The purpose of the 2018-2019  Course Guide and Classroom Expectations is to share curriculum information. Furthermore, this document can serve as a Curriculum Guide for selecting future courses at the middle school. Our Building Administration and our Counselors are committed to supporting students in the selection and placement for academic courses.

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Curriculum Information and Supports

Core Classes and Descriptions

Exploratory Classes and Descriptions

Multi-Tiered System of a Supports & Special Education

X-Time Intervention Period

Building Administration

  • Principal: Bryan Zwemke
  • Assistant Director of Student Services: Natalie Assell
  • Associate Principals: Jennifer Hix, Josh Bulak
  • Assistant Principals: Carol Dopke, Matt Jeffrey

School Counselors

  • Cara Leigh Heidgen (Class of 2025)
  • Julie Neece (Class of 2023)
  • Julie Webb (Class of 2024)

Core Course Offerings

All students in middle school take four core courses daily.  Core courses are Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.  Honors placement in these courses involves a multi-step approach including student data, and student performance, and teacher recommendation.  Curriculum, instruction, and assessment are aligned with high standards. Please view the chart below and click on the link for a course description.

 

Sixth Grade Seventh Grade Eighth Grade
English Language Arts

Honors ELA

English Language Arts

Honors ELA

English Language Arts

Honors ELA

Science Science Science
6th Grade Math

Advanced Math

7th Grade Math

Pre-Algebra

Algebra

Intro to Algebra

Algebra

Intermediate Algebra

Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies
X-Time X-Time X-Time

 

6th Grade English Language Arts

English Language Arts

The main areas of study in literature and reading include the following: identifying the main idea or theme of a text,

making inferences, citing textual evidence, and comparing and contrasting a variety of texts that have a similar theme.

Students will also examine several literary elements, including plot, characterization, author’s purpose, and genre.

In addition, students will apply a variety of reading strategies, such as defining unknown words and phrases using context clues, analyzing figurative language, annotating/flagging texts, integrating close reading techniques, and summarizing/

retelling.  Throughout the year, students will explore these elements using short stories, poetry, and the novels Out of the Dust and Homeless Bird.  

 

Writing

Students will be creating a variety of organized pieces of writing throughout the year, such as personal or fictional

narratives, poetry, informational essays, and argumentative essays.  Each unit will include journaling, researching,

drafting, editing, and publishing final writing pieces that focus on each unit’s enduring understanding. Students will

improve their skills in the Six-Plus-One Traits of Writing, which include conventions, ideas, organization, presentation,

sentence fluency, voice, and word choice.

Language: Students will study new Greek and Latin roots and apply these to develop vocabulary skills. Additionally, they

will learn academic vocabulary words for each unit of study that will help them to discuss and analyze literature and

writing.  Understanding connotative meanings of words, along with figurative language, will be essential components of instruction.  

Speaking and Listening: Students will study new Greek and Latin roots and apply these to develop vocabulary skills. Additionally, they will learn academic vocabulary words for each unit of study that will help them to discuss and analyze literature and writing.  Understanding connotative meanings of words, along with figurative language, will be essential components of instruction.

Classroom Teachers

Ms. Kanaris

Ms. Lynch

Mrs. Moore

Mr. O’Reilly

Mrs. Rios

7th  Grade English Language Arts

Reading

Students will read numerous pieces of fiction and nonfiction.  Areas of study include investigating elements of plot,

interpreting literary devices, and analyzing themes.

Writing

Students will focus on writing an organized and detailed essays and theme analysis of fiction and

nonfiction literature.

Speaking/Listening:

Students will have numerous opportunities to discuss and process pieces of literature with their peers and their

instructor. They will discuss texts in whole class and small group settings numerous times throughout the course of the

year.

Language:

Students will be exposed to the Lexicology method of identifying Greek and Latin word stems. Using this knowledge they

will apply various concepts and skills centered around word analysis and usage.

Classroom Teachers:

Mrs. Cain

Ms. Christopher

Mrs. Raitt

Mrs. Schulz

Mrs. Wolf

8th Grade English Language Arts

In 8th grade language arts, students will focus on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, which

correspond to the ELA 8th grade Common Core standards.   

Reading:

Students will read and analyze a variety of fiction and nonfiction pieces across multiple genres. Through the

reading selections, students will further develop literary and informational text skills and the exploration of Enduring

Understandings and Essential Questions. Texts will include:  Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced

Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery, Look Me In the Eye excerpts by John Robison, Night by Elie Wiesel,

“The Diary of Anne Frank” (play) by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  

Other various short stories, informational texts/articles, and poems will be utilized.  

Writing:

The writing process will be emphasized: brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing. Throughout the course of the year students will focus on argumentative and literary response pieces. Students will develop their writing skills by focusing on the traits of organization, ideas, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and voice. Students will also continue to develop research skills by utilizing skills developed in ELA within their Social Studies research project.

Language:

Students will develop vocabulary skills through word stem memorization and application. In addition, students will expand their vocabulary by examining and applying  words used within texts. Improvement of knowledge of the English language will develop through the use of grammar-specific mini-lessons as well as assessment and re-teaching of correct application of grammar conventions in individual writing.  

Speaking and Listening:

Speaking and listening skills will be utilized and developed throughout the course. Students will focus on developing skills through strategies such as Socratic seminars and group discussions.  

Classroom Teachers:

Mr. Carlson

Mrs. Capati

Mrs. Gabris

Mr. Hodge

Mr. Holm

6th Grade Honors English Language Arts

Literature/Reading: Students will be exposed to a variety of complex texts that promote the uncovering and

exploration of universal themes.  Essential questions will foster intellectual curiosity, which in turn will lead to

critical thinking.  The main areas of study in literature and reading include the following: identifying the main

idea or theme of a text, making inferences, citing textual evidence, and comparing and contrasting a variety of

texts that have a similar theme. Students will also examine how elements connect, impacting the whole literary

piece and its themes. In addition, students will apply a variety of reading strategies, such as defining unknown

higher-leveled vocabulary and phrases using context clues, analyzing advanced figurative language,

annotating/flagging texts, integrating close reading techniques, and questioning.  Students will explore these

elements in informational articles, independent reading, poetry, and the novels Out of the Dust,

Homeless Bird, White Fang, and advanced readings from the Holt Elements of Literature Anthology.

