Ravenswood Elementary School

Middle School Overview

Our 7th & 8th grade classes (often referred to as Middle School, or MS) are wrapping up their last two years at Ravenswood. Middle schoolers enjoy the benefits of their years of experience with our school. Students are free to choose essentials electives that are most interesting to them. They also rotate to different classrooms throughout the day and benefit from teachers focused on language arts, math, science, and social studies. Our middle school students also spend more time with our counselor and support teams, as they begin to plan for their next steps after Ravenswood.

You’ll find information on our middle school below. We’ll be adding more soon. Please scroll down, or click on a link, to learn more.

 

Our Middle School Teachers

Our middle school teachers are subject-focused. Each teacher teaches a specific subject, along with leading a homeroom. Please feel free to email your student’s teacher directly to discuss any questions or concerns.

 
 

Middle School Curriculum

 
 Our 7th-grade life sciences studies include understanding ecosystems and life cycles…

Our 7th-grade life sciences studies include understanding ecosystems and life cycles…

 … including food sources! We dissect owl pellets as part of our lab-based learning.

… including food sources! We dissect owl pellets as part of our lab-based learning.

 We talk openly about belonging and participation in society, and how individual choices can change history (image courtesy of  Facing History )

We talk openly about belonging and participation in society, and how individual choices can change history (image courtesy of Facing History)

 Our students are encouraged to build a strong understanding of informed civic responsibility through our social studies and ELA work

Our students are encouraged to build a strong understanding of informed civic responsibility through our social studies and ELA work

 Students learn how to participate in an active and informed government

Students learn how to participate in an active and informed government

Classroom technology: Google Classroom

Most work is turned through Google Classroom (GC), which helps our students stay organized, learn how to use computers and technology, and communicate better. Our students use chromebooks, supplied by the school, to access Google Classroom. We ask that all students check GC often, at least once per day. Students can get alerts by downloading the app to their phone or device. Help resources, notes, videos, assignments are available on GC, and it can also be used to post private comments to individual teachers about specific assignments.

Science

We focus heavily on science in middle school! Our 7th graders will spend their year studying the Life Sciences - including ecology, evolution, anatomy, bioengineering, cell biology & disease, and genetics. In 8th grade, we’ll begin studying Physics and Physical science. Our studies will include the chemistry of materials, waves, energy, force & motion, and water. Our science work is always inquiry based and experimental. Our online journaling and scientific testing includes creating complex approaches to scientific testing, creating complex graphs and collaborative mind-maps/concept-webs.

Math

Our 7th graders explore complex mathematical concepts. Each is taught in a unit of 3-5 weeks. In 7th grade, we’ll learn about rates, ratios and proportional relationships, number systems, operations with rational numbers, expressions and equations, inequalities, geometry, and statistics and probabilities. We’ll also do a cumulative push for 8th grade to ensure students are confidently able to tackle more advanced work.

ELA & SOCIAL STUDIES

We work closely with our partners at Facing History to create an integrated literacy and social studies curriculum. Our students learn that people make choices - and the choices they make create history. Our students are encouraged to understand those choices in a historical context, and help them learn about the impact of hatred and bigotry, so that they can stop them from happening in the future.

ELA

Our ELA curriculum in 7th Grade connects closely to our students’ social & emotional learning. Our curriculum focuses on Belonging, Change, and Choice, and encourages students to talk about their own changes, and feelings of belong, as we move through the year. We’ll focus on “smartness” - creating analytical paragraphs and argument - as we move through each unit:

  • Unit 1: Touching Spirit Bear, Coming of Age and Forgiveness - examining Thematic Argument, AP Paragraphs

  • Unit 2: Of Beetles and Angels, Rules to Live By - studying Non-fiction Reading (Memoir, Speeches) Poetry, Argument

  • Unit 3: The Graveyard Book, Stories of Belonging - examining Fantasy, Thematic Argument, Point of View Narrative Shift

  • Unit 4: Chains, American Revolution and Freedom - studying Research and Argumentative Letters

  • Unit 5: Choices in Little Rock Integrated Unit

  • Unit 6: World’s Fair Unit: Stories of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

We also continue our focus on vocabulary and grammar. Our vocabulary work is based on the Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop. We move through Level B in 7th grade and Level C in 8th grade. Tests are held every other Friday, and assignments focus on word retention. Our grammar work is focused on sentence structure (independent and dependent clauses), punctuation, parts of speech, and active and passive voice.

Social STUDIES

Our social sciences work integrates closely with our ELA studies, and builds an understanding of informed civic responsibility. Our 7th grade curriculum will include units on:

  • Identity and Contracting

  • The American Identity

  • Revolution, Constitution & Expansion

  • Slavery & Civil War

  • Reconstruction

  • Equality for All (Woman Suffrage)

  • Choices in Little Rock

  • Syrian Refugee Crisis


 Our doors are always open to middle school students! LIke all of our classrooms, the setup is collaborative. Students work together at tables, sit on beanbags, and recline in easy chairs.

Our doors are always open to middle school students! LIke all of our classrooms, the setup is collaborative. Students work together at tables, sit on beanbags, and recline in easy chairs.

Middle School Schedule

Our middle school students rotate to different classrooms throughout the day, as they study literacy, math, science, social studies and essentials in depth. Each student will have a different schedule depending on their grade and interests, but the average day will look like this:

8:45 - 9:50am - Core subject (Literacy, Math, Science, or Social Studies) (1 hour)

9:55 - 11:00am - Core subject (Literacy, Math, Science, or Social Studies) (1 hour)

11:05 - 12:10pm - Core subject (Literacy, Math, Science or Social Studies)

12:15 - 12:45pm - Homeroom Advisory or Homeroom MTSS - students spend time in their homeroom classroom, where they get support on a specific subject. Advisory sessions, where students connect with teachers, get advice, or get support on a specific topic, are held once a week.

12:50 - 1:40pm - Lunch & recess

1:40 - 2:40pm - Essentials classes

2:45 - 3:45pm - Core subject (Literacy, Math, Science, or Social Studies)


 

Supplies, Wish Lists & Donors Choose

We appreciate your financial support of our classroom!

 

Supply Lists

We’ll update our school supply lists at the end of the school year. For now, please consider supporting us through Donors Choose or by purchasing items on our wish lists!

Wish Lists

We wish our school supplies lasted all year. Since they don’t, we’ve made wish lists of materials that we really need to replace. If you can, please support our students with these additional purchases:

  • Reams of colored paper (blue, green, red, yellow)

  • Amazon gift cards - we’ll use these for printer ink & toner, or to replenish other supplies

Donors Choose

For larger classroom purchases, or for capital supplies like bookcases or seating, we request grants and funding from Donors Choose. Your support of our projects helps our students and may be tax deductible.