Eighth grade science students study Physical Science. The standard topics in eighth grade include Chemistry, Energy, Matter, Motion and Forces. Students engage in inquiry based activities, laboratory investigations, and cross curricular units. Instructional practices include related connections to engineering, math and technology.
Students participate in a rigorous curriculum designed to fully prepare them for freshmen year of high school. Students strengthen their reading, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of units aligned with accepted standards of middle school education. Emphasis is placed on writing with the introduction of the Modern Language Association (MLA) format of style. Working with vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure students will develop writing skills to carry them through high school. Required daily independent reading, class readings of short stories, plays, and novels – exploring all literature genres – enhance the overall English Language Arts experience. The year culminates with an autobiography and a final exam.
Students enjoy a faith-based, Catholic curriculum that enhances their understanding of our dynamic faith. With guided reading and reflection of biblical principles, each student has the unique opportunity to strengthen and deepen their relationship with God. Exploring the life of Jesus and the writings of the New Testament, each student learns their part of the vital new covenant made between God and his devoted followers. The year culminates with curriculum directed toward making moral decisions with their faith and deep worship of God at the heart of those decisions.
Students explore United States history dating from pre-colonization to Reconstruction. Currently, we use Prentice Hall’s America: History of Our Nation, which provokes instruction and student intrigue through inquiry learning, supporting student thinking with essential questions. Student learning is focused on topics ranging from describing and understanding geographical, economic, and cultural relationships, the development of democratic government, analyzing and interpreting historical documents, and interpreting historical perspectives. All course content is aligned with Kentucky Common Core Standards for Social Studies. Students have the opportunity to write, speak and think about the development of our nation though a variety of digital assignments, independent high-level reading, and a variety of group and independent projects. This class culminates in a trip to Washington D.C. in early May.
Algebra I students practice mathematical skills with an iPad app is called HMH Fuse Algebra I. The platform is based on common core standards and combines video instruction, ongoing support, assessment and intervention. The lessons offer many opportunities to explore concepts in different contexts and through different media, including properties of numbers, solving equations and inequalities, functions and linear functions, solving systems of equations, properties of exponents, polynomials and factoring, quadratic functions and equations, and radical expressions and equations.
Using an app from Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt, especially designed for the iPad, Geometry students engage in hands-on learning. This revolutionary platform is based on common core standards and combines video instruction, ongoing support, assessment and intervention. The lessons offer opportunities to explore concepts in different contexts and through different media, including logical reasoning and proof, properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, properties of triangles and polygons, right triangles and trigonometry, surface area and volume of various shapes, and properties of circles.