Our Launch courses are designed for our sixth-grade students in order for them to learn and strengthen the skills that are necessary for success in Middle School. Students will rotate among all Launch courses throughout the school year.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CONNECTIONS
Math Connections is an enrichment math course designed to supplement the instruction of our math curriculum. The course will be taught by teachers in the math department in a differentiated workshop format. This course will provide our students and teachers with the opportunity to work in small groups and one-on-one hands-on enrichment to increase math skills and assist with building math confidence.
Reading Workshop is a sixth-grade course that aligns with our Language Arts course in that it focuses on building reading comprehension and fluency skills. Over the course of the year, students will read from a variety of texts and genres to expand and deepen their abilities to process texts effectively. This course is designed to prepare students for increasing reading tasks and build comprehension strategies in the hopes of developing life-long readers.
SIXTH GRADE SEMINAR
This course is designed to introduce the necessary skills for student success at Maclay Middle School as they learn about our student handbook. Students will learn the importance of organization, study and note-taking skills, and character qualities. Study skill topics include organization, note taking, prioritizing, how to study, time management, and test taking skills. Character development topics include cyber safety, honesty, integrity, courtesy, cooperation, compassion, and trustworthiness.
SIXTH GRADE COMPUTER SCIENCE
The emphasis in sixth grade Computer Science is placed on essential user proficiencies, including file management, Microsoft Office & keyboarding, as well as an introduction/continuation of Coding and Computational Thinking through Code.org and Scratch. Digital Citizenship, Online Safety and Cyberbullying are key topics, as well as an open discussion ‘Tech Talk’ where students share their experiences and opinions/advice about various technologies.
SIXTH GRADE WELLNESS
Our Wellness course is taught by our Middle School Guidance Counselor. Students will learn about the importance of understanding their body and mind, and how to navigate through new middle school experiences. From stress management and sleep to overall wellbeing, we will explore personal health, health related attitudes and beliefs, and individual health behaviors.
LAUNCHING INTO VISUAL ARTS
This class is a basic foundations of art class. The visual arts curriculum at the Middle School is designed to bring each student the confidence and desire to create. The art curriculum offers activities in the areas of art production, art criticism, art history and aesthetics. Building on the K to 5 scope and sequence for art, students study the units of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, clay, paper- mache and glass fusing. This class encourages independent personal artistic exploration and exposes students to significant artistic works from a wide variety of global cultures. While learning about the elements and principles of design, students will develop their drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking skills. A variety of famous artists and their styles throughout history will be studied.