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North Bethesda Middle School 



8935 Bradmoor Drive 

Bethesda, MD 20817 

(301) 571-3883 

Fax (301) 571-3881 

 

montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/northbethesdams/ 

 


 

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ORD FROM THE 

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RINCIPAL

 

 

 



North  Bethesda  Middle  School  is  a  caring  professional  learning 

community  of  passion  and  purpose  where  the  highest  levels  of  teaching 

and  learning  take  place in  an  environment  that  is  academically rigorous, 

yet  socially  and  emotionally  nurturing.  We  are  committed  to  providing 

professional  and  courteous  services  to  our  students  and  their 

parents/guardians. 

 

Our  Counseling  Department,  led  by  Mrs.  Cynthia  Drucker,  Resource 



Counselor,  works  closely  with  students  to  provide  a  broad  array  of 

comprehensive  services  in  response  to  their  academic  and  individual 

needs.  

 

Our three grade-level teams send weekly parent updates via email to keep parents/guardians up-to-date 



on team projects as well as the activities that are taking place in each teacher’s class. Parents/guardians 

also  have  the  opportunity  to  keep  up  with  their  children’s  progress  through  Edline  currently  and  will 

soon be able to do so via a new My MCPS program.  In addition, in 2015, we will be implementing an 

online registration process which will allow students, using their school login and passwords, to access 

the class registration site and complete the online process with their parents. 

North  Bethesda  is  indeed  an  outstanding  learning  community.  Staff,  parents,  students,  and  the 

community at large collaborate to provide the best possible middle school experience for our children. 

 

 



Alton E. Sumner 

 

Principal 



 

 

 


 

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OUNSELING 

D

EPARTMENT

 

 

(301)



 

897-2260 

 

The information in this booklet will describe the courses that will be offered for the 2015 - 2016 school 



year. Please pay careful attention to the important dates, deadlines, and timelines, as the counselors and 

other staff must meet these deadlines when scheduling and enrollment information is entered into the 

county's database. 

 

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NSTRUCTIONAL 

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RACTICES

 

 

Differentiated instructional practices address a wide range of academic abilities and physical, social, and 



emotional differences among students. They include acceleration, enrichment, and other strategies as 

needed to foster intellectual growth. Students are placed in classes so they have the opportunity to work 

in homogeneous groups, heterogeneous groups, or individually, depending on their developmental needs 

in each instructional area or the task involved. As students' needs and abilities change, regrouping may 

occur at any time during the year to accommodate the academic growth of each student.  

 

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TUDENT 

S

ERVICE 

L

EARNING 

C

REDIT

 

 

In Middle School, Student Service Learning (SSL) hours are earned through the infusion of service into 



the  Middle  School  curriculum.  Students  will  complete  service  projects  in  Grade  6  Science,  Grade  7 

English, and Grade 8 History. Through these classroom activities, all students attending Middle School, 

and  completing  the  projects,  will  be  credited  with  30  of  the  75  student  service  learning  hours  that 

Montgomery County Public Schools require for graduation from High School. Middle School students 

may earn additional SSL hours by volunteering to work at those agencies that have been approved by 

the school system for this purpose and that are able to use the services of middle school age students. 

Ms. Ashley Rice is currently the SSL Coordinator for NBMS. For further information you may visit the 

NBMS  website,  montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/northbethesdams/,  the  MCPS  SSL  site, 



mcpsssl.org, or contact Ms. Rice at Ashley_B_Rice@mcpsmd.org or (301) 897-2260. 

 

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ROGRAM OF 

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TUDIES 

2015

 



 

2016 

 

North Bethesda Middle School is committed to providing the best possible transition from elementary to 

secondary education. The emphasis of the program of studies will be on academic achievement and will 

include emotional and social supports to help students adjust to the middle school program. We provide 

more in-depth learning experiences for those students who master the basic course objectives. Students 

who require academic support will be provided additional instruction. As you read the program of study, 

please keep in mind that the course descriptions provide only a brief summary of the various courses. 

When school begins in the fall, students will receive the specific course objectives. 

Students and parents are encouraged to read the course descriptions very carefully. All students will be 

scheduled for seven subjects. Counselors will explain the registration process to parents and students. 

