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Middle school is made up of students in the 6th-8th grades who attend 50-minute classes.

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Grade 6


  • Continue to improve basic written expression skills, which include proper punctuation, accurate spelling, word choice, fluency, and organization
  • Be re-introduced to the outline of a five paragraph essay – Introduction – Body (3 Paragraphs) – Conclusion
  • Focus on each paragraph included in an essay response using 5-7 sentences in length
  • Be introduced to the idea of poetry reading and writing
  • Continue to self-edit any and all written expression assignments
  • Begin to peer edit writing pieces
  • Determine the correct usage of punctuation through written language
  • Determine all forms of nouns; common, proper, singular, plural,and possessives
  • Identify all forms of verbs; action, helping, linking, transitive, intransitive, and all tenses
  • Determine and identify the differences between adjectives and adverbs
  • Be able to identify a preposition and phrase in which is connected
  • Construct a complete sentence using all forms of grammar and the seven parts of speech correctly
  • Recognize and put into practice the process of paragraph formations
  • Gain an understanding and implement the six writing traits
  • Develop necessary skills and experience reading a variety of age appropriate and grade level novels
  • Use literary evidence when reading appropriate grade level novels
  • Identifyand explain the author’s purpose; persuasive, informative, and entertainment
  • Identify, describe, and use literary skills and story elements correctly; identifying characters, setting, theme, main event(s), climax, resolution, foreshadowing, making predictions, inferring, and listing differences and similarities
  • Read and evaluate nonfiction compositions and materials
  • Use various forms of graphic organizers to evaluate written material; Venn diagrams, compare and contrast charts, and T-Charts
  • Continue to build on grade level appropriate vocabulary and implement their knowledge throughout language arts

Human Geography

  • Mapping and World Geography
  • Exploring geographical features of our world today
  • Exploring human culture from around the world
  • Human-Environmental Interaction and the impact it has had on our world today
  • Applying the 5 Themes of Geography to our World Studies
  • Mapping of and study of Africa, The United States, Canada, Russia, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and as many places in the world we possibly can- inclusive of cultural, political, and economic systems in the world today.
  • Various speakers/field trips/projects throughout the school year
  • Recognizing Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Development of critical thinking skills in today’s political and worldview environment and applying Catholic Social Teaching to same


  • Understand a ratio as a comparison of two quantities and represent these comparisons
  • Solve problems involving ratios and rates
    • Create tables of equivalent ratios and find missing values in the tables
    • Solve unit rate problems
    • Solve percent problems (finding whole given part, the part given the whole, and percentage) 
    • Convert measurement units within and between two systems of measurements (use ratios to compare sizes of similar figures with different units) 
  • Compute and interpret quotients of positive fractions
  • Compute with non-negative multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples
  • Demonstrate fluency with division of multi-digit whole numbers
  • Demonstrate fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals
  • Find common factors and multiples
    • Find the greatest common factor and the least common multiple
    • Use distributive property to express a sum of two whole numbers with a common factor as a multiple of a sum of two whole numbers
  • Understand that the absolute value of a rational number is its distance from 0 on the number line
  • Extend prior knowledge to generate equivalent representations of rational numbers between fractions, decimals, and percentages (limited to terminating decimals and/or benchmark fractions of 1/3 and 2/3)
  • Solve problems involving the four arithmetic operations with integers, fractions, and decimals including order of operations
  • Create and evaluate expressions involving variables and whole number exponents
    •  Identify parts of an expression using mathematical terminology
    •  Evaluate expressions at specific values of the variables
    •  Evaluate non-negative rational number expressions
    •  Write and evaluate algebraic expressions
    •  Understand the meaning of the variable in the context of a situation
  • Write and solve equations using variables to represent quantities, and understand the meaning of the variable in the context of the situation
  • Find the area and perimeter of polygons by composing or decomposing the shapes into rectangles or triangles


