Justin Bloom, P.E./Health
Dionne Couture, Science
Carmen Fletcher, Language Arts
Jenna LaVecchia, Spanish
Joe Milositz, History
The curriculum in Grade 8 builds upon the skills and content of the previous grades in preparation for high school. Reading and math skills and strategies are applied to social studies and science to study "real world" topics. Students learn to evaluate, research and report new information using a variety of technology as they continue to grow as independent learners.
Eighth grade challenges our students to become avid readers and independent writers. Our program encourages middle school students to become involved in literature and non-fiction reading using active reading strategies that engage their imaginations. Students keep detailed journals to make their thinking concrete and visible. Our school uses the reader and writer workshop model to instruct our students as independent learners.
Our eighth-grade mathematics program allows students to develop their own mathematical reasoning and use of communication skills in small groups and individually to build computational and problem solving proficiency in algebra. Students work on problems of the week that are differentiated for their skill level.
Middle school science focuses on students designing their own experiments and learning the scientific method. The skills of observation, description, measurement, and communication are developed through the inquiry method. Science journals are used to develop a written record of students' discoveries in their work around force and motion, genetics and reproductive biology, solar system, and bridge structure/design.
The eighth-grade social studies program focuses on the study of United States History. Colonization and the effect on Native American populations are studied. The exploration and settling of the West along with the factors leading to the Civil War are connected to our local history in Connecticut. Events of the 20th century, including conflicts, treaties, the civil rights movement and the changing role of women are examined. Students are asked to connect current events with their understanding of history. Analyzing maps, graphs, and tables to draw conclusions and inferences are skills integrated throughout the curriculum.
Eighth-grade students participate in weekly instruction in Art, Music, Physical Education/Health, Spanish and Technology. Students may also participate in Band, Orchestra and/or Chorus. The Physical Education Program includes swimming instruction. There also is a Ballroom Dance program for all eighth-grade students.