Middle School Program of Studies

The Middle School curriculum is determined by the New York State Education Department.  The school also has the option to enhance and supplement the curriculum as long as it follows the grade-level guidelines from the State.

The following course offerings are categorized by grade. Where appropriate, grade-level descriptions are combined. Not all courses are offered at every grade level.

Sixth Grade Core subjects are:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Seventh Grade Core subjects are:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Computer Education
  • Music

Eighth Grade Core subjects are:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Health
  • Family and Consumer Sciences

Encore subjects

All other subjects are called Encore subjects. They include:

  • 6th Grade Art
  • Music
  • Library

Curriculum Information

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Middle School course, Home and Career Skills, is a required 30 week program: 20 weeks in Grade 7 and 10 weeks in Grade 8.

Grade 7

  • Exploring self-image and improving self-confidence
  • Dealing with bullying and other forms of harassment.
  • Following directions and using resource management skills to create a sewing machine project
  • Evaluating their own eating patterns and understanding the relationships among diet, health, and physical activity
  • Understanding the elements of good nutrition to prepare a variety of nutritious foods
  • Developing an awareness of food related diseases and eating disorders that impact our health and wellness
  • Applying the principles of food safety and sanitation

Grade 8

  • Research a successful entrepreneur, determine factors that lead to business success, and complete a business project
  • Identify personal interests and research careers for future career planning using the Internet. Complete a career portfolio and create a career PowerPoint presentation
  • Demonstrate the rules for filling out a job application and effective interviewing skills
  • Identify techniques that will help you spend your money wisely and develop an operative budget
  • Maintain a checkbook by writing checks, using deposit slips and balancing the check register

Health

Grade 6

The course consists of a ten-week program that emphasizes developing healthy life styles, appropriate decision making, and developing self-esteem. Timely topics include family life education, AIDS education, sexual abuse and harassment prevention, and acceptance of individual differences. During 6th Grade Open House in the fall, parents will have an opportunity to meet the 6th Grade Health teacher and to discuss the curriculum. Materials used in the course are available to parents upon request. Any questions or concerns can be referred to the Middle School Nurse’s Office.

Grade 7

This 10-week course is designed to assist middle school students deals with healthy relationships, cultural diversity, grief/loss, and conflict resolution to assist students to make healthy decisions now and in the future.

Grade 8

In this day and age of AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, anorexia/bulimia, family conflicts, teen suicide, teen pregnancy, violence and much more, health education has to be considered a premiere course of study. The emphasis in this 20-week course will be thinking about the importance of their health decisions with an eye to the future.

The course is divided into the following six sections (units):

  • Mental Health (Emotions, Mental Health, Communication)
  • Chemical Dependency (Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco)
  • Diseases (AIDS, Heart Disease, Cancer)
  • Nutrition (Fad Diets, Anorexia/ Bulimia)
  • Family Living (Male/Female Anatomy, Fetal Development, Birth, Family Planning, Relationships)
  • Safety/First Aid (Abduction Prevention Education).

In addition, all 8th grade students participate in our peer education programs with high school students teaching about HIV/AIDS, first aid and CPR.

D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a 10-lesson program component of the 8th grade health curriculum and is taught in cooperation with the Woodbury and Monroe Police Departments. Some information provided will be of immediate use to students and other information will be needed to assist students in making wise choices in the future.

Languages other than English (LOTE)

Monroe-Woodbury Middle School offers all students an opportunity to study French, Italian, or Spanish beginning in Grade 7.  The study of foreign languages deals with both linguistic and cultural objectives.  The linguistic objectives include the development of competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The cultural objectives and topics include the recognition of the universality of human experiences and the knowledge of people who speak foreign languages in terms of: 1) their significant geographical/political and cultural features; 2) their heritage;  3) their unique contribution to western civilization;  and 4) an understanding of language  as a manifestation of culture.

All New York State students are required to earn one (1) High School credit of a Language Other than English (LOTE) in order to graduate.  Middle School students earn this credit by studying a language for 2 years and successfully passing the N.Y.S. Proficiency Exam, which is given to 8th graders in June.

Grade 7

French, Italian, Spanish
The students will be given an opportunity to study French, Italian,  or Spanish at the entry level in Grade 7.  Essentially, these courses will present hands-on, project oriented themes in highly motivational topics in French, Italian, and Spanish as recommended by the New York State Syllabus.

Grade 8

French I, Italian I, Spanish I
These Regents level courses offer students the opportunity to begin studying the target language in-depth.  Listening, speaking, and writing skills will be emphasized and evaluated.  One high school Regents credit will be given upon successful completion of these courses.  Students must take and pass a locally created final assessment based on Checkpoint A of the New York State Syllabus for LOTE at the conclusion of these courses in order to earn this H.S. credit.

Physical Education

Physical Education enhances the development of students so that they may reach their fullest potential as human beings.  When properly guided and developed, Physical Education becomes purposeful and a vital part of a student’s total education.  It aids in the realization of those objectives concerned with physical fitness, movement, motor skills, knowledge of human health, development of favorable self-image, creative expression, and knowledge. Adaptive Physical Education is provided for students who require alternative options.

Grade 6-8

Archery
Basketball
Cross Country
European Handball
Fitness Training
Floor Hockey
Flag Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Pickle Ball
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track & Field
Traversing
Volleyball
Weight Training
Wiffle Ball
Wrestling
Track & Field
Traversing
Volleyball
Weight Training
Wiffle Ball
Wrestling

The student will develop:

  • an awareness of the value of physical activity to maintain fitness throughout their lifetime.
  • an awareness of the importance of positive health practices.
  • an intermediate level of skill and acquire a working knowledge of various strategies used in sports through various team activities.
  • a sense of responsibility and creativity through independent group work and peer instruction.
  • an increased awareness of efficient body movement by participating in specified units of instruction.
  • an appreciation of the role of physical activity in promoting, maintaining and improving emotional and physical health.

Technology Education

The technology program is taught to all middle school students in two twenty-week courses.  The first twenty weeks in the 7th grade and the next twenty in the 8th grade.  Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.  Utilizing the integration of math, science, and technology concepts, students in small groups will cooperatively research, solve, present, and evaluate their solutions to real life problems.

Grade 7

Technology in the seventh grade is the introduction to the N.Y. State-mandated technology education requirement.  It provides students with an understanding of the origins and evolution of technology, how it impacts our lives, and how inclusive it is in our home, our workplace, and in all subjects taught in school.  It delivers a hands-on approach to learning by designing, creating, and problem-solving with tools and materials that are necessary for living in today’s world. Topics will include:

  • History, Evolution and Impacts of Technology
  • Technological Resources
  • Communications Technology
  • Introduction to Design, Engineering and Problem-Solving
  • Tool, Machine, and Resource Application

Grade 8

Technology in the eighth grade prepares students to function in the technologically advanced society in which we live.  This course encourages students to discover and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to be technologically literate in today’s world.  Students engage in various projects, which challenge their creative and analytical skills in the many technological fields.  This course will cover the complexities of systems and the steps of the design process with topics including:

  • Tools, Resources, and Technological Process
  • Computer Technology
  • Technological Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Engineering Design