Academic Courses & Support

Core-Academic Subjects

English Language Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science
Academic Spanish I and Portuguese I (grades 7-8 only)

Co-Curricular Subjects
Co-Curricular subjects include art, music, physical education, health, computers, library science, world language, technology,  design, and engineering, band, chorus and orchestra.  The co-curricular subjects are graded numerically.

Art
Our art curriculum is designed to expose all students to a variety of Art Media and develop the technical skills in creative ways.  Many art assignments have a direct correlation to studies in Language Arts, Math, and  Social Studies.

Music
There are two options for students to chose from – to be in performing groups or to be in general music.

Should you choose the general music option, then you will sing and listen to music almost every day.  In order to make this listening experience enjoyable and valuable, you will have an opportunity to experiment with instruments, explore notation, line dancing, and compare what you discover to existing styles and forms of music.

If you choose to be in a performing group, then you may be in Chorus, Band or String Orchestra, or a combination of those groups.  Being in a performing group means that you will be expected to perform in at least 3 concerts each school year.  Performing groups may also have the opportunity to travel to other sites for concerts and competitions.  As a member of a performing group, you will be expected to take part in these events as well.

World Language
Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students take an exploratory world languages/ cultures course that includes introductions to Spanish and Portuguese and other world languages.  Basic conversational vocabulary will be taught as well as cultural topics.

Students in the s
eventh and eighth grades have the opportunity to enroll in the Academic Spanish I and the Academic Portuguese I programs.  To be eligible, students must meet 3 of the 4 following criteria: World Languages/Cultures teacher recommendation, team recommendation, demonstrated proficiency on PARCC Reading Test (a score of 4 or 5), and an ELA grade average of at least 85% from the first three terms (grade 6).

 Technology, Design  & Engineering
All fifth through eighth grade students study Technology, Design & Engineering. 

Fifth grade students are involved in two major projects, constructing hot air balloons and straw bridges.  Students work in teams using simple math and measurements to make complex curves and simple drawings for these projects.  The class is supplemented with lively discussions regarding the “how’s and why’s of bridges and hot air balloons.” Fifth- grade students also start with Keyboarding Basics, along with an Intro to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.  In addition they will cover Internet & Network Basics. They also work on two projects related to the subject matter covered in class.

Sixth grade
students continue with Keyboarding Skills, and Internet & Network Basics. In addition they cover Year 2 of Microsoft Word & PowerPoint and Intro to Excel. They also work on 2-3 projects related to the subject matter covered in class.  Sixth grade students will also learn about construction safety and math applications, using working drawings and hand tools to create wooden projects.

Seventh grade students continue to develop safety skills, and participate in a 'Design & Modeling' learning module. Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to solve design challenges, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.  

Eighth grade students receive an introduction to computer science, through a learning module called, 'App Creators'.  The students are exposed to computationally analysis and develop solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development. The intention of the module is to convey the positive impact that computer science can have to other disciplines and to society. 

All students in
Technology, Design & Engineering courses learn how to work and constrict things safely, to cooperate as team players, and to think creatively and make sound decisions.

Physical Education
Physical education programs have been created to foster physical fitness, competition and teamwork, as well as to exercise the body, inspire confidence, and develop safe practices for students to follow.  Ideally, we hope to motivate students to a lifetime physical fitness program through a variety of activities.  The curriculum includes the following: obstacle courses, aerobics, ping pong, pillow polo, soccer, flag football, gymnastics, floor hockey, volleyball, softball, dance, cooperative games, fitness, parachutes, crab soccer, whiffle ball, low organized games, basketball, and the Presidential Physical Fitness Test.  For the majority of the units, students will have their choice between two activities.

The state of Rhode Island requires that each child complete 100 minutes of physical instruction and health per week.  For any permanent or lengthy excuse from participating in physical education classes, a doctor's certificate is required.  A date at which the student can resume activities would also be beneficial.  Notes from parents, guardians, and the nurse shall always be honored provided the student presents them to the instructor on the day he is to be excused. For hygienic reasons and freedom of movement, the physical education staff feels strongly that a physical education uniform should be worn by all students participating in the program.  This uniform includes the following items: stretch shorts, sweat pants, or warm-up suit (do not wear cut-offs), “T” shirt, and sneakers with white socks.  Each student is assigned a permanent gym locker and lock for which he is responsible. 

Health Education
Health Education is a comprehensive course designed to educate students in the eight content areas required by the state of RI.  Those content areas include the following: Personal Health (including the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle for overall well-being), Mental and Emotional Health, Safety and Injury Prevention (includes Bullying), Nutrition, Family Life and Sexuality, Disease Prevention and Control, Substance Use and Abuse (includes alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs), and Environmental Health. 

A parent may exempt his/her child from the "Family Life and Sexuality" and/or "Disease Prevention and Control" class(es).  The parent must submit a written request to the principal of the school.  No child so exempted shall be penalized academically by reason of such exemption.

Guidance
The Tiverton Middle School Guidance Department's objective is to ensure all students will receive support with social/emotional, academic and career planning skills. We will guide students to develop appropriate social interactions, healthy self-concepts, productive work habits and career awareness. 






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