Students in middle school apply fundamental movement patterns, locomotor and non-locomotor skills to game play settings. They participate in testing for the components of fitness. Focus is on refinement of fundamental sports skills and awareness of lifetime activities. Health topics in middle school include personal hygiene, community safety and first aid, nutrition, personal and mental wellness, stress management, drug education and disease prevention and control.
Rhythm, music history and small group performances are explored. At all levels, singing is emphasized through class practice.
Using their art history and theory knowledge (they will be familiar with 360 pieces of famous art upon graduation), student’s then dive into the creative process, creating unique and original works of art. Many mediums are revisited and explored, from tempera, acrylic and watercolor paints to oil and chalk pastels. Clay, sculptures and paper mache delve into the 3D arena. Since we value “process” over “product”, success is achieved by all!!!!
Technology Integration at St. John’s allows us to research electronically, travel virtually, and explore globally in our classroom and the Lab. Our software and online programs enable us to create and present cross-curricular multimedia projects that enhance the curriculum.
St. John’s has a computer lab that presently houses twenty-seven Windows 10 computers with headphones in a stadium seating design, along with a SMARTBoard and lab monitoring software. The Lab is available to all teachers and their classes. All classrooms are equipped with a Promethean board and student computers.
St. John’s utilizes a 1:1 Google Chromebook program in grades fifth through eighth. We have two mobile carts of Chromebooks that are available for third and fourth grade classroom use. Plus, we have 36 Kindle Fire (Kids Edition) which are shared with Pre-K through second grades.
Students are introduced to basic computer usage, word processing, keyboarding, presentations, spreadsheets, use of graphics, and programming. The use of Chromebooks and Google Drive help students and teachers create digital projects that can be shared in print or electronically. Podcasts and multimedia presentations are created to share research or for digital storytelling.
St. John’s utilizes Google Apps for Education and Hapara Teacher Dashboard. Google Apps for Education allows for a greater collaboration by fostering students as they share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, and folders, as well as remotely give and receive feedback from teachers and peers. Hapara Teacher Dashboard allows teachers to maximize classroom management and security by giving them control and monitoring capabilities for all student devices in the room.
Most textbooks will be web-based, making backpacks much lighter to carry.
In addition, fifth through eighth grade students have an opportunity to experience broadcast journalism through the production of a morning announcement program. Using an IP broadcasting application, students report upcoming school events, lunch, weather, birthdays and noteworthy news to the entire building.