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Our Philosophy:

We are Nouvel called by Christ to learn, love, and lead courageously.  In seventh grade we strive to support students to be successful in a safe and encouraging academic environment where failure is not an option.

Goals of Daily Program:

Our daily goals for our students include:

  • create opportunities for students to attain a deep understanding of our core subjects and religion learning objectives
  • model and teach solid Christian behavior

Seventh Grade Curriculum:

Religion

Students learn about God’s love through classroom experiences, weekly attendance at Mass, daily prayer, and using our daily religion program and student materials called Be My Disciples.  The curriculum focuses on the New Testament including the Good News of Jesus, Proclaiming the Gospel, and The Revelation of God.  We participate in Christian Service continually throughout the year including assisting with the biweekly prayer service at Healthsource, making cards for our elderly shut ins and participating in food drives.

Language Arts

Reading Genres
    o    Analyze the kinds of genres such as mystery, poetry, memoir, drama, myths, and legends
    o    Analyze non-fiction texts such as persuasive essays, brochure, personal correspondence, autobiography, and biography
    o    Narrative/information text

Comprehension
    o    Use their own experiences to help understand new ideas and connect to ideas in texts
    o    Retell and summarize the main idea(s) and details for narrative and informational text
    o    Remember and use what has been read from other subject areas such as Science, Social Studies, and Math
    o    Know when they do or do not understand while reading, writing, and listening and use strategies to improve comprehension such as predicting, rereading, asking questions, summarizing, and making a mental picture

Writing Genres/Writing Process
    o    Use the writing process to produce narratives, expository, research to support ideas, argumentative
    o    Follow the writing process, relying heavily on editing and revising skills to publish 4 to 5 high quality pieces of writing
    o    Introduction to the MLA format

Grammar and Usage
    o    Write complete sentences using correct grammatical structure and conventions
    o    Write neatly in all  his/her compositions

Vocabulary/Word Recognition
    o    Identify and understand unknown words by using reading strategies
    o    Fluently read beginning grade level text and more difficult texts as the year progresses
Textsbooks used:
Literature text- Adventures for Readers I, Harcourt
Class Novels- The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank
          The Outsiders, S.E.Hinton    
Writing text- Write Source, Houghton Mifflin    

Math

The Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra curriculum contains several chapters, printable worksheets, tests, and quizzes. The program is aligned with our Diocese Curriculum. The Accelerated Math program is also used on a weekly basis to monitor student progress throughout the year.
The lessons are organized into several chapters that introduce and cover:
    •    Number Systems
    •    Rational Operations
    •    Number Theory
    •    Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
    •    Rational Numbers
    •    Expressions and Equations
    •    Plane Geometry
    •    Graphing
    •    Linear Relationships
    •    Probability
    •    Data and Statistics
Text Book Used: Glencoe Mathematics, Pre-Algebra

The Seventh Grade also has a competitive Pre-Algebra class.  This class is for advanced students that want to push themselves to learn at a faster pace and go more in-depth into the same topics as the regular Pre-Algebra curriculum.  Math problems from local math competitions, like Mathcounts and The Delta Math Competition, will be incorporated into the students learning.  
Text Book Used: Glencoe Mathematics, Pre-Algebra

Science

Seventh grade science is organized into three primary topics that correlate with the latest state standards: Earth/Space Science, Life science, and Physical Science.  In Life Science students cover material on the characteristics of living things, plant and animal cell structure, the characteristics of unicellular and multicellular life, genetics, and classification of living organisms.  In Physical Science students cover chemical and physical changes, atoms and elements, mixtures and solutions, the periodic table, states of matter, gravity, density, heat, energy, the properties of waves, and light.  In Earth Science the material covered includes the water cycle, climate and weather, solar energy, human interactions on the environment, and the atmosphere.  All of the topics are taught through differentiated hands-on, individual and small group activities.  Students demonstrate their understanding through experimentation, data analysis, and drawing conclusions.
Textbooks and supplements:  Science insights: Exploring Matter & Energy, and Exploring Earth & Space, Glencoe Biology, Holt Science Cells, Heredity and Classification and Discovery Education
Social Studies-
The Seventh Grade students focus on the Eastern Hemisphere. The students learn about the five themes of Geography, so they can apply it to the East Hemisphere. The curriculum is aligned with the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectation.
    Topics Include:
    •    Pre-History Era
    •    Fertile Crescent
    •    Ancient Egypt and Nubia
    •    History and Culture of Africa
    •    Regions of Africa
    •    Ancient India
    •    Ancient China
    •    History and Culture of the Middle East
    •    History and Culture of Asia
    •    Australia and the Pacific
Textbooks Used: World Studies: The Ancient World- Prentice Hall and Eastern Hemisphere- Prentice Hall

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Buddies
  • Ecosystem field trip to Bay City State Park
  • Create cards monthly for church community's elderly who are shut-in
  • Visit local hospitals to share in prayer each month
  • Science Fair
  • NCCE Day
  • Service Hours
  • Mathcounts Team
  • Competitive Math Team
  • Student Council
  • Band and Choir
  • Football
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Track
  • Cheerleading

Other enrichment opportunities include art, music, gym, library, computer, and field trips.

Extended School:

  • After school Latch Key from 3:15 to 6:00pm.
  • Chess Club
  • Bowling
  • Music Lessons
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Engineering for Kids (ask our school for session days and times or go to engineeringforkids.com)

Resources or Parent Links:

How to Get Ready for Seventh Grade:

  • Read grade level novels (see suggested websites)
  • Write about summer activities in a journal

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Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

– St. Thomas Aquinas