MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMICS

Middle School

MIDDLE SCHOOL OVERVIEW

Our curriculum is developed through collaborative planning and is based on the Common Core State Standards as well as the Virginia State Standards and the Ministry of Education (Egypt) curricula. The school has an established curriculum review, development and implementation cycle. Curriculum maps are developed with corresponding unit plans. Alignment is found in the maps, unit plans, lesson plans as well as the assessments. Staff track progress and alter planning as demonstrated by student need. Time is provided for grade meetings as well as subject specific meetings with coordinators. Rigor is valued as evident in the common usage of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Needs in each division. Topics and instructional strategies strive for maximum student engagement in the learning process. Project based learning as well as cooperative learning permit individual students to investigate in depth related and relevant topics of interest. Our goal is to help students to see connections and relationships alongside the acquisition of important basic skills. The aim is for its students to become confident performers, presenters and public speakers and work cooperatively and collaboratively. Students are taught to acknowledge their peers’ points of view and respond in an open minded manner. Students from grades three to nine participate in the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) assessment twice a year. The scores are gathered and compared to both the African and International benchmarks. Data from this testing informs the implementation of classroom and individual strategies to address identified student learning gaps and needs.

OUR PROGRAM OF STUDIES 

All students are expected to carry a full program of studies. The courses in Middle School are English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Arabic, Computer, Physical Education, Religion, Arabic Social Studies, Art and Music. You can find our supply list for middle school through this link. ( Supply List 2017-18 )

  • English 

    This course is an introductory Language Arts course at the middle school level; all areas of study are aligned with the English Language Arts Common Core Standards. The primary areas of study are: Reading Literature and Informational texts; Language structure; Speaking and Listening skills; Conventional and Creative Writing processes. Included in main areas of study, students will also focus on fictional and non-fictional elements of literature, as well as units in drama, and poetry.

    Mathematics

    This course places continued emphasis on the study of whole numbers, decimals and rational numbers (fractions). By the end of Grade 6, a student masters the four arithmetic operations with whole numbers, positive fractions and positive decimal integers.  All students will accurately compute and solve problems. They will understand the concepts of mean, median and the mode of data sets and how to calculate the range. A grade six student uses ratios to compare data sets, make conversions within a given measurement system, classify two-dimensional figures and collects, analyzes, displays and interprets data using a variety of graphical and statistical methods. They begin using integers and percentages and investigate numerical and geometric patterns.

    Science

    This course help students to develop an understanding of the scientific process as they survey the physical and life sciences. Students continue to emphasize data analysis and experimentation. Scientific methodology and focusing on precision in stating hypotheses is strongly reinforced. The concept of change is explored through the study of the transformations of energy and matter. Students focus on integrated topics which include water in the environment, the sense organs of the human body and on basic chemistry concepts. Natural resource management, its relation to public policy and cost/benefit trade offs in conservation policies are introduced.
    Science process skills such as observation, classification, inferring, predicting, comparing, contrasting, measurement, interpreting data, use of numbers and communication are a key focus throughout the year.

    Social Studies

    Through the teaching of the subject social studies, students should summarize given opportunities to develop their ability to reflect on how individuals and communities are formed, changed and interact. Analyze and critically evaluate local, national and global societal issues from different perspectives. Analyze the structures of society by means of social concepts and models. Express and evaluate different views on current social and political issues. Seek information about the community from the media, the Internet and other sources and assess their relevance and credibility. Reflect on human rights and democratic values ​​, principles, procedures and decision-making. Reflect on the past (history) as an important tool to understand why the present (social studies) looks like it does.

    Arabic

    The National Arabic curriculum is applied.  Students read and write compositions in Modern Standard Arabic with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax.  Students summarize novels and poetry versus to develop their verbal skills in language.  Students become more familiar with the more advanced genres of the literature as they advance from Grade 6 to Grade 8.

    Second Language (French/German)

    Through the designed course students will be introduced to the French/German language through a focus on vocabulary building, grammar and punctuation in the four key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The purpose of the course is to develop to the greatest possible extend a competency of our students in comprehending and producing the target language both spoken and written as well as socio-cultural competency in communicating with people who speak this language .

    Computer

    This course will introduce you to a professional level in EXCEL and Power Point. By end of this year, you should be proficient in dealing with numbers, calculations and charts, plus processing Professional presentations. You should be using this proficiency to complete projects and coursework for other subjects. You will also be introduced to programming language through a program called “Scratch”.

    Physical Education

    The purpose of this course is to combine fundamental skills into more complex movement forms in modified games, and recreational activities. Co-operative and competitive small-group games are carried on to emphasize on developing basic skills and tactical understanding of different sports. Students use feedback to initiate and maintain practice to improve skill performance and exhibit a physically active lifestyle at school and outside the school environment.

