English, Reading, & Literature
Sixth graders continue practicing their reading skills developing vocabulary and comprehension with the Accelerated Reader program. These skills are enhanced through the analysis of different genre of literature in our textbook and the application of higher level thinking as we complete novel studies in Literature Circles. Expository, persuasive, and descriptive writing are among the types of writing practiced and shared in Sixth Grade. The understanding of written language is enhanced through study of grammar using the highly successful Shurley Method. Seventh grade and eighth grade reading is a combination of studying literature and Accelerated Reader (AR). Reading comprehension skills are further developed. Students learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas. For AR, students read library books of their choice, but that are at their level. They take tests on the computer based on comprehension. The students study poetry, nonfiction, fiction, drama, myths, and folktales. The teacher also reads books out loud every day that fit the curriculum. Students learn the Indiana Standards plus more. They learn to classify sentences and learn all the mechanics of writing. They also learn to write various genres.

Science studies in sixth grade include topics from Life, Earth, Space, and Technology Sciences. Whether learning about phases of the Moon or the components of plant cells, students rediscover the majesty of God as they study His creation. In seventh grade science we spend a great deal of time on Earth Science. The students also explore the world of space, Physical Science, and some basic Life Science. Through the use of experiments and technology, the ideas come to life. Science for the eighth grade consists of life and earth science as well as some chemistry and physics. There are labs and experiments to go along with most topics as well as follow up instruction on the computer.

Students in sixth grade use internet resources, manipulatives and group activities as they tackle math topics such as fractions, decimals, problem solving, integers and more. Seventh grade studies pre-algebra. A few of the concepts they learn are equation solving, slopes, geometry, and graphing. Those that become skilled in these areas can then take freshman algebra in eighth grade. Students learn through instruction, group work, individual white boards, and the Smart board. Most of the eighth grade studies Freshman Algebra. For those who need another year of reviewing, they will continue in a small group with eighth grade pre-algebra. A few of the concepts all  learn are equation solving, slopes, geometry, and graphing. Students learn through instruction, group work, individual white boards, and the Smart board. Students studying freshman algebra will have the opportunity to take the End of Course Assessment (ECA) at the end of the year. This is a state test which every student is required to pass in order to graduate from high school. Completing this course allows your ninth grader to study sophomore geometry as a freshman.

Social Studies
Students study the history of the United States and the world beginning with early civilizations. Students are instructed how to determine the central ideas of history, the information of a primary or secondary source, provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions, and identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies. Students are also taught how to integrate visual information such as charts, graphs, maps, and photographs with other information. Geography of the world is stressed as well. Each grade level covers current events through a variety of methods including News Bowl.

St. Peter’s network includes a lab with 30 computers as well as computers in every classroom. Our computer curriculum in the middle school years is project based utilizing classroom applications. These include learning Microsoft Office components such as Word, Excel, Publisher, and more. Students use iPads as well. Technology is integrated into various subjects with individual activities and group projects. Students learn to design and introduce Power Point presentations, use apps such as Popplet, and make movies. In seventh and eighth grade students can become involved in our weekly worship services through technical aspects of computer and audio-visual components.

Art & Music
Opportunities for creative expression through music and art are offered in band, choir, strings, handbells, classroom music, and art class. Students have weekly classes in music taught by a music teacher. Middle school music provides other opportunities for students to learn about music, but still retain basic musical knowledge. These opportunities include: composer Facebook projects, create-your-own CD cover, writing your own rhythm pieces, Six Songs That Describe You, and more. Routine quizzes and tests will be given to maintain an understanding of their musical knowledge. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade all participate in the 5-8 musical that happens every other year in spring. Lessons in art expression include working with paint, oil pastels, paper, and other media. Our program, Artist of the Month, combines art appreciation with actual art techniques. Some lessons in art are taught through the program Art Attacks. This is a video-based program where students study lines, water color, drawing, pastels, and various other media.