 

R

EQUIRED 

S

UBJECTS

 

 

English or ESOL 

Digital Literacy 1 (6

th

 Grade only) 



Social Studies 

Mathematics 

Science 

Physical Education and Health 



E

LECTIVE 

S

UBJECTS

 

 

World Languages – French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, 

Latin (Latin 8

th

 grade only)  



(full year courses) 

Band 6, 7, 8 

 

(full year) 



Intermediate Orchestra 6 

 

(full year) 



Advanced Orchestra 7, 8 

(full year) 

Chorus 6  

 

(full year) 



General Chorus 7, 8 

(full year) 

T.V. Studio 7, 8 

(full year) 

Art 8  

(full year) 



Art 6, 7  

(semester course) 

General Music 6, 7  

(semester course) 

Imagineering Technology 6 

 

(semester course) 



Computer Applications 6, 7 

 

(semester course) 



Living with Technology 7 

 

(semester course) 



Earth and Space Technology 8 & 

(full year) 

                                Robotics 8   

 

 



 

 

Courses by Recommendation Only 

 

Special Education Resource Program 



 

READ 180  

Alternative 1 Program 

Developmental Reading (Special Education Program) 

 

 

 



 

 

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NGLISH

 

 

Advanced English 6 

The  English  curriculum  features  four  thematically  based  units:  Foundations,  Adventures, Challenges 

and Barriers, and Artistic ChoicesEach of the four units involves the study of language and literature 

in the context of change and possibility. This focus resembles the experience of 6

th

 graders who, newly 



arrived in middle school, find themselves in an environment defined by change. English 6 integrates all 

the  processes  and  contents  of  the  English/language  arts.  Students  will  continue  to  develop  collateral 

language skills in writing, reading, listening, and speaking. The focus in writing highlights skills in the 

narrative, persuasive, informative, and procedural forms. Grammar and vocabulary will be taught and 

reinforced throughout the year. Grammar instruction will include the parts of speech, types of sentences, 

simple and compound sentences, subject/verb agreement, and pronoun agreement. Independent reading 

and analysis are essential lifetime skills; they are integrated as a part of the year-round program in which 

all 6


th

 grade students participate. 



 

Digital Literacy 1 (6

th

 grade reading course) 

The Digital Literacy 1 curriculum focuses on developing critical and creative thinking through reading, 

writing, speaking, listening and viewing in a 21

st

 Century approach.  Working through a problem-based 



process, students learn to define real world problems of interest, research the causes of those problems 

using real-time global texts and then create solutions to address the problems.  Students will advance 

their understanding of comprehension, analysis and evaluation of text as well as vocabulary acquisition 

through reading complex informational and argumentative texts in a technology-rich medium.  Students 

will collaborate regularly both through the research and the solution phases of their investigations.  

Students’ curiosity and motivation will engage the students in their investigations while learning and 

refining the processes that will enrich all other courses and prepare them for college and career projects. 

 

Advanced English 7 

The 7

th

 grade English curriculum features four thematically based units within the overarching theme of 



Forging New Connections: Identity,  A Sense of Place,  Perspectives and Expressions,  and 

Imagination.  Each  unit  is  anchored  by  common  tasks  and  novels  selected  to  develop  critical  thinking 

skills and effective communication skills. Students will continue to develop language skills in writing, 

reading,  listening,  and  speaking.  The  focus  in  writing  highlights  skills  in  the  narrative,  persuasive, 

informative  and  expressive  forms.  Grammar  and  vocabulary  will  be  taught  and  reinforced  throughout 

the  year.  Grammar  instruction  will  include  the  parts  of  speech,  subject/verb  agreement,  sentence 

structure, and pronoun agreement. Independent reading and analysis are essential lifetime skills; they are 

integrated as a part of the year-round program  in which all 7

th

 grade students participate. In addition, 



students  may  earn  a  minimum  of  ten  hours  credit  toward  their  student  service  learning  graduation 

requirement.  

