Meridian offers classes beyond the standard core curriculum that encourage creativity, passion, and curiosity in our students. These special area courses are aligned to standards based on Common Core State Standards and the National Standards in their respective instructional areas.
Specials are taken by all students over the course of the school year. All special subject areas are integrated with core subjects. As students progress into middle school, students select from a diverse offerings of Electives.
Above all, technology remains an important part of daily activities and coursework. Each classroom is equipped with Internet-accessible computers, and students learn skills to master computer work starting in Pre-K.
Meridian students have Specials courses in the following:
During the primary grades (K-2), students become engaged in a number of developmentally appropriate computer based learning activities for problem-solving, typing, creating simple publishing projects, math, ELA, painting and drawing, and to enhance cross-curriculum learning. Elementary students learn how to create multimedia presentations and how to use the Internet as a tool for basic research. Students also have access to subscription-based online reference materials and software simulations such as Prodigy and Typing Club.
Health and Physical Education
Learning to be healthy and stay fit is the core of health and physical education. Students engage in a variety of sports and sports-related movements as well as health and fitness components in an active, caring, supportive and nonthreatening atmosphere in which
every student is challenged and successful. Emphasis is placed on active, student-led participation and positive social interaction during fitness and sport activities.
Embracing the diverse languages in our Meridian community, all students are exposed to Spanish beginning in PK3. Students in early grades are introduced to language fundamentals and expand upon this knowledge as they enter upper grades and learn to engage in basic conversation. A celebration of history and culture of Hispanic countries is weaved into learning.
Visual Arts introduces students to the languages, concepts, and practices of art through visual and art historical perspectives that is age appropriate. Students will be engaged in critiques and questions to each other about the elements of art, such as content, composition, style, method and materials that they have incorporated into their own original pieces.
Students will gain a clear understanding of why it’s very important to learn and understand music from a historical and theoretical perspective. Students engage with hands on musical instruments as they explore tempo, beat, rhythm and how to identify and write musical notation and sheet music. Students showcase their knowledge through performances for the Meridian community.
Expanding upon prior knowledge, students learn intermediate and advanced theories of rhythm and how to read music. They can then choose an instrumental or vocal track in the eighth grade. Students are encouraged to use what they learn in music to create their own rhythms and compositions and demonstrate their individual musicality.
Intro to Computer Applications to Technology
Integrating technology into core subjects, students become familiar with the Microsoft Office Suite. Our technology performance standards include: basic operations, keyboarding, applications, information literacy, problem solving, ethical/legal issues, vocabulary, word processing, spreadsheets, career awareness, Internet usage, multimedia processes, graphic programs, telecommunications, and database creation.
Using the four parts of language–listening, speaking, reading, and writing– to facilitate student led instruction, Spanish I and II are offered to middle school students. By the end of their language study, students have been exposed to complex sentence structures, parts of speech, conjugations, and vocabulary they will need when they transition to the high school level. Field trips to cultural events immerse students in activities and encourage their curiosity of the many cultures that identify as Latino and Hispanic
Health and Physical Education
Students continue learning about various sports and how to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Students build upon fundamental knowledge to expand technical skills. In health, students are exposed to healthy living, nutrition, and making healthy choices.
Middle schoolers have the following Elective opportunities:
Civics and Citizenship
Students are introduced to the basics of civics and government in the United States and will explore what it means to be a citizen in this country. They will also learn how the government functions at the local, state and federal level, and how the unique government institutions of the District of Columbia differ from the state level of government in other parts of the country.
Intro to Coding
This course will introduce students to coding through CoffeeScript which is a Java-based coding language. Using a program called Easy-Code Foundations - Code Monkey, students will work on instruction modules while learning about coding and its mechanics with the course instructor.
This course helps students develop a sense of their world and their place in it. By the end of this course, students will understand the basic physical and human patterns of the Earth’s surface, as well as the processes that created those patterns.
This course introduces students to concepts and practices that help them manage their personal finances. The classwork addresses the development of knowledge, skills attitudes and behaviors associated with the management of family finances.
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