Related Arts

Memorial Middle School offers a variety of related arts classes for students in grades 6 through 8. Related arts classes build on classroom learning concepts while helping students develop specific skills in the disciplines of Art, Band, Careers, Character Education, Chorus, Civics, Creative Writing, Family Consumer Science, Geography, Physical Education, Journalism, Library Skills & World Languages.

Memorial Middle School offers Art classes for all grade levels. The course is a single marking period or quarter. Art classes are cummulative, building on students' knowledge. Instruction is modeled after the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standard for Visual Arts. Students work with a variety of mediums to create both two- and three- dimensional. Art history and art criticism are woven into each project to develop higher-level thinking and an awareness of how art is a part of world cultures. Instruction is provided to improve the incorporation of the principles of design, (proportion, balance, emphasis, contrast, and repetition,) imagination, and craftsmanship.
Teacher: Mrs. Solinski,

Beethoven and Lady Gaga. Puccini and Katy Perry. Saint-Seans and Coldplay. What do these artists and composers have in common? The answer is ....... 7th and 8th Grade Band concerts. All these groups, composers, and performers' music have been featured in recent hand concerts at Memorial Middle school. From jazz to opera, from classical to pop, all genres of music are available to our musicians in our school band. Band rehearses everyday during regular school hours. Students that participate in our band and choir, alternate every other day with our chorus teacher. We also provide students with one group lesson per week with varied times to minimize class work disruption.
6th Grade Band Teacher: Mrs. Lyncheski,
7th & 8th Grade Band Teacher: Mr. Carver,

Careers is a single marking period, or quarter, course for students in the 8th grade. The purpose of this class is to help students gain insight about new and exciting careers. Topics covered include: personal goal setting, organizational skills, personality inventories, multiple intelligence surveys, career interest assessments, and much more. Students will learn about entrepreneurship and be exposed to personal finance planning. A variety of guest speakers will enlighten students with their first hand knowledge about their respective careers and the means to achieve desired success. Students will also learn the value of hard work, and the amount of effort it takes to achieve their goals. At the end of this course, students will be expected to research a desired career and present it to the class.

Character Education
Character Education classes are offered at every grade level for one full marking period. Students are offered a wide array of valuable middle school lessons in character education to help promote a positive and safe learning environment at Memorial Middle School. Although several different character traits are discussed in character education including respect, responsibility, empathy, and trustworthiness, students in this class are also exposed to other important topics including lessons on decision making skills, bullying, how to be assertive, conflict resolution skills, anger management, adolescent brain development, and active listening and social skills. During their middle school years, students are developing into young adolescents as they are trying to figure out who they are and want to be as a person. Individuals who take this course are able to learn important life skills while exploring through various topics and discussions that allow tbem to grow as a person. Character education lessons supplement the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for health education.

The full year Chorus course is offered for all students in grades 6 through 8, teaching them the basics of musicianship, sight-reading, music theory, and history in a performance setting. Chorus students meet daily by grade level and combine with all three grades to perform in two required public concerts a year. Students interested in choir and band can be involved in both on alternating days. Fundamental note reading, basic vocal techniques of diaphragmatic breathing, vowel modification, diction, pitch, rhythm, and intonation as well as examination of music theory and exposure to various musical styles are some of the core content areas covered in middle school choir. Non-academic goals include promotion of self discipline and motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, social harmony, creativity, emotional expression and appreciation of diversity.
Teacher: Mrs. Bojanowski,

Civics is offered at to eighth graders for one full marking period. In class, students will learn about the important rights and responsibilities of citizenship and why it is so important to participate in governing our nation. We will look at what the definition of effective citizenship is in today's society and how it applies to middle school students. In this course students will identifY key rights and responsibilities held by US citizens. We will engage in debates about current issues that interest middle school students. In Civics class we will develop positions on what a citizen might do to exercise his rights when he thinks that a law is unjust. Students will also use problem solving skills in groups to allow students to apply their knowledge in assessing court cases that have raised constitutional issues. Students will assume the role of a legal team responsible for arguing a side of five actual Supreme Court Cases. Each child will be assigned the role of Chief Counsel, Legal Secretary, Devil's Advocate or Associate Counsel . After reading their cases carefully , they will prepare arguments to be used in the debate. After each debate, students will be informed about how the Supreme Court actually ruled on the case.

Creative Writing
Creative Writing is offered at to seventh graders for one full marking period. In class, students are given the opportunity to participate and strengthen their reading and writing abilities. This course reiterates the writing processes taught in seventh grade English/ Language Arts Literacy, but with an imaginative twist. Students are encouraged to use their imaginations, feelings, personal thoughts, and life experiences to express a desired outcome. Learners will gain a deeper understanding of fiction writing and apply what they have learned to the pieces they create. Students are given the opportunity to display their understanding of fiction by writing editorials, creating pictures as well as dialogue for comic strips, and rewriting endings to their favorite fairy tales.

