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Applewild School Admission Highlights & Curriculum Guide 2010-2011

120 Prospect Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420 • (978) 342-6053 x110 • Fax (978) 345-5059 website: www.applewild.org • E-Mail: admissions@applewild.org


Applewild School Curriculum Guide 2010-2011 As you consider school options, the curriculum a school adopts reveals a great deal about its priorities. You will discover that Applewild’s is in alignment with our determination to provide both a strong foundation in the basics and to enhance that with what we consider to be essential offerings that broaden and deepen students’ understanding of the world and capacity to make connections and continue their development as learners. The attached guide, therefore, provides you with a brief overview. Many considerations play into a family’s choice: atmosphere; partnership among student, parents and school; quality of faculty; and range of offerings are all strengths of Applewild. In addition, our impressive track record of preparing our students for success in secondary school, and our carefully crafted curriculum are important factors in decision making. At the same time, please understand that our curriculum is not set in stone. Our faculty is encouraged to use it as a clear, coherent guide that each year may alter based on individual faculty or student talents, interests, strengths, and weaknesses. In that sense it is organic and honors our teachers’ creative ability and knowledge of their students. Every year we also take a careful look at our curriculum in one or two specific disciplines. We do this on a five year cycle so that each discipline receives a thorough K – 8 review every five years. This assures that our curriculum remains challenging and current, that gaps and overlaps in content and skills have not crept into the sequence, and that each discipline is up-to-date in terms of standards and current pedagogy. As intentional as we are about reviewing our curriculum regularly, we are not prone to fads. Most of our teachers have years of valuable experience, and they are current about innovations. They incorporate the best of both to assure our students leave Applewild well prepared for the next step and excited about learning.

Christopher B. Williamson Head of School

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ADMISSION PROCEDURES PARENT VISIT

ADMISSION DECISIONS

We encourage parents to visit the school first before arranging a visit for their child. Please call the Admission Office to schedule a meeting and a campus tour with our Director of Admission. During your visit you will learn more about Applewild as we in turn are excited to learn more about your child.

The Admission Committee endeavors to enroll students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement, a positive attitude toward schooling, and whose parents seek a well-rounded, rigorous liberal arts education for their child. We look for candidates who will benefit from the school’s educational programs and who will contribute positively to the school community. The number of openings for a given grade is determined by the re-enrollment of present Applewild students. Completed applications for admission are due to the Admission Office on February 1. Admission decisions, during the regular enrollment process, will be mailed on March 10. If spaces remain available, candidates may continue to apply after March 10. All applicants after March 10 will be notified of admission decisions on an individual, rolling basis.

APPLICATION AND FEE Please complete the application and return it with a nonrefundable $50 fee to the Admission Office as soon as possible. Please call the Admission Office if you have any further questions. RECOMMENDATIONS AND SCHOOL RECORDS Upon receipt of your application, you will receive a packet containing an academic records release card and teacher recommendation forms to be distributed at your child’s current school. This information will be placed in your child’s admission folder and will be used to inform admission decisions.

FINANCIAL AID The school’s financial aid program allows access to Applewild to students and families who would not be able to otherwise afford an Applewild education. Applewild strives to assist families with clearly demonstrated financial need. Families wishing to apply for financial aid should indicate their interest on the application form. A financial aid packet will be mailed by the first Tuesday in January. These forms should be postmarked to the Admission Office by the first Friday in February.

ADMISSION TESTING The Admission Office will contact applicants for grades K-4 to schedule an admission screening. Screening dates are scheduled for Saturday, January 22; Saturday, February 12; as well as additional dates as needed. Kindergarten candidates are screened both individually by appropriate faculty as well as in small groups. This screening lasts approximately ninety minutes. Candidates for grades 1-3 meet individually with a faculty member for approximately one hour to complete a developmental and academic assessment. Candidates for grades 5-8 should register for and complete the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), offered at Applewild School as well as at other Independent School locations. Please choose the soonest dates possible. (There is a separate fee for this examination payable to Educational Records Bureau. Registration for this test should be completed at least three weeks in advance by contacting the ISEE at www.erbtest.org/pages/ERB_ISEE.html.) A reception will be held for prospective parents in the Marshall Building dining room during each of the screening dates.

Decisions regarding admission and financial aid are made by separate committees. A candidate’s request for financial aid does not affect his/her chances for admission. A family’s financial aid status is confidential. The only people who have access to financial aid documents are the Office of Admission and Financial Aid and the members of the Financial Aid Committee. The school subscribes to the principles and practices of the School and Student Service in Pittsburg, PA for administering its financial aid awards. Financial aid decisions will be mailed with the enrollment contract at the time of acceptance.

STUDENT VISIT

Applewild School, as a longstanding member of the Association on Independent Schools in New England, reaffirms our policy of nondiscriminatory admission of students. We admit qualified students of any race, color, religion affiliation, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation and qualified handicapped students to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. We do not discriminate in violation of any law or statute in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan program, or athletic or other school administered programs.

All candidates entering grades 4-9 are invited to spend a day attending classes with an Applewild student host. While visiting the school, they will have the opportunity to meet the Director of Admission. We will contact you to arrange a day that is convenient for you and your child. Although students applying for grades K-3 are not required to visit classes, we would be happy to arrange a visit for them. 3


SCH OOL OVERVIEW 2010-2011 Enrollment: 203 students Boys .............................................................121 Girls ...............................................................82 Lower School (Grades K-5) ..........................106 Upper School (Grades 6-9).............................97

Facilities: Science Labs .....................................................4 Playing Fields ...................................................3 Computer Labs ................................................2 Centers for Woodworking and Shop ................2 Choral and Instrumental Music Rooms............2 Libraries ...........................................................2 Art Studios .......................................................2 Gymnasiums ....................................................2 Theatres ...........................................................2 Ceramics Studio ...............................................1 Summer Swimming Pool..................................1

Geographic Representation: 34 Towns Massachusetts: Acton, Ashburnham, Ashby, Carlisle, Concord, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Holden, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Orange, Pepperell, Princeton, Shirley, Sterling, Townsend, West Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westminster, Winchendon

Interscholastic Teams Soccer, Field Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse, and Cross-Country

New Hampshire: Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Lyndeborough, Nashua, New Ipswich, Rindge

School Calender 2010-2011: 9/7 Opening Day 10/11 Fall Holiday 11/11 No School – Veterens Day 11/24-11/26 Thanksgiving Holiday 12/20-12/31 Winter Holiday 1/17, 1/18 Martin Luther King Holiday 2/21, 22 No School – Presidents Day 3/14-3/25 Spring Break (Offices Open) 4/18, 19 No School – Patriots Day 5/30 No School – Memorial Day 6/10 8th Commencement 6/15 9th Commencement

Teaching Faculty: 33 BA..................................................................14 Masters Degree...............................................18 Doctoral Degree ..............................................1

Average Class Size: 15 Student Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Campus: Acres ..............................................................26 Buildings..........................................................6

Bus Transportation Available from: MA: Acton, Ayer, Concord, Fitchburg, Groton, Leominster, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend. NH: Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Nashua, and Milford

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APPLEWILD H IG H LIG H TS • Two computer labs in addition to an ample supply of laptop computers in a wireless, networked campus provide strong computing resources to our students. Activboards enhance the technological capabilities in our classrooms.

