In seventh grade, students continue to work on a variety of skills that lead to self-advocacy and the ability to make good decisions. Organization, note-taking, developing positive peer relationships, and study skills are among the topics that are covered. Students take exams at the end of the second trimester to demonstrate their mastery of the academic curriculum in each of the five core academic courses for the first time. They also participate in interscholastic athletics with the 8th grade students. In addition to the curriculum that follows, eighth grade students may participate in these special activities:
This course is designed to build on the concepts studied in Math 6. More advanced algebra topics such as graphing linear equations, exponents and systems of equations will be studied. In addition, the students will be exposed to basic geometric concepts and applications. Applied problem solving and decision-making strategies are also used extensively.
7th Grade Science focuses on the scientific method, data collection, physics, chemistry, and fieldwork. Students learn the basic facts in various disciplines of science and develop an understanding and appreciation of a broad spectrum of scientific topics, recognizing the impact of contemporary science in their everyday lives. Students develop a literacy that enables them to search and learn on their own, utilizing various resources, allowing them to follow current research. Students work to communicate in a clear, concise manner, both verbally and in writing. Lab work encourages students to work cooperatively and challenges them to collect data accurately. Organization and attention to details is stressed on a daily basis.
The seventh grade English program is designed to develop students’ability to read, write, speak, and think critically. Assigned reading includes young adult and classic literature focusing on novels, short stories, and plays. Discussion, journal entries, essays, and creative writing provide opportunities for students to respond to the reading in a variety of ways. Students work with each other as well as the teacher throughout the writing process, from choosing a topic to proofreading a final draft. Vocabulary, grammar and spelling are addressed individually as well as in group lessons.
U.S. History: Foundations of a Nation
Students study the various social, political, and economic factors that led to the formation of the United States of America. Using diaries, journals and other primary sources along with text, students seek to identify with the institutions & traditions which have formed vs. ratio moving chronologically through the major periods of U.S. History and stresses the following historical concepts: colonization, acculturation, compromise, competition, immigration, sectionalism, and reform. Reading, note taking, discussion, simulations, formal writing, and group activities are integral components of the course. Students work with biography, art, primary source documents, music, literature, online courses, and computer simulation software.
Spanish IA will introduce basic language skills to the beginning language student. For the student with previous exposure to Spanish, it will build upon and strengthen the basic language skills learned in previous Spanish courses taken by the student.. Our text book series balances all the elements of language learning, combining vocabulary and grammar study with in-depth looks at various cultures in which Spanish is spoken, including our own. Extensive multi-media resources, including video and audio CD’s, attempt to bring the students into realistic contact with real Spanish speakers and engage them in actively learning the Spanish language. By the end of the year, students will begin to develop a foundation in Spanish speaking and comprehension skills as well as a greater understanding of the world cultures in which Spanish is spoken.
Latin IA is a course designed to meet the needs of Middle School students interested in the study of Latin beyond the previous introductory courses. For students who have some background in Latin, the course will delve more deeply into Latin grammar and culture; however students need not have any prior experience with Latin to take this course. During their studies of Latin grammar students will master the basic skills and knowledge necessary to decipher Latin texts. The focus of the grammar lessons will be on reading and translating Latin texts through the study of vocabulary, analysis of sentence structure, and patterns discovered in Latin grammar.
Students in the seventh grade drama course collaborate to develop an original play based on a folk or fairy tale. As a group they determine how to illustrate abstract concepts theatrically, employing theatrical tools and improvised movement and dialogue. Adding scenes and characters allows each member of the class to have a significant performing role of his or her design, and each student also supports the play by taking notes, responding to their peers, and performing backstage tasks. The play is performed at the end of the quarter for an audience of family and friends.
Values and Choices
This course is based on the idea that teenagers are choice-makers and that, given help, they have the capacity to choose wisely. By giving honest, straightforward information, and by sharing values, we empower teenagers to make good choices that will have a positive impact on their lives. Topics include: basic values, decision-making skills, making choices and their consequences, puberty, dating, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, teen pregnancy, birth, and planning for the future. The course includes a parent component consisting of two evening sessions and shared parent/child homework.
Working with the theme of Pubic Art and its ability to transform a space, students become familiarized with the concept of parts versus a whole. Initially students work individually to develop conceptual drawings and smaller scale paintings; these preliminary works will translate into one communal mural. The murals’ themes may vary but the involvement of each student is consistent. Students develop advanced problem solving skills and rendering skills with respect to large-scale image production. In addition, students work digitally to create site-specific public art installations that influence the perception and environment of a given space.
Information Literacy 7
Seventh grade students will develop more sophisticated search procedures for the internet and the school library. They will choose topics from a subject class class and research them in a variety of sources, both within the library and online. They will design and upload a web page on their research subject, demonstrating a beginning understanding of the HTML scripting language.They will practice computer graphics by inserting images into these documents and editing digital photographs for their web pages.
They will divide most of their in-class time learning about web publishing and elementary computer programming. They will study how the HTML language defines web pages, and how the LOGO language can create simple computer procedures and games. An engineering / robotics section will expose students to simple mechanics such as a gear box and constructing a basic robotic vehicle. Students will then learn how to program their robotic to navigate a simple obstacle course, or perform a similar series of movements, without touching the vehicle itself.