Middle School - Language Arts and Social Studies
Middle School equips students as they begin 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 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 Twentieth Century American History (1900-1970). Students practice seeking critical information from various sources as they learn the causes and effects of the World Wars and the worldwide Depression.
The end of the 2016-2017 school year came upon us in the blink of an eye! Students finished and presented their year long Project at a Parent Open House. Students also presented their final Two Voices cross-curricular project.
Our art teacher planned a fabulous "Fine Arts Day" in and around St. Louis. "Instead of bringing artists to us," she said, "let's have the kids see what their creative spaces look like."
We headed to Reclaim Renew to learn about and practice woodworking; visited the studio of a former parent and contemporary glass artist; and learned about the history of clay-making at Krueger Pottery. Between jaunts we ran around and played at parks in and around town for a little nature art! A perfect trip to celebrate the end of a wonderful year!
We hope you all take the time to have a relaxing and safe summer and look forward to seeing you in the fall!