Middle School (Grade 6-8)

6th Grade

Science:
This year-long course focuses on the aspects of Physical Science, including topics such as:

  • Matter
  • Phases and transformations of matter
  • Motion of objects
  • Forces and their impact
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Chemical reactions

Technology:
This semester-long (½ year) course covers basic applications found in Google Apps for Education including:

  • Mail
  • Documents
  • Calendars
  • Spreadsheets
  • Drawing
  • Forms
  • Presentations
  • Typing skills in a web-based program with the expected goal of 25 words per minute
  • Introduction to coding 

Religion:
This year-long course covers the Old Testament study of Salvation History,
including topics such as:

  • The 5 covenants in the Old Testament:  Adam and Eve; Noah; Abraham; Moses; David and his Kingdom
  • History of the Catholic Church in Minnesota and Hastings
  • Memorize the books of the Old Testament
  • Tour the Cathedral in St. Paul
  • Respect Life
  • Service learning trip to Second Stork

Math:
This year-long course focuses on many topics, including:

  • Algebraic reasoning
  • Integers and rational numbers
  • Decimals and fractions
  • Ratios
  • Measurements
  • Percents
  • Basics of geometry
  • Perimeter, circumference, and area
  • Volume and surface area
  • Probability
  • Multi-step equations and inequalities

Social Studies:
This year-long course covers all things Minnesota. Some topics include:

  • American Indian History
  • Fur Trade
  • Immigration
  • Conflicts
  • Transforming the Land and its people

Reading:
This year-long course covers the following topics:

  • Genre focus:Short fiction, informational text, poetry, biography, and autobiography
  • Reading Skills: Main idea/details/inference, plot elements, author’s purpose, cause and effect, visualize, text structure, analyze tone

Language Arts:
This year-long course covers the following topics:

  • Complete grammar study
  • Writing: narrative, argumentative, informative/explanatory
  • Text discussions (one on one, group, teacher led), presentations and acting out original skits

Art:
This semester course allows students the opportunities to explore a variety of media, as well as appreciate the Art masters of the past.

  • Drawing
  • Clay
  • Painting with watercolor
  • Copper tooling
  • Pastels
  • Art History: Renaissance

Physical Education:
This year-long class is designed for students to learn an appreciation for healthy exercise and activities along with building teamwork skills through sports and recreation games.

Band:
This optional year-long extra-curricular activity provides group rehearsal and individual/small group lessons.

  • Ensemble performance experience.
  • Fundamentals of music theory and listening skills.
  • Fundamental skills involved in playing a musical instrument.
  • Aesthetic awareness through instrumental music.
  • Honor band opportunities for higher level players.

 

7th Grade

Science:
This year-long course focuses on the aspects of Life Science, including topics such as:

  • Cells
  • Cell processes
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi
  • Body organization
  • The Immune System
  • Populations and Communities
  • Ecosystems

Technology:
This semester-long (½ year) course covers basic computer applications.

  • Review Google Applications for Education:  mail; documents; calendars; spreadsheets; drawing; forms and presentations.
  • Keyboarding: each student is expected to reach a goal of at least 35 words per minute.
  • Collaborate with MS teachers on projects related to core curriculum. 

Religion:
This year-long course covers the New Testament including topics such as:

  • Sacraments
  • Renew baptismal vows
  • Natures of Jesus
  • Explore conscience formation and Catholic Social Teachings
  • Kingdom of God
  • Jesus’ parables
  • Memorize key bible verses that teach us about who Jesus was:  John 1:1, John 3:16
  • Respect life topic of EuthanasiaService learning trip to Feed My Starving Children

Math:
This year-long course focuses on the following topics:

  • Ratios
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Operations with rational numbers and integers
  • Percentages
  • Probability
  • Perimeter, area, and volume
  • Multi-step equations and inequalities
  • Functions

Social Studies:   
In a year-long course, we are learning American history from the Thomas Jefferson Era to the Civil Rights Era. We are covering topics such as:

  • The Louisiana Purchase and the expedition of Lewis and Clark
  • The Monroe Doctrine and America's relationship with other countries
  • How the North and the South began to have conflicting views on the nation's future
  • Expanding our country to the Pacific Ocean; settling the Midwest and West
  • The Civil War; how it changed the nation and how we rebuilt it afterward
  • World War I and II
  • The fight for the civil rights of African Americans, Mexican Americans, and women

Language Arts
This year-long course focuses on the many aspects of reading, writing, and oral communication.

  • Informational texts
  • Fiction and nonfiction short stories
  • Poetry
  • Class novel: The Outsiders
  • Writing: narrative, argumentative, informative/explanatory
  • Routine analysis, reflection, and response.

