FACEBOOKparentsweb parents spirit STORECALENDARS
The Integral formation of the entire Christian youth: Mind, Body and Spirit

Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade is the important initiation grade as students move from Elementary School to Middle School. We welcome all Sixth Graders at a Bible Mass held in early September. This year can be a challenging and exploratory time in a student’s educational journey academically, spiritually, socially, and physically. The students move independently to their classes on a 45-minute schedule with double blocks (one hour and thirty minutes) for Language Arts and Math. Electives are chosen at the start of the year and may include Band, Media Publications, STEM, Athletic Training, Health, Ukulele, and various others. Exposure to technology happens in several formats from using tablets in class to playing learning games on the interactive white boards. There is a mobile laptop cart for student access as well as availability in the computer lab. Middle School has many events that are separate from the Elementary School such as Service Projects, Chili Cook-off, MS Field Day, MS Go Texan Day, Living Stations, dances, Lightshine, and Academic Showcase. School students can take part on Athletic teams and are required to maintain their academic standing to play.


English Language Arts
  • Students will explain setting, character and plot development in literary text.
  • Students will summarize the elements of plot development in literary text.
  • Students will explain figurative language and the author’s use of it in poetry and narrative text
  • Students will identify the structure and point of view in nonfiction text.
  • Students will write poetry, narrative and research papers.
  • Students will use grammar and punctuation appropriate to 6th grade.

Math
  • Students will operate with whole numbers.
  • Students will operate with decimals.
  • Students will operate with fractions.
  • Students will compute and analyze statistical data and graphical representation.
  • Students will operate with integers.
  • Students will identify and write expressions and equations to represent real-life situations.
  • Students will recognize the relationships among geometric figures and calculate their attributes.
  • Students will operate with rational numbers.
  • Students will compute and analyze statistical data and graphical representation.
  • Students will apply the percent proportion and percent equation to real-life situations.
  • Students will identify, write, and solve expressions and equations to represent real life situations.
  • Students will recognize the relationships among geometric figures and calculate their attributes.
  • Students will determine if something is a function, complete a function table, and graph ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.

Science
  • Earth Science and Astronomy – Measurement, Mapping, Geologic Timeline, Dinosaurs, Earth’s layers, Minerals, Rock Cycle and Rock Identification, Tectonic Plates and Volcanic activity, Earthquakes. Planets, Galaxies, Telescopes.
  • Students will demonstrate how to measure in metric units using a ruler, triple beam balance, beakers, and graduated cylinders.
  • Students will graph topographic mappings.
  • Students will recognize the geologic timeline markers of the Earth.
  • Students will examine and paraphrase the rock cycle.
  • Students will recognize and distinguish different characteristics of all of the planets.
  • Students will demonstrate how to measure in metric units using a ruler, meter stick, triple beam balance, beakers, and graduated cylinders.
  • Students will differentiate between maps, contour maps, and topographic maps.
  • Students will explain how the different geologic time periods were dominated by different life forms.
  • Students will group and organize the different rock types into groups depending on their characteristics.
  • Students will contrast the planets with each other.
  • Students will summarize the importance of geology and astronomy in our advance scientifically.

Social Studies: World Cultures
  • The student will associate various government systems with countries that use the system
  • The student will outline major events of World War II, and what led up to the events of the Holocaust.
  • The student will reconstruct various government systems and teach them to the class.
  • The student will research the history of various countries, and analyze its effects on the country.
  • The student will dissect the geography of various countries, and explain how it affected colonization.
  • The student will interpret the differences in various economic systems.
  • The student will recreate key aspects of the Chinese dynasties to explain their effect on China.
  • The student will dissect major causes of World War II, and the people that contributed to the events to the Holocaust.

Religion
  • Students will identify scripture by citing the book, chapter number and verse number.
  • Students will explain that the Bible is the Word of God and was written through Divine Inspiration.
  • Students will recognize that the patriarchs provide a foreshadowing of the events in the New Testament.
  • Students will retell the story of Exodus including the 10 Commandments.
  • Students will recognize the Old Testament covenant and how Jesus fulfills it by making a covenant with us.
  • Students will develop a deeper understanding of the life of Jesus, His death and Resurrection by reading the New Testament.
  • Students will recognize that liturgy is the work of us, as the Body of Christ, the church.
  • Students will model the behavior of Jesus, and be living disciples of Christ.

Seventh Grade

Seventh Grade is a year of growth for Middle School students academically as well as physically. The students move independently to their classes on a 45-minute schedule with double blocks (one hour and thirty minutes) for Language Arts and Math. Electives are chosen at the start of the year and may include Band, Media Publications, STEM, Athletic Training, Health, Ukulele, and various others. Exposure to technology happens in several formats from using tablets in class to playing learning games on the interactive white boards. There is a mobile laptop cart for student access as well as availability in the computer lab. Middle School has many events that are separate from the Elementary School such as dances, Chili Cook-off, MS Field Day, MS Go Texan Day, Living Stations, service projects, Lightshine, and Academic Showcase. However, they still participate in many of the school wide events as well. Middle School students can try out for Athletic teams and are required to maintain their academic standing to play.


English Language Arts
  • Students will describe the theme of a given work.
  • Students will describe the elements of a myth and epic tale.
  • Students will describe differences between autobiography and a diary.
  • Students will analyze the author’s use of imagery, sensory language and mood.
  • Students will analyze the central argument in speeches and persuasive texts.
  • Students will write using grammar and punctuation appropriate to 7th grade.

