We will explore a variety of literary genres including short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and nonfiction pieces. Assessments will include class discussion, quizzes, tests, writing, and projects. The Archdiocesan Language Arts assessment will be completed during the second semester.
Spanish class will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings. This year, we have a textbook and will begin to learn the basics for grammar and verb conjugation. We will have listening and reading activities in class and will take both quizzes and tests. It is very important for all students to practice and learn the vocabulary for each chapter.
Students will build on their understanding of grammar and structure of the English language as they work to improve written and oral communication skills. They will expand their vocabulary as they study words using Latin and Greek roots; this will help them to unlock the meanings of other words they may encounter. Seventh graders will continue to develop their use of the skills defined in the Six Traits of Writing as they compose nonfiction pieces. After a computer lab unit where they learn how to evaluate web sites for reliability, all students will research and write a five-paragraph persuasive essay. During second semester, students will write and deliver their Woodmen speeches and create their own magazines.
The first semester of Religion will include the study of Jesus and the New Testament as well as Mary, the Rosary and Mysteries. During the second semester, we will focus on pro-life teachings of the Church, especially the development of the unborn child. Preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and understanding the importance of service will also occur in the second semester. We will strive to help students understand their faith more deeply and the power of prayer to Jesus and the Holy Spirit in their lives.
At the beginning of the school year, we will review the geography skills related to maps. From there, we will move into our study of the world. As we cover each area, students will develop and improve skills in historical research, geographical, and historical analysis. They will be introduced to Gross Domestic Product and Consumer Price Index. Students will also continue to develop skills in discussion, debate, and persuasive writing as they analyze historical situations and events.
This year in Science, we will have units covering life science, physical science, earth and space, and some chemistry. In life science, we will cover the basics of biology including cells, genetics, and human anatomy. Physical science and chemistry will cover items such as matter, chemical reactions, and forces. Earth and space will include geologic time, weather and climate, and human impact on the world.
In Math this year our focus will be on pre-algebra including fractions, decimals and percents. We will complete the year with the Archdiocesan Math assessment and some geometry. Students will have daily assignments and two to three quizzes each week. They will also keep a notebook filled with examples that will be a valuable resource for them in the future. Students will be encouraged to use this notebook and the textbook to complete assignments.
The grading scale for 7th grade is as follows:
A+ = 99, 100
A = 95-98
A- = 93, 94
B+ = 91, 92
B = 89, 90
B- = 87, 88
C+ = 85, 86
C = 79 – 84
C- = 77, 78
D+ = 75, 76
D = 74, 73, 72
D- = 71, 70
F = 69 and below
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Students are required to write their assignments down in their assignment notebook. The Homework Blog is available as a back up nightly.
The Archdiocese of Omaha schedules standardized testing in the fall of the year. Grades 3-8 will administer the tests any time between September 27 through October 7. Please try to make sure your child has a good night of sleep and a good breakfast and try not to have appointments during the morning.
Seventh grade attends Mass every week on Thursday. You are welcome to attend. Please check the monthly calendar for dates. All of the 7th grade students will participate in Reconciliation once a year.
We use a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) approach to discipline. Students carry around a card that can be marked for undesirable behaviors that do not follow the ideas of Ready to learn, Offer respect, Achieve a safe environment, and Responsibility for self or others. Students earn positive marks for meeting or exceeding school expectations.
Students may bring a treat to school for their classmates to enjoy on or close to their birthday. Please make sure the treats are peanut and tree nut free. Please provide napkins or necessary utensils for the treat to make it quick and easy to serve at school. Students are not allowed to pass out invitations in school.