THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

 

The vision of Marco Island Charter Middle School is to create a community-centered, state of the art facility that promotes student participation in a stimulating learning environment that is positive, hopeful and exciting.  The mission of MICMS is high academic achievement and responsible moral character for its students, achieved through relentless attention to innovation in core discipline, teaching techniques, and extra curricular activities.

 

Interdisciplinary Team

 

Middle School is a transition time for students who are mature enough to leave elementary school and accept additional responsibilities not yet ready to enter high school with its many choices and sophisticated milieu. Suring the three years of middle school education, a major shift occurs within the child. To shepherd the middle school students through this transitional and formative period, middle schools traditionally have an “interdisciplinary team.”

 

The interdisciplinary team consists of groups of teachers representing the basic academic and humanities subjects, who share the same group of students and become a “school within a school”.

 

Not only does this organization provide a transition between the self-contained classroom structure of the elementary level, but it also gives a structure and security that adolescents need to survive the often tumultuous  middle school years. In addition, by reducing the size of the immediate group to which students belong, they are more likely to experience a sense of belonging , being known and recognized.

 

Basic Academic Program

 

MICMS’ Academic Program accommodates the nationally acclaimed CORE Knowledge Curriculum and the Florida Sunshine State Standards in order to meet state mandates and agreements with the District School Board of Collier County. The academic program is rigorous, providing opportunities in a wide range of areas yet emphasizing fundamental skills and content necessary for future academic success.

 

Students demonstrating academic excellence may qualify for advanced classes and high school credit bearing classes if entrance criterion is met. Students who need academic support may participate in classes that will build the skills necessary to become a successful student.

 

The fundamental belief underlying the academic program is that all children can learn and all can succeed when provided with the appropriate instruction and a commitment on the part of the student, parent and school to work together as a team to bring about that success.

 

The Exceptional Student Program

 

MICMS believes that all students have the ability to learn and that the student potential, at whatever level, can be nurtured and developed.

 

The Exceptional Student Program  (ESE) is composed of two categories: students who possess a learning disability and those who possess a giftedness in a particular field or range of intelligence.

 

Students who are challenged with a learning disability are eligible to attend classes at MICMS provided that the school has the ability and educational resources to deliver the educational services called for in the individual Educational Plan (IEP).  Students are served daily by an ESE teacher in a learning strategies class and one day per week by an ESE specialist. In addition, the small and familiar school environment tends to enhance the possibilities for success for the ESE student. MICMS uses the “Inclusion” model when educating students in the ESE program, only pulling them out only when necessary for a particular instruction. Parent/Guardian conferences are held. Diagnostic assessments are available. For further information, contact the school ESE teacher.

 

Students who qualify and are admitted into the “Gifted” program are served by a consult teacher who holds or is working towards a gifted endorsement. These students are “melded “ into the regular classes and receive rigorous and challenging opportunities to learn and demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of formats. Students may also accelerate through the honors curriculum, if they qualify. Students will follow the gifted learning strategies curriculum  and research component of the pre-laureate program.

 

Additionally, these students will develop  a portfolio that serves the student in reviewing and reflecting upon the content  and progression of the classes. Parent/Guardian conferences are held. Diagnostic assessments are also available.  For further information, please contact the teacher for the gifted.

 

English Speakers of other Languages

 

Students who attend MICMS with limited English proficiency enter the Limited English Proficiency program (LEP). These students are served by a teacher who holds or is working towards this endorsement.

 

LEP students work with a trained teacher in a Learning Strategies class daily. These students are immersed into the English-speaking environment  and proficiency excels in an “Inclusion” model.

 

The LEP teacher assists students who are in need of help through group conferences and individual conferences. testing is available. Parent/Guardian conferences are held.

 

 

 

Marco Island Charter Middle School Course Descriptions

 

Art

 

Grade 7 ART - Meets 1 semester. $20.00 materials fee includes sketchbook. This course reviews and further develops the language of art as means to the expression of self in a variety of media. Students maintain a daily sketchbook and produce works of art in the following major areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, ceramics and graphic design. Emphasis is placed on art history from Impressionism to Modern American Painting and their relationship to other disciplines. Students also learn to critique- describe, analyze, interpret and judge the works of self and others.

 

Grade 8 ART- Meets daily for 9 weeks. $10.00 materials fee includes sketchbook. Students review two and three dimensional design, maintain a daily sketchbook and produce works of art in a variety of media. Weekly topics include Painting since World War II, Photography as an art form, 20* Century Sculpture, and Architecture Since the Industrial Revolution.

