Middle School

To help with the transition into middle school, 6th grade students are divided into four homerooms so that homeroom teachers can focus on the cognitive, as well as the affective development, of a child this age. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades have eight different classes each day with a separate teacher for each subject. Furthermore, throughout the middle school years, teachers help students with social and organizational skills, in addition to the accelerated academic information. We have a multi-material approach to instruction that encourages group work, collaboration, and an experiential approach to instruction along with the traditional school program. In addition to regularly scheduled P.E., Spanish and computer classes, students choose between art, music, drama, speech, computer, and physical work out/study hall for elective classes two days per week.

Religion

Religion begins a more mature study of our faith; Bible structure is studied as well as catechism (the fundamental Christian truths from which our Catholic faith is based on)

  • 6th grade – Genesis stories, Abraham and the Covenant, Exodus, Moses, Passover Advent, Christmas, family life, respect for life, basic human needs, self-respect, honoring the elderly, Baptism, Easter, Corporal Works of Mercy, Psalms, Prophets, Go Program service-learning project, and attend school Mass each week.
  • 7th grade – The Ten Commandments; fall of man, the Blessed Trinity, the Beatitudes, the Apostles, seven deadly sins, mysteries of the Rosary, martyrdom, corporal and spiritual works, biblical inspiration, Messianic Prophecy, human sexuality, Advent, Christmas, Sacraments (Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick), Eucharistic miracles, Canonization, biblical inspiration, Go Program service-learning project, and attend school Mass each week.
  • 8th grade – family life, Scripture verse, parenting, marriage, dating, right to life, moral choice and conscience, following God’s law, the Beatitudes, the Greatest Commandment, review of The Ten Commandments, Holocaust project, evangelization, our relationship with Christ, transforming the world through faith, caring for the whole human family, God’s church, Go Program service-learning project, and attend school Mass each week.
English/Literature

English/Lit studies the intricacies of the English language with an emphasis on written expression. Different genres of literature are studied, many through novel studies.

  • English – Parts of speech and diagraming of sentences (subjects, verbs, predicate nouns, direct objects, indirect objectives) fragments and run-ons, participial phrases, adjectival and adverbial clauses, propositional phrases, punctuation (sentences, abbreviations, titles of various types of works), and research methods.
  • Creative Writing – Six trait writing (ideas & content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions), the 11-sentence paragraph, expository writing (research, how-to, compare/contrast), narrative writing, persuasive writing, descriptive writing, letter writing, and poetry writing.
  • Literature – short story structure, theme, elements of plot, characterization, point of view, climax, conflict, poetry analysis (alliteration, assonance, rhyme scheme, symbolism sonnet) , mythology, autobiography
Math

Although the state requirements have recently changed and Algebra II/Trigonometry is no longer a requirement for graduation from high school, we continue to offer Algebra I to our 8th grade students to afford them the opportunity to master as high a level of math as possible.

  • 6th grade – prime numbers, exponents, variables, algebraic expressions, order of operations, number properties, graphing, ordered pairs, integers, problem solving, statistics (mean, median, mode, range), statistical representation, expanded notation, standard form, rounding, sums/differences, multiplication/division, compare/order numbers, greatest common factor, fractions (equivalent fractions, simplest form, mixed number, improper, addition, subtraction, multiplication), solving equations, geometry (angles, polygons, circles, area, perimeter), proportions, and probability.
  • 7th grade (Pre-Algebra) – plots, order of operations, integers, absolute value, 4 quadrant graphing, converting fractions to decimals and vice versa, expressions/equations, simplifying algebraic expressions, solving two-step equations, problem solving, multi-step equations, dimensional analysis, geometry (perimeter/area, transformations, polygons, circles, surface area, Pythagorean theorem), graphing (lines, intersections, slopes, y-intercept), variables on each side of equation, rates/ratios, and proportions.
  • 8th grade (Algebra) – expressions (verbal, algebraic), properties of equations, functions, solving equations (one-step, multi-step), variables, absolute value, ratio proportions, percent of change, graphing (linear equations, identify intercepts and zeroes, solve equations by graphing), find slope of line, arithmetic sequences, inductive/deductive reasoning, proportional/non-proportional, system of equations, system of linear inequalities, polynomials and exponents, quadratic functions, and exponential functions.
Science
  • 6th grade – An Introduction to Life, Earth, and Physical Science; participation in school Science Fair is required.
  • 7th grade – Life Science (organisms and genetics), participation in school Science Fair optional
  • 8th grade – Integration of Physics and Chemistry, and participation in school Science Fair is optional.
Social Studies
  • 6th grade (World History) – North Africa and Southwest Asia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, religions of Middle East, Middle Eastern countries, China and neighbors, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia mainland, Southeast Asia islands, Europe (early, modern, western, eastern), and current events.
  • 7th grade (Texas History) – Texas geography, Texas Indians, Texas explorers, missions and settlements, Mexican Texas, Texas Revolution, Republic of Texas, Texas Declaration and New Constitution, Civil War, Reconstruction, New Century-1900’s, World War I and World War II, and current events.
  • 8th grade (United States History) – colonization, exploration, American Revolution, Constitution, government and economics, political parties, sectionalism, reform era, civics, abolitionist, Manifest Destiny, Civil War and Reconstruction, Emancipation Proclamation, Equal Rights, Mock Trial, Holocaust research project, and Civil War project.