Writing: Students will be creating a variety of organized pieces of writing throughout the year, such as personal or fictional narratives, poetry, informational essays, and argumentative essays.  Writing prompts for this course will be geared towards higher-level thinking and the synthesis of ideas. Each unit will include journaling, researching, drafting, editing, and publishing final writing pieces that focus on each unit’s enduring understanding. Students will improve their skills in the Six-Plus-One Traits of Writing, which include conventions/grammar, ideas, organization, presentation, sentence fluency, voice, and word choice.  

  • Language: Students will study new Greek and Latin roots and apply these to develop vocabulary skills. Additionally, they will learn advanced academic vocabulary words for each unit of study that will help them to discuss and analyze literature and writing.  Students will also participate in the national WordMaster analogy competition, which will focus on verbal reasoning skills, connections to the real world, and deeper discovery of root words and their related forms. Understanding connotative meanings of words, along with figurative language, will be essential components of instruction.  

Speaking and Listening: Speaking and listening skills will be developed throughout the course. Students will engage in formal and informal academic discussions (small group and large group), which will focus on multiple perspectives and will provide the forum to dig deeper into literary and informational texts.  During discussions, students will argue their claims, providing textual evidence as support. Students will also present to a variety of audiences in order to develop necessary skills such as body language, eye contact, and vocal projection and clarity. In addition, students will polish their active listening skills.

7th Grade Honors English Language Arts

Literature/Reading: Throughout the course of the year students will be exposed to a variety of literary genres. They will read works by authors such as S.E. Hinton, Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, and Lois Lowry. Students will be expected to read companion novels of their own choosing to further develop their views on real life topics and issues that are being discussed in class. The students will continue to develop their academic vocabulary and their ability to apply this knowledge to challenging texts and pieces of writing.

Writing: Students will be expected to complete several pieces of literary analysis in which they will draw connections between numerous texts and real world experiences. They will also be required to complete several short research assignments to refine their ability to process and summarize their findings. Students will improve their skills in the Six-Plus-One Traits of Writing, which include conventions/grammar, ideas, organization, presentation, sentence fluency, voice, and word choice.  

  • Language: Students will study new Greek and Latin roots and apply them to unfamiliar words. Additionally, they will be introduced to higher level academic words that will help them to discuss and analyze literature and writing. 

Speaking and Listening: Students will have numerous opportunities to discuss and process pieces of literature with their peers and their instructor. They will discuss texts in whole class and small group settings numerous times throughout the course of the year. Students will be expected to prepare questions and observations that are relevant to the discussion topic, but also encourages others to expand upon their understanding of the topic at hand.

Classroom Teachers :

Mrs. Cain

Ms. Christopher

Mrs. Raitt

Mrs. Schulz

Mrs. Wolf

8th Grade Honors English Language Arts

In 8th grade honors language arts, students will focus on continuing to develop advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language, which correspond to the ELA 8th Grade Common Core Standards.

Reading: Students will read and analyze a variety of fiction and nonfiction pieces across multiple genres, including those with higher levels of text complexity. Students will further develop literary and informational text skills through the exploration and eventual development of Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions. Texts will include:  Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery; Look Me In the Eye excerpts by John Robison; Night by Elie Wiesel; “The Diary of Anne Frank” (play) by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett; and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Additional short stories, informational texts/articles, poems, along with student-selected texts, will be utilized.  Students will be expected to engage in significant independent reading, both assigned and self-selected.

Writing: The writing process will be emphasized: brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing. Throughout the course of the year students will focus on argumentative and literary response pieces. Students will develop their writing skills by focusing on the traits of organization, ideas, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and voice. Students will also continue to develop research skills by utilizing skills developed in ELA within their Social Studies research project. While individual student growth will be monitored, emphasis will generally be on fluency in writing, thorough development of ideas, and discernment of strongest support via textual evidence.  Honors students may have the opportunity to submit a piece in the AAUW writing competition.

Speaking and Listening: Speaking and listening skills will be utilized and developed throughout the course.  Socratic seminars, group discussions, and presentations will be used to evaluate these skills. Students are expected to be engaged, thoughtful, and consistent participants.  Such participation should primarily be self-initiated, rather than teacher-prompted.

Language:  Students will develop vocabulary skills through word stem memorization and application.  In addition, students will expand their vocabulary by examining and applying words used within texts.  Improvement of knowledge of the English language will transpire through the use of grammar-specific mini-lessons as well as assessment and re-teaching of correct application of grammar conventions in individual writing.  

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Carlson

Mr. Hodge

Mr. Holm

 

6th  Grade Social Studies

The sixth grade social studies inquiry based curriculum is supported by History Alive text and Workbook, Junior Scholastic Magazine, NEWSELA database, and Daily Herald Newspaper.  A sixth grader will be able to explain the characteristics that shape civilizations past, present and future.

The students are also exposed to the Middle Ages and Explorers.  

By the end of Sixth grade students will

  • State and defend using multiple sources, which characteristic had the greatest impact on a civilization
  • Explain how each characteristic developed over time.  
  • Explain how a civilization helps us make sense of the present.
  • Identify which form of government made the largest impact on a time period and explain.
  • Identify which leader was the most influential during a time period and explain why.
  • Explain how the physical features impacted settlement.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics found in the civilizations studied.
  • Identify trade and understand how it influences the development of the civilizations.
  • Take elements of an assignment and using that to become involved in current day issues.
  • Use multiple sources to develop and support an idea or claim.
  • Use pictures, artifacts,and articles to question key ideas of the time periods.
  • Defend ideas using facts from sources.  

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Giesen

Mrs. Hubble

Mr. Jonathan

Ms. Lynch

Mr. Montgomery

Mrs. Sengenberger

Mrs. Sweeney

7th Grade Social Studies

Seventh Grade Social Studies:

Through inquiry, interpretation, analysis, evaluation and investigation, seventh grade students will study Native Americans and the explorers through the founding of the United States and the eventual settlement of the western frontier. Seventh grade students will use a variety of learning media including:

  • maps
  • primary source documents
  • charts and graphs
  • current events
  • paintings and photographs
  • secondary sources (including the student reader)

In addition to studying the content, seventh grade students will also make very effective use of:

  • habits of mind: a positive skepticism, a lively curiosity, and consideration of multiple points of view
  • skills related to reading and discussion
  • integrating the arts and other important curricular areas
  • test-taking and study skills
  • document-based questions
  • writing like a historian
  • note taking/listening
  • debating, compromising and seeking consensus
  • compare and contrast

Classroom Teachers:

Mrs. LaClair

Mr. Lambilotte

Mrs. Selix

Mr. Thomas

8th Grade Social Studies:

The 8th grade Social Studies curriculum encompasses American History from 1890 through 1992. Learning is anchored in the (C3) College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards and the Common Core, and Illinois State Standards for Social Studies.

