The seventh grade experience

Seventh grade is an exciting time at SBMS. Rising sixth graders build on experiences from the prior year, and we welcome a number of new seventh graders who have completed their elementary education at other schools. Our seventh grade starts with our passionate teachers who are committed to engaging and supporting the middle school student.

The seventh grade curriculum is grounded in the core disciplines of humanities, math, science, foreign language, life skills and the arts. We provide rigorous classes that are equivalent to what is offered at other junior high schools, but we take learning a step further to engage our students with many special projects, field studies, featured speakers and much more!
 
Middle School is more than just a school. Our students, whether they begin in sixth or seventh grade, learn to demonstrate in the halls and in our classrooms the knowledge and wisdom gained from our expeditions. Whether it is problem solving with your team to make the sturdiest of catapults in Science class, evaluating a Kiva.org applicant's needs and distributing micro loans across the globe in Human Geography class, or lighting the way for your inner voice to meet the page through creative or expository writing English class, our students are always polishing and faceting all sides of their own "diamond!"

Seventh-Grade Curriculum

List of 6 items.

  • Human Geography 7

    Human Geography explores the relationship between culture and environment while helping students to understand the important aspects of physical and political geography. Students will explore regions of the world through a series of case studies focused on a key geography topic or theme (migration, population growth, climate change, etc.). Each unit will include hands-on activities, technology integration, and multiple opportunities to practice critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Throughout the year students will research and present current events, connecting their geography studies to important local, national, and global issues. Students will also research and sponsor Kiva partners across the globe as SBMS continues to be a member
    of KIVA U at kiva.org.
  • English 7

    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. This class emphasizes sentence structure in order to create more sophisticated writing. Students participate in speeches, oral presentations, debate, poetry reading, 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.
  • Math 7

    Students learn about proportional relationships, operations with rational numbers, working with expressions and linear equations, scale drawings, working with two and three dimensional shapes and much more. Students will complete larger problems of the month and challenge design projects. While students are learning skills and concepts, they will continue to develop a deeper sense of mathematical reasoning. Students also develop mathematical practices: to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, and model with mathematics. Math is about numbers, operations and reasoning, but it is also about innovation, creativity and perseverance. It is a tool for understanding and analyzing the world around us.
  • Science 7

    Students learn how to create, run and communicate results for an experiment using the scientific method; develop communication skills through research and speech-writing; know how to design, build and test a model machine; and know how to set up a new experiment using sensors and microprocessors to collect data and compare variables. Instructional strategies include laboratory experiments, such as building catapults, creating circuits, building and using sensors, data collection and interpretation, fossil identification, earthquake analysis and atmospheric processes; conducting research and problem solving techniques; and communicating results through oral and written presentations.
  • Spanish 7

    This high school level course formally launches students at SBMS into developing novice-mid to novice-high skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Just as importantly, foundations are set to become a lifelong language learner and have enduring success in future language courses. In addition, a diverse array of countries and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, at home and abroad, are explored through a variety of interactive projects that include cooking, film production, trip planning, and cultural celebrations.
  • Life Skills 7

    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.

Meet Our Teachers

List of 6 members.

  • Marco Andrade 

    Dean of 7th Grade / Spanish, 6th & 7th Grade / Electives / Trip Food Mgr. / Songfest
    Class of 1984
  • Danielle Bean 

    Physics, 9th Grade / Ocean Science, 6th Grade / 6th & 7th Life Skills
  • Jim Brady 

    Outdoor Education
  • Teresa Jamison 

    English, 7th Grade / Garden
  • Jesse Kasehagen 

    Science, 7th Grade / Dean of Bike Monkeys
    Class of 1990
  • Erin Riley 

    Teacher

7th grade highlights

  • Kiva Project - Micro loans and global economics
  • Ojai Bikes and BOBs Trip - From SB to Ojai and back
  • Authors Alive - English research and dramatic performances
  • Life Skills - Navigating the life of the emerging young adult
  • Catapult Construction Project - Science and power tools
  • ¡La Cena Celebración - Spanish research and dinner party project
  • Career Studies Week - One week job placement in local businesses and non-profits
  • Marin County and San Francisco "Bridges" Journey - 10 day epic trip of a lifetime