Middle School

In both 7th and 8th grade, BlueSky students take a full-year course in each of the four core subjects: language arts, math, science, and social studies. A half-year of health and physical education and three semester-long electives each year round out middle school students’ schedule.

Important information

Group Pace & My Pace

Group Pace
Group Pace courses are designed to create a highly interactive community of learners. Students have frequent opportunities interaction with their peers in live, collaborative learning environments.

In Group Pace classes, students are expected to attend one or more live online sessions each week and stay on pace with their work. This allows all the students in the class to be familiar with the same content at the same time, creating more productive discussions, collaborative projects, and other interactive activities.

My Pace
My Pace courses are designed for students needing a highly flexible schedule. These courses feature self-paced, independent work. Many of these courses also offer flex scheduling with variable start and end dates, allowing for students to create a highly individualized learning experience. My Pace courses are also a great choice for students looking for a credit recovery option.

BlueSky staff provide a high level of support to students taking My Pace Courses, helping them pace and structure their weekly assignment completion. My Pace courses are best designed for students who have the self-discipline to devote significant time to their school work, and who will work regularly so that they do not fall behind.

Should I Choose Group Pace or My Pace classes?

If you think you would benefit from more structure and guidance in terms of work completion, and if you are eager to have more interactions with classmates and your teacher, the Group Pace classes are for you. 

  • All middle school students will be taking Group Pace courses. 
  • High school students will have the option of choosing either all Group Pace or all My Pace courses, or both types of courses in their schedule.  
  • Ninth graders will automatically be enrolled in Group Pace courses unless otherwise requested.
  • 10th and 11th graders are especially encouraged to consider Group Pace courses.  
  • Credit recovery is encompassed within My Pace courses. 

Your counselor can help you decide for which type of courses to register.

Language Arts

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Language Arts 7

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7  •  Term: Q2 and Q3

In Language Arts 7, students cover all of the required state academic standards for language arts. Lessons include reading for information, speaking and listening, media literacy and provide exposure to a variety of literature. Projects and assignments encourage real-life connections. Live class sessions are TBD.

Language Arts 8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 8  •  Term: Q2 and Q3

The Language Arts 8 course promotes critical reading and comprehension across genres. Course assignments encourage effective writing for a variety of purposes while course materials provide real-life connections relevant to daily life and future academic and career goals. Live class sessions are TBD.

Mathematics

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Pre-Algebra 7

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7  •  Term: Q2 and Q3

Students will learn 7th grade math topics in the areas of numbers and operations, measurements, geometry, algebraic concepts, and data analysis and probability through hands on activities, interactive lessons, and practical math applications. Live class sessions are TBD.

Algebra 8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 8  •  Term: Q2 and Q3

Students will learn 8th grade math topics through hands on activities, interactive lessons, and practical math applications. Areas studied include linear functions and graphing, trigonometry concepts, probability and statistics, measurement, and geometry. Live class sessions are TBD.

Science 7

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7  •  Term: Q1 and Q4

This course will provide students with enlightenment and instruction on the nature of science, using a discovery process to teach the scientific method, and the use of metric measurements in scientific investigations. It covers the study of the Universe, stars, constellations, and objects in the Solar System. Movement and pathways of the Earth and Moon are investigated, with natural paths uncovered as students discover just how large the universe really is. Next, students will discover how Earth materials are formed and what they can teach us about Mother Earth’s past as they investigate the natural processes that shape its ecosystem, the landscape and the creation of different environments on Earth. The course then covers basic concepts of force, motion, and equilibrium. Concepts of human biology are also uncovered, with emphasis on body systems and those amazing functions that contribute to our wellness. Agricultural science and its impact on biotechnology is introduced, along with its effect on human interaction with the earth. Finally, the basics of environmental science are covered, and through the use of stunning photography and lively animation, students will interact with endangered species, learn about natural resource use, environmental health, pollution, and biodiversity. Live class sessions are TBD.

Science 8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 8  •  Term: Q1 and Q3

This course provides a rigorous and comprehensive foundation for the 8th-grade student about to enter high school science. It covers the relevant topics in all the major disciplines, building on prior knowledge and expanding on subjects introduced earlier in middle school. Students begin with a review of the scientific process and get more into depth with the idea of critical analysis of theories and experimental research. They will move on to discuss principles of physical science and energy. In the life science portion of the course, students will cover structure and function of organisms, genetics, and evolution, and tenets of ecology. This will flow into the environmental science topics including earth’s cycles and environmental problems. A brief discussion of the solar system will also be covered. Students will learn about the assigned topics through interactive activities, experimentation, discussion, and engaging text and animations. Graded assignments will be stimulating and thought-provoking, hopefully paving the way for future interest in the scientific disciplines. Live class sessions are TBD.

Social Studies

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American Experience

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7  •  Term: Q1 and Q4

Students in American Experience learn about people, issues and events of significance to this nation’s history from 1800 to the current era of globalization. They examine the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court decisions for their lasting impact on the American people, economy and governance structure. Students study civics and economic principles in depth, drawing connections between these disciplines and history to explain the impact of various policies on how people lived, worked and functioned in society. They create and use detailed maps of places in the United States and conduct historical inquiry on a topic in the nation’s history. Live class sessions are TBD.

Global Studies

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7  •  Term: Q1 and Q4

Students in Global Studies explore the regions of the world using geographic information from print and electronic sources. They analyze important trends in the modern world such as demographic change, shifting trade patterns, and intensified cultural interactions due to globalization. Students participate in civic discussion on contemporary issues, conduct historical inquiry and study events over the last half century that have shaped the contemporary world. They analyze connections between revolutions, independence movements and social transformations, and understand reasons for the creation of modern nation states. They learn that governments are based on different political philosophies and serve various purposes. By learning economic principles of trade and the factors that affect economic growth, students understand why there are different standards of living in countries around the world. Live class sessions are TBD.