Essential Learnings:

 

  • Questioning:

 

    • SS.IS.1.6-8-I can create essential and focusing questions to help guide inquiry about a topic.
  • Historical Thinking:
    • SS.CV.6.6-8.MdC.-I can analyze the purposes, implementation, and consequences of public policies in historic and contemporary settings.
    • SS.IS.4.6-8.MdC-I can determine the credibility of sources based upon their origin, authority, and context.

 

  • Geographical Thinking:

 

      • SS.G3.6-8.MdC-I can explain how changes in transportation and communication influence the spatial connections among human settlements and affect the spread of ideas and culture.

 

  • Close Reading:

 

      • RH.6-8.1– I can cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

 

  • Inquiry:

 

      • SS.IS.4.6-8.MC.-I can gather relevant information from credible sources and determine whether they support each other.
    • Writing:
      • SS.H.4.6-8.MC.-I can organize applicable evidence into a coherent argument about the past.
      • SS.IS.6.6-8.MdC.-I can construct explanations using reasoning, sequence, examples, and details with relevant information and data, while acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of the explanations.

 

  • Speaking and Listening:

 

      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1.C-I can pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.

 

  • Domain Specific Vocabulary

 

    • CC 6-8.RH.4-I can determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • Social Emotional Learning:
    • 2C.3b. Demonstrate cooperation and teamwork to promote group effectiveness.

Essential Questions:

  • Unit #1: “How are people influenced?”  Measurement Topics: Foreign Policy, Imperialism, Immigration, World War I, 1920’s)
  • Unit #2: “What makes something historically significant?”  (Measurement Topics: Great Depression, World War II, Post War/Early Cold War, Korean War, Early Civil Rights)
  • Unit #3: “Why do things fail?”  Measurement Topics: Vietnam, Watergate, Equal Rights Amendment, Americans with Disabilities Act, End of the Cold War)

Classroom Teachers:

Mrs. Christoffel

Mrs. Schaeffer

Mrs. Snell

Mrs. Whelpley

Mathematics

Flow Chart of Middle School Math 2018-2019

Mathematics

All of our courses are aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.

6th Grade Essentials Math:  Instructional time focuses on the following mathematical clusters: (1) Connecting ratio, rate, and percentage to whole-number multiplication and division to solve problems; (2) Division of fractions and systems of rational numbers; (3) Writing, interpreting, using expressions and equations, and extending these concepts to utilize formulas in geometry; (4) Developing an understanding of statistical thinking. This course is modified in pacing and scope of topics covered. Content is supplemented with basic skill development of number sense and numeracy based on student specific IEP goals. Enrollment in the course is determined by a student’s IEP team.

Topics include: Fractions and Decimals; Ratios, Rates and Proportions; Rational Numbers; Expressions; Equations and Inequalities; Geometry; Statistics; Formulas and Graphs.

6th Grade Math:  Instructional time focuses on the following mathematical clusters: (1) Connecting ratio, rate, and percentage to whole-number multiplication and division to solve problems; (2) Division of fractions and systems of rational numbers; (3) Writing, interpreting, using expressions and equations, and extending these concepts to utilize formulas in geometry; (4) Developing an understanding of statistical thinking.  In accelerated math learning is extended to include; (1) extension of ratio and rate reasoning and (2) positive and negative integers and operations.

Topics include: Fractions and Decimals; Ratios, Rates and Proportions; Rational Numbers; Expressions; Equations and Inequalities; Geometry; Statistics; Formulas and Graphs; Ratios and Proportionality; and Ratio and Proportion

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Giesen

Ms. Marinko

Ms. Lloyd

Mrs. Papale

Mr. Jonathan

6th Grade Advanced Math:  Instructional time focuses on the following mathematical clusters: (1) Developing understanding of/and applying proportional relationships; (2) Develop­ing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) Solving problems that involve scale drawings, two- and three-dimensional shapes, area, surface area and volume; and (4) Drawing inferences about populations based on samples. Learning in 6th Grade Advanced Math is extended to include concepts from 8th Grade Introduction to Algebra, setting the foundation for future algebra courses and developing skills that will be used in science and business-related courses at the high school.

Topics include: Ratios and Proportionality; Ratios and Proportion Applications; Rational Number Operations; Expressions; Equations; Data Distributions; Probability; and Geometric Measurement;  Real Numbers and Exponents; and Expressions and Equations.

Classroom Teachers

7th Grade Essentials Math: Instructional time focuses on the following mathematical clusters: (1) Developing understanding of/and applying proportional relationships; (2) Develop­ing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) Solving problems that involve scale drawings, two- and three-dimensional shapes, area, surface area and volume; and (4) Drawing inferences about populations based on samples. This course is modified in pacing and scope of topics covered. Content is supplemented with basic skill development of number sense and numeracy based on student specific IEP goals. Enrollment in the course is determined by a student’s IEP team.

Topics include: Ratios and Proportionality; Ratios and Proportion Applications; Rational Number Operations; Expressions; Equations; Data Distributions; Probability; and Geometric Measurement.

Classroom Teachers

7th Grade Math: Instructional time focuses on the following mathematical clusters: (1) Developing understanding of/and applying proportional relationships; (2) Develop­ing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) Solving problems that involve scale drawings, two- and three-dimensional shapes, area, surface area and volume; and (4) Drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

Topics include: Ratios and Proportionality; Ratios and Proportion Applications; Rational Number Operations; Expressions; Equations; Data Distributions; Probability; and Geometric Measurement.  

Classroom Teachers

7th  Grade Pre-Algebra: Instructional time focuses on the following mathematical clusters: (1) Develop­ing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (2) Solving problems that involve two- and three-dimensional shapes, area, surface area and volume; and (3) Drawing inferences about populations based on samples; (4) Applying properties of exponents and rational numbers  (5) Understanding congruence, similarity, and performing transformations on polygons.

Topics include: Expressions; Equations; Data Distributions; Probability; and Geometric Measurement; Real Numbers and Exponents; Expressions and Equations; and Congruence and Similarity.

7th Grade Algebra:  Algebra is a continuation of 6th grade Advanced Math concepts with a focus on the study of variables and linear equations. Graphing techniques, abstract reasoning skills, and problem solving skills are developed and applied to real life situations. Algebra provides a strong base for future mathematics, science, and business-related courses. Note-taking and study skills are stressed throughout this course. A graphing calculator is recommended.

