What We Are Learning and How
Below are the main foci for each grade level and subject area. Please click the subject and grade level tabs on the left for more specific information on what we are currently learning. 

Religion 6: The Word of God in the Old Testament
The focus of sixth grade Religion is to explore the ways in which God revealed Himself to His people throughout the Old Testament, establishing a covenant relationship, offering mercy, and promising to send a Savior. We learn about our ancestors in faith and how their stories can parallel our own journeys in faith. As sixth graders become young adolescents, they have an opportunity to strengthen their Catholic identity through familiarizing themselves with Sacred Scripture and connecting the events of salvation history.

Religion 7: Jesus Christ and the New Testament
The focus of seventh grade Religion is to explore the ways that Jesus’ life, suffering, death, and resurrection reveals God’s love and brings us salvation. We learn through Gospel stories and other New Testament accounts the presence and roles of the Holy Trinity, significant events in Jesus’ life, and how to live holy lives. As seventh graders enter into the teenage years and form their identities, we talk about discipleship, following the pattern for living that Jesus has offered us, moral decision-making, and future goals.

Religion 8: The Church
The focus of eighth grade Religion is to apply previously learned material about God’s revelation and to explore the history of the Catholic Church from the time of the Apostles to Vatican II. We learn about the parts of the liturgical year, the Marks of the Church, the mission of lay people, how to support the Church, and ways to live lives of service and virtue. As eighth graders continue to form their identities, they are able to dive deeper into their faith and better understand the signs and symbols that were introduced in the earlier grades. 

Prayer of the Month
It is important for us to know the traditional prayers of our faith in times of need, at times when we find it difficult to pray, or when we wish to pray together as a group. The Diocese of Bridgeport has outlined grade-level prayers that students should be able to recite from memory. At the beginning of each month, the class is introduced to a new prayer. We discuss the content and offer it daily. As with any learning, practice and repetition are necessary. At the end of the month, the students are assessed on their knowledge of the prayer. By the end of the school year, students have ten new prayers to add to their repertoire.  

Social Studies 6: Prehistory-1500s
In sixth grade, students learn about the history and geography of ancient civilizations. Students begin by learning about the location, place, and organization of major early civilizations and then we take a deeper look at the key people, achievements, religious beliefs, and legacies of each. Students advance their levels of critical thinking by considering why ancient civilizations developed where they did and why they declined. Students also analyze the interactions among various cultures and make connections between the ancient and modern world.

Social Studies 7: 1500s-1860
In seventh grade, students become more proficient with the concepts of geography, history, civics, and economics through their study of American history from the original settlement of North America through the events leading up to the Civil War. Students explore Native American cultures, reasons for European colonization in the New World, causes and effects of the American Revolution, the Constitution, the creation of the American government and industry, and the development of American culture during the 1800s.

Social Studies 8: 1860-1950s
In eighth grade, students continue their study of American history from the causes of the Civil War through the Civil Rights era of the twentieth century. Students explore the causes and consequences of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, in addition to industrialization, the growth of the United States both within its borders and throughout the world, immigration, and life during the Roaring '20s and Great Depression. Studying these topics helps students to understand the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a culturally diverse society.