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Explore Curriculum, Beyond the Books and Episcopal Values at the Middle School at HIES

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Curriculum in the Middle School 

Grade 6

Math Science English History
  • Math 6
  • Accelerated Math 6
  • Earth Science
  • Girls English 6
  • Boys English 6
  • World Geography
World Languages Rotational Courses Music Physical Education
  • French 6
  • Spanish 6
  • Bible 6
  • Computer 6
  • Drama 6
  • Visual Arts 6
  • Middle School Girls Chorus
  • Middle School Boys Chorus
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • 6 Grade Beginning Orchestra
  • Concert Orchestra
  • Symphonic Orchestra
  • Physical Education 6

Grade 7

Math Science English History
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Accelerated Pre-Algebra
  • Life Science
  • Girls English 7
  • Boys English 7
  • Survey of United States History
World Languages Rotational Courses Music Physical Education
  • French 7
  • Spanish 7
  • Bible 7
  • Computer 7
  • Drama 7
  • Visual Arts 7
  • Middle School Girls Chorus
  • Middle School Boys Chorus
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • All Things Music 7
  • Concert Orchestra
  • Symphonic Orchestra
  • Physical Education 7

Grade 8

Math Science English History
  • Algebra
  • Accelerated Algebra
  • Physical Science
  • Accelerated Physical Science
  • Girls English 8
  • Boys English 8
  • Modern World
    History & Cultures
World Languages Rotational Courses Music Physical Education
  • French 8
  • Spanish 8
  • Latin 8
  • Ethics
  • Media Production
    & Technology
  • Personal Finance
  • Accelerated Visual Arts 8
  • Speech & Communication
  • Middle School
    Girls Chorus
  • Middle School
    Boys Chorus
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • All Things Music 8
  • Concert Orchestra
  • Symphonic Orchestra
  • Physical Education 8
Middle School Students
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Middle School Students
 

 

Beyond the Books in the Middle School

Think Tanks

Open to all Middle School students, the Middle School Think Tanks occur on two Saturdays of the year. Students show up on campus with no idea of what challenging task will enfold. Ranging from "designing and marketing a 'brain juice' smoothie" to "how to protect the school from an alien invasion," students are asked to devise creative and innovative solutions for these intellectually stimulating adventures.

Global Games

These three Global games—Globalliance, Hunt for the Trust and The Colonial Games, ask students to implement critical thinking skills, their passions and interests, creativity, leadership capabilities and teamwork muscles in this alternate world where they lead nations, solve problems and evaluate those solutions. Each Game is unique in design. Globalliance: Think "The Amazing Race" meets Model United Nations. Hunt for the Trust is modeled on a National Treasure styled adventure and The Colonial Games is a mashup of Hunger Games and The Settlers of Catan—may the odds be ever in your favor!

Focus Days

These are grade-specific exciting, often physically engaging field trips off campus to promote team building and collaboration among our students.

Global Travel

The mission of the Global Education program at HIES is to cultivate students who have the knowledge, dispositions and skills to act ethically and creatively in the world. It is an education of compassion and conscience, centered on the human dignity inherent in our relationships with family and community, both locally and abroad.

Read more about Global Studies at HIES

PRIME Time

The PRIME Time program is an opportunity for us to provide character education to our Middle School students with a focus on social/emotional wellness, academic skill building, digital citizenship and service learning. PRIME Time will also give us an opportunity to introduce the RoundSquare framework with a focus on the twelve discoveries. 

PRIME stands for Promoting Responsibility IMultiple Endeavors. Middle school is the time when students really start to take responsibility for their education and become intentional citizens of their school, local and global communities. Their world gets bigger in Middle School, so they need to learn how to manage their time, their studies, their emotions, their friendships and family relationships, their responsibilities and their fun.

Community Service

Community Service is more than a graduation requirement at HIES. At HIES we believe you are never too young to make a difference in your community and the world. Service Learning in the Middle School starts with a class in the sixth grade. Beginning in eighth grader, and expanding in Upper School, students are required to complete and document five hours of community service during the year.

Seventh Grade Overnight Retreat

The seventh grade goes on an annual overnight retreat to Nantahala Outdoor Center. 

Clubs

Clubs and organizations are an integral part of student life in Middle School at HIES. The Middle School offers 23 different clubs and each student will participate in multiple clubs through the school year, rotating on a trimester basis.

The great variety of clubs and organizations exist to provide students with opportunities to continue their education outside of the classroom and to build community around common interest. Involvement in organizations is a great way to enhance social skills, problem-solving, leadership qualities and other important life skills. Leaders of clubs and organizations play an important role in helping students build relationships and strengthen their connection to the entire HIES Community.

Reading Bowl Club

Chess/Cards Club

STEAM Club

Lego Mindstorm Club

eSports. Club

Juggling Club

Zen/Yoga/Meditation Club

Ping Pong Club

Mindful Living Club

Paracord Club

Animal Welfare/Critter Club

PR/Communications Club

Art Club

History Club

Service Club

Discovery Club

Trivia Club

Magazine/Journalism Club

Book Club

Fitness/Zumba Club

Origami Club

Board Game Club

Spirit Club

Middle School Club Fair

 

Episcopal School Values in the Middle School

Chapel

At a Holy Innocents’ chapel service, each student is called to celebrate and share the radical loving presence of God, as we gather together in prayer. In essence, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is a praying school! We are a school community of faith that encounters the Living God through the proclamation and sharing of His Word in all divisions. We pray for ourselves; we pray for one another; we pray for the world, and we pray especially that the good gifts we have received will empower us to be a blessing to others.

The entire Middle School gathers each week as a community to reflect on what it means to be children of God, to be good citizens, to act in service to others and to live out our individual faith traditions.  Chapel services affirm both our Christian traditions and religious diversity. The Middle School chaplain leads chapel services, often with the help of the students themselves and parents are welcomed to attend.

Community Service

Service Learning in the Middle School starts with a class in the sixth grade. Beginning in grade 8, students are required to complete five hours of community service during the year.

Learn more about Community Service at HIES

PRIME Time

The PRIME Time program is an opportunity for us to provide character education to our Middle School students with a focus on social/emotional wellness, academic skill building, digital citizenship and service learning. PRIME Time will also give us an opportunity to introduce the RoundSquare framework with a focus on the twelve discoveries. 

PRIME stands for Promoting Responsibility IMultiple Endeavors. Middle school is the time when students really start to take responsibility for their education and become intentional citizens of their school, local and global communities. Their world gets bigger in Middle School, so they need to learn how to manage their time, their studies, their emotions, their friendships and family relationships, their responsibilities and their fun.