Students in Middle School have core classes in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. In addition they take Spanish, and Physical Education. Students have a trimester of Art, Music and Design Technology. Please select a subject below to read the details.
Throughout Middle School, learners build upon previous concepts such as verb conjugation and other grammatical facets, as well as a more detailed view of phonetics and morphology. Students expand their abilities using both written and spoken text. They examine the historical origins as well as the journey of the language, including learning about varieties of Spanish spoken worldwide. The IB’s Middle Years Programme encourages connections between language acquisition and other disciplines, and our teachers in a variety of subjects collaborate to enhance each student’s experience. Those who are new to CHA will benefit from a differentiated approach which assesses according to an individual’s learning phase, and allows each learner to thrive regardless of his or her prior exposure to the language. Middle School Students learn unit-specific vocabulary and semantics in well-developed contexts, as well as the pragmatic aspects of Spanish in real-world scenarios.
Durante la Escuela Media, los educandos aprenden a construir el lenguaje con estructuras verbales más específicas, usando una faceta más gramatical y aprendiendo detalles más fonéticos y morfológicos. Ellos expanden sus habilidades aplicando el language en producciones escritas y orales. También examinan la parte histórica del lenguage y las variaciones verbales que tiene el español alrededor del mundo. El programa de International Baccalaureate para la Escuela Media permite realizar conexiones entre la adquisición de una segunda lengua con otras disciplinas. Esto permite una interacción entre los maestros y profesores que vuelcan los resultados de las colaboraciones interdisciplinarias en el diseño de las actividades y unidades que desarrollan en clase. Para los nuevos estudiantes en CHA, las unidades son diferenciadas en fases que les permite desarrollar distintas habilidades lingüísticas sin importar el nivel de experiencia previa ni el contacto habitual con la lengua. Los estudiantes aprenden los aspectos pragmáticos de la lengua española en situaciones reales.
The middle school students all take visual art for a trimester each year as the IB recognizes that visual art is an integral part of the middle school experience. The students at this age are at a critical point of their artistic journey. Instead of treating art making as a magical talent or inborn trait, the subject is taught with integrity to the knowledge that art making is a learned skill that takes practice, exposure and risk-taking. There is an emphasis on creative expression while becoming more familiar with different stages of the creative process, from generating an idea to the completion of a piece of art. They work as artists by becoming very knowledgeable about the elements and principles of art and design, aesthetics, giving and receiving feedback, and by reflecting and presenting as an integral step. The study of visual art is multi-faceted and not just based on developing craft but also engaging and persisting, envisioning, expressing an idea or voice, observing, taking risks, understanding the art world in a global context, and reflection with a growth mindset. All art students document their growth, exploration and understanding in a visual process journal that travels with them from 6th to 8th grade.
Our Middle School program presents Units of Inquiry that are designed to engage students and facilitate an authentic learning experience where students can discover and explore various elements of music history, musical style, music business, music technology and musicianship. The students are expected to create a specific project that not only shows their knowledge of the subject, but also demonstrates that the students can apply the knowledge used to compare and contrast, analyze and or create something new. We also concentrate on interdisciplinary units that weave together music with curriculum from core content areas: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Lastly, the entire middle school performs together in the Middle School Chorus for our Winter Holiday Concert and can also choose to participate in our Spring Musical Elective.
Spring Musical Elective
If you’re a middle school student and you would like to experience the process, the reward and the magic of doing Musical Theater this is your golden opportunity. Lights, camera and action all come together on the day of our shows! No matter if it’s Shrek or Lion King we pull out all of the stops. The costumes, make-up and amazing music are all exciting for everyone. The students gain confidence during the audition process, learn discipline and responsibility through the rehearsal schedule and have a chance to work on their craft with positive feedback and guidance from CHA’s production staff.
