Earth Science Honors and Earth Science Regents – Honors Science 8

Earth Science is a laboratory science course that explores origins and the connections between the physical, chemical, and biological processes of the earth system. Students experience the content of Earth Science through inquiry-based laboratory investigations and focus on topics associated with matter, energy, crystal dynamics, cosmic evolution and structure, cycles, geochemical processes, and the expanded time scales needed to understand events in the earth system. Earth Science provides the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind needed for problem solving and ethical decision making about scientific and technological issues. Embedded standards for Inquiry and Technology & Engineering are taught in the context of the content standards for the Universe, Energy in the Earth System, Cycles in the Earth System, and Geologic History. Students will take the NYS Earth Science Regents exam at the end of the course. In addition to the course description above the Earth Science Honors course will include the following: Reading and writing assignments that will encourage and require a greater depth of understanding of Earth Science concepts and require students to proficiently communicate their ideas. Some of these assignments may require additional research into a particular area of Earth Science. Honors lab activities and extensions that will require more sophisticated math and geometry, trigonometry, and algebra to help convey scientific information. These lab activities will require higher level analytical skills and the ability to work independently. Mandatory projects involving (quizzes, tests, etc,) that will reflect the depth of understanding expected of Honors students. Students will take the NYS Earth Science Regents exam at the end of the course.

English 7

This course begins with the basic skills of grammar, sentence structure, and spelling rules. Then the student progresses to usage and mechanics. Vocabulary is coordinated as much as possible with the literature being studied. The writing section consists of student journals, literature essays, and compositions throughout each semester. Reading comprehension is practiced through novels, short stories and poems. Students read several novels and short stories. Poems are also read throughout the year with an intensive study during the month of April, which is Poetry Month.

PE 7

The Christian Brothers Academy Physical Education Program is designed to assist the student in developing his full potential. Each student is encouraged to develop a bridge between recreation and healthful living habits which will be a lifetime foundation for self-fulfillment and achievement; for caring and gaining a responsible place in society. Students are taught to value personal qualities of self-control, discipline, good sportsmanship, rules and regulations, and respect for others in life situations. Our goal is that each student possesses a personal sense of self-confidence, social graces, pride toward life and self and the desire to pursue excellence in his endeavors.

English 8

This course begins with the rules of usage and mechanics being applied to solid sentence structure. The student’s writing progress is closely monitored through essays, compositions, and one research paper. Reading comprehension is reinforced through novels, short stories, poems, and full length plays. At the eighth grade level we will read several required novels. Some of the novels will be read as class work and some will be through an independent study. Students continue their study of literature through a series of short stories read throughout the year. Poems are studied extensively as we celebrate Poetry Month during April.

Theology 8

OBJECTIVE: To develop an understanding of the basic concepts of the Church. ACTIVITIES: Look at “freedom” as the possibility of being unique, formulate an understanding of responsibility, understand the Church as: Community, People of God, Pilgrim, Institution, and Prophet, look at the role of the Sacraments in the life of the community, develop verbal/non-verbal communication skills and evaluation skills in the group, study the role of individuals and their place in the following groups: family, church, local communities and the world, Life of Jesus. Applying the corporal and spiritual works of mercy into daily life, analyzing social justice issues and understanding the influential role of Christians.

Art 8

This course places emphasis on architectural forms, including 20th century artists and design. Projects will allow the students to express their individuality in their work. Projects for this course include: Continuous Line Contour Drawing of an Interesting House (using crayon and watercolors), Geometric Designs, Crayon Batik Still Life ( similar to Batik fabric design), Pop Art Labels (as well as the history of Pop Art), and 3D Fantasy Castles (evolution of castle design), and construction paper masks (looking at masks of various cultures).

History 8

This course is designed to give the students a view of the history of the United States from 1860 to the present. Topics covered will include the Civil War, Industrialization, Imperialism, World War I, the Depression, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Woven through this chronological presentation will be the study of the history and role of communication, transportation, lighting, clothing and art.

Integrated Algebra (Math 8 Honors)

This course is a one-year Regents Level Course that follows the standards set forth by the New York State Education Department. While the curriculum has a focus on algebra, other topics such as geometric shapes, functions, probability, trigonometry and real number systems are all featured as part of the course. Integrated Algebra satisfies year one of the three year Mathematics requirement for a Regents Diploma. Prerequisite: 8th grade students may take Integrated Algebra if they have at least a 90 average in Math 7.