Seventh Grade

Advanced Band


The Advanced Band is comprised of highly-skilled seventh and eighth grade students who have had at least one year of experience on their instrument. Students are encouraged to "share their gifts" by learning to play their instruments to the best of their abilities and sharing these gifts through performance.

Students will also play percussion instruments from around the world and will listen to and analyze music of different styles and cultures. There are two evening concerts each year, a band competition at Six Flags or out-of-state, and many fun band activities throughout the year.

This is a daily year-long course that does not conflict with after-school activities.  

Art


2D Art

This combined 7th and 8th grade class will focus on drawing, painting, and 2D media. We will interpret the world around us by studying how it is made. Art history will be the foundation of each project, as we study certain artists and art movements. Students will also be challenged to explore how messages in art effect the viewer.


Students will be able to work at their own skill level, but will be challenged to add more meaning and purpose to projects as the semester goes on. Experienced workers will be allowed more independence as they advance through the class.

This is a one-semester course that can be taken by both 7th and 8th graders, once each year.

3D Art

This combined 7th and 8th grade class will work with 3D materials such as clay, plaster, wood, and found objects. Students will build, carve, and attach these to make meaningful works of art.

We will research how sculpture and clay have changed throughout history, and the many avenues and careers in which these techniques are used. Students will explore the difference between message-filled sculpture and handmade items that help us in everyday life. We will experiment with professional techniques that will help students develop a personal style.

Students will work at individual skill levels, and experienced workers will be allowed more independence as they advance through the class.

This is a one-semester course that can be taken by both 7th and 8th graders multiple times, once each year.

Bible


The seventh grade Bible course is a semester-long study of the book of Genesis. Students will learn to view the world through the Biblical motifs of creation, fall, and redemption as they study this great book of beginnings.

Chorus


The goals of middle school chorus are to develop the unique (sometimes changing) voice while making music to praise God. Other goals of the program are developing musicianship through singing, sight-reading, theory practice, and listening to, analyzing, and critiquing music. The choruses perform both on and off campus throughout the year.

Drama

Theater production

In this overview of technical theater, students become familiar with the physical layout of typical theatres and learn terminology and techniques in the areas of scenery, lighting, and publicity.

Acting Shakespeare

Students acquire a basic understanding of the Elizabethan culture. They build a Shakespearean vocabulary and become familiar with Shakespeare's use of verse in order to read, understand and perform his works.

English


The seventh grade English program is an accelerated curriculum that includes instruction in reading comprehension, literature analysis, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.

The primary focus of the literature units is to improve reading speed, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Writing instruction focuses on organization, clarity of written expression, and clear sentence structure. Students will learn how to effectively expand their ideas (with details, figurative language, and vivid vocabulary) into meaningful pieces of writing.

Grammar instruction throughout the year focuses on how to improve writing through correct application of the grammatical concepts being taught. Students are guided through an in-depth study of the various parts of speech and parts of a sentence to better learn how they work together in effective communication.

Seventh grade English combines a study of three class novels and two student-selected novels that expose students to a wide variety of themes and styles of writing.  

Exploring American Government


This class is an interactive U.S. Government-based elective course. Units covered include a virtual trip to Washington, D.C., writing a business letter and persuasive essay, a unit on the constitution and presidency, a Supreme Court case project, and a mock election.

History


The seventh grade history course is a semester-long survey of world history from the Nile civilizations to the early Indian and Chinese empires. Semester topics include Ancient Egypt, the rise and fall of the Greek and Roman Empires, the origins of various world religions, and the emergence of the Chinese and Indian cultures. Geography and current events are also key focal points throughout the semester.

Mathematics


Pre-Algebra

The seventh grade pre-algebra course is an introduction to the topics that the students will cover in algebra. It also serves to review essential skills from previous math courses. Topics include: operations with integers, operations with fractions and decimals, solving equations, simplifying variable expressions, exponents, graphing linear equations, and a brief introduction to geometry. This course focuses on increasing the students' critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Advanced Pre-Algebra

Advanced Pre-Algebra includes the topics covered in Pre-Algebra, as well as material and concepts that will be added as necessary to prepare students for Advanced Algebra I in eighth grade. Material regularly covered in seventh grade pre-algebra will be enriched and broadened. Students are expected to apply concepts throughout the course and increase critical thinking skills in preparation for honors level mathematics courses in high school.
Departmental recommendation required.

Algebra 1

This course is an introduction to topics in algebra. These topics include but are not limited to linear functions, exponents, rational expressions, polynomials, linear and quadratic equations, factoring, inequalities and systems of equations and inequalities. This course demonstrates math's usefulness and encourages independent thinking. Problem solving, logical reasoning and critical thinking skills are emphasized through the use of cooperative learning and technology. Students are required to have and use a graphics calculator for this course.
Departmental recommendation required.

Media Technology


This semester-long course is designed for students who enjoy technology and for those who want to become more confident with media and technology. It is a project-oriented class designed to be relevant to each student for future application in school, business, or personal use.


The course will focus on communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking specifically for print and web media applications. Students will have an opportunity to use productivity software, creative software, and web applications to complete tasks and solve problems. Students will use current tools for presentations, research, photo editing, 3-D modeling, and print layout and design.

Modern and Classical Languages


French A

This course covers the first half of French I. Students select French names, learn basic French expressions, and recognize French-English cognates which provide a stronger basis for English vocabulary. Concurrently, students explore the Francophone world, and study basic French structures in the present tense. All four language skills are taught and employed, with an emphasis on speaking and writing.


Spanish A

This course covers the first half of Spanish I. Students select Hispanic names, learn basic Spanish expressions, explore the Hispanic world, and study basic Spanish structures in the present tense. All four language skills are taught and employed, with an emphasis on speaking and writing.   


Latin A

This is an introductory course covering the first half of Latin I. Through language, grammar, and culture of the ancient Romans, this course challenges students to master new vocabulary and root words that will aid them in their continual mastery of the English language. Students are expected to combine their knowledge of vocabulary and their understanding of grammatical concepts to translate Latin sentences and create their own. The texts expose students to basic cultural information, but students also conduct complementary research and create projects that explore concepts more deeply. 

 

Physical Education

The seventh grade program builds on the concepts taught and practiced in the fifth and sixth grades and helps the student understand the rules and regulations involved in sports participation. The fitness and health-related advantages of activity participation are also emphasized. Throughout the year, the entire seventh grade will participate in flag football, volleyball, softball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, badminton, team handball, swimming, fitness testing, strength training, pickleball, jump rope, soccer, floor hockey, original games, and tennis.

Science


The goal of seventh grade life science is to help students develop a basic understanding of organisms and their relation to the world around them. Through exploration, hands-on activities, and class discussions, students will be asked to develop their ideas on each topic as a team.  Students will focus specifically on the following topics: classification of life, cell function, plant processes, the human body, and animal diversity.