Family & Consumer Science
Family and Consumer Science is a single marking period course offered to students in all grades. The focus of the course differs at each grade level, ensuring a developmentally appropriate experience for students. In sixth grade, the course centers on Clothing Construction. In seventh grade, the focus is the Culinary Arts, which is further explored in Grade Eight Family & Consumer Science.

Journalism is offered at to eighth grade students for one full marking period. The course provides students with an opportunity to read and comment on the news, both worldwide aod local. Students are encouraged to comment on and discuss a variety of news topics, including historical, environmental and geographical, social and political, sports and entertainment, issues aod current events. Each week students are given the opportunity to analyze issues through written responses and presentations. At a local level we read and comment on articles that appear in the "Ocean Star". Class work also includes computer lab and newspaper art. We use time in the computer lab to read news from the INTERNET aod review concepts from weekly assignments. Students are taught to examine the source of news items, author bias, and credibility. The creation of newspaper art is used to review aod reinforce weekly objectives, while enabling students to be creative. Students learn vocabulary aod terminology specific to the newspaper business and reporting the news. These topics' include (but are not limited to) Broadcast Journalism, Investigative Journalism, and Photo Journalism.

Physical Education
This course is taught to all students in Grades 6, 7, and 8. Students will take three full marking periods, or quarters, of Physical Education. Physical Education in the middle school years is designed to expose students to a variety of activities that help them understand and value physical activity and its contribution toward a healthy lifestyle. The curriculum includes a program of comprehensive and physiologically sound activities oriented toward personal wellness. It is varied in scope with opportunities for students to participate in areas of physical fitness, team sports, lifetime activities, and challenge pursuits. Activities aie chosen to encourage students to sequentially develop skills appropriate to their ability and confidence level in an appropriate learning environment. Students participate in activities in which the major focus is to develop personal wellness.
Teachers: Mr. Noonan,    |    Ms. Russo,   |
Mr. Fall,    |    Ms. Palmieri,

Library/Media Center
This is a single marking period course for students in grade six. The Library Skills course goal is to enable students to become independent learners utilizing 21st century information skills. The content of this course is based upon the standards developed by the American Association of School Librarians and includes standards related to literacy, learning, and using information responsibly. Students will become orientated to the middle school Media Center and its resources such as: the fiction and non-fiction collection, reference materials, parts of a book, OP AC (online library catalog), and the library web site. Students will also learn how to use technology, more specifically the Internet, responsibly and as an important skill in learning. Topics covered related to the Internet will include Internet terminology and history, web site evaluation, online databases, effective search strategies using keywords and search terms, Internet safety and cyber bullying. These lessons will ultimately teach students to seek diverse perspectives when using the Internet, gather online information efficiently and correctly, and to use the Internet responsibly and safely. Overall, the main goal of this course is to ensure that students learn the skills necessary to utilize all of the Media Center's resources and become learners of the 21" century. The library is fully stocked with age appropriate reading material, ranging from current favorites to classic literature. Students may borrow library books at any time. This helps foster positive reading habits and a lifelong love of reading.
Media Specialist: Ms. Piscione,   |   Media Center Website

Technology Literacy
Technology Literacy is a single marking period course offered in all grade levels. This course is designed to build a foundation of computer literacy skills which will help empower the learner to understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies. Technology Literacy incorporates lessons in Digital Citizenship which assists students to recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. With the use of varying Google Applications and tools, students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts, and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. Additionally, this course dedicates time to students developing and employing strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions through the use of different coding programs.
Teacher: Joyce Fiedler,   |   -Tech Literacy Website-

World Languages
Multi-lingualism has become essential for success in our dynamic and interconnected global society. Language is the basis of human communication. The ability to effectively communicate in more than one language, with an appropriate understanding of cultural contexts, enhances cross-cultural communication, while helping students develop an appreciation for cultural diversity. World language courses stress oral communication and include emphasis on understanding the cultures of the specific target language. Both Spanish and Italian courses are offered at Memorial Middle School. Introduction to Italian and Introduction to Spanish are offered to students in sixth and seventh grade for a single marking period, or quarter. Spanish I and Italian I are offered to students in eighth grade, who have completed the respective language's introductory course. Both Spanish I and Italian I are full year courses, which are offered during students' Related Arts periods.
Spanish Teachers: Ms. Jennifer McManus,  |  Mrs. Jillian Morris,
Italian Teacher:

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