A Typical Day in Middle School

There are many variables that make up the typical day of a PDS Middle School student, including music ensembles, extracurriculars, arts rotations, athletics selections, and 8th grade English and arts electives. Though not all of the options are represented here, this chart will give you a feel for how the day unfolds in each grade. For the full details, read the MS Curriculum Guide.



Advisory/HomeroomStudents start the day connecting with their advisor
Humanities 5Project-based archaeology experience and experimentation with reading and writing in multiple genres
Math 5An emphasis on numerical reasoning in preparation for 6th grade Pre-Algebra
Morning BreakStudents break at the playground, the library, or snack bar
PEA year-long introduction to the interscholastic team sports offered to MS students beginning in 6th grade
Science 5Lab-based program that teaches the basic tenets of the scientific method
LunchIn the Campus Center with MS students and faculty
ResourceAn opportunity to meet with teachers for help, or get a head start on homework
5th Grade Art RotationArt, Music, Shop or Theater
LanguageFrench or Spanish
Advisory/HomeroomStudents start the day connecting with their advisor
6th Grade Arts RotationArt, Design, Music, Sustainability, Theater
Science 6Microscopy, cells, human body systems, and plants are possible topics for hands-on labs and investigations
Morning BreakStudents break at the playground, library, or snack bar
Humanities 6An examination of world history from the fall of Roman civilization to the Renaissance, with reading and writing in multiple genres
Math 6Pre-Algebra or Honors Pre-Algebra
LunchIn the Campus Center with MS students and faculty
Music5th and 6th grade students participate in a choral or instrumental ensemble
LanguageFrench or Spanish, and an introduction to Latin
PE/Team SportsPE and Team Sports take place everyday except Tuesday
Advisory/HomeroomStudents start the day connecting with their advisor
Math

Year one of Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1
LanguageFrench, Spanish, or Latin
Morning BreakStudents break at the playground, library, or snack bar
7th Grade Arts RotationArt, Computer, Engineering, Music, Theater
History 7U.S. history with the purpose of teaching historical content, analytical skills, and the importance of the citizen's role in a democratic society
LunchIn the Campus Center with MS students and faculty
English 7"How do stories affect and change us?" Students work to strengthen reading, writing, and public speaking skills around this essential question
Science 7Astronomy, geology, natural disasters, oceanography, meteorology and evolution of the universe
PE/Team SportsPE and team sports take place every day except Tuesday
Advisory/HomeroomStudents start the day connecting with their advisor
English 8"How does literature help us understand ourselves and others?" Students work to strengthen reading, writing, and public speaking skills around this essential question
Science 8Physical science, a lab course in physical chemistry
Morning BreakStudents break at the playground, library. or snack bar
History 8U.S. foreign policy from the rise of imperialism through the cold war
LanguageFrench, Spanish, or Latin
LunchIn the Campus Center with MS students and faculty
MusicMany students will choose to continue in a choral or instrumental ensemble
MathYear two of Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1
PE/Team SportsPE and team sports take place every day except Tuesday
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