Religion Curriculum for St. Peter’s Middle School
The Religion courses for St. Peter’s Middle School are part of the continuous curriculum begun in the Kindergarten-5th program using the Benziger text with parent involvement and interactive aids at blestarewe.com.
In the sixth grade we focus on the Old Testament with connection by theme to the New Testament and what the Church teaches within that theme. We then apply it to real life as in the life of a saint. Each chapter uses a similar process throughout the curriculum.
The seventh grade curriculum is based on the life of Jesus and again uses themes such as miracles, healings, teachings, suffering, death and resurrection, to name a few. Each of these theses reach back into the Old Testament and show how a continuous story has been told. This then is applied to Church teaching and life experience with a cameo life-story of a saint that exemplifies this theme.
In the eighth grade we study Church history with its reflection back into both the Hebrew and Christian Testaments and related Church teaching and again a saint whose life helps us to put the theme into perspective in our life.
Along with the topics of each grade there are a three things that all classes do: pray before each class, journal on a quote from Catherine McAuley (Mercy values) and memorize prayers. These prayers are often connected with the unit being studies and are specified in the continuous curriculum we have set up.
The curriculum is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its four pillars. A more detailed curriculum guide is available in the school office.
This course follows the Missouri State Standards for language arts and encompasses reading, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and grammar. Students are presented with a variety of literature that includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The class will read one novel per quarter as well as another one of their choosing. Students respond to the literature through writing, oral discussions, art and other forms of media. Grammar instruction is integrated with the literature book and is enhanced with daily instruction. Concepts that are focused on in this course include simple, complex, and compound sentences, parts of speech and learning Greek and Latin root/affix. Writing assignments include daily journal entries, creative writing, and essays.
In 7th grade, students review and enhance the items previously learned in grade 6. Students also increase their knowledge in punctuation, phrases and clauses and figures of speech. The course follows the Missouri State Standards for language arts and encompasses reading, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and grammar. Students are presented with a variety of literature that includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The class read one novel per quarter as well as another one of their choosing. Students respond to the literature through writing, oral discussions, art and other forms of media.
Following the Missouri State Standards for language arts and encompasses reading, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and grammar students continue to build upon what they’ve learned in grades 6 and 7. During 8th grade additional grammar concepts are introduced that include gerunds, participles, and infinitives. Students are presented with a variety of literature that includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The class read one novel per quarter as well as another one of their choosing. Students respond to the literature through writing, oral discussions, art and other forms of media.
Provides the foundation for middle school mathematics.
Instruction will focus on six critical areas: (1) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the system of rational numbers to include negative numbers; (2) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (3) writing and evaluating algebraic expressions; (4) writing and solving one-step equation and inequalities; (5) developing understanding of relationships among shapes to determine area, surface area, and volume and (6) developing understanding of statistical thinking by analyzing and displaying data distributions.
Builds on the skills and concepts developed in 6th grade math.
Instructional time will focus on six critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) develop an understanding of absolute value to solve problems involving integers; (3) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (4) working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving scale drawings, area, surface area, and volume; (5) drawing inferences about populations based on samples and (6) developing an understanding of simple probability models and using them to make predictions.
Is designed to provide a foundation for the development of skills necessary for Algebra I. Instructional time will focus on five critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, inequalities and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem; (4) extending the number system to include irrational numbers and (5) develop an understanding of exponential properties to simplify expressions and apply them to scientific notation.
The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the lessons that students learned in Foundations of Algebra. Students will explore many examples of functions, compare key characteristics of these functions, and translate between graphical, numerical and symbolic representations of them. They will create and solve equations and inequalities, and systems of equations involving linear and quadratic expressions, extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents and compare/contrast linear and exponential functions. Students will use regression techniques to describe linear relationships between quantities and use technology as an instructional tool throughout the course as they explore and make sense of problems in real-world context. Students taking this course should be highly motivated, goal-oriented, and willing to devote an appropriate amount of time to mathematics.
Earth Science is the focus of study for sixth grade. Overarching concepts are determined by Missouri State Standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards. These concepts include Earth’s Changing Surface and Systems in which changes in the Earth’s materials and surface (rocks, minerals, and fossils) are studied as well as weather and climate (water cycle, atmosphere, and climate). Earth’s Place in the Universe is also explored with focus on the Earth-sun-moon system. Hands-on labs are utilized to reinforce and solidify concepts. Science skills such as gathering evidence through observation and data collection, experimental design, analyzing data and graphing, and inferring conclusions based on data are introduced through Scientific Inquiry. These skills are reinforced with class participation in a Science Fair project. Finally, engineering design is explored in which students engage in activities that require a problem to be solved through the development of an object, tool, process, or system.
Life Science is the focus of study for seventh grade. Overarching concepts are determined by Missouri State Standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards. These concepts include From Molecules to Organisms in which fundamentals of life are studied including development of living organisms (plants and animals) and human body systems interactions. Genetics and Heredity are also explored. Hands-on labs are utilized to reinforce and solidify concepts. Scientific Inquiry skills introduced in sixth grade are practiced with individual participation in a Science Fair project. Finalists are entered into Regional Science Fair held at Missouri Southern State University. Finally, engineering design continues to be explored in which students engage in activities that require a problem to be solved through the development of an object, tool, process, or system.
