The study of life science in grade seven offers students a look at the living world around them and how it is different and similar to homo-sapiens. Topics include: what is life, what life needs and why; cells and how they lay the basis of life; how the environment affects us; how organisms change over time; and how our bodies work, and how we can help them work better.
Students begin the first part of a two-year journey through the history of western civilization. They begin by discussing what a civilization is, followed by in-depth studies of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. For each civilization, students will be looking at and comparing elements of government, religion, culture, economics, geography, and everyday life, and how ancient civilizations helped shape the world we live in today.
The goal of the middle school technology program at All Saints’ is to equip students with skills appropriate to their age level and teach them to make effective use of those skills so that they are able to compete in a world increasingly integrated with and dependent on technology. Integrating technology projects with other subjects allows them to apply what they’ve learned and encourages artistic self expression. They learn to find and prioritize information, synthesize new knowledge, and present it confidently and creatively.
The building blocks of technology are word processing, using search engines, and creating data presentations. Students have considerable flexibility in adapting these to their individual learning style, a practice which maximizes their opportunities to be successful.
The curriculum includes instruction on using the internet safely and students are expected to use technology appropriately, responsibly, and for school purposes only. Resources include computer labs, laptop carts, interactive white board technology, and Destiny Research Center.
The visual arts department at All Saints’ encourages students to explore the world, develop self expression and confidence, and communicate through art. Students at all grade levels are continuously challenged to grow creatively as they acquire a sequential knowledge of the elements and principles of art and an appreciation of art history. The program fosters the following beliefs:
The art program in lower school lays the foundation for concepts and skills that will continue to be developed as students move into middle school. Students explore the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, space, and value. Over time, they master a variety of artists’ tools including brushes, pen and ink, palette knives, linoleum blocks, wood, chalk, and charcoal. Artistic boundaries widen as students create both two- and three-dimensional artwork and are exposed to various mediums including paint, clay, sculpture, stitchery, papier-mâché, and drawing.
Students travel through history with the Art Masterpiece program. Grade seven studies inlude: Modern art-Twentieth Century; artists include Picasso, Kandinsky, Dufy, Vlaminck, Klee, Rouault, Kirchner, Mondrian, Braque, Magritte, Chagall, Duchamp, Miro, Mar, Vasarely, and Modigliani. Students incorporate many of the ideas, themes, and techniques they study in this program into their classroom work.
Two highlights of the school year are Special Persons Day, an event that showcases the visual and performing art programs in tandem, and the Spring Art Show, a weeklong display that includes representative works from all projects at every grade level.
Visual arts faculty bring over 50 years teaching experience to the classroom, and work tirelessly to help students achieve their full creative potential.
Students in grades seven and eight can choose the Music Ensemble elective, or Lights! Camera! Action!, a drama elective, if they would like to continue performance art studies.