Art:
This semester class provides students with many creative opportunities such as:

  • Variety of Media: Charcoals, pastels, clay, watercolors, tin, tissue, collage
  • Elements of Art
  • Introduction to Photography and editing images
  • Art History: Impressionism

Physical Education:
This semester-long class designed for students to learn an appreciation for healthy exercise and along with an introduction into circuit training.

Health:
This semester-long (½ year) course covers the following health topics:

  • The Health Triangle: Physical, Social, and Mental/Emotional Health
  • Health and Wellness
  • Decision Making
  • Goal Setting
  • Physical Fitness
  • Body Systems
  • Weight Training
  • Nutrition
  • Body Image and Healthy weight
  • Emotions
  • Stress Management,
  • Communication Skills
  • Friendships
  • Peer pressure
  • Abstinence
  • Refusal skills

Band:
This optional year-long extra-curricular activity provides group rehearsal and individual/small group lessons.

  • Ensemble performance experience.
  • Fundamentals of music theory and listening skills.
  • Fundamental skills involved in playing a musical instrument.
  • Aesthetic awareness through instrumental music.
  • Honor band opportunities for higher level players.

8th Grade

Science:
This year-long course focuses on the aspects of Life Science, including topics such as:

  • The structure of Earth
  • Minerals and rocks
  • Plate tectonics
  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Fossils
  • Energy resources
  • Water
  • Climate and climate change
  • The Earth, Moon, and Sun
  • The solar system

Religion:
This year-long course covers Church History including topics such as:

  • The four marks of the Church
  • Papal authority
  • Ecumenical councils
  • Magisterium and hierarchy of the Church
  • Models of the Church
  • Images of the Church
  • 8th grade respect life topic is genocide
  • Service learning trip to Sharing and Caring Hands and the Basilica of St. Mary

Algebra Connections:
This course is the 1st part of a two year course designed to cover linear algebra with the following topics:

  • Foundations of algebra
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Functions
  • Linear equations (solving equations and graphing)
  • Systems of equations

Algebra:
This course is a full year of Algebra covering the following topics:

  • Foundations of algebra
  • Linear equations (solving equations and graphing)
  • Properties of exponents
  • Operations with polynomials
  • Quadratic functions
  • Exponential functions
  • Rational functions

Geometry:
This is a full year geometry course designed to develop geometric skills in plane and solid geometry. This course also relies on higher-order thinking skills. Topics covered include:

  • Parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Angles and triangles
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Formal proofs
  • Congruence
  • Similarity
  • Area and volumes
  • Circle

Social Studies:
Throughout the year-long course, we travel the world to six continents and learn about:

  • The physical geography and climate of the country
  • A country's history and how its cultural foundation was built
  • A country's resources and how they are a part of the local and global economy
  • A country's present day struggles and accomplishments, and what their role is in a global community

Language Arts:
This is a full year course incorporating all aspects of language arts: reading, writing, and oral communication. It includes the following areas:

  • Reading: short stories, nonfiction articles and books, informational text, and poetry
  • Writing: blogging, responses to literature, essay writing, literary analysis, narrative, argumentative, informative/explanatory
  • Oral Communication: classroom presentations, small and large group discussions

World Language:
This semester class serves as an introduction to both French and Spanish languages.

  • Basic conversation and vocabulary
  • Customs of France and Spain
  • French and Spanish experiences, including tasting regional foods

Spectrum:
This semester-long (½ year) course covers topics such as:

  • Class meetings
  • Open discussion
  • Research a career
  • Study current events
  • “Top 20 Teens”

Physical Education:
This semester-long class designed for students to learn an appreciation for healthy exercise and along with an introduction into weight training. 

Health:
This semester-long (½ year) course covers the following health topics:

  • The Health Triangle: Physical, Social, and Mental/Emotional Health
  • Health and Wellness
  • Decision Making
  • Goal Setting
  • Physical Fitness
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco Products
  • Nutrition
  • Body Image and Healthy weight
  • Injury and Emergency Care
  • Stress Management
  • Communication Skills

Band:
This optional year-long extra-curricular activity provides group rehearsal and individual/small group lessons.

  • Ensemble performance experience.
  • Fundamentals of music theory and listening skills.
  • Fundamental skills involved in playing a musical instrument.
  • Aesthetic awareness through instrumental music.
  • Honor band opportunities for higher level players.
 

Middle School Staff:
Mrs. Gleich

Ms. Hagan

Ms. Ingebrand

Mr. Moore

Mrs. Osberg

Mrs. Petersen

Middle School Specialist:
Mrs. Chandler, Band/Music

Mr. Judd, Phy. Ed.

Mrs. Ann Siebenaler, Library