Middle School Courses
The WMA Middle School has developed an integrated academic program that aims to accomplish the following:
- Stimulate and satisfy the innate and individually unique curiosity of the young adolescent
- Feature learning experiences that are highly integrated and connected to life lessons
- Provide a safe environment for each child to explore his or her emerging identity under the guidance of nurturing adults
- Expose students to a wide range of academic, social and recreational opportunities
- Allow students to question and explore their environment
- Involve each student in the richness of the world with the goal of developing caring, responsible and ethical citizens
Art 6: Integrating material covered in Humanities class, Art 6 begins with prehistoric cave art. It travels through Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, engaging images, forms and architecture to create a richer understanding of these early civilizations.
French 1A: Students build a solid foundation in vocabulary, sentence structure and basic grammar. A big emphasis is put on verbal skills. On parle français! Students learn presentational skills with projects such as the National French Week project on Francophone countries.
Health 6: From setting positive smart goals to showing empathy and kindness, students learn the importance of what makes them healthy and how to understand and express their emotions.
Humanities 6: Students learn about the ancient world through literature, project-based learning and guided instruction. A classroom culture of independent learning and thinking emphasizes process writing and annotation as a foundation for the Humanities program.
Math 6: When will I use this? How does it play a role my life? Can I figure out another way to solve math problems? Taking math to a new level to see how it plays a role in the real world and in the life of a student.
Music 6: From first learning how to hold the sticks to performing a complete composition, students will tap into their innate rhythm and jam with their peers, all while developing teamwork, improvisation skills and an ability to synchronize.
PE 6: Whether we engage in team sports, individual sports, lifetime skills, or partner and group building activities, the students have an opportunity to be physically active, work as part of a team, and learn new skills all year long.
Science 6: What is it to be a scientist? Science 6 looks from the cosmos to the tiniest grains of sand to find out. Students become scientists - investigating, gathering data, asking questions, posing hypotheses and working together.
Spanish 1A: Students will interact with each other in English and Spanish, trying on new vocabulary, playing with basic verbs and building simple sentences. Creating a solid foundation and removing the anxiety around learning a new language top our list of priorities, but fun comes in a close third.
Art 7: Who are we as a community of learners and members of the WMA Middle School? Our Grade 7 students consider these questions and explore the use of images and symbols in art throughout history and in different communities.
French 1B: Students continue their acquisition of vocabulary and learn the four essential skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Lots of games are used to make learning fun and to help with memorization. An exciting project this year is the Dream House project.
Health 7: Character (good character in the community) from honesty to developing confidence and compassion, students understand the importance of how to treat other people and a sense of self-worth.
Math 7: Thinking through math underlies everything we do: reading the problems to determine the process; seeing the concepts come together through technology and hands-on projects; determining the “why” and the “how” with the help of peers. It is through these processes that we bring Algebraic concepts to life, and support the learning process across the board.
Music 7: Music students learn about pitch, rhythm and musical teamwork as they choose music and prepare for the spring concert.
PE 7: Whether we engage in team sports, individual sports, lifetime skills, or partner and group building activities, the students have an opportunity to be physically active, work as part of a team and learn new skills all year long.
Science 7: Student scientists think individually while working in collaboration with others, actively learning about and engaging in scientific processes, methods and research. The emphasis is on an active classroom, where our scientists conduct hands-on investigations including individual clinical trials on human dexterity, the impact of the human community on native food webs, and the process of natural selection.
Spanish 1B: Building on the foundation of basic sentence structure and vocabulary, students will tackle hand-on projects and expand their written Spanish. Reading, writing and speaking Spanish will be explored through cultural celebrations and interactive games.
Art 8: Students make connections to the art of different countries and cultures with a focus on significant historical milestones. Particular emphasis is placed on how art has been used as a vehicle for personal expression in response to social issues and historical events.
Health 8: From responsible decision making to appropriately managing stress, students recognize and harness their individual strengths and aspirations through the practice of self-awareness, and the application of grit and a growth mindset.
Humanities 8: From the study of 20th century history, literature, and human behavior, students consider two significant topics - genocide and civil rights. As they examine history and themselves, students must think about the choices they make daily, while honing their critical thinking skills.
French 2: Students are now ready to practice past tenses and more complex grammar. They can write a paragraph in French, understand a native speaker on a set topic and engage in a conversation. Students expand their knowledge of Francophone culture with a special focus on Africa, learning the history of colonization and decolonization.
Music 8: A culmination of Grade 6 percussion and Grade 7 music comes to a head where the learning of rhythm, pitch and teamwork has students forming a class band that will be sure to rock your socks off.
PE 8: Whether we engage in team sports, individual sports, lifetime skills, or partner and group building activities, the students get an opportunity to be physically active, work as part of a team, and learn new skills all year long.
Science 8: Hands-on and thought-provoking, students engage science and one another through the study of water and energy, thereby unlocking a deeper understanding of their physical world. A focus on large data sets necessitates an introduction to digital technology through G-Suite, where students are taught how to create and navigate data tables for the purpose of analysis.
Spanish 2: Students will begin to apply their language skills while bolstering their understanding of verb tense, and navigating regular and irregular verbs. Students are also given the opportunity to turn up the heat and aim for Spanish 3 in Grade 9, or stabilize the foundation and enter high school ready to lead the charge.