have a book to read with them at all time.
In 6th grade we study Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and other ancient civilizations.
In 7th grade we study medieval societies, Europe during the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Age of Exploration. We will also study European History from 1600-1789.
In 8th grade we study American History reviewing the American Revolution, the Constitution and establishing a new nation. We will trace the growth of our country through the present day.
This year grades kindergarten through sixth will be using the new EnVision math series by Pearson. This series aligns with Common Core Standards. It also leads us into a digital age of curriculum. Each student will have their own online information to access their full student book. There are also other resources online that you as parents will have access to. We will continue with math facts in a flash this year.
Seventh grade math is Prentice Hall Pre-Algebra. The text is an in-depth study of the basic principles of algebra and geometry and will be supplemented with units on fractions and decimals. Honors math will be using Addison-Wesley’s Focus on Algebra.
The eighth grade text for math is Prentice Hall Algebra 1 as well as Addison Wesley’s Focus on Pre-Algebra. These courses are a comprehensive study of algebraic functions including linear and quadratic equations, linear inequalities, polynomials and rational and radical equations. Honors Math will be using Addison-Wesley’s Focus on Geometry.
Math Facts in a Flash is also used. This program is an approach to learn basic math facts in grades 1st-8th. Practice is done at home on the computer and student testing is done twice a week at school.
The new 6th, 7th and 8th grade science textbook series is, Focus on Science, published by Glencoe. This series includes: sixth grades studies of earth science; seventh grade is life science and 8th grade will study physical science. Each grade level will be exposed to all three disciplines of science. In science we will integrate math, spelling, and English through projects, reports and homework.
Middle School students will be in the computer lab twice a week throughout the year. The computer curriculum includes basic keyboarding and word processing, as well as other special topics which may include, spreadsheets, slide show presentations, the Internet and desktop publishing. Computer technology is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Our band is available to 4th-8th grade students and is led by Dr. Cindy Behmer. Dr. Behmer offers a Prelude Eagle Band as a fun opportunity for students to learn how to play an instrument at the beginner level. The Allegro Eagle Band is open to any 5th-8th graders who have previously participated in the SPLS Band and/or can demonstrate an intermediate level on their instrument. The band will perform a few times a year.
All middle school students will be involved in a Latin computer language program called Rosetta Stone. Latin is considered a foundation for our other languages and will give our students an understanding of language usage, roots and parts of speech. This will help our students in future language study of both English and other languages.
Middle school students will have PE four days a week. Physical fitness, team sports, and games are used to develop athletic skills. Seventh and eighth graders are required to dress for P.E. Uniforms are available for purchase in the school office. Seventh and eighth graders need a P.E. uniform and shoes the first week of school.
Responsibility is a huge topic of conversation in the middle school. We expect all students to be on time and have all they need through the day. We will not coddle your student, nor will we let him/her drown in responsibility he/she isn’t ready to handle. Expect the first few weeks of this year to be overwhelming at times for the students – it’s ok- they’ll get the hang of it.
There will be homework daily for the middle school. Homework will include finishing any undone class assignments and assigned homework. Your student should have about an hour and a half of homework each weekday.
Home and school communication is a vital link to your child having a successful school experience at St. Peter’s. It takes all of us working together to provide for your child. Each class has a class page on Sycamore School Management Systems. Each Friday the events and curriculum for the next week, (Friday notes), will be posted on the class page and also emailed to your address. You can communicate with your child’s teacher on Sycamore through the PAN (Pass A Note) system or email. The teacher will respond within 24 business hours. Please use this feature whenever you can. You may also call the school office and leave a message for the teacher to return your call.
Your Friday notes and Sycamore pages are the best way to know what is happening in your child’s school life. Your child will also bring home an envelope on Friday which will include previous finished work and the homework packet for the coming week.
Generally speaking, grades will be determined using a point system. Grades are recorded on Sycamore and can be reviewed by students and teachers. A through F grades are based 50% on daily work and 50% on assessments. Students must maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. to participate in co-curricular activities. They are placed on probation if they have an F or less than a 2.0 Late work, that is, any work not turned in when the teacher asks for it, will be given half credit if it is turned in within one day of the due date. Students who are absent will be given extra time to complete the assignments, but it is the student’s responsibility to see that make-up work is done and turned in. It is the parent’s responsibility to check grades on Sycamore and be aware of their child’s progress.
MIDDLE SCHOOL DISCIPLINE AND BEHAVIOR
Our desire is that middle school students will take responsibility for themselves and their own actions. God calls us, as teachers, to help parents to teach and students to learn how to accomplish this. Students are accountable for following the rules and guidelines in the Parent-Student Handbook.
Sixth Grade: Sixth graders are putting together “Bags of Grace” to hand out to the homeless.
Seventh Grade: Ponchos were collected for the homeless.
Eighth Grade: They will learn to loom hats and donate them to Loaves and Fishes. Last year they made 235 hats. The goal this year is 150.