Intermediate

RELIGION

  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger

Students focus on the concept of God as Trinity. They study the four marks of the Catholic Church and the meaning of the sacraments of initiation, healing and vocation. There is an emphasis on the Ten Commandments and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as well as on the many opportunities for ministry in word, worship, and service. The lives of the saints provide examples of Christian living. Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program. Students explore the concepts of human families and God’s family, using one’s senses to learn about the world, that all living things reproduce, and God’s call for us to live in community.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Reading, McMillan/McGraw Hill
  • Junior Great Books, The Great Books Foundation
  • Interactive Grammar
  • Being a Writer, Collaborative Classroom
  • D’Nealian Handwriting, Scott Foresman
  • Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning
  • Wordly Wise Vocabulary 3000, EPS
  • Criterion Online Writing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Students read anthology stories and novels for oral fluency and acquisition of comprehension, vocabulary skill development. The Accelerated Reader Program, based on personalized goals according to each student’s independent reading level that guides them to books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged. The self-paced Wordly Wise Vocabulary online program aids students in the building of their vocabulary skills and basic grammar mechanics for usage in writing. Students utilize the Criterion Online Writing Program to plan, write, and revise their essays. All students participant in the county-wide Young Author’s Faire.

 

MATH

  • My Math, McGraw-Hill
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Students develop their number sense and accuracy in all orders of operation. Students read and write decimals as well as add, subtract, and multiply decimals. Students identify proper, improper, and mixed fractions. They compare, order, add and subtract fractions. Students explore plane and solid geometry, compute perimeter and area of simple polygons and use protractors to measure angles. The ST Math, online interactive program, boosts math comprehension and proficiency through visual, spatial temporal learning that enables students to improve their conceptual understanding and problem solving skills. ST Math content objectives reinforces math concepts whereby students use abstract, quantitative, and creative reasoning to solve non-routine problems using their highest level of thinking. In addition, STAR Math, concept/standard based assessment administered three times a year enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction. 1:1 iPad integration is utilized daily to reinforce acquisition of math skills and allows for differentiated opportunities.

 

​SCIENCE

  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

Interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs to provide rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by:

  • exploring the overarching themes of science
  • asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science
  • Students conduct scientific investigations based on the scientific method to ensure successful participation in our yearly Science Fair to begin Catholic Schools Week

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Social Studies, Harcourt Brace

Students focus on American history, including such topics as the native inhabitants of America, early immigrants and early explorers, colonization, the struggle for independence, the Revolutionary War and mapping skills. They examine the geography (four regions) of the United States. Student participation in the living history experience of “Walk Through the American Revolution” deepens their understanding of early life in America. Students take on roles of famous early Americans and stage important battles of the Revolutionary War. During International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information.

The Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Art, Music, Piano, Drama, Logic and Physical Education

RELIGION

  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger

Students develop a personal relationship with God through prayer, focus on a deeper understanding of the parts of the Mass, the liturgical year, the Works of Mercy, the Beatitudes, examine the Ten Commandments, and study the lives of many saints. Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program. Using the Application of Christian principles, students explore concepts related to making good choices with the help of conscience, to the stages of human development, to having healthy habits, conception as the beginning of human life, and, responding to God’s call and our vocation.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Reading, McGraw Hill
  • Junior Great Books, The Great Books Foundation
  • Being A Writer, Collaborative Classroom
  • D’Nealian Handwriting, Scott Foresman
  • Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning
  • Wordly Wise Vocabulary 3000, EPS
  • Criterion Online Writing , Houghton Mifflin

Students grow fluency in oral reading, read anthology stories and novels to gather information for comprehension, structural analysis of vocabulary, and sill development.  The Accelerated Reader Program, based on personalized goals according to each student’s independent reading level, guides them to books that a difficult enough to keep them challenged. The self-paced Wordly Wise Vocabulary online program aids students in the building of their vocabulary skills and basic grammar mechanics. In addition to Writing Workshop, students utilize the Criterion Online Writing program to help them plan, write, and revise their essays. All students participate in the county-wide Young Author’s Faire, the Pizza Hut “Book-It” program, and “Reading Is The Goal” program sponsored by the Anaheim Ducks hockey team.

 

Math

  • My Math, McGraw Hill
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Students add and subtract whole numbers up to seven places, round whole numbers, and multiply and divide large numbers. Students compare, add and subtract fractions, identify geometric figures (up to eight-sided), formulate information into graphs, and solve complex word problems. The ST Math, online interactive program, boosts math comprehension and proficiency through visual, spatial temporal learning that enables students to improve their conceptual understanding and problem solving skills. ST Math content objectives reinforces math concepts whereby students use abstract, quantitative, and creative reasoning to solve non-routine problems using their highest level of thinking. In addition, STAR Math, concept/standard based assessment administered three times a year enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction. 1:1 iPad integration is utilized daily to reinforce the acquisition of math skills and allow for differentiated opportunities. In addition, STAR Math, concept/standard based assessment administered three times a year enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction.