    Art

    In this designed course, students use the elements of art and the principles of design as a framework to explore a variety of experiences and concepts. Using expressive and technical approaches, students investigate various two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art. By the end of the course, students will possess the skills that allow them to evaluate the effects of various influences on the discipline of the visual arts.

    Music

    Introduction to Instrumental Music and Choir involves students in the process of learning music concepts and developing music skills through singing, playing instruments and listening. Students explore the creative and expressive aspects of music through composing and performance

  • English 

    This course meets the Common Core Standards for English acquisition at the seventh grade level. Students continue to develop oral communication skills as well as utilize informational writing skills and persuasive writing which increases their proficiency of the correct use of language, spelling and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions to writing and speaking. In addition, at the end of the course, students should show progress on the MAP test in both the fields of Language and Reading.

    Mathematics

    In this course, instructional time should focus 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.

    Science

    Students in Grade 7 Life Science develop a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns and relationships in the living world. Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms, the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulation of variables in experiments and identification of sources of experimental error. In Grade Seven Life Science, students demonstrate proficient use of the science equipment and lab in conducting their investigations.

    Social Studies

    Through the teaching of the subject social studies, students should summarize given opportunities to develop their ability to reflect on how individuals and communities are formed, changed and interact. Analyze and critically evaluate local, national and global societal issues from different perspectives. Analyze the structures of society by means of social concepts and models. Express and evaluate different views on current social and political issues. Seek information about the community from the media, the Internet and other sources and assess their relevance and credibility. Reflect on human rights and democratic values ​​, principles, procedures and decision-making. Reflect on the past (history) as an important tool to understand why the present (social studies) looks like it does.

    Arabic

    The National Arabic curriculum is applied.  Students read and write compositions in Modern Standard Arabic with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax.  Students summarize novels and poetry versus to develop their verbal skills in language.  Students become more familiar with the more advanced genres of the literature as they advance from Grade 6 to Grade 8.

    Second Language (French/German)

    Through the designed course students will be introduced to the French/German language through a focus on vocabulary building, grammar and punctuation in the four key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The purpose of the course is to develop to the greatest possible extend a competency of our students in comprehending and producing the target language both spoken and written as well as socio-cultural competency in communicating with people who speak this language . Students will be able to practice their French/German in real life situations via role play and classroom participation.

    Computer

    This course will introduce Students to a professional level creating different types of publications using Publisher, and also will be introduced to database and all its parts by using ACCESS. Students should be using this proficiency to complete projects and coursework for other subjects.

    Physical Education

    In this course, students continue to develop competence in different sports and games. Students continue to develop responsible personal and social behaviors by demonstrating decision-making skills, conflict-resolution skills, appropriate etiquette and respect for others. Students achieve and maintain personal fitness standards and set reasonable and appropriate goals for improvement or maintenance of health-related fitness.

    Art

    In this course, students develop technical skills that empower them to communicate ideas visually, with the focus on realistic representations of their environment. Students acquire knowledge that permits them to identify art styles and the periods to which those styles belong. Students develop an increased awareness of the nature of art and of their relationship to it as they explore the meaning and value of works of art.

    Music

    Introduction to Instrumental Music and Choir involves students in the process of learning music concepts and developing music skills through singing, playing instruments and listening. Students explore the creative and expressive aspects of music through composing and performance

  • English 

    This course meets the Common Core Standards for English acquisition at the eighth grade level. Students continue to develop oral communication skills as well as utilize informational writing skills and persuasive writing which increases their proficiency of the correct use of language, spelling and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions to writing and speaking. In addition, at the end of the course, students should show progress on the MAP test in both the fields of Language and Reading.

    Mathematics

    In Grade 8, instructional time should focus 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.

    Science

    By the end of the course, Grade 8 students will be able to connect the study of the earth’s composition, structure and processes alongside its environment in space. Students will emphasize historical contributions in the development of scientific thought concerning earth and space and interpret maps, charts, tables and profiles.  They will use technology to collect, analyze and report data and utilize science skills in systematic investigation. Problem solving and decision making are an integral part of Earth Science and students will study the fundamental concepts of ecology, geology, hydrology meteorology and astronomy. Major topics of study include plate tectonics, the rock cycle, earth history, the oceans, the atmosphere, weather and climate and the solar system and universe. Field and laboratory experiences are an integral part of science investigation.

