Academic Studies 

COURSE INFORMATION

Students in Grades 6-8 will attend the following courses:  

Art 

 

Course overview:                                      

Middle School art this year will meet once a week over the course of the entire school year. During the school year 2017 - 2018 we will focus on the study of creative art, through individual and collective experience which builds self-confidence, as well as social skills that allow students to be part of something greater than themselves. My goal is for your child to produce art based on skills and knowledge obtained throughout the year. This art will be based on the various principles of art. Students will learn how to create landscapes, still life, portraits, one- point perspective and art in pointillism along with abstract and 3-D Art. Students will know the various types of medium uses such as the paint brush and canvas types, basic shape forms as well as shades tents and colors.

Design - Mr. Rest - mlrest@bcps.k12.md.us

 

Course Overview:

Design, and the resultant development of new technologies, has given rise to profound changes in society: transforming how we access and process information; how we adapt our environment; how we communicate with others; how we are able to solve problems; how we work and live.

 

MYP design helps to prepare students for overall success in the design process, and connects directly with their participation in creativity, action, service (CAS) and the extended essay. In CAS, students continue to develop skills in design and evaluation that they use to undertake new challenges, design and plan activities and solve problems in a creative way.

 

The knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop in design courses provide a meaningful foundation for further study and help to prepare students for, among others:

 

  • careers in fashion, food, graphic, industrial, instructional, multimedia, product, publications, video game, and web design

  • architecture

  • education

  • roles in engineering, manufacturing, advertising, and media industries project management

Health

 

Course overview:

Middle School Physical Education/Health at MWS is a course to cultivate a healthy and active lifestyle for students. It therefore advocates activities that are not only enjoyable but also contribute to healthy living. Students develop the motor skills necessary to enable them to participate successful in a variety of physical activities, and to learn about the nature of physical fitness.  This subject area also services to promote intercultural awareness, since physical education is a reflection of elements of history, culture and values.  It also enables students to establish links between different areas of experience and provides opportunities for different forms of self-reflection, communication and team work. The aim of physical education/health in the Middles Years Programs is to facilitate:  physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development.

Individuals and Societies

Mr. Kaiser (Japan, Canada, Romania, Ghana, and Philippines) - rkaiser@bcps.k12.md.us

Ms. Martin (Jamaica, Mexico, and Serbia) - spmartin@bcps.k12.md.us

 

Course overview:

Individuals and Societies will focus on exploring the geography, history, economics and politics of the different regions of the world. We will study the past and present to better understand who shares this planet with us and how people in different parts of the world have both shared and individual experiences that shape the way we live. This course aims to develop in students an appreciation for the range of human and environmental commonalities and diversities by delving into the interactions and interdependencies of individuals, societies and environments in different contexts. Students will also further develop research skills by completing a National History Day project.

Language Acquisition (Spanish) 

Señor Haye (Japan and Canada) - gahaye@bcps.k12.md.us

Señor Jackson (Ghana, Philippines, Romania, Jamaica, Mexico, and Serbia) - gwjackson@bcps.k12.md.us

 

Course overview:

Spanish at The Mount Washington School is a beginning/intermediate language course that emphasizes development of all language skills, with the majority of class instructed solely in Spanish.  Topics covered in the three-year course include:

 

  • Communication in class and at school

  • Spanish-speaking countries/communities, geography

  • Food

  • Education and culture throughout the Spanish-speaking world

  • Describing people and things

  • Sports and clothing

  • Music and Instruments

Language and Literature

Ms. Davis (Ivory Coast, South Korea, Guatemala, and Colombia) - cpthomasdavis@bcps.k12.md.us

Grade 6

  • Learner Profile Surveys

  • CCSS BOY Test Answers (Completed by Most Students Already)

Grade 7

  • Learner Profile Survey for Guatemala

  • Link to BOY CCSS Answer Sheet for Guatemala (Completed By Half of the Class Already)

 

Course Overview:

The purpose of the Language and Literature course is to encourage students to be skillful inquirers. Students will be equipped  with the techniques necessary to actively search for answers to their questions and to confidently articulate their discoveries. Throughout the year, we will engage in a number of activities that are designed to boost student efficacy and resilience. By the  end of the course, all students will have a body of work and a series of reflections that demonstrate their academic growth.

 

It should be known that this Language and Literature course is a fusion of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, the Maryland College and Career Readiness standards and independent novel curricula. Target skills for this course include: comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, writing for real audiences, vocabulary development, and making real world connections through oral and written mediums. Along with this content, we will be supporting opinions, arguments and fostering thinking through discussion and feedback.   Over the course of the year it is expected that students will:

  • Participate in novel study

  • Participate in and contribute to Literature Circles and Socratic Seminars

  • Participate in and contribute to oral and written presentations and performances

  • Use the general skills and strategies of the writing process

  • Use skills and strategies to read a variety of informational texts

  • Write essays that include a well-defined thesis, support arguments with detailed evidence and citing of references.

