Middle School

RELIGION

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

Tracing the roots of Christianity into the Hebrew Testament, students have a better understanding of and appreciation of the Hebrew tradition. Students learn the story of God’s chosen people and prophets, the Mosaic Law and justice and, analyze the writings of St. Paul as they attempt to determine what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program. Students explore concepts related to family backgrounds and genetics, to the importance of self-knowledge and of living true to the self, to the virtue of delaying gratification, to seeking guidance from the Church in decision-making, to changes in family life with the birth of a baby, to society’s attitudes toward aging, and to the responsibility to reach out to the suffering and needy. Students also participate in a Community Service Program. This program allow students to commit to a charity for the duration of time in middle school. Students utilize their 1:1 iPads to access material focused on the Bible and apps that provide valuable resources for Catholics.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Literature-Copper, Prentice-Hall
  • Junior Great Books, Great Books Foundation
  • Being A Writer, Collaborative Classroom
  • Wordly Wise Vocabulary 3000, EPS
  • Accelerated Reader Program, Renaissance Learning

Students study grammar, literature, writing, spelling, and vocabulary. They read grade-appropriate material and describe and connect essential ideas while engaging in shared inquiry sessions. With the support of the Being A Writer program, students learn to write narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive texts, with special focus on revisions and final copy while working in Google Docs. Reading and reciting poetry allows students to interpret and gain insight into poetry. Students also participate in Accelerated Reader (AR) that is based on personalized goals according to each student’s independent reading level that guide students to books difficult enough to keep them challenged.

 

MATH

  • Course 1 Mathematics, Prentice Hall
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Sixth grade math provides a transition in which students are presented a new level of challenge. Topics covered include order of operations, fractions, decimals, geometry, integers, etc. Most important is the “Language of Math”, an exciting new way to look at math and problem-solving. Students use their iPads to present information to the class and one another through creation of videos and interactive whiteboard apps. The St Math, online interactive program, boost 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 reasoning 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

  • Science 6, 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
  • Student’s iPad utilization is an integral part of their learning for research, reference and class presentation
  • Students participate in a four-day ECOS Science Camp outdoor education opportunity to experience science in the midst of nature in the San Bernardino Mountains.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Ancient Civilization, McGraw Hill

Students study ancient history as an opportunity to view the past. They learn about why the study of history is important, what makes civilization, etc. By participating in the living history of “Walk Through Ancient Worlds,” students discover the mysteries of the past. Students use the geographic, economic, political, religious, and social structures of early civilizations. Special focus is on Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. The students develop a working knowledge of the geo/political world and the responsibility given by God to be caretakers of His creation. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent 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
  • New American Bible

Students study “The Story of Jesus” with five major focal points: The Mystery of the Incarnation, The Meaning of the Kingdom, The Christian Life, The Paschal Mystery, and The Good News. There is increased emphasis on the New Testament study of the public life of Jesus, the Kingdom of God on earth, and the call to discipleship and to deeper relationship with Jesus and with others. Family Life education is an integral part of their religious education program whereby students explore concepts related to effective family communication, the virtue of prudence, sexual development during puberty, the dangers of substance abuse, and the helpfulness of good friends in making good choices. Students participate in a comprehensive Community Service Program whereby they commit to charity for the duration of middle school that culminates in a series of reflections and presentation that express their understanding of Catholic principles and charity.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

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

Students read and analyze several types of literature—short story, myths and folktales, drama, non-fiction, and poetry. They use their knowledge of word origins and word relationships, as well as historical and literary context clues, to determine the meaning of specialized vocabulary and to understand the precise meaning of grade-level appropriate words. Students learn and compose several styles of writing, including the personal narrative, descriptions, expository writing, and persuasive essays according to the Jane Schaffer and MLA styles while on Google docs. Emphasis will be on multi-paragraph essays that follow proper conventions in grammar, usage, and mechanics. All students participate in the Chapman College Holocaust Art, Writing, Poetry and Film Holocaust contest and the county-wide Young Author’s Faire.

 

Math

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

Students are introduced to all of the algebraic concepts and applications such as: properties (addition, multiplication, distributive, identity), definition of real numbers, definition of like terms in polynomials, order of operations, rules for exponents, solving linear equations using multiple steps, conversion of fractions/decimals/percent, statistical graphs (pie, line, bar), measures of central tendency and variance (mean, median, mode, range), probability, metric measurement conversions, Celsius/Fahrenheit temperature, percent, rations and proportions, scale drawings, trigonometric ratios, square roots, Pythagorean Theorem, and word problems for ensured success of Algebra I in their 8th grade year. ST Math, online interactive program, boosts math comprehension 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. Blended and collaborative learning opportunities are experienced daily with the student’s utilization of iPad integration.

 

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

Hands-on investigation and experimentation is an integral part of daily science along with 1:1 iPad usage for research and application. Students participate in the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair and the nation-wide You Be the Chemist Challenge (YBTC) Competition; those who qualify move on the National Level of competition. Students experience the “Galapagos Island of the Northern Hemisphere” by participating in a three-day field studies opportunity to the Channel Islands off the coast of Ventura, California.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Medieval and Early Modern Times, Glencoe

Students study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A.D. 500-1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. They examine the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They learn about the resulting growth of Enlightenment philosophy and the new examination of the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings and the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today. A day field trip to a mosque, a synagogue, and an orthodox church as well as the Tolerance museum are a part of their studies. The students also participate in National History Day and the National Geography Bee. 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 study Church History and Family Life, “recognizing the value of church history in understanding God and their Catholic faith. They deepen their understanding of the main concepts in the family life course of study. Additional emphasis is placed on Catholic vocabulary and terminology. Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program. In addition, students explore concepts related to the responsibility of forming a right-minded conscience, an awareness of their talents that need to be put at the service of God’s kingdom, the sacredness of all human life, making intelligent choices in conjunction with healthy living, and lifelong fidelity in marriage. All seventh and eighth graders are required to participate in a Community Service program whereby they commit to a local charity for two years. This experience culminates in a series of journal reflections and a technology-based presentation at the end of eighth grade to share their experiences and express their understanding of basic Catholic principles and charity put into practice.

 

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 context 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 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, functions vs relations, domain and range of a function, solving two or more linear equalities or inequalities, maximum 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 discriminant, evaluating parabolas as a quadratic, application of algebraic calculation in word problems, probability, 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 reasoning 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 participate 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” Challenge, 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 American 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, contemporary social and economic conditions. There is a significant and prevalent English/History cross-curricular opportunity for in depth 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