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Welcome to Junior High – 6th, 7th & 8th GRADE

Teachers:

Mr. Eric Schultz – eric.schultz@orlctosa.org (6th/7th Homeroom)

Mrs. Faith Soderbeck – faith.soderbeck@orlctosa.org (8th Homeroom)

Mr. David Williamson – david.williamson@orlctosa.org (6th/7th Homeroom)

Mrs. Alicia Bietz – alicia.bietz@orlctosa.org (6th/7th Homeroom)

 

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Religion / Memory

Confirmation instruction at ORLS begins in Junior High.  Students will need an ESV Bible and a copy of Luther’s Small Catechism. These may be obtained through the school office.

Math

7th
7th grade mathematics involves a real change for students as they move from `arithmetic’ into higher level mathematical concepts like algebra and geometry. The students are separated into math groups, according to ability.  The plan is for the accelerated group will then be ready for algebra as 8th graders, while the regular class will be able to move at a pace appropriate to the class’s ability.  Those who are struggling in mathematics will have the opportunity to improve their skills in the Transitional Math class, which uses computer-based instruction to analyze and remediate skill area weaknesses.  The advanced and regular classes use texts from McDougal-Littel.

8th
8th Grade students are placed according to academic ability into one of 3 levels of instruction.  A pre-algebra course is offered for students needing additional help in basic math skills before high school.  Advanced 8th graders receive a full year of instruction in algebra and are encouraged to test for advanced placement in High School. Those who are struggling in mathematics will have the opportunity to improve their skills in the Transitional Math class, which uses computer-based instruction to analyze and remediate skill area weaknesses.  Algebra and pre-algebra classes use texts from McDougal-Littel.

Spanish

7th
Spanish instruction is supported by Exprésate by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Basic concepts are reviewed and enhanced by the use of basic sentence structure, regular and irregular verbs, and conversational practice.  Cultural study of Spanish-speaking people is also presented.  Based on performance, students will be placed in either regular or advanced Spanish upon entering high school.

8th
Spanish instruction is supported by Spanish for Mastery I. Basic concepts are reviewed and enhanced by the use of basic sentence structure, regular and irregular verbs, and conversational practice.  Cultural study of Spanish-speaking people is also presented.  Based on performance, students will be placed in either regular or advanced Spanish upon entering high school.

Language Arts

7th & 8th
Instruction in this area centers on reading, writing, speaking, listening, and non-verbal communication. Under each heading below appears a list of the topics addressed at this age level.
Reading: trade books, book reports, short stories, grammar, and literature terms
Writing: focused around the Six Traits Writing Approach, grammar, and a research paper done in conjunction with History Class
Speaking: speeches, oral presentations, group discussions and work, and correct grammar usage
Listening: study skills and note taking, organizational skills, book tapes
Non-verbal: being aware of actions and reactions, manners, and communicating with actions

Spelling will take place in the context of Language Arts classes. Spelling lists will be generated from student usage across the curriculum. Periodic tests will be administered based on these lists. Grades for spelling will be based on a compilation of test grades and mechanics grades from written work.

Social Studies

7th – World Geography
Geography is the focus of the 7th grade social studies curriculum. Students will study the physical and cultural geography of Europe, Asia, and Africa using World Geography from Glencoe Co.  Numerous audio-visual experiences enhance meaning as students gain perspective of God’s creation.

8th – American History
American History is the focus of Eighth Grade. US History is surveyed from the Revolution to the present with an emphasis on the Constitution and major wars.  The highlight of the year is a simulation of the Civil War.

Science

7th & 8th
A unit approach based on topic texts by Prentice-Hall is used at this level.  Science instruction features topics based on physical, earth and life sciences and includes “hands-on” activities.  Daily participation, completion of assignments, labs, quizzes, and tests will constitute the total course grade.

Field Trips

7th grade students take several trips to Milwaukee Lutheran for plays and events. Also, a visit to a First Stage Milwaukee production is planned.   In the spring, we use our GPS receivers to do a treasure hunt of historical sites in downtown Milwaukee.

8th grade students take a number of trips to our high school – Milwaukee Lutheran – to learn more about high school in general and to participate in special events offered by Milwaukee Lutheran.  Students will attend a play based on one of their Language Arts selections.  The highlight of the year is the Chicago Trip at the end of May