Middle School (6th,7th, & 8th)

 

Religion

At St. John Vianney School, the students learn that their faith is an essential part of their daily lives. The religious education program at each grade level weaves the six tasks of catechist at developmentally appropriate levels.  These six tasks are knowledge of faith, liturgical education, moral formation, teaching to pray, education for community life and missionary initiatives.  Through the study of each area, the students examine the richness of their living faith and gain new insights about themselves.  During eighth grade, students prepare for confirmation. 

Mrs. J. Rosa  RosaJ@sjvs.org (6th grade)

Ms. Taylor  TaylorS@sjvs.org (7 & 8th grade)

Language Arts

Teachers build upon the students’ prior school experiences, using a variety of classroom activities to develop important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

In seventh grade, students will continue to develop the ability to cite relevant evidence when analyzing a text or supporting their points in speaking and writing. Students will also build academic vocabulary as they read more complex texts, including stories, plays, historical novels, poems, and informational books and articles.

In eighth grade, students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction from around the world and from different time periods. They will continue to build comprehension of what they read and evaluate an author’s assumptions and claims. Students will also conduct research that will require the analysis of text and online resources and accurate interpretation of literary and informational texts. Students in all grades will write regularly and continue to develop their ability to gather, organize, interpret, and present information using the rules of spoken and written English.

Mrs. J. Rosa  Rosa@sjvs.org (6th grade)

Mrs. K. Foster  Fosterk@sjvs.org  (7th  and 8th grade)

Math

Mathematics is taught in two paths– a standard grade level course and an enhanced curriculum. Students in the enhanced path will complete Algebra I by the end of their eighth-grade year. Students on the standard path will complete Course 3- eighth-grade math. Geometry may be taken via FLVS. 

Each grade level has its own major area of focus; students working on the accelerated curriculum will compact these concepts in order to add the additional year for Algebra I. In seventh grade, students will further develop their understanding of rates and ratios, using visuals and equations to solve real-world problems involving proportional relationships. Students will also work on solving multi-step problems involving positive and negative rational numbers. Students will also expand their knowledge of geometry and apply the properties of operations to solve real world problems involving the measurement of multi-dimensional objects. In eighth grade, students will expand their understanding of unit rates and proportional relationships in order to connect these concepts to points on a line and to use them to solve linear equations requiring algebraic reasoning and knowledge of the properties of operations. Students will also expand their understanding of numbers beyond rational numbers to include numbers that are irrational.

Mrs. Hood  Hoodj@sjvs.org (6, 7, 8th grade)

Science

Science instruction in middle school prepares students for more advanced study at the high school level. It includes a combination of direct classroom instruction with hands-on experiments in the middle school science lab. Students develop their understanding of scientific inquiry through observation, prediction, experimentation, and drawing conclusions. Sixth grade explores in depth areas of Earth and Space Science, including Earths surfaces, weather, mapping and space explorationSeventh grade explores in depth areas of Life Science, including cells, heredity, biodiversity and change, and the effects of human interaction. Eighth grade explores in depth areas of Physical Science-Chemistry and Physics. The study includes matter and energy, motion, and forces in nature such as electricity and magnetism.

In addition to their regular course of study, middle school students participate in a guided science fair project that culminates in school and regional science fairs.

Mrs. R. Devito  Devitor@sjvs.org (6, 7, 8th grade)

Social Studies

Students focus on specific areas of geography and history, studying in greater depth areas previously touched upon in the intermediate grades.

In sixth grade students will analyze the shift from nomadic to agricultural societies. Students will study the development of civilizations, including the areas of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome. This study will include the impact of geography, early history, cultural development, and economic change. Sixth grade history will conclude with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

In seventh grade students will study world geography with an emphasis on the cultures and geography of the modern world. This course will explore the impact of culture, economics, geography, and governance on the development of modern society. Students will explore the patterns of human settlement and how human factors influence a place. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of individual and group decisions on citizens and communities.

In eighth grade students will study the European exploration of North America, along with the geographic features that influenced early settlements. The major events, outcomes and individuals of the Revolutionary War will be analyzed. Students will follow the development of the United States and its government through the early 19th century, including policies that affected the American Indians. The events leading up to the Civil War will be examined, along with the individuals and events that were significant during the war. The history, people, government, and geography of Florida will be emphasized in order to illustrate the role our state has played in American history. Eighth grade will conclude with Reconstruction and the development of the American West.

Beyond the content specified by the course, students will also develop research, analytic, and critical thinking skills through the evaluation of evidence, interpretation of primary sources, and writing in response to their historical study.

Ms. A. Danisovszky  Danisovszkya@sjvs.org (6,7,8th grade)

Exploratory Classes-Well Rounded Education

At St. John Vianney School teachers recognize that all children develop at different rates and have differing abilities and interests. Our approach to education looks at the whole child, not the sum of discrete academic areas. In addition to direct academic instruction in the content areas and religion, students attend weekly classes in art, music, STEM Lab, SciExplore, physical education, and Spanish. These experiences enrich the academic program and offer cross-curricular connections to the classroom when possible.