In religion, we use the ecclesial method of Catechesis to engage the hearts, minds and souls of the students in coming to know and love their faith. We make use of the Spirit and Truth series as our main text, but we also make extensive use of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each week we make time for a period of Eucharistic Adoration as a class. We have the opportunity to participate in many other religious events as well, including the October Rosary Procession and Eucharistic Processions. It is a great blessing to share our Faith with the junior high students who are so eager to know about God and their Faith.
The junior high history program at PBVM follows the diocesan standards which include "6th Grade - Prehistory to Roman Empire." We begin history with a discussion on what a Catholic view of history is. We see how the central point in all history is the Paschal Mystery of Christ, and that all history flows from or leads to this point. We view all history through this lens, asking how this all works into God's plan for humanity. We explore history through a variety of means and methods. Emphasis is placed on working with primary source documents in addition to textbook work. We also make use of historical fiction to learn about people, places and events. We develop projects and assessments that encourage discovery and application to our world today.
Science is presented as discipline-specific and is driven by the current NGSS standards. 6th grade focus is on the study of Earth Science. Emphasis is placed on hands-on experience with a consistent focus on application of concepts in real-world situations. In this study, God is recognized as the Intelligent Designer and Creator of all. 6th grade Math instruction is leveled based upon ability/testing data, with an accelerated placement offered, and a solid, grade level placement for all other students.
Language Arts is taught with an emphasis on regular assessment and application. Daily grammar and vocabulary is expected, and a literary focus on grade appropriate material is emphasized, as well as exposure to classical works. Development of writing ability is an important part of the 7th grade language arts experience.