Topics include: Congruence and Similarity, Expressions/Equations/Inequalities, Linear Relationships & Systems, Functions, Exponents and Polynomials, Introduction to Factoring, and Sequences & Exponential Representation.

8th Grade Essentials Algebra, an Introduction: Introduction to Algebra sets the foundation for future algebra courses and develop skills that will be used in science and business-related courses at the high school.  Students will be introduced to graphing techniques, abstract reasoning skills, and problem solving skills. Note-taking and study skills are stressed throughout this course. A scientific calculator is required and a graphing calculator will be used in a whole class setting. This course is modified in pacing and scope of topics covered. Content is supplemented with basic skill development of number sense and numeracy based on student specific IEP goals. Enrollment in the course is determined by a student’s IEP team.

Topics include: Real Numbers & Exponents, Expressions & Equations, Congruence & Similarity, Introduction to Functions, Linear Systems, and Pythagorean Theorem.

Classroom Teachers

8th Grade Intro to Algebra: Introduction to Algebra sets the foundation for future algebra courses and develop skills that will be used in science and business-related courses at the high school.  Students will be introduced to graphing techniques, abstract reasoning skills, and problem solving skills. Note-taking and study skills are stressed throughout this course. A scientific calculator is required and a graphing calculator will be used in a whole class setting.

Topics include: Real Numbers & Exponents, Expressions & Equations, Congruence & Similarity, Introduction to Functions, Linear Systems, and Pythagorean Theorem.

Classroom Teachers

8th Grade Algebra: Algebra is a continuation of pre-algebra concepts with a focus on the study of variables and linear equations. Graphing techniques, abstract reasoning skills, and problem solving skills are developed and applied to real life situations. Algebra provides a strong base for future mathematics, science, and business-related courses. Note-taking and study skills are stressed throughout this course. A graphing calculator is required.

Topics include: Expressions/Equations/Inequalities, Linear Relationships & Systems, Functions, Exponents and Polynomials, Introduction to Factoring, and Sequences & Exponential Representations.

Classroom Teachers

8th Grade Intermediate Algebra: Intermediate Algebra extends the study of algebra, its applications, and provides the bridge between Algebra and Advanced Algebra. The course makes regular use of the graphing calculator to make technology an integral part of the problem solving process. Note-taking and study skills are stressed throughout this course.

Topics include: Exponents, Polynomials, Factoring, Quadratic and Exponential Functions, Radical Expressions, Rational Expressions and Equations, Analyzing Equations and Inequalities, Graphing Linear and Quadratic Relations and Functions, Solving Systems of Linear and Quadratic Equations and Inequalities, Using Matrices, and Introduction to Statistics and Probability.

Science

6th Grade Science: 6th grade science focuses on the study of earth and space science.  Students begin their studies with the importance of water and how water interacts with and changes landforms and environments.  Atmosphere and weather and their effects on Earth are also studied. Students explore rocks and minerals and the effects of Earth’s water and weather on the Earth’s surface as well as movement of land.  Finally, students will study Earth’s place in the universe, what makes up our solar system, Earth’s movement in space and space exploration. An emphasis on the practices of science and engineering are present throughout the year.  Skills are introduced and worked on in the following eight practices: asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using math and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.

Classroom Teachers

Ms. DeSimone

Mrs. Sengenberger

Mrs. Stoneberg

Mrs. Sweeney

7th Grade Science:  7th grade science emphasizes cycles and systems in the life sciences.  The year begins with field experiences to two Illinois ecosystems, the river and the prairie, exploring resources, environments, biodiversity, adaptations and interactions.  Students then go on to study life on Earth and how it continually changes based on Earth’s changing environments. Basic biological principles and practices are then explored and students begin the  study of cells, genetics, and life cycles. Science skills that are emphasized throughout this curriculum include lab safety, microscope skills, measurement, technology use, observation, communication and scientific research.  Skills are worked on in the following eight practices: asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using math and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.

Classroom Teachers

Ms. Buckley

Mrs. Crawley

Mrs. Lydick

Mrs. Matthews

8th Grade Science: 8th grade science spends the year exploring physical and chemical science.  The emphasis during this study of physical science is on motion and forces, matter and energy, and waves.  Students work through building an understanding of these concepts through hands on activities and continue to refine their skills in collaborative group work. Science skills that are emphasized during the study of this curriculum are those included in graphing, data interpretation, lab safety, measurement, and technical reading.  Skills are solidified on in the following eight practices: asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using math and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Majersky

Ms. McGuriman

Ms Sattler

Ms. Schmitt

Exploratory Course Offerings

Rotolo Middle School is proud to offer a variety of rigorous exploratory and elective choices for students.  Students are scheduled for two classes a day in addition to daily Physical Education. Students are provided multiple opportunities to explore a rich variety of topics and interests in order to develop their identity, learn about their strengths, discover and demonstrate their own competence, and plan for their future. The curriculum emphasizes deep understanding of important concepts and development of essential skills. Please view the chart below and click on the link for a course description.

6th Grade (10) 7th Grade (14) 8th Grade (20)
Art Art 3D-Art
Band Automation & Robotics Automation & Robotics
Chorus Band Advanced Communication Arts
Computers Chorus Advanced Drama
Design & Modeling Coding (App Creator) Band
Drama Communications Chorus
Health (required course) Computer Essentials Coding (App Creator)
Orchestra Design & Modeling Computer Media
Physical Education Energy & the Environment Culinary Arts
Exploring French and Spanish Foods Debate
French First Aid
Medical Detective Foods
Physical Education Medical Detective
Spanish Orchestra
Shop Physical Education
Production Technology
Sewing
Spanish
Visual & Graphic Design
Woodworking

 

Exploratory

6th-Grade Exploratory Courses 2017-2018

Art: Come and enjoy the world of art! Students will learn how to build a sculpture with clay, draw realistically and explore different types of media. Students continue to study great artists, to explore historical cultures and to learn the basic principles and language of art criticism. Get ready for a fun, imagination-filled class.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. McKnight

Mrs. Meyer

Band – Three trimester full-year course. The music program in Batavia has earned the distinction as a Best Community for Music Education three times. This standard enables students to thrive in a supportive music environment while experiencing outstanding opportunities to grow as musicians.  The band performs a wide variety of music that can include concert, classical, pop, rock, jazz, and Broadway selections. Band is open to all students who have successfully completed fifth grade band at a school previously attended. The band rehearses daily and each student receives one technique lesson per week.  These lessons are pulled from band class and will not impact the student’s other classes. Students will learn both technical fundamentals and ensemble fundamentals while performing the finest age-appropriate band literature. Students will perform in four band concerts and have the opportunity to perform in the Solo/Ensemble Festival (optional, but encouraged).  Students in sixth grade band can also participate in extracurricular ensembles including Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble (by audition), and Symphonic Band (by audition). Students are required to practice their instrument outside of school. Private lessons are strongly recommended, although not required.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Buckley

Mr. Ozsvath

Ms. Reiss

Chorus – Three trimester full-year course. Enjoy singing with your friends! All 6th-grade students are welcome. Emphasis will be placed on improving vocal tone and developing other skills needed for part and solo singing. The highlight of the year will be our three concert performances and a field trip to see a live professional musical theater performance. Performances throughout the year will feature choral music in traditional concert settings. Even if you have not been in choir before, you’ll enjoy becoming a more confident and versatile singer. Students can also participate in extracurricular ensembles through audition including Vocal Gold Show Choir -(an all female/treble voice ensemble) or 1501 Show Choir (mixed ensemble – SATB Voicing).

