Middle School

The unique educational and developmental needs of the adolescent determine the basis for the Middle School program. As students face new expectations and strive to develop their identities, teaching strategies promote individual development while recognizing the importance of cooperative learning and group membership. As they mature, students assume more responsibility. Teachers and students work together in an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity for others, and experience the joy of discovering, learning, and knowing.

Recognizing that early adolescence is a time of tremendous physical and emotional change, Key helps students gain confidence and develop independence by providing a supportive and caring environment in which to learn. Multidisciplinary experiences, hands-on student-directed activities, and first-hand contact with primary sources promote enthusiastic student participation.

Sequential in design, the English program focuses on the continuation of the language arts skills of reading, analysis, writing, and oral expression. In every grade, these skills converge as students read and discuss a rich array of literary selections. Analysis is the centerpiece of the program that encourages students to explore plot, structure, character development, conflict, setting, and themes in increasingly sophisticated ways. Writing instruction centers on writing as a process that involves creative expression, research skills, and logical and effective paragraph development, as well as sentence building and correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary.

Middle School social studies, in conjunction with the English program, further develops students’ reading, writing, and discussion skills. Fifth and sixth grade students are given a strong foundation in American history. In seventh grade, Civics students assume politically active roles as they engage in critical analysis of current events. In the eighth grade, World Geography students explore the political, geographic, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of countries throughout the world. The social studies programs are complemented by a wide variety of projects and field trips.

The mathematics program begins by consolidating whole number computation skills, extending them to rational numbers. Students encounter the algebraic process early and build facility over four years as they progress through Algebra I, while gaining a solid foundation in geometry. Through the use of manipulatives, as well as frequent collaborative work, students develop sophisticated and analytical problem solving strategies and learn about practical applications of mathematical skills and concepts.

The science program involves students in the study of earth science, life science, and physical science, with understanding facilitated through extensive laboratory work coupled with many opportunities for observation and study in the field. Strengthening the students’ method of investigation and developing competence in the manipulation of laboratory equipment are primary goals of the curriculum.

The foreign language program includes courses for beginning and continuing French (through French II) and a two-year Spanish I curriculum. The program uses dialogue, reading, written exercises, research projects, and field trips to strengthen understanding of language and culture.

In computer classes, students hone basic skills in keyboarding and word processing and develop more sophisticated skills in graphing, multimedia presentation, desktop publishing, and the application of Internet search techniques in support of joint projects with other disciplines, including English, social studies, science, and French.

Activities such as theater, chorus, dance, newspaper, ensemble, community service, math club, web page design, creative writing, amateur radio, and French club are an important part of the Middle School experience.

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  • Middle School Students Support Giving Back Program

    In what has become a Key School tradition, Middle Schoolers joined forces with Linda’s Legacy Giving Back organization in support of its annual “Holiday Help for the Homeless Project” by funding and filling backpacks for local homeless men, women and children.

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  • Key Robotics Success at Regionals Leads to State Competition

    Key’s Middle School Robotics participated in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge in December, fielding two competition teams—Trophy Hunters and Irrawaddy—in the regional matchup. The competition comprised three segments: a Research Project around this year’s theme of Animal Allies that culminated in a presentation and Q&A before a panel of judges, a Core Values segment designed to assess cooperative spirit, and a Robot Game challenge requiring both problem-solving acumen and facility with coding.

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  • Students Earn Spots in All State Junior Strings Orchestra and All State Junior Chorus

    Congratulations to seventh grade viola player Michael James Dee, who was accepted into the Maryland All State Junior Strings Orchestra, and eighth grader Noah Simon, who was named to the All State Junior Chorus. Only Maryland’s most gifted musicians earn positions at the All State level.

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  • Mock Elections Held at Key

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    Election Day has come to Key. On Tuesday, November 8 Middle School students participated in a mock election, casting ballots for the Maryland State Senate, the Maryland House of Representatives, and for the President of the United States.

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  • Musings from Matthew

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    In less than two weeks I will have the opportunity to take part in Key’s 45th Commencement. Unlike most graduation exercises where graduates and their families hear a speech from one individual who, at best, has a few close relationships with them, Key’s Commencement provides every student with the opportunity to have an individual of their choice speak on their behalf. While one speech espousing the virtues of the coming of age that Commencement represents can be entertaining, close to fifty speeches celebrating the individuality of each Obezag is truly memorable.

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Upcoming Events

Tue Jan 24

5th Grade Williamsburg Trip Orientation/ 6th Grade Fly-up for 5th Grade Parents

Location: Barn Commons
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Wed Jan 25

Middle School String/Wind Ensembles and 7th & 8th Grade Chorus Assembly

Location: Activity Building
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Middle School String/Wind Ensembles and 7th & 8th Grade Chorus Performance

Location: Activity Building
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Fri Jan 27

7th Grade Fly-Up for 6th Grade Parents

Location: Barn Commons
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Sat Jan 28

ISEE Testing at Key for Applicants to Grades 5-12

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Thu Feb 02

8th Grade Fly-Up for 7th Grade Parents

Location: Barn Commons
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Fri Feb 03

RE-ENROLLMENT CONTRACTS DUE

Mon Feb 06

Financial Aid Application Deadline for Re-Enrolling Families

Wed Feb 08

Middle School Student/Parent Conferences - NO MIDDLE SCHOOL

Thu Feb 09

Student Art Exhibit Opens through April 26