 

Computers

 

Computer Applications Grade 6 – The class is designed to help students develop speed and accuracy by learning the touch operation of alphanumeric/ key-board characters. Emphasis is placed on the following: mastery of the keyboard with desirable keyboarding techniques; development of speed and accuracy; basic problem solving applications of centering and arranging reports, letters, and tables; proofreading; formatting; and proper care of the equipment.  Students will also learn essential components of a computer system, utilize the computer for research, experiment with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Windows XP including WordPAD, Paint and Calculator,  and use CAI programs (FCATEXPLORER, Florida Achieves, virtual labs, etc) to reinforce and improve learning processes and outcome.

 

Computer Applications Grade 8 - this class will meet every day for 1 quarter.  The purpose of this course is to further refine and add to the student’s ability in using integrated application software, expanding the level and speed of the student’s keyboarding and decision making skills. The content includes, but is not limited to, reinforcing touch typing skills, proper care and components of a computer system, utilizing the computer for research, mastering Windows XP and Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and using CAI programs (FCATEXPLORER, etc) to reinforce and improve learning processes and outcome.

 

ESE Learning Strategies

 

 The purpose of this course is to help organize students and teach them how to study. The following study skills are included in this course:
 1. Setting up a proper home study environment
 2. Managing time at school and home
 3. Setting goals
 4. Actively listening and taking relevant notes in class
 5. Reading a textbook and recording important facts
 6. Homework Assistance
 7. Studying class and textbook notes for an upcoming test


ESOL Study Skills

 

The ESOL Study Skills course gives students the opportunity to strengthen their skills and understanding what is expected in given assignments. These are some of the skills included in this course:

1. Setting attainable goals.

2. Class/Homework skill assistance.

3. Time management on assignments.

4. Language comprehension.
 

 

 

 

Language Arts

 

6th grade Language Arts (regular) - The purpose of this course is to develop English language arts concepts and skills through meaningful activities.  The curriculum of the course emphasizes the benchmarks and grade level expectations of the Sunshine State Standards.  The content will include, but is not limited to, the study of literature; the use of the writing process; and the application of reading, listening, speaking, viewing, critical thinking and study skills.  Students will learn how to apply these skills to daily life and work.  Students will write using a variety of purposes with emphasis on all stages of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising and publishing). Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 5th grade language arts course.  Passing scores on the FCAT and Florida/Collier Writes.

 

6th grade Language Arts (advanced) - The purpose of this course is to further develop English language arts concepts and skills.  The content will include, but is not limited to, the interpretation of literature and the use of the writing process.  The course will also include advanced reading skills, techniques of effective speaking, viewing, and listening, critical thinking and study skills and how these skills relate to success throughout their schooling and their future. Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 5th grade language arts course.  Top scores on the FCAT as well as the Florida/Collier Writes.

 

7th Grade Language Arts - The purpose of this course is to develop the ability to use, interpret, and appreciate spoken and written English.  The content should include but not be limited to, the study of literature, practice in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences, the learning of Latin/Greek word roots and foreign phrases commonly used in English, and activities in speaking, listening, viewing, and critical thinking, as well as in the use of reference materials.  Developmental reading strategies will also be incorporated. 

 

7th Grade Advanced Language Arts - The purpose of this course is to promote academic excellence in reading, writing, and oral communication including critical thinking and study skills.  This course is offered to seventh graders who have demonstrated high ability in Language Arts through both coursework and performance on standardized tests. The content will include but not be limited to, applications of speaking, viewing, and listening skills, the analysis of literature, the study of Latin/Greek word roots and foreign phrases commonly used in English, and the uses of the writing process for creative and expository purposes.  The course should include advanced reading, thinking, and study skills.

 

8th Grade Language Arts – The purpose of this course is to provide students with the necessary with the necessary tools to use critical thinking skills to analyze literature and develop stylistic writing skills.  The content includes, but is not limited to, the interpretation and analysis of literature, writing for a variety of purposes, practice and study of grammar to improve technical writing skills and the usage of root words and foreign phrases.

 

8th Grade Advanced Language Arts – The purpose of this course is to provide students with the necessary with the necessary tools to use critical thinking skills to analyze literature and develop stylistic writing skills. This course is offered to eighth graders who have demonstrated high ability in Language Arts through both coursework and performance on standardized tests.  The content includes, but is not limited to, the interpretation and analysis of literature, writing for a variety of purposes, practice and study of grammar to improve technical writing skills and the usage of root words and foreign phrases.

 

Mathematics

 

Three levels of mathematics (basic, developmental, and advanced) are offered in the middle school at each grade level.  The content in regular courses is that which is expected at grade level. The advanced level is designed to provide horizontal enrichment and/or vertical acceleration of the regular curriculum.  In addition, the high school courses, Algebra 1 Honors and Geometry Honors, are offered to middle school students who have demonstrated high ability in mathematics through course work and performance on standardized tests.

