Middle School 6-8 Grades

Middle School Education at St. Monica Catholic School

St. Monica Catholic School will strive to develop, as far as possible, what is uniquely human in our students. We will equip our students with the skills, habits, and aptitudes necessary to embrace truth and become the person they were created to be.

It becomes clear that no aspect of our school’s life is genuinely extra-curricular or falls outside our core mission of education during middle school. Every aspect of the school’s programs- from the way the school prays to the dress code of students and staff, the ongoing formation of the teachers, participation in the sacraments, the arrangement of furniture in the classroom, the activities during recess, the way we use technology, and the songs the children sing- reflect the school’s judgment and priorities about the education mission.

Children learn to analyze, question, discern and evaluate in the “logic” stage (roughly grades five through eight). Students learn to think through arguments, pay attention to cause and effect, and begin to see how facts fit together. We study algebra and how to propose and support a thesis at this stage.

Teachers facilitate learning activities that intentionally allow Middle School students to analyze and integrate content from all subjects, investigate global issues, answer complex questions, and develop solutions for real-world problems. As a result, our students build self-confidence, strengthen leadership skills, and lead the school in faith.

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Literature & Language Arts Program

Our middle school students enjoy exploring the literary arts in a challenging inquiry, analysis, and experimentation. Our program is a systematic approach to learning literature and the English language. Along with practicing high-complexity literary analysis, we study formal grammar, vocabulary, and elocution styles and strategies to understand better the books’ structure and art, short stories, poems, films, and various other texts we study together.

Middle School Math

St. Monica Catholic School uses Walk to Math, where every student takes math simultaneously to allow for movement to a level they are ready for and challenged. We use Saxon Math, a superior and proven math curriculum that helps students build a solid foundation for future classes in Algebra and other mathematics courses, including Geometry. Our students gain the skills required for solving equations, evaluating expressions, and simplifying expressions. Students will learn how Algebra connects to other mathematics areas, such as statistics, probability, and geometry. They will complete problems and practice exercises to develop logical and mathematical reasoning; explore concepts and ideas, then practice them along with procedural skills; and learn how to apply math to solve real-world applications.

Science

The Middle School Science curriculum teaches three domains on a three-year rotation. So by the time our 8th graders graduate will have received.

  • Earth and Space: Weather and Climate, Inside Earth and Astronomy
  • Biology: Human Biology and Health, Characteristics of life; Cellular Theory, structure, and function; Heredity and Genetics
  • Physical Science: Matter, Forces and Motion, Energy Sound and Light, Electricity, and Magnetism
History

Middle School History uses primary resources with the Catholic worldview textbooks in the following areas, Ancient Civilizations, World Geography, and US History.

As part of our spiral curriculum, 6th grade’s timeline builds upon content from Kindergarten through Third Grade at a much deeper level. For example, agents start middle school at the beginning of human history with the Dawn of Agriculture and Mesopotamia. Students had a blast investigating topics such as the Caves of Lascaux, Otzi the Iceman, the first city-states along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and so much more in this unit! By the end of the year, students will have studied over 3,500 years of history in the following units: Dawn of Agriculture, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Ancient Persia, Ancient Greece, Ancient China, Ancient Rome, and the greatest love story ever told (Christ’s death and resurrection). Students are also studying Latin (the language of Ancient Rome) and early creation myths in literature to complement our study of ancient history.

Religion

Middle School Religion curriculum covers the Old Testament, New Testament, Missionary Discipleship, Church History, and Morality.

Sacred scripture came from the heart of God and was written by Him. And thus, it holds a place of importance in the Catholic Church. We look to scripture, the Word of God, to help us understand God’s will and our part in His divine plan of salvation. It is part of Divine Revelation, consisting of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. When combined with the Magisterium’s teaching authority and applying the analogy of faith, we can truly embrace all that is true, good, and beautiful in our Catholic faith. We become active participants in this heavenly relationship instituted with love. Particularly, the Old Testament lays the foundation of dignity, priesthood, prophecy, kingship, law, liturgy, prayer, covenant, etc., that is fully realized and fulfilled in the 2nd person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ.

Old Testament Course:

There are several aims for this course. First and foremost is forming intentional disciples with an appreciation for Sacred Scripture. You will learn about our faith and wonder at your Creator’s intense “otherness.” You will understand that he loves you and develop different strategies for taking notes, working with others, reading, and studying. We will use a variety of document-based questions, decision-making scenarios, seminars, and classroom debates.