Physical Science is the focus of study for eighth grade. Overarching concepts are determined by Missouri State Standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards. These concepts include Properties of Matter and its Interactions in which properties of matter are identified, compared, and described. Force and Motion (energy, forces, and motion) are also studied. Hands-on labs are utilized to reinforce and solidify concepts. Scientific Inquiry skills are perfected with individual participation in a Science Fair project. Finalists are entered into the Regional Science Fair held at Missouri Southern State University. Engineering design continues to be explored in which students engage in activities that require a problem to be solved through the development of an object, tool, process, system, or prototype.
6th Grade World History
Sixth grade social studies curriculum calls for teaching geography and ancient civilizations, beginning with prehistoric man up through 1500 AD. Ancient cultures on every continent except Australia and Antarctica will be examined. Students will learn how geography influences culture and the relationships between individuals, groups and institutions. Students will learn how to use maps, graphs, and timelines.
7th Grade American History
United States History to 1877
Students will use skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the United States and understand ideas and events that strengthened the union. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history in chronological sequence and learn about change and continuity in our history. They also will study documents and speeches that laid the foundation of American ideals and institutions and will examine the everyday life of people at different times in the country’s history with primary and secondary sources.
8th Grade American History
Students will continue to use skills of historical and geographical analysis as they examine American history since 1877. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography within the context of United States history. Political, economic, and social challenges facing the nation reunited after civil war will be examined chronologically as students develop an understanding of how the American experience shaped the world political and economic landscape. All eighth grade students will take a Citizenship test at the end of the year.
Students will concentrate on typing skills. Students will learn the basics of Microsoft Word. This will include how to: change font, style, size and color, copy and paste, change the layout and margins, use Word Art, insert and manipulate shapes, insert and manipulate pictures from online and personal sources, and use the spelling and grammar check. Students will also learn how to change and manipulate rows, columns and cells on Excel spreadsheets.
Introduction to Computer Apps
7th and 8th Grade
This course provides a basic understanding latest Microsoft Office Suite programs. Includes file management skills, internet skills and the use of PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, and Excel.
Jr High Show Choir
Show Choir focuses on the performance of vocal music in the popular idiom. Emphasis is placed on developing appropriate vocal technique, choreography and stage presence to create an overall performance.
6th Grade Art
Throughout the year, students study the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. They do this by utilizing skills and materials such as drawing, printmaking, painting, clay, sculpture, and they matte a work of art.
7th Grade Art
Students build on their sixth grade knowledge using a variety of media. In the seventh grade students are also introduce to other art forms including weaving, block printing, Papier-mâché, jewelry design and embossing. Students in seventh grade use chalk clay, markers, pencils and paint. They learn to weave a pillow, create a clay pot, and human drawing.
In eighth grade students continue to build on the foundations learned in sixth and seventh grade art. In addition, they learn to critique art, understand the differences in art styles: Realism, Expressionism, Impressionism, Abstraction, Pop Art, Fauves, Surrealism, Representational, etc.
Our Spanish Curriculum for 6th and 7th grades are an expansion of K-6 and a bridge to high school Spanish I. We learn common phrases, sentence structures, conjugating present tense verbs, both regular and irregular, and a basic vocabulary. Our learning style in this curriculum is the cloze method where we have a controlled vocabulary, so that students gain familiarity with common words and phrases.
Our curriculum also expands to include famous Hispanic Americans, learning about countries where Spanish is an official language, culture and history of these countries as well as the food. Students who study this seriously will do well in many situations where Spanish is spoken. We welcome native speakers as guests.
This course will provide students an opportunity to develop an understanding of health concepts, behaviors, and skills that reduce health risks and enhance the health and well-being of self and others. Students will identify the factors that contribute to sustaining physical, mental, and emotional health. The importance of establishing personal core values, strengthening personal relationships, and resisting negative influences are emphasized as students examine the signs of abuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as methods to eliminate risky behaviors from their own lives.
This course will focus on the following key points:
- Building Healthy Relationships
- Building Character
- Bullying and Prevention
- Conflict Resolution and Violence Prevention
- Personal Health Care
- Health and Wellness
- Physical Activity
- Eating Disorders
- Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
- Mental and Emotional Health and Disorders
- Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases
- Body Systems
- Safety – First Aid and CPR
Students enhance their quality of life by participating in a complete physical exercise program. It will also give the students essential knowledge which will help improve and maintain their health. Students will learn that physical education covers a wide variety of physical fitness activities, as well as, developmental games and sports. These activities offer each student social and recreational benefits which will be useful throughout their lives. Areas of instruction include volleyball, pickle ball, badminton, basketball, floor hockey, kickball, softball/whiffle ball, frisbee games, weight training and circuit training.
St. Mary's Elementary School
3025 South Central City Road
Joplin, MO 64804
St. Peter's Middle School
931 South Byers Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
McAuley Catholic High School
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801