 

FCAT Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 & 8, year)

This additional course is required for students scoring at either a Level 1 or Level 2 on the Mathematics section of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).  Students must also enroll in their regular grade-level mathematics course. The purpose of the course is to assist students to acquire the necessary skills for success in middle and high school mathematics courses.  The content of the course shall include the math FCAT skills.

 

Mathematics 1 (Grade 6, year)

Mathematics 1 continues the development of the fifth grade skills of arithmetic and introduces mathematics content fundamental for high-level course work. Topics include numeration; computation with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percent; estimation; geometry; problem solving; measurement; graphing; number theory; and consumer mathematics.

 

Mathematics 1, Advanced (Grade 6, year)

Mathematics 1, Advanced extends the regular sixth grade curriculum through horizontal enrichment. Enhancement of problem solving skills is a major emphasis. Integers, probability and statistics, and simple linear equations and inequalities are introduced.  This course is offered to sixth graders who have demonstrated high ability in Mathematics through both coursework and performance on standardized tests.

 

Mathematics 2 (Grade 7, year)

Mathematics 2 continues the development of the skills of arithmetic and expands the mathematical content of the sixth grade curriculum. Operation with integers and solution of simple algebraic equations and inequalities are introduced. Probability and statistics are developed further. Problem solving is emphasized.  A four-function calculator is required for the course.

 

Mathematics 2, Advanced (Grade 7, year)

 

Mathematics 2, Advanced extends the advanced sixth grade curriculum through vertical acceleration.  The course is designed to provide the mathematics foundation necessary for the study of algebra in the eighth grade.  The course emphasizes pre-algebra skills.  Properties and operations with rational numbers are introduced; geometric concepts are extended, as well as solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities.  A scientific calculator is required for the course.

 

 

Mathematics 3 (Grade 8, year)

Mathematics 3 completes the skills of arithmetic and expands the mathematical content of the seventh grade curriculum with the primary objectives of providing students with the necessary skills for success in pre-algebra and algebra at the high school level. Operations with rational numbers and the properties of real numbers are introduced. Concepts in algebra and geometry, including coordinate geometry, are expanded.  A four-function calculator is required for the course.

 

Algebra 1 Honors (Grades 7 & 8, year)

Algebra 1 Honors is a high school course offered to seventh and eighth graders who have demonstrated high ability in mathematics through both course work and performance on standardized tests. This course will be equivalent to the high school Algebra 1 Honors course. Students will take the high school level semester examinations. High school credit is issued upon successful completion of the course.   A scientific calculator is required for the course.

 

1206320 Geometry Honors (Grade 8, year)

Geometry Honors is a high school course offered to eighth graders who have successfully completed Algebra 1 Honors as seventh graders.  The purpose of this course is to give a rigorous in-depth study of geometry with emphasis on methods of proof, and formal language of mathematics. Topics shall include, but no be limited to, structure of geometry, separation properties; angle concepts; triangles; quadrilaterals; inductive and deductive reasoning; formal and informal proofs, perpendicularity; parallelism in a plane and in space; similar polygons; circles and spheres; constructions; area and volume; coordinate geometry; topology; and transformational geometry. High school credit is issued upon successful completion of the course. Prerequisite: 7th grade Algebra Honors

 

 

Music

 

STARZ - Audition Only (7th & 8th grade students chosen the previous school year) This performance group will work not only on vocal (solo and ensemble) and dance skills but also will use "SHARE THE MUSIC" textbooks covering music history and music theory. Required shirt-cost $20 - Required contract signed by parent and student

 

STARZ II - NO audition required. This performance group is open to all 7th & 8th grade students who want to perform. They study the same music and curriculum as STARZ. Required shirt-cost $20

 

6™ GRADE chorus -This group will work on vocal skills and dancing. "SHARE THE MUSIC" textbook is also used covering music history and music theory. There will be less opportunity for performance if the class continues to meet every other day.

 

PIANO (Electronic Keyboarding) - 9 week wheel class for 8th graders - Beginning keyboard instruction using "ALFRED'S LESSON and THEORY BOOKS FOR THE LATER BEGINNER". Book Fee - $15 (two books)

 

JAZZ BAND - Developed as a yearlong course, the jazz band program is designed to extend the student’s middle school band experience and apply the training to learn jazz style.  With teacher guidance, the participant develops advanced individual skills with a focus on successful ensemble performance.  Each course requires satisfactory development in individual techniques and a record of ensemble performances for progression to the next level.  Students may perform for various functions during school hours or on weekends.  Students must audition to enroll in this class, as well as own, rent, or buy an instrument of their own.  There is a $20.00 fee for lesson books and sheet music.  Each student will purchase a jazz band uniform shirt for $20.00.