Health & Physical Education

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Health 7

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7  •  Term: Q3

This course is designed to teach lifetime health and wellness knowledge in order to prevent various psychological and physical disorders. Students will learn health information and practices, as well as experience implementing their newfound skills and knowledge. They will acquire the skills necessary to handle peer pressure, recognize unhealthy and risky behaviors and how to prevent and avoid them, and develop strategies for improving personal and community health. Students will gain an understanding of the relationships that influence one’s health, as well as refusal and coping skills that play a major part in personal health, as well. Quizzes, discussion sessions among peers, projects, and interactions will be assessed weekly to gauge content understanding. After completion of this course, the student will understand and have experience practicing lifelong skills for lifelong health and wellness. Live class sessions are TBD.

Physical Education 7

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7  •  Term: Q4

Through this online Physical Education course students will be exposed to many diverse activities and will learn a wide variety of fitness concepts that they will be able to use in their everyday lives. Students will learn lifelong skills such as rock climbing, orienteering, and ping-pong along with stress management concepts through Yoga and Pilates. Students will develop a sense of self-esteem and accomplishment through completion of fitness tests, attaining personal goals set, and learning to care for their body. Integrated assignments will show students that content areas of science, social studies, math, and English are littered throughout physical education and apply in our everyday activities. Quizzes, discussion boards, projects, and physical activity will be assessed weekly to gauge content understanding. After completion of this course students will have the knowledge to stay fit and stay active well beyond middle school. Live class sessions are TBD.

Health 8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 8  •  Term: Q2

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills that will enable him or her to achieve and maintain a healthful lifestyle. The student will learn health information and practices necessary to understand and manage many aspects of their physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional health throughout adolescence into adulthood. Live class sessions are TBD.

Physical Education 8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 8  •  Term: Q1

Scientific evidence has shown that regular physical activity is essential to our health and wellness. The American Heart Association has indicated that the primary cause for the number one killer in the United States, heart disease, can be treated with daily participation in physical activity. This course will teach students to make informed decisions that will assist them both now and in the future. Students in 8th grade physical education will be exposed to a variety of lifetime physical activities such as canoeing, cycling, and kickboxing. Every student is different; therefore every student will design and participate in a fitness program that meets their individual fitness needs and interests. Live class sessions are TBD.

Art 7/8

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 7–8  •  Term: Q2

This course offers students an introduction to art appreciation as well as preparation for high school art. The elements and principles of art will be studied and applied to personal expression in two and three-dimensional projects. Students will explore the creative process through projects and by studying works of individual artists. Analyzing and judging works of art is ongoing.

Behind the Music 7

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7–8  •  Term: Q2

How do instruments work? What makes that tune stop you in your tracks? Students will study music through the ages learning about Classical, Jazz, Movie music, and more. Daily activities will include listening and responding to music, and the study of basic music theory. Requires media player & ability to hear sound on computer. Live class sessions are TBD.

Career Exploration 8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 8  •  Term: Q4

It is never too early to begin thinking about what you want to do after you graduate from high school! Eighth grade is a great time to begin exploring careers to find out what might be a good career match for you. Students will create an electronic student portfolio, complete a career interest assessment, study the career clusters to identify a career cluster of interest, build a course plan for 9th-12th grade and create a final project about their desired career. Live class sessions are TBD.

Introduction to Art & Technology

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 7–8  •  Term: Q4

In this course, students will explore basic art fundamentals through the use of technology. Students will learn the connection between art and technology and incorporate technical skills in the development and creation of various forms of artwork. Participants will learn the fundamental concepts of art, how to look at and evaluate art, and the intended function of art through hands-on activities, discussions, written assignments, and objective assessments.

Keyboarding 7/8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7–8  •  Term: Q1 and Q4

This is an intensive course that teaches beginners how to type and experienced typists to increase their speed. Alphabetic keys, punctuation, numbers and symbols are covered in this course. Timing drills include 15-second, 30-second, and 1 to 5 minute timings. Students are expected to leave this course with the ability to type at least 30 words per minute. Live class sessions are TBD.

Music Lessons 7/8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7–8  •  Term: Q2 and Q4

Want an opportunity to continue learning an instrument at school? We will work together, one on one, to learn about how to play your instrument better and work on improving your playing skills. Regular activities will include a weekly webcam lesson, recording a weekly playing assignment, and short written activities. Enrollment is limited, so inquire soon! Requires webcam & musical instrument. Voice lessons are not taught. This course is offered as a ½ block course. Live class sessions are scheduled on an individual basis.

Spanish 7/8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7–8  •  Term: Q1 and Q4

Spanish 7/8 A is a precursor course for Spanish I A. Students will be introduced to Spanish vocabulary focusing on greetings and farewells, family life, numbers and money, everyday life, leisure time, and travel. Culture from various Spanish-speaking countries will also be studied. Live class sessions are TBD.

World Rhythms 8

Year: 2018 – 2019   •  Grade Level(s): 7–8  •  Term: Q4

How many percussion instruments are there? What influence or involvement have they had on history in different countries? This class includes listening and analyzing musical examples of percussion instruments from the drum set to the piano. Students will study different musical styles from marching bands to jazz music and how percussion affects history and culture. Students will learn to read rhythms and possibly musical notes, write and perform their own musical songs, and build their own musical instrument. Requires a media player and the ability to hear sound on your computer. Live class sessions are TBD.

Other Options

Students looking for other options may enroll in high school elective courses with the exception of our Career and Technical (CTE) courses. In most cases, students will be able to earn high school credit toward graduation. Contact your counselor for more information.