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7th Grade

Seventh grade is a year of firsts, discoveries, challenges and exciting adventures. It is the first year students are in Junior High with multiple teachers, science projects and regional school dances. Students discover through hands-on experiments, projects and activities. They are challenged to be leaders and good examples within the school community. 
Students start the year by exploring who God is and how they experience Him through the Holy Trinity.  Next, they study the life, mission, and ministry of Jesus Christ as seen in the four Gospels.  They also review how we experience God's grace through the seven sacraments and how we live out our vocation as members of the Body of Christ.  Finally, students look at their own lives in a modern world and their efforts to live as Jesus did by spreading His Gospel message.
Spiritual Growth:
Students attend mass weekly, as well as participate monthly in the all- school mass with their first grade buddies.  They also attend a retreat at the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in November.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation twice a year.
Community Service:
Students perform 8 hours of community service during their seventh grade year.
Our program follows the Common Core Standards for Math.  Our classes consist of Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Basic Geometry and Algebra.  McDougal Littell, Mathematics Concepts and Skills Common Core textbook.  Accelerated Math and the Simple Solutions Program are also used in the classroom.
Life Science is the main topic studied by students in 7th grade.  Lessons incorporate hands-on experiences, virtual labs, Legends of Learning digital platform, STEM, reading and discussions. We are currently teaching from the California State Standards. 
Social Studies:
Students study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa and Asia in the years A.D. 500-1789.  Students also study the history and geography of great civilizations and empires that developed concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. Geography and current events are also incorporated into the social studies curriculum. 
Students read and write based on the following themes: plot, character, setting, fiction, non-fiction etc.  Each story is discussed and analyzed to discover the various meaning and lessons within.  Every story also includes grammar and spelling review.  The students read the novel, Tuck Everlasting in the fall, and The Giver in the spring.  Independent reading is practiced throughout the year using the Accelerated Reading Program. 

Field Trips:
A week spent at Pali Institute in Running Springs
class retreat at Heart of Jesus Retreat Center
Special Events and Activities:
Junior High Dances, both at HFCS and Regionally 
Holiday activities with first grade buddies
Renaissance Faire 
Olympic Day
Seder Meal

*Traditionally these are field trips, special events and activities the 7th graders would participate in.