Curriculum Subjects


English Language Arts

The ELA curriculum is designed to make students excellent readers, writers and speakers. Each year students read fiction, literary nonfiction, informational text, poetry and drama and they also write narrative, descriptive, expository and informative pieces. Discussion and collaboration are key aspects to promote students' understanding, analysis and evaluation of text. Students give a variety of oral presentations, both individually and in groups.

Mathematics

Students are exposed to a challenging mathematics curriculum taught by experienced educators. Students will learn to think as mathematicians and problem solve. Educators will use resources to teach the MA state frameworks while incorporating the CommonCore.

Science

The purpose of Science instruction at Sullivan is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and habits of mind to understand the natural processes they see around them. They also come to understand the processes by which scientific knowledge is applied to create useful technologies.

The curriculum employs an integrated approach to provide Earth/Space Science, Physical Science, Life Science and Technology/Engineering instruction through the years. The Massachusetts Frameworks guide the scope of the course. Student experiences will focus on inquiry, experimentation, and scientific literacy using engaging real-life problems, hands-on investigations, engineering design problems, and current scientific literature. Students will use technology to prepare and present their results.

History and Social Science

The Social Studies curriculum requires students to examine the ways in which history, geography, and current events intertwine and provides a fundamental understanding of how the Earth’s structure has impacted the development of human society. Sullivan teachers teach these classes in which students trace man’s progress across time from simple hunter-gatherer communities to more complex and advanced civilizations, kingdoms, and imperial empires. They use this historical foundation to make relevant and concrete connections to today’s issues and global events as well as to other academic disciplines.

In order to help students make solid connections between the past and present, parts of the Model UN curriculum will be infused into the study of human history and ancient civilizations. Students will have the opportunity to research historical issues and current events simultaneously, and this research will culminate in a simulated United Nations Committee Meeting where students will assume the role of delegates from countries around the world. The simulation nature of the Model UN approach will give students a deeper and personal appreciation the commonalities and differences between our past and present worlds. Cross-curricular skills such as public speaking, negotiation, research, writing, and cooperative problem solving will also be strengthened by these exercises.

The History and Social Science curriculum has an increased focus on civics. Sullivan teachers lead classes that enable students to trace man’s progress across time from simple hunter-gatherer communities to more complex and advanced civilizations, kingdoms, and imperial empires. They use this historical foundation to make relevant and concrete connections to today’s issues and global events as well as to other academic disciplines.

Foreign Language

The primary focus of the curriculum is on communication, utilizing the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The Foreign Language curriculum connects with other disciplines, especially English, through the study of grammar, sentence structure and development of writing skills. Students will have opportunities to participate in Spanish and French.

Enrichments

A variety of enrichments are offered at Sullivan. Students will participate in Physical Education throughout the school year. Opportunities to participate in art, music, theater, technology and stem are also available.

Instructional Focus

Mission: SMS educates the whole child in a supportive environment through a vertically aligned, rigorous, STEAM integrated curriculum. SMS empowers innovative, mindful thinkers by instilling critical thinking skills and a global perspective in an educational atmosphere grounded in respect, responsibility, and a readiness to learn. Vision: To prepare students for a rapidly changing world by providing a STEAM integrated education for all students using evidence based practices.

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