• We offer a balanced program among academic disciplines, the arts, and athletics. • We promote a family atmosphere that nurtures respect, fairness, responsibility, honesty, compassion, cooperation, and civic-mindedness.

• Our graduates continue on to study at the leading secondary schools of their choice.

• Our faculty includes both a substantial number of Applewild School veterans and an infusion of new members.

• Our alumni continue to excel after graduating and have won prizes at the secondary school level in such areas as French, Latin, science, community service, photography, poetry, music, athletics as well as having played leading roles in a variety of theater productions.

• We have an involved and supportive Parent Association and Board of Trustees. • Beginning in Kindergarten, we introduce a community service program which encourages volunteerism, civic mindedness, and a spirit of giving. Examples of our students' efforts include money raised for UNICEF, Oxfam, and the American Heart Association, as well as participating in local community service activities such as Civic Clean-up days and building local garden spaces, and delivering shoes and soccer cleats to needy communities around the world. Our students in first through third grade also work directly with Head Start, Highlands Adult Day Care, and ARC. To raise money to build wells in Ethiopia and Uganda, fourth and fifth grade students write children’s books through Youthinkwell publishing.

• Many of our students regularly receive honors in the National Latin exam as well as on the Johns Hopkins Achievement Test. • In each of the years between 2007-2010 our Upper School students received first place in many of the categories of competition in Central Massachusetts on National History Day and have competed at the National Level. • Our students have the pleasure of performing in our state of the art, 400 seat Performing Arts Center. • Instrumental music is introduced to all students in the fourth grade and is expanded throughout the fifth through ninth grades through individual and group instruction. In addition, there are many opportunities to participate in a variety of musical ensembles and bands.

• Cross- curricular programs are offered in Kindergarten through grade six. • Foreign language instruction begins in Kindergarten.

• Our Upper School Jazz band won gold medals for three consecutive years in the Central District Jazz Festival hosted by the International Association for Jazz Educators.

• Lab based science programs in grades one through eight provide an active, inquiry approach to science. • In the Upper School, art and furniture-making mentor programs allow students to work on their talents for up to four hours a week in addition to the regular curricular opportunities.

• All students participate in a vital choral program beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through grade eight. • Applewild is proud to have its own arts foundation, The Marshall Fund for the Arts, supporting on-campus events as well as an annual artist in residence program.

• Travel opportunities for Upper School students include trips to England, France, and Spain.

• Our 26 acre campus, abutting hundreds of acres of Audubon conservation land, is our science lab for environmental studies in the upper grades and for nature studies and walks in the lower grades.

• Outstanding student art work is proudly displayed in our lobbies and corridors. Sixth grade students participate in a juried art exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum. • All of our students are active participants in our theater program. Past Upper School plays include: Our Town, Godspell, The Importance of Being Earnest, Free to be You and Me, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Pippin, Alice in Wonderland and The Chocolate War, Don’t Drink the Water.

• Our students participate in intramural sports from grades four through six and interscholastic sports in grades six through eight. Skill and sportsmanship are emphasized. Interscholastic sports offered include soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, and cross country.

• Our Lower School library and Upper School Information Center house 17,000 volumes of books in addition to a wide variety of periodicals and internet access to the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System. 5


SECONDARY SCH OOL MATRICULATION 2005-2010 Applewild students in the SIX most recent graduating classes of 8th and 9th graders entered the following secondary schools

Independent Bancroft School Brewster Academy Brooks School Cambridge School of Weston Concord Academy Cushing Academy Deerfield Academy Derryfield Dublin School Governor’s Academy

4 4 2 1 11 32 1 2 1 2

Groton School Holderness School Lawrence Academy Middlesex Milton Academy Northfield Mt. Hermon Phillips Academy Pomfret School Proctor Academy Rivers School St. George’s

8 1 10 3

Public Acton Boxborough High Concord Carlisle High Fitchburg High School Groton-Dunstable Reg High

St. Mark’s St. Paul’s Suffield Academy The Winchendon School Vermont Academy Worcester Academy

Harvard Public Hollis-Brookline High School Littleton High School Lunenburg High School Mahar Regional High School Milford High School Montachusett Voc Tech High Nashoba Regional North Middlesex Reg High School Oakmont Regional Wayland High

Parochial Bishop Guertin Notre Dame St. Bernard’s St. John’s

8 1 25 8 3 2 1 1 3 2 1

4 3 7 2

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13 1 1 1 2 13

2 1 1 4 1 1 1 2 2 1 1


SCH EDULE OF TUITION & FEES: 2010-2011 GRADE K

TUITION $14,610

FEES* $470

LUNCH $610

TOTAL $15,690

TRANSPORTATION** $1,180

1–3

$16,540

$470

$1,160

$18,170

$2,185

4&5

$18,370

$805

$1,275

$20,450

$2,425

6-9

$19,925

$880

$1,310

$22,115

$2,425

* Fees cover specific grade level content materials. **Transportation fees are tentative and are finalized in August. Transportation billing will be reflective of the selected tuition payment option (1, 3 or 10 pay beg. in August) parents are notified in mid-August of particulars.

APPLEWILD’S PAYMENT OPTIONS 1. Enrollment and re-enrollment non-refundable deposits are: Deposit first child $1,000.00 Deposit second child $500.00 Deposit third child $250.00 Deposit each additional child $0.00 Deposits will be applied to final billing installments. 2. Parents may choose from three billing options: Please note: payments are due on the first of the month. A. Single payment billed in July with payment due August 1. B. The three-payment plan with tuition and fees billed in three equal installments: 1st billing in May with payment due June 1st 2nd billing in August with payment due September 1st and 3rd billing in November with payment due December 1st C. The ten-payment plan with tuition and fees billed in ten equal installments: 1st billing in May with payment due June 1st 10th and final billing in February with payment due March 1st A $ 50.00 administrative fee per student per year will be assessed for this plan. 3. Charges for: extended day, tutoring, mentor programs, orientation, tuition refund plan, and other miscellaneous items will be billed as incurred.

Please read the important Billing Practices on reverse side.

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BILLING PRACTICES 1. All balances for the current year must be paid in full in order for a student to reenroll for the next school year. 2. All tuition payments are due as set forth on the reserve side. Enrollment in the Tuition Refund Plan will be automatic if tuition payments are not received as outlined below. •

Parents, choosing the 3-payment plan, must have made the first two payments by September 1

Parents, choosing the 10-payment plan, must have made four payments by September 1

Parents, choosing the single payment plan, must have made their payment by August 1

3. Important Reminder Regarding the Tuition Refund Plan: In order for the Tuition Refund Plan to activate and become effective in September, the participating student must attend school commencing the first day of classes for the number of days specified in the Tuition Refund Plan brochure. Please carefully read this separately enclosed document to understand the TRP terms and conditions. 4. If payments are 60 days or more in arrears after October 31, the Board of Trustees of Applewild School reserves the right to require that a student be withdrawn from school.

5. If accounts are not in good standing in mid-February, re-enrollment contracts and financial aid awards will be withheld in the Business Office, and may be canceled at the sole discretion of Applewild School.

6. If all charges are not paid by spring finals, Upper School students will not be allowed to take finals.

7. Payments are due on the 1st of each month. Payments not received in the Business Office by the 10th of the month (10 day grace period) will be assessed a finance charge of 1.5% per month (18% per annum) or to the extent allowed by law. Please allow sufficient time for payments to reach the Business Office by the 10th of the month.

