Seventh grade marks a year of transition in the Middle School. Students assume greater responsibility for both their faith and their academic studies. An awareness of other cultures, both historic and current, is emphasized throughout the disciplines.
Through all of their experiences in seventh grade, students are supported and encouraged to consider other perspectives and to act when they recognize injustice.
Literature and writing assignments further enhance the social studies curriculum. Reading selections line up with the periods of history being studied, allowing students to examine them from a literature perspective. Poetry, short stories, and novels all strengthen the girls’ understanding of historical events, in addition to learning about what components make up each type of literature. Along with vocabulary building and grammar review, students learn to build logical, written arguments as they practice writing five-paragraph essays.
Students work to understand the main ideas upon which our country is founded. Our study begins with European exploration and colonization of the Americas, continues through the thirteen colonies and the American Revolution, and ends up at the Civil War. In order to begin to understand the country we are today, the girls look for the main ideas behind significant events and historical figures. Critical thinking and making inferences are important parts of the social studies curriculum, as the girls are asked to think more in depth about history and our country. We also take advantage of our location and travel to St. Mary’s City and Mount Vernon so the students can see history in action.
The goal of Pre-Algebra is to introduce patterns, relations, and functions so that the student will have a solid foundation in preparation for higher level Algebra in high school. Target areas of instruction include linear equations, geometric relationships, analysis of data, probability, and strategic problem solving.
It is very important for the student to be able to recognize and to apply these skills to real-life situations. A review course of core concepts (real and rational number operations, scientific notation, etc.) is also included in this curriculum.” (Note: Advanced math students have the opportunity to enroll in Algebra I in seventh grade.)
Science 7 focuses on middle school physics and middle school chemistry. The year starts with physics by reviewing of motion and forces. Girls probe Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, how they are observed in nature and around us.
We learn about the Pascal’s, Archimedes, and Bernoulli’s principles, which help us understand fluids like water and air by performing numerous activities and experiments. Students understand and share what they have learned and researched about work and simple machines by planning and making their own simple machines in school.
We discover how energy is used and transformed from one form to another. Middle school chemistry starts with a research report and presentation about all the elements of the periodic table. We revisit matter‒how it is described and measured.
We venture into the different physical states of matter through experiments and reports. We finish the year by understanding chemical changes, atoms, ionic and covalent bonds.
In seventh grade, girls choose between Spanish and French. No matter their language choice, the girls work on core language learning skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learn to communicate about themselves and others in the target language, which they are encouraged to use during class.
Aside from traditional methods of assessment, girls have the opportunity to create thematic projects and skits, as well as incorporate technology in their speaking and listening.
Students are also exposed to the cultures of French or Spanish-speaking countries as they study the language. In order to build a strong base for future language study, particular emphasis is given to each girl experimenting and understanding how she learns language best.
During their 7th grade year, students focus on understanding the person of Jesus and the mystery of his fully human and fully divine nature. Students will specifically address how Jesus reveals God to man and man to himself, and how Jesus reveals the meaning of the world and God’s relationship to it.
Most especially, we will be exploring these mysteries by examining the Gospels and the books of the New Testament, appreciating the unified vision that we are given of the person of Christ.
Finally, we will explore how we are to approach, read, and interpret Scripture, and ask why Scripture is so important to the Church and to understanding who Christ is.
Throughout the year, students will be given the opportunity to grow in their faith by participating in liturgies, prayer services, and community service projects.
Seventh grade general music continues the study music history from the Baroque through the Romantic periods.
There is a specific focus on opera–its production, voice classification, famous opera singers, and the most famous operas of those time periods. This unit culminates in a field trip to see a live opera.
Singing, music theory, sight-singing, playing the piano, and projects on GarageBand also continue in seventh grade.
Middle School Physical Education is play with a purpose. Underlying all the games units is the importance of being fit. Students are introduced to the three aspects of fitness: flexibility, strength training and cardiovascular exercise. Basic skills and game strategies of various sports are introduced. Students work with manipulatives – hula hoops, poi and Bal-a-Vis-X, to increase their motor integration.
In art, seventh grade students use a wide variety of materials and continue to learn about line, value, shape, and composition through direct observation. They deepen their understanding of color theory solving problems with paint on two-dimensional surfaces. Students are encouraged to take risks with their art and to begin thinking about bringing personal meaning to their art work.
Class meetings are the focal point of the Middle School Counseling curriculum. All 7th and 8th graders have a class meeting once a week.
They meet in small groups led by the school counselor to discuss issues impacting the students’ lives and to develop communication skills and an understanding of their values and emotions.
Class meetings also use a curriculum specifically created for Holy Child, to include topics such as communication skills, drugs and alcohol education, human sexuality, cyber-safety, nutrition and a healthy body image. Once the small groups have established a trusting environment, time is often provided for student-centered discussions. These conversations include topics such as friendship difficulties, school stressors, and healthy life choices.
The purpose of the class meetings program is to provide a safe place for students to discuss and implement positive solutions to social and emotional issues with the help of their peers and under the guidance of the school counselor.
We work as a team to establish the class meeting as a non-judgmental and caring environment.
Beginning in the second trimester of sixth grade, students choose to participate in an activity that takes place the last period of the day three afternoons a week. Students are encouraged to try out new things and explore their talents and passions and must select a new pursuit each trimester. Read More