Next Generation Science

Students will:

  • develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
  • measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that the total weight of matter is conserved.
  • make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
  • support an argument that the apparent brightness of the sun and stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth.
  • represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
  • use models to describe that energy in animals’ food was once energy from the sun.
  • develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.
  • develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
  • define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
  • plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Mathematics

Students will:

  • learn the order of operations and algebraic thinking
  • understand numbers and operations in base ten
  • gain knowledge in number and operations pertaining to fractions
  • use measurement’s and data for conversion when solving equations
  • have an introduction to basic geometry to solve real-world  and mathematical problems

Language Arts

Students will:

  • read from a range of high-quality, increasingly challenging fiction and nonfiction from diverse cultures and time periods
  • build knowledge about subjects through research projects
  • write stories or essays that are several paragraphs long
  • produce written pieces over short and extended timeframes
  • use conventions of grammar, usage, and punctuation correctly

Social Studies

Students will:

  • study the development of the nation up to 1850, with an empha­sis on the people who were already here, when and from where others arrived, and why they came.
  • learn about the colonial government founded on Judeo-Christian principles, the ideals of the Enlightenment, and the English traditions of self-government
  • recognize that our nation has a Constitution that derives its power from the people, that has gone through a revolution, that once sanctioned sla­very, that experienced conflict over land with the original inhabitants, and that experi­enced a westward movement which took its people across the continent
  • study the cause, course, and consequences of the early explorations through the War for Indepen­dence and western expansion
  • understand of how the principles of the American republic form the basis of a pluralistic society in which individual rights are secured.

Religion            

Students will:

  • understand how the traditions, rituals, and history of the church impact individuals and today’s society
  • know how the teachings of social justice and morality, and how the act of serving others affects the quality of life for individuals and the community
  • understand how the Christian faith nurtures spirituality, encourages respect for the life and dignity of the human person, and appreciates the religious traditions and cultures of others based on the belief that we are all children of God.

Fine Arts

Students will:

  • have art integrated throughout the curriculum.
  • participate in a formal classroom music program twice each week.
  • have the opportunity to join the school choir and sing at liturgical celebrations.
  • have the opportunity to join the school choir and/or Dancers Divine and sing or participate in liturgical celebrations.
  • perform at the Christmas Program and Spring Concert for the school community.
  • have the opportunity to perform in the school’s annual drama production.