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Hillman

Computers – Students will learn basic operations and concepts including keyboarding, Google tools, and management strategies for organizing their electronic world using school and home computer devices. They will have the opportunity to demonstrate creativity and innovation using technology tools through photo editing and desktop publishing.  Problem solving and critical thinking will be developed through introductory computer programming applications. Students will also develop Internet research strategies and evaluate credible online resources while collaborating with others to present information. Throughout all projects, students will demonstrate ethical behavior on their path to becoming responsible digital citizens.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Bennett

Design and Modeling – Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. Engineering notebooks are used to document the engineering process and students are encouraged to work collaboratively and communicate effectively. This same course is offered in both Sixth and  Seventh Grade.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Crawley

Drama 6th grade Drama is an exciting, hands-on class that will provide you with not only many smiles but also plenty of insight into theatre history, literary elements and performance techniques.  In addition to studying Greek Theatre, you will have the opportunity to develop storytelling and acting skills by performing in skits and scenes as well as participating in several theatre games.  You will also explore various aspects of backstage technical work, and, most importantly, build self-confidence!

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Meyers

Exploring French and Spanish This 6th grade world language class is an introduction to both French and Spanish. Students study each language for six weeks. Units include greetings and introductions, numbers, colors, days and months, as well as restaurant-related vocabulary. Students also learn about the geography and customs of various French and Spanish-speaking countries.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Ollearis

Mrs. Togbe

Energy & the Environment – This class challenges students to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for reducing energy consumption. This same course is offered in both Sixth and  Seventh Grade.

Classroom Teacher:  

Health Health is a required class for all 6th grade students.  As a comprehensive class designed to provide students with knowledge and life skills, learning is achieved through a variety of hands-on activities, projects and classroom experiences and discussions. Current information, facts and concepts are provided for emotional/social health, growth/development/sex education, nutrition, disease prevention and control, drug use prevention, and injury prevention.  A variety of life skills and health-enhancing behaviors are taught to help students reduce health risks. These include: making healthy choices, communication, managing stress, coping with peer pressure and more.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Abraham

Mrs. Clasen

Orchestra – Three trimester full-year course. Students will be part of the music program in Batavia which has earned the distinction as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation three years in a row! This standard enables students to thrive in a supportive music environment while experiencing outstanding opportunities to grow as musicians. Orchestra is open to all students who currently play violin, viola, cello, or double bass and have completed at least one year of instruction on their instrument in a previous school. Students are expected to practice their instrument and complete assignments outside of school. Private lessons are highly recommended. Students may also participate in an extracurricular string group that has 4-5 performances in and around the community throughout the year.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Griffith

Physical Education – Students participate in daily physical education throughout the school years.  Students learn the importance of life-long fitness through goal setting when learning various individual sports, team sports, skills development, and participate in cooperative learning activities. Good citizenship, sportsmanship, responsibility, accountability, and respect are developed throughout the year.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Bowman

Mr. Canfield

Ms. Krantz

Mr. Rios

Ms. Stary

Seventh Grade

Art In this class students work with various media, tools and processes to construct works of art. Students continue to study great artists, to explore historical cultures and to learn the basic principles and language of art criticism. Students will build upon their prior knowledge, but you do not have to take 6th grade art in order to sign up for this course or in order to be successful.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. McKnight

Mrs. Meyer

Automation & Robotics – This class centers around using technology to navigate through the world of machines. Programming robots to solve a problem while learning about energy transfer and the engineering process encourages creativity and the use of 21st century skills. Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms. This same course is offered in both Seventh and Eighth Grade.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Crawley

Band – Three trimester full-year course. The music program in Batavia has earned the distinction as a Best Community for Music Education 3 times!  This standard enables students to thrive in a supportive music environment while experiencing outstanding opportunities to grow as musicians.  The band performs a wide variety of music that can include concert, classical, pop, rock, jazz, and Broadway selections. Students receive small group instruction to improve their playing technique and sectionals to polish concert music.  Students will perform in five concerts and have the opportunity to perform in the Solo/Ensemble Festival (optional, but encouraged). Band is open to all students who have successfully completed 6th grade band at RMS or school previously attended.  Students can also participate in extracurricular ensembles including Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble (by audition), and Symphonic Band (by audition). Private lessons are strongly recommended, although not required.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Buckley

Mr. Ozsvath

Ms. Reiss

Coding– Is there an app for that?  If not, students can create it!  Students will collaborate to create mobile apps that make a difference in people’s lives. Students work in teams to create simple apps for mobile devices using MIT App Inventor®. Students explore the impact of computing in society and the application of computing across career paths and build skills and awareness in digital citizenship and cyber security. Students model, simulate, and analyze data about themselves and their interests. They also transfer the understanding of programming gained in App Inventor to learn introductory elements of text-based programming in Python® to create strategy games.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Bennett

Computer Essentials – In this class students will build on basic operations and concepts including Google tools and management strategies for organizing their electronic world using school and home computer systems. They will have the opportunity to demonstrate creativity and innovation through photo editing and animation software. Students will collaborate on digital storytelling projects using video editing tools. Problem solving and critical thinking will be promoted through higher level programming applications that could include game development or interactive projects. Throughout all projects, students will demonstrate ethical behavior on their path to becoming responsible digital citizens.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Bennett

Chorus – Three trimester full-year course. Enjoy singing with your friends! All 7th grade students are welcome. Emphasis will be placed on improving vocal tone and developing other skills needed for part and solo singing. Performances throughout the year will feature choral music in traditional concert settings. 7th grade choir  performs 4 concerts per year, in addition to a winter performance trip. Past trips have included visiting and performing in Chicago, Vandercook College of Music, and The Museum of Science and Industry.. Even if you have not been in choir before, you’ll enjoy becoming a more confident and versatile singer.Students can also participate in extracurricular ensembles through audition including Vocal Gold Show Choir -(an all female/treble voice ensemble) or 1501 Show Choir (mixed ensemble – SATB Voicing).

