Core Subjects Grades: Y7, Y8 & Y9
Communication skills are developed through writing, reading, speaking, listening, spelling, and vocabulary. Social studies are approached from historical, geographic, civic, and economic perspectives. Working from the concrete to the abstract, students explore, describe, compare, and explain humans and their environments. Themes include interdependence, rights and responsibilities, and connections with the past. Class room activities include research, discussion, and projects. Creative expression is encouraged through storytelling, role-playing, drawing, singing, and performing. Numerous resources include our extensive library, field trips, textbooks, course packs, magazines, primary sources, the Internet, guest speakers, plays, and films.
Japanese as taught in the public school curriculum including introduction to terms and terminology used in the other subjects for a wholesome learning experience.
Middle school students learn to get their grips on mathematics, to think and reason about operations and procedures as they engage in them, to problem solve in real life. A strong understanding of concepts that builds year to year and an atmosphere that encourages resourceful and independent thinking are keys to mathematical success.
The MS math program fosters competence and confidence in basic skills and mathematical reasoning. The threads linking each grade level include instruction in patterns, relationships and functions, geometry and measurement, data analysis and statistics, number sense and numeration, numerical and algebraic operation, analytical thinking, probability and discrete mathematics. Manipulation and use of of math tools (such as calculators, computers, compasses, protractors, pattern blocks, and geo-boards etc.,) are also used to develop concepts.
Life Science, earth science, physics and chemistry are the main components of this spiraling curriculum. The hands-on program is designed to increase interest in science, develop skills through the use of the scientific method, and ensure a strong knowledge base in every student.
The science course will introduce students to a variety of science topics, skills and ideas. Students will have the opportunity to explore several different scientific fields through research, experimentation, and interactive activities. Throughout the course, students will use the scientific method and understand that the scientific method applies to all scientific disciplines and endeavors.
This covers the relevant topics in all the major disciplines, building on prior knowledge and expanding on subjects introduced earlier in middle school. They will move on to discuss principles of physical science and energy.
In the life science portion of the course, students will cover structure and function of organisms, genetics, and evolution, and tenets of ecology. This will flow into the environmental science topics including earth’s cycles and environmental problems. A brief discussion of the solar system will also be covered. Students will learn about the assigned topics through interactive activities, experimentation, discussion, and engaging text and animations. Graded assignments will be stimulating and thought-provoking, hopefully paving the way for future interest in the scientific disciplines.
Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in healthy decision making, problem solving, goal setting, and effective communication and refusal negotiation. Students will acquire the skills necessary to recognize unhealthy and risky behaviors, manage peer pressure, and develop strategies for improving personal and community health. Student will gain an understanding of the many different influences on one’s health and the interrelationships that occur between mental, physical, social, spiritual and environmental health.
Students begin to expand their understanding of History, Civics and Government, Geography, Economics, and Individuals, Society, and Culture by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations.
Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Students will have the opportunity to explore civilizations by learning about the history, culture, citizenship, economy, religions, and government of the different cultures present at that time. In so doing, the students will learn and utilize math, science, technology, and critical thinking skills in daily learning. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link between or World today and these ancient worlds.
Students will be taken through the disciplines of world history, landform and geography, money and economics, the powers and parallels of political science, sociology, and anthropology. Through hands-on tutorials and interaction with animation that brings this history to life, students will acquire the skills necessary to study and understand world cultures, while examining their unique physical features using state-of-the-art electronic geographic tools. Students will be taken through Revolutionary Europe, then to the Industrial Revolution, nationalism and Imperialism, and on to World Wars I and II. They’ll discover the wonders of Colonial India, become informed about the United Nations as a peacekeeping and political force, the politics of the war in Vietnam, and past and current issues in the Middle East. Finally, they’ll discover modern Africa and understand its history, to end with a broad but compelling introduction to the Information and Space Ages.
The Information Technology projects make it easy to integrate technology into the curriculum. For example, many of the projects apply skills from subject areas such as language arts, social studies, geography, history, drama, or visual arts. Moreover, the assignments are often open ended allowing the teacher to narrow the topic to those studied as part of a curriculum unit such as a geographic location, significant person, or concept.
Sample Files: Sample files are critically evaluated to determine the components that make the product effective.
Resources: Resource files such as such as sound clips and video clips let students produce original work.
Real-World Applications: The scenarios in the intermediate projects simulate real-world uses of technology.
Combine Software: Problem solving tasks require the use of more than one Microsoft Office application.
Detailed Instructions: Illustrated instructions make it easy for middle school students to work independently.
Relevant Themes: Activities are designed specifically for teenagers, with tasks they find interesting, such as the publication of a teen magazine.
Collaborative Activities: Students co-operate to complete a task such as film a video or make investment decisions.
The students will be introduced to health related fitness components, dance, healthy choices and lifetime choices. They will learn the essential principles to live a healthy, active lifestyle. During this subject, the students will learn that content areas of science, social studies, math and English are involved with physical education and apply in our daily lives.
More intensive course work related to learning Mandarin Chinese as an extension from Primary learning.
Journey through time and place while examining some of the greatest masterpieces created. In this course, students will explore world regions and study the unique artifacts and works of architecture at define ancient civilizations. From Mesopotamia, the world’s first civilization, to the Roman streets of Pompeii, participants will learn the fundamental concepts of art, how to look at and evaluate art, and the intended function of natural history museums through hands-on-activities, discussions, written assignments, and objective assessments.
Students will develop a sense of self-esteem by accomplishing activities that require higher critical thinking skills especially developed for their grade level. Integrated assignments incorporate other content areas of study such as: science, social studies, and math. The content studied will directly apply to other areas of study providing students with an additional enrichment experience they’ll be able to take with them for a lifetime. All aspects of art will be introduced and elaborated as required.
At the core of citizenship is the willingness to contribute to the common good. When young people are asked to channel their idealism and energy into helping others and solving problems. they build respect for themselves and attachments to others.
Developmental needs of young adolescents are met through youth service activities: opportunities to try a diverse array of activities in new settings and with different kinds of people will lead to:
- An increase in self-esteem
- A deeper sense of confidence
- A clearer sense of identity
- A more comfortable feeling of belonging, security and trust
- A more focused sense of purpose
- A more developed sense of responsibility and discipline
- An awareness of more life options and educational/career opportunities, and,
- A broader perception of the larger community and world around them, and how they can function in it.
The tools of Yoga provides tested methods of managing physical, mental and emotional stress. Through the use of Yoga practice, our school provides a simple way to make the students’ lives happier and healthier, increase their capacity to learn effectively, manage their emotions, regulate their own behavior, and achieve personal and academic success.
Key learning attributes include:
- Improved overall health
- Increased strength & ﬂexibility
- Improved body image
- Improved executive function
- Improved focus & attention skills
- Increased class room engagement
- Greater sensory integration
- Improved emotional regulation
- Greater self confidence
- Increased resilience
- Greater compassion & empathy
- Improved communication skills
- Increased leadership skills
- Greater sense of community
Our teachers serve as role models, collaborating with peers, pursuing professional development and bringing their singular interests and talents to our joint community. We expect your cooperation in making this happen. Thank you. However, please note that the school reserves the right to make any changes, if deemed necessary, at any point of time.
Note: The school reserves the right to make any changes, if deemed necessary…
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