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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.



Pre-Algebra (5th to 8th graders)

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Students will engage pre-algebra mathematics with Saxon Algebra 1/2, 3rd edition, by reviewing and expanding the fundamental mathematical concepts of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. New topics will explore the properties of real numbers, solving linear equations, geometry, graphing, and an introduction to polynomials. Examples of algebra in action will be shared. In addition, math-related current events may be assigned, with students presenting their findings to the class. Periodic quizzes and cumulative tests will be given. A pre-algebra readiness test is strongly suggested. Instructor: Rani Walter

Algebra I (6th to 9th graders)

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Students explore algebra 1 topics using Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd edition and other resources, including signed numbers, exponents, two equations with two unknowns, graphing equations, scientific notation, ratio, percent, and unit conversions. Basic geometry topics include perimeter, area, volume, English to metric conversion, and surface area. Class time encompasses instruction of lessons and application of principles through sample problems. In addition, math-related current events may be assigned with students presenting their findings to peers. Each week students are assigned problems sets from the lessons. Quizzes and cumulative tests are given periodically. Readiness test required. Instructor: Marlene Theze

Science Explorers (6th to 8th graders)

Tuesdays, 12:45 pm – 3:15 pm

This course takes an integrated approach to studying science with HMH Science Fusion’s human body and physics textbooks. Students are encouraged to ask the “why” and “how” of science through in-class demonstrations, labs, and independent projects. Specific topics and curriculum are to be determined. Weekly homework assignments, current events, quizzes, and unit tests will be required. 

Instructor: Marlene Theze

Studio Art, Part II (7th to 12th graders)

Tuesdays, 12:45 pm – 3:15 pm

In this combined middle and high school class, both new and returning students will learn the principles and concepts of design, developing the student’s knowledge of composition in two- and three-dimensional art. These elements and principles of design are the building blocks of art that will, not only improve the student’s artwork, but also, be used in all art careers. Students will learn the “why” and “how” of art techniques, which will enable them to develop the skills needed to become independent in creating their own artwork. We will examine different artists’ artworks, seeking to evaluate and recognize art techniques and concepts in action. Students will explore, experiment, and problem solve, as they create their own original works. Instructor: Patricia Storey

American History (6th to 8th graders)

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Middle School students will explore the history of America beginning with life in America before the Europeans arrived and continuing through the first years after the Civil War. Using “America the Beautiful” by Notgrass History, students will work with a variety of activities including review questions, tests, and mapping. Lessons will highlight key events, people and places and will utilize historical documents, biographies, landmarks, crafts, recipes, and more to take students on an exciting chronological study of life in America from the years 1000-1877. 

Instructor: Joanna Giunta

Journey Through Art, Part II (4th to 7th graders)

Wednesdays, 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm

In this combined elementary and middle school art class both new and returning students will set off on an imaginary journey to different countries. There they will visit different artists and learn about their styles, art movements, and art techniques. Students will be taught drawing skills to help them become art journal keepers. They will be guided on their journey and use the skills they learned to create their own original artwork.

Instructor: Patricia Storey

Beginner Spanish (7th to 10th graders)

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Students will learn the basics of the Spanish language through listening, speaking, games, history, and cultural traditions. Class curriculum will include Difusion's Gente Joven, a Spanish textbook series developed specifically to appeal to middle and high school studentsInstructor: Shirley Decicco

Middle School IEW Writing (6th to 8th graders)

Thursdays, 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Institute for Excellence in Writing's US History-based lessons will lead students through a year of learning how to write with structure and style, in preparation for high school-level writing. Instructor: Denise Troxel

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