Academics

Middle School (6th Grade – 8th Grade)

Art

Students work weekly in a variety of media from painting to sculpture and ceramics using hand-building techniques and our new pottery wheel. At the middle school level, they are also introduced to different types of artists, art history, and development discussions on art appreciation.

  • Sixth Grade- There is a focus on vocabulary, art terms and materials.  A favorite project is calligraphy.
  • Seventh Grade – There is more emphasis on drawing: advanced concepts like shading, proportion, and perspective.  A favorite project is drawing in the hallways in 1 point perspective.
  • Eighth Grade – The last project the students complete is painting one of the art stools in the room to leave their legacy behind.  Another favorite project is painting a giant portrait of a person.

Language Arts (English, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling)

Middle School students acquire an appreciation of literature with skillful authors who vicariously open new worlds of adventure in far off places, times long past, and modern trends of reading.  Having developed a love for literature, this aesthetic element overflows into the student’s personal, oral, and written expression.

The Middle School students at St. Bede participate in a rigorous writing program, learning all the techniques required for higher level thinking from argumentation to creative writing and journalism.

Students create  projects based on different genres of literature. These projects allow students to use their creative and artistic skills as well as their writing skills. Projects include creating a “bottle buddy,” a character from their book using a bottle and a variety of art supplies; recreating the setting in the form of a diorama; designing an info-mark, an informational bookmark on a particular topic; writing a news story about a key event of the plot; and making a word search or a jigsaw puzzle to name a few.


Accelerated Reader Program (AR)

Reading is one of the most important skills children will ever learn. The child who reads well and loves to read-will excel in school and achieve personal growth. The most important goal regarding Accelerated Reader (AR) is to encourage a love for reading by developing confidence through practice. Research demonstrates that reading practice is the most important factor in a student’s literacy development. Literature-based reading practice allows students to perfect the reading skills they learn so that they can move beyond the struggle of decoding text and begin reading for learning and pleasure.

Accelerated Reader is an individualized reading program for students. It is only one part of the total reading program at St. Bede. It allows teachers to set goals, track growth and monitor comprehension.

We have 10,000 Accelerated Reader quizzes available at St. Bede and over 15,000 books. The book levels range from 0.2 to 12.0, so we have a wide variety of books for students to select. We encourage students to choose books within their reading level that are of interest to them. Accelerated Reader is a wonderful tool for allowing this love of reading to happen.

Accelerated Reader has three main objectives:
1) Dramatically improve student reading performance
2) Additionally improve student’s critical-thinking skills
3) Instill in students a lifelong love of reading


Library

The school library supports and enriches the curriculum.  The librarian and classroom teacher are partners in the instructional process.  They plan and implement activities so that the goals of both the content area and library program are achieved.

Middle school students build on all of the lessons they have learned from Kindergarten through 5th Grade.  In addition, the 6th Grade plays a Current Events Game or Brain Quest once a month. The 7th Grade learns about a famous hero and then does an oral presentation on a hero of their choosing. The 8th Grade plays The Stock Market Game.


Math

Through instruction provided by a teacher with certification in mathematics we strive to create an educational partnership with teachers and students that will foster determination and passion for math. Our math classes are structured in a small group setting with a maximum teacher to student ratio of 1:17.  The program instills a “practice makes progress” philosophy; therefore, hands-on classroom experiences will be integral reinforcement to help students to be successful.

In Pre-Algebra and Algebra, students will:

  • Master basic computations and use of numbers
  • Become familiar with the language and use of higher mathematics
  • Recognize and learn to use algebraic tools

Music

Students have a number of different performance opportunities throughout the school year including a Christmas Program, Spring Show, and a Variety Talent Show.  They also study different music forms and styles from both a composition and appreciation perspective.


Physical Education

The Physical Education curriculum strives to establish healthy, active students so that each child can develop to his or her full potential.  Students learn to be physically active, respect the rights of others, to be part of a team, and the positive effects of teamwork..  The skills, habits, and attitudes developed within the program provide opportunities for greater success in the students’ lives.


