Mary, Seat of Wisdom

Curriculum

Jr. High Grades 6 - 8

Two 6th grade boys, one holding "bird", one holding globe during 6th grade prayer service - MSW Catholic School, Pre-K-8, Park Ridge, Illinois

Sixth Grade

The sixth grade year at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School seeks to build on the foundation established in fifth grade, where students became accustomed to the mechanics of changing classes and learning to be more responsible for their work. In Language Arts, students focus on literature and composition, read a variety of novels and prepare book reports. The Writing curriculum is co-taught, allowing for two teachers in the classroom with the students as they learn grammar rules and usage and different types of writing styles. Sixth grade accelerated and regular math both require students to keep track of homework, quizzes and tests. The Science curriculum is supplemented by units on drug abuse and health. In Religion, students study the elements of our Catholic faith.

Each child will receive a school-owned iPad to support the sixth grade curriculum. Responsibility for the iPad and learning how to manage internet access and social media are elements of learning too.

Homeroom 212: Ms. Lola Milito
Homeroom 214: Ms. Elizabeth Horan

 

Seventh Grade

Through greater responsibility for themselves and their schoolwork, and more rigorous academic challenges, seventh grade students at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School begin preparation for high school. In Language Arts, students use higher-order thought processes to analyze literature, extract themes, and critique text structure. Students study Pre-Algebra in accelerated and regular math classes, building on basic skills and exploring new challenges. The seventh grade students explore the world of Life Science through the study of Biology. They conclude the year assembling a chicken skeleton and dissecting a fetal pig. 7th Graders spend half the year studying the Constitution and must pass the mandated Constitution Test. The theme for Religion in seventh grade is the life of Jesus. Students study His life, values and teachings in preparation for Confirmation in eighth grade.

Each child will receive a school-owned iPad to support the seventh grade curriculum. Responsibility for their iPad and learning how to manage internet access and social media are elements of learning too. 7th Grade students participate in monthly Life Skills sessions, led by Principal Julie Due. Through role-play and discussion, they consider situations and explore appropriate responsible behaviors.

Homeroom 219: Mrs. Kristen Wolf
Homeroom 222: Mrs. Sue Cushing
Homeroom 224: Mrs. Diana Guerrieri

 

7th grade students with ball run - MSW Catholic School, Park Ridge, ILL
Young lady holding ribbon in 8th Grade ball challenge - MSW Catholic School, Pre-K - 8, Park Ridge, Illinois

Eighth Grade

The goal for all Mary, Seat of Wisdom eighth grade students is that they are prepared for the challenges of high school and the world beyond. Eighth grade students are introduced to the genre of drama in Language Arts. The accelerated and regular math curriculum transitions students from Pre-Algebra to Algebra I, with attention given to maintaining skills and introducing new concepts. The eighth grade science curriculum is physical science, which explores the worlds of chemistry and physics. The students also spend time building and programming robots. For students who want to further their study of robotics we offer an after school club. Eighth grade students study U.S. history, beginning with the Reconstruction period and up to the present day.  In religion class and throughout the day, the students prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation by developing a deep, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit through prayer, commitment, sacrament and service.

Each child will receive a school-owned iPad to support the eighth grade curriculum. Responsibility for their iPad and learning how to manage internet access and social media are elements of learning too. 8th Grade students participate in bi-weekly Life Skills sessions, led by Principal Julie Due. Through role-play and discussion, they consider situations and explore appropriate responsible behaviors. An important element of 8th Grade learning, as the students are looking ahead to high school, Life Skills helps to arm them with tools so they think critically and make informed decisions.

Homeroom 122: Mrs. Judie Zoromski
Homeroom 221: Ms. Kimberly Trocchio

 

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