Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades

The central theme for The Weiss School Middle School program focuses on creativity, critical thinking, and communication in all aspects of learning.

Teachers and students work collaboratively through cross curriculum projects. This approach relies on integration of subjects and their related learning objectives. The cross curricular strategy also allows students to make connections between subject areas and promotes critical thinking and analysis.

All students in sixth through eighth grades embrace academics through our one-to-one program in which each student receives his or her own piece of technology equipment. Students use laptops, iPads, and other digital devices on a daily basis in class and follow up at home for their homework and studying.

Integration of technology and online books allows differentiation throughout all our classes. This means our teachers consider the various needs of our students, from their learning styles and skills, to their social and emotional development. This knowledge allows our teachers to create individual learning strategies and make adjustments in instructional content and expectations. Teachers and students work collaboratively toward mutual learning goals.

The Middle School Program at The Weiss School forms the crossroads of learning as students exit elementary school and head toward high school. The Weiss School Middle School fosters and promotes 21st century synergy, which is the strategic pairing and interaction of differentiated instruction and technology.

Students develop vital life and academic skills through exploration and interaction of multiple scholastic and technological elements. Through this significant and meaningful exploration, our students discover their full potential at solving real world problems!

Middle School Curriculum

Our sixth through eighth grade curriculum covers a comprehensive range of academic and extra-curricular subjects. Our gifted middle school students take the following academic subjects:

  • Language arts and writing
  • Advanced mathematics (*see more detailed explanation below)
  • Science
  • Social studies (ranging from geography to western civilization)

Our extra-curricular subjects allow our gifted sixth through eighth graders to develop their skills and follow interests in such areas as:

  • Art studies: visual arts, including two and three dimensional art studies encompassing art history, along with a variety of styles and methods.
  • Foreign language studies: Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, including oral fluency, writing, art projects, native speakers.
  • Music: performing arts, including learning to play instruments, write music, perform compositions, and participation in band and chorus.
  • Taekwondo: The Weiss School holds the distinction of being the first school in the nation to include academic Taekwondo in the curriculum.
  • Physical education: combination of activities and sports; facilities include our two fully equipped playgrounds, three tennis courts and an outdoor basketball court, a 1/8th mile track, and a full size soccer field.
  • Technology: one-to-one technology program equips each student with a wireless Macbook Air and online textbooks to develop 21st century technology skills.

Fifth Grade (Website Under Construction)

Gr-5

Within our Middle School program, gifted fifth grade students become immersed in academics, as well as performing and visual arts, physical education, leadership and community service. The fifth grade curriculum equips our students to become learners who are prepared to meet the demands of a highly technological society. Our advanced one-to-one technology program furnishes wireless MacBook Air laptops to all incoming fifth grade students.

 

Fifth Grade Curriculum

  • Focuses on promoting the enjoyment of reading diverse literature.
  • Facilitates using critical thinking skills as students relay their knowledge of the material presented.
  • Encourages students to ascertain and distinguish the elements of literature necessary for contributing to articulate and thoughtful discussions.
  • Helps students hone their writing skills by completing five-paragraph essays.
  • Requires researching a particular country and reporting on it, employing Modern Language format.
  • Provides instruction on extensive outlining, preparing a rough draft using a bibliography, and composing a final draft using all the various components.

Pre-Algebra 1

  • Students master the four arithmetic operations using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers.

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Pre-Algebra 2

  • Students become adept at manipulating numbers and equations, and understand the general principles at work.
  • Students learn and use factoring of numerators and denominators, and properties of exponents.
  • Students learn the Pythagorean theorem and solve problems in which they compute the length of an unknown side.
  • Students learn how to compute the surface area and volume of basic three-dimensional objects, and understand how area and volume change with a change in scale.
  • Students make conversions between different units of measurement.
  • Students learn and use different representations of rational numbers (fractions, decimals, and percents) and are proficient at changing from one to another.
  • Students increase their aptitude in using ratio and proportion, compute percents of increase and decrease, and compute simple and compound interest.
  • Students graph linear functions and understand the idea of slope and its relation to ratio.
  • Uses discovery in the classroom by inquiry learning and encourages students to learn by participating in hands-on projects, as well answering real-world questions in all fields of science.
  • Provides students with the opportunity to participate in the Palm Beach County Science Fair with a chance to move on to further events.
  • Reaches out to the community allowing students to meet with scientists and researchers. Investigates the unseen elements in the world of environmental sciences.
  • Provides instruction about agriculture and botany in our Giving Garden (The Weiss School donates all produce grown to community food pantries).
  • Focuses on the world we live in, particularly geography as it encompasses culture, history, and topography in each region.
  • Explores five geographical themes to guide studies and help students see the interconnectedness of our world.

