Theology

Theology 6

OBJECTIVE: To become familiar with the People of God and His Word.

ACTIVITIES: Experiencing the faith of our Catholic Christian community, discover the meaning of God’s activity in our lives, understanding the basic principles of the Bible, become familiar with the traditions of the Catholic Church, explore ways of growth as people of prayer, action and study, life of St. John Baptist De La Salle.

Theology 7

OBJECTIVE: To develop a better understanding of the concepts of faith.

ACTIVITIES: Awareness of relationships with God, self and others, the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation in these relationships, develop an awareness of Jesus Christ as a real person and as a model, analyze how modern works use themes, patterns, and character types from tradition Bible stories. Applying the corporal and spiritual works of mercy into daily life, analyzing social justice issues and understanding the influential role of Christians. Look at the Gospels as sources of value principles, Lives of the Saints.

Theology 8

OBJECTIVE: To develop an understanding of the basic concepts of the Church.

ACTIVITIES: Look at “freedom” as the possibility of being unique, formulate an understanding of responsibility, understand the Church as: Community, People of God, Pilgrim, Institution, and Prophet, look at the role of the Sacraments in the life of the community, develop verbal/non-verbal communication skills and evaluation skills in the group, study the role of individuals and their place in the following groups: family, church, local communities and the world, Life of Jesus. Applying the corporal and spiritual works of mercy into daily life, analyzing social justice issues and understanding the influential role of Christians.

English

English 5

This course places an emphasis on grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Structured teaching of writing different pieces that are organized, complex, and sequenced through uses of graphic organizers and peer editing.

Reading 5

Reading focuses on Author’s Purpose, Main Idea, Theme, Plot, Characterization, Sequencing, and Context Clues using different novels, other varied short stories, and poetry.

Reading 6

Our goal is to develop a life-long love of reading. A basal reader and trade books are used in grade six. Folk tales, plays, realistic fiction, autobiography, poetry, and essay are then genres encountered in our reading program. The focus is on comprehension, characterization, analogies, cause/effect, vocabulary, generalizations, comparisons, sequences and story mapping.

History 6

The sixth grade course in World History is designed to provide a look at the advances in world civilization from 5000 BC to the present. The study is generally confined to the Eastern Hemisphere. Areas of focus are the Neolithic Period, Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India, China, Rome, Africa, Medieval Europe, and the Emerging Renaissance. Geography, multiculturalism, cultural diffusion, religion, and global interdependence rank as key themes for this course.

English 6

This course places an emphasis on providing a sound foundation in grammar, spelling, and vocabulary skills. The use of short stories and novels, such as The Giver, are utilized to develop reading comprehension and a love of reading.

English 7

This course begins with the basic skills of grammar, sentence structure, and spelling rules. Then the student progresses to usage and mechanics. Vocabulary is coordinated as much as possible with the literature being studied. The writing section consists of student journals, literature essays, and compositions throughout each semester. Reading comprehension is practiced through novels, short stories and poems. Students read several novels and short stories. Poems are also read throughout the year with an intensive study during the month of April, which is Poetry Month.

English 8

This course begins with the rules of usage and mechanics being applied to solid sentence structure. The student’s writing progress is closely monitored through essays, compositions, and one research paper. Reading comprehension is reinforced through novels, short stories, poems, and full length plays. At the eighth grade level we will read several required novels. Some of the novels will be read as class work and some will be through an independent study. Students continue their study of literature through a series of short stories read throughout the year. Poems are studied extensively as we celebrate Poetry Month during April.

History

History 5

Grade 5 Social Studies is based on the history and geography of the Western Hemisphere, including the development of cultures, civilizations, and empires; interaction between societies; and the comparison of the government and economic systems of modern nations.

History 6

The sixth grade course in World History is designed to provide a look at the advances in world civilization from 5000 BC to the present. The study is generally confined to the Eastern Hemisphere. Areas of focus are the Neolithic Period, Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India, China, Rome, Africa, Medieval Europe, and the Emerging Renaissance. Geography, multiculturalism, cultural diffusion, religion, and global interdependence rank as key themes for this course.

History 7

This course covers the history of the United States from pre-Revolutionary times to 1860. Topics covered include the geography of the Americas, American Indians, European and English Colonization, The American Revolution, the Republic, the Jeffersonian Era, Growth and Expansion of the American Nation, the Jacksonian Era, the North and the South and the Reform Age. Woven into this chronological presentation will be the study of the history and role of communication, transportation, lighting, clothing and art.

History 8

This course is designed to give the students a view of the history of the United States from 1860 to the present. Topics covered will include the Civil War, Industrialization, Imperialism, World War I, the Depression, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Woven through this chronological presentation will be the study of the history and role of communication, transportation, lighting, clothing and art.

