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MIDDLE SCHOOL SECTION
As students mature into middle school age they go through rapid development both mentally and physically. These are the “transition years” as students begin the change from childhood to adulthood.
The focus in the core subject areas is not as heavily concentrated on
Math and English and the focus shifts from basic skills to a much broader
understanding in each subject.
Students will be required to write standardized assessments in both Math and English at the end of their middle school years. These assessments are not used for promotional purposes. However, students who are not successful on these assessments must rewrite and pass to be considered for eventual graduation.
Students who are not successful are significantly behind where they should be for that grade level.
English: Students experience a wide range of reading including, fiction, technical, poetry, fantasy and personal choice. They also explore a range of writing including: letters, reports, journals, stories, poems, descriptions……They are exposed to drama, movies and other language rich media. Students are expected to be capable of writing critically and creatively about what they read, listen and watch.
Provincial assessments stress the 4 key areas of Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing, both demand and process (developed over time with several rewrites). Writing is a huge component of the grade 8 program.
Mathematics: Students cover a wide variety or range
of “strands” like Geometry, number concepts, number operations,
data management, probability, mental math, problem solving, patterns,
etc. there is a lot of manipulative-based teaching in the Middle School
Social Studies: In Canada, Social Studies is a study
of Canadian History. Our program focuses on world history and geography.
We will parallel the Canadian program so that our students are acquiring
the same set of skills as those in Canada.
Second Language: We will offer second language courses
in the major languages represented in our school.
Art will incorporate some art theory and history as well as the hands-on
work with various art mediums.