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Curriculum

SJS follows The Diocese of Owensboro Curriculum Guidelines. The curriculum framework reflects goals, state and national standards and assessment strategies for instructional purposes. The curriculums are designed to develop the individual student's abilities, interests and talents in order to enable the students to assume responsibility to self, home, community, and the world.

All teachers provide sound instruction to students in all subject areas.  Many research-based strategies and a variety of tools including technology are used to actively engage students. 21st Century life skills are stressed in all classrooms. Students need to think analytically, problem solve, find and evaluate information, communicate effectively, and collaborate with one another in order to succeed in the world today and in the future.

Middle School Religion Program

6th Grade

Sixth grade students will explore the story of salvation rooted in the Old Testament beginning with God’s revelation to Abraham and Sarah and ending the year with the Jewish struggles in the years prior the birth of the Messiah.

7th Grade

Seventh grade students are presented with the core elements of the faith based on Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We will center on Jesus' life, teachings, and the sacraments he instituted. Seventh grade will learn to live a life of discipleship.

8th Grade

Eighth grade students are presented with the core elements of the faith based on Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Liturgical catechesis includes prayer, worship, and celebration, encouraging lifelong learning and development. Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition is a value-based program that focuses on moral responsibility and respecting God’s gift of life, correlated to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, taught in cooperation with the parents. Topics for 8th grade include self-understanding, emotions, sexuality, marriage and family life, health, social relationships, and growing in Christ

Goals for 6th, 7th and 8th:

  • Enrich the prayer life of the students
  • Identify and encourage participation in service to Church and community
  • Deepen students understanding of Catholic faith and doctrine
  • Gain an appreciation of the Bible as the written Word of God

Middle School Mathematics Program

6th-8th Grade Pre-Algebra:

  • Fractions, Decimals, and Percent
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Functions
  • Integers
  • Rational Numbers
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Probability and Predictions
  • Measurement and Proportional Reasoning
  • Real Numbers and Monomials
  • Systems of Equations
  • Two- and Three-Dimensional Geometry
  • Units of Measure
  • Data Analysis and Statistics

Algebra I:

  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Functions
  • Equations of Linear Functions
  • Linear Inequalities
  • Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Exponents and Exponential Functions
  • Quadratic Expressions and Equations
  • Quadratic Functions and Equations
  • Radical Functions and Geometry
  • Rational Functions and Equations
  • Statistics and Probability

Middle School Language Arts Program

Literature:

  • Individual grade level novels that include fiction across the different genre, and non-fiction reading that includes memoirs, periodicals and the newspaper
  • Reinforcement of all literary elements from short stories in Glencoe, Reader’s Choice
  • Reading comprehension assessment through Accelerated Reader testing, a variety of hands on projects, and literary circles

English:

The mechanics of grammar and syntax are taught through the use of Sadlier-Oxford “Grammar Workshop” text.  Skills are reinforced through proofreading, editing, and revising pieces of writing.

Writing:

Grade 6

  • Personal Narratives
  • Expository Writing –cross curricular with Science
  • Poetry and figurative language
  • Descriptive analysis of poetry

Grade 7

  • Memoir
  • Short Story with emphasis on descriptive writing and figurative language
  • I-Search using MLA guidelines
  • Script Writing and performing in small groups

Grade 8

  • Persuasive Writing
  • Personal Narratives
  • Respond to an Event
  • Descriptive writing of a biography of an historical figure
  • Expository Writing –compare and contrast

Middle School Science Program

6th Grade Earth Science:

  • Minerals
  • Rocks
  • Energy Resources
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Maps
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Depositional Processes
  • Geologic Time

7th Grade Life Science

  • Classification Systems
  • Cells
  • Cell Processes
  • Cell Reproduction
  • Heredity
  • Evolution
  • Bacteria
  • Protists and Fungi
  • Plants
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Plant Processes
  • Animal Diversity

8th Grade Physical Science

  • Atoms, Elements, Compounds, Mixtures
  • States of Matter
  • Properties and Changes of Matter
  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical Bonds and Reactions
  • Solubility
  • Acids and Bases
  • Carbon Chemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Motion and Momentum
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws
  • Forces and Fluids

Middle School Social Studies Program

6th Grade World Geography:

  • Geography skills
  • Cultures
  • Government
  • History
  • Economics 
  • Making connections from past to present

7th Grade World Civilizations:

  • Early humans
  • The ride of the ancient world
  • Civilizations
  • Empires to the modern world
  • Students link past to present with current events as a link to make connections with our past

8th Grade American History:

  • Indigenous peoples of the Americas
  • European colonization
  • Independence
  • Birth of our nation
  • U.S. History is enhanced with novels, civics, and current events that supplement and enrich our knowledge of our past to our present

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Student Council

Student government consists of the offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Religious Affairs, and Director of Student Activities.

Students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade are eligible to run for office. 

Under the advisement of two faculty advisors, officers perform the following duties:

  • select monthly theme days
  • planning of school fundraisers such as the Halloween Talent Show
  • plan and host middle school dances
  • conduct school tours for potential new families