The middle school curriculum at Holy Cross Academy focuses on providing learning experiences in which students will recognize, develop, and apply effective communication skills at an age-appropriate level in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening across the curriculum, enabling the student to be a life-long learner in an ever-changing society. The importance of technology and communication awareness in an information age will be acknowledged and promoted. Communication proficiency, aesthetic appreciation, and creativity are also emphasized and encouraged throughout the language arts curriculum. Students will engage in strategies that allow them to be knowledgeable and proficient thinkers who will make positive contributions to society through further education and/or employment.
For a more detailed overview of each subject by grade please see the curriculum maps.
Roman Catholic Christianity
During their eighth grade year, students will review the origins of the Catholic faith. They will study the scriptural roots as well as the history of the Catholic Church. They will come to understand the many rituals and symbolism that are inherent throughout our faith. Students will learn to read and understand the liturgical calendar, its symbols and their meanings. Students will study the Catholic catechism, its origins, as well as applying its teachings and guidelines to real world situations. This class will focus on creating within each child, ownership of his/her Catholic faith.
Faith Concepts/Catholic Beliefs
- Mystery of God, Units 1-2
- Morality, Units 1-2
- Living the Faith, Units 1-2
- Morality, Units 1-2
- Prayer and Worship
- Confirmed in the Spirit
Students at Holy Cross Academy will focus on their ability to comprehend and analyze what they read, see, and hear. Students will develop and apply their skills in vocabulary, reading comprehension strategies, note-taking, and summarizing. Students will focus on an overall evaluation of fiction and nonfiction text, including text features; problem-solving processes and the effectiveness of solutions; author's purpose; author's viewpoint; the accuracy and adequacy of information; word choice and connotation and precise language; and organizational effectiveness, including the use of cohesive devices such as transitions, repetition and parallelism. Students will develop their writing skills, focusing on the use of precise word choice, developing personal voice, expanded use of punctuation in compound and complex sentences, and editing while writing business communication from two different points of view.
Our 8th grade English curriculum consists of:
- Written Expression
Our 8th grade Literature curriculum consists of:
- Written and Oral Communication
- Word Study
Holy Cross Academy eighth graders will complete algebraic processes such as factoring polynomials and solving polynomial equations. They will understand and be able to apply the quadratic formula and the Pythagorean Theorem. Students will solve linear equations using substitution and elimination as they learn to graph linear equations. Students will be given many opportunities for advanced learning, including access to online activities and assessments that will allow for differentiated instruction in order to meet the needs of all Holy Cross Academy students.
- Solve Equations (Expressions and Equations)
- Congruence and Similaity
- Functions (Linear Functions)
- System of Equations (Linear Systems)
- Real Numbers
- Geometry Applications (Pythagorean Theorem & Volume)
- Statistics and Bivariate Data
Intro to Chemistry and Physics
8th grade students at Holy Cross Academy will be given a strong foundation in chemistry and physics necessary for high school success. Students will learn about the periodic table, chemical elements, and covalent and ionic bonds through hands-on interactive instruction. Students will support their hands-on learning by becoming skilled at balancing chemical equations. Students will conduct regular science experiments to learn about chemical reactions and the states and properties of matter.
Eighth graders will study the properties and states of matter. They will study thermal contraction and expansion as well as Newton's laws of motion. Students will investigate light refraction. They will use scientific inquiry to study the basic concepts of force, motion, and work while understanding and applying the laws of physics to the world around them.
Unit 1: Chemical Building Blocks
Unit 2: Chemical Interactions
Unit 3: Motion, Forces and Energy
The Social Studies curriculum, although divided into separate course offerings, at all grade levels incorporates an introduction to the principles of constitutional democracy, principles and processes of governance systems, economic concepts and principles, elements of geographical study and analysis, the relationships of individuals and groups to institutions and traditions, and the tools of social science inquiry.
American History - Four Semesters
Coursework encompasses American history from the Age of Discovery to the present. Summer readings prior to entry into both of these grade levels will be utilized to explore topics of student interest.
A research project will be a course expectation of the second semester of the eighth grade.
Our 8th grade Social Studies curriculum consists of:
- Reconstruction: 1865-1877
- Growth in the West: 1860-1900
- An Industrial Society: 1860-1914
- Changes in American Life: 1880-1914
- The Progressive Era: 1890-1920
- Becoming a World Power: 1880-1917
- World War I: 1914-1920
- The Roaring Twenties: 1919-1929
- The Great Depression and the New Deal: 1929-1940
- The Rise of Dictators and World War II: 1931-1945
- The Cold War and the American Dream: 1945-1960
- The Civil Rights Era: 1954-1975
- The Vietnam War Years: 1954-1975
- Years of Doubt: 1969-1981
- Entering a New Millennium: 1981-Present
Our 8th grade Spanish curriculum consists of:
- Translates grade level vocabulary:
- Numbers 1-100
- Beginning Words
- Calendar Information
- Weather Expressions
- Classroom Objects
- Family Words
- Descriptive Adjectives
- Clothing Words
- Food, cafe, and market words
- Telling Time
- Infinitive and conjugated verb forms
- Tener Idioms
- Possessive Adjectives
- Communication and Conversation
Art is man's attempt to mirror God's beautiful creation. Through art, the Holy Cross student will be able to enrich his understanding of God's love, goodness, wisdom, and power, and develop, express, and share his God-given artistic talent. Students will continue to increase appreciation of the visual arts by developing and exploring creative experiences. The intended outcome is for the Holy Cross student to become introspective as they move to develop their own level of competence and personal style.
Ideally, students have completed a rich and comprehensive K-5 program in music before entering the middle school music program. Because of the musical background developed in elementary school, students will be prepared and motivated for more advanced musical experiences. The middle grades program is designed to act as a bridge between the elementary and high school music programs. Teachers guide students through developmentally appropriate experiences in music which help to build necessary skills for success in both music and other facets of life. Singing experiences are adjusted appropriately to accommodate the changing voice. Students work more frequently within a group of peers, demonstrating skills of cooperation, and learning to compromise and be team players.
Students will have many opportunities to experience music at the middle school level. They may choose to participate in general, choral, and/or instrumental music courses.
Our 8th grade Music curriculum consists of:
- Classroom Singing
- Music Theory
- Music History
- Learner Qualities
A variety of activities will be provided, including team and individual games and fitness training/testing, which promote mental, social, and physical well-being. Principles of exercise, fitness, and movement skills will also be addressed.
The Holy Cross Academy middle school curriculum objectives for Health and Physical Education address the areas of safety, nutrition, mental health, disease prevention, violence prevention, human life cycles, alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention.The Physical Education Program at Holy Cross Academy will be aligned with state requirements and guided by the six national standards for physical education. They are:
- Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns to perform a variety of physical activities.
- Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
- Participates regularly in physical activity.
- Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
- Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
- Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.