    Social Studies

    Through the teaching of the subject social studies, students should summarize given opportunities to develop their ability to reflect on how individuals and communities are formed, changed and interact. Analyze and critically evaluate local, national and global societal issues from different perspectives. Analyze the structures of society by means of social concepts and models. Express and evaluate different views on current social and political issues. Seek information about the community from the media, the Internet and other sources and assess their relevance and credibility. Reflect on human rights and democratic values ​​, principles, procedures and decision-making. Reflect on the past (history) as an important tool to understand why the present (social studies) looks like it does.

    Arabic

    The National Arabic curriculum is applied.  Students read and write compositions in Modern Standard Arabic with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax.  Students summarize novels and poetry versus to develop their verbal skills in language.  Students become more familiar with the more advanced genres of the literature as they advance from Grade 6 to Grade 8.

    Second Language (French/German)

    Through the designed course students will be introduced to the French/German language through a focus on vocabulary building, grammar and punctuation in the four key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The purpose of the course is to develop to the greatest possible extend a competency of our students in comprehending and producing the target language both spoken and written as well as socio-cultural competency in communicating with people who speak this language . Students will be able to practice their French/German in real life situations via role play and classroom participation.

    Computer

    This course will introduce students to start web designing through “WIX”. By end of this year, students should be able to design websites with any desired content, to complete projects and coursework for other subjects. Students will be able also to produce Multimedia clips in a professional way using “Power Director 10”

    Physical Education

    Through this course, students are expected to demonstrate competence in skillful movements in dynamic game situations. They perform more complex applications across all types of activities. They demonstrate mature responsibility as they show respect for others, make reasoned and appropriate choices, resist negative peer pressure and exhibit fair play. Students are able to set goals, track progress and participate in physical activities to improve their fitness.

    Art

    In this course, students will be able to apply more complex technical skills as they manipulate the elements of art and the principles of design and art media.  Students will acquire art skills that enable them to make conscious choices of media and techniques for expressive purposes. They produce works of art that are developed from preliminary ideas and sketches and will debate the purposes of art, develop their own criteria for making art judgments and develop a personal aesthetic. The acquisition of these skills enables students to place the discipline of art within a broader context and relate it to other fields of knowledge.

    Music

    Introduction to Instrumental Music and Choir involves students in the process of learning music concepts and developing music skills through singing, playing instruments and listening. Students explore the creative and expressive aspects of music through composing and performance

MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADING

The school year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into two terms. At the close of each term, students receive a report card indicating the grades earned in each class. Absences, if any, are recorded on their report card which reflects attendance. (Please Check our School Handbook for more information: Student Handbook)

  • The school year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into two nine week terms made up of approximately 18 instruction weeks. At the close of each nine week term, students receive a report card indicating the grades earned in each class. Absences, if any, are recorded on their report card which reflects attendance.

    • Semester 1 = term 1 (9 weeks) and term 2 (9 weeks)
    • Semester 2 = term 3 (9 weeks) and term 4 (9 weeks)

    Progress reports are handed out to students after the first four weeks of each term. If a student is to receive a grade of D+ or below in any class, he or she will receive a progress report and will be instructed to share this information with his or her parents. As progress reports are issued to students, they are required to sign them to verify receipt and have their parents sign them before returning them to school the next day. If a student is in danger of failing, teachers will hold a parent/teacher conference at least once in each term.

    Semester grades for Middle School students are determined in the following manner:

    • Semester 1 & 2 will be calculated as follows:
    • Term 1 & 3 weight = 40%
    • Term 2 & 4 weight = 35%
    • Semester Exam weight = 25% (Total 100%)

    Letter grades, their percentage equivalents and grade point averages that reflect a student’s progress and GPA are as follows:

    Letter Grade Average Percentage GPA
    A+ 97-100 4
    A 93-96 4
    A- 90-92 3.7
    B+ 87-89 3.3
    B 83-86 3
    B- 80-82 2.7
    C+ 77-79 2.3
    C 73-76 2
    C- 70-72 1.7
    D+ 67-69 1.3
    D 63-66 1
    D- 60-62 0.7
    F Below 60
    EX Exempted
    M Modified Program

    The grade point average (GPA) is calculated at the end of each term to award High Honors and Honor Roll achievements to deserving students.

  •  Our Middle School Achievement assembly after Report Cards distribution each term. During that assembly we honor and recognize those who have worked hard and achieved excellent grades during the course of the term.

    RECOGINTION CERTIFICATES AWARDS

    The High Honor Roll Certificate

    Students who are listed on the High Honor Roll each term are those who achieve a high grade point average.  The High Honor Roll is compiled by using each student’s grade point average (GPA) and is calculated at a GPA of 3.80 to 4.00

    The Honor Roll Certificate

    The Honor Roll is compiled at the close of each term using the student’s grade point average (GPA). The Honor Roll is calculated at a GPA of 3.60 to 3.79

     

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