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.
Sixth grade students at Holy Cross Academy will spend first semester immersed in the culture and context of the Hebrew or Old Testament Scriptures. They will study the patriarchs of our Catholic faith as well as the Scriptural foundations for Jesus' mission and ministry. Students will come to understand Scripture as the Word of God by applying its message to the reality of their lives today. During the second semester, students will switch their focus to the New Testament. Students will study the beginnings of our Roman Catholic faith as told through Scripture. Students will broaden their understanding of Christ as they study his words and actions as recorded in Scripture. The focus of this class will be cultivation of the understanding of Scripture as the Living Word of God, applicable to all lives and all seasons.
Faith Concepts/Catholic Beliefs
- Blest Are We, Units 1-5
- Living the Fatih, Units 1-5
The Holy Cross Academy student will focus on reading and analyzing fiction and nonfiction texts while developing guiding research questions, organizing ideas and information, and discovering patterns, structures, and relationships. Students will apply decoding strategies, identify and develop vocabulary, and apply reading strategies during reading to assist them in reading at their individual skill level. Students will use text details to analyze the influence of setting on characters, plot, and resolution, explain cause and effect, and identify the problem-solving processes of characters and the effectiveness of solutions. Students will record and organize relevant information using a variety of note-taking strategies to assist them in writing summaries from magazines, newspapers, and informational text. Using the writing process, students will paraphrase, summarize, reflect on beliefs and discoveries, and practice formal and informal writing while developing their own unique personal voice. Students will learn to identify and explain appropriate figurative language through reading a number of fiction, nonfiction and poetry selections. They will use conventions to be able to write complete sentences with subject/verb agreement, correct punctuation, capitals, word usage, and parts of speech. Activities in this unit will provide opportunities for cross-curricular studies, especially with art and technology/computer classes. Students will identify and explain viewpoints conveyed in various media including videos, pictures, websites, artwork, plays and/or news programs.
The Parts of Speech-Grammar
- Conjuctions and Interjections
- Punctuation and Capitalization
- Written Expression
- Editing and Revising Process
Our 6th grade Literature curriculum consists of:
- Fiction and Drama
- Written and oral communication
Foundations of Math
Foundations of Math will help students solidify basic mathematical skills gained in elementary school by applying them to real world situations. Students will multiply and divide fractions and decimals as well as calculating area, surface area, and volume. They will enhance their knowledge of statistics by studying probability, statistical variability, and through the creation of their own graphs and statistical representations. Students will convert units in the metric and standard systems. The Holy Cross Academy student will lay the foundation for future math classes by learning to add and subtract algebraic equations including equations with dependent and independent variables, as well as, equations with more than one variable.
- Fractions, Decimals, and Whole Numbers
- Ratios, Rates, and Proportions
- Rational Numbers
- Equations and Inequalities
- Formulas and Graphs
At Holy Cross Academy, science begins with the study of our universe and solar system. Students will learn about the planets and the creations of planet earth. Sixth graders will use scientific inquiry to study the aspects of the earth sciences of geology and oceanography. Students will identify fossils to determine how animal species have changed over time as well as studying rock cycles and plate tectonics. Students will actively investigate the scientific phenomena of earthquakes and volcanoes. Students will use a hands-on approach to study major land and water biomes, as well as, investigating air pressure, temperature, and humidity and their impact upon weather patterns. Students will study ecology and the impact human activity has upon our earth. Sixth graders at Holy Cross Academy will apply their knowledge to real world situations by taking action to reduce the carbon footprint of Holy Cross Academy campuses.
World of Earth Science (Introduction to Earth Science):
- Chapter 1
Earth's Resources (Geology):
- Chapter 4
Formation of the Solar System (Astronomy):
- Chapter 20
The Atmosphere (Meteorology):
- Chapters 15 & 16
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.
Ancient Civilizations - Two Semesters
The sixth grade Holy Cross Academy student will explore ancient civilizations of the eastern and western hemispheres, with an emphasis on the empires of Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome; the development of the Chinese culture; and the history of Europe and its relationship to Asia and Africa.
- Units 1-5
- Units 1-5
- Units 1-5
- Units 1-5
- Units 1-5
Our 6th grade Spanish curriculum consists of:
- Translates grade level vocabulary:
- Numbers 1-100
- Beginning Words
- Calendar Information
- Weather Expressions
- Classroom Objects
- Family Words
- Descriptive 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 6th grade Music curriculum consists of:
- Classroom Singing
- Music Theory
- 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.