St. Mary Catholic Middle School

St. Mary Catholic Middle School Courses

Firmly rooted in faith and proven education practices, yet flexible enough to successfully incorporate innovative technology and ideas, SMCMS has been and will continue to be a leader in excellence among Catholic schools in the Fox River Valley. The curriculum is challenging, hands-on, and exploratory, and our caring and dedicated faculty and staff work for and with students and their families to meet each student’s educational needs. Individualized attention ensures that each student, whether high-performing or struggling, is able to reach his or her full potential. SMCMS has teaching and learning teams, so that the curriculum is shared and reinforced by all teachers across the grade levels.

Intensive Courses

In order to help students reach their highest potential, intensive classes are offered at all three grade levels in math and science. Students may take one or both, depending on individual interests and motivation. Intensive math and science classes offer students who have demonstrated mastery of current grade level math, and science an opportunity to challenge themselves with more difficult material. Leveled math courses allow students to progress at an appropriate pace for their level of mastery. Read more about academic placement in courses at SMCMS.

Individualized Instruction

Coursework is differentiated in all classes so that all students are appropriately challenged. All students take music, art, health, physical education and computer classes all year long.  SMCMS runs a traditional schedule which is consistent with our high school. An extension of our differentiated learning, this will allow our middle school students who meet certain requirements to attend selected high school level courses.

Sixth Grade Curriculum

Religion-Old Testament                                         Art
Mathematics 6 or Intensive Math                        Computer
Science or Intensive Science                                 Physical Education
Social Studies                                                           Health
Reading/Language Arts                                         Band or Chorus or General Music **
German/Mandarin Chinese/Spanish                 Show Choir or Jazz Band (optional) or Literacy

Sixth grade students may also participate in band, chorus, jazz band and show choir.  (See below for more information about band).  General music is taken by those not interested in these electives.  

Seventh Grade Curriculum

Religion-New Testament                                         Art
Mathematics 7 or Pre-Algebra                               Computer (PLTW Computer Science)
Science or Intensive Science                                  Physical Education
Social Studies                                                            Health
Reading/Language Arts                                          Band or Chorus or General Music **
German or Mandarin Chinese                               Show Choir or Jazz Band (optional) or Spanish or Literacy

Seventh grade students may also participate in band, chorus, jazz band and show choir.  (See below for more information about band). General music is taken by those not interested in these electives.

Seventh grade students may choose Mandarin Chinese, German or Spanish. Students who successfully complete a world language in both seventh and eighth grade may enter the second year of language instruction if they attend St. Mary Catholic High School.

Those not enrolled in a world language take a literacy course, which focuses on reading informational text and developing skills in studying, writing and researching. The literacy class helps students better understand reading material that is assigned, and the goal is mastery of all grade-level benchmarks related to literacy.

Eighth Grade Curriculum

Religion-Jesus’ Life and Catholicism Today             Art
Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1                                              Computer (PLTW Computer Science)
Science or Intensive Science                                       Physical Education
Social Studies                                                                 Health
Reading/Language Arts                                               Band or Chorus or General Music **
German or Mandarin Chinese                                   Show Choir or Jazz Band (optional) or Spanish or Literacy

 

Eighth grade students may also participate in band, chorus, jazz band and show choir.  (See below for more information about band). General music is taken by those not interested in these electives.

Eighth grade students may choose Chinese, German or Spanish. Students who successfully complete a world language in both seventh and eighth grade may enter the second year of language instruction if they attend St. Mary Catholic High School.

Those not enrolled in a world language take a literacy course, which focuses on reading informational text and developing skills in studying, writing and researching. The literacy class helps students better understand reading material that is assigned, and the goal is mastery of all grade-level benchmarks related to literacy.

Music

Students may choose to take band, jazz band, choir, show choir, or a combination.  However, students must be in band to take jazz band, and may not just take show choir.  Band and jazz band are offered at different times, as are choir and show choir.  A student could choose to take band and show choir, band and jazz band, choir and show choir or general music and show choir.  However, students must choose between one of the three music classes: band, choir, or general music.  If they would like to add jazz band or show choir also, they may do so.

Band/Jazz Band  

Band students must provide their own instruments and a fee is charged for band participation. The fee includes a private or small group lesson on a weekly basis. Band students must purchase a white Lands’ End SMCMS-logo polo to wear with black pants, shoes and socks as the band uniform. Click here to access the Lands’ End site.

Choir/Show Choir

A fee is required for participation in choir or show choir. Black shoes, black pants and black socks are required for performances. Students must purchase a music shirt that will be used all three years. Requirements for that shirt will appear where when they have been determined. Concert dress is provided for the swing choir.

World Languages and Literacy

SMCMS offers three world languages classes: German, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Sixth grade students will be able to experience all three languages. These classes will be every other day and taught on a trimester basis rotating between all three languages.  There will be some homework and assessments in these classes and students will start to learn the basics of all three languages.  Students will experience/learn the alphabet, entry level words, and verb forms in order to make an informed decision when they choose a language in seventh grade.

Students who do not take a world language in sixth, seventh and eighth grade will take a literacy class.  Many students who do not take a world language need help with reading informational text, study skills, organization, writing skills, and research skills. The literacy class will help them better understand reading material that is assigned in their science and social studies classes.  The literacy class may also help prepare them to study a world language later in their academic career.

In eighth grade, many students will have an opportunity to take a level I World Language class and receive a high school credit!  If students wish not to take a level I class, we still offer eighth grade World Language classes.  Students who complete eighth grade World Language classes, may be able to test into level II as a freshmen.