Middle School equips students as they start their journey to become independent thinkers and learners. A wealth of organizational and study skills are modeled across the curriculum. With this independence comes responsibility. Students prepare for leadership roles through their interactions with faculty, their support of younger students, their team participation in PROJECT and their coordination of the school recycling program.
In Language Arts, students use Writer’s Workshop to move through the process of drafting, self-editing, peer-editing, revising and finally completing a polished piece. The Language Arts curriculum focuses on the study of grammar and punctuation and everyday application of these skills. Oral and written communications are taught in tandem and prepare students to speak and write for a variety of audiences and using a number of genres.
The Social Studies curriculum focuses on a variety of topics in American History. Students study the Colonial Period during first trimester, the American Revolution during second trimester, and the Civil War during third trimester. During the alternate year, the focus shifts to early civilizations of the world and the birth of Western ideas. Students practice seeking critical information from various sources as they learn the basis for world civilizations and explore the birth of Western ideas.
The Reading Program is literature-based and emphasizes understanding of the standard literary tools including: main idea, supporting information, conclusions, inferences, compare and contrast, plot and character development. Students complete a variety of activities to demonstrate their understanding. They respond to their reading through writing prompts, activities and discussions. Students engage in independent reading, both at school and home, in order to master the skills taught.
Meet Laura Guenther
Middle School Teacher
Laura Guenther has a strong resume with thirteen years of experience in elementary education including teaching language arts to Fifth and Sixth Grade students. Mrs. Guenther has been a faculty member at St. Gabriel the Archangel School for the past eleven years. Laura embodies the love of teaching, education in general and connecting with children. As she shared with us, “I can’t imagine doing anything else." However, in her spare moments, Laura's family keeps her busy --especially her 1-yr-old daughter. Laura also enjoys visiting the area libraries, cooking and painting, and restoring furniture and antiques.