8. Payments received will be applied to the oldest invoice first unless we receive written instructions otherwise.

9. Checks returned, for any reason, will be assessed a $50 service fee.

10. If collection action is necessary, customer agrees to pay for all costs of collection (including reasonable legal fees).

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PARENT WELCOME REPRESENTATIVES arent Welcome Representatives serve as contacts for prospective applicants and their parents who may have questions concerning the school or admission procedures. The Admission Office staff and Parent Welcome Representatives are happy to assist you. Please call 978-342-6053 x 111 or any of the following parents.

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Massachusetts Concord Jennifer Johnson 39 Edgewood Road Concord, MA 01742 Fitchburg Faith Boothman 65 Pleasant Street Fitchburg, MA 1420 Eladia Romero 378 Rollstone Street Fitchburg, MA 01420 Groton Christine Cline 42 Fletcher Hill Lane Groton, MA 01450

Townsend Darlene Lessard 75 Turner Road Townsend, MA 01469

Eladia Romero 9 Balsam Drive Leominster, MA 01453 Kim Shea-Benham 59 Bridlecross Road Leominster, MA 01453

W. Townsend Christin Catalano 1 Laurel Woods Drive W. Townsend, MA 01474

Lunenburg Becky MacDonald 1 Brown Drive Lunenburg, MA 01462

New Hampshire

Kathryn Niose 252 Arbor Street Lunenburg, MA 01462

Amherst Shannon Galinson 13 Carriage Road Amherst, NH 03031

Princeton Anne Davenport 40 Lyons Road Princeton, MA 01541

Michelle Janosheck 2 Tamarack Lane Amherst, NH 03031

Sam Goodrich Groton School P.O. Box 991 Groton, MA 01450

Patricia (Tia) Lotuff 73 Worcester Road Princeton, MA 01541

Gloria Titcomb 65 Riverbend Drive Groton, MA 01450

Tyngsborough Jane Rish 13 Jacques Road Tyngsborough, MA 01879

Hollis Marcia Lassila 67 Arbor Lane Hollis, NH 03049

Leominster Leslie Duval 312 Granite Street Leominster, MA 01454

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Dana O’Shea 33 Nartoff Road Hollis, NH 03049


APPL E WIL D ADM IN ISTRATION , FACULTY Administration and Staff: Kay Asher, R.N. Nurse Riverside Hospital School of Nursing

Kristen Palojarvi Accounting Manager B.S., Fitchburg State College

Milissa Cafarella Grade 1 B.S., Fitchburg State College M.Ed., Anna Maria College

Maria Patriacca Accounting Clerk Jennifer Caldwell A.S., Mount Wachusett Community College US English; 6th Grade Drama; 6th Grade Brian Beaudoin Scene Study; Coordinator of Summer Programs Pamela Pelletier 6th & 7th Play; Chair, English Department B.F.A., Clark University Administrative Assistant to the Lower B.A., Kenyon College School Division Head M.Ed., Lesley University Emily Bracchitta B.S., Framingham State College Director of Admission & Financial Aid Assad Chamas B.S., Skidmore College Jennifer Raterman US French; US Sports Assistant to Director of Admissions; Certificat d'Apitude PÊdagogique, École du Colleen Chapdelaine, R.N. Administrative Assistant to Upper School Nord, Senegal Nurse Division Head; Webmaster; Substitute B.A., University of Massachusetts B.S.N., University of Rhode Island Coordinator B.S., Fitchburg State College Ray Collings Michael Grant US Latin; US Sports; Yearbook Advisor Director of Technology Carol Selinga Chair, Foreign Language Department B.S., Suffolk University Receptionist & Medical Assistant; B.A., University of Reading, England Administrative Assistant to Middle School Certificate of Education, Dorset Institute of Erica Reynolds Hager Division Head Higher Education Division Head, Upper School A.S., Mount Wachusett Community College US Dean of Students Janet Cowan B.S., Syracuse University Christopher Williamson US Mathematics, Department Chair Head of School; Secondary School B.A., Wesleyan University Kelly Jennison Counseling M.B.A.,Babson College Director of Development & Alumni B.A., Williams College Relations Kyle Gillis A.S., Mount Wachusett Community College M.Ed., University of New Hampshire US English; US Sports; Athletic Director David Wood Chair of Health and Physical Education Janis Lafferty Director of Finance & Operations B.S., Cameron University Receptionist, Extended Day Assistant M.Ed., East Central University A.S., Mount Wachusett Community College B.S., University of Massachusetts M.A., Ball State University M.S., Bridgewater State College Todd Goodwin Emily Lent US History, Chair, History Department Summer Academic Program Director B.S., Fitchburg State College B.A., Barnard College M.A. Fitchburg State College Faculty Tally Lent Lynda Gregson Division Head, Lower School; Elizabeth Blake US Math; Sports Lower School Dean of Students LS/US French B.P.E., University of British Columbia B.A., University of Massachusetts B.A., Assumption College M.Ed., Lesley University Kathleen Grzewinski Frank Bonanno Grade 2 Jeanne May Instrumental Music Director B.S., North Adams State College Administrative Assistant to the Head of B.M., Boston Conservatory of Music M.S., Central Connecticut State College School; Registrar Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School John Bowen Amelia Herring LS/US Woodworking; Furniture Mentor Librarian Sean Morrow B.S., University of Wyoming B.A., Vassar College Alumni Affairs Coordinator M.Ed., Suffolk University M.L.I.S, University of Washington B.A., Assumption College Jeff Palmieri Food Service Manager James Palojarvi Maintenance Supervisor B.S., Fitchburg State College

Kevin Brodeur Grade 5; LS Sports; 5th Grade Drama B.S., Seton Hall University Jennifer Buck Grade 4 B.A, Loyola College of Maryland

Michelle Janoschek Grade 3 B.A., Clark University M.Ed, Lesley University Robert Jones US History; Secondary School Counseling B.A., Merrimack College M.Ed., Boston College

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Maura Lyons LS Science B.S., University of Massachusetts M.Ed., Tufts University

Edward Thomas LS Woodworking A.S., Central New England College B.S., Fitchburg State College

Sharon McGowan Kindergarten Assistant B.S. Lesley College

Diane Toolin LS Physical Education B.S., Fitchburg State College

Pamela Meehan Grade 4 B.A., University of North Carolina M.Ed., University of Phoenix

Sarah Wilson US Spanish B.S., Middlebury College

Julia Miles US Science B.S., Providence College Ph.D., Northeastern University Post doctoral fellowship, Cornell University Michael Mullins Grade 5; LS Sports; Dean of Fourth and Fifth Grade A.S., Mount Wachusett Community College B.S., Fitchburg State College Kathleen Nickrosz Academic Support Coordinator; Reading Teacher B.A., Nazareth College Barbara Paisner Tutor B.A., Wheaton College M.Ed., Boston College Ed. D., Vanderbilt University Sandy Rantala Program Coordinator, Extended Day Irene Revis Learning Specialist B.S., Fitchburg State College M.Ed., U. Massachusetts, Lowell Sara Sanford K-9 Visual Art, Reading, Chair, Performing Arts B.S., Westfield State M.F.A., Westfield State M.Ed., University of New England Ginger Sauer Kindergarten B. A., Mount Holyoke College M.S., Wheelock College Ellen Schwartz US Science; Chair, Science Department B.A., University of Rochester M.A., Hunter College M.S., Syracuse University

