Middle School Curriculum
Learning is an active and vital process for students in grades sixth through eighth grades. Students study the core subjects of English-Language Arts, Reading/Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Religion.
Major curriculum and assessment resources include:
- McGraw-Hill Study Sync (ELA)
- Big Ideas Math
- Discovery Education Science Techbook Online
- Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook Online
- Renaissance Learning STAR Assessment for Reading and Mathematics
- Accelerated Reading Program
Middle School Curriculum
Our middle school language arts and math programs are comprehensive and based on the Common Core Standards. Our language arts program utilizes the digital curriculum resources found in the StudySync Literacy Program to help prepare students for college, careers, and life beyond St. Anne. This curriculum combines whole class novels, short stories, and informative text with dynamic digital an social media-like content. This will give students the opportunity to learn and apply the college and career readiness standards such as understanding key details and main idea, analyzing cause and effect, drawing inferences and conclusions, and evaluating information.
Our math program gives students a strong understanding of mathematics skills and facts, the number system, number operations, measurement & data, geometry, algebraic thinking, statistics & probability, expressions & equations, and functions. STAR Assessments and IXL Math are used in addition to the regular math curriculum to aid in assessing progress and providing extra support for all learners. The main curriculum resource is Big Ideas Math which takes an exploratory approach to math instruction and learning as students use real-world scenarios to address problems and apply their learning. The program provides ample opportunities and resources for differentiation allowing me to address the needs of all my students at their level. The online components provide students with additional resources including instructional videos and interactive explorations and manipulatives.
Our middle school science & social studies programs utilize the Discovery Education Techbooks to transform our students into scientists, engineers, and historians. Our science curriculum aligns to the Next Generation Science Standards while integrating digital media resources and simulations with STEM practices in our hands-on weekly science lab. Our social studies curriculum aligns to the Common Core Reading Standards for History/Social Studies.
While our Catholic identity is woven throughout our curriculum in all courses, our religion program provides students with a more in-depth study and application of our Catholic faith. Students learn of the Gospel's message, our Church's history and traditions, and ways to proclaim and live their faith in their daily lives. Throughout the year, our students gather to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy to care for the homeless, the sick, the elderly, the imprisoned or the dead by either visiting the Catholic Worker, a local nursing home or rehabilitation center, supporting the Get on the Bus Program, attending funerals for various members of our community, or raising funds for various service organizations that support those in need.
There is an essential integration of technology as all middle school grades participate in a 1-to-1 iPad program. Students conduct and gather research, giving them the opportunity to evaluate and summarize information and ideas, in order to answer questions and solve problems.
St. Anne Art program aims to open up the imagination and creativity of our students in grade 1st - 8th, while giving them the fundamentals in Art concepts, techniques, and Art History, through cross-curriculum in art and other academic subjects. Each class will complete a variety of projects throughout the year, giving each student the confidence to express individual creativity, build skills, and learn art concepts and art history. Each year's curriculum is built on what was taught in previous years.
The primary objective of our program is to focus our students' attitude toward physical activity and foster a greater understanding of its relationship with lifelong health and personal well-being. We encourage students to learn skills for participation in a variety of sports and activities, to gain an understanding of movement and spatial awareness, and to develop an appreciation for a healthy, active lifestyle. Students develop sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership abilities through appropriate activities and competition.