 

Band 6th, 7th, & 8th - Developed as a yearlong course, the middle school band program is designed to extend the student’s elementary music experience and apply the training to instrumental music.  With teacher guidance, the participant selects an appropriate instrument and develops individual skills with a focus on successful ensemble performance.  Each course requires satisfactory development in individual techniques, and a record of ensemble performances for progression to the next level.  Each individual must own, rent, or buy an instrument to participate in this course.  There is a $10.00 fee for a lesson book and sheet music.  Each child will purchase a band uniform shirt for $20.00.

 

Reading

 

The student is meeting Marco Island Charter Middle School’s expectations in reading if the student is reading on grade level or above grade level in two or more of the measurements below:

·         Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) performance level of 3 or above.

·         FCAT Norm Reference Test: Placement above , at or one year below grade placement on the comprehension sub-test.

·         An academic class grade of C or higher.

 

Writing

 

Students scoring a 3.0 or higher on the local writing test or on the FCAT writing plus test will be considered proficient for that grade level. If scoring below a 3.0 an assessment through portfolio samples will be reviewed by a team of teachers will determine if the student is proficient for that grade level.

 

6th Grade  Intensive Reading - The Intensive Reading course is required for students scoring at a level of 1 or 2 on the Communications section of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Students must also be enrolled in a regular sixth grade Language Arts Class. The purpose of Intensive Reading is to provide instruction in basic reading with a focus on word analysis, comprehension strategies, vocabulary development and reading fluency. The course will include but not be limited to, content identified by the diagnosis of each student’s needs for remedial reading as listed in the academic improvement plan, test-taking skills, and basic reading strategies. This course is designed for students who are reading below grade level. Students continue in this program until a score of 3 or above is achieved on the FCAT Reading Assessment test. This class meets daily.

 

6th Grade Developmental Reading - The purpose of developmental reading is to extend the instruction of reading skills and strategies using the reading process. The course will involve reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills. Advanced word recognition skills in structural analysis will be reviewed, with an emphasis on higher level vocabulary. Study, organizational and study skills will be integrated within the literature activities. This course is designed for students reading at or above grade level. Students in this class also must be enrolled in a full-time sixth grade Language Arts class. This is a yearlong, required course for 6th grade students. 

 

7th Grade Developmental Reading - The purpose of developmental reading is to extend the instruction of reading skills and strategies using the reading process. The course will involve reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills. Advanced word recognition skills in structural analysis will be reviewed, with an emphasis on higher level vocabulary. Study, organizational and study skills will be integrated within the literature activities. This course is designed for students reading at or above grade level. Students in this class also must be enrolled in a full-time sixth grade Language Arts class. This is a yearlong, required course for 7th grade students. 

 

7th Grade Intensive Reading - The Intensive Reading course is required for students scoring at a level 1 or 2 on the Communications section of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).  Students must also enroll in a regular 7th grade language arts course. The purpose of Intensive Reading is to provide instruction in basic reading with a focus on word analysis, comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, and reading fluency.  The course will include but not be limited to, content identified by the diagnosis of each student’s needs for remedial reading as listed in the academic improvement plan, test-taking skills, and basic reading strategies.  This course is designed for students who are reading substantially below grade level.

 

8th Grade Remedial Reading - The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in basic reading with a focus on word analysis, comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, and reading fluency.  This course is designed for students who are reading below grade level and will include, but not be limited to, content identified by the diagnosis of each student’s needs for remedial reading as listed in the academic improvement plan, test-taking skills, and basic reading strategies.  

 

8th Grade Developmental Reading - The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in the acquisition of basic reading skills through an integrated reading, listening, viewing, and writing approach.  The content will include, but not be limited to, the development of reading as a process with an emphasis on word attack skills, vocabulary and comprehension development, and study and reference skills.  This is a yearlong, required course for 8th grade students. 

 

Science

 

Sixth Grade Science is a required course. It is divided monthly into the different learning segments. Specifically, the topics include: Introduction to Physics, Plate Tectonics, Energy, Ecology, Astronomy, and an introduction to Human Biology. Throughout the year these lessons will be learned via inquiry and discovery using hands on, cooperative learning, and class discussions. A main focus will also include ethics and behavior.  The science supplies fee is $21.00

Seventh Grade Science is a required course. It is integrated into 3 main units - Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. Specifically, the topics include meteorology, chemistry, cell biology, natural selection, geologic time, and human reproduction. Throughout the year, these lessons will be learned through inquiry and discovery using a variety of hands-on cooperative learning strategies infused with character education. The Science Supplies fee is $20.

