Common acronym for four closely connected areas of study: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The fields are often associated due to the similarities that they share both in theory and practice in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
The science program in the Middle School is designed with the belief that to prepare students for the challenges of the future, they must become science literate. The program enables students to learn science by thinking, talking, and discovering. Science emphasizes concept and skill development over the memorization of facts. By doing science activities and then thinking about the results, students learn the whys and hows of science. The blend of both hands-on and minds-on labs challenges students’ thinking skills while introducing them to the realistic methods of science. The ultimate goal is for students to see science as a system for making sense of the world.
Instruction on computer use is given to all students through their academic classes. Students are required to use logic and problem-solving skills as they learn about the latest advancements in technology. Our technology teacher works cooperatively with the grade level teachers to enhance the role of computers in the classroom. Additionally, all students have technology as a cycle during the school year.
The mathematics curriculum consists of a progression from whole number concepts and computation in grade five to algebra and preparation for high school in grade eight. Between these extremes, students learn about fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percents, geometry, measurements, graphing, etc. in a problem solving manner. Skills and concepts are introduced, developed, and reinforced as the students move through the Middle School. Students receive instruction in problem-solving and are presented with situations that require critical thinking, cooperative brainstorming, and hands-on inquiry. The use of calculators is incorporated in the curriculum as well as other forms of technology.