Maintenance: Paul MacMahan Charles Morse Custodial: Joe Marabello Richard Membrino Ellen Paradis Kitchen: Chris Burby Donna Graves Debra Nelson Ellen Paradis Fay Tassos


KIN Language Arts

Math

Visual Arts

Physical Education

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D E RG A RTE N

Language development Vocabulary building Upper and lower case letters Phonemic awareness Appreciation of literature Handwriting Creative writing Listening skills Weekly library class Following directions Experience charts Communication skills Critical thinking Books and stories

History & Social Studies

Imagination Creativity Drawing Painting Clay Collage Woodworking Artists in history Literature/Art Color Theory Sculpture

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Relay activities Group and individual games Body control Hiking Basic game skills Listening skills Movement games Cardiovascular activities Rhythm and movement Hopping/skipping Throwing Catching Balance Emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship

Calendar Holidays Transportation Map study Geographical terms Self-awareness and family awareness Communication skills Special guests Theme studies

• Applewild Builds Character • Native Americans • Democracy • Civic-mindedness • Values discussions • Historical, international and faith-based celebrations of light

Science

• Position, location, sorting and classifying of objects • Graphing and patterning • Numbers 0 through 31: number words and symbols; ordinal, benchmark and calendar numbers • Measurement: length, capacity, weight, temperature • Time concepts • Money • Geometry • Fractions • Readiness for addition and subtraction • Understanding addition • Understanding subtraction • Counting and number patterns to 100 • Problem-solving skills • Cooking • • • • • • • • • • •

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Performing Arts

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Seasons Weather Environment Nutrition Trees Animal, plant, and insect life Solar system The senses Conservation Nature walk

MUSIC: DRAMA: • Singing • Dance • Speech • Role playing • Listening • Movement • Circle activities • Playing of instruments • Rhythm

Personal and Social

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Conflict resolution Maintain self-control Respond to adult direction Express emotions appropriately Self-confidence and self-image Cooperation Develop new friendships Make independent decisions

Work Habits

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Working in group Working independently Taking care of materials and property Responsibility for self and others Making transitions Sharing attention Understanding and following directions Active listening Remaining on task


FIRST GRADE

SECOND GRADE

THIRD GRADE

Language Arts

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Spelling Vocabulary Listening skills Oral expression Communication Skills Writing: - process writing - pre-writing and drafting - revision and editing - penmanship: manuscript handwriting • Grammar: - punctuation - subjects and predicates - verbs, adjectives, adverbs - plural and proper nouns - declarative and interrogative sentences - exclamatory sentences • Reading: - comprehension skills: literal and interpretative - decoding and phonics - leveled texts - trade books - literature appreciation • Book Publishing

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Spelling Vocabulary Oral communication skills Listening skills Study skills Dictionary and thesaurus skills Writing: G-Traits - process writing - pre-writing and drafting - revision and editing - penmanship: cursive handwriting • Grammar: G.U.M - declarative and interrogative sentences - punctuation - parts of speech • Reading: - comprehension skills - decoding using structural and phonetic analysis - independent reading - leveled texts - trade books - l iterature appreciation • Book Publishing - Circle stories

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History & Social Studies

• Holiday & Celebrations from around the world with emphasis on maps/globes mapping skills • School as a community • Neighborhood community • Fitchburg community • Celebrations: Martin Luther King Earth Day Presidents' Day • Current Events • Lower School theme Celebrate

• Back to school customs around the world • Government & Citizenship • Multicultural Holiday Celebrations • Map skills - Jr. Atlas • Black History/Women’s History/President’s Month • Patriotic symbols • Immigration and Citizenship • Current Events • Lower School theme Celebrate • Living Wax Museum research project

• Colonial America, westward expansion • Related creative projects • Study skills • Map and globe skills • Research skills • Written and oral communication skills • Black History (Martin Luther King, Jr.) • Pre-American Revolutionary Events • Timelines, cutaways or cross sections • Current Events • Lower School theme Celebrate

Math

• Patterns and readiness for addition • Patterns and readiness for subtraction • Strategies for addition facts to 12 • Strategies for subtraction facts to 12 • Geometry and fractions • Time • Counting to 100 • Place value, data and graphs • Money • Measurement and probability • Addition and subtraction facts to 18 • Two-digit addition and subtraction • Problem-solving with explanation of strategies

• Understanding addition and subtraction • Fact strategies for addition and subtraction • Place value to 100 and money • Mental math: addition and subtraction • Two-digit addition • Two-digit subtraction • Geometry and fractions • Time, data and graphs • Measurement and probability • Numbers to 1,000 • Addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers • Understanding multiplication and division • Problem-solving with explanation of strategies

• Place value and money • Addition and subtraction number sense • Adding and subtracting • Time, data and graphs • Multiplication concepts and facts • Division concepts and facts • Geometry and measurement • Fractions and measurement • Decimals and measurement • Multiplying and dividing greater numbers • Measurement and probability • Problem-solving with explanation of strategies

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Spelling Vocabulary Oral communication skills Listening skills Study skills Dictionary and thesaurus skills Research Skills Writing: - process writing - creative and expository - revision and editing - penmanship: cursive handwriting • Grammar: - usage mechanics • Reading: - comprehension skills: literal and interpretive - decoding using structural and phonetic analysis - independent reading - leveled texts - trade books - literature appreciation • Book Publishing


FOURTH GRADE

FIFTH GRADE

Language Arts

• Language Arts skills: - grammar and mechanics - vocabulary and spelling - dictionary/thesaurus - study skills • Writing: - exposition & creative writing - critical thinking - process approach • Literature and reading: - interdisciplinary connections - independent reading - comprehension skills - phonics reinforcement - book reports and projects • Selection of books: Sign of the Beaver, Number the Stars, Look to the Hills, Bright Freedom’s Song, Immigrant Kids, other selected trade books • Great American Reading Project

• Language Arts skills: - grammar and mechanics - vocabulary - study skills • Writing: - process approach - book reports and projects - journal writing - poetry unit • Literature and reading: - comprehension skills - independent reading • Selection of books includes: Tuck Everlasting; Bridge to Terabithia; Wolves of Willoughby Chase, In the Year of the Boar, Jackie Robinson

History & Social Studies

• Geography: World and US - U.S. land forms, regions, and states - map and globe skills - National Geography Bee • U.S .History: - French and Indian War - The American Revolution - Industrial Revolution - Underground Railroad/Growth of a Nation/Civil War - Immigration • Current events • Research skills • Communication skills: written and oral • Study skills • Interdisciplinary connections • Great American Reading Project

• Ancient cultures: - China - Egypt - Greece - Mesopotamia - India - Rome • World religions • Current events • Time lines • Map and globe skills • Research skills • Interpersonal skills • Communication skills: written and oral • Study skills • National Geography Bee • Interdisciplinary connections

Math

• Place value and money • Adding and subtracting whole numbers and money • Multiplication and division concepts and facts • Time, data and graphs • Multiplying by one-digit numbers • Multiplying by two-digit numbers • Dividing • Geometry and measurement • Fraction concepts • Fraction operations and customary measurement • Decimals and metric measurement • Graphing and probability • Problem-solving with explanation of strategies

