SOCIAL STUDIES (modified block schedule with Science)
This course will focus on Texas history from the early inhabitants until today. Students will gain an understanding of the State’s geographical, cultural, natural resources, economic and government processes. Material will be processed through individual study and cooperative learning groups. Output will be assessed through writing, tests, oral presentations and group participation products.
MATH (See Math Placement Criteria)
- Course 2
Course 2 is a rigorous curriculum designed to expand the mathematical knowledge foundation of each student. Textbook work will follow chronologically. The textbook has a broad focus including a separate SuccessNet Internet component that will be used extensively. SuccessNet may be accessed at home through the Internet.
- Pre-Algebra (Advanced)
Pre-Algebra is a rigorous curriculum with comprehensive content coverage that meets all appropriate curriculum standards. It is designed to expand the mathematical knowledge foundation of each student. Textbook work will follow chronologically. The course will include a separate SuccessNet Internet component that will be used extensively. SuccessNet may be accessed at home through the Internet.
- Honors Algebra (Advanced-one high school credit)
Honors Algebra I is a course in which students explore fundamental algebraic concepts. Topics covered include equations, inequalities, functions, systems, exponents, polynomials, factoring, rational numbers, and data analysis. As Algebra is the beginning of the study of advanced math, the fundamental and challenging/rigorous topics of Algebra will require focus and dedication on the part of the student. Students are provided the opportunity to develop the ability to solve non-routine problems, extending and applying what they have learned. Geometry is incorporated in an effort to further strengthen students’ algebraic skills, as students are expected to apply these skills when presented geometric situations. The course will include a separate SuccessNet internet component that will be utilized. SuccessNet may be accessed at home on the internet.
Finding God: Following Jesus introduces students to Jesus and the New Testament. From the Incarnation to the Letters of St. Paul, students will encounter Christ and His teachings, learning to take their role in the New Evangelization with the same fervor as the first Apostles. The textbook is based on the four “pillars”, or major divisions, of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). These include what Catholics believe, how they worship, how they live, and how they pray. In examining the life of Christ in all four Gospels and many of the writings of St. Paul in the New Testament, students learn how to live these things out in their own lives. The textbook will be supplemented by frequent reading from the sacred Scriptures that goes beyond the passages quoted in the textbook. A variety of outside resources, including books, videos, historical documents, and other media will further supplement the textbook during the course of the year. In-depth Bible study, participation in the Liturgy, and education in chaste living round out the student’s faith formation. Spirituality is enhanced through a grade level retreat, school reconciliation, opportunity to altar serve participate in grade level liturgy preparation as well as participation in other Catholic traditions.
English Language Arts consists of several components centered around an overarching question from each unit in the Prentice Hall Literature textbook. Students will study various genres from both fiction and non-fiction from a variety of texts. Students develop literacy skill sets through a variety of tools such as Silent Sustained Reading (SSR), annotated readings, text connections, vocabulary, embedded grammar, open ended responses, literature circles, and critical reading. Assessments are made to benchmark progress several times per year using PearsonSuccessNet tracker and other diagnostic instruments. Students will do one major piece of writing each quarter and will learn the process of writing from inception to the revised final draft. A writing portfolio is one of the major products that will chronicle their development from the beginning of 7th grade through their transition into high school.
SCIENCE (modified block schedule with Social Studies)
In Grade 7, the study of science focuses on Earth Science and developing the student’s appreciation of the natural world in which s/he lives. Topics of study include astronomy, weather and climate, physical geology, historical geology and preservation of natural resources. While learning about the natural world, the student will develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and scientific methodology skills through field and laboratory investigations. They will use tools such as weather instruments, computers, calculators, and data loggers to collect and analyze information to explain natural phenomenon. Students participate in a school and Diocesan Science Fair.
Students attend physical education classes 3 times per week in 6th through 8th grades. An emphasis is placed on strong physical fitness and sports skills. Students also receive training in various sports as determined by the season. Athletics is divided into three seasons. The fall season offers Flag Football for 5/6 boys, Tackle football for 7/8 boys, and Volleyball for 5/6 and 7/8 girls. The winter season offers Basketball for both boys and girls in 5th through 8th grades. The spring season offers Soccer, as a co-ed team either at the recreational or competitive levels, Track and Field, Tennis and Golf. Fees are collected for each sport to pay for league fees. We encourage parents to get involved as coaches, score keepers and/or team coordinators.
7th/8th GRADE FOREIGN LANGUAGE DESIGNATION
Students in 7th grade designate a foreign language which may be taken in 7th and 8th grades for one high school credit or as an exploratory course. Designations are made at the beginning of the 7th grade year.
The completion of this two year course is equal to the first year of high school Spanish. This course will focus on developing the four communicative skills in our students: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Students will be able to engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. Students will understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics. Students will present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics. They will also get an insight into cultures of other countries.
The completion of this two year course is equal to the first year of high school Latin. The course will develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, and will explore concepts in a multisensory and interdisciplinary fashion. Focus will be on language acquisition with supplementary cultural units to provide context about the peoples of the Roman world.