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Math:

  • 6th grade Math: Information about the district adopted math curriculum can be accessed here. Students are placed in math courses based on current CST data, teacher recommendation,  MDTP assessment results, and other school-wide assessments. Students scoring Advanced on their most recent CST are advanced to the next math course. Students scoring  below proficiency are enrolled in a mathematics acceleration course to create a passion for mathematics and grade level performance.
  • Pre-Algebra: Information about the district adopted math curriculum for Pre-Algebra can be accessed here.
  • Algebra: Information can be accessed here.
  • Geometry: Information can be accessed here.
ELA:
  • Information regarding the Units of Study for grade 6,7 and 8 can be obtained at the district web site here.

Gateway To Technology Pre-Engineering Elective:

  • Gateway To Technology® is an activity-oriented middle school curriculum—a program designed to help students in grades six through eight explore math, science, and technology. To read more about GTT, click here.
  • GTT Website
MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement):
  • Information about MESA can be found here.
Intro to Astronomy Wheel:
  • Intro to Astronomy allows students to investigate the objects that make up the Solar System in the context of issues related to space exploration. They classify space objects based on their characteristics and use models to represent their relative sizes and distances from the Sun. They will use this knowledge of space and compare the characteristics of the other planets to Earth.  They also learn about technological advances, such as the development of telescope technology, and remote sensing, and their role in discoveries about space. Other activities focus on the Sun, gravity, and the space program. Students conclude the unit by considering the benefits and trade-offs of piloted and unpiloted space exploration. Students also explore careers related to Astronomy and may do off campus star gazing field trips.
Intro to Meteorology Wheel:
  • Intro to Meteorology is a 6-week wheel course in which students will participate in hands-on experiments and online projects and simulations around weather, and view video broadcasts of real scientists at work. Using the Jason “Monster Storms” curriculum developed in partnership with NOAA, NASA, and the National Geographic Society, students are able to examine current research to improve forecasting, and learn about how technology is used to understand and forecast weather. From collecting data on the ground to using instruments in the sky and analyzing satellite images from space, students join leading weather scientists as they explore wild weather while learning key National Science Education Standards (NSES).
Science:
  • Information about our 6th grade Earth Science Curriculum can be accessed here.
  • Information about our 7th grade Life Science Curriculum can be accessed here.
  • Information about our 8th grade Physical Science Curriculum can be accessed here.
Conservation Science Elective 1 & 2:
  • Conservation Science is an environmental science elective offered to 7th and 8th graders. Information about the curriculum used can be found here. This course also involved partnerships with various scientific organizations such as the City of San Diego Sewer Science Program, and the Wild Animal Park.
Science Olympiad:
  • Science Olympiad is a nationally organized competition in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and related areas. Ours is the Regional Competition for San Diego County. There are 23 events in each of two divisions: Division B is for grades 6-9; Division C is for grades 9-12. Each team may have up to 15 students. Each school may send up to six teams. Some events are lab testing events (Chem Lab C, Science Crime Busters B), some are written tests (Cell Biology C, Meteorology B), and some emphasize the building and testing of devices that must meet specific criteria and perform specific tasks. Team trophies are given to the top ten schools in each division and individual awards are given to 15th place in each event.http://www.sandiegoso.org/
Science Fair:
  • WHY SHOULD YOUR STUDENTS DO SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS? LOTS OF REASONS, AMONG THEM:
  1. THEY’RE A BIG PLUS ON COLLEGE, SCHOLARSHIP AND JOB APPLICATIONS — A LEG UP ON THE COMPETITION!
  2. THEY PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO: Create self-esteem through scientific literacy
Work across the curriculum
Conduct independent research
Utilize scientific method
Develop writing skills
Employ mathematical and analytical Skills
Give oral presentations
Find the answers to their own questions
Carry an idea through to completion
Work to deadline
Respect humane and safety considerations
Document procedures
Create artistic displays
Interview and work with professional scientists and engineers
Defend their work in interviews with judges

3.THEY OPEN THE DOOR TO MANY OTHER COMPETITIONS — LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL
http://www.gsdsef.org/GeneralInfo/geninfo.shtml

Social Studies:
  • Information regarding curriculum and California standards for 6th,7th and 8th grade Social Studies can be accessed here.
AVID:
  • AVID is offered as an elective course that, like any other class, meets regularly. Each week, students receive two hours of instruction, two hours in tutor led study groups, and one hour in motivational activities and academic survival skills, including critical reading and writing skills. AVID students are encouraged to take prep courses (in middle school) and move into honors/advanced placement courses and/or International Baccalaureate. AVID seniors may receive University of California a-g elective credit upon completion of the AVID Seminar class.
  • http://www.sdcoe.net/lret/avid/?loc=what_is_avid&m=8
Intro To Web Design Wheel:
  • Intro to Web Design is a 6-week wheel course in which students will participate in planning, designing and building a web site.  The curriculum used will be taken from the Microsoft Expression tutorials and the guided course found on the software’s web site.  Students will create web sites that contain 6th grade 
    social studies content.
MOUSE Squad: 
  • This course is designed to equip students to become Network technicians as they assist in the one-to-one computer roll out at the school.  Students manage the help tickets to repair computers, troubleshoot hardware and software problems, and manage the school's i pod touches and i pads in syncing instructional applications.   

    Digital Photography:

    E-Journalism:

    Broadcasting:

    PE:
  • MTM's Physical Education program is focused on lifelong fitness. Our curriculum is based on the CA State Standards, and includes units such as: Disk Skills, Ball Skills, Healthy Living & Nutrition, Dance, Yoga, Body Awareness, Teamwork, Create-A-Game, and Personal Fitness. In keeping with the school's STEM theme, our PE department uses technology as well (Promethean boards, Mac computers, heart rate monitors, etc). We also incorporate the state-mandated fitness testing (FitnessGram) into all of our curriculum, across all three grade levels. Our goal is to help students gain a desire to be healthy and physically active for years to come!

Carnegie Mathematics:
  • Our Algebra Readiness curriculum, Carnegie Learning Bridge to Algebra, is designed as a pre-requisite course for Algebra I. Bridge to Algebra improves a student's foundational skills and prepares them for an Algebra I class. 
  • Learn more here.
Spanish 1-2 for 8th graders:
  • Spanish 1-2 is an introductory course in the study of the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures.  Students perform authentic tasks drawing upon the five learning modalities; listening, viewing, speaking, reading and writing.   Frequent oral practice is used to practice acquired language skills and encourages students to construct grammar via questioning and discussion rather than explicit grammar instruction.  A general introduction to culture, it's products, perspectives and practices, is integrated throughout the course.

ELA Acceleration and Support Class:
  • An interactive class designed to increase student confidence and enhance student skills in ELA, including reading comprehension, writing fluency, writing conventions and academic vocabulary.