Research shows that children who play (exercise) increase the capacity of function of their organs as adults. If children do not get the opportunities for exercise as their organs are growing, that functional capacity can be lost forever. Children come to school at many different levels of physical development. Some children need the experiences that will help orient their body in space while others are ready to be more challenged with ball skills and strategies developed through games. CHA Physical Education program is designed to create a fun, developmentally appropriate, safe, supportive, and structured environment that will enhance the motor skills, fitness levels, interpersonal skills, and cognitive abilities of each student.
The CHA Middle School Physical Education program is designed to create a fun, developmentally appropriate, safe, supportive, and structured environment that will enhance the motor skills, fitness levels, interpersonal skills, and cognitive abilities of each student. All Middle School students will have the opportunity to participate in several traditional and nontraditional team-oriented activities, aerobic and anaerobic activities, as well as rhythmic movement and dance. Our P.E. teacher collaborates with teachers of other subject areas to ensure the concepts, skills, activities and games will support what students are learning in the classrooms.
Physical education is more than just participating in sports and games. Our primary goals are to encourage the development of “intelligent performers” and to encourage students to understand the importance of a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Throughout their middle school years students develop knowledge, critical thinking and reflection skills, a sense of responsibility, as well as interpersonal and self-motivational skills. These skills encourage choices that will contribute to longterm healthy living.
Students are expected to apply all skills, movements, and strategies of the activity to the best of their ability while consistently recognizing and using all safety principles, rules, procedures, and etiquette during their classes. A major focus of the program is teaching sportsmanship, cooperation, teamwork, and conflict resolution in physical activity settings. Students are expected to have a clear understanding of and respect for individual differences and similarities in a physically active setting.
As part of the process of becoming an IB school that offers the MYP program, what was once known as Technology class in our middle school has now evolved into MYP Design. In MYP Design, our primary goal is to learn how to utilize each main phase of the Design Cycle in order to transform ideas originating from inquiry and investigation into a tangible product. The four main phases of the Design Cycle are: Inquiring and Analyzing, Developing Ideas, Creating the Solution, and Evaluating the outcome.
Since the progression through each of these phases is cyclical and not necessarily linear, complex systems thinking is a must, as is the development of 21st century media literacy skills in order to facilitate collaboration, invention, and reflection.
Recent Design Challenges include:
- Crafting brand new carnival attractions for our school’s annual Fall Festival
- Producing a YouTube-friendly science education program based upon lab experiments completed in Science class
- Pitching a complete classroom space makeover in a “Shark Tank” inspired competition
The CHA Library seeks to act as a support to the International Baccalaureate program of the school as well as providing a place that inspires students to improve their reading skills. The library teaches students that books can be sources of information as well as read for pleasure.
The Librarian meets regularly with teachers to collaborate and plan activities to support the Units of Inquiry of each classroom. Books are read to the students that help them develop a strong understanding of the Learner Profile Attitudes and Attributes of the IB program. The Librarian also provides teachers with books that support each Unit of Inquiry so that students may access them in their classrooms.
Library visiting time is provided for Early Childhood students as an opportunity to spark the interest in written materials and provide a foundation for literacy. As students advance to Kindergarten and First Grade, they are given the responsibility and privilege of selecting books to borrow and read on their own. Read-alouds with the school librarian are important to support their emerging reading skills. Selections include books for word recognition and vocabulary as well as selections that support the Unit of Study in their classrooms.
As students reach Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth grades, the Library provides separate times for their growing needs. The joint Technology/Library times provides opportunities for students to research questions they have relating to their Units of Study through both online resources and selections offered on our bookshelves. The library provides work areas as well to complete the learning environment. In addition, each class is allowed additional time in the library to follow individual reading interests. Students in these grades earn the privilege of checking out several books to enhance their reading skills and foster the IB Learner Profile Attitudes of Curiosity, Enthusiasm, Confidence, Appreciation, Respect, Integrity and Independence.
Students in Middle School may visit the Library and use the resources need on a individual basis. The integrated use of the Library with Technology is viewed as a valuable Media Center and is available for the support of all CHA students, staff and parents.