Our 7th Grade Religion program teaches the Scriptures, Beatitudes, Sacraments, Parables, Miracles, and the Message of Jesus. Our students have many opportunities to engage in community service actions. Part of our faith formation journey includes personal reflection in response to answering the Gospel call of serving others. Students pray the Rosary and attend Mass weekly.
Using a hand- on approach to learning the scientific method. In 7th Grade, our students become familiar with applying the scientific method to class projects and beyond. We focus on matter, atoms and molecules, mass, volume, and density. These concepts help students understand the layering and structure of Earth’s atmosphere, water, crust, and interior.
Our 7th and 8th Grade students have the opportunity to attend the Teton Science School every other year in Jackson, Wyoming. Our students attend the school with four faculty members in September, for four science filled days. The Teton School provides a hands-on science learning program. The school fosters leadership skills and builds awareness of the unique natural history of the Greater Yellowstone Geo-ecosystem. Our students experience lessons in field ecology, geology, animal tracking, field journaling, sketching and much more.
Language Arts at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School includes Literature and English. We follow Diocesan standards and curriculum to teach students in the following areas: comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading; vocabulary building; independence in reading; reading across genres; using writing process strategies and the 6+1 traits writing standards; and the use of process strategies during public speaking. The text, Voyages in English, is a rigorous grammar program with ongoing assessment. There will be in-depth study of unique writing genres, with writing skills lessons. Our students work on speaking and writing practice enabling them to communicate with clarity, accuracy, and ease. There will be many opportunities to apply skills using technology. Grade 7 students are required to submit a research paper using the MLA format.
We require 900 pages of independent reading per quarter. As part of our study of literature, students complete oral reports, book projects, participate in reading groups, and complete reading logs each quarter. Students reflect orally and in writing on their reading as they develop critical reading skills. Students are assessed through observation, conferencing, classwork, and written tests.
A Prentice Hall literature text is used. This text provides extensive instruction in reading strategies including predicting, questioning, re-reading, scanning, drawing inferences, determining word meaning from context, using prior knowledge, identifying main ideas, and summarizing. Assessment of skills occurs in post selection materials. The text, Vocabulary In Action, is be used. Weekly lessons that increase students’ literacy are assigned. Weekly assessments are required.
Our 7th Grade class novel is The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton.
Our 7th Grade program is a general math class designed to prepare students for the 8th Grade emphasis on algebra. Students study:
- Number and Operations and Algebra and Geometry: Developing an understanding of and applying proportionality, including similarity.
- Measurement and Geometry and Algebra: Developing an understanding of and using formulas to determine surface areas and volumes of three-dimensional shapes.
- Number and Operations and Algebra: Developing an understanding of operations on all rational numbers and solving linear equations.
Using a five themed approach to geography, we investigate five areas using location, place, human and environment interaction, movement, and region. Students learn how civilizations developed in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and The Middle East. We include principles of Catholic social teaching and care for God’s creation. Students learn about current issues facing the world as well as discover potential opportunities for solutions.
In Social Studies, we incorporate the Reality Town program provides an excellent hands-on opportunity to teach our 6th and 7th Grade students about fiscal responsibility. As the students try to work within their income and experience the challenge of paying one month’s worth of bills on their income, they gain a greater appreciation for what they will experience as adults. Reality Town teaches students about the importance of living within their income and differentiating between a need and a want as well as the value of education. We start the student off on a fact finding mission on their computers. Students investigate career choices including fields of study, work environment, salary, and educational requirements.
Developing intermediate research skill characterizes 7th Grade library classes. More abstract concepts in the thinking and research processes are taught.
Students continue building the foundations for Spanish as a second language. Students write, read and have fun with Spanish related activities.
In 7th Grade music classes, we review note reading, apply note reading, play instruments, practice singing techniques, and performance. All students perform in our annual Christmas Program and Spring Concert.
More complex art work is seen in 7th Grade art class. Students learn to incorporate contour and gesture lines, study color theory, study art history and the different styles of painting. Linoleum block printing is introduced along with sculpting techniques.
Improving presentation skills using technology is fun. Students continue honing their skills in writing and internet-literacy though collaborative group-research and presentation projects.
The Middle School Exploratory program gives 6th through 8th Grade students the unique opportunity to “explore” a wide variety of subjects. Based on student interests, we learn about everything from interior design and origami to game design and photography. The second semester of Exploratory is dedicated to learning about different aspect of film making and film history. We end the year with a special Middle School Film Festival to showcase our student-made movies.
Through physical activity and discussion, we promote healthy growth, development and maintenance through physical education. Students identify the components of good health and skills related to activities for developing lifetime respect of exercise and sports.