Students in Wildwood’s Middle School are preparing for future challenges – they are presented with a rigorous course schedule, coupled with increased expectations of personal responsibility and academic achievement.
-English, Grades 6, 7, and 8
English is a comprehensive course in literature, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. The Elements of Literature (Holt, Rinehart, Winston) series is a skills-centered approach to classic and contemporary literature which is supplemented with additional novels, plays, and short stories. The Vocabulary Workshop (Sadlier-Oxford) series helps students systematically increase their vocabularies, while working on reading comprehension and spelling. The Grammar for Writing (Sadlier-Oxford) series integrates writing with core grammatical skills while reviewing test-taking, critical and analytical thinking skills.
Foreign language instruction in the Middle School focuses on learning to speak conversational Spanish. In addition, students will study Spanish cultures and traditions throughout the world. Emphasis is placed on developing corollary written and reading skills in the Spanish language.
-Social Studies, Grade 6
Using Glencoe/McGraw Hill’s, Exploring our World, sixth grade students examine Canada, the United States, Latin America and Russia. The focus of this course is on the five themes of geography which include: geography, history, culture, the economic and contemporary issues as they apply to the regions named above.
-History, Grade 7
Using McGraw-Hill World: Adventures in Time and Place (Volume 2), seventh grade students learn about various ancient world regions. These ancient cultures include Medieval Europe and the cultures and empires of Africa, Asia and the Americas. Throughout the units, students have the opportunity to explore the various characteristics of each people in addition to their writing systems, agricultural innovations, and various inventions.
-History, Grade 8
Using The Carl Vinson Institute of Government The Georgia Studies Book, eighth grade students learn the history, culture, and geography of Georgia in the context of American history and government. The course is intended to help students develop the ability to make informed decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse and democratic society. The curriculum begins with the physical geography of Georgia and logically progresses from Georgia’s prehistoric past to the founding of Georgia. A comparison of the U.S. and Georgia systems of government conclude this course of study.
-Math, Grade 6
Sixth grade students develop proficiency in conceptual understanding, computational and procedural skills, and problem-solving abilities through the use of the Holt Middle School Math: Course 1 program. Topics include operations with decimals and fractions; measurement, data, and graphs; algebra functions and equations; plane geometry; perimeter, area, and volume; ratio, percent and proportion; probability; as well as functions and coordinate geometry.
-Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Honors Algebra I
Holt Middle School Math: Courses 2 (7th) and 3 (8th) serve as an effective guide to more advanced mathematical topics, such as algebra and geometry, while enhancing basic arithmetic knowledge and skill. The emphasis is on developing abstract reasoning and symbolic manipulation skills. All of the instruction in this series reflects current and accurate mathematics. In addition to data, number theory, and algebraic reasoning, students will work with integers and rational numbers as well as operations with rational numbers. Other topics of importance are plane geometry; percents and probability; perimeter, circumference, area, and volume; equations and inequalities; and sequences and functions.
-Earth Science, Grade 6
Using the text Holt Science and Technology: Earth Science, students use structured, guided and open inquiry to explore the branches of earth science: geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. Scientific methods of questioning, forming and testing hypotheses, as well as analyzing results, drawing conclusions and communicating results are employed in this scientific study. Students will also create physical, mathematical and conceptual models to further their understanding of the material.
-Life Science, Grade 7
As students proceed through the “study of living things,” they address such topics as: the scientific method and its tools and measurements; characteristics and necessities of life; cells and how they function and the presentation of the scientific theory of evolutionary changes in cells; heredity and genes; classification of living organisms; a study of each of the kingdoms (plant, animal, protists, fungi); ecology and the environment; and the human body. Holt Science and Technology: Life Science serves as a resource for this program of study.
-Physical Science, Grade 8
Students explore topics such as: matter; force and motion; work, machines and energy; the atom; interactions of matter; electricity; waves, sound, and light using the text Holt Science and Technology: Physical Science. While exploring, inventing, and investigating within the context of these topics, students internalize the concepts of the scientific method, as well as develop an awareness of the physical world around them.
-Biblical Studies, Grade 6
The primary goal of the 6th grade Bible curriculum is to make the Word of God more meaningful for our students. Sixth graders complete a spiritually challenging Bible survey course, Route 66; Travel Through the Bible. The study moves chronologically from Genesis to Revelation, with an emphasis on understanding God’s relationship with humanity throughout history.
-Biblical Studies, Grades 7 and 8
Biblical Studies include a study of Proverbs. The curriculum, a three-year cycle, (1) offers skills in a critical reading of the Old Testament and The Apocrypha and the importance of remembering; (2) offers skills in a critical reading of the New Testament and how it emerges as a new covenant with God’s children; and (3) engages the students in themes of the Christian Tradition, including the God of grace, God’s Word as authority for Christian living, God’s Son as the Word revealed and as Redeemer, and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. The text for this curriculum is an ecumenical study Bible, The New Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha, 3rd edition. The course is taught to seventh and eighth graders.
The art curriculum provides visual learning within a sequential program adapted to the students’ differing maturational and developmental levels. Students use both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms to express their ideas. Experiences in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics, and fiber arts help students identify and explore the principles of art and elements of design.
Drama introduces students to numerous aspects of performing, including memorization, improvisation, elocution and storytelling. Self confidence, stage presence, leadership skills, and the ability to work as a team are developed through the drama program. Set design, costume design, publicity and stage management are skills that are presented. All Wildwood students participate in the Christmas play, Live Nativity and a spring production
The music program includes the following learning experiences: singing, listening, reading music and playing instruments. Skills are developed and expanded at each grade level. Music reading skills are reinforced by learning to distinguish different music rhythm patterns and recognize music genre by listening to different classical and religious music composers. Students are exposed to a variety of music representing different styles and cultures and also learn appropriate behaviors for appreciating musical performances. At each grade level, the creative process is reinforced based on knowledge of the elements of music. Wildwood students learn to listen, communicate, and create, using music.
Through health and physical education, an individual has the opportunity to develop the motor skills needed in everyday living and recreational activities. In becoming physically fit, students relate physical activity to physical fitness and health. Students improve skills, knowledge, and attitudes, to help them lead active, healthy, and productive lives as adults. Satisfying and successful experiences in health and physical education develop an individual’s desire to regularly participate in physical activity and maintain a healthy life style throughout life. Outward Bound activities, such as caving, low and high ropes courses, camping / survival experiences and kayaking are also included in the physical education program.
Computer skills such as keyboarding, research skills, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are taught at appropriate ages throughout the curriculum. Specific course curriculum is integrated into the computer education through research projects and skill development. Wildwood maintains a computer lab in its media center and computers in each classroom to provide technology education.