The Middle School at Holy Name of Jesus School consists of Fifth through Seventh Grades.
Religion/Spirituality: The Religion curriculum carefully blends child development with the Catholic faith and moral development and promotes continuing growth in religious literacy, understanding, and practice. We Believe from Sadlier provides the basis of formation and instruction. Our Catholicity is incoporated in the daily life of students through prayer, communication, and interactions with others.
All religious holidays are discussed and celebrated. Prayers are said every morning during morning assembly, before lunch, and at dismissal. The students will attend mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church every Wednesday.
Language Arts: Middle school students explore classic and contemporary literature in many genres, including the novel. As the children read classic and contemporary literature, they discover the importance of clarity of thought and word. Prentice Hall Literature is the foundation of the literature program with the addition of novels. Holy Name also uses Holt’s Elements of Literature, a writing and grammar series, providing the instruction, practice and reinforcement needed for students to master crucial writing and grammar skills. The Language Arts curriculum provides students with a very rich knowledge of the English language. Students are immersed in grammar, mechanics and usage, as well as writing and speaking.
Math: The Saxon 4-7 series builds upon the hands-on, activity-centered approach and shifts the focus gradually from the use of concrete objects to mathematical modeling and problem solving using pencil and paper. Saxon math is based upon incremental development, continual practice and review, and cumulative assessments at regular intervals. The program concludes with Algebra 1/2.
Science: Prentice Hall Science Explorer is a middle school hands-on, content-rich program which enables the teacher to lead students through exploration of specific concepts within Life, Earth, and Physical Science.
Social Studies: The Social Studies curriculum balances history, civics, geography, economics, culture, social and political issues, current events and writing skills to help the students develop the critical thinking skills necessary to understand and analyze historical events and become good citizens. Houghton Mifflin's Social Studies motivates students to become active and informed citizens while covering state standards and maximizing teaching time. The series explores My World, School and Family, Neighborhoods, Communities as well as States and Regions.
The goals of the Art Department of Holy Name of Jesus School are accomplished by immersing the students in a quality art education curriculum that follows state and national standards. As students progress through the grades, they will be challenged to develop their artistic skills, critical judgment and communicate their own artistic ideas. Students are actively engaged in the artistic process as they learn the use and care of a wide range of art materials. Students are introduced to various modern and historical artists, as well as art from many different cultures.
The Middle School students have the opportunity to work with a variety of media and techniques as they develop and improve their skills and abilities. The middle school students focus on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance Rebirth, Modern, Pop, and Contemporary Art, as well as Self Exploration Through Art.
The computer education at Holy Name of Jesus School prepares students to be proficient in the use of technology, not only as they move on to high school, but also as a lifelong skill. Students are challenged daily with independent, educational, and creative assignments that stimulate and promote the growth of their technological skills. Students are taught using Microsoft Office 2013.
Students learn to use the computer as a valuable “tool” for learning. Every student has his/her own computer in class. They are taught to keyboard by using the “touch” method. “Hands-on” instruction and explanation of computer terminology are both essential parts of this course. Middle School students are also taugh the history of computer and technology in our world. Students use the Internet to gather information, target what is relevant, cite sources from the World Wide Web, learn to identify plagiarism, and become familiar with the MLA format. The Internet is filtered by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The use of technology is also reinforced across the curriculum in other disciplines.
All students and faculty utilize our library, which contains over 12,000 volumes--including fiction, non-fiction, and reference books. The card catalog is fully automated and can be accessed from four computers in the library. An extensive video library enhances and enriches our curriculum. An online database is subscribed to annually and may be accessed from any computer on the school network. The Accelerated Reader program encourages a love of reading; the program involves each student taking an initial reading assessment and then choosing reading material appropriate for their specific reading level. After finishing each book, the student takes a web-based test to determine comprehension. Students in grades pre-kindergarten through seventh grade attend Library class once per week.
Music: Middle School music focuses on a more in-depth study of music and providing a variety of musical experiences. The students are exposed to the many ways of experiencing music and develop the ability to work well with others. The students practice reading music, doing teamwork activities, playing instruments, listening to both jazz and classical music, and playing movement games.
Additionally, all students learn liturgical songs that are used in our weekly celebrations. Middle School students also have the opportunity to participate in the school's choir.
Physical Education: Middle school students learn competency in many movement forms, with the goal of advancing to proficiency in those forms. At all levels of development, a health-enhancing level of physical fitness is encouraged, along with emphasis on personal and social behavior expectations in physical activity settings.
Middle School students are exposed to vocabulary and grammar topics in their Spanish classes. In addition to the regularly scheduled Spanish class, the 7th grade students have an elective class of Spanish, which takes place twice a week during study hall. In this course, the students practice the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. The student who chooses to take these classes has plenty of opportunities to listen to Spanish from different parts of the world, interact in Spanish with his/her classmates, conjugate regular and irregular verbs in the present and past tense, write short paragraphs, and much more. This course prepares the 7th graders to succeed in a foreign language in high school, college and throughout their lives.