Sixth Grade

Gr-6

In the sixth grade our gifted students enjoy a mixture of academics, arts, athletics, leadership and community service. Our sixth grade curriculum covers academic subjects including language arts and writing, advanced mathematics, science, and western civilization. Our sixth grade curriculum equips our gifted students to become competent learners in a highly technological society through our advanced technology program. We use a one-to-one program with wireless Macbook Airs.

Sixth Grade Curriculum

  • Continues to promote reading and discussions of diversified literature.
  • Promotes literature through multiple intelligences using a variety of approaches as the students share their knowledge of the material they have studied.
  • Begins to incorporate history reflective of the relevant cultural, historical, and social background.
  • Presents research of British literary time periods, including the influences of the government and economics of the time.
  • Elaborates on outlining, along with building rough drafts and final drafts, based on skills begun in the fifth grade and continuing through sixth grade language arts.

Pre-Algebra 2

  • Students become adept at manipulating numbers and equations, and understand the general principles at work.
  • Students learn and use factoring of numerators and denominators, and properties of exponents.
  • Students learn the Pythagorean Theorem and solve problems in which they compute the length of an unknown side.
  • Students learn how to compute the surface area and volume of basic three-dimensional objects, and understand how area and volume change with a change in scale.
  • Students make conversions between different units of measurement.
  • Students learn and use different representations of rational numbers (fractions, decimals, and percents) and are proficient at changing from one to another.
  • Students increase their aptitude in using ratio and proportion, compute percents of increase and decrease, and compute simple and compound interest.
  • Students graph linear functions and understand the idea of slope and its relation to ratio.

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Algebra 1 Honors

  • Students develop an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics and the sciences.
  • Students develop and use algebraic skills and concepts in a wide variety of problem-solving situations.
  • Students develop the ability to use and know simple aspects of a logical argument; use the properties of the number system to judge the validity of results; justify each step of a procedure; and to prove or disprove statements.
  • Students master algebraic mechanics and understand the underlying theory, as well as apply the concepts to real-world situations in a meaningful way.
  • Students extend knowledge and understanding of the real number system and its properties through the study of variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, and the analysis of data from real world phenomena.
  • Emphasis is placed on algebraic connections to arithmetic, geometry, and statistics. (Graphing calculators are an essential tool for every student to explore graphical, numerical, and symbolic relationships.)
  • Uses discovery and inquiry learning as students learn by doing hands-on projects and answer real-world questions.
  • Includes small and large projects spanning different subjects, emphasizing how the world is connected across all subjects.
  • Prepares students to participate in the Palm Beach County Science Fair, with opportunities to advance.
  • Introduces the new and exciting field of Neuroscience, as students study the brain using curriculum written by a local neurologist. Reaches out to the community allowing students to meet with scientists and researchers. Investigates the unseen elements in the world of microbiology.
  • Focuses on the world as it was long ago, covering topics including pre-man and archeology, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Greeks, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, and the Middle Ages.
  • Explores everything in creative and interdisciplinary ways, such as studying a civilization's art and literature, its contributions to Science and Math, and its impact on the formations of governments.

Seventh Grade

Gr-7

In the seventh grade students are immersed in academics, arts, athletics, leadership and community service. Our seventh grade curriculum covers academic subjects including language arts and writing, advanced mathematics, science, and western civilization.

Our seventh grade curriculum equips our gifted students to be learners who can meet the demands of a highly technological society. We use a one-to-one program with a wireless Macbook Air.

Seventh Grade Curriculum

  • Helps students promote and implement their skills in creating, evaluating, analyzing and applying their knowledge of literature and writing through a variety of means, including but not limited to speech, discussion, and technology.
  • Helps students begin to grasp the chronological development of literature as they continue to learn the connections to history, culture, and social backgrounds.
  • Improves students' skills in expository and creative writing
  • Promotes students' proficiency in grammar and mechanics
  • Covers research into French literary time periods, including the influences of the government and economics of the time.

Algebra 1 Honors

  • Students develop an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics and the sciences.
  • Students develop and use algebraic skills and concepts in a wide variety of problem-solving situations.
  • Students develop the ability to use and know simple aspects of a logical argument; use the properties of the number system to judge the validity of results; justify each step of a procedure; and to prove or disprove statements.
  • Students master algebraic mechanics and understand the underlying theory, as well as apply the concepts to real-world situations in a meaningful way.
  • Students extend knowledge and understanding of the real number system and its properties through the study of variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, and the analysis of data from real world phenomena.
  • Emphasis is placed on algebraic connections to arithmetic, geometry, and statistics. (Graphing calculators are an essential tool for every student to explore graphical, numerical, and symbolic relationships.)

