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Programs of Distinction

Middle School Innovations


Eighth grade students have the opportunity to investigate their own lives, reflect on past experiences, consider future experiences and prepare themselves with techniques for managing life in the near future in the new wheel course, Discoveries.  Designed by Middle School Dean of Students, Krissie Fojtik, the course allows the oldest Middle School students to learn more about themselves and the world around them in preparation for the upcoming years in high school and college.  It is both reflective and investigative in nature and includes class assignments, projects, discussion and journal writing.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Seventh grade is the perfect time to introduce students to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens wheel course. Seventh grade is a great year in Middle School. Students are more confident than when they were in sixth grade, and spurred on by the rapid physical and emotional changes in their own lives, they are ready to better understand the importance of leadership in their lives. Saint Edward's Counselor, Debbie Donnelly, facilitates the course based on Sean Covey's bestselling series. Ms. Donnelly explains, "The curriculum outlines some very important principles geared toward developing a healthy self-image, building healthy friendships and relationships, resisting peer pressure, and achieving personal goals. It is a timeless reflection of the values that build character and confidence."

Research, Writing & Technology (RWT)

The Middle School English and History Departments teamed up and redesigned the RWT (Research, Writing & Technology) course, with the aim to prepare students for the signature History project in the late spring. This project, Night of the Notables, focuses on an event or invention of the 20th century, presented through the eyes of the inventor or a person who was significantly affected by the event/invention. The students are led through the brainstorming process for the particular event/invention they choose and then instructed on how best to gather resources in our library. Everyone in the class is required to visit the School's writing lab twice during the process and incorporate the suggestions provided by the Upper School English teachers who work with them. Peer editing also takes place. Toward the end of the quarter students work on a presentation that must incorporate technology. Whether they create a video, PowerPoint, Prezi, VoiceThread, or something else, RWT students bring the historical significance of their event or invention to life in a one-minute presentation.

Recent RWT topics include: the invention of the microwave oven, the sinking of the Titanic, the discovery of penicillin, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, the Manhattan Project, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, the invention of the barcode, the invention of the Apache weapons systems, the invention of the Polaroid camera, and the creation of the United Nations.

Junior Model United Nations Club

The Junior Model United Nations Club is a simulation of the “real-life” United Nations. During this club, students act as country ambassadors who are representatives of their governments. Students will take part in some of the same activities that the real UN ambassadors undertake. Student delegates will research, debate, establish policies and resolutions in regard to international issues, peacekeeping responsibilities, stabilizing global financial markets and dealing with diseases and poverty. The Junior Model United Nations Club is designed to introduce these complex topics to middle school students. No prior experience is needed. Upon completion students will enhance their research, oratory and problem-solving skills. Outstanding club participants will be given the opportunity to participate in local and national Model United Nations Conference.

Saint Edward's School

1895 Saint Edward's Drive
Vero Beach, Florida 32963