"Today we must prepare them [students] for a world in which they must know how to take initiative, self-advocate, solve problems, be creative, and accomplish tasks without minute-to-minute supervision. jobs will require critical thinking, sophisticated communication skills, handling non routine complex tasks, and working collaboratively with others to solve problems" (Frieman and Mandelbaum, 2011, Stewart, 2012 as noted in Vatterott, 2015.)
The FUSION Pathway focuses on the Project Based Learning (PBL) model of instruction with an emphasis on the use of technology. Classrooms are designed for group projects and collaborative learning. Both pathways offer students an equal opportunity to prepare for the rigor of high school, as well as take high school credit courses, Spanish, and creative drama.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – Grade 7
Sci-Tech (7th Grade Fusion Science and Technology) will integrate 21st century skills within an inquiry based science curriculum demanding communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. The scientific method will be approached through studies in cell structures, earth's structures and changes, energy, motion, and force.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – Grade 8
Sci-Tech will integrate 21st century skills within an inquiry-based science curriculum demanding communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. The scientific method will be approached through studies in chemistry, earth systems, and genetics in tandem with technology and digital media.
MATHEMATICS - GRADE 7
The discovery of Math 7 concepts will be made through both problem-based and project-based learning. The course will integrate technology in the learning process and will emphasize collaboration and oral and written communication. Grade 7 mathematics students will extend ratio reasoning to analyze proportional relationships; extend previous understandings of the number system and operations to perform operations using all rational numbers; apply properties of operations in the context of algebraic expressions and equations; draw, construct, describe, and analyze geometric figures; apply understanding of statistical variability and distributions by using random sampling, making inferences, and investigating chance processes and probability models.
MATHEMATICS - GRADE 7
The discovery of Pre-Algebra will be made through both problem-based and project-based learning. The course will integrate technology in the learning process and will emphasize collaboration and oral and written communication. Pre-Algebra students will extend their understanding of rational numbers to develop an understanding of irrational numbers; connect ratio and proportional reasoning to lines and linear functions; define, evaluate, compare, and model with functions; build understanding of congruence and similarity; understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem; and extend their understanding of statistics and probability by investigating patterns of association in bi-variate data.
MATHEMATICS - GRADE 8
ALGEBRA I (PBL)
The discovery of Algebra I will be made through both problem-based and project-based learning. The course will integrate technology in the learning process and will emphasize collaboration and oral and written communication. Five critical areas comprise Algebra I: Relations and Functions; Linear Equations and Inequalities; Quadratic and Nonlinear Equations; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; and Polynomial Expressions. This course will also prepare students for the ECA (End of Course Assessment) which will be taken at the conclusion of this course.
HUMANITIES – Grade 7
(Soc. St. / LA)
Seventh Grade Humanities will combine the Social Studies and Language Arts standards with an emphasis on creativity, collaboration, and exploration. Through the integration of technology-based projects, students will develop their Reading, Writing, and Language skills as they investigate and explore the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia.
HUMANITIES – Grade 8
(Soc. St. / LA)
Eighth Grade Humanities is an interdisciplinary pairing of Language Arts and American History studies. This course will provide inquiry-based learning experiences in which students will collaborate with peers and utilize technology to create projects as both components of and evidence of their learning. Students will continue to develop their language skills through diverse and challenging texts and authentic writing experiences as they investigate US History prior to the 20th century and discover why history is still relevant today.