Lakes high academic standards and student expectations are the basis of our quality education program. Students are placed in four core classes which provides curriculum integration and close supervision for all students and their needs. We work to create diligent, enthusiastic learners who enjoy the educational process.
The focus of 6th grade language arts classes is on reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, writing, and listening/speaking/viewing skills. Sixth grade students take a 6th grade language arts course with their homerooms. An advanced language arts course is also offered for those students who qualify for an advanced placement.
The general reading class focuses on literature appreciation, comprehension, fluency, independent reading, and elements of literature. All 6th grade students take a 6th grade reading course with their homerooms. Students in need of extra help are also enrolled in an extra skill building reading course. Accelerated students will have enrichment opportunities.
Students are placed in math courses based on ability. The following units are taught in 6th grade Math: problem solving, estimation, rounding, graphing, add/subtract decimals, multiplying decimals, circumference, dividing decimals, Algebra, GCF LCM, patterns, number sense, add/subtract fractions, elapsed time, multiply/divide fractions, extend pattern, Geometry, angles, ratio/proportion, convert, fractions/decimals/percent, and area perimeter. Advanced math classes are offered for those students who qualify for an advanced placement.
Sixth grade science is required for all sixth graders. The following units are taught in 6th grade science: scientific inquiry, classification, cells, human body, chemistry - - structure and function of matter, energy and resources, motion and energy, earth science, astronomy, and water resources.
The following units are taught in 6th grade social studies: map skills, archaeology, current events, Ancient Southwest Asia, Ancient Near East, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome.
Those who are reading below grade level are required to take this class. Students are placed in this reading class based on their ISAT reading scores. In this class, students work on the following objectives: word meaning, literary comprehension, interpretive comprehension, evaluative comprehension, and fluency.
Lakes Middle School's special education program is designed with inclusion as its primary focus. Most students supported by this program are placed in regular education classes where additional supervision and support is provided. The success in this model has been evident for many years. Serviced students are an integral part of the entire Canfield community. While accommodations are made on an individual basis, the academic success is obvious and the personal benefits in terms of self-esteem, self-confidence and other social skills are reinforced.
Pull out programs in the form of study labs, language arts and mathematics review courses, and specialized advisory reading, are used to support the classroom. A few students are placed in prevocational classes as their needs indicate.
All sixth grade students have the opportunity to participate in a new exploratory course every six weeks. Exploratory classes include: PE, Woodshop, Digital Citizenship, Brain Games and Art. There are also YEAR-LONG Exploratory classes for Band, Orchestra and Choir.
Trail Creek Information
Trail Creek is an overnight trip offered to all Lakes Middle School 6th graders. This opportunity provides “quality outdoor learning experiences for students, teaching a greater awareness of and appreciation for the natural world and each other.” The cost is approximately $75.00 per child.