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Welcome to Nicasio School!

Reminders:

 

Sept 29: Minimum Day - 12pm NOON Dismissal - ALL GRADES

Oct 5: SCHOOL PICTURE DAY

Oct 5: Board Meeting 5pm

Oct 13: Walk-a-Thon Foundation Fundaiser!

Oct. 19: Earthquake Drill - Great American ShakeOut

Show "Cougar Spirit" on Wednesdays! (Dress in Red or Cougar Wear)

Core Curriculum 6/7/8 Classroom

Even in a small school setting, transition to middle school curriculum and learning standards can be a challenging experience for many students. When students enter the middle school, they are expected to become more independent and responsible learners. 

Language Arts
Middle school students broaden their skills in reading, writing and speaking through a variety of resources. The language arts curriculum includes

  • Writing Pathways by Lucy Calkins (2014) Heinemann, Grades K-8
  • Select Literature and novel studies mapped to Common Core Standards, Grades 6-8

Grades 6/7/8 Novels/Literature (two-year rotation): Examples include: (Rotation 1) Select Poetry, Chasing Vermeer, D' Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Esperanza Rising; (Rotation 2) Bridge to Terabithia, Walk Two Moons; The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.(Rotation 1) Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, Farewell to Manzanar, Of Mice and Men, The Outsiders, The Pearl, To Kill a Mockingbird; (Rotation 2) Animal Farm, A Christmas Carol (adapted play), Fahrenheit 451, The Myths of Greece and Rome (Guerber), Tom Sawyer, The Giver.

 

Math
Glencoe California Math Courses 1, 2 and 3 (2015) Mc-Graw Hill, Grades 6-8

History-Social Science
Using TCI's History Alive!, students in grades 6, 7 and 8 learn together primarily through a variety of interactive, in-class, hands-on activities. History curriculum traditionally is identified as belonging to a particular grade level (The Ancient World - Grade 6, The Medieval World and Beyond - Grade 7, The United States, Grade 8). Rather than teaching each grade level separately, history at Nicasio School is taught to all middle schoolers in a 3-year cycle. By the end of 8th grade, each student will have completed the 3-year course of study.

In addition to focusing on the past, middle school curriculum actively engages students in current events. Students are responsible for gathering current events and presenting information to their classmates on a regular basis.

 

Science
Hands-on science provides Nicasio's middle schoolers with authentic, engaging learning experiences. CPO Science is taught in a 3-year cycle, similar to history, with all students exploring Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science by the end of their 8th grade year.

 

Physical Education
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 participate in physical education classes together at least three days a week. Students meet with a P.E. specialist, funded through Nicasio School Foundation, twice a week in addition to having additional PE with a core teacher at least once per week. Most activities and sports take place outside, but Nicasio School's multi-purpose room provides an excellent indoor space when needed. In the spring, students in 6th grade are joined by 5th graders for a one-week puberty education program while the 7th and 8th graders participate in sexuality education. 

Cougar Tracks

Important Dates

 

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