• Place value, adding and subtracting • Multiplying whole numbers and decimals • Dividing with one-digit divisors • Dividing with two-digit divisors • Data, graphs and probability • Geometry • Fraction concepts • Fraction operations • Measurement • Measuring solids • Ratio, proportion and percent • Algebra: integers, equations and graphing • Problem-solving with explanation of strategies

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FIRST GRADE

Science

Foreign Language

Performing Arts

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Exploring materials Guided observations Use of lab equipment Recording data Inquiry based hands-on activities Units of Study: - plant life - liquids and solids - air and weather

FRENCH: • Flex program • Total Physical Response (TPR) method of instruction • Vocabulary • Greetings • Numbers 1-20 • Simple addition and subtraction • Colors • Parts of the body • Grammar: - simple adjectives - prepositions - simple commands

MUSIC: • Singing • Movement • Ear training • Playing of instruments • Pre-notation • Notation • Performances • Appleseed Chorus DRAMA: • Eurythmics/Movement • Mime • Improvisation • Imagination • Elementary stage craft • Spring performance • Process Drama/Character creation • Voice production, diction

SECOND GRADE • • • • • •

Exploring materials Guided observations Use of lab equipment Recording data Inquiry based hands-on activities Units of Study: - balance and motion - insects - sand, silt, and soil

FRENCH: • Flex program • Total Physical Response (TPR) method of instruction • Vocabulary • Greetings • Numbers 1-40 • Simple addition and subtraction • Colors • Parts of the body • Foods and expressions • Speaking in the negative • Classroom furniture • Grammar: - simple adjectives - prepositions - simple commands

THIRD GRADE • • • • • •

Exploring materials Guided observations Use of lab equipment Recording data Inquiry based hands-on activities Units of Study: - human body - electricity and magnetism - research project based on the human body

FRENCH: • Flex program • Total Physical Response (TPR) method of instruction • Vocabulary • Greetings • Numbers 1-100 • Simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division • Colors • Parts of the body • Foods and expressions • Speaking in the negative • Classroom furniture • Days of the week • Months of the year • Grammar: - simple commands - adjectives and prepositions

MUSIC: • Singing • Movement • Ear training • Playing of instruments • Note reading • Performances • Appleseed Chorus

MUSIC: • Singing • Movement • Ear training • Playing of instruments • Note reading • Performances • Appleseed Chorus

DRAMA: • Eurythmics/Movement • Mime • Improvisation • Imagination • Elementary stage craft • Monologues and dialogues • Spring performance • Process Drama/Character creation • Voice production, diction

DRAMA: • Eurythmics/Movement • Mime • Improvisation • Imagination • Elementary stage craft • Monologues and dialogues • Reading • Lead roles in a performance • Process Drama/Character creation • Voice production, diction

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FOURTH GRADE

FIFTH GRADE

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Inquiry-based program Multimedia activities Field trips, guest speakers Properties of water in 3 states Components of the water cycle Water quality and use The physics of sound Ear anatomy and health Pitch, frequency, and amplitude Construct musical instruments Ideas and Inventions Chromatography, rubbings, carbon printing • Invention Convention • Youthinkwell well project

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Foreign Language

FRENCH: • Total Physical Response (TPR) method of teaching • Vocabulary • Greetings • Numbers: 1-100 • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division • Colors • Parts of the body • Simple commands • Foods • Speaking in the negative • Furniture in the classroom • Days of the week • Months of the year • Grammar: - simple adjectives and prepositions

FRENCH: • Total Physical Response (TPR) method of teaching • Vocabulary • Greetings • Numbers: 1-100 • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division • Colors • Parts of the body • Simple commands • Foods • Speaking in the negative • Days of the week • Months of the year • Expressions • Grammar: - simple adjectives and prepositions - subject pronouns - definite and indefinite articles

Performing Arts

MUSIC: • Introduction to music theory • Singing • Movement • Music appreciation • Ear training • Perform on recorders • Playing of instruments • Intro to improvisation • Performances • Recorder class • Apple Chorus • Practice skills

MUSIC: • Music Theory • Practical skills • Small group instrumental lessons • Singing • Movement • Music appreciation • Ear training • Perform on band instruments • Move and perform in rhythm • Improvisation • Play songs by ear • Apple Chorus • Beginner band class • Improvisation

Science

DRAMA: • Theatre Games & Skills • 4th Grade Play

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Inquiry-based curriculum Solar energy Energy transfer Orientation and shadows Solar water heaters/cookers Solar houses/ “green” architecture Alternative energy sources Applying mathematics in context of science Multimedia NASA-based curriculum Christa McAuliffe challenger Center The Solar System Research projects Concept of variable and system Controlled experiments Record, graph, and analyze data Write lab reports

DRAMA: • Voice technique • Character creation • Study of dramatic structure • Performance skills • Improvisation skills • Perform end of semester play

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FIRST GRADE

Visual Arts

Physical Education & Health Education

SECOND GRADE

THIRD GRADE

ART: • Elements of design • Art appreciation and observation • Painting: tempera and watercolor • Finger painting • Mixed media • Collage • Basic color mixing • Texture exploration • Sculpture: clay-wire • Artists in history • Literature/Art • Color Theory • Sculpture SHOP: • Project selection: - small wooden toys • Hand tools • Safe shop behavior • Basic measurement skills • Abrasives and adhesives • Stains and finishes • Geometric shapes

ART: • Elements of design • Art appreciation and observation • Painting: tempera and watercolor • Mixed media • Still-life collage • Basic color theory • Mask making: paper maché • Texture: styrofoam printing • Sculpture • Clay: hand building and glazing • Artists in history • Literature/Art • Color Theory • Sculpture SHOP: • Project selection: - transportation vehicles • Hand tools • Safe shop behavior • Basic measurement skills • Abrasives and adhesives • Stains and finishes • Transportation methods

ART: • Elements of design • Art appreciation and observation • Painting: tempera and watercolor • Mixed media • Contour drawing • Basic color theory • Sculpture: clay, wire, wood and plaster • Mask making • Artists in history • Literature/Art • Color Theory • Sculpture SHOP: • Project selection: - musical instruments • Hand tools • Safe shop behavior • Measurement skills • Abrasives and adhesives • Stains and finishes

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• Emphasis on rules and procedures of various sports • Team games • Individual and partner games • Continued use of new equipment • Body strengthening • Flexibility activities • Fitness Skills • Emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship • Outdoor sports • Locomotive skills

Basic game skills Locomotive skills Simple team games Individual and partner games Body control activities Fitness Skills Emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship • Outdoor sports • Manipulation Skills

Library & Computer

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Introduction of new skills Challenging organizational games Individual and partner games Introduce new equipment Body control activities Fitness Skills Emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship Outdoor sports Motor Skills Manipulation Skills Locomotive skills

Students in grades one through three attend weekly library classes designed to extend the classroom curriculum. During library time books, stories and activities are used to support classroom activities and assignments. Students are introduced to the library’s sources of information such as the computerized catalog, reference books, periodical databases, CD-Rom, and limited online sources. The school’s computer labs as well as classroom computers are used primarily for curriculum-based projects.