Math
  • Students will operate with rational numbers.
  • Students will compute and analyze statistical data and graphical representation.
  • Students will apply the percent proportion and percent equation to real-life situations.
  • Students will identify, write, and solve expressions and equations to represent real-life situations.
  • Students will recognize the relationships among geometric figures and calculate their attributes.
  • Students will determine if something is a function, complete a function table, and graph ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.
  • Students will classify, write, graph, and solve quadratic equations.

Science
  • Life Science – Cell Biology, Genetics, Classification of the Animal Kingdom, Dissection Students will identify and define the parts of an animal and plant cell.
  • Students will recognize functions of each cell organelle.
  • Students will explain the importance of the cell cycle and the cell’s ability to reproduce and to function for a living thing to work properly.
  • Students will dissect to discover how the clam, crayfish, and frog are anatomically set up.
  • Students will discover how each animal family leads into the next animal family and how characteristics are always evolving.
  • Students will differentiate between mitosis and meiosis in the living cell.
  • Students will breakdown photosynthesis into its stages and will add the concept of ATP.
  • Students will interpret Punnett squares.
  • Students will research genetic diseases.
  • Students will organize animals into their kingdom, family, genus, and species.
  • Students will graph and measure accurately with all forms of scientific tools.
  • Students will compare and assess many forms of living things and will be able to determine what animal family they belong.

Social Studies: Texas History
  • The student will graph timelines showing dates important to Texas History.
  • The student will distinguish between various Native Texans.
  • The student will explore the reasons behind the colonization of Texas by the Spanish missionaries.
  • The student will describe the explorers of Texas.
  • The student will explain the how historical figures (i.e. Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, etc.) were pivotal in Texas History.
  • The student will recreate life as a Native Texan
  • The student will demonstrate life in a mission by walking younger students through a mission.
  • The student will compare the explorers and their accomplishments to evaluate which was most successful.
  • The student will generate an Alamo model and rearrange the canons to ensure the Texan’s victory.
  • The student will research and reenact the elections for Texas president with debates.

Religion
  • Students will discover who God is and develop a relationship with faith, scripture, tradition, and love.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the Holy Trinity.
  • Students will analyze Jesus’s plan for and promise of salvation through forgiveness and resurrection.
  • Students will illustrate their knowledge of the seven sacraments.
  • Students will summarize the types of vocations and how Christians can serve God.
  • Students will demonstrate their respect for life in the Catholic values of human sexuality.

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade is a special experience culminating in a Graduation Mass in May. We encourage the Eighth Graders to take leadership roles around the campus including their extracurricular groups and sports teams. During this exciting year of their lives, our faculty endeavors to prepare the students to prosper in the high school of their choice. All Eighth Graders participate in the High School Placement Test Prep course in the fall semester to ensure success on the entrance test required for private high schools. Students are supported through the high school and scholarship application process.


English Language Arts
  • Students will identify common word parts derived from Latin and Greek languages.
  • Students will analyze the protagonist and antagonist in a play.
  • Students will analyze point of view including omniscient and limited, subjective and objective.
  • Students will analyze the theme of a work.
  • Students will evaluate the role of media in forming opinions.
  • Students will write using an organizational strategy. (poem, imaginative story, business and personal letter)
  • Students will write using grammar and punctuation appropriate to 8th grade.

Math
  • Students will operate with rational numbers.
  • Students will compute and analyze statistical data and graphical representation.
  • Students will predict the outcome of independent and dependent events.
  • Students will analyze, write, and graph linear functions.
  • Students will classify, write, graph, and solve quadratic equations.
  • Students will analyze, write, solve, transform, and graph linear, quadratic, and absolute value functions, systems of equations, and inequalities.
  • Students will write, solve, and assess radical equations.
  • Students will factor, use square roots, complete the square, and use the quadratic formula to solve quadratic equations.

Science
  • Physics and Chemistry - Newton’s Laws, Simple Machines, Graphing, Calculating, Periodic Table, Balancing Equations.
  • Students will be able to measure accurately using a ruler, meter stick, triple beam balance, beaker, and graduated cylinder in metric measurements.
  • Students will be able to convert mm to cm, cm to m, and so forth.
  • Students will be able to recognize the difference between speed, velocity, and acceleration.
  • Students will give examples how elements are around us and how they are used and are part of our everyday life.
  • Students will be able to measure accurately in metric and will be able to convert amounts.
  • Students will point out the importance of Newton’s Laws.
  • Students will construct and will measure parameters in making an Egg Drop Holder using physic laws and concepts.
  • Students will organize the elements of the Periodic Table into their families and will differentiate between these families.
  • Students will understand how to balance a chemical equation and will understand the law of the conservation of mass.

Social Studies: American History
  • The student will investigate the journeys of the explorers.
  • The student will outline what caused the Revolutionary, Civil, Spanish-American, WWI, and WWII Wars.
  • The student will compare the actions of the Germans v. those of Americans during WWII.
  • The student will synthesize the journeys of the explorers by creating Facebook pages.
  • The student will compare and contrast causes of various wars to see if history has repeated itself.
  • The student will evaluate the various armies of WWII to discover who we think should have won.
  • The student will breakdown what it was like to amidst the Civil Rights Movement.
  • The student will relive the life of an American president through a living museum.

Religion
  • The student will extrapolate who the ancestors of the Catholic faith are.
  • The student will explain the various councils that created the church we know today.
  • The student will analyze how church history affects us today.
  • The student will illustrate how the church could have responded to the reformation and enlightenment.
  • The student will generate personal examples of what it means to be Catholic throughout the year.
  • The student will determine how to place God in the center of their lives.