The curriculum focuses on the history of the Roman Catholic Church beginning with the founding of the Apostolic Church, and continuing to the present time. Students learn a theology of church and come to understand how the Church continues to develop under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Other Christian denominations are explored in order to investigate how they relate to the Roman Catholic Church. Lastly, students are introduced to the basic moral teachings of the Church as they apply to students of their age.
The eighth grade U.S. History course begins with the 1800’s and continues through the twentieth century, with particular attention paid to the Civil War and Reconstruction. The students continue to study the Constitution and the U.S. government, along with basic economics and current events.
The students review the basic operations while developing an understanding of basic algebraic concepts with positive and negative numbers. Students build upon their skills of working with basic geometric concepts with the addition of the study of angles formed by transversals and the study of volume and surface area of solid figures. The students extensively practice solving equations and inequalities and experience a thorough review of percent.
Taken at St. John Paul II High School, the students acquire a firm understanding of basic algebraic concepts and applications, including variable operations with real numbers, solving equations with transformations, polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, linear equations and graphing, and solving simultaneous equations. Students continue to develop problem solving strategies and practice word problems.
Algebra I Honors:
Taken at St. John Paul II High School, this course in an accelerated Algebra I class which offers students high school credits to students in grade 8. This course is intended for students with strong mathematics ability who are looking for a solid foundation in Algebra I so that they will be prepared for future honors and AP level courses. Topics include: operations with real numbers, order of operations, solving equations and inequalities, absolute values, exponents and polynomials, factoring, systems of equations, coordinate geometry, rational expressions, word problems, radicals, and quadratic functions and equations.
Students explore various aspects of astronomy, including characteristics of the solar system, moon phases and tides, history of the studies of stars, and theories of the creation of the universe. Students are introduced to the study of physics. Laws of motion, force, and energy are learned. Students study Newton’s Laws of Motion, Universal Gravitation, Momentum, Projectile Motion, and Forces in Fluids, as it relates to pressure, hydraulics, buoyancy, and flight. Students also explore forces in relation to work and energy.
Taken at St. John Paul II High School.
The students continue the development of usage, vocabulary, and communication skills to write and speak effectively. Students write in several different styles, including descriptive, narrative, and expository. The students write research papers using the MLA documentation style. Additionally, short writing projects are also completed. By the end of eighth grade, students will have mastered the use of complex sentences and verbals. Methodology includes extensive use of diagramming, drilling, and student writing. Usage, vocabulary, and mechanics are reviewed throughout the year. Finally, public speaking skills are reviewed.
The students will appreciate literature through the careful analysis of the author’s style and use of literary techniques. Instruction focuses on themes that specifically reflect Christian messages. Students are exposed to several different genres, including memoirs, plays, poetry, novels, and short stories. Emphasis is placed upon careful note taking from each work studied. Students are expected to analyze the works through oral and written means. The Socratic method of inspiring students to discuss the many universal themes presented is utilized.
Students continue to expand upon the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students use a Spanish e-text on their iPads. They learn through the interactive format, utilizing dialogue, video, and song. Vocabulary and grammar are stressed. Additionally, an appreciation for and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish speaking world is developed.
Students continue to improve their skills in the four basic areas of language:
listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They continue to enlarge their vocabulary word bank, add their knowledge of idioms, compose more complex sentences with modal verbs, read more complex short stories, and write short compositions. During both years, seventh and eighth grade students do projects on many cultural aspects of the francophone world.
The Ecce Romani curriculum puts reading and comprehension before grammatical analysis. Unlike the student of modern languages, the Latin student’s only access to what the Romans have to say is by reading. The Ecce Romani approach, therefore, offers exactly that:
the language is experienced by the reading of whole passages for context and grammar simultaneously. The general topic of the stories [family life in ancient Rome] is deliberately chosen to provide a bridge across the centuries, a bridge that young learners find both interesting and accessible. Their study of Latin helps students to understand their own language better and gives them the ability to learn other Romance languages more efficiently.
A comprehensive physical education program that will continue to provide learning experiences to meet the current and projected needs of individual students. Emphasis will continue do include physical fitness activities and team sports concepts at the highest possible level to enable students to demonstrate proper social skills in physical education and beyond. The emphasis on maintaining an active healthy lifestyle will be stressed to include nutrition and drug avoidance.
| SFXP Performing Arts Brochure 2019-2020
This is a survey art course which emphasizes studio art. Students will apply media, techniques, and processes in creating their own artwork. Students will be expected to understand a variety of vocabulary with respect to the making of their studio art projects. Students will identify and use the elements and principles of design. An understanding of composition and space is emphasized with respect to art criticism and the students’ own artwork. Students will draw often from life, including – landscape (outdoors), still life, portrait studies at home and in class, and figure studies. Mediums include (but are not limited to), pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, scratchboard, oil or dry pastels, charcoal, markers, acrylic paint, watercolors, printmaking, collage, wire sculpture and clay. Class critiques are held as a way to enhance art appreciation and understanding of art criticism. In addition to studio art, art history subjects include Impressionism, Post Impressionism, and 20th century art. During 4th marking period, 8th graders are given the opportunity for independent study. They must choose from several of the media listed above.