HIGH SCHOOL

6th - 8th grade

Middle School students explore disciplines in greater depth and with more refined skills. Independent learning is encouraged as students hone their study skills in preparation for high school. These classes have weekly reading and writing assignments, long-term projects and more frequent exams. Classes require the purchase of textbooks and supplementary materials.

MIDDLE 

SCHOOL

Algebra II

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Students will use Saxon’s Algebra 2 curriculum to learn about: traditional second-year algebra topics; geometric functions like angles, perimeters and proportional segments; negative exponents; quadratic equations; logarithms and advanced factoring. In a typical day, the 2 hours of class time will encompass instruction of four lessons and application of principles through sample problems worked on the board. In addition, math-related current events will be assigned and students will present their findings to the class. When appropriate, examples of algebra in action from science and engineering will be shared. Each week students will be assigned problems sets from the four lessons, and a closed-book quiz to be completed at home. Text: Saxon Algebra 2, 3rd edition. Placement test required. Instructor: Megan Mandes

Middle School US History 

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This class will use the award-winning series, A History of US, by Joy Hakim as the main text for the course. Recently updated to reflect new discoveries and more recent history, this 10-module series are written in a style that is fully engaging for any student. First hand accounts and original documents help to make the History Of US a hit for any middle school student. Instructor: Shirley DeCicco

Science Explorers

Tuesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm (Section 1)

Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm (Section 2)

This course takes an integrated approach to studying science. Students are encouraged to ask the “why” and “how” of science through in-class demonstrations, labs, current events, and independent projects. This year we will study Dynamic Earth and Ecology and the Environment from the HMH Science Fusion Series. Weekly homework assignments, current events, quizzes and chapter tests are required. Instructor: Terry Gilleland

Advanced Spanish (6th - 12 graders)

Tuesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This class is for students with a bit more exposure to Spanish . The students of ELE (Spanish as a second language)  will continue building their vocabulary and learning more complex grammatical structures to be able to communicate with fluency in Spanish. We will be doing fun and interesting activities that are relevant to teenagers of this global society with more than 500 millions speakers of Spanish in 2020. The topics of each unit in the Gente Joven book We will use are relevant and engaging. The students will also be learning about  Spanish and Latin American authors, interacting with some of their works in Spanish, enriching their appreciation of literature in another language.  Instructor: Shirley DeCicco

IEW Writing: Ancient History (5th - 7th graders)

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Improve writing skills while discovering the amazing wonders of the ancient world! Join us as we explore the ancient civilizations of Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Asia Minor, and Asia. IEW's units 1-9 will be taught in order and will explore the ideas, traditions, governments, feats and trials of each of these interesting societies. Students will expand their vocabularies, practice writing, add sophistication to their compositions, and learn to write with style- all while learning interesting facts about the ancient world! Instructor: Lisa Torquato

Lost Tools of Writing I (8th and 9th graders)

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This classical writing program teaches the persuasive essay by means of invention (coming up with ideas), arrangement (ordering ideas), and elocution (expressing ideas logically). The essays will revolve around our class literature readings. A structured study of grammar using MCT's The Magic Lens I will be included, as will the mastery of vocabulary and Greek and Latin roots using MCT's Caesar's English II and Quizlet. Instructor: Eleanor Braun

Beginning Spanish (5th - 8th graders)

Wednesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

We will use a very innovative, dynamic and motivating program that will appeal to the different kind of learners. The class will include a very colorful book, that presents grammar and vocabulary in a fun cultural context, with links to a variety of  online resources. They students will have the opportunity to learn to use their linguistic skills through a variety of activities that will provide ample opportunities to practice communication in Spanish, such as games, class presentations, Writing, etc. We will learn about and experience cultural celebrations and food of Latin America and Spain. Instructor: Shirley DeCicco

American Art 

Wednesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Students will journey through different periods, from colonial to present day, and explore the styles and techniques of American Art. We will look at various artists' and learn how their lives and works in America influenced the world. Students will acquire art appreciation skills, as they learn to describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate artistic works. The students will demonstrate their knowledge of skills and techniques with hands-on studio art projects. 

Instructor: Patricia Storey

Pre-Algebra 

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Saxon Algebra 1/2 (3rd edition) represents a culmination of pre-algebra mathematics and covers all topics normally taught in pre-algebra, as well as additional topics from geometry and discrete mathematics (used in engineering and computer sciences). Class time will encompass instruction of four lessons, and application of principles through sample problems worked out on the board. In addition, math-related current events will be assigned and students will present their findings to the class. Each week, students will be assigned problem sets from the four lessons and a closed-book quiz to be completed at home. Placement test required. Instructor: Terry Gilleland

Algebra I

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Students will use Saxon's Algebra I to learn about: signed numbers, exponents, solving equations, two equations with unknowns, graphing equations, scientific notation, ratio, percent, unit conversions, geometry, perimeter, area, volume, English to metric conversion, and surface area. Class time will encompass instruction of four lessons, and application of principles through sample problems worked out on the board. In addition, math-related current events will be assigned and students will present their findings to the class. Each week, students will be assigned problem sets from the four lessons and a closed-book quiz to be completed at home. Placement test required.

Instructor: Megan Mandes

Latin I 

Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This course will use a classical approach to studying Latin, with a concentration on foundational grammar, vocabulary, translation, and reading skills. Students will use Wheelock's Latin (7th edition) as their main text. Roman life and culture will be studied through online resources on topics coordinated with the Brucia and Daugherty workbook, To Be a Roman: Topics in Roman Culture (2007). 

Instructor: Megan Mandes

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