The 7th graders enjoy an intensive study of the Renaissance, which brings all previous cultural achievements to a glorious flowering and ushers in a new age of wide scientific inquiry and exploration.  The students enthusiastically dive into this exploration and take this energy into their own studies of Africa, South America, and Asia. They are also met with new opportunities to explore the world around them through chemistry, physiology, astronomy, and physics.

The Child

The seventh grade signals a very important change in the development of the child. Externally, the body is usually in the throes of puberty while, internally, the new force of intellect is born. In many ways, it can be characterized as the year of looking ahead. Finally able to call themselves teens, these students are chomping at the bit, ready to join the world. Their horizons are expanding, the social experience of the class is very important to them, and every day can be full of wonders even as they strive to balance a tender inner emotional life.  As the seventh grader moves into a new phase of growth – adolescence – she/he brings a new capacity for critical thinking to the subject matter at hand. These students are charged with emotional vitality and question everything around them. They seek to learn the boundaries of authority and the laws of science. 

The Class

Seventh grade is a time for students to assert their independence and to find their place among their peers. What better time to study the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration and the biographies of strong individuals in history, active members of society, who made their mark in science, exploration and art? 

The physical sciences continue with mechanics, beginning with the discovery of the lever principle in relation to the human arm. This block extends to the basic mechanical principles applied to ancient and modern machines. Further topics in physics are the laws of refraction, reflection, heat and electricity. Students study human reproduction and health. During the chemistry block, the students study the properties of acids and bases and the lime cycle. Combustion is a theme that leads into the study of physiology and the life processes. 

Astronomy continues as the heliocentric study of our solar system.

The vigorous mathematics curriculum brings students an understanding of negative numbers, algebra and plane geometry, graphing roots, powers and formulas. 

The geography curriculum includes the explorations of the New World by European explorers. In the creative writing curriculum of seventh grade, students synthesize all previous language studies as they explore oral tradition, the development of written language, and survey styles of poetry and prose genres. The world language curriculum includes grammar skills, reading, writing and conversation. 

Cyber Civics classes focus on information literacy.

The fine and practical arts continue with the addition of perspective drawing. 

During music class, students will participate in chorus and orchestra while studying musical styles, such as madrigals, ballads, opera and oratorio. 

Finally, physical education will include team games and preparation for the annual regional 7th & 8th Grade track and field meet including sprinting, javelin, long jump and discus.

Middle School Faculty:

Helen Zadourian
Grade 7 – Palm Trees Teacher

Mrs. Zadourian has a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature and a teaching diploma. She also has 20 years of…

…experience teaching in the private system in Lebanon where she taught elementary, middle, and high school for 10 years and worked another 10 years as a university instructor/coordinator teaching communication skills, business English and humanities courses. She also had the opportunity to teach history which she absolutely loved doing because she is just fascinated by it. She is proficient in four languages; Armenian, Arabic, French, and English. It is through her two daughters, aged 8 and 6, that the universe of Waldorf was revealed to her and she has been mesmerized ever since. Her children attended Waldorf Beirut where she also worked as a teacher training coordinator. Her whole perception of education widened with the spiritual aspects of child development as described by Steiner, and she found the perfect environment that would hold her children in love and reverence. It is now her desire and goal to put her 20 years of experience in the field of education in service of the Steiner/Waldorf philosophy in order to follow what she feels is now her purpose or higher calling in life for both her children and herself.

In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and meditating. She also happens to have a degree in Culinary Arts and she is a certified chef. She absolutely loves cooking and baking.

She is looking forward to an amazing year full of adventures with the 6th grade students and their families.