Middle School (5-8)

Welcome to another exciting school year!  Middle school is where our students are becoming young adolescents.  Therefore, our team members are focused on addressing their intellectual, social-emotional, and developmental needs in a positive and supportive learning environment. 
English Language Arts - What is Skyline?
Students in grades 5-8 use Skyline for English Language Arts.  Skyline is the district’s first digital standards-aligned, culturally responsive curriculum. Skyline was developed under the Curriculum Equity Initiative.  The Skyline ELA curriculum incorporates contemporary and culturally responsive texts, with over 80% of texts uniquely selected for CPS students.
Some of the features of the Skyline curriculum for ELA include:
  • Mini-lessons (challenge, review, and language support)
  • Lesson-level supports for diverse learners and English learners
  • Alignment to social-emotional learning (SEL) standards
  • Chicago-based learning examples
Students in grades K-8 use Envision for mathematics.  Envision focuses on deep conceptual math understanding aided by visual models, student-centered projects, 3-act tasks, and personalized learning. Envision offers comprehensive vertical alignment from Kindergarten through 8th grade to ensuring all mathematical standards are taught in the most effective way.  Envision combines problem-based learning with visual learning. Students learn more about math by solving rich, reality-based problems. They gain a deeper, clearer understanding of math concepts with visual models and scaffolds in every lesson.
Students in grades K-5 use FOSS for science.  FOSS (Full Option Science System) is a research-based science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.  The FOSS Program provides tools and strategies to engage students and teachers in enduring experiences that lead to a deeper understanding of the natural and designed worlds.  The best way for students to appreciate the scientific method, learn important scientific concepts, and develop the ability to think well is to actively participate in scientific practices through their own investigations and analyses. The FOSS Program was created specifically to provide students with meaningful experiences through engaging with this active participation in scientific practices.
Social Studies
Students in grades K-8 will utilize a variety of resources for social studies.  Teachers plan units and lessons aligned with the  ISBE Social Studies Standards.  Students in 8th grade are required to participate in the Mandatory CPS Civics Curriculum for two quarters.  In addition, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) mandates the following units/topics for our social studies curriculum.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
Students in grades K-8 use the Second Step curriculum for SEL lessons.  Children need social-emotional skills to thrive both in the classroom and in life.
The Second Step curriculum teaches children techniques to:
  • Gain confidence
  • Set goals
  • Make better decisions
  • Collaborate with others in work and play
  • Navigate the world more effectively
General Education Teachers
Special Education & Additional Classroom Support