Middle School provides a unique educational setting for early adolescents. San Jose Catholic School creates a balanced, positive transition from elementary years to high school. In order to accomplish this goal, we have designed specific instruction and activities to meet the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs of our students in grades 6 through 8. This environment helps students to be accountable for their academic progress at this level and prepared for the demands of high school and beyond. Students are provided age appropriate Art, Library, Music, P.E., Spanish, and Technology instruction. Curriculum appropriate field trips are scheduled throughout the year.
- Language Arts: Literature, English
- Religion / Weekly School Mass
- Social Studies
- Age-appropriate Spanish, Art, Computer, Music, P.E., Guidance & Library instruction
- Curriculum appropriate field trips
Sixth grade students will read literature across several genres. In addition to the Literature textbook, students will experience novels, short stories, nonfiction prose, poetry, dramas, and folk literature. Literature is used as a base to teach and increase writing, grammar, mechanics, vocabulary, speaking and listening skills to sixth grade students. Accelerated Reader is used to expand students’ reading comprehension.
Language Arts- English
Sixth grade students will continue to expand and use their knowledge of language to improve writing, speaking, reading, and listening skills. Students will learn to write both informational and creative compositions. Grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary building will enable students to write across the curriculum.
The sixth grade math curriculum covers: operations on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, perimeter and area of geometric figures, graphs, probability, ratio & proportion, measurement in standard and metric measure, transformations and equivalents, ratios, rational number operations, writing and evaluating algebraic expressions, writing and solving equations, basic geometry, entry level statistics and probability.
Sixth grade religion curriculum expands the student’s knowledge of Faith through Biblical study of the Old Testament with emphasis on the Book of Genesis. Sixth graders learn that all people are made in the image of God and that the Bible tells this story which is the recorded history of God’s merciful love towards His people. Students continue to study the Church’s liturgical seasons with emphasis on the parts of the Mass. Students learn that formation in the Catholic Faith is life-long and they are taught the importance of being good stewards of their faith.
Sixth grade science students study physical and Earth science. Units include dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate, watershed and wetland ecosystems, and organization and relationships within the Solar System. Students will learn to use the scientific method for use in experimentation and lab reports. Sixth grade students will be responsible for an individual science fair project. All projects will be entered in a school competition with selected projects being entered at the Diocesan and Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair competitions.
Sixth grade students, within the framework of the Six Essential Elements of Geography, an organizing framework for understanding the world and its people, study the ancient civilizations that have shaped the modern world. Students learn map skills that enable them to analyze the purposes of map projections (political, physical, special purpose) and understand the application of various types of maps. The curriculum also focuses on the topics of economics, civics and governments within ancient civilizations and explores how democratic concepts developed in ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations are reflected in American Constitutional democracy and the American political process.
Seventh grade students will study various literature genres. Students will be exposed to a cadre of reading materials which will be used to stimulate interest and increase comprehension and writing abilities. Each nine weeks students will use a combination of textbooks and outside novels. The Scholastic Scope Magazine will be used to integrate reading nonfiction materials. Accelerated Reader is used to expand students’ reading comprehension.
Language Arts- English
Seventh grade students will review capitalization and punctuation skills, the eight parts of speech, phrases, clauses, and usage skills. Students will work on the mechanics of writing through sentence diagramming. Seventh graders will be introduced to public speaking. Students will learn to develop delivery skills through vocal variety, articulation, and voice projection that is required to present a polished speech. Using the Sixth Traits of Writing students will examine various types of writing styles and techniques. Vocabulary building is based on the workbook The Word Within the Word which uses Greek, Latin, etc. word parts (prefixes, suffixes, roots).
The seventh grade math curriculum covers: numbers and their use, estimation, equations, expression, integers, fractions, ratio & proportion, probability, percent operations, geometry, use of variables in equalities and inequalities, coordinate plane and graphing, rational number operations, factoring, writing and evaluating algebraic expressions, writing and solving linear equations, writing and solving inequalities, area, circumference, and volume of geometric figures, probability, and statistics.
Seventh grade students discover the ways God reveals Himself in the New Testament through the study of the Scriptures. The curriculum features a study of the Beatitudes and ways to incorporate these teachings into everyday life. Students learn about the life of Mary through prayers, songs, feast days, and celebrations. Seventh graders also study the life of the saints of the Catholic Church and learn about the canonization process. They are taught that the Church is missionary by nature and they live this message through service to their community.
