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  • English

    The seventh-grade English program integrates the study of literature, writing, and grammar to teach students to communicate effectively. Students learn to appreciate a variety of literary genres and writing styles, including short stories, memoir, poetry, and drama. Throughout the course, students develop their skills in writing to become fluent and confident authors with a clear, concise, and vivid writing style. Writing samples in student portfolios include paragraphs, narratives, poetry, short stories, and expository essays. Basic grammar and spelling skills are reviewed and reinforced, while vocabulary skills are enhanced with a program emphasizing Greek and Latin roots. The course also includes creative writing, required outside reading, and oral presentations.
  • Fine Arts

    Band

    The purpose of the Middle School band program is to engage all students of varying performance levels in a performance group best suited for their needs. Seventh- and eighth-grade students participate in an advanced performing group. Students learn advanced performance techniques and music theory.

    Chorus

    The primary purpose of the choral program is to actively engage students in the study and performance of choral music. Students will study various composers and styles of music. Students develop their ability to read, comprehend, and articulate abstract concepts within the choral music studied. Students will learn the skills that will enable them to be versatile, competent, and confident in performing a wide spectrum of vocal music.

    Dance

    Seventh- and eighth-grade students broaden their horizons as they learn basic dance concepts and techniques through a multi-disciplinary dance program. The curriculum allows students to increase flexibility, build muscular strength, and explore several different genres of dance. In addition, students are introduced to the fundamental techniques in various genres and the basics of stage presence and performing. Students explore the health benefits of dance and explore ways to use dance as a fitness tool. They also have the opportunity to explore their own creativity through improvisation and group choreography. The overall course is designed to give students an overall appreciation of the art of dance. This year-long arts elective provides multiple performance opportunities throughout the year and culminates with a departmental showcase in the spring.

    Theater


    The Cannon Middle School theater program is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of theatrical performance. In this course, students will study a variety of theatrical styles and will have a number of performance opportunities. Students will focus on the utilization of improvisational exercises in order to develop the skills necessary for confident performances. The theater curriculum stresses teamwork as the group works together to prepare for a variety of in-class performances as well as a production for a fall Middle School assembly and a larger staged production in the spring, which is open to the public.

    Visual Art

    The Middle School art program builds the foundation for self-expression and art appreciation through the use and understanding of the elements and principles of art and design. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of art mediums in the context of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.
  • History

    The seventh-grade program is Geography Alive!, which incorporates many of the approaches used in History Alive! programs. The innovative, hands-on lessons challenge students to use the tools of geography to view, analyze, and understand the world around them while building on their content area reading skills. Using a case study approach, the course allows students to study geographic issues in greater depth through interactive class room activity.
  • Math

    Seventh-Grade Algebra

    This course is an accelerated program that challenges a select group of seventh- grade students to expand on the knowledge gained in Pre-Algebra. Relevant topics include linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, graphing linear equations, radicals, quadratics, and an introduction to trigonometry. A cornerstone of this class is that students continue to be strategic in their thinking through analyzing problems at the conceptual level. The content continuously applies and connects algebra principles with other areas of mathematics, other disciplines, and real-world applications, giving students a better understanding of how algebra is relevant to their future lives and careers. Multiple approaches to creative problem solving are valued and reinforced through communication and collaboration. iPads, graphing calculators, project-based learning, and mathematics competitions are used for enrichment.

    Seventh-Grade Pre-Algebra

    This course enables students to make connections between concrete experiences and abstract ideas within areas of mathematics. This pre-algebra program exposes students to expressions, equations, inequalities, integers, geometry, probability, and statistics as a foundation for Algebra I. Problem-solving is strongly emphasized as students learn to value mathematics in the world around them. Students learn to establish sequences of actions they can recall and apply to understanding concepts. Critical thinking and creative thinking are reinforced. The critical aspect of thinking is the focus in teaching students to analyze problems and to break problems down into specific components. iPads, graphing calculators, project-based learning, and mathematics competitions are used for enrichment.
  • Physical Education

    Health Education

    In grades five through eight, age-appropriate texts and resources are used to teach mental, physical, and social skills necessary to maintaining one's health. Units taught include human growth and development, evaluating health-related information, products and services, decision-making, family living, nutrition, safety and basic first aid, and environmental health.

    Physical Education

    The Middle School physical education program stresses physical fitness and a variety of athletic experiences. The program includes an Olympic competition and training and testing for the President's Physical Fitness Test. Also included are units on soccer, flag football, volleyball, tennis, aerobics, cardiovascular fitness and conditioning, basketball, softball, baseball, lacrosse, snow-skiing, rock climbing, and ice skating. Participation is mandatory. However, students develop skills for performance at their individual levels.
  • Science

    Seventh-grade science students will observe the world around them and apply what they see to each chapter and unit that they learn throughout the year. They will be faced with questions about how the elements of the Periodic Chart and chemistry relate to the nature observed in the outdoor classroom. They will experiment with light and the electromagnetic spectrum, making connections between light is and how it impacts life on Earth. They will then take this knowledge to build their learning beyond our planet to the solar system and universe. Finally, students will study the inward workings of the human body and manipulate other animals and their anatomy during a unit on the animal kingdom and dissections. The purpose and take-away from this year in science is to see how science is not just many disciplines that are unique from each other, but a study of how everything works together, builds upon each other, and is only whole with each of these sections the students will experience.
  • World Language

    Over the course of the seventh and eighth grades, students complete Spanish I, French I, or Mandarin I language courses that continue to meet daily and are conducted primarily in the target language. At the seventh- and eighth-grade levels, students deepen and further develop strong reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension skills.

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