Grade 6 Language Arts & Social Studies -  Dr. Michelle Nolan

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Grade 6 Language Arts & Social Studies - Dr. Michelle Nolan

6th Grade – Language Arts:  Reading Street supports reading, writing, and language development. Students’ capacity to read complex texts will grow rapidly. Students will work independently, in small groups, and as a whole class to develop specific skills to promote their reading and writing.

6th Grade – World Geography:  Through different texts, worksheets, map activities, projects, discussions, and interactive web-based activities, studies begin with a physical and political review of the United States. This expands to studying the geography, economics, and features of Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica.



 6th Grade Language Arts & Science - Mr. Tower

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6th Grade Language Arts & Science - Mr. Tower

6th Grade – Language Arts:  Reading Street supports reading, writing, and language development. Students’ capacity to read complex texts will grow rapidly. Students will work independently, in small groups, and as a whole class to develop specific skills to promote their reading and writing.

6th Grade – Science:  Science class incorporates content utilizing differentiated instruction methods through collaborative, kinesthetic activities such as labs and projects.  These labs and projects allow for the understanding and the development of critical thinking skills. The curriculum is spiraled, encompassing a conceptual framework of Chemistry, Biology, Earth/Space, Geology and Physics. An array of opportunities to engage students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking are provided so that students learn how to investigate their questions and problems in order to effectively communicate their science knowledge and discoveries. The incorporation of technology enriches the classroom instruction and advances student learning. The implementation of interesting strategies into the curricula is crucial in structuring a positive learning environment to promote the development of students’ individual learning styles. This pedagogical methodology creates enthusiasm, encourages engagement through cooperative learning, and provides exploration opportunities in order to foster confidence and encourage the fulfillment of each student’s educational potential.

 



 Grade 6 Language Arts & Math - Mrs. Costello

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Grade 6 Language Arts & Math - Mrs. Costello

6th Grade – Language Arts:  Reading Street supports reading, writing, and language development. Students’ capacity to read complex texts will grow rapidly. Students will work independently, in small groups, and as a whole class to develop specific skills to promote their reading and writing.

6th Grade – Math:  We have a brand new math series (Math in Focus). Math in Focus is designed to teach fewer concepts at each level, but to teach them thoroughly.  This will help students build solid conceptual understanding through a focus on problem solving.



 Language Arts - Grades 7 & 8 - Mr. Pierre Collins

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Language Arts - Grades 7 & 8 - Mr. Pierre Collins

In English Language Arts, students follow syllabi that include reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students are exposed to a variety of genres, both in their independent reading, and with their class novels as well. All students write extensively, whether the writing relates to the novel we are reading in class, their independent novel, poetry, or Power Writing. Grammar is studied weekly in preparation for the 8th Grade Grammar Final, and the PRHS curriculum. Spelling and Vocabulary enrichment is covered within the context of novels, independent writing, and through a spelling/vocabulary structured curriculum. Lastly, students complete oral book reports related to their independent novels. Within these book reports, students must be able to analyze text, and the meaning behind the text. In summation, the intention of English Language Arts is to prepare the students not only for the high school, but for the world beyond.



 Science - Grades 7 & 8 - Mrs. Alison Gordon

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Science - Grades 7 & 8 - Mrs. Alison Gordon

Science classes (7-8) incorporate content utilizing differentiated instruction methods through collaborative, kinesthetic activities such as labs and projects, which allow for understanding and the development of critical thinking skills. The curriculum is spiraled, encompassing a conceptual framework of Earth/Space, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, which build from the previous year. An array of opportunities to engage students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking are provided so that students learn how to investigate their questions and problems in order to effectively communicate their science knowledge and discoveries. The incorporation of technology enriches the classroom instruction and advances student learning. The implementation of interesting strategies into the curricula is crucial in structuring a positive learning environment to promote the development of students’ individual learning styles. This pedagogical methodology creates enthusiasm, encourages engagement through cooperative learning, and provides exploration opportunities in order to foster confidence and encourage the fulfillment of each student’s educational potential.



 Social Studies - Grades 7 & 8 - Mr. Patrick Toy

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Social Studies - Grades 7 & 8 - Mr. Patrick Toy

7th Grade – The Ancient World – Through different texts, worksheets, map activities, projects, discussions, and interactive web-based activities, studies begin in the Ancient Middle East beginning with the Mesopotamian Cultures. This expands to studying Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, the Fall of Rome, and the Dark Ages. The Vikings, Medieval Times, and the Renaissance and Reformation will also be studied. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World will also be discussed and examined and a project will be completed.

8th Grade – U.S. History – Through different texts, worksheets, map activities, projects, discussions, and interactive web-based activities, studies begin with Early Explorers and the Original 13 Colonies. This expands to studying the French and Indian War, the Road to the Revolution, the American Revolutionary War, Creating a Republic, the Jefferson Era, the Industrial Revolution and Expansionism, the Jackson Era, and the Mexican War. The U.S. Constitution, politics, economics, civics, and the culture in America will also be studied.



 Math - Grades 7 & 8 - Mr. Mike Bownes

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Math - Grades 7 & 8 - Mr. Mike Bownes

Students entering the middle school have a solid foundation in elementary mathematics. They are proficient with whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. Previous knowledge has prepared them to explore and apply increasingly demanding math concepts to “real-world” and everyday situations. Instructional time focuses on a number of core critical areas: The Number System, Geometry, Data Analysis, and Algebra. Emphasis will be placed on work with Integers, Problem Solving and Equations.  The middle school years are dynamic in all aspects… including math. We want students to become active problem solvers who persevere and use the skills they’ve learned to reason through difficult problems. We want kids to stay interested and enthusiastic in math – to deepen their curiosity about “why”, not just “how” and to make connections between what they are learning in class and how it’s applied throughout the world.