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Middle School

"We are an independent boarding, day school for Grades 6, 7 & 8."
Stuart WhitcombDirector of Middle School

Greetings from the WMA Middle School

This portal to our community will share some of the more tangible elements of the WMA middle school experience – if you will, the who, what, and where. Clearly, these are important elements to the educational process, and the foundation on which we will build a strong community of young learners.

Home

Nestled behind Rich Hall and overlooking Crystal Pond, you will find a low brick building inspired by one of the greatest and most transformative minds in American history – Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was a renaissance man, a learner who hungered for information and experience and put that learning to practical and innovative use. His home, Monticello, is found in the clean lines and classical dome and pillars of the Middle School as it is on the back of a nickel. Jefferson designed Monticello himself, marrying art and engineering, form and function in a stately mansion. We have scaled down his building and his educational experience to match the needs of our school and our students. We have not, however, scaled down his passion for learning.

Education

For Jefferson, a renaissance learner, there was little use for separation of the subjects. Math is found in music, and science is found in art. So we learn these subjects, and many more, side-by-side. Students in the Middle School engage works of literature for their mechanics, but also for their ability to understand human emotion, historical context and ethics. Math becomes a tool with which we unlock the mysteries of form and function, and the addition of science leads to an unlocking of the physical world. A learner must not explore one academic subject without considering its interplay with other subjects.

Community

It is essential these subjects work together and communicate with clarity and purpose, just as they did in the mind of Jefferson. As educators and learners we must believe that each element, each new idea and each challenging thought has a role in the growth of a young mind. In the Middle School each member of our community – parents, students and educators – is encouraged to engage our educational proposition. With this shared sense of educational purpose, we may embrace a variety of experiences, cultural perspectives and personal narratives as enriching ingredients, not challenging hurdles.

Wilbraham and Monson Middle School provides this educational and developmental opportunity in a comfortable and safe setting, surrounded by a lush campus and state-of-the-art facilities. Many of our educated and experienced staff live on campus and call WMA home, some raising children on our grounds while all strive to provide a similarly nurturing but rigorous environment for the students who matriculate here.

Our program and staff support and guide adolescents through the physical, social and intellectual challenges of Grades 6 through 8, working to establish a solid foundation while giving each opportunities to push the academic envelope.

Best,

Stuart Whitcomb

Director of the Middle School


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Themes by Grade

Grade 6: Knowing One’s Past

Humanities

  • Grade 6 Theme: Knowing One’s Past
  • Students search for the origins of our civilization and our culture

Math

  • Introduces tools necessary for solving problems, identifying patterns, and developing number sense
  • Introduces algebraic and geometric concepts
  • Uses Prentice-Hall Math 2 Program Text

Science

  • Connects to Grade 6 Humanities theme by investigating past history of Earth
  • Uses the SEPUP text, Issues & Earth Science

World Languages

  • Introduction to French or Spanish

Art

  • Explores art through an archeological perspective
  • Involves research of different ancient cultures
  • Reconstructs ancient artifacts from Egyptian sarcophagi, Greek urns, Roman coins, and Indian mandalas

Health

  • Introduces Mindset curriculum and focuses on the social/emotional components of being healthy

Music

  • Connected to the Grade 6 Humanities theme, Grade 6 Music classes play percussion instruments learning basic rhythms and beats

Physical Education

  • Classes meet twice each week for the entire school year, with the goal of involving students in regular physical activity including a variety of lifelong sports.

Grade 7: Knowing One’s Self

Humanities

  • Grade 7 Theme: Knowing One’s Self
  • Students explore the importance of establishing one’s identity

Math

  • Enables students to value mathematics, to build confidence in their ability to solve problems, and to communicate and reason mathematically
  • Continues to explore algebraic and geometric functions
  • Explores patterns and number sense, as well as applications with proportions and percents
  • Leads to either Math 8 or Algebra 1 in Grade 8
  • Uses Prentice-Hall Math 3 Program Text

Science

  • Connects to Grade 7 Humanities theme by learning how to study humans scientifically
  • Uses SEPUP text, Science & Life Issues

World Languages

  • Students continue with French or Spanish, leading to completing the equivalent of one year in an upper school language course

Art

  • Explores the theme of self within a modern European tradition
  • Investigates idea of the self-portrait from the beginning of the Renaissance to the 20th century

Health

  • Connected to the Grade 7 Humanities theme, Grade 7 Health classes discuss establishing a good personal health routine involving proper nutrition and a proper exercise regimen, linking how a healthy diet and exercise program can help nourish a healthy mind

Music

  • Students choose from a number of instruments from percussion, to keyboard, to strings (acoustic or electric) and work to find their “voice” with that instrument

Physical Education

  • Classes meet twice each week for the entire school year, with the goal of involving students in regular physical activity including a variety of lifelong sports.

Grade 8: Knowing One’s Community

Humanities

  • Grade 8 Theme: Knowing One’s Community
  • Students study the foundation of our American democracy and the concept of the American dream

Math

Math 8

  • Explores expressions and equations
  • Introduces linear and quadratic functions
  • Prepares students for entry into upper school at Algebra 1
  • Uses Prentice Hall Prealgebra text

Algebra 1

  • Develops a facility for the use of variables in equations
  • Explores graphing linear equations and inequalities
  • Investigates factoring, absolute value expressions, and functions
  • Prepares students for entry into upper school at Geometry
  • Uses Prentice-Hall Algebra 1 text

Science

  • Connects to Grade 8 Humanities theme by investigating how science impacts a community
  • Uses SEPUP text, Issues, Evidence, & You

World Languages

  • Students continue with French or Spanish as their primary language of study, working to complete the equivalent of a second year in an upper school language course.

Art

  • Looks at the many functions of art and the artist from the historical periods studied in Grade 8 humanities class

Health

  • Students continue to focus on the social/emotional aspects of being healthy and maintaining one's health, continuing to work with the Mindset curriculum heading to Grade 9 where it will be a focal point of the upper school's Freshmen Foundations course.

Music

  • Students continue with the instrument they began in Grade 7.
  • Having found their "voice" with that instrument in Grade 7, students now begin to blend their "voice" harmoniously into their musical group.

Physical Education

  • Classes meet twice each week for the entire school year, with the goal of involving students in regular physical activity including a variety of lifelong sports.

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Dress Code Change

Middle School students are no longer required to wear a blazer during the academic day.

Please note that each Thursday, students must wear either a school sweater with an embroidered WMA crest or a blazer (with crest).

For more information on ordering a blazer or sweater, please click here.

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