Middle Schoolers learn that all events in their lives connect to their faith. They begin to understand symbols, stories, and religious images of God in a way that is deeper and more personal than the Bible stories that they heard in elementary school. As they develop as teenagers, all the stories in the Bible take on greater meaning. Religion class helps foster opportunities to replace interest in fantasy and fairy tale with interest in true‐to‐life stories that originate in the life of the Church, in their own communities and cultures; like the real stories of saints like Saint Nicholas and Saint Patrick. Most importantly in Religion class is open dialogue. Children are encouraged to ask questions about the stories in the Bible. We will use daily situations and discussions to help students develop skills in moral decision making. Service projects within the community are required for Middle Schoolers and help develop a sense of solidarity with their communities. Religion class is a course where your child will grow in faith and love for Christ, others and themselves.
Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing are considered the five content areas needed to incorporate an English Language Arts Education. The curriculum, which utilizes instruction, as well as assessment techniques, helps seamlessly combine all five contents in the classroom. Each individual area assists in supporting one another to enhance those much needed critical thinking skills required for a student’s Middle School years. Our Language Arts Program combines critical thinking with content. The Middle School students focus on ideas, themes, issues, problems, and conflicts found in literature in order to develop a strong base of reading comprehension skills as well as develop as strong writers and will be able to apply these skills in high school.
In Social Studies, students focus on skills they can use not only in the classroom, but for the rest of their lives. Using historical content as an exciting and engaging vehicle, students practice these skills throughout the year toward eventual mastery. The Middle School Social Studies curriculum focuses heavily on reading, critical thinking, effective note‐taking, and organization. These skills form the basis for a positive and successful transition to the high school level. While practicing these skills, students also grapple with historical content that challenges their perspectives of the world. They encounter new ideas and concepts that help them grow and begin to form their own identities. Our end goal is shaping thoughtful, inquisitive young people who have the skills and confidence to assert themselves in the world and become a positive influence on all those they encounter.
Small classes enable the teacher to interact one on one helping to motivate each student to achieve their personal potential. Technology such as i‐Pads, laptops, and a SMART projector into the classroom helps students to have a broader view of the problem‐solving process. These gadgets allow students to be engaged in fundamental math skills and also build their skill set with technology. Differentiated learning, individualized and cooperative learning is necessary to prepare students for more advanced math topics. Our 6th and 7th Grade students are learning the fundamental math skills and basic algebra concepts to prepare them for 8th Grade. In 8th grade, all students have the opportunity take Algebra I for high school credit.