Middle School (5th through 8th grades)
  

FIFTH GRADE

Curricular Highlights :

Fifth graders participate in the Explorer Wax Museum, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education ) Program and a Martin Luther King prayer service. Small group r eadin g, E nglish a nd M ath are offered to students . Additionally, tablets are available for their use. A ll students s tudents have math resource time in their schedules. Fifth graders have new grammar and vocabulary series which are aligned with Common Core. They also are required to participate in ALEKS for math enrichment. Computer Lab is offered weekly and fifth graders are Science buddies with the kindergarten students .

Service Projects:

During Catholic Schools’ Week, the fifth graders write cards to seniors.  They also adopt a family for Christmas and are eager to work at Churchill Woods to better the environment.

Group or Class Projects:

Fifth graders participate in many classroom projects. They include the explorers wax museum, the DARE (Drug Abuse and Resistance Education) Program, an ancient civilization project, a Native American project and a Thirteen Colonies project.

SIXTH GRADE

Curricular highlights:

The one-to-one tablet program is first introduced in sixth grade. Students are instructed on the “ins and outs” of tablet usage, from safety to using OneDrive for saving work. The tablets are utilized in all subjects.  Students are held responsible for keeping the tablet charged and in proper working order. Students are placed into leveled math groups and are introduced to Spanish for the first time. Currently, the sixth grade is using a brand new science curriculum which is entirely on line and follows NGS standards. In science they are exposed to hands on labs as well as virtual labs. Moving away from textbooks, sixth graders use a novel-based curriculum. Students have their Religion books on their tablets and they participate in Family Life. Students also are required to work on ALEKS for computation enrichment. Health is offered to students this year.

Service Projects:

Sixth graders organized and run the “Minute to Win It” service project to raise money for children in the Dominican Republic. In the fall, they help clear the environment at Churchill Woods. They participate in Adopt a Family at Christmas and they are buddies with younger students. They are also able to participate in the school musical.

Group or Class Projects:

Sixth graders participate in the Agora Project to learn first hand about the Ancient Greek marketplace. They do many webquests throughout the year, and one of note is the Egypt webquest. Weather Bug is housed in the sixth grade classroom and students eagerly monitor weather through the use of this resource. In Science, they are involved in virtual labs, hands-on labs, and dissections. They also enjoy creating their own civilization in Social Studies.


 

SEVENTH GRADE

Curricular Highlights:

Seventh graders are in their second year of the one-to-one tablet program. They continue to use the tablets for their daily classwork as well as for long-term projects and papers. Seventh graders are placed in leveled Math groups and they are also exposed to math contests. Seventh graders are in their second year of Spanish. They use online Science textbooks which are aligned to follow NGS standards. They participate in hands-on labs and virtual labs, as well as dissections. Students have the opportunity to join Science Olympiad to enrich their own science knowledge. Religion books are all on line. Students can participate in the school musical. Students also do novel studies throughout the year.

Service Projects:

Students help clean up the environment at Churchill Woods. They adopt a family during the Advent season. During Catholic Schools’ Week students help at Feed My Starving Children, make blankets for cancer patients and create rosaries for their second grade buddies.

Group or Class Projects:

Students are exposed to a variety of web quest experiences in Science, Social Studies, English and Reading. They experience the court process on Law Day, and they participate in a mock trial. Students explore their faith at the Here I am Lord Conference in March. They are participants in Theology of the Body and enjoy a seventh grade retreat. 

 

EIGHTH GRADE

Curricular Highlights:

Eighth graders are in their third year of the one-to-one tablet program. They are in leveled Math groups. They continue to use the tablets for their daily classwork as well as for long-term projects and papers. They are also exposed to math contests. Eighth graders are in their third year of Spanish. They use online science textbooks which are aligned to follow NGS standards. They participate in hands-on labs and virtual labs, as well as dissections. Students have the opportunity to join Science Olympiad to enrich their own Science knowledge. Religion books are all on line. Students can participate in the school musical and do novel studies throughout the year. The eighth grade Reading and English textbooks are on line. Students study Shakespeare and various novels throughout the year.

Service Projects:

Students help clean up the environment at Churchill Woods. They adopt a family during the Advent season. During Catholic Schools’ Week students help at Feed My Starving Children, and make blankets for cancer patients. Eighth graders also reflect upon their experiences at St. Petronille and write their teachers heartfelt thank you letters.

Group or Class Projects:

Eighth graders have the opportunity to be selected to be part of the Leadership Program. They also partner with Faith Formation in sacramental preparation. Students are actively involved in learning about William Shakespeare, put on a masked ball, and do other varied activities while reading Romeo and Juliet. Trench Wars is a favorite activity for students in Social Studies. Eighth graders work on various dissections throughout the year. Additionally, these students participate in a retreat to kick off their eighth grade year. This retreat sets the tone for their time as the student leaders of St. Petronille School.