Lower School

Elementary School

Grades 1 – 2

Lower elementary classrooms occupy their own hallway off the lunchroom. There is one full time assistant for each grade. The foundation that was laid in Kindergarten is expanded in the first and second grades.

Grade 1
The language arts program includes the phonetically based reading series Journeys by HMH, Saxon phonics, and spelling. Reading and writing are emphasized through book reports and in-class creative writing. They continue to use Saxon math and explore science in more depth with textbooks and hands on activities. Students go to p.e. twice a week and library, computer, art and music once a week. In first grade a separate art class is added to the curriculum once a week and the students are introduced to the computer lab.

Grade 2
The language arts program includes the phonetically based reading series Journeys by HMH, which includes a spelling curriculum. Reading and writing are emphasized through book reports and in-class creative writing. They continue to use Saxon math and explore science in more depth with textbooks and hands on activities. Second grade also expands reading skills through the Accelerated Reader Program. Students go to p.e. twice a week and library, music, art, and computer lab once a week.


Grades 3 – 5

Grades Three through Five share a hallway, where there is one assistant for each grade. Upper elementary students continue to expand their knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, math, English, spelling and Wordly Wise, while science and social studies take on a more prominent role in the curriculum. The science lab becomes a part of the science program beginning in the fourth grade, and science experiments are performed in the classroom, observed, and then recorded. Art, music, p.e. and computer are also an important part of the curriculum. The Accelerated Reader Program is also a part of the reading program in these grades. As a part of the music program, the upper elementary students perform a Christmas musical for family and friends in December.


Grade 6

Sixth grade is a year of transition. Students are getting ready to leave elementary school and join the junior high. To help ease this transition, the sixth grade is departmentalized. For the first time, students change classes during the school day. English, reading, math, science, and social studies make up the core subjects. Students will also take p.e., art, computer, and library to make up the rest of the curriculum. Each sixth grader has a locker which is located in the same hall as the classrooms. There is one assistant for the sixth grade. During the sixth grade, students take beginning band. Students will work with the band director to choose an instrument and are given instruction in playing that instrument. Beginning in sixth grade, opportunities for extracurricular activities include football, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, and softball.


Junior High School

LANGUAGE ARTS

ENGLISH – Standard
Grade 7
Seventh grade standard English emphasizes effective communication, grammar, usage and mechanics. Units of study include the following: Writing Effective Sentences and Paragraphs, Types of Paragraphs, Parts of Speech, Complements, Phrases, Clauses, Usage (verbs, pronouns, and modifiers), and Capitalization and Punctuation. Also, the students have various writing assignments, in and out of class.

ENGLISH – Advanced
Grade 7
Seventh grade honors English emphasizes effective communication, grammar, usage mechanics, and vocabulary development. Units of study include the following: Writing Effective Sentences and Paragraphs, Types of Paragraphs, Parts of Speech, Complements, Phrases, Clauses, Usage (verbs, pronouns, and modifiers), Capitalization, Punctuation and Weekly Vocabulary. Also, students have regular writing assignments, in and out of class.

ENGLISH – Standard
Grade 8
Eighth grade English emphasizes effective communication, grammar, usage, mechanics, vocabulary development, and the study of a variety of literature genres. Units of study include the following: Writing Effective Sentences and Paragraphs, Types of Paragraphs, Parts of Speech, Complements, Phrases, Clauses, Usage (verbs, pronouns, and modifiers), Capitalization, Punctuation, Weekly Vocabulary, Short stories, Poetry, and Night.  Students have various writing assignments, in and out of class.

ENGLISH – Advanced
Grade 8
Eighth grade advanced English emphasizes effective communication, grammar, usage, mechanics, vocabulary development, and the study of a variety of literature genres. Units of study include the following: Writing Effective Sentences and Paragraphs, Types of Paragraphs, Parts of Speech, Complements, Phrases, Clauses, Usage (verbs, pronouns, and modifiers), Capitalization, Punctuation, Weekly Vocabulary, Short stories, Poetry, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Animal Farm, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Night. Students have regular writing assignments, in and out of class.

LITERATURE
1st semester
Grades 7 & 8
The students develop the reading skills necessary for word recognition, comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation of print and non-print text.


FINE ARTS

Every junior high student is required to take fine arts each year. Fine arts offered in junior high include art, band, chorus, and drama.

