Hitting your stride
Seventh grade brings opportunities for scholars to engage in deeper learning, hone strategic and critical thinking skills, and participate in both required and choice elective courses. Elective courses for seventh graders are designed to help students experience different subjects so they can identify interests for further study in eighth grade and in high school, with some courses even eligible for high school credit. Just like their sixth and eighth grade peers, seventh grade scholars benefit from interdisciplinary learning teams, a daily advisory period, and strong peer and teacher support.
Middle school students are assigned to interdisciplinary teams, where students have two to six teacher advocates who specifically focus on the individual academic and social/emotional needs of each learner. Being part of a team helps students feel more connected to their peers and teachers, and provides scholars with a greater sense of identity, belonging and support.
Note: During the 2020-2021 school year, evolving virus activity means students will be moving in and out of three available learning models over the course of the year. Therefore, middle school interdisciplinary teams will not be implemented this school year.
Advisory is similar to a homeroom where a peer group meets daily with a teacher. Advisory time provides a structured curriculum, including college/career planning, social/emotional learning, and academic oversight. It also provides time for academic support and enrichment. Daily advisory:
- Provides students with a stronger sense of belonging within the team and at school;
- Allows for more personalized attention from teachers, with more focused attention to academic, social and emotional needs; and
- Offers opportunities to talk in a safe environment about topics relevant to young adolescents.
All grade 6-8 students receive a district-issued Chromebook for educational use. Learners use their device to do schoolwork both at home and at school. Mobile devices also allow students to experience a flipped classroom, which involves viewing (during non-classroom hours) a video of their teacher providing instruction and then using class time to dig deeper into that topic, ask questions, or do group work on a project.
Students also use Schoology, a learning management system that supports online learning, communication, and collaboration among teachers, students, and families.