  • The Characteristics of Cells
  • Observing cells with a Microscope
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Lab: Surface Area to Volume Ratio in a Cell
Organisms as Systems
  • Levels of Organization in Organisms
  • Plant Bodies as System
  • Animal Bodies as System
  • Information Processing in Animals
Reproduction, Heredity, and Growth
  • Inheritance
  • Asexual and Sexual Reproduction
  • Plant Reproduction and Growth
  • Animal Reproduction and Growth
Matter and Energy in the Living System
  • Matter and Energy in Organisms
  • Investigating Decomposers
  • Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
  • Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
Relationship in Ecosystems
  • Parts of an Ecosystem
  • Resource Availability in Ecosystem
  • Patterns of interactions
Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Biodiversity in Ecosystems
  • Changes in the Ecosystem
  • Maintaining Biodiversity
The History of Life on Earth
  • The Fossil Record
  • Patterns of Change in Life on Earth
  • Evidence of Common Ancestry
  • Genetic Change and Traits
  • Natural Selection
  • Speciation and Extinction
Human Influence on Inheritance
  • Artificial Selection
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Human Senses
  • Sheep Brain
  • Frog
  • Earthworm


    • God ordered all of creation to the good
    • All of God’s creation and communication with man is to communicate God’s love and goodness and to invite us to share that love and goodness
    • Salvation History 
    • The Moral Law 
    • 10 Commandments
    • The Mass, the source and summit of our Catholic faith
    • Family Life instruction
Devotional life
    • The Saints
    • Regular visits to the adoration chapel 
    • Observance of liturgical seasons. 
    • Personal Prayer
    • Rosary 
    • Stations of the Cross

Grade 7


  • Apply correct usage of semicolons, colons, hyphens, dashes and parentheses
  • Differentiate and show understanding of compound and complex sentences and subordinating conjunctions
  • Recognize pronouns such as interrogative, demonstrative, reflexive and intensive
  • Identify and use correct verbs such as perfect tenses, progressive forms, active and passive voice, and inverted and interrupted order
  • Identify the indirect and direct object and its relation to the direct object
  • Recognize and use collective and compound nouns appropriately
  • Recognize adjective and adverb phrases and their placement in the sentence
  • Combine related simple sentences into complex sentences by using subordinating conjunctions to develop sentence fluency
  • Diagram sentences to show visual representation of the structure of a sentence
  • Apply the writing process in various types of writing such as persuasive, expository, and five paragraph essay
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative language and connotative meanings using context, affixes, or reference materials
  • Analyze how the setting, characters, and plot of a text affect each other and contribute to meaning
  • Analyze how an author develops his/her point of view or purpose and distinguishes it from those of others
  • Compare and contrast information presented in different mediums
  • Review, revise, and edit writing with consideration for the task, purpose and audience
  • Read and comprehend informational text independently
  • Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems 


Circulation of Earth’s Air and Wind
  • Circulation in the Earth’s Atmosphere
  • Model of Formation of Wind
  • Circulation in the Earth’s Oceans
  • Lab: Exploring the Density of Water
Weather And Climate
  • Influences on Weather
  • Weather Prediction
  • Model of Air Mass Interaction
  • Influences on Climate
Geological Processes and History
  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition
  • Model Erosion and Deposition
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Model Crystal Formation
  • Earth’s Plates
  • Model the movement of Earth’s plates.
  • Earth’s Changing Surface
Earth Through Time
  • The Age of Earth’s Rocks
  • Modeling Rock Layers to Determine Relative Age
  • Earth’s History
Earth’s Natural History
  • Natural Hazards
  • Interpreting and analyzing Data
  • Natural Hazard Prediction
  • Reducing the Effects of Natural History
Resources on Earth
  • Natural Resources
  • The Distribution of Natural Resources
Using Resources
  • Human Population and Resource Use
  • Resource Use and Earth System
Human Impact on Earth System
  • Human Impacts
  • Reducing Human Impacts on the Environment
  • Climate Change
Design And Modeling Science and Computer
  • Design Process
  • 3D and Multiview Drawings
  • Computer Aided Design software
  • 3D printing


Key questions
    • How does God share His Life and Love with us?
    • Why does God share His Life and Love with us?
    • Faith and Reason
    • Divine Revelation: Scripture and Tradition
    • Grace and Virtue
    • Salvation History
    • The saving mission of Jesus Christ
    • Family Life instruction
Devotional life
    • The Saints
    • Regular visits to the adoration chapel 
    • Observance of liturgical seasons. 
    • Personal Prayer
    • Rosary 
    • Stations of the Cross

