St. Matthew's - Flipbook - Page 10
In fi%h grade, our students explore the geography of the whole United States as well as
learn about Na!ve American tribes and European coloniza!on. In sixth grade, students
study ancient civiliza!ons and connect what they learn to current issues around how water
impacts civiliza!ons. Seventh graders study world history, including the rise of Islam,
medieval Europe, the Aztecs, and the history of China and Japan. The eighth grade year
concludes with a study of United States history, focusing on migra!on and immigra!on.
Through a lens of diversity and inclusion, students connect what they are learning to current
events and modern migra!on stories.
La!n (Grades 5 and 6): Students are introduced to the study of La!n as well as Ancient
Roman and Greek mythology in the fi%h grade year. Sixth graders learn La!n vocabulary,
as well as the culture of Ancient Pompeii through their study of Cambridge La!n’s Unit One.
By the end of the year, they can analyze simple La!n grammar and translate to English as
well as English to La!n. They also read and review tales of Ancient Greek and Roman
mythology in their prepara!on for a Na!onal Mythology Exam.
Spanish (Grades 7 and 8): Spanish is a twoyear sequence that is equivalent to a Level One
high school course. The four language skills reading, wri!ng, speaking and listening
comprehension are the pillars of the course. Vocabulary is introduced through stories and
is used for authen!c communica!on where students talk about their own lives and their
community. Relevant aspects of the Hispanic culture are woven into the stories and class
discussions. Conversa!on and communica!on in Spanish are emphasized at all !mes.
Students are well prepared and typically place into Spanish II in high school.
MUSIC & THE ARTS
In fi%h and sixth grade, students con!nue their musical educa!on with an instrumental
music class. Choosing from a selec!on of brass, woodwind and percussion, they learn to
play an instrument and be part of a musical team. Seventh and eighth grade students are
given a range of arts, humani!es and technologybased elec!ves to choose from,
par!cipa!ng in two dierent classes each year.
One of the highlights of the music and arts program is the Spring Musical. Eighth graders
take the lead, either onstage in major roles or backstage as the set design, ligh!ng and
sound crew. Students in grades 57 par!cipate as members of the ensemble cast.
All Middle School students are assigned to a small gradelevel advisory of approximately
10 students, mentored by a faculty advisor. With daily mee!ngs, advisors guide students
through the socialemo!onal curriculum. They engage students in schoolwide or advisory
level ac!vi!es such as character forma!on roundtables, and help cul!vate a greater
understanding of themselves, their classmates, and teachers. Advisories provide each
student with a faculty advocate to assist him or her in academic, social, and emo!onal growth.