ENGLISH: poetry; grammar; Great Expectations; Julius Caesar; formal introduction to poetic terms; critical and creative writing.
MATH VII: review of order of operations; introduction to algebraic topics, including linear equations and inequalities; graphing lines; solving equations with applications; properties of real numbers; combinatorics and probability; set theory; geometry topics, including parallel lines, polygons, area, volume and surface area; computer programming with processing; active problem solving throughout the year to reinforce and deepen conceptual understanding.
MATH VII EXTENDED: review of order of operations; equations with applications; set theory and inequalities; factoring and exponents; polynomial operations; solutions of linear and quadratic equations with applications; equations and graphs of lines; systems of linear equations with applications Graphing calculators are used as needed, and students study computer programming with processing. Active problem solving throughout the year reinforces and deepens conceptual understanding.
HISTORY: topics in medieval world history from 200 through 1500 C.E., including the development of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism and their spread; the Chinese Empire and its impact on Japan; the Mongol Empire; and the emergence of Europe from feudalism through the Renaissance.
SCIENCE: the first part of a two-year physical science program that focuses on matter, energy and the atmosphere. In the context of the law of conservation of matter and energy, students investigate density and heat and wave energy to explore weather and climate change. In addition, students investigate Newton’s laws of motion.
BEGINNING FRENCH: an integrated introduction to develop communication skills as well as awareness of French and francophone cultures through oral and written exercises, skits and poems, using elementary grammar and vocabulary.
FRENCH: for those continuing from Class V, development of more advanced oral and grammatical skills through discussion, storytelling, reading, skits and oral presentations.
MANDARIN: further integration of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students study grammar in greater depth, continue to learn the vocabulary of daily life and reinforce character writing and typing skills. They also read simplified stories in Chinese, write journals about their daily life and work on oral presentations.
SPANISH: continuation of the integrated curriculum and consistent practice of speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in Spanish. Reading of a short novel in Spanish.
WRITING WORKSHOP: for students who do not study a modern language and who would benefit from reinforcement in language arts, practice in both organization and written expression and comprehension and analysis of works by a variety of authors.
LATIN: introduction through reading about daily life in a first-century Roman family, combined with practice in declensions, conjugations and elementary grammar using the Cambridge Latin program, units 1 and 2.
MUSIC, DRAMA: Music and Drama collaborate to produce a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta in the spring term; the class also attends a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera. The study of a percussion instrument is added to the offerings in instrumental music.
STUDIO ART: exploration of elements of design through layering patterns, simple printmaking techniques and the study of draped human figures. One museum study assignment is required.
PUBLIC SPEAKING: lessons on practical application of public speaking skills, including interview etiquette; storytelling without filler language; introducing and greeting with confidence; news anchor practice.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: development of more sophisticated game play and skills in soccer, field hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, lacrosse and track and field; exploration of physical fitness and wellness concepts; refinement of game strategies; participation in Red/White competitions and running club; PACER fitness testing; modern dance and choreography in dance.
HEALTH: health-related topics such as drugs, nutrition, human sexuality, safety and peer pressure are integrated into the Middle School advisory program. This course follows guidelines established by New York State for health education and is taught through films and discussions.