Core Curriculum: Middle School 6th-8th Grades
St. Mark School has spent the last five years redesigning its middle school curriculum with a shift towards an interdisciplinary team-teaching approach to ready students for college-preparatory coursework in high school. Along with foundational coursework in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts, students are offered specialty courses in foreign language, physical education, and the fine arts (band, chorus, art) as well as required courses in technology and library resource which integrates many projects within each subject.
Grading Scale for 7th & 8th:
F 69 or below
Middle School Math - Program Information
We are so pleased to be able to offer 3 pathways through middle school math to meet the needs of our students. Click to see an overview of the MS Math Program for 2017-2018 and information regarding placement.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER WORK
Other Areas of Study
- Art, Music & Drama
Our art program integrates lesson plans from some of the other classrooms to reinforce those areas of learning while still keeping it all fun. The art classes have interfaced with most grade levels on at least one project, including Spanish, over the year.
We have introduced clay into the student's vocabulary of materials as well as printmaking, some of which will address the use of a press, and hand papermaking exercises in the upper grades.
We are fortunate to be able to incorporate two levels in our music program. In music class, our lower school students participate in and learn about all aspects of music including singing, dancing, playing instruments, and reading music. We also focus on music history, composing, and different cultures and genres of music. In our middle school, students have the opportunity to participate in instrumental band, guitar and chorus.
- Media Center
The St. Mark Catholic School library media center houses a growing collection of books and other media. At present, the library has over 10,000 titles available to students, faculty, parents and volunteers. All resources within the Media Center Library, as well as volunteers and staff, subscribe to the standards and program guidelines established by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL.)
Our collection continues to be developed using the IMPACT Collection Guidelines as set out by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and meets the criteria to be designated "Outstanding," according to the standards set out by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
The Media Center is home to one of our state-of-the-art SmartBoards--an interactive teaching tool that combines the power of a computer with the simplicity of a white board. The SmartBoard provides limitless resources and transforms the classroom into centers of interactive learning where students are engaged and teachers inspired.
Our Media Center is also home to our student-led, eight-year running morning TV program 'Lions Live!' which features morning news and announcements daily. Lions Live! members perform a different job each day on the show, from anchor to director, from camera to sound and lights. Membership requires the ability to work as a member of a creative team and the maintenance of an overall academic average of 80.
Our program is state-of-the-art, continually growing, and designed to provide building blocks through hands-on learning that prepare our students for technological proficiency at all levels. While installing the fundamentals of hardware and storage and responsible multi-media and web use, our students are able to explore Webquest, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint--all with a xx-network advanced computer lab and a network of Smart Boards that work interactively throughout our classrooms. Additionally, our technology department works in tandem with teachers to facilitate classroom lesson while teaching students the essentials of software of today.