  • Acquire new vocabulary words and use them in daily speaking and writing

  • Read analytically by using the various reading strategies: connecting, predicting, questioning, evaluating, visualizing, synthesizing and clarifying.

  • Increase knowledge of grammar concepts and skills to improve oral and written language skills.

  • Understand that language varies in many ways and for different audiences and purposes.

  • Have an appreciation for a wide range of literature.

Language and Literature

Mrs. Bixler (Philippines, Jamaica, Mexico, and Serbia) - nnbixler@bcps.k12.md.us

 

Course Overview:

The Language and Literature course is a fusion of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, the SpringBoard curriculum, and the Maryland College and Career Readiness curriculum. Students are afforded the opportunity to master Language Arts content, with a concentration and application on higher order thinking skills, rigorous and advanced learning as well as rich and purposeful in-depth academic discourse. Target skills for this course include: comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, writing for real audiences, vocabulary development, and making real world connections through oral and written mediums. Along with this content, we will be supporting opinions, arguments and fostering thinking through discussion and feedback.

Mathematics 

Mr. Older (Japan, Canada, Romania, and Ghana) - kfolder@bcps.k12.md.us

Mrs. Carino (Philippines, Jamaica, Mexico, and Serbia) - rcarino@bcps.k12.md.us

 

Course overview:

The Mount Washington Middle School Mathematics program is a problem-centered course in which students spend time solving problems, reflecting on solution methods, examining why the method worked, and comparing and relating methods to those used in previous situations. Students will be working on complex problems that cannot always be solved in one lesson. The course develops mathematical skills and conceptual understanding across mathematical classes and interdisciplinary content areas.

Music – Mrs. Piatt – eaflaherty@bcps.k12.md.us

 

Course overview:

At The Mount Washington School general music classes are a part of the MYP arts requirement and are designed to meet the Maryland College and Career Readiness standards. Music in the MYP provides young musicians with access to musical experiences that develop thinking skills, intuitive skills, practical abilities, communication, and the ability to relate to others. Building on their elementary music experiences, the students will become young musicians who understand the significance of music to the cultures of the world and who are able to develop an understanding of how the act of making music is a significant and universal aspect of human expression.

 

Young musicians are expected to come to each class prepared to sing and/or play. The music classroom should provide all musicians with an environment of respect and encouragement. Classroom activities include warm-ups, music literacy activities, creative unit projects, and formal and informal assessments. Group warm-ups promote vocal health and development. Music literacy activities provide young musicians with the opportunity to practice their reading and writing skills. Projects will be cumulative and ongoing throughout each unit. Formal and informal assessments in the areas of reading, writing, listening, singing, and playing will be given throughout the year.

Physical Education

Course overview:

Middle School Physical Education at MWS is a course to cultivate a healthy and active lifestyle for students. It therefore advocates activities that are not only enjoyable but also contribute to healthy living. Students develop the motor skills necessary to enable them to participate successful in a variety of physical activities, and to learn about the nature of physical fitness. This subject area also services to promote intercultural awareness, since physical education is a reflection of elements of history, culture and values. It also enables students to establish links between different areas of experience and provides opportunities for different forms of self-reflection, communication and team work. The aim of physical education/health in the Middles Years Programs is to facilitate:  physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development.

During the course of the school year students will learn teamwork skills in Volleyball, European Handball, Badminton, Fitness Challenge, softball, Kickball, Basketball, and Soccer & Flag Football. Students will also learn how and why to take care of their bodies by completing daily exercises.

Science – Mrs. Charles-Pierre – lthomas20@bcps.k12.md.us

 

Course overview:

Middle School Science at The Mount Washington School aims to provide students with both a body of knowledge and an understanding of the scientific approach to problem solving.  MYP sciences encourage and enable students to understand and

 

appreciate science and its implications. Students are to consider science as a human endeavor with benefits and limitations. MYP aims to cultivate analytical, inquiring and flexible minds that pose questions, solve problems, and construct explanations and judge arguments.  Students will develop skills to design and perform investigations, evaluate evidence and reach conclusions. Students will develop a sensitivity towards the living and non-living environments. Finally, MYP aim for students to reflect on learning experiences and make informed choices. Science in Baltimore city is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and below you will find the units for Earth Science:

6th -

  • Physical Science- Can I Believe My Eyes?

  • Life  Science- Where Have All the Creatures Gone? (TBD)

  • Earth Science- How Does water Shape Our World?

7th –

  • Introduction to Chemistry- How Can I Make New Stuff from Old Stuff?

  • Life  Science- What Is Going on Inside Me?

8th –

  • Physical Science- How Will It Move?

  • Physical Science- Why Do Some Things Stop While Others Keep Going?

  • Earth Science- How is the Earth Changing? (TBD)

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