Our humanities curriculum integrates language arts and social studies for two periods each day. We emphasize the development and mastery of comprehension, analysis, research, writing, and communication in the historical and cultural context listed below for each grade: 6th grade: Ancient Civilizations (full year) 7th grade: World History and Cultures (full year) 8th grade: American History (full year).
McMurray utilizes Connected Math 3 for all grades. Prentice Hall Algebra is used for 8th grade Algebra. Additional online resources are used in all 3 grades Mathematics program helps students sharpen reasoning, computation, geometric, pre-algebraic and algebraic skills in a conceptual and integrated program. (full year for grades 6 through 8)
These combination PE /health classes focus on helping students gain the tools to lead healthy lives. The PE portion is centered on aerobic and skill-related fitness (movement, coordination, balance). The Health portion covers the Life Skills prevention program, fitness awareness and nutrition. Each grade level takes one semester of Healthy Living.
Students take a one semester computer course in both 6th and 7th grades. Students gain an understanding of PC and web-based applications and focus on developing keyboarding, research and application skills.
AVID:for 7th and 8th grade students who wish to become a more successful student.
6th grade Band:beginning/fundamental instrumental music
Symphonic Band: 7th & 8th grade student symphonic instrumental music, two or more concerts per year
Career Exploration & Community Service: students will collaborate, envision and plant a McMurray garden.
Drama:physical drama, comedy, performances
Express Yourself Through Writing: Nature writing, song writing, journaling, letters, poems, and fiction, this is often referred to as "Writing Club"
French Exploration:introduction to French language and culture
Japanese Exploration: one semester introduction to the Japanese language.
Leadership:organize school activities and learn how to be an effective leader
Mountain Biking:learn bike maintenance and repair while learning physical aspects of riding