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Hillman

Communications  (7th Grade)

The art of communicating is a crucial skill and is in fact the most hireable quality that current employers are looking for.  In light of this, our exciting course will prepare students for that reality through hands on communication projects, engaging speech games and activities as well as other student led presentations.  While it is no secret that public speaking is a very common fear, you will learn how to apply a few simple tips and tricks to erase anxiety and boost your confidence.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Meyers

Mrs. O’Herron

Design & Modeling – Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. Engineering notebooks are used to document the engineering process and students are encouraged to work collaboratively and communicate effectively. This same course is offered in both Sixth and  Seventh Grade.

Classroom Teachers:  

Mr. Crawley

Foods  – Come and enjoy the fascinating world of foods! During this class students are provided with a foundation of foods, nutrition, the digestive system and good health. By studying and understanding these facts, students can make better daily food choices to meet their needs. Students will learn basic skills relating to kitchen safety, safe food handling, and food preparation.   

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Powell

Energy & the Environment – This class challenges students to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for reducing energy consumption. This same course is offered in both Sixth and  Seventh Grade.

Classroom Teacher:

French In 7th-Grade French, students expand upon their knowledge of basic vocabulary learned in 6th Grade. Topics covered include personal descriptions, leisure-time activities, and telling time. Students also examine the geography and culture of French-speaking nations.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Togbe

Medical Detective Students participate as real-life medical detectives and will be able to solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs. They will investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health. Students will also be using their critical thinking and problem solving skills to discover medical mysteries, patient diagnosis and interpret evidence found at a “crime scene.” This same course is offered in both Seventh and  Eighth Grade.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Clasen

Orchestra – Three trimester full-year course. Students will be part of the music program in Batavia which has earned the distinction as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation three years in a row! This standard enables students to thrive in a supportive music environment while experiencing outstanding opportunities to grow as musicians. Orchestra is open to all students who currently play violin, viola, cello, or double bass and have completed at least two years of instruction on their instrument in a previous school. Students are expected to practice their instrument and complete assignments outside of school. Private lessons are highly recommended. Students may also participate in an extracurricular string group that has 4-5 performances in and around the community throughout the year.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Griffith

Physical Education – Students participate in daily physical education throughout the school years.  Students learn the importance of life-long fitness through goal setting when learning various individual sports, team sports, skills development, and participate in cooperative learning activities. Good citizenship, sportsmanship, responsibility, accountability, and respect are developed throughout the year.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Bowman

Mr. Canfield

Ms. Krantz

Mr. Rios

Ms. Stary

Shop – In this class students are introduced to the use of basic shop tools/technology and construction materials. Through the construction of small items, students learn shop safety, how to follow pattern/instructions, responsibility for tools, machines and materials and the pursuit of timely task completion. Students also study basic drafting techniques that involve triangle and T-square use, measuring and design. Through these exercises students practice basic math skills including measurement, fractions, and computation.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Lorenz

Spanish In this class students are introduced to the fundamentals of the Spanish language. Emphasis is placed on the development of speaking and writing skills using ‘survival’ phrases and everyday conversational topics. During the trimester, students prepare for the the Level I Spanish Course offered in 8th grade or High School.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Ollearis

Mrs. Togbe

 

Eighth Grade

3-D Art Students will enjoy the magic of putting their hands on a chunk of clay and creating!! Learn how to take different mediums and create a new sculpture. Also, learn to be a master of illusion by making flat things appear to be solid.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Meyer

Automation & Robotics –  This class centers around using technology to navigate through the world of machines. Programming robots to solve a problem while learning about energy transfer and the engineering process encourages creativity and the use of 21st century skills. Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms. This same course is offered in both Seventh and Eighth Grade.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Crawley

Advanced Communication In this twelve-week course you  will work to improve your public speaking skills in order to be more effective communicators at school and in your  lives outside of school. Emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of speeches for real-life scenarios such as toasts, presentation/acceptance of awards, speeches of introduction, speeches of tribute as well as our own RMS morning announcements.    Projects include newscasts, sales and marketing presentations and educational presentations. Special emphasis will be placed on using appropriate visual and technical support in public speaking. In addition, communication related careers will be explored.  

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. O’Herron

Advanced Drama – Let’s be honest: 8th grade IS drama… so, finally, here’s a class designed to revolve around that simple truth.  In Advanced Drama you’ll put your own 8th grade Experience under the microscope as we observe, examine and ultimately spoof where you’re at on The Great Middle School Totem Pole.  Simply by tapping into the ways you already are expressive, you’ll have a blast engaging in scene work, scriptwriting, skit production, storytelling, improvisation and maybe even take a crack at the RMS morning announcements… not to mention a whole lot of action-packed drama activities and theater games!  Whether you’re a natural performer or not, everybody’s got a ticket for this 8th grade ride… so let’s go!

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Meyers

Band – Three trimester full-year course. The music program in Batavia has earned the distinction as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. This standard enables students to thrive in a supportive music environment while experiencing outstanding opportunities to grow as musicians. The 8th Grade Band is the most advanced grade level ensemble and performs 5-6 concerts per year, in addition to a spring performance trip. Past trips have included visiting and performing in Chicago, VanderCook College of Music, Elmhurst College, and Six Flags Great America. The band performs a wide variety of music, including concert, classical, pop, rock, jazz, and Broadway selections.  Students receive small group instruction to improve their playing technique and sectionals to polish concert music. Band is open to all students who have successfully completed 7th grade band at RMS or school previously attended. Students are expected to practice their instrument outside of school. Private lessons are highly recommended.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Buckley

Mr. Ozsvath

Ms. Reiss

Chorus  – Three trimester full-year course. Enjoying singing with your friends! All 8th grade students are welcome. Emphasis will be placed on improving vocal tone and developing other skills needed for part and solo singing.  The 8th Grade Choir is the most advanced grade level ensemble and performs 5-6 concerts per year, in addition to a spring performance trip. Past trips have included visiting and performing in Chicago, Vandercook College of Music, Great America, and Lake Geneva WI. Performances throughout the year will feature choral music in traditional concert settings. Even if you have not been in choir before, you’ll enjoy becoming a more confident and versatile singer. Students can also participate in extracurricular ensembles through audition including Vocal Gold Show Choir -(an all female/treble voice ensemble) or 1501 Show Choir (mixed ensemble – SATB Voicing).

