Class Information


Class Information
Seventh Grade Eighth Grade
Language Arts Language Arts
Math Math / Algebra
Social Studies American History
Science Science
Physical Education / Reading * Physical Education / Reading *
* Students will take P.E. one out of three days and reading the other two days. Core classes will meet for 44 minutes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and for 38 minutes on Wednesday. Core classes are blocked on a rotation or as needed.
7th Grade Exploratories 8th Grade Exploratories
Art Art
Family And Consumer Science Family And Consumer Science
Industrial Technology Industrial Technology
Guidance Introduction to Agriculture
Technology / Media Health

Electives - Band, Jazz Band, and Chorus are available at the both the 7th and 8th grade level.

The purpose and functions of exemplary middle schools center on the intellectual, social, emotional, moral, and physical developmental needs of young adolescents (National Middle School Association, 1995). Within a few short years, young adolescents undergo rapid physical growth, changes in moral reasoning, the onset of abstract thinking, and introduction to a range of social pressures, including sex, drugs, and violence. Simultaneously, the lifelong developmental tasks of forming a personal identity or self-concept, acquiring social skills, gaining autonomy, and developing character and a set of values are begun. Exemplary middle schools facilitate appropriate programs, policies, and practices that foster the development of these tasks in positive ways.

Exemplary middle level schools address the distinctiveness of early adolescence with various instructional and organizational features. The exploratory program is one of the unique features of the middle level.

Exploratory programs capitalize on the innate curiosity of young adolescents, exposing them to a range of academic, vocational, and recreational subjects for career options, community service, enrichment, and enjoyment.

The following exploratories are offered at Riverbend Middle School.

Technology is a seventh grade course designed to teach the basic skills of creating, editing, and enhancing documents using computers. These are skills that will enhance ability to thrive in a world driven by technology. The class uses the Macintosh based program called Microsoft Office. Many students also have Microsoft Word on their home computers; with that in mind, the class is taught as a generic word processing class with universal word processing features.

Family and Consumer Science
Seventh and eighth grade family and consumer science is a 7-week course with a block period. It is a required course for both boys and girls. All classes start in the clothing construction lab. The seventh grade complete Sew-Kit projects. Projects include various bags, locker pockets, aprons and Kit Critters. Students have a choice of over fifteen different projects.

The eighth grade constructs a garment from a commercial pattern. They learn how to lay out, pin, and cut garments. They make either shorts or pants with elastic waistbands. These are all made from a variety of cotton fabrics.

The goal of Health is for students to be able to make decisions that will positively affect their health, Students are given resources that they can use to gather valid information in the future as they become interested in a particular health issue. To make good decisions, a student not only needs valid information but also a willingness to make a good decision. The willingness to make these decisions is based on self- esteem. If you like yourself, you are more likely to want to make choices that positively affect your health. If you don't like yourself, you are more likely to want to make choices that negatively effect your health. One of the best ways to improve self-esteem is to accomplish goals or challenges. In Health, we take time to teach students how to set and accomplish goals. This experience gives students the ability to improve their self-esteem and thus be more willing to make choices that have a positive affect on their health.

Introduction to Agriculture

Each individual on the face of the earth relies on the agriculture industry for their existence. Introduction to Agriculture explores the vast and varied industry of agriculture. Over 200 career opportunities exist in agriculture. Production, processing, design, marketing, and sales are vital in uniting products with consumers.

The 7th and 8th grade art exploratory classes will be creating artwork based on art history, their own creative imagination, the elements of art and the principles of design. Students will be responsible for the understanding and knowledge of the art history information, as well as completing work using different art mediums. Students will be doing work like painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and projects involving the computer/technology. Students will also get a chance at making a pot using the potter's wheel.

Students will get the opportunity to draw in their own sketchbook for personal, artistic growth and get the chance to develop their own assignments that will be completed after the regular class projects are finished. Students will be given the opportunity to relate each project to their own life.

Students will learn about different time periods in art and talk about important artists, as well as learn about art found in Iowa and in other cultures. Students will get the opportunity to use a critical eye and critique their own work as well as others. Vocabulary terms used in art will be introduced and students will get the opportunity to do art assignments at home. Students will get to see their work hung up and displayed in the school.

All projects meet the art standards already in place by the Iowa Falls Community School District.

Industrial Technology
The industrial technology facility includes a ten station technology lab, group activities/presentation area, and a production lab. The industrial technology curriculum at Riverbend Middle Shool is centered around the five main cluster areas of industrial technology which includes: manufacturing, energy/power, construction, communications and transportation. Hands-on activities with an emphasis on problem-solving skills are included in every cluster. The seventh grade curriculum is centered around the design process and infuses research and development techniques to answer the question, "How is an idea or concept turned into a finished product?" The eighth grade explorations of technology program is centered around a ten station modular technology lab. For seven weeks students may elect to explore many areas and concepts of industrial technology helping them to understand our technical world and prepare them for the world of work.

7th Grade Guidance
The 7th grade guidance exploratory explores a variety of content. Students research careers using technology and complete both interest and personality inventories. Students review "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, which are to be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw. 7th graders also discuss a variety of topics, such as resisting peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, diversity, study skills, and coping skills.