Middle School

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Welcome to the Middle School!

Welcome to Middle School!  St. John’s Middle School experience represents the final four years of spiritual and intellectual preparation before matriculating to high school.  With this in mind, the faculty are dedicated to providing a superior academic experience in conjunction with character building and guidance for navigating adolescent development.

A Middle School student’s day is composed of five, above grade level, academic classes (English, Science, Social Studies, Math, & Latin), four rotating Fine Arts (Art, Music, Innovation, and Divinity), and Physical Education.  Each subject is taught by content specialized teachers who are dedicated to their subject areas and students.  In the afternoon, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in seasonal sports or an assortment of clubs.

St. John’s Middle School experience continually yields high rates of acceptance into Tampa’s premier high schools, such as: Berkeley, Jesuit, Tampa Prep, and Robinson International Baccalaureate, in addition to honors gifted placement with public high schools.  This is a result of St. John’s continual goal to prepare our students to have the best opportunity for success, once they graduate.

Thank you for being a part of St. John’s and welcome to Middle School!

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Middle School Principal
Mr. Justin Smith

History & Social Studies Curriculum

Middle school social studies and history courses analyze the events of the past in order to apply the knowledge to the present and future. Students learn by discussing essential questions, taking notes, group work, traditional and digital projects, as well as reading and discussing primary texts. St. John’s history and social studies courses emphasize discussion and writing skills.

5th Grade History & Social Studies

The fifth grade course surveys early American history from pre-Columbian Native culture and society up to the Sectional Crisis of the mid 19th century. The course explores interactions among Europeans, Indians, and Africans on the North American continent, the growth and development of European colonies, and the ultimate creation of the United States of America. Topics and themes include government, revolution, westward expansion, and competing ideologies.

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6th Grade History & Social Studies

The sixth grade course surveys the beginning of early civilizations through the fall of the Roman Empire, and the beginnings of the medieval world to the early modern era. Students will study the geographical, social, economic, and political foundations for early civilizations. They will analyze the shift from nomadic societies to agricultural societies. Students will study the development of civilizations, including the areas of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Ancient Israel, Greece, and Rome. The geographic focus will include the study of physical and political features, economic development and resources, and migration patterns.

7th Grade History & Social Studies

The seventh grade course surveys early American history from early European exploration up to the Civil War and its aftermath. It considers the tragic interactions among Europeans, Indians, and Africans on the North American continent, the growth and development of English colonies, and the revolt against the Empire that culminated in the creation of the United States of America. Topics include the ratification of the Constitution, the rise of American democracy, the emergence of middle-class culture, and the forces that pulled the union apart.

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8th Grade History & Social Studies

The eighth grade course surveys American history from the Civil War years up to the world-wide struggle against terrorism. It considers the challenges and difficulties that faced the once divided nation, the growth of the settlement in the West and industry in the North, the political upheavals of the Progressive Era, and the impact of two World Wars. Topics include the inclusion of African and Women’s rights, the rise of America as a world power, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Era, and the challenges facing the nation.

Science Curriculum

Middle school science courses are taught using inquiry-based learning with a focus on labs. Inquiry-based learning uses a central question to frame a curriculum unit or module. Students answer this central question for themselves, discovering and learning through a series of guided discussions, experiments, projects, and hands-on activities over several class periods. Hands-on learning experiences lead to deeper understanding and strong critical thinking skills.

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5th Grade Science

Fifth grade science students will complete three FOSS modules. The Energy and Electromagnetism Module is designed to introduce or reinforce concepts in physical science dealing with energy and change. The Environments Module focuses on the concepts that organisms need energy and matter to live and grow, and living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for their survival and the survival of populations. The Earth and Sun Module provides students with experiences to explore the properties of the atmosphere, energy transfer from the Sun to Earth, and the dynamics of weather and water cycling in Earth’s atmosphere.

6th Grade Science

Sixth grade students complete two FOSS earth science modules.The Earth History Course emphasizes the use of knowledge and evidence to construct explanations about the processes and systems that have operated over geological time. Students investigate sedimentary rocks and fossils from the Grand Canyon to discover clues that reveal Earth’s history. They study the processes that create sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and organize their observations and inferences into the rock cycle.

The revised FOSS Planetary Science course draws from the original course’s rich, active-learning investigations to develop a historical sense of humankind’s exploration of the cosmos, then delves in far greater depth into the modern questions surrounding space exploration.

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7th Grade Science

Seventh grade life science is an exploration of all living things, from cells to systems with an emphasis on scientific inquiry. Students start the year learning what makes something living and explore the intricacies of cells, their structures and functions. Cell reproduction and genetics allow students to understand evolution of both a small and large scale as they transition to learn about all of the kingdoms of life on earth. Starting with the smallest of organisms, their discovery of increasing organization and complexity grows as they study the invertebrate kingdoms and end with the animal kingdom, ending their year with a thorough discovery of human systems with an emphasis on reproductive health and systems. This course is heavily lab based with many dissections both virtual and real in the spring semester.

8th Grade Science

Eighth grade physical science is divided into two very unique semesters of study with an emphasis on physics in the fall and chemistry in the spring. Students study the world around them and seek to explain an object’s motion, the forces acting on an object and further quantify motion and energy using formulas and graphs. In the second semester, the approach switches to describe matter on a small scale. Students start with describing properties of matter and discover the history of atomic theory. Students gain a thorough knowledge of the atom, its’ parts and how/why it reacts and bonds. Students learn the different types of chemical reactions and are able to both balance and identify reaction type along with prediction of products. An emphasis on “real world” chemistry and uses is utilized in projects and readings.