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Hillman

Computer Media – Students will be creative communicators using various technology tools.  Students will take on roles of photo editors, animators and video editors to create projects for the class as well as real life audiences. Some projects may include videos for the 8th grade dinner dance, students informational videos or X time videos for school news.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Bennett

Debate Everyone likes getting their way…..what do you do when someone doesn’t agree with you?  How do you solve that problem? Just like there are two sides to every story, there are two points of view for every dispute. The key to resolving that dispute is to understand both points of view and use that knowledge to get what you want.  In Debate class you and your team will learn how to get what you want through developing your online research skills, strategically building your case, and utilizing effective public speaking techniques to convince the judge that your point of view is the best.  (You may even be able to practice your public speaking skills by delivering the RMS morning announcements.)

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Meyers

Mrs. O’Herron

Drawing and Painting Hey, get a picture frame ready. This class is where you take your skills to the next level. You will be painting on a canvas and using modeling paste to create texture. You will also be drawing someone who inspires you. In the end you will be taking different types of mediums to create a piece that represents you. No prior art classes are required for this class. A course fee is charged.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. McKnight

First Aid –  Do you know how to perform CPR?   Students successfully completing this course will be able to help sustain life and minimize pain in injury or sudden illness situations by learning how to respond to an emergency until medical help arrives. A variety of hands-on activities include:  splinting, bandaging, and use of manikins for CPR, AEDand choking skills. Additional knowledge/skills include: recognizing and responding to emergencies, coping with shock, breathing emergencies, poisoning, bleeding emergencies, bites and stings, heat and cold emergencies, and more.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Abraham

Culinary Arts Expand your knowledge about food and apply it to your daily life. Students will learn advanced skills in culinary arts.  From food science to food styling, this hands-on course is designed for the student interested in learning the “how” and “why” of cooking.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Powell

French Three trimester full-year course. This world language course is an academic course equivalent to first year French at Batavia High School. Although no high school credit is earned, students successfully completing this course will be eligible to take French II as Freshmen. Students must have both a “C” average and a recommendation from the Eighth Grade French Teacher to successfully complete this course and enroll in French II as a freshman at BHS. Eligibility for this course requires a student maintain a “B” average in his/her 7th Grade Literature/Language Arts Class AND a recommendation from the World Language Teacher or the Counselor. Student maturity, work habits, study skills/habits, organizational skills, and ability to handle the additional academic workload are all considerations for this course. The course emphasizes learning to speak, read, write and understand basic French. Students are guided from structured practice to open-ended, personalized communication. Emphasis is placed on communicative activities as assessment rather than traditional language testing.  

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Togbe

Introduction to Building Trades This class explores aspects of wall framing and blueprint reading. Scale wall sections will be built. Proper layout procedures using tape measure, framing square, and hammer will be used frequently. Students will explore various basic trades found in residential construction. Strict safety procedures will be followed at all times.

Classroom Teachers

Medical Detective – Students participate as real-life medical detectives and will be able to solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs. They will investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health. Students will also be using their critical thinking and problem solving skills to discover medical mysteries, patient diagnosis and interpret evidence found at a “crime scene.” This same course is offered in both Seventh and  Eighth Grade.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Clasen

Orchestra – Three trimester full-year course. Students will be part of the music program in Batavia which has earned the distinction as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation three years in a row! This standard enables students to thrive in a supportive music environment while experiencing outstanding opportunities to grow as musicians. Orchestra is open to all students who currently play violin, viola, cello, or double bass and have completed at least three years of instruction on their instrument in a previous school. Students are expected to practice their instrument and complete assignments outside of school. Private lessons are highly recommended. Students may also participate in an extracurricular string group that has 4-5 performances in and around the community throughout the year.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Griffith

Physical Education – Students participate in daily physical education throughout the school years.  Students learn the importance of lifelong fitness through goal setting when learning various individual sports, team sports, skills development, and participate in cooperative learning activities. Good citizenship, sportsmanship, responsibility, accountability, and respect are developed throughout the year.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Bowman

Mr. Canfield

Ms. Krantz

Mr. Rios

Ms. Stary

Production Technology The 8th-Grade Production Technology class is centered around student led activities that utilize the Design Process.   Students, with partners or groups, will employ basic design principles to solve classroom challenges. The challenges include the construction of a model rocket, the design and build of a CO2 Car, Roller Coaster and Mousetrap car.  Students will be engaged, using both the computer and hands-on activities, to design and create their projects.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Lorenz

Sewing Students will develop their sewing skills by completing a variety of projects. Machine and hand sewing techniques will be taught to aid in the construction of selected projects.  Students select their own fabrics to make unique, one-of-a kind creations. Projects include fleece hats, three piece pillowcases and block quilts. There is a minimal “notions” fee and students are responsible for covering the cost of fabrics needed for projects.  

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Abraham

Spanish Three trimester full-year course. This world language course is an academic course equivalent to first year Spanish at Batavia Senior High School. Although no high school credit is earned, students successfully completing this course will be eligible to take Spanish II as freshmen. Students must have both a “C” average and a recommendation from the Eighth Grade Spanish Teacher to successfully complete this course and enroll in Spanish II as a freshman at BHS. Eligibility for this course requires a student maintain a “B” average in his/her 7th Grade Literature/Language Arts Class AND a recommendation from the World Language Teacher or the Counselor. Student maturity, work habits, study skills/habits, organizational skills, and ability to handle the additional academic workload are all considerations for this course. The course emphasizes learning to speak, read, write and understand basic Spanish. Students are guided from structured practice to open-ended, personalized communication. The workbook used for 7th Grade Spanish is also used for Spanish I.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Ollearis

Mrs. Togber

Visual and Graphic Design Want to explore the world of art through methods and materials you have never tried before? Interested in learning the process of making commercial art? If so, then this class is the place for you. We will be using Adobe Illustrator for the majority of this course and dabbling a bit in Adobe Photoshop. Learning to master Illustrator will help you if you take the Graphics course at the high school.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. McKnight

Woodworking I This class builds on skills learned in seventh grade shop. Higher-level projects are required along with greater emphasis on power tools. Technical reading is strongly emphasized. Complete instructions, plans and patterns are necessary. Safety and responsibility are also major requirements.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Lorenz

Rotolo Middle School Interventions and Special Education

The staff at the middle school is committed to Developmental Responsiveness. High-performing schools with middle grades are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence. To this end, we offer the following to students.  

