St. Mary Catholic Middle School

Courses

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Intensive Courses
Individualized Instruction
Sixth Grade Curriculum
Seventh Grade Curriculum
Eighth Grade Curriculum
Music
World Languages and Literacy

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 language arts, math and science. Students may take one or all three, 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. 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

The sixth grade curriculum includes:
Art
Band, Chorus or General Music
Computer Education
Health
Jazz Band or Show Choir (optional)
Math (regular or intensive)
Physical Education
Reading/Language Arts (regular or intensive)
Religion-Old Testament
Science (regular or intensive)
Social Studies
German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish 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

The seventh grade curriculum includes:
Art
Band, Chorus or General Music
Computer Education
Health
Jazz Band or Show Choir (optional)
Math (regular or intensive)
Reading/Language Arts (regular or intensive)
Religion-New Testament
Science (regular or intensive)
Social Studies
German, Mandarin Chinese, 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

The eighth grade curriculum includes:
Art
Band, Chorus or General Music
Computer Education
Health
Jazz Band or Show Choir (optional)
Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1
Reading/Language Arts (regular or intensive)
Religion-Jesus’ Life and Catholicism Today
Science (regular or intensive)
Social Studies
German, Mandarin Chinese, 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. Students who choose not to study a world language are enrolled in Literacy. We offer German A, Mandarin Chinese A or Spanish A or  for sixth grade students, and German A or B, Mandarin Chinese A or B, or Spanish A or B for seventh and eighth grade students.  Students who complete both A & B courses in world language, as 8th graders may also be able to take a world language level 1 course offered at SMCHS for high school credit. Students who  do not want to receive a high school credit may take an eighth grade world language class without earning high school credit. All world language courses at SMCMS are offered every other day.

Students who do not take a world language in sixth, seventh or eighth grade will take a literacy class.  Many students who do not take a world language need help with reading informational text, study skills, 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.