English Language Arts courses build on the foundation students need to navigate different types of literature and writing. English Language Arts integrates reading, writing, listening and speaking, and language while using the state-adopted, board-approved textbook curriculum. Classes are transitioning to align to the new Common Core National Standards. All seventh grade students will have a Core ELA class and an additional Companion ELA class. The companion class is based on individual student need to help maximize student achievement. The eighth grade courses build and enrich critical thinking skills using continued strategies for improving academic success in English Language Arts. Through a variety of research-based instructional strategies, students read complex texts, both literay and informational, while exploring Essential Questions and Universal concepts. Students' ciritical thinking skills are reinforced using research-based reading, writing, and language strategies. Additionally, students technological and collaborative skills are fostered through digital and online opportunities.
World History is a semester class for 7th grade students. The course extends the student's understanding of history and geography with a major focus on social, cultural, and technological change during the period A.D, 500 to 1789. Topics will include the fall of Rome, growth of Islam, Middle-Ages in Africa, China, Japan, and Europe, early civilizations of the Americas, European Renaissance, Reformation, Exploration, and Enlightenment. The importance of geography receives emphasis in all units of world history instruction.
United States History
US History is a year course open to 8th grade students. The course extends the student's knowledge of America heritage, institutions, geography, and culture, beginning with a review of exploration and colonization, American independence, the development of the Constitution, and the structure of the federal government. The primary focus of student will be the nineteenth century. Major topics will include nationalism, manifest destiny, westward movement, Native America cultures, sectionalism, Civil War and Reconstruction, and industrialization. Linking past to present, the student sees that American democracy expands through increased civil rights and greater citizen participation. w
All students are enrolled in one year of mathematics in grade seven and one year in grade eight. Placement is determined by the District Placement Matrix.
Math 7 is a grade level class focused on the following critical areas: understanding of and applying proportional relationships; developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; solving problems involving scale drawings, area, surface area and volume; and drawing inferences about population based on samples.
Math 7 Companion
This course offers support to students currently enrolled in Math 7. This course will include hands-one, instructional approaches and reinforce prerequisite skills and concepts. The major goal of this course is to assist students in developing skills necessary to meet the 7th grade Mathematical content standards.
Math 8 is open to grades 7 and 8. This course will focus on the following critical areas: formulating and reasoning with expressions and equations and solving linear equations; grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; analyzing figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
Math 8 Companion
This course offers support to students currently enrolled in Math 7. This course will include hands-one, instructional approaches and reinforce prerequisite skills and concepts. The major goal of this course is to assist students in developing skills necessary to meet the 8th grade Mathematical content standards.
Year course open to grades 7 and 8. Required Prerequisites: Placement will be determined by District Placement Matrix. This course will focus on developing understanding of mathematical relationships through variables and unknowns that represent numbers and quantities. Students will extend their understanding of algebraic structure and real number systems while simplifying and solving expressions, equations, and inequalities. Students will build functions in modeling contexts in different forms. Students will use formal means of assessing how models fit data. The major goal of this course is to assist students in developing skills necessary to meet the Algebra content standards. Successful completion of Algebra I will satisfy the Algebra high school graduation requirements.
Year course open to grade 8 – Required Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1P Placement will be determined by District Placement Matrix. This course will focus on geometric reasoning and the study of plane figures using precise definitions and developing structured proofs. Students will extend their understanding of transformations through the concepts of congruence and similarity with different plane figures such as triangles and other polygons. Students will be introduce to the concepts of right triangle trigonometry and properties of circles. Students will explore probability concepts and use of probability in real world situations.