Special Events & Projects

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Spring dramatic performance Lower School field trip Thanksgiving celebration Teddy Bear Picnic Apple Blossom – a publication of Lower School students’ creative writing Cross-curricular/cross-grade theme Holiday concert Spring concert Community service: Reading Buddies at Head Start

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Spring dramatic performance Lower School field trip Thanksgiving celebration Teddy Bear Picnic with Upper School buddies Apple Blossom – a publication of Lower School students’ creative writing Cross-curricular/cross-grade theme Holiday concert Spring concert Community service: “Grandfriends” at Highlands 16

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Plimoth Plantation Colonial cooking in Concord Spring dramatic performance Book publishing Lower School field trip Thanksgiving celebration Teddy Bear Picnic with Upper School buddies Apple Blossom – a publication of Lower School students’ creative writing Cross-curricular/cross-grade theme Holiday concert Spring concert Community service: ARC buddies


FOURTH GRADE

Visual Arts

Physical Education & Health Education

FIFTH GRADE

ART: • Principles and elements of art • Art appreciation and observation • Painting • Focus on shape, color, and composition • Art history & appreciation • Mixed media • Sculpture • Hand building techniques • Glazing • Study of mask cultures • Artists in history • Literature/Art • Color Theory • Sculpture SHOP: • Project selection • Project planning • Hand tools • Advanced measurement skills • Shop safety • Adhesives and abrasives • Patterns • Stains and finishes

ART: • Principles and elements of art • Principles of design • Ceramics - marks - coil pots - glazing • Printing • Mixed media • Art history and appreciation • Study of mask cultures • Artists in history • Literature/Art • Color Theory • Sculpture SHOP: • Project selection • Project planning • Species of wood • Common defects in lumber • Shop safety • Layout and measurement tools • Basic shop hand tools • Adhesives and abrasives • Stains and finishes

• Physical education class • Intramural Sports - soccer - field hockey - basketball - lacrosse • Teamwork • Sportsmanship • Introduction of skills and strategies for team sports • Green and White intramural competition • Fitness testing • Cooperative learning • Health/Great Body Shop curriculum • Jump Rope for Heart

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Library & Computer

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Physical education class Emphasis on skill building Teamwork Sportsmanship Green and White intramural competition Intramural sports - soccer - field hockey - basketball - lacrosse Health/Great Body Shop curriculum Fitness testing Cooperative learning Jump Rope for Heart

Library time is scheduled on an as-needed basis to support classroom activities and assignments. Students learn how to access information through the computerized library catalog, reference books, periodical databases, CD-Rom, and limited online sources. Fourth and fifth graders have library class once a week. The school’s computer labs as well as classroom computers are used primarily for curriculum-based projects. Computer instruction is by design integrated in the curriculum of each grade. The students work on and develop the following skills: key boarding, analytical/critical thinking, word processing, spreadsheets, drawing, painting, and creating. Productivity, software programs, internet.

Special Events & Projects

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Old Sturbridge Village Lowell Mills - Historical Park Winterfest Science Invention Fair Math Olympiad (optional) Buddies with Applewild Ninth graders • Teddy Bear Picnic • Lower School Theme: Applewild Builds Citizenship

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Fitchburg Art Museum or Worcester Art Museum Seacoast Science Center Christa McAuliffe Center Winterfest Math Olympiad (optional) Applewild’s 50th Birthday Buddies with Applewild Kindergartners • Teddy Bear Picnic • Lower School Theme: Applewild Builds Citizenship 17


SIXTH GRADE

SEVENTH GRADE

EIGHTH GRADE

Language Arts

• Language Arts skills: - vocabulary - Wordly Wise - study skills - grammar and mechanics • Writing: - process approach - creative - expository • Literature: - novels - independent reading - drama • Public Speaking/Poetry Alive • Selection of books: Bloomability, Seedfolks, The Last Book in the Universe, The Giver, Among the Hidden, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anna of Byzantium

• Writing: - writing workshop - expressive - short expository assignments - book reviews - journals, especially in response to reading - paragraph unity - essay writing - forming and supporting opinions about literature - poetry projects • Grammar: - parts of speech - parts of sentence - objects, complements, agreement, & consistent tense - writing mechanics - writing issues drawn from student work • Vocabulary: - Wordly Wise • Public Speaking/Poetry Alive • Literature: - range of genre - independent reading - Wordly Wise • Selection of books: - selected short fiction from Little Worlds - The Outsiders - Farewell to Manzanaar - Romeo and Juliet - selected poetry

• Writing: - expository, including analysis of literature - memoir - persuasive essay - expressive - writing workshop - book reviews • Grammar: - review parts of speech and parts of sentence - punctuation - writing mechanics - writing issues drawn from student work • Vocabulary: - drawn from reading selections • Public Speaking/Poetry Alive • Literature: - range of genre - independent reading • Selection of books: - The Diary of Anne Frank - To Kill a Mockingbird - Night - Macbeth - selected poetry - selected short stories

History & Social Studies

• History: - Byzantine and Muslim civilizations - Civilizations of Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe - Medieval World - The Renaissance • Notetaking • Map and globe skills • Research skills • Interpersonal skills • Study skills • Communication skills: written and oral • National Geography Bee • Interdisciplinary connections • Current Events

WORLD GEOGRAPHY: • Five themes of geography • National Geography Bee • Current events program • Junior Scholastic Magazine - used as supplement to text • Country travel research project • Economics and world trade issues • Connections to Appalachian Mountain Club trip • Connections with Unicef/Oxfam • Films & videos • John Collins Writing

UNITED STATES HISTORY: • Themes: government and civics, social developments, conflict and resolution • Discussion-based classes • Research Skills - creating a bibliography and citing sources • National Geography Bee • Participation in National History Day (individual and group projects, documentaries, web pages, performance and papers) • Current events program • Junior Scholastic Magazine - used as supplement to text • Films & videos • John Collins Writing

Math

• Numbers, expressions and equations • Decimals • Number theory and fraction concepts • Adding and subtracting fractions • Multiplying and dividing fractions • Ratio, rates and proportion • Percent • Geometry • Measurement • Data, graphs and probability • Extended problem-solving • NEML contest • The Stock Market game

PRE-ALGEBRA: • Variables, expressions and integers • Solving equations and inequalities • Factors and exponents • Rational numbers • Ratios and proportions • Percents • Linear functions • Real numbers and right triangles • Measurement, area and volume • Data analysis and statistics • Probability • Angle relationships • Extended problem-solving • NEML contest

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ALGEBRA: • Properties of real numbers • Linear equations and inequalities • Systems of linear equations and inequalities • Exponents and exponential functions • Quadratic equations and functions • Polynomials and factoring • Rational equations and functions • Radicals • Extended problem-solving • AMC – 8


NINTH GRADE

Language Arts

• Writing: - expository, especially analysis of literature - expressive - book reviews - journals, especially in response to reading • Grammar: - clauses and subordination - tenses, agreement, & parallelism - writing mechanics - writing issues drawn from student work • Vocabulary: - drawn from reading - Latin roots • Public Speaking: - Public speaking each year /Poetry Alive 1 of every 3 years • Literature: - range of genre - independent reading • Selection of books: - The Catcher in the Rye - selected poetry - Julius Caesar - selected short fiction - Inherit the Wind

