• The Middle School Science program fosters a curiosity about the natural world and a love of science. The program addresses the needs of the full spectrum of abilities, interests, and developmental stages of Middle School students. The program builds toward higher-level thinking skills using both formative and summative assessments. It aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, and the skills that will appropriately support the development of students who are scientifically literate in our increasingly technological society.

    The science curriculum at St. Vincent Martyr School follows the National Science Standards, the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, and standards developed by the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey. SVMS is also a participant in the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative. S.T.E.M. teaches independent innovation and all students to explore greater depths in science by utilizing skills taught in the program. The program teaches skills needed to become tomorrow’s global leaders. Science and mathematics teachers in the SVMS Middle School are S.T.E.M. certified and receive continuing education and training in this area. Training is provided by Stevens Institute of Technology, Picatiny Arsenal, and the University of Arizona. S.T.E.M. projects and activities are infused in the Middle School Science curriculum on a regularbasis.

    By the end of 8th grade, all students will have been exposed to Physical Science, Earth Science, and Life/Environmental Science. The Areas of Study are as follows:

    Grade 6

    • Earth, Moon and Sun Systems
    • Weathering
    • Waters of the Earth
    • Cell Structure and Function
    • Viruses, Bacteria, and Protists
    • Ecosystems 
    • Energy, Work and Machines
    • Forces (Laws of Motion)
    • Electromagnetic Energy and Sound

    Grade 7

    • Life Processes and Cell Theory
    • Human Body Systems
    • Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Interior
    • Earth’s Constructive and Destructive Processes
    • the Visible Spectrum (energy & light)
    • Global Positioning
    • Geographic Information Systems

    Grade 8

    • Matter (elements, compounds, mixtures)
    • Elements and the Periodic Table
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Potential and Kinetic Energy
    • Motion and Speed
    • Genetics and Heredity
    • Biomes and Species Dispersal
    • Climate and Weather Patterns