Grades 7 & 8 Academic Overview

Students and Chemistry Teacher

It's A Great Time To Be A Bishop!

Overview

With a long-standing track record of success as a high school, Archbishop Williams opened the doors to the Middle School program in September, 2014.  The AWHS Middle School program is designed to offer students entering 7th and 8th grade the opportunity to experience the rigors and opportunities of a high school environment while learning study skills and time management to help prepare them for successful high school and college years.  To round out the social side of school life, students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in all of the athletics and student life activities that are offered. 

The teachers and I impart the tools and skills the students need to be ready for and successful in high school.


-Mrs. Katie Folan, Director

A Message from the Director of 7th & 8th Grade

My entire teaching career has been working with 7th and 8th grade students.  I have had the pleasure of working at Archbishop Williams as a Science teacher since 2014 and as the Director of the 7th & 8th Grade since 2015.  The 7th and 8th Grade students are a unique, challenging, eager, anxious and fun group of young adults.  We encourage students to get involved in the athletic and co-curricular activities.  The teachers and I impart the tools and skills the students need to be ready for and successful in high school.  We are able to combine the right amount of support, encouragement, focus, and motivation.  It is a great pleasure to watch these students grow and develop over the two years. 

7th & 8th Grade Events

8th Grade Washington DC

8th Grade students were treated to a special visit with an AWHS alum and Captain of the Honor Guard on their annual 8th Grade trip. 

7th and 8th Grade students welcomed their Grandparents to a reception and Liturgy. 

7th Grade Retreat Catholic Charities

Grade 7 students spend the day at Catholic Charities

Little Mermaid Jr 2

The 7th & 8th Grade presents "The Little Mermaid"

May Procession 2019

Students participate in the annual May Procession

Benefits of a 7th & 8th Grade AWHS Education 

  • Ability to participate in over 50 different sports, clubs and activities
  • A teaching staff who love working with the "middle school student"
  • Mandatory study-skills program built into daily schedule
  • A Middle School Program Director and Adjustment Counselor to support the students
  • Middle School students automatically matriculate to the High School program
  • Small class sizes (average class size 20) 

Meet Our Class Pet, Peaches!

Peaches joined our family in 2014 when our 7th and 8th Grade program started. Technically she would have graduated this year, but she felt so comfy in Naz Hall she has decided to stay. Her favorite treat is strawberries, and she enjoys long walks across the lawn up at Naz Hall. Every school vacation, Christmas vacation, and over summer break, students take turns on a voluntary basis to take her on vacation to their homes until school returns. 

Mrs. Donnelly and student

Meet Our Director

Katie Folan 

Katie Folan 

Director of Grades 7 & 8

Curriculum

Grade 7 Required Courses 

•   THEOLOGY 7
•   ENGLISH 7
•   PRE-ALGEBRA OR MATH 7
•   ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS
•   PHYSICAL SCIENCE
•   INTRODUCTORY LATIN
•   PHYSICAL EDUCATION
•   STUDY SKILLS 
 

Grade 8 Required Courses

•   THEOLOGY 8

•   ENGLISH 8
•   ALGEBRA 1 or
•   PRE-ALGEBRA 8
•   WORLD HISTORY I
•   LIFE SCIENCE
•   SPANISH 1 OR FRENCH 1
•   PHYSICAL EDUCATION
•   SKILLS

Note:  Students are placed in English and Math classes at the College-Prep or Accelerated levels.  All other classes are not leveled until Grade 9.    
8th Grade Social Justice Project
A Day In The Life of A 7th or 8th Grade Student
Morning Supervision Begins  7:00 a.m.
Zero Block  7:15-8:02 a.m.
First Bell; Students report to Block 1 Class 8:10 a.m.
Opening Prayer & Block 1 Class 8:12-9:02 a.m.
Homeroom & Morning Announcements 9:06-9:15 a.m.
Block 2 Class ("Long Block") 9:19-10:23 a.m.
Block 3 Class 10:27-11:14 a.m.
Lunch & Block 4 Rotation 11:18-12:36 p.m. 
Block 5 Class  & Afternoon Announcements 12:40-1:29 p.m.
Block 6 Class 1:33-2:20 p.m.
Extra-Help, Conditioning, Clubs & Athletics After 2:30 p.m.

 

Class periods are 47 minutes long with the daily "Long Block/Block 2" period is 64 minutes.  The lunch period is 24 minutes.