World History

  • Mapping
  • History, Culture, Geography from a worldview perspective
  • Citizenship and Economic Systems ranging from the very first social groups to today’s political and economic systems
  • Political Systems from a worldview beginning with Egypt and moving toward today’s political systems from a worldwide cultural perspective
  • World Cultural Belief Systems
  • Recognizing Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Development of critical thinking skills in today’s worldview environment and applying Catholic Social Teaching of same
  • Various speakers, field trips, and projects throughout the school year

Grade 8


  • Apply correct usage of comma, semicolon, colon, and parentheses in appositives, complex and compound sentences, and essential and nonessential clauses
  • Distinguish between essential and nonessential clauses, using appropriate relative pronouns
  • Show correct usage of interrogative pronouns such as who and whom
  • Identify and demonstrate correct use of verbals and verbal phrases such as participles, infinitives,  and gerunds
  • Apply correct use of subject-verb agreement in written work
  • Combine related clauses into compound-complex sentences to vary sentence structure
  • Create and evaluate various types of writing such as persuasive, expository, research, and five paragraph essay
  • Diagram sentences to show visual representation of the structure of a sentence
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings using context, affixes, or reference materials
  • Analyze how literary devices are used to develop setting, reveal character, advance the plot, and contribute to meaning
  • Analyze how an author’s choice concerning a text’s organization or overall structure contributes to meaning
  • Compare and contrast information presented in different mediums
  • Read, revise, and edit writing with consideration for the task, purpose and audience
  • Read and comprehend informational text independently
  • Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems 

History (American) 

  • Recognizing Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Current Events in our world today and their relevance to our lives and our faith
  • Government and Civics
  • Development of critical thinking skills in today’s political and worldview environment and applying Catholic Social teaching to same
  • Early exploration overview
  • Revolutionary Era, War of 1812 Civil War, World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam Conflict, Bosnian War, The Holocaust, The Civil Rights Movement
  • Economic and Political structures both in the United States and abroad as they relate to the American Political and Economic Systems we have in place today
  • Various speakers/field trips/projects throughout the school year 


  • Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • Transformation and Transfer of Energy
  • project : Build a toy that teaches the transfer and transformation of energy.
Changes in Energy
  • Temperature and Heat
  • The Structure of Matter
  • Properties of Matter
  • Atoms and Elements
  • Molecules
  • Lab: Measuring Density
  • Investigation of Pressure Changes
  • Project: Build Models of Molecules
States of Matter and Changes of State
  • States of Matter
  • Changes of State
  • Investigation:  Observing Changes of State
Chemical Processes and Equations
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Chemical Equations
  • Investigation of Pressure Changes
  • Thermal Energy and Chemical Processes
Chemistry of Materials
  • Natural and Synthetic Materials
  • The Life Cycle of Synthetic Materials
  • Project Build a lunch container that keeps food cold.
Forces and Motion
  • Forces
  • Gravity and Friction
  • Newton's Law of Motion
  • Investigation Collision of Objects
Electric and Magnetic Forces
  • Magnetic Forces
  • Electric Forces
  • Fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Forces experimental kits


    • Nature of the Church
    • Church History
    • Church Teaching
    • CHOSEN Confirmation program
    • Service
    • Family Life instruction
    • Personal role and vocation in the Church
Devotional life
    • The Saints
    • Regular visits to the adoration chapel 
    • Observance of liturgical seasons. 
    • Personal Prayer
    • Rosary 
    • Stations of the Cross

Math in Grades 7 and 8

The progression of Math classes in grades 7 and 8 is either:

Math in Grade 7 and Pre-Algebra in Grade 8, or
Pre-Algebra in Grade 7 and Algebra in Grade 8

