Exploratories (Quarter Classes)
7th English focuses on study of skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. We will use oral language, written language, and technology for expressive, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes. We will read a variety of literature including short stories, plays, poetry, essays, and novels. Writing assignments will include journals, essays, critiques, and creative works. Vocabulary and grammar will be a vital part of this class.
7th Grade World History: Students will cover World History from Prehistory (10,000 B.C.) to the French Revolution (1800). In addition to these areas, students will also engage in current events and be active with technology to provide the best possible learning experience.
7th Grade Life Science
Life Science is a 7th grade course that provides students with the opportunity to learn that Life science is the study of living things. The life sciences comprise all fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, like plants, animals, and human beings. The students will learn about environmental and global issues which affect our world. Emphasis will be placed on skill development to provide students with the basic tools they need to be successful in the course.
8th English is designed to help students continue to develop an appreciation of written and spoken language. We will use oral language, written language, and technology for expressive, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes at a higher level this year. We will read a variety of grade appropriate and challenging literature including short stories, plays, poetry, essays, and novels. Writing assignments will include journals, essays, critiques, and creative works.
8th Grade American History: Students will cover American History from Prehistory (10,000 B.C.) to the Civil War (1800’s). In addition to these time periods, students will also engage in current events and be active with technology to provide the best possible learning experience.
8th Grade Earth Science
The Earth science course is designed to interpret and understand the world around you. In order to do so, students will investigate and study the interactions between the four major Earth’s spheres, including the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere in order to explain Earth’s formation, processes, history, landscapes, how and why Earth changes over time. The course will also explore how current actions of man interact and affect Earth’s spheres leading to local and global changes. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the scientific method, mapping Earth’s surface, minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic time, and meteorology. Students will participate in laboratory exercises, small group activities, web based investigations, class discussions, projects, and research.
This course is designed to focus on introductory algebra topics. It includes the four basic operations and properties on the real numbers with emphasis on integers, solutions of one and two step equations, and creation of functional tables and graphing linear pairs.
Exploratory Language (7th/8th Grade)
Students will be allowed to explore various languages and cultures throughout the quarter. Class may be teacher- or student-led depending on the topics studied.
Study Skills (7th)
This course is designed to enhance students’ organizational, study, and test taking skills. Students will apply these skills to their current subjects/assignments, as well as taking notes in class and from textbooks. By improving these skills, students are given tools for success in school and everyday life.
This is a project based course designed to help middle school students explore career options using the Nebraska Career Education Model and understand the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards. The course is organized by three themes – Making it My Choice, A World of Options and Charting a Direction – with culminating individual and group projects. Students will define career clusters and pathways, describe examples of career readiness, utilize self-assessments to better understand interests, establish a career portfolio and create a personal learning plan to provide direction to high school and post-high school activities. This course is aligned to American School Counselor Association Standards for Students and integrates EducationQuest tools and resources for middle school students.
Junior High Exploratory Ag (7th and 8th)
This exploration course provides the opportunity to learn fundamental concepts in agriculture to serve as a foundation for future courses and to inform students about the industry that is so vital to society and to their future. Major units of instruction include an introduction to the agricultural industry, animal science, plant science, horticulture science, environmental science, agricultural mechanics, and leadership and personal development. Instruction and student learning will occur through lectures, student projects, group discussions, hands on experiences, FFA experiences, CDE participation, and their SAE program.
Junior High Choir (7th and 8th)
Junior high school choir is a mixed-voice (male and female) choir. In this class, students will learn how to sing well and blend as a group, as well as learn music theory and sight reading skills.
This Family and Consumer Sciences advanced course will develop students' knowledge and skills in areas of relationships, family living, team work and conflict management, nutrition and wellness, consumer practices, and independent living. Classroom, laboratory and educational leadership activities are supplemented through Nebraska FCCLA Career Student Organization.
This intermediate course is designed to extend learning of Family and Consumer Sciences concepts. Student will develop their knowledge of family living, decision making, nutrition and wellness, independent living, and consumer practices. Classroom, laboratory and educational leadership activities are supplemented through Nebraska FCCLA Career Student Organization.
Introduction to Business Technology (8th)
Middle-level course designed to emphasize digital life, use business productivity applications, and explore Information Technology careers. Students will master keyboarding skills; compose, create, edit, and format word processing documents; organize and manipulate data in a spreadsheet; and prepare a digital presentation. An introduction to basic principles in digital media and computer science will be included.
Keyboarding Applications (7th)
Keyboarding is identified as a foundation knowledge and skill area for all students regardless of their career interest. This middle-level course is designed for students to learn touch typing techniques and proper keystroking while continuing to develop composition and proofreading skills as well as speed and accuracy. Students will demonstrate keyboarding proficiency in document formatting (letters, reports, and tables). Students will demonstrate acceptable ethical and social behavior while developing keyboarding skills.
Junior High Social Sciences:
Student will explore a wide variety of topics in Social Studies.These include History, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Politics, and Government. In addition to these topics, students will also engage in current events and be active with technology to provide the best possible learning experience.
Junior high/high school band is a concert band. In this course, students will also play in a pep band capacity at football and basketball games throughout the school year. Students will also learn basic theory and how to blend and play as a group.
The Physical Education program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports, and physical fitness activities. The students receive instruction in rules, skills, and strategies associated with the different sports as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities. The students will also have opportunities to become involved in life-long physical activities through individual sport units. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, and friendly competition.