Geometry Honors

  • Students investigate properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, and solids using inductive and deductive reasoning.
  • Conjectures about properties and relationships are developed inductively and then verified deductively.
  • Students examine non-Euclidean geometries, formal logic, and use deductive proofs to verify theorems.
  • Vectors, transformations, algebra, and technologies are used as tools to solve geometry problems.

Algebra II Honors

  • Students master algebraic mechanics and understand the underlying theory and apply the concepts to real-world situations in a meaningful way.
  • Advanced algebraic concepts are provided through the study of functions, polynomials, rational expressions, complex numbers, matrices, exponential and logarithmic equations, infinite geometric sequences and series, permutations and combinations, and selected topics in discrete mathematics.
  • Emphasis on modeling, logic, and the interpretation of results.
  • Graphing is used with families of related graphs. Numerical, graphical, and algebraic solutions are considered for all problems, as applicable. (Graphing utilities, especially graphing calculators, are integral to the course.)
  • Helps students learn by doing hands-on projects and trying to answer real-world questions in all fields of science; size of projects varies from small to large, spanning different subjects and allowing students to realize the interconnectivity of the world.
  • Prepares students to participate in the Palm Beach County Science Fair with an opportunity to advance to other events.
  • Provides potential for students to interview actual scientists who work and do research nearby in the community, as well as Skype with scientists who live a distance away.
  • Focuses on Chemistry, including chemicals, their interactions through lab experiments, and observations of the world around us.
  • Focuses on the world as it was long ago from the Renaissance through the 20th Century; topics include:
  • Uses our online text book, but includes many other outside sources to delve into the culture and events of these periods.
  • Involves students in project-based learning.

Eighth Grade

Gr-8

In eighth grade, students become immersed in academics, arts, athletics, leadership and community service. Our advanced eighth grade curriculum includes language arts and writing, advanced mathematics, science, and U.S. history.

Our eighth grade curriculum equips our gifted students to be learners who can meet the demands of a highly technological society. The eighth grade is part of our one-to-one program with a wireless Macbook Air supplied to each student.

Eighth Grade Curriculum

Eighth Grade Language Arts and Writing

  • Equips students with the ability to ascertain and distinguish the elements of literature necessary to make articulate and thoughtful discussions.
  • Covers research of American literary time periods, focusing on the influences of the government and economics of the time.
  • Embraces same language arts skills in writing and testing.
  • Prepares students to demonstrate their knowledge through cognitive and affective domain applications with the higher order thinking, valuing, organizing, and internalizing values of presented material.

Eighth Grade Honors Language Arts

  • Provides concentrated exploration of literature and writing.
  • Equips students to read and analyze diverse literary genres.
  • Highlights interpreting texts, literally and figuratively, to foster appreciation for literary techniques and style.
  • Focuses on perfection of writing skills.
  • Prepares students to generate analytical essays in which they will explore their interpretations of literature, and work on constructing and supporting effectual arguments.

Geometry Honors

  • Students investigate properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, and solids using inductive and deductive reasoning.
  • Conjectures about properties and relationships are developed inductively and then verified deductively.
  • Students examine non-Euclidean geometries, formal logic, and use deductive proofs to verify theorems.
  • Vectors, transformations, algebra, and technologies are used as tools to solve geometry problems.

Algebra II Honors

  • Students master algebraic mechanics and understand the underlying theory and apply the concepts to real-world situations in a meaningful way.
  • Advanced algebraic concepts are provided through the study of functions, polynomials, rational expressions, complex numbers, matrices, exponential and logarithmic equations, infinite geometric sequences and series, permutations and combinations, and selected topics in discrete mathematics.
  • Emphasis on modeling, logic, and the interpretation of results.
  • Graphing is used with families of related graphs. Numerical, graphical, and algebraic solutions are considered for all problems, as applicable. (Graphing utilities, especially graphing calculators, are integral to the course.)
  • Promotes discovery in the classroom through inquiry learning, as students learn by doing hands-on projects and construct answers to real-world questions.
  • Incorporates small and large projects, spanning different subjects, and facilitating understanding for students that the world is connected across all subjects.
  • Prepares students to participate in the Palm Beach County Science Fair, with opportunities to advance.
  • Integrates community interaction by setting up opportunities for students to interview actual scientists who work and do research nearby, or to Skype with scientists who live a distance away.
  • Focuses on physics and engineering, investigating force and motion, projectile motion, collisions, work-power energy, building and engineering, electricity and optics
  • Focuses on the birth of our country and its development as a nation, covering topics such as the colonies in America, the Revolutionary Era, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Industrial Age, World War I, the Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression, and World War II.
  • Includes the art and literature of each time period, as students analyze how the events and people of the time contributed to the formation of our country as it is today.
  • Incorporates project-based learning.