Programs & Activities
The Humanities Department at New Brighton Middle School is committed to the instruction of Language Arts Standards not as isolated skills but as an integrated literacy program and often through the themes and content of the Social Studies Framework.
Reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are taught to advance literacy and learning and are necessary for learning the Social Studies curriculum. Reading is taught through core literature expository text, and anthologies often correlated to Social Studies. Texts and other supplemental materials are used to teach writing, grammar, and spelling. A comprehensive Social Studies text teaches Ancient Civilization (6th), Medieval and European cultures (7th), and United States History (8th).
Fiction, history poetry and culture are all critical components of New Brighton's Humanities Department.
Science in sixth grade covers topics in earth science and life science. In earth science, we study thermal energy, plate tectonics, the Earth's structure and its changing topography, and nonrenewable resources. In life science, we learn about ecosystems, evolution, and the fossil record. Throughout the year we emphasize skills in scientific investigation and thoughtful inquiry7th-grade science includes overviews of basic chemistry, biology, and physics. Science process skills are taught and reinforced through a hands-on approach. Students are given the opportunity to use balances, microscopes, and dissection tools, among other scientific apparatus.Physics, chemistry, and biology are covered in greater detail in 8th grade, with marine biology.as a specific emphasis. In physics, students study velocity, force, density, and buoyancy. Topics in chemistry include the structure of matter, the periodic table, and reactions. In biology, students study classification and the chemistry of living systems. Astronomy is also taught in 8th grade science.
The Mathematics Department at NBMS is proud of our challenging standards-based program, the result of which earned our school a monetary reward from the state. We teach using a variety of methods and tools in order to make the curriculum accessible to all learners, including hands-on projects, traditional textbooks, study skills/note taking and technology.
The Physical Education program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports, and physical fitness activities. The students receive instruction in rules, skills, and strategies associated with the different sports as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities. The students will also have opportunities to become involved in life-long physical activities through individual sport units. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, and friendly competition.