Welcome to our Middle School Page! We are excited to start the next school year 2018-2019 with our 6th-8th graders. It’s going to be a great year of learning together. Here is an overview of our schedule and content for the year. Come back again as we add pictures and information on our journey through Ancient History from Creation, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece & Rome, and the Medieval Period.
The national chapter of Catholic Schoolhouse has been developing a more formal program for upper level students. While following the main course of study for Catholic Schoolhouse Year 2, we will be covering the material a bit differently to suit our age group. The focus will shift a bit from plain memorization to analysis and comprehension.
Here is what we have planned for middle school this year:
Greeting and prayer
Prayer and Brief announcements, then dismissed
Middle School only Science class: weekly lessons and labs: Quarter 1 & 2: Chemistry, Quarter 3 & 4: Botany
Literature: Class discussion, one historical fiction book per quarter. 1st Quarter Literature Selection: The Golden Goblet, 2nd Quarter Literature Selection: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 3rd Quarter The Bronze Bow, 4th Quarter Literature Selection: TBA
1:55-2:25 WRITING: IEW
IEW Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons
Tutors will present new concepts and we will have a class exercise. Homework will be assigned for extra practice. Students’ writing will be graded by the tutor. For more information, please check out the following link:
2:25-2:55 SNACK, PRESENTATIONS, AND RECESS
- Presentations: Students will present on Lives of the Saints and History Cards. We will send out a schedule for reference each quarter.
2:55-3:35 ART and Art Appreciation
Art appreciation and art class with Mrs. Reinboldt and Mrs. Cueto. The students will complete 2 three week projects per quarter.
3:35-4:05 History Timeline, Geography, Religion, Latin, then MEMORY WORK GAMES:
HISTORY TIMELINE: Timeline from Creation to 1500 AD
- Cover this week’s cards, review last week’s
- Place events on timeline, map as appropriate
- Analyze causes, make connections, and put events in context
GEOGRAPHY— Mapping Europe and Asia
RELIGION— Follow CS Tour Guide
LATIN— Memory work from Tour Guide
MEMORY WORK GAMES— Review of our work, and memory work from the Tour Guide
4:05-4:10 Clean up, Dismissal
Increased responsibility is part of getting older. Students are expected to participate in class, do the assigned reading and other homework to the best of their abilities, be responsible for their materials (bringing them every week, keeping them neat), and prepare presentations as scheduled (one per quarter).
We are very excited to work with your children this year! We understand most families have to manage multiple children and conflicting schedules, so besides teaching the skills and content provided by CS, we hope to instill in our students an increased sense of responsibility. Take-home work will be based on concepts covered during class, so students should be able to complete it independently or with minimal help from the parent. We ask for your support in aiding your children as needed and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own reading, homework, and presentations. We will send weekly email updates and reminders so you know what we’ve done in class and what is due next week.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Schiano, Mrs. Zieg, and Mrs. Tremblay
Our Class Picture, from the Showcase
Middle School Yearly Rotation for Future Planning:
- American History
- American Literature (4 books: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Across Five Aprils, Am. Poetry/Short Stories, and Escape from Warsaw)
- American Art
- Science: Zoology & Electricity/Magnetism Labs
- Ancient History through Medieval Times
- World Literature (4 books: The Golden Goblet, Greek Myths, The Bronze Bow, and TBA)
- Ancients Art
- Science: Chemistry & Botany Labs
- History: Renaissance through Modern Times
- World Literature (4 books: The Blood-Red Crescent, Master Cornhill, Nory Ryan’s Song, and The Winged Watchman)
- Renaissance and Modern Art
- Science: Ecology & Forces and Motion Labs