Multi-Tiered System of Supports

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a term used to describe an evidence based model of schooling that uses data-based problem-solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention. The integrated instruction and intervention is delivered to students in varying intensities (multiple tiers) based on student need. “Need-driven” decision-making seeks to ensure that district resources reach the appropriate students (schools) at the appropriate levels to accelerate the performance of ALL students to achieve and/or exceed proficiency.  MTSS allows educators to judge the overall success of their school system, by examining data in an on-going, systematic manner. The idea is to ensure all students reach expectations set for by the CCSS and are college and career ready. Students are identified for academic intervention within skill remediation courses based on multiple points of data reviewed by the building level intervention team.

X-Time

X-Time is a daily period adjacent to lunch.  Students are assigned a teacher on their academic team.  The period of time is dedicated to extending, exploring, and examining academic and social emotional curriculum. This time is responsive to student needs and support is available from teachers.  Students may participate in academic interventions, and team advisory activities to support social emotional competencies.

Math Skills

Math Skills is an intervention provided for students struggling in math who are  not meeting standards. Working in a small classroom, students get individualized attention focusing on math skills they are ready to learn based on a pre-assessment and performance within the intervention.  This course is an intensive, research-based intervention designed to help students grow in their mathematics procedural knowledge, application and conceptual understanding. It is in addition to their regular mathematics course and provides the support students need to be successful in math.

Reading Skills

Reading Skills provide students identified as needing reading support with a targeted intervention. The interventions focus on fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Fluency interventions include: 6-Minute Solution, Read Naturally and Read 180. Vocabulary and Comprehension interventions include, but are not limited to: Read 180 and Leveled Literacy Intervention. This course is in addition to the regular ELA course.

ELL Department

Classroom Teachers    

Mrs. Carey

Mr. Chavez

ELL English Language Arts  ELL ELA builds foundational language and literacy skills for students whose native language is not English.  The focus is on improving English speaking, writing, listening and reading fluency. This course engages students with a combination of informational texts and literature to improve academic vocabulary, decoding skills, reading comprehension and writing mechanics.  This course replaces the regular ELA course and is only open to current ELL students.

ELL Co-taught Science and Social Studies-  This is a great way for ELL students to be exposed to the same curriculum as their fluent English peers.  These students will be placed in a co-taught classroom where the ELL teacher will be there to assist the entire class with vocabulary and language development and give individualized support to students as needed.

Classroom Teachers:

Mrs. Carey

Mr. Chavez

Mrs. Schuster

ELL Language Workshop  Students in this workshop develop reading, writing and academic vocabulary proficiency. The class will focus on reading skills to develop reading fluency as well as strategies to aid comprehension for both fiction and informational texts.  In addition, the course will use robust vocabulary instruction to foster word consciousness. Students will build their writing skills by learning how to plan, revise, and edit their work.  ELL Language Workshop is available to all current and recently exited ELL students enrolled in the regular ELA classroom.

Classroom Teachers:

Mrs. Carey

Mr. Chavez

Study Skills: Study skills is a course that is recommended through the IEP team and is taken in lieu of an exploratory.  The course is designed to provide skill specific teaching and reinforcement of basic skills related to literature/language and math, as well as, strategic instruction and supports for executive functioning skills.  Students participate in goal setting, self assessment and progress monitoring as an ongoing part of the course.

Classroom Teachers:

Essentials English Language Arts – Essentials literature/language is a course that is recommended through the IEP team and is taken in lieu of general education literature/language.  Essentials literature/language follows common core grade level instruction, however, is modified based on addressing and providing direct skill instruction related to core deficits in basic reading skills.

Classroom Teachers

Essentials Math – Essentials Math is a course that is recommended through the IEP team and is taken in lieu of an general education math.  Essentials math follows common core grade level instruction, however is modified based on addressing and providing direct skill instruction related to core deficits in basic math skills.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Masters-7th Grade

Mrs. Papale-6th Grade

Mrs. Shaughnessey-8th Grade

Essentials Social Studies – Essentials Social Studies is a course that is recommended through the IEP team and is taken in lieu of general education social studies. This course provides direct instructional supports for basic reading skill development through social studies content.  The course is common core aligned with ELA core standards.

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Drendel

Vocational Training Program (VTP) – The vocational training program at RMS offers four courses designed to be aligned with the essential elements alternative learning standards.  Enrollment in these courses are determined by the IEP team. Course participation may include, functional math, functional reading, life skills and vocational skills.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Baier

Ms. Mamach

Developing Opportunities Program (DO) – The developing opportunities program at RMS offers four courses designed to be aligned with the grade level common core standards in an environment that focuses on developing, reinforcing, and providing explicit on social emotional/behavioral skills.  Enrollment in these courses are determined by the IEP team. Course participation may include, math, language arts, social studies, or study skills.

Classroom Teachers

Mr. Jerger

Mrs. McVvean

Chorus

Hillman

Band

Reiss

Advanced Communications

O’Herron

Computer Applications

Bennett, Crawley

Chorus

Hillman

Advanced Drama

Myers

Design & Modeling

Crawley

Communication

O’Herron, Myers

Band

Ozsvath

Drama

O’Herron, Myers

Computer Essentials

Bennett, Crawley

Chorus

Hillman

Energy & the Environment

Crawley

Design & Modeling

Crawley

Computer Media

Bennett

Exploring French & Spanish

Ollearis, Togbe

Energy & the Environment

Crawley

Debate

O’Herron, Myers

General Music

Reiss, Ozsvath

Foods I

Powell

Drawing & Painting

Katz, McKnight

Health (required course)

Abraham, Clasen, Myers

French

Giacovelli, Togbe

First Aid

Abraham

Orchestra   

Griffith

Medical Detective

Clasen, Rios

Foods I & Foods II

Powell

Physical Education Krantz, Canfield, Rios,

Bowman, Stary

Orchestra

Griffith

FrenchTogbe
Physical Education

Krantz, Canfield, Whitwell, Rios

Bowman, Stary, Clasen

Introduction to Bldg Trades

Lorenz

Shop/Drafting

Lorenz

Magic of Electrons

Lorenz

Spanish

Ollearis

Medical Detective

Clasen

Orchestra

Griffith

Physical Education

Bowman, Stary, Whitwell, Baier,

Krantz, Rios, Lorenz, Canfield

Production Technology

Lorenz

Sewing

Abraham

Spanish

Ollearis

Visual & Graphic Design

McKnight

Woodworking I

Dennis