 

SCIENCE

  • Life Science: Science Explorer, Prentice Hall
  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

Interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs to provide rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by:

  • exploring the overarching themes of science
  • asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science
  • Students conduct scientific investigations based on the scientific method to ensure successful participation in our yearly Science Fair to begin Catholic Schools Week

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Social Studies, Harcourt Brace

Focus is on the study of California history from the time of the early explorers to the present that include: the four geographic regions of California, California Indians, Missions, Spanish influences, pioneers, Gold Rush, statehood, coming of the railroad, agriculture, growth of cities, multicultural influences, and the growth and future of the state. Students participate in the living history experiences of “Walk Through California”, and an overnight experience on the ship “Pilgrim.” Literature related to early California includes, Two Years Before the Mast and Island of the Blue Dolphins. An annual field trip field trip to a nearby California Mission and a day trip to Sacramento rounds out the study of California history. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information.

The Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Academic Decathlon, Art, Music, Piano, Drama, and Physical Education

RELIGION

  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger
  • New American Bible

Students focus their study on the Bible as the living Word of God that brings meaning to their own lives. Each lesson reinforces and extends knowledge of Scripture and Catholic doctrine through reflection. Students deepen their understanding of the seven sacraments, learn about and celebrate the feasts and season of the Church culminating in the presentation of the Passion Play towards the end of Lent. Family Life education is an integral part of the religious education program as students explore the concepts of family values and traditions, puberty, and reproduction.

 

ENGLISH

  • Literature—Silver, Prentice-Hall
  • Junior Great Books, Great Books Foundation
  • Accelerated Reader Program, Renaissance Learning
  • Wordly Wise Vocabulary 3000, EPS

Students read and analyze literary forms: short stories, poetry, drama, non-fiction essays, American Folk tradition and novels. they use their knowledge of word origins and word relationships, as well as historical and literary contect clues to determine the meaning of specialized vocabulary and to understand the precise meaning of grade-level vocabulary words. Students progress through the stages of of the writing process in order to write clear, coherent and focused five paragraph essays. Essays contain MLA style heading, a thesis, paragraph introductions, supporting evidence and conclusions while working on Google Docs. Students participate yearly in the Knights of Columbus Essay Writing Contest, the Chapman College Holocaust Art, Writing, Poetry and Film Contest.

 

MATH

  • Course 2 Mathematics, Prentice Hall
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Students complete a high school level first-year Algebra course of study. Topic include, solving linear equations, factoring polynomials, exponent rules, coordinate geometry, equation of a line, functionis vs relations, domain and range of a function, solving two or more linear equalities or inequalities, mazimum and minimum values for a system of inequalities, inequalities with absolute value, distance formula, midpoint of a line segment, polynomials with radicals, solving quadratics, evaluating the doscrimmant, evaluating parabolas as a quadratic, application of algebraic calculation in word problems, probalitity, combinations and permutations, statistical graphs, measure of central tendency and measures of variability. ST Math, online and interactive, boosts math comprehension and proficiency through visual, spatial temporal learning that enables students to improve their conceptual understanding and problem solving. ST Math content objectives reinforces math concepts whereby students use abstract, quantitative, and creative reasoining to solve non-routine problems using their highest level of thinking. Blended and collaborative learning opportunities are experienced daily with the student’s utilization of iPad integration. In addition, STAR Math, concept/standard based assessment administered three times a year enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction.

 

SCIENCE

  • Physical Science Explorer, Prentice Hall
  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

Interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs to provide rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by:

  • exploring the overarching themes of science
  • asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science
  • Students conduct scientific investigations based on the scientific method to ensure successful participation in our yearly Science Fair to begin Catholic Schools Week

Students particiapte in various programs; the school’s Science Fair whereby the winners move on to the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair and the nation-wide program “You Be the Chemist Challenge” Channenge, YBTC – those who qualify move on to the National level. Students are encouraged to join the Explore STEAM Career Forum: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, designed specifically for middle school students held at Occidental College. Students utilize iPads for research, individual and collaborative projects, and simulations to connect their learning with virtual experiences.

 

HISTORY

  • The American Journey, Glencoe

Students study the ideas, issues, and events beginning with the framing of the Constitution through World War 1, placing an emphasis on America’s role in the wars. After reviewing the development of America’s democratic institutions founded on the Judeo-Christian heritage and English parliamentary traditions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, students trace the development of Ameican politics, society, culture, and economy, and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences. Students learn the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War. Students make connections between the rise of the industrialization and, contemoporary social and economic conditions. There is a significant and prevelant English/History cross-curricular opportunity for indepth learning and understanding of the Holocaust. Students compete in National Geography Bee and National History Day contests. Students culminate their eight grade year by traveling to Washington, D. C., in the spring, to broaden their learning experiences.

The Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Academic Decathlon, Art, Music, Piano, Drama, and Physical Education