Middle School Curriculum (Grades 5-8)
Holy Family School curriculum adheres to the Indiana Academic Standards, Common Core Standards, and Diocesan guidelines. Staff members frequently consult the Indiana Department of Education’s website to ensure that the scope and sequence of learning objectives are being met in a manner that achieves vertical alignment and addresses college and career readiness.
The reading/language arts curriculum consists of many different components. Based
upon the Indiana Birth-Age 5 and K-6 Reading Frameworks and Indiana Academic
Standards, students build foundational literacy skills in the big five components of reading: phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Strategies include the use of an uninterrupted 90 minute block, Daily 5, and CAFÉ. A variety of genres and literary texts are utilized including: the basal reader, leveled readers, poetry, informational text, and reader’s theater scripts. The language arts curriculum employs Shurley English to engage students in grammar, sentence structure, and conventions. Six Traits writing further enhances instruction through writer’s workshops and author’s chair. Emphasis is placed on preparing students for the reading and writing that is required for the Honors courses at the High School level.
Mathematics instruction is concentrated on attainment of basic math skills. Basic mastery of skills is taken to the next level through application to authentic situations, requiring higher order thinking skills and problem solving. Based upon criteria from their 7th grade year, 8th grade students take either the Pre-Algebra course or the Algebra I course. The Algebra I course allows a student to earn high school credit.
A hands-on approach, through investigation and journaling, is a critical element of the science curriculum. The FOSS-Delta Science kits serve as the means for exploration and inquiry. Topics are introduced and re-examined through the grade levels to generate a deep and thorough knowledge
of the content. Students in the middle school grades also have the opportunity to use a wide range of scientific equipment through the STEM truck.
The social studies curriculum cultivates an understanding of historical, cultural, and social issues, while examining the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church. Students explore and develop an appreciation for the local, national, and global communities through a multitude of activities such as: field trips, Holocaust Traveling Trunk, and SKYPE.
The Fine Arts curriculum provides students with art and music weekly. The art program explores a variety of mediums and partners with the local college to provide students an opportunity to work with clay on the potter’s wheel. Students are given the chance to showcase thier work through Academic Bowl, the Krempp Art Gallery, and the Downtown Art Show. The music curriculum incorporates singing, movement, instruments, and music history. Students in 6th through 8th grade are also able to participate in band. Band students receive instruction from Jasper Middle/High School teachers once a week at Holy Family School in addition to attending Band at JMS on Wednesday mornings.
The physical education and health curriculum concentrate on the healthy development of the child.
Thirty minutes of daily physical activity during recess in conjunction with the structured physical education class, which meets twice a week, develop motor skills and promote sportsmanship. The health curriculum centers instruction on forming lifetime habits of good health and wellness, positive self-esteem, and human development.
Holy Family School has a foreign language curriculum for students in grades six through eight. Initially, students are given exposure to both the Spanish and German languages. Students gain speaking and writing skills in both languages. As eighth graders, students have the opportunity to take Spanish for high school credit or continue in the Spanish/German program.