Grade 7 Math

  • Analysis of Proportional Relationships
    This includes: Computation of unit rates, understanding slope as a direct variation, comparing two proportional relationships both mathematically and visually as they appear on a coordinate plane.
  • Application and Extension of Rational Number Operations
    This includes: A fluency of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with rational numbers; the relationship between integers, absolute value, and their distance on the numberline; conversion of rational numbers to decimals;
  • Use of Algebraic Expressions and Equations
    This includes: simplifying and faction expressions; use of equivalent representations; writing and solving equations and inequalities; using estimation and mental computation strategies to assess reasonableness of solutions.
  • Construction of Geometric Figures and Understanding the Relationships Between Them
    This includes: Understanding of scale drawings; using tools to construct shapes; knowing the formulas for measurements of two- and three-dimensional geometric figures and understanding the relationships between those measurements; and solving for missing measurements of geometric figures.
  • Drawing Inferences of a Population
    This includes: Analyzing different data distributions using statistical measures, comparing the numerical measures of center, measures of frequency, and measures of variability; and understanding the purpose, efficacy, and validity of using random sampling when collecting data.
  • Application of Probability Models.
    This includes: Determining the probability of a simple event; predicting outcomes and performing experiments that model theoretical probability; explaining outcomes; finding probabilities of compound events. 


  • Exploration of the Real Number System
    This includes: generating equivalent expressions, understanding the relationship between a decimal and its fraction, approximation of irrational numbers and their respective place on the number line.
  • Operations with Radicals and Integer Exponents
    This includes: Generating equivalent expressions; solving equations with square and cube roots; expressing quantities in scientific notation and approximating differences between numbers written in scientific notation; using scientific notation to solve problems
  • Proportional Relationships, Lines, and Linear Equations
    This includes: Graphing direct variation; graphing linear functions; writing equations for linear functions using multiple forms
  • Linear Equations and Inequalities
    This includes: Solving linear equations; being able to identify linear equations with one solution, no solution, and infinitely many solutions; characteristics of perpendicular and parallel lines; solving and analyzing systems of linear equations
  • Congruence and Similarity of Geometric Figures
    This includes: Verifying congruence or similarity; application of rigid transformations; describing the effect of dilations, translations, rotations, and reflections of figures on a coordinate plane; interior angle sum of triangles; relationship between interior and exterior angles of triangles; and angle properties when parallel lines are cut by a transversal.
  • Measurement of Geometric Figures
    This includes: Use and application of the Pythagorean Theorem in formula and in finding the distance between points in the coordinate plane system; volume and surface area of cones and spheres.
  • Patterns of Bivariate Data
    This includes: construction and interpretation of scatter plots; patterns of association between two variables; data presented in a two-way table.
  • Evaluation of Linear Functions
    This includes: Function notation, relationship between relations and functions, graphing functions, recognizing constant rate of change (slope); modeling relationships; determining parameters.

Algebra 1

  • Properties of Rational Exponents
    This includes: rewriting expressions; using units to solve problems; conversion of units and rates; using appropriate quantities.
  • Interpretation and Use of Algebraic Structure
    This includes: creating equivalent expressions and equations of polynomials; finding zeros of quadratics by factoring; finding maximum and minimum of quadratics by completing the square.
  • Equations that Describe Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Relationships
    This includes: creating and graphing linear, quadratic, and exponential equations in two variables; systems of equations and inequalities and interpreting data points as a solution or non-solution; solving literal equations for a specified variable.
  • Process of Solving Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
    This includes: quadratic formula; analyzing methods for solving quadratics; solving systems of equations algebraically and graphically; graphing solutions; solving problems involving systems of linear inequalities.
  • Operations on Polynomials
    This includes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of polynomials; division of polynomials by monomials.
  • Functions and Their Properties
    This includes: domain and range; function notation; interpreting functions in terms of context; average rate of change within an interval; graphing; identifying key features of a graph; translating between equivalent forms of a function to reveal properties of the function.
  • Construction and Comparison of Linear, Quadratic, an Exponential Models
    This includes: growth and decay of exponential functions; identifying increasing and decreasing intervals; arithmetic and geometric sequences; recursive and explicit forms; finding terms of a sequence.
  • Summarize, Represent, and Interpret Data
    This includes: shape of data distribution; effects of outliers; relative frequencies; scatterplots of bivariate data; correlation coefficients; correlation vs. causation