Eighth Grade Science
is a required course. Effective learning in science requires the learner to obtain knowledge through reading, observations, and direct lab experiences/reports. The science curriculum presented in the Eighth Grade builds upon the topics/experiences that were introduced/taught in previous grades and entail both the Sunshine State Standards and the Core Curriculum content guidelines. The topics that will be covered include:

  1. Force and Motion
  2. Density and Buoyancy
  3. Energy
  4. Electricity and Magnetism
  5. Electromagnetic Radiation and Light
  6. Sound Waves
  7. Chemistry of Food and Respiration.
  8. Matter
  9. Space and Earth
  10. Processes of Life

The students will be conducting investigative experiments and reports utilizing the scientific process. There is a $20 lab fee, which covers the cost of special materials and equipment that the students will use during their investigations.

 

Social Studies

 

6th Grade Social Studies - The world history guidelines for the CORE Curriculum in 6th Grade Social Studies begin with World Geography (Five Themes, continents, oceans, latitude/longitude, and time zones). Other topics include studying the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Students will study the beginnings of the three major Western religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The focus in sixth grade should be on the legacy of enduring ideas from these civilizations-ideas about democracy and government, for example, or about right and wrong. To prepare students for seventh grade they will study about the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War.

7th Grade Social Studies -

The 7th Grade Social Studies course focuses on American History through the guidelines set forth in the Sunshine State Standards and the Core Curriculum. The course covers the following topics:

The course will also include several research projects that will follow the Pre-Laureate guidelines and the use of MLA (Modern Language Association) for citing your sources of information used in support of the student’s Content Area Question.

 

 

8th Grade Social Studies - The central themes of this course are growth and change in American democracy, and interactions with world forces, particularly nationalism and totalitarianism. We will specifically study The Decline of European Colonialism, The Cold War, The Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam War and the Rise of Social Activism, The Middle East and Oil Politics, The End of the Cold War, Civics and The Geography of Canada and Mexico. Additionally, character development and positive life choices will be emphasized throughout the year.
 

Spanish

 

7th Grade Spanish -This semester long class will explore the culture, government, geography, customs, celebrations, food, and pop culture of each Spanish speaking country in the world!

 

Spanish 1 - The goal of this high school level course is to allow each student an opportunity to experience the Spanish language.  It introduces students to the sounds, cultures, and discipline necessary to understand not just another language but another world.  Focus will be given to writing, speaking, listening, and reading with each unit.

 

Physical Education Program

 

The Physical Education program addresses both the needs of the individual student and the diversity of the group. Each student has the opportunity to grow physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Through a broad range of experiences, the student has the opportunity to explore, to develop physical competence, and to view him or herself in a positive matter.

 

Traditionally, the grades 6-8 physical education curriculum has been activity centered. It has been organized around team and individual sports, games, and dance/movement activities as the content of physical education. The present approach is to organize programs around skill themes.

 

The activities for physical education are not geared to specific grade but year to year, although the activities are modified depending on grade and skill level. Activities such as physical fitness testing (fitness gram) and track are done every year. Other activities may only be done once or twice over a three-year period. Health and Physical activity units are geared to meet the needs and interest of the current student population. Health activities are more directed towards a special grade level. In 6th grade, the topics/areas are Mental and Emotional Health, Nutrition and Drug and Alcohol Prevention. The 7th and 8th grade health curriculum focuses on Drug and Alcohol Prevention, First Aid and CPR as well as some limited optional sexual education topics promoting abstinence (Project Reality).

 

The Career and Education Planning module helps students become aware of the relationships that exist between educational and career planning and work and learning. Students are also provided with a greater awareness and knowledge of the benefits of educational achievement and will develop career plans in CHOICES and personal educational plans in ePEP at www.FACTS.org. In this module, students are introduced to educational alternatives and course options as they prepare for the transition to secondary school.

Students will continue to add information and activities to their electronic career plans in CHOICES, CHOICES Explorer, or other program. Students will use a variety of resources to create an educational plan in ePEP that reflects their high school plan of study. Students will learn what is expected of them in high school and how their career interests will guide them in course selections and Major Areas of Interest. They will learn of all the different options in high school such as dual enrollment, academies, Tech Prep, advanced placement courses, etc. They will have an understanding of how their decisions will impact their future lifestyle. They will also develop an awareness of financial aid and ways to pay for a postsecondary education.