Middle School Program

Welcome to Connelly Middle School of the Holy Child!

CMS is the cornerstone of Cornelia Connelly Center, serving grades four through eight. We take girls previously struggling in school and bring them to grade-level, or higher, throughout their five years in our school.
 
Below, you can read about our curriculum and all the unique components that make our middle school so effective. Continue exploring our website for more information on our long-term support, and to see the pure joy that our students exude every day. 
 
I hope you are as inspired as I am each day.
 
Sincerely,
 
Shalonda Neeley Gutierrez
Head of School

CCC offers a holistic education, focusing our curriculum on all that our students need to learn in order to succeed. Below are brief descriptions of what each grade focuses on. For more detailed descriptions, please reach out to our Head of School, Shalonda Neeley Gutierrez, at sneeley@connellycenter.org

 

A quick note on standardized testing: at different points through the school year, all students take NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) in reading, math, language arts, and science. MAP is an online assessment that is aligned to the Common Core standards and measures a student’s academic progress over time. In addition students take the STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments at least three times per year. STAR Reading and STAR Math are standardized, computer-adaptive assessments created by Renaissance Learning, Inc.

 

Our Lower School Curriculum (4th grade and 5th grade) is focused on accelerating a student’s learning so that she is prepared for a high school preparatory curriculum starting in 6th grade. The Lower School is a bridge class that allows 4th grade and 5th grade students to have an educational experience that prioritizes civic engagement, collaborative learning, self advocacy, and problem solving. Students receive instruction in math, humanities, science, religion, music, dance, and musical theater, and art as well as a specialized health class called Girls Space. They also participate in an advisory program designed to build community and provide small group social emotional support.  

 

All Upper School students receive instruction in math, humanities, science, religion, music, dance, and visual art, as well as a specialized health class called Girls Space. Our students meet with an advisor two times per week and participate in movement Monday- Thursday.

 

Our 6th grade curriculum is focused on a strong and successful transition to the Upper School. The curriculum prioritizes perseverance in problem solving, both in a group and independently. Students develop the skills to think critically about new concepts as they work to communicate their thinking in both written and oral form.

 

Our 7th grade curriculum is focused on answering the question, “What does it mean to be a global citizen?” They investigate and explore diverse voices of the human experience in order to create their own unique answer to this question. The curriculum prioritizes persevering in problem solving, both in a group and on their own. Students develop the skills to think critically about new concepts as they work to communicate their thinking in both written and oral form while learning world history.

 

Our 8th grade curriculum is focused on cultivating a local and civic minded perspective. The curriculum prioritizes perseverance in problem solving, both in a group and on their own. Students develop the skills to think critically about new concepts as they work to communicate their thinking in both written and oral form.  Students have a special focus on high school readiness while developing a sense of leadership in their school, their city, and their country.

 

The Physical Education Program begins in 6th grade and is primarily focused on preparing our students to be competitive athletes in volleyball, cross country, track and field, basketball, and softball. The curriculum is aligned to CCC’s sports program and is overseen by the Athletic Director. *Due to Covid restrictions, PE will be replaced with Movement. 

 

The Arts Program has two parts. In the Lower School, students are introduced to musical theory with a strong focus on singing . They also take dance, musical theater, and visual art.  In the Upper School, students take a deep dive into three core areas: visual art, music, and dance. The focus on each area for a full trimester. The Arts Program is enriched by a school-wide musical and our specialized chorus, Vocal Ensemble. 

 

The Advisory Program is a small group (intergrade) program designed to create community and provide social and emotional support.  During Advisory, students receive guidance and learn how to establish and work towards shared goals. Students are grouped intergrade. Each group meets with an advisor two times per week to review grades, goals, and build a supportive network. Advisory seeks to increase students’ sense of belonging at school and improve their relationships with peers and adults. 

 

Girls Space is a specialized health class focused on a girl’s identity, self-image, and physical development. The class is taught by the school counselor. 

 

Religion is grounded in and directed by the mission of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus: “To rejoice in God’s presence and to help people believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world.” The curriculum prioritizes cultivating a joyful response – in prayer, verbal and written activities, music, and art. All grades seek to deepen their understanding of and desire to become a young woman of faith, grow in a faith that loves and seeks to do justice, develop as mature persons capable of making choices which enrich their own lives and contributes to the lives of others, and become convinced that God is on their team and striving on their behalf.