History & Social Studies

WORLD HISTORY: • Focus on Modern World History • Revolutions and their impact • Review of world geography - map focus • Seminar course • Position papers • Research papers • Participation in National History Day (individual and group projects, documentaries, web pages and performances; individual research papers) • Field study trip to Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg

Math

GEOMETRY: • Basics of geometry • Reasoning and proof • Congruent triangles • Properties of triangles • Quadrilaterals • Similarity • Right triangles and trigonometry • Circles • Areas of polygons and circles • Surface area and volume • Triangle Adoption Project

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Science

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SIXTH GRADE

SEVENTH GRADE

Characteristics of Living Things Cells – structure and function Cell processes DNA – structure and function Genetics Evolution Fossils Classification of Living Things Rocks and Minerals The rock cycle Earthquakes Volcanoes Plate tectonics

• Laboratory and activity-based program • Measurement skills • Metric system • Data recording and analysis • Properties and classification of matter • Chemical and physical changes • Mixtures, elements, and compounds • Atomic structure • Design and use of the Periodic Table • Motion • Newton’s Laws of Motion • Computer based labs • Research process skills • Production of a Podcast • Boston CityLab field trip

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EIGHTH GRADE • Laboratory and activity-based program • Ecosystems and their parts • Interactions among producers, consumers, and decomposers • Energy flow in an ecosystem • Flow of matter through an ecosystem • Adaptations and evolution • Ecological succession • Molecular theory • Heat energy Solution chemistry • Acid-base chemistry • Chemical reactions • Chemical bonds • Human sexuality • Environmental issues: - Global warming - Invasive species • Research process skills • Argumentative essay writing


NINTH GRADE

Science

• Laboratory and activity based program • Evolution • Biochemistry and energy flow • Cell structure and function • Photosynthesis and respiration • Information transfer and protein synthesis • Genetics • Digestive system • Transport systems • Immune system • Nervous and endocrine systems • Gas exchange and urinary systems • Boston CityLab: Gel Electrophoresis Lab

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SIXTH GRADE

Visual Arts

Performing Arts

SEVENTH GRADE

ART: • Visual Design I • Artist/writers notebook • Elements and principals of art • Painting • Drawing • Collage • Color theory • Ceramic tiles • Art history & appreciation • Museum trips

ART: • Visual design II • Artist/writers notebook • Elements and principals of design • Drawing • Painting • Perspective • Calligraphy • Digital photography • Art history & appreciation • Art mentor option

SHOP: • Project planning • Species of woods • Common defects in lumber • Shop safety • Layout and measurement tools • Basic shop hand tools • Stains and finishes • Basic drafting

SHOP: • Intro to power equipment • Maintenance of Hand & Power Tools • Project Selection/Project Planning • Selection of wood • Methods of wood jointing traditional & modern • Application of Furniture Building • Glues & fasteners • Shop Mentor option

MUSIC: • Movement • Music appreciation • Practice Skills • Small group instrumental lessons • Perform on band instruments • Rehearse as a band • Improvise on instruments • Note reading • Rhythm reading • Memorize melodies • Music theory • American Music Ensemble

MUSIC: • Small group instrumental lesson • Music history • Music appreciation • National music • American ethnic music • Music theory • Perform on band and orchestral instruments and piano option • Rehearse and perform as a band • Note and rhythm reading • Memorize melodies • After-school jazz band • All-district band/chorus • American Music Ensemble • Improvisation

DRAMA: • Voice technique • Character creation • Study of dramatic structure • Performance skills • Improvisation skills • Physical technique • Sixth and seventh grade play

DRAMA: • Sixth and seventh grade play • Music in theater (Semester course) • Scene study (Semester course) • Voice technique • Physical technique • Study of dramatic structure • Character creation • Improvisation skills • Performance skills

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EIGHTH GRADE ART: • Mixed media including: Sculpture/pottery/wheel • Elements & principals of 3D design • Portfolio requirement options • Art museum visits • Art mentor option • Artist/writers notebook SHOP: • Project selection: - machine-oriented furniture making • Safe power machine operation: - radial arm saw - jointer and planer - table saw - band saw - drill press • Project planning • Adhesives and abrasives • Stains and finishes • Assembly methods • Shop Mentor Option

MUSIC: • Guitar instruction (option) • Perform on band and orchestral instruments and piano • Rehearse and perform as a band • Note and rhythm reading • After-school jazz band • All-district band • American music ensemble • Upper School chorus • Improvisation DRAMA: • Improvisation (Semester course) • Set design (Semester course) • Voice technique • Physical technique • Study of dramatic structure • Character creation • Improvisation skills • Performance skills • Upper School play (by audition) • Technical theatre


NINTH GRADE

Visual Arts

ART: • Visual design: - elements of design - principles of design - drawing - illustrated letter - perspective - paper sculpture - ceramic tiles - painting - portrait collage • Art history and appreciation • Fitchburg Art Museum visits • Art Mentor option SHOP: • Intro to power equipment • Maintenance of Hand & Power Tools • Project Selection/Project Planning • Selection of wood • Methods of wood jointing traditional & modern • Application of Furniture Building • Glues & fasteners • Shop Mentor option

Performing Arts

MUSIC: • Music Lab • Perform on band and orchestral instruments and piano • Rehearse and perform as a band • Note and rhythm reading • After-school jazz band • All-district band • American music ensemble • Upper School chorus • Improvisation DRAMA; 8th and 9th grade play • Voice technique • Physical technique • Study of dramatic structure • Character creation • Improvisation skills • Performance skills • Monologue study • Technical theatre

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SIXTH GRADE

Physical Education

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Interscholastic sports option Teamwork and sportsmanship Sport specific skills Strength and conditioning training Girls sports options: - varsity girls soccer - varsity and j.v. field hockey - varsity cross country - varsity and j.v. lacrosse - sport climbing - outdoor activities - indoor activities • Boys sports options: - varsity cross country - varsity and j.v. soccer - varsity and j.v. basketball - varsity and j.v. lacrosse - sport climbing - outdoor activities - indoor activities

Library & Computer

SEVENTH GRADE • • • •

Interscholastic sports program Teamwork and sportsmanship Sport specific skills Strength and conditioning training • Girls sports options: - varsity girls soccer - varsity and j.v. field hockey - varsity cross country - varsity and j.v. basketball - varsity and j.v. lacrosse - sport climbing - outdoor activities - indoor activities • Boys sports options: - varsity cross country - varsity and j.v. soccer - varsity and j.v. basketball - varsity and j.v. lacrosse - sport climbing - outdoor activities - indoor activities

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Interscholastic sports program Teamwork and sportsmanship Sport specific skills Strength and conditioning training Individual and team strategy Emphasis on leadership and responsibility • Girls sports options: - varsity girls soccer - varsity and j.v. field hockey - varsity cross country - varsity and j.v. basketball - varsity and j.v. lacrosse - sport climbing - outdoor activities - indoor activities • Boys sports options: - varsity and j.v. soccer - varsity cross country - varsity and j.v. basketball - varsity and j.v. lacrosse - sport climbing - outdoor activities - indoor activities

