Curriculum

Overview


Core subjects at EAS include Language Arts, Social Studies, Science/STEM, Math, Spanish, Art, Fitness and Health. Technology is taught and used across all subject areas.

Subject material taught in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science/STEM, and Art are integrated around common themes. The blocks of time dedicated to these classes are referred to as Integrated Studies blocks. Students are divided into four multi-grade groups that rotate through Integrated Studies classes. Integrated studies themes spiral over three years.

Students weighing an item in science class

Math
Students work according to ability in math classes that combine development of basic skills with an emphasis on application of math concepts and skills. Levels include 6th Grade Math, 7th Grade Math (Pre-Alg I), 8th Grade Math (Pre-Alg II), Algebra I, and Geometry.

Spanish
Exploratory Spanish Level I (6th Grade) and Level II (7th Grade) – Students are introduced to the Spanish Language through speaking, listening, and writing activities. Students engage in a variety of interactive activities and projects providing many opportunities to learn about Spanish and Spanish speaking cultures. Spanish Level 1 (8th Grade) is aligned with the LWSD curriculum and is a high school level course. Students who successfully complete this course may begin Spanish Level 2 their first year of high school.

Health/Fitness
Students participate in fitness classes learning sports and fitness skills. Fitness is also a component of our expeditions, as well as a choice in some Wednesday Electives. Health instruction over the three years occurs in science classes, on expeditions, and in our annual 3-day Health Fair at EAS.

Technology
Technology plays an integral role in learning at EAS. Students make use of netbooks, flash drives and cloud storage in all classes on a daily basis. They become proficient in the use of word-processing and spreadsheet software, lab probeware and online data bases. Digital cameras and presentation software are used to generate work products. Both teachers and students extensively use Haiku and LWSD email to extend learning beyond the classroom walls. EAS consistently supplements the available technology via grants and awards to maximize learning opportunities.

Integrated Studies
Standards outlined in the LWSD Curriculum Framework for Level 3 (6th through 8th grades) are met in a three-year cycling of connected themes as outlined below.

Year A - Where Have the Salmon Gone?

Language Arts/Social Studies
Science / STEM
Trimester 1
The Pacific Northwest and World Geography
Washington State Regions
Salmon (life cycle, habitat, related issues) ;
Geology; structures/models/building component
Trimester 2
Washington State Culture and History
CBA: Investigating Environmental Issues in WA State
Ecology & Ecosystems, Population Biology ;
Earthquakes/ volcanoes
Trimester 3
Washington State Government
Sockeye Salmon Story
Natural resources & Environmental issues ;
Green sustainable design

Year B - Becoming “U.S.”

Trimester 1
Personal Development
U.S. Colonization 1550-1650
Life Processes, Nervous & Endocrine systems ;
Digestive system
Trimester 2
Pre-Revolution; Causes of Conflict CBA
U.S. Colonization 1650-1750
Cells & Genetics ;
Human development; Muscle, circulatory system
Trimester 3
The American Revolution
Geographic characteristics of U.S. Regions
Classification; 6 kingdoms ;
Virus Science

Year C – Boundaries and Horizons

Trimester 1
U.S. Constitution CBA
Lewis and Clark
Science Processes, Properties of Matter ;
Astronomy & solar power
Trimester 2
Civil War through Reconstruction
Westward Expansion: Liberty and Justice for All?
Force and Motion ;
Weather Forecasting/hot air balloons
Trimester 3
1920’s to the Present
U.S. Immigration
Forms of Energy (w/ emphasis on Light) ;
Climate regions; CO2 dragsters

More Curriculum Information

Annual Health Fair
The EAS Health Fair is an enriching 3-day conference and is one of the ways district and state Health Curriculum guidelines are met. The fair includes keynote speakers, plus classes addressing current health topics and concerns of middle school students. Students attend both required and elective sessions that focus on aspects of physical, social, and emotional well-being. The fair draws upon expertise in our larger community and gives students the opportunity to learn about and discuss relevant concepts and issues.

Citizenship and Leadership Development
Across all grade levels, students develop confidence and skills to work effectively as leaders, mentors, team members, and public speakers through challenging activities and projects incorporated into all subjects. Additionally, 8th graders are given the opportunity to apply for the 8th Grade Leadership Team and take on extra leadership responsibilities in their final year at EAS.

Clans/Advisory
Students are divided into five Advisory classrooms, also known as Clans. Clans serve as "home rooms" where attendance is taken and students participate in a variety of organizational and community building activities throughout the year. Good-spirited clan competition becomes part of the school year fun. The clan groups each have a designated "totem". The clan "totems" are Bears, Orcas, Osprey, Ravens and Wolves. Students remain in the same clan throughout their three years at EAS. Clan teachers serve as Advisors for their students.