Middle school (grades 6-8) is an exciting time for students at All Saints with many extended learning opportunities both in core subject areas and special classes (Spanish, physical education, music, art, library and computer technology). All Saints students enjoy a traditional middle school experience which includes changing classes and using lockers while benefiting from our smaller setting and faith-focused environment. Students can work ahead of grade level through our Advanced Math and Advanced Spanish programs, and opportunities to develop leadership skills and serve as role models for our younger students are plentiful within our Pre-K – 8th grade school setting.
Middle School House System
The mission of the All Saints Catholic School House System is to create a middle school community where students work together and support each otheras they grow in their Catholic faith. The purpose of each house is to guide and support the spiritual, academic, social and personal development of each student during their time in middle school.
Our middle school is comprised of ten houses, each named after a saint. Each house is facilitated by a faculty advisor and includes students from grades six, seven and eight. Students are assigned to a house at the beginning of the year and will remain a member throughout their middle school years at All Saints.
Each of the houses focuses on four specific areas: Advising of Students; Faith & Service; Leadership; and Community Involvement. Students are provided opportunities to grow in these areas through weekly meetings during which they complete team-building exercises and service projects. Additionally, through a Points System, student efforts are recognized and a good-natured rivalry among the houses is fostered.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
All Saints also offers a variety of STEM programs starting in kindergarten and culminating in specialized middle school programs:
- Through our One-to-One Initiative, all middle school students have access to a Google Chromebook for their use throughout the school day and at home.
- Students utilize Google Classroom, a full suite of productivity tools which help students develop their organizational skills and collaborate with their teacher and other students.
- All seventh and eighth grade students at All Saints take VEX Programming as part of their computer curriculum.
- Middle school students can choose to participate in our Robotics Club as an after school activity. In 2017, the All Saints Robotics Team advanced to the Virginia State tournament.
- See STEM Programs for more information.
Our middle school teaching staff includes the following teachers who specialize in their subject area:
- Miss Tohill, 6A (Math)
- Mrs. Starrs, 6B (Science)
- Mr. Kontoes, 7A (Social Studies)
- Mrs. Bill, 7B (Math)
- Mrs. DeBruyne, 8A (Language Arts)
- Mrs. Honkus, 8B (Literature)
- Mrs. Perez (6th Grade Religion)
- Mr. Tessier (7th and 8th Grade Religion – Confirmation Preparation)
Our middle school teaching staff meets regularly to coordinate curriculum across various subjects and extended learning across subject areas. Examples include Renaissance Day, Red, White & Blue Election Day, participation in a town hall style meeting during our annual Veteran’s Mass & Reception, and Tom Sawyer Day.
During the middle school years at All Saints, students can choose to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, including:
- All Saints Band
- Battle of the Books (5th and 6th grade students)
- Chess Club
- CYO Basketball and Cheerleading
- CYO Cross Country and Track
- CYO Volleyball
- National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
- Peace & Justice Players(7th and 8th grade students)
- Robotics Club
- Schola (choral)
- Safety Patrol(6th grade)
- Student Council Association (SCA)
- Youth Group
Our middle school students naturally assume leadership roles and act as mentors to our younger students. This ability to develop and practice key leadership skills is a true benefit of a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade school experience. Instead of being placed in a school by themselves during the important developmental years of sixth, seventh and eighth grades, our students learn from continuing to interact with students from various grade levels. All Saints provides many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills both in class and outside of class through activities such as our Buddy Program, Peace & Justice Players, Student Council Association, and the National Junior Honor Society.
Accumulations of demerits begin anew at the start of each semester, i.e. demerits earned by a student will not carry over to the second semester. Students remaining demerit free, will be invited to a breakfast celebration.
Category I – 1 demerit will be given when a student fails to:
- Follow uniform code/wear uniform correctly
- Arrive to class on time
- Bring required materials to class
Category II – 5 demerits will be given when a student:
- Shows disrespect for teachers, adults or peers (3-5)
- Shows irreverence in church (3-5)
- Shows disrespect for property (3-5)
- Engages in disruptive behavior (2-5)
- Fails to follow classroom, hall, cafeteria or playground procedures (3-5)
- Brings inappropriate items to school, e.g. magazines, music, electronic equipment, or sells/solicit items on school property (2-5)
- Throws objects (2-5)
- Uses inappropriate language (3-5)
- Writes or passes notes (2 and parents receive a copy of the note)
- Shows poor etiquette or cooperation in cafeteria (2-5)
- Chews gum on school property (2)
Cheating will result in an automatic detention and a zero for the work involved. Middle school students who accrue five demerits will serve a one hour detention before school on Wednesday morning beginning at 7:00 AM. After three detentions during the course of one year, students must meet with the assistant principal. Accumulation of five demerits following the meeting will result in an in-school suspension with the student also receiving a zero for class work, homework and quizzes. Although a zero will not be issued for tests, the student will not receive any credit for tests administered during the period of suspension.
Students in middle school may use magnets to post important forms or pictures on the inside of their lockers. All items displayed in lockers must be consistent with the standards and expectations of All Saints Catholic School. Students are not permitted to open another student’s locker at any time. School staff reserves the right to periodically inspect lockers and desks. Students in grades 6-8 will be required to put a combination lock on their locker at the end of the school day. Students will give their combination number to their homeroom teacher. The locks will be used to protect the student’s personal items during the evening and on the weekends.
All class work must be completed neatly; only black or blue ink may be used. Students should write in cursive unless otherwise stated. Math assignments should be completed in pencil only. Homework must be completed neatly and submitted on time. If homework is not submitted in class on the date that it is due, the student will receive a grade of zero for the assignment. Homework counts as 20% of each student’s grade. Teachers recognize that there are times when your child will be unable to complete his or her homework. If your son or daughter is unable to complete the required work, please write a note to the corresponding teacher in the assignment book. The homework is expected to be completed the following evening.
Projects are due on the date assigned. If a project is submitted one day late, the student’s grade will drop 10 points. If the project is received two days late, the grade will drop 20 points, and if the project is three or more days late, the grade will be a zero. In the event that your child is absent on the day a project is due, the work should be submitted to the teacher on the day the student returns.
A test folder containing recent work, tests, and quizzes for parents/guardians to review and discuss is sent home on Wednesdays. Parents are asked to sign the outside of the folder and return it to school by Monday morning. During the week in which interim reports are issued, the test folders will be distributed on Friday. If your child receives a Parent/Student Notification form, or interim report, it will be noted on the outside of the folder and attached to the set of papers. Each form must be signed and returned to the teacher who issued the form.
Please see our High School page for information about area Catholic high school options.