Math

Math 5

This course uses place value to help gain number sense, strengthening multiplication and division skills, operations with decimals and fractions, algebraic expressions and equations, as well as geometric concepts including volume. Attention is given to fluency with basic math facts, problem solving, and real world applications of mathematical concepts.

Theology 5

Objective: To develop a basic understanding of God’s word.

Activities: Experiencing God’s word through Bible stories, focusing on the Golden Rule, learning how we are all created in God’s Image, basic understanding of parts of the Mass, explore ways to grow in faith through prayer and service.

Math 6

This course covers the foundational topics of: ratios and proportional relationships including percents; operations with decimals and fractions; introduction to positive and negative numbers and the coordinate plane; algebraic expressions and equations; geometric concepts including area and surface area; and statistical concepts including measures and displays. Attention is given to fluency with basic math facts, problem solving, and real world applications of mathematical concepts. Students who excel in this material and do additional work during the summer will be given a test at the end of the summer to determine placement into Math 7 Honors.

Math 7

The focus of this course is to continue to build the foundation necessary for the success in the study of Algebra. Students will concentrate on the following domains: integers and rational numbers, expressions, equations and inequalities, ratios and proportional relationships, geometry, and statistics and probability.

Math 7/8 Honors

This fast-paced accelerated course covers half of the 7th grade curriculum and the entire 8th grade curriculum. This course: ratios and proportional relationships including percents; real numbers including exponents; expressions, equations, functions, and inequalities in one and two variables; geometric concepts including angles, parallel lines, Pythagorean theorem, transformations, congruence and similarity, volume and surface area; investigation into probability and statistics. Students who complete this course successfully will be in our algebra class in their 8th grade year.

Math 8

The focus of this course is to continue to build the foundation necessary for the success in the study of Algebra. Students will concentrate on the following domains: integers and rational numbers, expressions, equations and inequalities, ratios and proportional relationships, geometry, and statistics and probability.

Integrated Algebra (Math 8 Honors)

This course is a one-year Regents Level Course that follows the standards set forth by the New York State Education Department. While the curriculum has a focus on algebra, other topics such as geometric shapes, functions, probability, trigonometry and real number systems are all featured as part of the course. Integrated Algebra satisfies year one of the three year Mathematics requirement for a Regents Diploma.

Prerequisite: 8th grade students may take Integrated Algebra if they have at least a 90 average in Math 7.

Science

Science 5

Grade 5 science incorporates a variety of different sciences. We look at How Scientists Work, The Engineering Process, Body Systems, Matter, Light and Sound, as well as Forces and Motion. 

Science 6

This course is an introduction to earth science. Topics covered include geology (rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and erosion), water systems (oceans and fresh water), meteorology (weather systems, patterns, and fronts), and a brief tour of astronomy. Hands on activities and projects are the mainstay of the class and help the students understand the material.

Life Science 7

Physical Science is a two semester course. The first half of the year is spent discussing properties of matter, composition and the energy associated with those changes. The second half of the year is spent exploring Newtonian Mechanics; including motion, simple machines, energy conservation, waves and sound. Students use cross-curricular skills to explore real world problems.

Exit Topics:

  • Scientific Method
  • Genetics/Heredity
  • Structure of a Cell
  • Characteristics of Life
  • Energy Use
    • Photosynthesis
    • Respiration
    • Ecology

Physical Science 8

Physical Science is a two semester course. The first half of the year is spent discussing properties of matter, composition and the energy associated with those changes. The second half of the year is spent exploring Newtonian Mechanics; including motion, simple machines, energy conservation, waves and sound. Students use cross-curricular skills to explore real world problems.

Exit Topics:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Simple Machines
  • Bonding/Chemical Reactions/Kinematics
  • Balancing Equations
  • Conservation Laws
  • Phase Changes and Energy
  • Waves and Sound
  • Trends in the Periodic Table

Earth Science Honors and Earth Science Regents – Honors Science 8

Earth Science is a laboratory science course that explores origins and the connections between the physical, chemical, and biological processes of the earth system. Students experience the content of Earth Science through inquiry-based laboratory investigations and focus on topics associated with matter, energy, crystal dynamics, cosmic evolution and structure, cycles, geochemical processes, and the expanded time scales needed to understand events in the earth system. Earth Science provides the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind needed for problem solving and ethical decision making about scientific and technological issues. Embedded standards for Inquiry and Technology & Engineering are taught in the context of the content standards for the Universe, Energy in the Earth System, Cycles in the Earth System, and Geologic History. Students will take the NYS Earth Science Regents exam at the end of the course.

In addition to the course description above the Earth Science Honors course will include the following:

  • Reading and writing assignments that will encourage and require a greater depth of understanding of Earth Science concepts and require students to proficiently communicate their ideas. Some of these assignments may require additional research into a particular area of Earth Science.
  • Honors lab activities and extensions that will require more sophisticated math and geometry, trigonometry, and algebra to help convey scientific information. These lab activities will require higher level analytical skills and the ability to work independently.
  • Mandatory projects involving (quizzes, tests, etc,) that will reflect the depth of understanding expected of Honors students.

