Seventh-grade and eighth-grade classes make up our junior high program. Situated in their own upstairs wing, the junior high students utilize lockers and rotate between each of their classes. Students are based in a homeroom class and rotate between classes together as a homeroom with the exception of math and language arts, for which they are ability grouped. Students learn from the teaching styles of multiple teachers and enjoy meeting peers from other classrooms in the rotation periods and bond with their classmates during homeroom time.
Students are provided exciting and challenging learning experiences that prepare them to meet the academic challenges in future grade levels. Rigorous academics and community service learning help transform seventh-grade students into prepared eighth-grade graduates.
Teacher: Mrs. Herridge
Focus: The New Testament, Jesus and the Gospels, the Mass, liturgical seasons, prayer, and service.
Text: Sadlier, We Live Our Faith: Disciples – Catholic Identity Parish Edition
Teacher: Mr. Alex Gallant
Focus: Development of literary skills through reading various genres: poetry, short stories, tales, novels, biography, drama, nonfiction. Development of writing as a process through narrative, persuasive, creative, and expository writing. Development of speaking skills through delivering poetry recitations and Utopia project presentations.
Development of grammar skills: parts of speech, agreement, verb and pronoun usage, modifiers, phrases, clauses, complements and types of sentences, as well as writing effective sentences using proper capital letters, punctuation, and spelling.
Text: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Elements of Literature/First Course
Novels: Beowulf, The Giver, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Students are grouped by ability into standard or accelerated math groups to best meet their needs, helping them to grow in skills and confidence. Both groups cover the same curriculum and content. The accelerated group works at a faster pace and goes into more depth in problem solving. Students are separated into groups based on math grades, testing, and their ability to stay organized and turn assignments in on time.
Teachers: Mr. Ostrander (Math Specialist) & Mrs. Williams (Standard Math and Accelerated Math)
Focus: Variables, expressions and integers; using properties to solve one and two step equations and inequalities, factors, fractions, exponents and square roots, rational number operations and solving equations using rational numbers, ratio rates and proportions including probability and odds, fractions, decimals and percents including percent applications. Linear functions, real numbers and right triangles, including the Pythagorean Theorem. Geometric relationships and measurement, including two and three-dimensional figures and transformations. Data analysis with graphs, tables, and functions. Solving and graphing linear equations and using data to predict and understand functions.
Text: Holt, Pre-Algebra
Holt, Mathematics Grade 8
Teacher: Mr. Walker
Focus: The rise of American democracy, American government system, Westward Expansion, Industrial Revolution and the Civil War Era, current events section inclusive.
Text: Holt, Call to Freedom: Beginnings to 1877.
Teacher: Dr. Cole
Focus: Astronomy: Earth-moon system, solar system, stars, galaxies, rockets.
Chemistry: elements, properties of matter, reactions.
Physical Science: mechanics, simple machines, circuits.
Engineering Project: Design and Build a Water/Compressed Air powered rocket.
Field trip: Students participate in a space mission simulation at the Museum of Flight performing the tasks of mission control engineers and mission specialists.
Text: Planetary Science, Full Option Science System (FOSS) for Middle School
Chemical Interactions Resources, Full Option Science System (FOSS) for Middle School, Science and Technology Concepts for Children (STC) Kit: Energy, Machines and Motion
Teacher: Mrs. Lux
Focus: Basic understanding of the grammatical structure of the language and how to form sentences, both written and spoken. Students will build a foundation of verbs and learn to conjugate them, as well as establish a vocabulary base.
Text: Prentice Hall, Realidades A
Weekly specialist classes in the subjects of art and physical education.
Combinations of seventh- and eighth-grade students meet once a week. Students look forward to choosing from a variety of elective options, which change every trimester and may include: study skills, contemporary world issues, Junior Achievement economics, fitness, leadership/service, musical theater, digital photography, first aid & CPR, printmaking, and video broadcast journalism.
The seventh-grade service project occurs during Lent and as such is intricately woven into the Lenten message of almsgiving. Starting with all-school activities prior to Ash Wednesday, the seventh-grade class helps prepare and organize the school soup lunch. During Lent, the seventh-grade students co-ordinate and run "Operation Rice Bowl" for the entire school. The students step into a leadership role and teach homerooms about the drive to raise funds for the hungry in our community and worldwide, and they oversee the final collection. The theme culminates in a Hunger Banquet, among other activities, for the seventh graders during Holy Week. In addition to their grade level service project, the seventh-grade classes work together with the entire school on two school-wide annual service projects:
- The November Thanksgiving Basket collection teaches the importance of stewardship and giving to others. With the leadership of the sixth-graders, the entire student body creates about two dozen complete, traditional Thanksgiving meal baskets. Together with the Parish and St. Vincent de Paul, the baskets are delivered to needy families in the community.
- Throughout February and March, each homeroom teacher promotes "Operation Rice Bowl," teaching the importance of fasting and alms-giving during the Lenten season; students donate to Catholic Relief Services, helping the less fortunate in our community and worldwide. This 40-day season of giving begins on Ash Wednesday with a school-wide “Soup Lunch,” when all the students and staff give up their usual lunch that first day of Lent for a simple cup of soup, and the money they would have spent on an ample meal is donated to Operation Rice Bowl.
Classroom Enrichment, Special Projects and Events
Seventh graders take the following field trips each year:
- Fall: Missionary Discipleship immersion experience at either St. James Cathedral or Christ Our Hope in Seattle.
- Spring: Real Life Exhibit sponsored by Medical Teams International. https://www.medicalteams.org/who-we-are/visit-the-real-life-exhibit/