Grades Seven and Eight

Social Studies:

Amy True, Teacher

Text: Holt United States History

The seventh and eighth grade topics for the 2020-2021 school year are:

The Roaring Twenties
The Great Depression
World War II
Early Years of the Cold War
The Civil Right Movement

 

English:  

Kate Segal, Teacher

Our English/Language Arts program encompasses listening, speaking, literature, poetry, reading, writing, and grammar.  Many of the novels, essays, and poems are integrated with Social Studies. Vocabulary, spelling, and grammar lessons are an integral part of the reading and writing curriculum.  Students share what they are reading, writing and thinking, often using Google Docs. We assess reading skills using NWEA Measures of Academic Progress and Fountas and Pinnell; we use this data to inform the individual, targeted student instruction. Skills include meaning and context of informational text and literary text and language, craft, and structure of informatinal text and literary text.

 

Science

Melissa Reynolds, Teacher

Text and Labs: ScienceFusion

ScienceFusion® combines interactive digital engagement to support students so they acquire an in-depth understanding. Class instruction includes in person and digital lessons and in class labs, as well as virtual Labs, enhanced by more than 3,000 videos, animations, and simulations. The 7/8 grade topics include Cells and Heredity,The Diversity of Living Things and Ecology and the Environment.

 

Math

Missy Joyce, Teacher

Text:  Big Ideas Math

Students master content through inductive reasoning opportunities, engaging activities that provide deeper understanding, concise stepped-out examples, rich thought-provoking exercises, and a continual building on what has been previously taught.

Big Ideas Math delivers a balanced instructional approach of discovery and direct instruction. This approach opens doors to abstract thought, reasoning, and inquiry as students persevere to answer the Essential Questions that drive instruction. Clearly stepped-out examples complete the lesson and provide students with the precise language and structure necessary to build mathematical understanding and proficiency.

Topics covered include Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability and are assed with NWEA Measures of Academic Progress in Real and Complex Numbers, Algebraic Thinking, Statistics and Probability and Geometry.

 

Religion

Amy True, Teacher and Mount Saint Mary Academy Ministry Director

Text: Sadlier We Believe

Our religious instruction is Gospel-based.  The program is centered on God as Creator, Jesus as Teacher, and Holy Spirit as Inspiration.  Students are taught the importance of prayer and how to pray.  The doctrine taught focuses on the main beliefs of the Catholic Faith.   In keeping with our Mercy traditions, community outreach is an integral part of the religious instruction., although limited this school year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Children are exposed to stories in scripture and are taught how to live out the message of Jesus in their daily lives.    The key concepts of our program are to unite ourselves with God, in whose image we were created, to
follow Jesus' greatest commandment "to love one another," to care for those most in need as directed by Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy and to make formal and informal prayer a part of our lives.

SCHEDULE

8:00-8:30 Religion

8:30-9:15  English

9:30-10:15  Math

10:15-11:00 Targeted Instruction

11:00-11:30  Social Studies

12:00-12:45 Specials or Readnig

12:45-1:30 Science

1:35-2:15  Specials

Specials include PE/Health, Music, Spanish, Art, Technology, and Band