ACADEMICS
Seventh Grade

ENGLISH 7 – LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION

Students work intensively in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Solid foundations in grammar, word usage, mechanics, spelling rules, and vocabulary development prepare students for effective written and spoken communication. Seventh grade grammar emphasizes sentence structure in order to create more sophisticated writing. Students participate in speeches, oral presentations, debate, poetry reading, literature discussion groups, oral reading and composition sharing. Students read and analyze a variety of print materials to improve organization, voice, word choice and clarity in their own writing. Research, note-taking, outlining, and report writing skills are practiced.

ALGEBRA 1

Algebra 1 builds upon the foundation of concepts learned in the Pre-Algebra course. Following the California Content Standards for Algebra 1, this course strengthens comprehension by incorporating newly learned concepts into familiar problems. Topics covered include calculating surface area and volume, factoring various kinds of algebraic expressions, the rules of positive and negative exponents, how to simplify rational expressions, and how to solve multi-step equations. Students will continue developing their logical and symbolic reasoning by learning to justify their steps in obtaining a solution through algebraic procedure and validating algebraic arguments. Qualified students may be enrolled in higher-level courses.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE 2 – ENERGY & CHEMISTRY

Students study physical science principals of energy transfer, work, projectile motion, chemical processes, the geologic process of seismology in the context of plate tectonics, and atmospheric processes of meteorology. Students will use the scientific method to construct experiments (model catapults, chemical reactions, model structures to test strength against horizontal acceleration) as well as conduct independent research on a variety of scientific topics. Students communicate results through oral and written presentations.

SPANISH 1

This introductory course provides students with a framework for language acquisition and cultural awareness via individual instruction, reading, writing, listening, cooperative learning, drama, music, singing, and art activities. Skills acquired include speaking and listening in Spanish, developing insights into the nature of language and culture, and participating in multilingual activities at home and in other communities. Qualified students may be enrolled in higher-level courses.

AMERICAN STUDIES – THE CORPS OF REDISCOVERY

Beginning with a study of our system of government, student will gain an intimate knowledge of the preamble of the constitution of the United States. We will hold elections, convene judicial proceedings, and experience the wonderful difficulty of democracy. After the final gavel, we will answer Jefferson’s call and join America’s most noble expedition.

Heading west with Lewis, Clark, and the Corps of Discovery, we will make detailed observations of the country, crops, animals, and weather; meet the “Indians” and record their languages, populations, religions, and customs. We will record and illustrate our discoveries on our lap desks. Come late May, when we reach the great western ocean and hold a very special election, Mr. Jefferson will be proud.

LIFE SKILLS SEMINAR

The Life Skills/Health seminar continues from topics covered in sixth grade and addresses the emotional, social, and physical needs of the adolescent at this age.