Students will take the NYS Earth Science Regents exam at the end of the course.

Living Environment (Biology) Honors or Living Environment (Biology) Regents – Honors Science 8

Instruction focuses on the eight basic topics from the State Syllabus, ranging from the activities of living things to identifying and defining interrelationships among organisms. Themes describing unity and diversity of organisms are further developed into the structure and function of anatomy and the transmission of traits from generation to generation. Evolution and ecology describe patterns of the origins of organisms as well as their interdependencies. As part of this course, the students must complete 1200 minutes of laboratory work and must have a complete file of their satisfactory written reports for each lab. This class will prepare students for the NYS Regents exam which will be taken in June at the conclusion of the school year.

The Honors course is designed for the science-oriented student who may be considering a career in science. The Honors curriculum covers concepts in greater depth and detail. The course involves advanced readings in order to strengthen reading and comprehension across the curriculum and to better prepare students for future AP course and the SAT exam. Areas of concentration include: research skills, scientific inquiry, biochemical aspects of modern biology, cells genetics, evolution, ecology, human anatomy and physiology.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Earth Science and/or teacher recommendation.

Fine Arts

Art 6

This course is designed to help the students build confidence in the basic art concepts while learning to master basic art skills. Students will learn how various artists used these concepts in their work. Projects for this course include : Primary Color Designs (with a emphasis on composition in Art), Secondary Color Cut-Out /Overlapping Designs, Texture Landscapes (texture rubbings), working in the Style of Henri Rousseau creating a Fantasy Landscape, working with patterns in nature designing and sculpting Stuffed Fantasy Fish

Art 7

This course is designed to help students look at the everyday world around them realistically and abstractly. They will learn the emotional influence of the elements on works of art and recreate these emotions in their own work. Projects for this course include: Continuous Line Contour Drawings of a Still Life (using warm and cool colors), Positive/Negative Space Designs (using every day objects from the kitchen drawer and tool box), 3 D Silhouettes (watercolor and paper cut-out designs working with a theme and focusing in on a subject of choice), Postage Stamp Design, Changing the Emotion of a Famous Painting with Color to Create a New Emotion, Designing a Space City of the Future.

Art 8

This course places emphasis on architectural forms, including 20th century artists and design. Projects will allow the students to express their individuality in their work. Projects for this course include: Continuous Line Contour Drawing of an Interesting House (using crayon and watercolors), Geometric Designs, Crayon Batik Still Life ( similar to Batik fabric design), Pop Art Labels (as well as the history of Pop Art), and 3D Fantasy Castles (evolution of castle design), and construction paper masks (looking at masks of various cultures).

Music

Music 6

Sixth grade students explore music and art through singing, composing and listening. They explore the music of different cultures and explore music through the visual arts as well.

Music 7

Music in the seventh grade focuses on the traditional roots of Western music. Students learn about the orchestra and other playing ensembles. They learn basic rhythm and notation, and they also study major composers in music history.

Music 8

In the eighth grade, students focus on music as it pertains to the theater. They study the evolution of musical theater from Vaudeville to Broadway and even movie soundtracks.

Foreign Language

Spanish 8

This course will complete the first year sequence in Spanish with more emphasis on speaking and listening skills.

Language 6

Students begin an introductory course in Spanish with an emphasis on Spanish culture, geography, and the development of speaking skills.

Spanish 7

This course begins the New York State recommended plan for second language study. Emphasis is placed on structure and form with development of listening and speaking skills. Cultural understanding is developed with readings, reports and various cultural activities.

Health and Physical Education

Physical Education 9-10

Credit: 1 (.5 Credit per course)
The Christian Brothers Academy Physical Education Program is designed to assist the student in developing his full potential. Each student is encouraged to develop a bridge between recreation and healthful living habits which will be a lifetime foundation for self-fulfillment and achievement; for caring and gaining a responsible place in society. Students are taught to value personal qualities of self-control, discipline, good sportsmanship, rules and regulations, and respect for others in life situations. Our goal is that each student possesses a personal sense of self-confidence, social graces, pride toward life and self and the desire to pursue excellence in his endeavors.

Physical Education 11-12

Credit: 1 (.5 Credit per course)
The Christian Brothers Academy Physical Education Program is designed to assist the student in developing his full potential. Each student is encouraged to develop a bridge between recreation and healthful living habits which will be a lifetime foundation for self-fulfillment and achievement; for caring and gaining a responsible place in society. Students are taught to value personal qualities of self-control, discipline, good sportsmanship, rules and regulations, and respect for others in life situations. Our goal is that each student possesses a personal sense of self-confidence, social graces, pride toward life and self and the desire to pursue excellence in his endeavors.