St. Mary Catholic Middle School

Courses

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Intensive Courses
Individualized Instruction
Sixth Grade Curriculum
Seventh Grade Curriculum
Eighth Grade Curriculum
Band

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 both science and language arts — language arts and science 6, 7, 8 or intensive language arts and intensive science 6, 7, 8. Students may take one or both, depending on individual interests and motivation. Intensive language arts and science classes offer students who have demonstrated mastery of current grade level math, language arts, and reading an opportunity to challenge themselves with more difficult material.

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

The sixth grade curriculum includes:
Art
Band/General Music
Choir/Show Choir
Computer Education
Health
Math (regular and intensive)
Physical Education
Reading/Language Arts (regular and intensive)
Religion
Science
Social Studies

Every sixth grade student participates in an exploratory world languages series that involves taking one quarter each of Spanish, German and Chinese. This program is offered to give students a glimpse into other cultures and languages and helps them to decide which, if any, they would like to study in seventh and/or eighth grade.

Sixth grade students may also participate in choir, show choir and/or 6th grade band and jazz band. (See below for more information about band).  General music is taken by those not interested in these electives.  

Seventh Grade Curriculum

The seventh grade curriculum includes:
Art
Band/General Music
Choir/Show Choir
Computer Education
Health
Literacy
Math (regular and intensive)
Reading/Language Arts (regular and intensive)
Religion
Science
Social Studies

Seventh grade students may also participate in choir, show choir and/or concert band and jazz band. (See below for more information about band). Those not enrolled in a vocal or instrumental class take general music.

Seventh 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.

Eighth Grade Curriculum

The eighth grade curriculum includes:
Art
Band/General Music
Choir/Show Choir
Computer Education
Health
Literacy
Math (regular or intensive)
Reading/Language Arts (regular or intensive)
Religion
Science
Social Studies

Eighth grade students may also participate in choir, show choir and/or concert band and jazz band. (See below for more information about band). Those not enrolled in a vocal or instrumental class take general music.

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.

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.