Rising 7th Grade Registration Information:
Hello Walton Families:
This website has been designed to help support current 6th grade students and parents during the recommendation and registration process for the 2020/2021 school year. You will find information about electives, core classes and important registration dates.
Placement in course levels is determined by teacher recommendation using multiple criteria. Some examples of these criteria are teacher observations, grades, achievement test scores, Standards of Learning test results, and benchmark assessments. A description of each level follows:
Standard (Grades 6-8)
The standard level course provides a broad base of knowledge and allows for in-depth study. Language arts and mathematical skills are strengthened through daily 90-minute blocks of instruction in these areas. The pace of instruction allows for the completion of grade level or above curriculum content. Students are expected to grasp concepts quickly and apply them often as independent learners.
Advanced/Honors (Grades 6-8)
In the advanced/honors level course, content is presented at a faster pace and in greater depth. Students should have grade level or above reading skills. Students should also have the ability to progress independently on assignments at school and at home.
English/Language Arts 7 – Levels available: Standard & Advanced
Middle school students explore the language arts through five interdisciplinary concepts: systems, change and continuity, communication, aesthetics, and universality. Courses are designed to incorporate a balanced literacy diet that includes the components of fluency, word study, comprehension, and writing. A focus on systems reinforces students’ developmental processes in fluency and word study, as well as their continued growth as readers and writers. Students in each middle school grade use a second interdisciplinary concept, change and continuity, as a focusing lens through which they gain deeper understanding of language and literary elements. This emphasis enables seventh-grade students to explore the etymology of language through continued study of Latin roots and Greek combining forms.
The lens through which students read, write and speak continues to focus as students achieve a deeper understanding of various genre structures and author’s craft and begin exploration of universality (the human experience). Students seek to answer several critical questions: Why does language change? Why do certain themes pervade literature? How does literature reflect individual and cultural beliefs? Seventh-grade students read extensively from a variety of genres, including fiction, narrative nonfiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with an emphasis on historical fiction. Seventh-grade students write for a variety of audiences and purposes, using narrative, expository, persuasive and reflective forms.
Each middle school provides a highly-structured, research-based intervention for students who are reading below grade-level. This course offers an accelerated, sequential approach to literacy, while addressing the components of a balanced literacy diet. This course offers students who have experienced difficulty with reading skills opportunities to break apart the structures of language to gain deep understanding of how words, sentences and paragraphs work, and how authors use structures to create meaning. Students read and write extensively in nonfiction forms; other genres are experienced through read-alouds, literature circles, and independent reading. Based on extensive pre-assessments, students are placed in mixed-grade ability groups to accelerate mastery of specific skills.
Mathematics 7 – Levels available: Standard, Advanced, Algebra I
Our seventh-grade mathematics curriculum comprises five instructional strands: numeracy, geometry, measurement, patterns and algebra, and probability and statistics. Students who meet the prerequisite requirements may be able to take Algebra I for high school credit. We strongly encourage students to work toward taking Algebra I in middle school. Our goal is to prepare you for success, and learning algebra will open up greater possibilities for you in your study of mathematics and in your college and career pathway. An option to accept high school credit is given at the end of the eighth-grade year. Students will follow the high school exam exemption policy.
Using practical applications, student-centered inquiry, calculators, computers, and videos, seventh-grade math students do the following:
Explore proportional reasoning and consumer application problems.
Identify, investigate and use real numbers and operations.
Identify, investigate, use and apply attributes and properties of geometric figures, and apply formulas for linear measurement, area and volume.
Investigate, develop, solve and apply linear equations and inequalities.
Collect, organize and analyze data to make inferences and predictions.
Science 7 – Semester based
Seventh-grade students focus on the life sciences. In addition to learning about the cellular structure of organisms, they learn how organisms are classified, and how they change and relate to each other. In their experiments, students organize and analyze data, manipulate variables, and identify sources of error.
U.S. History II – Semester based
The American Identity: United States History II 1877 to the Present
This course tells the story of America’s people. The study of our nation’s history, from 1877 to the present, emphasizes the intellectual skills required to understand the importance of the individual in history, as well as the impact of groups on society. Students analyze key events and movements that have shaped modern day America and America’s place in the world. Students continue to develop skills needed to understand complex historical issues, and they are expected to go beyond the facts to examine the historical records for themselves—to consult primary and secondary source documents, data, artifacts, and other evidence to understand how the past influences the present, and to connect history to their own lives.