ART
Grade 7 & 8
In 7th and 8th grade art, the students expand their skill levels, covering both the elements and principles of art. The text book is Exploring Visual Design.  Students are also introduced to many modern artists and shown examples of their work, introduced to many different cultures, and explore art periods of Paleolithic to Ancient Egypt. Emphasis is on drawing, but we will introduce water color, clay, printmaking and other media.

BAND
Grades 7 & 8
Music education is a primary means by which an educational institution can transmit to students the cultural heritage of society.  The general objectives are the following:

· To make participation in instrumental music available to all students.
· To develop musical experiences that enhance students’ overall educational experiences.
· To provide a suitable background in music instruction for those students who elect to continue the study of music after graduation.
· To develop a life-long appreciation for music and continuation of musical activities.
· To develop performing organizations that are a source of pride for the individual, the school, and the community.

Percussion
Grades 7 & 8
This course focuses on techniques used in the band setting by all percussionists. It will have a technique aspect, as well as a performance aspect. This will include preparing concerts and performances separate from the rest of the band.

CHORUS
Grade 7 & 8
Vocal music is a course that seeks to give students in grades 7 & 8 experience in the study and performance of a diverse repertoire of vocal/choral music. The course includes instruction in proper vocal technique, musicianship skills, and the cultural and historical context of choral literature. The course encourages self-expression through performance and creation of music.

DRAMA
Grade 7 & 8
Although the class is about theatre, the focus is on a student’s development as a total student, not just as a theatre student.  Through this class, students learn to become more aware of the five senses, to observe people and places more closely, and to move expressively.  Students also learn to use their talents to reinforce self-confidence and improve their ability to work with others.  Students are introduced to basic acting skills such as improvisation, characterization, role preparation, and stage movement.  They learn the vocabulary of the theatre, theatre traditions, audience etiquette, and performance evaluation criteria.  Drama in junior high gives students a solid start in studying theatre arts; but even if they never enter a theatre again, the students will be more assertive and more confident in their daily lives and more cooperative in dealings with others.


MATH

MATH
Grade 7 & 8
The junior high math classes use the Saxon 8/7 Algebra ½ and Algebra I text books. These courses focus on introducing students to algebra concepts. During these two pivotal years, students begin a transition from concrete concepts of arithmetic to the abstract concepts of algebra.

ALGEBRA 1
Grade 8 (Advanced)
1 high school elective credit
Students continue to build upon the foundation of math skills previously learned to expand the students’ ability in math. Problem solving skills and abstract thinking skills are emphasized to help the student master any problems they may encounter. Algebra 1 is the building block for the remaining high school math classes and college math classes. Basic math operations are reviewed within more complicated problems to help the student and the teacher identify any weakness the student may have with these operations. A high emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to solve for an unknown number and on the students’ ability to apply rules and properties to a given problem.


SCIENCE

SCIENCE
Grade 7
Seventh grade science is a study of life science which includes cell anatomy and physiology, genetics, human body systems, scientific method, and metric system conversions.

SCIENCE
Grade 8
Eighth grade science is a study of earth science which includes the scientific method, metric system conversions, weather, plate tectonics, earthquakes & volcanoes, astronomy, oceanography, atmosphere, and ecology.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Grade 8 (Advanced)
1 high school elective credit
Physical science is an elective course available to ninth grade students which satisfies one of the graduation requirements in the area of laboratory science.  Emphasis is place on the basic principles of chemistry and physics.  The specific areas of emphasis are kinetic theory of matter, composition of matter, energy transfer, laws of conservation of mass and energy, periodic table, chemical reactions, laws of motion, force, acceleration, and simple machines.  Laboratory activities reinforce understanding of scientific processes and methods.


KEYBOARDING
1 semester
Grade  8
The students apply basic skills in operating a computerized keyboard by using the touch system and other input technologies to produce business and academic documents. Standards relate to keying, formatting, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, content, typography, layout and design. Using special features of the software, the students format and prepare business and academic reports.

COMPUTER LITERACY
1 semester
Grade 8 (starting 2011/2012 school year)
Students will understand basic operation and concepts of technology.

TENNESSEE HISTORY
Grade 7
Tennessee history is the study of our state from early settlement of America to present day events in Tennessee.

AMERICAN HISTORY
Grade 8
American history is the study of our country from prehistoric settlement to the Civil War period.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Grade 7 & 8
A physically educated student will demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns to perform a variety of physical activities.