Religion

The Religion curriculum allows students to go from knowing the Faith to living the Faith.  It leads them into an ever-deepening prayer life.  Students encounter Scripture in a meaningful age-appropriate way.  Students use Bibles, developing in them the habits of engaging daily with God’s Word. They are given the opportunity to discuss sacred art and to dive into vivid stories of the saints.  The instruction is differentiated which enables students at various skill levels, backgrounds, and familiarity with the Catholic Faith to be reached.

Students in eighth grade prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation.


Science

The Science Program is hands-on with plenty of opportunities for exploration and experimentation.  Lessons engage student in science inquiry, STREAM activities, and problem-based learning.  Students take part in labs in addition to participating in an annual Science Fair and quarterly quantitative experiments and self-driven research projects.


Social Studies

Students focus on cultures and geographic regions around the world. They learn about historical events and how to analyze the effect of the past on the present.  Students also focus on current events and compete in a weekly classroom challenge.


Technology

Smart Boards and other devices are used across the curriculum to enhance student learning. Once a week, students work in the computer lab to refine their typing skills through real world projects, enhance their online etiquette and safety skills when communicating digitally, broaden their knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and understand how to identify legitimate resources, fact-check information, and cite online sources in papers.   Students are exposed to 3D printing, spending significant time engaging with the programming and completing a variety of projects.


World Language

Saint Bede School is proud to provide students with options in our  World Language curriculum. We offer French, Italian, and Spanish in grades K-8.  Beginning in 6th grade, students may choose to take Latin as an additional elective along with their primary World Language. We strive to help the students understand that “learning a language is learning a new civilization.” Coupled with this concept, students work toward proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing of their selected World Language.

Teachers meet students in grades K-5 twice a week and 6 – 8 three times a week. After graduation from St. Bede, students are typically ready to enroll in level 2 or 3 of the studied language in high school.

Other

Buddy Program

All middle school students are encouraged to mentor the younger students in this tight-knit learning community, and all of them participate in a service to the community- based classroom “Buddy Program” in order to develop relationships with the younger children.


Accelerated Reader Program

Reading is one of the most important skills children will ever learn. The child who reads well and loves to read-will excel in school and achieve personal growth.

The most important goal regarding Accelerated Reader (AR) is to encourage a love for reading by developing confidence through practice. Research demonstrates that reading practice is the most important factor in a student’s literacy development. Literature-based reading practice allows students to perfect the reading skills they learn so that they can move beyond the struggle of decoding text and begin reading for learning and pleasure.

Accelerated Reader is an individualized reading program for students. It is only one part of the total reading program at St. Bede. It allows teachers to set goals, track growth and monitor comprehension.

We have 10,000 Accelerated Reader quizzes available at St. Bede and over 15,000 books. The book levels range from 0.2 to 12.0, so we have a wide variety of books for students to select. We encourage students to choose books within their reading level that are of interest to them. Accelerated Reader is a wonderful tool for allowing this love of reading to happen.

Accelerated Reader has three main objectives:
1) Dramatically improve student reading performance
2) Additionally improve student’s critical-thinking skills
3) Instill in students a lifelong love of reading


Faith Formation

St. Bede students are involved in activities which enable them to strengthen their faith and enrich their relationships with families, neighborhoods, and the communities. Worship and service include:

  • Daily Morning Prayer
  • Daily Morning Gospel Readings
  • Monthly Eucharistic Adoration
  • Regular Opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Weekly Mass
  • Sacrament Preparation
  • Children’s Choir
  • Lectors
  • Altar Servers
  • Community Service

In addition to the many opportunities for worship and service, St. Bede School emphasizes a Gospel Value for each academic year. The focus for the 2017-2018 school year is “BE A MISSIONARY”.  St. Bede students are taking Bishop Zubik’s words to heart and becoming missionaries during this school year.  Each grade, guided by their teachers and student council representatives are creating and carrying out a project that will help the needy.

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