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Mathematics Curriculum

Middle school math courses focus on critical thinking and reasoning skills through a systematic approach to problem solving utilizing guided discovery, cooperative learning focusing on exploration and investigation. St. John’s emphasizes test-taking strategies and skills as well as word problems.

5th Grade Mathematics

All fifth grade students use a 6th grade textbook to develop a students’ foundation of core content areas and prepare them for success in their subsequent math courses. The year begins with students applying concepts for identifying and performing operations with whole numbers and patterns. In the next unit, students explore introductory algebra skills involving variables, expressions, and equations.

The semester continues by students comparing and order decimals and applying concepts for multiplying and dividing decimals. Next, students are asked to investigate number theory related to factors, fractions, and fraction operations. The next unit focuses on the students’ the ability to collect, interpret, and display data using bar graphs, line plots, order pairs with an emphasis on calculating the mean, median, and mode. Next, students investigate the relationship between ratios, proportions and percents. The year ends with a survey unit on geometry. Students work to understand geometric relationships and apply learned concepts to identify geometric patterns, polygons, lines and angles.

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6th Grade Mathematics

The students enrolled in advanced sixth grade math use a seventh grade math textbook to solidify the students’ foundation of all core content areas and prepare them for success in pre-algebra. Students begin the school year applying concepts for identifying and performing operations, number patterns, and exponents.

and order of operations.The next unit requires students to explore algebraic expressions and equations. Within this unit, student also demonstrate the ability to solve equations containing integers and rational numbers. Next, they are required to apply rational number operations to decimals and fractions.

7th Grade Mathematics

Secondary School’s proud tradition of athletics is reflected in the beauty and function of its campus facilities, the Haraldur Athletic Complex and Hopkins Gymnasium.

Ford Athletic Field, complete with digital scoreboards, allows Athletics lacrosse, soccer, and softball teams to host games on regulation fields; CIF-SS regulation-sized Hopkins Gymnasium is home court for basketball and volleyball. Secondary school athletes also benefit from use of the Rosenbaum Family Weight Training Room, a facility designed specifically for our students.

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8th Grade Mathematics

Secondary School’s proud tradition of athletics is reflected in the beauty and function of its campus facilities, the Haraldur Athletic Complex and Hopkins Gymnasium.

Ford Athletic Field, complete with digital scoreboards, allows Athletics lacrosse, soccer, and softball teams to host games on regulation fields; CIF-SS regulation-sized Hopkins Gymnasium is home court for basketball and volleyball. Secondary school athletes also benefit from use of the Rosenbaum Family Weight Training Room, a facility designed specifically for our students.

English & Language Arts Curriculum

Middle school math courses focus on critical thinking and reasoning skills through a systematic approach to problem solving utilizing guided discovery, cooperative learning focusing on exploration and investigation. St. John’s emphasizes test-taking strategies and skills as well as word problems.

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5th Grade English

6th Grade English

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7th Grade English

8th Grade English

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Enrichment

Physical Education

Yearly advances in skills and stamina in the Primary and Lower Schools prepare students for the Middle School program and, for most, participation in athletic teams. For all students, personal fitness, sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership become increasingly important elements of development. All students in the Lower and Middle Schools participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness program.

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Performing Arts

The St. John’s music program encourages students to become musically knowledgeable. Students study composers, practice composition, and learn to appreciate a variety of music.

Visual Arts

This program provides studio art guidance and instruction to students throughout the School, including a variety of appropriate artistic media suited to each campus. For all St. John’s students, systematic exposure to art created throughout the ages will provide an important dimension of cultural knowledge and sensitivity. Art studies will help them to understand how the artistic legacies of earlier ages are reflected in more recent art, how they can enrich their own creative efforts, and how art reflects and even helps to shape the history of nations and cultures.

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Middle School Innovation

The goal of the Innovation class is two part, one piece is to introduce our students to 21st century technology and tools such as 3D printing, coding, video productions, graphic design and more, but beyond that our goal is to teach critical thinking, collaborative thinking, and creative thinking. Students learn the importance of the process – creating an idea, having the genesis of the idea from first stages of production to a final product.

Divinity

Divinity classes are required of all students regardless of their religious faith. The Judeo-Christian ethic as expressed by Jesus Christ, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind… and love your neighbor as yourself,” is central to the curriculum throughout all grade levels. All students participate in outreach projects each year that allow them to live out these commandments.

At the Middle School, the Bible is studied in a more intensive and sophisticated way. Participation in character development programs is required. In all grades, students examine what we are learning about our Christian faith, and explore the role of Christian ethics and morals in shaping our lives.

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Middle School Campus

Starting at St. John’s in 2005, Ms. Linda is a staple of our St. John’s Middle School community! Ms. Linda keep our Middle School running smoothly; whether aiding a sick student, spending extra time selling tickets for the upcoming musical, or donating hand-knitted caps and gloves on particularly chilly days – Ms. Linda is a dedicated and much beloved member of our St. John’s community and can help you with any questions you may have.

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Middle School Front Office Contact
Mrs. Linda Cormier