Seventh grade students will study Life Science. The curriculum explores cells, bacteria, and a variety of living different living organisms. Genetics, natural selection, and classification will also be studied. Students will see and learn how their actions impact their environment through the study of ecology. Seventh graders will practice scientific inquiry developing process skills and behaviors that scientists use. Students will build models, apply hands-on experiments, observe microorganisms, and utilize a variety of investigative tools to understand the world of Life Science. Seventh grade students will be responsible for an individual science fair project. All projects will be entered in a school competition with selected projects being entered at the Diocesan and Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair competitions.
Seventh grade social studies curriculum focuses on the geography, government, and economy of the United States. Geography will cover a variety of topics, U.S. states, capitals, territories, cultural and regional landmarks, and differences. Students will analyze how the U.S. was formed, how the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution differ, how each branch of government operates, and the rights and responsibilities of every citizen. Students will study landmark court cases that have impacted the country. Economics will involve the study of supply and demand, financial institutions, the role of competition in free markets, and national and personal budgeting.
Language Arts- Literature
Eighth grade students will cover the main genres of literature during the year, short stories, essays, drama, mystery, poetry, and novels. Students will interact with literature through various forms of language activities. Students’ will be choosing books to read each quarter from the Accelerated Reader Program. This Program provides the student with feedback on the success of reading comprehension through compute-based quizzes. A variety of reading and writing assignments will be completed throughout the year.
Language Arts- English
Eighth grade students will review capitalization and punctuation skills, the eight parts of speech, and usage in the first semester. A comprehensive study of phrases, clauses, and verbals will be covered during the second semester. Eighth grade students will study speech making skills and will be required to write and deliver an original speech. Students will examine various writing styles and techniques using the Six Traits of Writing. Vocabulary proficiency is enhanced through the study of word parts (prefixes, suffixes, roots) using the workbook The Word Within the Word.
The eighth grade math curriculum covers: operations with equivalent, rational, irrational numbers, square and cube roots, scientific notation, proportional relationships, slope and y-intercept, solving linear equations, linear and nonlinear functions, two-dimensional figures, Pythagorean theorem, volume, scatter plots, and categorical data.
The Algebra curriculum covers: dimensional analysis, writing and solving equations and inequalities, rational and irrational numbers, functions, exponential growth and decay, arithmetic and geometric sequences, quadratic functions, polynomials, box plots, 2-way frequency tables, absolute value, and functions.
The eighth grade religion curriculum focuses on preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation and the study of the history of the Catholic Church from Jerusalem to Vatican II. Students are taught that they are called by God through the Church to live a moral life with God, themselves, and their neighbors. Eighth graders learn through service to their community that they are called to imitate Jesus by the way they live, love, and serve others. Weekly Mass, prayers, rosaries, devotionals, and May Crowning, each promote the strong foundation of the student’s faith.
Eighth grade students will study Physical Science. Topics that students will cover include, matter, energy, particles, chemistry, lasers, motion, forces, fluids, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and gravity. Students will build models, apply hands-on experiments, and complete many engineering design tasks. The first semester students will explore chemistry and matter. They will learn how to define and describe matter, and the changes it goes through. Students will learn the different states of matter and how to classify different arrangements of matter as elements, compounds, or mixtures. Eighth graders will study atoms and their structures and learn how to classify and organize elements according to their properties and atomic structure. Students will study the interactions of matter through bonding, formulas, and balancing equations. During the second semester, students will explore the relationship between force and motion. They will study Newton’s Laws of motion and investigate the important scientific discoveries and inventions throughout history. Eighth grade students will be responsible for an individual science fair project. All projects will be entered in a school competition with selected projects being entered at the Diocesan and Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair competitions.
Civil Air Patrol lessons are incorporated into the school’s curriculum covering topics on aerospace and math. The school receives support from the local AFA Falcon #399 Chapter. This organization provides the school with The Visions of Exploration Program which is sponsored through U.S. A. Today Newspaper is used to challenge, engage, and provide additional critical thinking activities for all students.
Eighth grade U.S. History curriculum covers early American History from the formation of the colonies, through the founding of democracy, the impact of westward expansion, to the division that led to the Civil War, and the subsequent Reconstruction. The class will focus on population growth and migration, cultural diffusion throughout the country, the impact of government policies, and the constitutional provisions for establishing citizenship. Students will have an understanding of the events that created the United States, and the importance of being informed and involved members of society.