Middle School 6-8

Our St. Joseph School middle school experience is distinct among those in ISD #196 because of size, curriculum, and learning environment. The program is limited to a total of 84 students in grades 6 - 8. Students learn about the Catholic Church and its traditions at a deeper level. Lasting friendships are fostered and continue into high school. Opportunities for leadership and mentoring are provided through many avenues, such as Family Circles. Students are required to give back to the community through service and stewardship.

St. Joseph School students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade engage in daily religion, language arts, math, social studies, science, and Spanish classes. Students participate in specialist classes, such as music, physical education, art, and technology 2-3 times per week.

Social Justice Experiential Learning Field Trips

Sixth Grade

Option for the Poor, Poverty Project, Second Harvest Heartland field trip, https://www.2harvest.org/

Seventh Grade

Care for God's Creation, Long Lake Environmental Learning Center, 3-day Overnight Trip, https://www.longlakecc.org/

Eighth Grade

Rights & Responsibilities, 8th Grade Capitol Field Trip & Retreat, 3-day Overnight Trip, http://www.mnhs.org/capitol/activities/field-trips and https://www.grandviewlodge.com/

Sixth Grade Curriculum

Religion

A strong Catholic presence permeates St. Joseph School. The values and traditions of our Catholic Faith are seen as an integral part of daily life. Every day, St. Joseph School students say an Honor Pledge and say a special prayer to St. Joseph.

Students are challenged to live out the actions reflected in the Honor Pledge. Children in grades K - 8 attend weekly all-school Mass throughout the year. Living Stations of the Cross is one example of making religious traditions come alive. Students share their time, talent and treasure through individual service projects and various collections. They respond to social justice needs with prayer, sacrifice, and giving to shape a more peaceful and faith-filled world. See the Alive in Christ Curriculum Website for more information.

St. Joseph School uses the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Religion Standards to guide instruction.

Language Arts

Students will develop the necessary skills for effective communication through interactive reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These lifelong skills will enable students to function as literate adults. St. Joseph School uses the Minnesota State standards for English Language Arts to guide instruction.

Literature & Informational Text, Writing, & Grammar

Students are immersed in novel studies, exposed to a variety of informational text selections, utilize the writing process, and engage in a rigorous grammar curriculum (Loyola Grammar curriculum information).

Mathematics

At St. Joseph School, critical thinking and problem solving through conceptual understanding is emphasized throughout our math curriculum. Our program deepens students' abilities to think mathematically and connect ideas. Students learn to see relationships, ask questions, and try different approaches. Problem-based learning drives students to engage in productive struggle. Visit the Pearson Envision Math website for more information. St. Joseph School uses the Minnesota State Standards in Math to guide instruction.

Social Studies

Students will acquire knowledge and appreciation for our state, nation and world’s past, present and hopes for the future. They will be encouraged to think critically, multi-culturally and as Christians to respect the heritage and diversity of the world.

6th Grade Social Studies Curriculum

Science

Students will acquire the needed knowledge and skills which encourage observation, foster questioning minds, develops creativity, cultivates respect in our world, and draws conclusions through analysis.

Physical Science Curriculum Map

Life Science Curriculum Map

Earth Science Curriculum Map

Science Curriculum Rotation Rationale

Seventh Grade Curriculum

Religion

A strong Catholic presence permeates St. Joseph School. The values and traditions of our Catholic Faith are seen as an integral part of daily life. Every day, St. Joseph School students say an Honor Pledge and say a special prayer to St. Joseph.

Students are challenged to live out the actions reflected in the Honor Pledge. Children in grades K - 8 attend weekly all-school Mass throughout the year. Living Stations of the Cross is one example of making religious traditions come alive. Students share their time, talent and treasure through individual service projects and various collections. They respond to social justice needs with prayer, sacrifice, and giving to shape a more peaceful and faith-filled world. See the Alive in Christ Curriculum Website for more information.

St. Joseph School uses the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Religion Standards to guide instruction.

Language Arts

Students will develop the necessary skills for effective communication through interactive reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These lifelong skills will enable students to function as literate adults. St. Joseph School uses the Minnesota State standards for English Language Arts to guide instruction.

Literature & Informational Text, Writing, & Grammar

Students are immersed in novel studies, exposed to a variety of informational text selections, utilize the writing process, and engage in a rigorous grammar curriculum (Loyola Grammar curriculum information).

Mathematics

Our 7th and 8th grade mathematics program uses the Holt curriculum for Pre-Algebra and Algebra I.

In 7th grade, the students understand and explore the fundamentals of algebra. The main concepts covered are ratios and similarity, integers and exponents, and solving and graphing linear equations.

In 8th grade, the students strengthen and expand their algebra skills through daily challenges and various problem solving activities. The main concepts covered are linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, systems of equations, inequalities, and probability and statistics.

Social Studies

Students will acquire knowledge and appreciation for our state, nation and world’s past, present and hopes for the future. They will be encouraged to think critically, multi-culturally and as Christians to respect the heritage and diversity of the world.

7th Grade Social Studies Curriculum 

Science

Students will acquire the needed knowledge and skills which encourage observation, foster questioning minds, develops creativity, cultivates respect in our world, and draws conclusions through analysis.

Physical Science Curriculum Map

Life Science Curriculum Map

Earth Science Curriculum Map

Science Curriculum Rotation Rationale

Eighth Grade Curriculum

Religion

A strong Catholic presence permeates St. Joseph School. The values and traditions of our Catholic Faith are seen as an integral part of daily life. Every day, St. Joseph School students say an Honor Pledge and say a special prayer to St. Joseph.

Students are challenged to live out the actions reflected in the Honor Pledge. Children in grades K - 8 attend weekly all-school Mass throughout the year. Living Stations of the Cross is one example of making religious traditions come alive. Students share their time, talent and treasure through individual service projects and various collections. They respond to social justice needs with prayer, sacrifice, and giving to shape a more peaceful and faith-filled world.

St. Joseph School uses the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Religion Standards to guide instruction.

Language Arts

Students will develop the necessary skills for effective communication through interactive reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These lifelong skills will enable students to function as literate adults. St. Joseph School uses the Minnesota State standards for English Language Arts to guide instruction.

Literature & Informational Text, Writing, & Grammar

Students are immersed in novel studies, exposed to a variety of informational text selections, utilize the writing process, and engage in a rigorous grammar curriculum (Loyola Grammar curriculum information).

Mathematics

Our 7th and 8th grade mathematics program uses the Holt curriculum for Pre-Algebra and Algebra I.

In 7th grade, the students understand and explore the fundamentals of algebra. The main concepts covered are ratios and similarity, integers and exponents, and solving and graphing linear equations.

In 8th grade, the students strengthen and expand their algebra skills through daily challenges and various problem solving activities. The main concepts covered are linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, systems of equations, inequalities, and probability and statistics.

Social Studies

Students will acquire knowledge and appreciation for our state, nation and world’s past, present and hopes for the future. They will be encouraged to think critically, multi-culturally and as Christians to respect the heritage and diversity of the world.

8th Grade Social Studies Curriculum 

Science

Students will acquire the needed knowledge and skills which encourage observation, foster questioning minds, develops creativity, cultivates respect in our world, and draws conclusions through analysis.

Physical Science Curriculum Map

Life Science Curriculum Map

Earth Science Curriculum Map

Science Curriculum Rotation Rationale

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