Sixth & Seventh Grade
Welcome to EHSS 6/7th grade!
We are in the second year of our school’s incremental expansion to PK-8 instruction. As teachers, we are so excited to work with our students. Aside from growing academically, we expect our students to set a positive example for our PK-5 students.
Julie Stanek is the English Language Arts specialist for our middle school Huskies. The 6th grade ELA curriculum consists of novels which relate to the transformations 6th graders go through as they transition to middle school. We explore the themes of growth, resilience, and personal strength as we read the novels together and as we delve into extensive writing activities. The 7th grade ELA curriculum builds off of the themes from 6th grade and expands into community, friendship, and adventure. 7th graders hone in on their writing skills, often writing weekly 5 paragraph essays in preparation for high school. All ELA curriculum at the middle school level at Hemingway takes a multi-disciplinary approach bringing in as much STEAM related material as possible. Students are pushed in their critical thinking skills through consistent class discussions. Every unit consists of a large STEAM project which builds off of the themes from the unit while also capitalizing on students unique creative skills.
Greg Gvozdas is the math instructor for EHSS middle schoolers.
In Math 6, instructional time focuses on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.
In Math 7, instructional time focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. In addition, Math 7 classes have collaborated with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts to show the interconnectedness of math and art. In Math 8, instructional time focuses on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
In Sport: A Multi-Disciplinary Field, the students take an interdisciplinary approach to studying sport and fitness. Students have looked at how statistics is impacting sport from the professional levels down to lower levels. Students participated in actual sport tests like the T-Test, the 5-10-5, and the 40 yard dash; then completed a statistical breakdown of the collected data points. Students have also explored the impact technology is playing within sport by researching new and current sport technologies, then presenting the information to the rest of the group through google slides and oral presentations.
Ross Parsons is the social studies teacher for EHSS middle schoolers. In both 6th and 7th grade social studies classes, Mr. Parsons expects his students to be independent thinkers. Students can expect a classroom full of discussion, collaborating, and research-based inquiry. A heavy emphasis is placed on studying the current status of our world--socially, economically, and environmentally. Students will be expected to formulate their own opinions and back them up with data and sound reasoning. Mr. Parsons also teaches an elective called Water in the West. In this class, students study the importance of waterways in the Western U.S. Recreation is also a part of this class. Students have multiple opportunities to fly fish on the near-by Big Wood River!
Kevin Quaderer is the science teacher for EHSS middle schoolers. Middle School Science:
6th Grade: Physical Science. Our classrooms have a student centered, phenomena first approach to turn students into sense makers of the world around them. We use NGSS aligned FOSS Modules to explore the following topics:
Gravity and Kinetic Energy
Whether we're rolling bowling balls down the hallway, taking apart electric motors, or testing friction at the local skating rink, students are always engaged in this science class.
7th Grade: Life Science. Our classrooms have a student centered, phenomena first approach to turn students into sense makers of the world around them. We use NGSS aligned FOSS Modules to explore the following topics:
Heredity and Adaptation
Human Systems Interactions
Populations and Ecosystems
Diversity of Life
Whether we're peering at samples under the microscope, dissecting flowers to learn about their systems of reproduction, or modeling photosynthesis with egg cartons and ping pong balls, students are active and engaged in the practices of science.