Junior High School Overview

With adherence to the guidelines of the Diocese of Wilmington, our faculty‘s goal is to nurture Holy Cross students spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and socially as children of God. We encourage them to think deeply and critically about the world in which they live, to connect and apply the lessons they learn to improve their lives and the lives of others, to apply the gifts they have been given wisely, and to understand the importance of their education. We recognize and respect the unique qualities of our students. As such, academic instruction, skill practice, skill application, and assessment of knowledge and skills are conducted using students’ multiple intelligences. Tutorial assistance is available for those students in need of additional instruction, practice, and application.

Writing

  • Students will use the 6+1 Writing Traits vocabulary as well as the formal writing process that includes peer conferencing.
  • Students will write various essays such as personal narratives, expository persuasive, and descriptive narratives, along with business letters.

Reading

  • Students read a variety of genres with an emphasis on understanding, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills.
  • A weekly spelling lesson focuses on structure as well as word meaning.
  • Students participate in a novel study.
  • Students use active listening skills to reflect, to evaluate, and to understand other viewpoints.
  • Students are required to read independently for twenty minutes each day.
  • Independent reading is recorded through summaries and reading logs.

Religion

  • Includes the study of the Hebrew Scriptures to better understand God and our Catholic faith.
  • Students gain familiarity by using the Bible to deepen their understanding of their faith community.

Language Arts

The goal of the study of Language Arts is the development of the five basic communication skills:
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Thinking Students practice these skills each day in all studies.
A Language Arts block of instruction helps to maximize knowledge and application of the communication skills. Students receive direct instruction, and work independently, with partners, and in small groups.

Mathematics

Students are grouped homogeneously, allowing students to grow in mathematics at a pace conducive to their level and learning style.  The following data is used to determine placement:
  • Standardized Test results
  • Diagnostic Star Math test results
  • Individual work ethic and classroom performance
6th grade Curriculum:

Numbers:
  • Review of Whole number operations
  • Integers
  • Rational numbers
Number Operations:
  • Fraction
  • Decimal
Proportionality:
  • Ratio and Rates, understanding and applying
  • Percents
Numeric and Algebraic expressions
Equations and Inequalities
Relationships in Geometry
Measurement and Data


Geography Enrichment

Includes:
  • The study of location, place, human-environmental interaction, movement and region (the foundations of geography) through investigation.
  • Analysis and development of map reading skills.

English

Students focus on study of grammar, usage, and mechanics.
  • Grammar instruction is practiced through daily writing.
  • Direct instruction and practice is received in listening and speaking skills.

Social Studies

  • Students participate in a multi-modal study experience.
  • The content for grade six includes early cultures, beginning with Mesopotamia, and continues through to modern times, including the Pacific and Far East geographical areas.
  • Students learn about the areas geographically, socially, economically, and politically.
  • Much of the learning is project-based. Students work to connect the ancient world with the modern world.
  • Assessment is determined formally and informally on a weekly basis.

Science

  • The LabLearner curriculum, based on state and national standards, is used.  An integrated curriculum, with an emphasis on Physical and Earth Science, is taught.  Topics covered include; 
    • Properties of Matter
    • Weathering and Erosion
    • Kinetic and Potential Energy
    • Atmosphere, Storms, and Clouds
    • Space
    • Simple Machines
    • Solutes and Solubility
  • Students participate in hands-on, laboratory experimentation in a fully equipped lab.
  • A variety of assessment tools are used to accommodate learning differences.