PROGRAMS / CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGHLY ENGAGED STUDENTS
The junior high language arts program offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills in writing, mechanics, reading and vocabulary. While we reinforce the fundamentals, we also move on to a more independent style of critical reading and more formal types of writing, such as informative and argumentative. Vocabulary skills are strengthened through the use of our individualized, online vocabulary site, Membean. Students are challenged through a deeper analysis of the text, and they provide textual evidence for their ideas. They continue to collaborate with their peers in large and small group settings. We will also continue and expand on elements of the Reading Workshop model.
As you move from elementary math to junior high math, your teachers will ask you to think on a more abstract level. At the junior high level, students learn to master skills such as solving problems involving ratios, percents and proportions. They learn how to solve problems involving the four operations with rational numbers. They also learn how to simplify algebraic expressions and solve equations. Algebra focuses on three types of functions: linear, exponential and quadratic. Students enrolled in CP and Honors Algebra 1 or beyond earn high school math credit.
At the junior high, students explore three areas of science including Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science. These courses focus on using engaging, interactive and collaborative laboratory activities to reinforce concepts taught in 7th and 8th grade. We find that junior high students learn best when they are actively learning with both their minds and hands to connect the content learned in class with real-world experiences. When our students make these connections between the classroom and their lives, they deepen their understanding of the world around them. Both grades are lab based, and 8th grade students move into a student-led learning model.
In junior high social studies, students explore world history as a 7th grade student. Content covers ancient civilizations and their contribution to the world as a whole as well as to our society. In 8th grade, students study American history â€“ culminating with the class trip to Washington, D.C. at the end of the 8th grade year.
2019-2020 MJHS Success Guide