In grades 6, 7, 8, and 9, library time is scheduled on an as-needed basis to support classroom activities and assignments. Students learn how to access information through the computerized library catalog, reference books, periodical databases, CD-Rom, and limited online sources. The school’s computer labs as well as classroom computers are used primarily for curriculum-based projects. Computer instruction is by design integrated in the curriculum of each grade. The students work on and develop the following skills: key boarding, analytical/critical thinking, word processing, drawing, painting, and creating. The following are examples of how computers are incorporated into the Upper School curriculum:

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Special Events & Projects

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Language lab for French and Latin Lab reports in science Adam and Virtual frog dissection CD’s for biology Research for all areas Music history and theory Digital Photography

Higgins Armory Museum Advisory Buddy Program The Stock Market Game ™ Student Council Service Learning and Community Service • Camp Chewonki • Fitchburg Art Museum • National Latin Exam

• Algeblaster, Geometry Sketchpad, Geometry Supposer, and spreadsheets in Math • Writing lab in English • Current events and mapping for geography and history

• Orientation trip to Appalachian Mountain Club • Mentor programs • Lower School Buddy Program • Service learning & Community Service opportunities • Student Council • Advisory Program • Public Speaking • Evening social events • Poetry Alive

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• Science-based orientation trip to Nature’s Classroom • Mentor programs • Lower School Buddy Program • Service learning & Community Service opportunities • Student Council • Public Speaking • Evening social events • Advisory Program • Poetry Alive • History Day


NINTH GRADE

Physical Education

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Interscholastic sports program Teamwork and sportsmanship Sport specific skills Strength and conditioning training Individual and team strategy Emphasis on leadership and responsibility • Provide advice and assistance to those wishing to participate in sports at the secondary school level • Girls sports options: - varsity girls soccer - varsity and j.v. field hockey - varsity cross country - varsity and j.v. basketball - varsity and j.v. lacrosse - sport climbing - outdoor activities - indoor activities • Boys sports options: - varsity and j.v. soccer - varsity cross country - varsity and j.v. basketball - varsity and j.v. lacrosse - sport climbing - outdoor activities - indoor activities

Library & Computer

Same as Grades 6, 7, and 8th.

Special Events & Projects

• History-based orientation trip to Washington, D.C. • Mentor programs • Student Council • Advisory Program • Lower School Buddy Program • Service learning & Community Service opportunities • Public Speaking Competition • Evening social events • Poetry Alive • History Day

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Foreign Language Grades Sixth - Eighth

SIXTH GRADE

SEVENTH GRADE

EIGHTH GRADE

LATIN: Introduction to languages Grammer: • Names - gender and Latin endings • Numbers • Adjectives and adjective agreement • Word order • Inflection • Nominative and accusative cases • Subjects agreeing with verbs • Derivatives, prefixes and suffixes • Simple interrogatives • Latin expressions used in English • Concepts of person, number and infinitives • Conjugations • The four principal parts of a Latin verb (Intro.) • The verb To Be,and linking verbs • Vocabulary

FRENCH: • Activboard • Vocabulary • Sound discrimination • Expressions of quantity • French culture • Geography of France • Grammar: - verbs and tenses - affirmative, interrogative, and negative construction - interrogative adjectives - adverbs of time - perfect, future, imperfect, and past tense • Texts: Blume French I • Foreign Exchange Program in France • Poetry

FRENCH: • Language lab: grammar • Vocabulary: dialogues, poems, short stories and movies. • French culture • Geography of France • Major monuments in Paris • Foreign Exchange Program in France • Grammar: - verbs and tenses: present, past & future • Idioms • Texts: Premiers Poems; Learn to Speak French; En Francais

Roman culture and background material: • Rome: the Empire, its language, its people • Colosseum • Schools • The Baths • Roman dress • Chariot races • Gladiators • Roads Text: • The phenomenon of language Other resources: • Language Lab computer programs • Lost Civilizations: Rome [Time Life] • Roman City [PBS] • Videos • Language games

SPANISH: • Vocabulary: - greetings, introductions and saying goodbyes - foods/restaurants - likes/dislikes - occupations - family - descriptions: colors and personal characteristics - city and town life/directions - asking for and telling time • Grammar: - indefinite and definite articles - present tense - subject pronouns - agreement and placement of adjectives - preterite tense - informal and formal commands - ser vs. estar • Cultural pieces on Latin America and Spain • Literature: La Gran Aventura de Alejandro LATIN: • Language lab • Vocabulary • Read and translate simple Latin sentences and passages: - Present tense, 1st-4th conjugation verbs - Nouns, all cases, 1st-3rd declension - Adjectives, 1st-3rd declension - Irregular verbs: sum, possum, nolo, volo, eo - Ablative and accusative constructions - Demonstratives: Is, Hic, Ille • Basic Roman history and culture • Text: Oxford Latin Course Book I • Other materials: videos/film strips; computer software and board games • National Latin Exam • Language games • Archaeology project

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SPANISH: • Vocabulary: - cities and towns/transportation - Shopping (items and cost) - sports and leisure activities - comparing people and things • Grammar: - present, preterite, present progressive, imperfect and future tenses - adverbs and prepositions used with past tenses - affirmative and negative commands • Cultural pieces on Latin America and Spain • Text: Ya Veras • Literature: La Gran Aventura de Alejandro LATIN: • Language lab • Vocabulary • Read and translate simple Latin sentences and passages • Review of 7th grade grammar - imperfect, perfect, & pluperfect tenses - 4 principal parts - cardinal & ordinal numbers - expressions of time and the locative case - 4th & 5th declension nouns • National Latin Exam • Other materials: videos/film strips; computer software and board games • Pen Pal program conducted in Latin (via e-mail) with foreign schools • Text: Oxford Latin Course Book II • Language games


NINTH GRADE - FRENCH & SPANISH

Foreign Language Grade Nine

FRENCH: • Language lab: grammar, vocabulary, dialogue, poetry. • Vocabulary • Sound discrimination • French culture and civilization • Geography of France • Famous names • French history • Introduction to the arts and literature • Foreign Exchange Program in France • Grammar: verbs and tenses: - present, past, future tenses - conditional, subjunctive, passive voice - idioms • Texts: Au Revoir Les Enfants; Le Petit Prince SPANISH: • Vocabulary: - descriptions: weather, people, objects - lodgings: obtaining and paying for a room, understanding a brochure, describing a room (furniture/occupancy) - understanding classified ads - daily routines and vacations - parts of the body and physical complaints - pharmacies and doctor’s offices - diet/health • Grammar: - stem-changing verbs - conocer vs. saber - irregulars in the preterite tense - commands - direct and indirect objects - preterite vs. imperfect tense • Cultural pieces on Latin America, Spain and literary works • Text: Ya veras

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NINTH GRADE - LATIN LATIN: • Field trip to Boston • Language lab • Vocabulary • Etymological comparison of English and the Romance languages • National Latin Exam • Read and translate Latin and English sentences and passages • Grammar: - 3rd declensions of adjectives and numerals - verb conjugations 2-4, active and passive - noun declensions 4-5 - relative, interrogative & demonstrative pronouns - infinitive verbs - indirect statement - participles and basic subjunctive uses • Basic Roman history and culture • Texts: First Year Latin (Jenney); Lively Latin (Colby); Latin, an Introductory Course (Wheelock); Elementary Latin Translation Book (Hillard and Botting) • Other materials:videos/film strips; computer software, and board games • Pen Pal program conducted in Latin (via e-mail) with foreign schools


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