Middle School


HUMANities is the study of the HUMAN condition. This study includes the stories, the ideas, and the words that help us make sense of our lives and our world. The humanities introduce us to people we have never met, places and times we have never visited, and ideas that may have never crossed our minds. By showing how others have lived and thought about life, the humanities help us decide what is important in our own lives and what we can do to make them better. By connecting us with other people, they point the way to answers about what is right or wrong, or what is true to our heritage and our history. The humanities help us address the challenges we face together in our families, our communities, nation, and as a globally interdependent world. Our humanities class will be a combination of the study of history, geography, economics, civics, anthropology, and sociology.

Come by and visit us!  With your visit, you may walk into: a mock United Nations Security Council meeting hosting different country delegates, observe a Socratic seminar focusing on the plight of the immigrant children from Central America, students completing a cloze reading of a primary document from the N.C. Historical archives, etc…the learning possibilities are endless as we explore what it means to be a globally-minded citizen in an interdependent world; past, present, and future.


English at the middle school level, incorporates literature, non-fiction texts, and poetry. The writing component involves both analytical and expository essays. Students dive into novels such as  S.E. Hinton’s Outsiders, and Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming. Students are assessed on their analytical reading and writing skills, their ability to process and discussa text, and their grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills. The language arts processes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are taught in an integrated and inter-related manner. Course components include the study of rich and varied literature. Writing skills are developed through the genres of narrative, informative, persuasive, expository, and response to literature. Students receive direct instruction in language arts skills and strategies, including vocabulary development, spelling, and grammar.


science 2The MDS curriculum is guided by the Next Generation Science Standards. Through the use of Project-Based Inquiry Science™, students learn to reason like scientists. Students design investigations to generate data, judge the trustworthiness of their data, interpret the data to make claims, justify the claims they make, observe like scientists, and develop explanations. Students also learn to collaborate and communicate, to build on the work of others, to present to others, and to actively listen. Students read and learn about the investigations scientists have done and make inferences that combine commonly accepted science knowledge and the claims they have generated. Throughout science class, students are actively engaged in exploring a concepts.  When students see the relevance of science to their lives, they become engaged in learning and gain a deep, long-term understanding of middle-school-level science content and practices. Students learn how to build on content, develop an understanding of concepts, and use their knowledge to solve problems.


Everyday Mathematics is used as a framework for instruction in 5th grade leading to continued skill building in 6th grade. Hands-on, inquiry-based learning helps students to internalize and master concepts. 7th graders build their math skills through Pre-Algebra and 8th grade students take Algebra/Math I, thus allowing them to begin with higher level math courses in high school. Students explore the concepts of functions and systems as they strive to understand number patterns and symbols in our world. Students engage in mathematics that is both real and abstract. The ability to work with numbers is and essential skill. Through the study of mathematics, students learn to work with quantities and the relationships between quantities. “Pure mathematics, in its way, is the poetry of logical ideas.” -Albert Einstein


We pride ourselves at MDS on pushing the envelope while offering all kinds of Technology experiences throughout the school year. Students utilize the Engineering Design Process and Google Applications for all our problem solving needs. We introduce Coding in the elementary level so advanced techniques can be applied in Middle School. Most of our learning is project based. Students navigate word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation applications, Web 2.0 Tools, and On-Line Research to solve given problems.  Being a good Digital Citizen is most important so safety and security is stressed while on-line.  Students leave Middle School with the tools they need to be a successful digital citizen.

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Middle School students continue to develop the Spanish skills introduced in lower school. Spanish is enhanced as they apply conversation and communication skills through the lens of various global contexts. In Spanish class students develop both vocabulary and cultural concepts. They are actively engaged in learning through individual and collaborative activities.


The purpose of Physical Education at Morganton Day School is to develop and maintain healthy, enjoyable, and active lifestyles for all children. I will be working with students to improve their motor skills, movement concepts, Health related fitness and personal and social responsibility. Students will participate in a variety of physical activities that support individual and team objectives. Physical Education is fully integrated through the elementary school classrooms International Baccalaureate Units of Inquiry; this includes participation in various activities.

We promote IB (International Baccalaureate) standards, designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate in today’s ever-changing world.

Our Middle School Physical Education Program features a dynamic curriculum focused on fundamentals of lifetime and team sports.



Enrichment Classes

Health: In Middle School Health students are taught the different aspects of Health and Wellness. These include Mental and Emotional Health, Personal and Consumer Health, Interpersonal Communication and Relationships, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs.

Art: Recognizing the importance of multiple-intelligences, students continue their exposure to art throughout middle school. Students express themselves through the creative, historical, and cultural aspects of art.

Research: MDS students have the added benefit of a specific research class. Students learn the process of collecting data, organizing information, and communicating their findings through a research essay.


Each student chooses one of three offered electives each trimester. Focusing on the constructivist approach to learning, we realize that students have different strengths. We encourage students to develop their interests or even try something new. Past electives offered have been Arabic, Model UN, Newspaper, Taekwondo, Sewing, Oil Painting, Chorus, Hand Chimes, Race For A Cure, 5th and 6th Grade Organizational Skills.