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Monthly Lunch Menu

  • Jun. 02
    Jogathon / 7/8th BBQ / Carnival / Scholastic BOOK FAIR 3-5:30pm
  • Jun. 06
    Step Up Day for all grades and new students, 9-10am
  • Jun. 12
    Graduation 6:30pm (photos 6:00)
  • Jun. 16
    Last day of school / 10:00am Mass

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Full-year Calendar

8TH GRADE CURRICULUM

Religion

Topics include: Christian Leadership through service and example, the Mass revisited as a middle school student, Church history as based on the Acts of the Apostles from Pentecost through the Golden Age of Chrisiantiy, persecutions, the Schism of the West, and then the modern church in relationship to Protestant faiths, including saints and the roles they have played in our Church and in our lives.  A special project will be included.  We colebrate and learn about Liturgical seasons and keep special days like St. Nicolas Day by providing stockings and treats for the younger students (Kindergarten - 1st grade).

Service Requirements: 15 hours 
A parent letter explains our philosophy and expectations.

Text: Blest Are We: The Story of Our Church by Silver Burdett Ginn Religion.

Language Arts

The Language Arts curriculum in the middle school at St. Paul is designed to expose students to a variety of text selections across genres in each year.  As students progress through middle school they read and study elements of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama with increasing knowledge and sophistication. In addition to the selections in the adopted text resources, together students participate in an in-depth novel exploration at each grade level. Developing skills in composing written work is an integrated part of our students’ Language Arts studies. Students complete frequent, in-class writing on topics related to the literature studied in class.   Students are expected to provide evidence of learning through classwork, exams, essays, speeches, and multi-media presentations.

Text: Mirrors & Windows ©2009 by EMC Publishing, LLC

Math

Eighth grade students are divided into Algebra and Pre-Algebra.

Algebra

The language of Algebra including variables, expressions, properties and statistics begins this course. Linear equations and inequalities are analyzed including graphing relations and functions. Polynomials and non-linear functions are discovered and skills built for factoring of trinomials and solving of quadratic equations. Prolem solving and data analysis are core skills utilized daily.

Text: Algebra 1 by Glencoe

Supplementary materials include Problem of the Week, Focus on Grade 8: Teaching with Math Focal Points, and NCTM Illuminations Website.

Pre-Algebra

This course solidifies basic skills and covers the tools and vocabulary of Algebra including variables, properties, integers, equations and formulas. Students are challenged with linear equations, graphing, and solving systems of equations. Two- and three-dimensional figures, statistics, and probability are also expanded upon. Problem solving and data analysis are core skills utilized daily.

Problem of the Week: Problems are assigned weekly, and initially students are permitted to work in groups to solve them, with written explanations of problem solving strategies completed independently.  This provides excellent practice in group work, problem solving strategies, and communication of solution procedures.

Text: Pre-Algebra by Glencoe
Supplementary materials include Problem of the Week, Focus on Grade 8: Teaching with Math Focal Points, and NCTM Illuminations Website.

Science

Students learning about science using scientific inquiry and hands-on activities such as making cars, baking cakes, the use of chemicals, and field trips. Units include chemistry, physics of waves, history and advancement of technology, energy (the transfer of energy, types of energy), electricity and magnetism. Complementing their education, students spend a day in Portland at OMSI in the chemistry lab and exploring other the exhibits.

Text:  Physical Science by Holt Science and Technology.

Health

As students learn to make healthy decisions for every aspect of their life we also examine how to develop quality friendship and the skills necessary to maintain healthy relationships. We also examine potential negatives that students will confront and how to properly deal with them. In addition we address various conditions, illnesses, or health issues that they have questions about (diabetes, organ donations, hepatitis).

Text: Teen Health, Publisher: Glencoe

Social Studies

U.S. History is the favorite social studies focus of middle school students. This is a chance for students to gain an understanding about the formation and process in which their country has developed. Students can expect a wide array of activities as they learn our history. Important people, places, and events are examined during the colonial period to the Civil War era. This class meets daily and increases the need for students to apply the academic skills they have acquired, especially managing their time and remaining organized. 

Text: The American Journey, Early Years   Publisher: Glencoe

Art

The basic elements of Art are covered using a variety of mediums including pencil, charcoal, crayon, tempera paint, watercolor, and mixed media. Artistic styles and eras are discussed as well as comparisons of different features of famous art prints.

Resources used: Art In Action Enrichment Program, The Usborne Book of Art Skills by Watt, Web page: incredibleart.org.

Physical Education

Activities focus on specialized skills and sport activities. Students continue learning and improving sport skills while participating in cooperative games of different types. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a wider variety of individual and team sports. Tournaments are held within specific sports to encourage teamwork, cooperation, and healthy competition. One example of this is the annual badminton doubles-tournament. Greater emphasis is placed on muscular and cardiovascular, strength and endurance. Fitness routines are established and implemented to focus students on making personal improvements in different fitness areas. Instruction is given to guide students in making decisions on personal approaches to maintaining physical fitness levels and enhancing their mental and spiritual outlook on life. Students are guided to understand and gain an appreciation for living an active life style and our Schoolwide Learning Expectations are woven throughout the program.

Presidential Fitness Testing: Students are administered fitness testing twice a year. Ample class time is dedicated for students to practice and prepare for these fitness tests as they approach. The Presidential Fitness Testing includes a pull-up test, a sit and reach flexibility test, the shuttle run, a one-minute sit-up test, and a one-mile run.

Cooperative Learning: Throughout the school year students in all grades participate in different cooperative learning exercises and games to promote, practice, and encourage teamwork, communication, and cooperation with classmates. Building relationships within each class and enhancing the school environment is a primary focus. 

Spanish

We explore the richness of Spanish-speaking cultures in support of the experience of learning the Spanish language. Games, stories, puppets, songs, skits, art projects, cooking and cultural information all supplement the study of Spanish. All students use Spanish workbooks and cultural notebooks created especially for Saint Paul School. Middle school students also use a three-part middle school textbook and an interactive DVD.

Goals for students in Middle School:1. Hear, understand, speak, read and write in Spanish
2. Participate in cultural activities from the Spanish-speaking world
3. Recognize and use Spanish vocabulary and phrases
4. Participate in games, songs and skits that teach Spanish grammar and vocabulary
5. Participate in Spanish conversational exercises called Solo Español

Study of vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar through the authentic experiences of a group of young people in Latin America and Spain, design, film and present Spanish Mystery Theater, create traditional meals from Spanish speaking countries.

Computer Technology

Students in Grades 5 - 8 participate in improving performance standards in the All the Right Type keyboarding curriculum. In addition to All The Right Type curriculum, instructional time in the Computer Technology program is devoted to gaining experience and skills that support learning in the content areas curricula such as research, digital presentation, and word processing skills. Students learn and utilize the following programs: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, All the Right Type, Accelerated Reader and Internet Explorer

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