 

Advanced English 8 Semester 1

 

Like its counterpart in ninth grade, this course puts writing at the center of teaching and learning. This 



course prepares students to communicate in a world that is changing so rapidly we may not even be able 

to imagine future means of communication. The course focuses on developing the skills students need to 

communicate  effectively  for  a  variety  of  purposes,  audiences  and  media.  The  writing  class  is  a 

workshop: Students write every day, keep a portfolio to track progress and set goals and explore ways to 

convey  their  own  voice.  They  read  as  writers  analyzing  short  texts,  practicing  the  writers’  techniques 

and imitating the style and sentence structures of published authors. They study literature and language 



 

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as  an  integral  part  of  the  writing  and  revision  process.  Students  write  to  explore  their  own  thinking, 



engage in reflection, and learn each day that they have control over improving their craft. 

 

Advanced English 8 Semester 2 

 

Semester 1 provides the transition between Semester 2 and Literature and Language 8. Just as students 



make choices in their own writing, they now consider more carefully the choices the authors make in the 

works they read. Students read short stories and narrative fiction to explore how authors shape their texts 

in deliberate ways to give life to their stories. This unit focuses on all the elements that go into crafting a 

good story – compelling characters, a well-chosen setting, complex relationships, colliding desires and 

ultimately,  a  resolution  of  conflict  that  allows  the  author  to  imply  a  truth  about  human  nature  or  the 

human condition. 

 

ESOL — English for Speakers of Other Languages 

The ESOL middle school curriculum is designed to challenge students to think critically as they acquire 

and process the language of American English. The curriculum is designed to teach and reinforce the 

acquisition  of  all  four-language  skills:  listening,  speaking,  reading  and  writing.  The  incorporation  of 

both  literary  and  expository  text  provides  opportunities  for  extended  language  development  with 

authentic  materials.  Teachers  are  expected  to  provide  independent  reading  guidance  to  students  for 

supplementary reading practice. 

 

ESOL –Level 1 – 5 Curriculum 

MCPS has adopted the Milestones program by Heinle-Cengage for all ESOL students. The content of 

this program is aligned with Maryland English Language Proficiency Standards as well as with key 

English Language Arts indicators. The curriculum has excellent cross-curricular connections. The 

program systematically develops academic vocabulary using the six-step vocabulary development 

program based on the work of educational theorist Robert Marzano. The program also provides 

opportunities for students to connect language to literacy as they apply their knowledge of both language 

skills and reading strategies when reading both literary and informational texts. The curriculum provides 

assessments that can be used to monitor both language acquisition and prepare students for the PARCC. 

 

ESOL – Advanced Level 5 Curriculum 

The standards-based ESOL curriculum (2008) is aligned with the Maryland State Department of 

Education Voluntary State Curriculum. This curriculum integrates Basic Interpersonal Communication 

Skills (BICS) and the four language skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The 

curriculum focuses on developing Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) for advanced 

ESOL students. The ESOL 5 curriculum emphasizes: 

  Reading and exposition 

  Academic vocabulary 

  Speaking to narrate, inform and persuade 

  Purposeful listening to speakers and presenters 

  Writing paragraphs and essays 

  Making inferences, drawing conclusions and evaluating text 

ESOL 5 and its assessments serve as a system of monitoring both language acquisition and for purposes 

of preparing students for the PARCC. 

 

 

 



 

 

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Academic Language Course 

The Academic Language (AL) course is designed to help beginning secondary English language 

learners be successful in academic content classes.  The focus of the class is to develop the English 

language, academic vocabulary and critical thinking skills that are essential to learning content material. 

Students will develop vocabulary and learn language structures that pertain to a variety of academic 

topics in mathematics, science and social studies.  Throughout the year, students will expand their 

academic language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through the content and skills in the 

subject areas of mathematics, science and social studies. 

 

 



 

 

 



 

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ATHEMATICS

 

 

The goal of the Montgomery County Schools pre-K-12 mathematics program is for all students to 



achieve mathematical proficiency through mastery of mathematical skills, concepts, and processes. The 

end result is the ability to think and reason mathematically and use mathematics to solve problems in 

authentic context. The middle school mathematics curriculum is organized by course, not by grade level 

with the goal of preparing students for C2.0 Algebra 1 by grade eight. 

 

Curriculum 2.0 Math 6 

Course Description: 

Curriculum 2.0 (C2.0) Math 6 extends students’ understanding of whole number and fraction concepts 

developed throughout the elementary grades. Instruction at this level will focus on four areas:  

1) Connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and 

rate to solve problems 

2) Completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system 

of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers 

3) Writing, interpreting and using expressions and equations 

4) Developing understanding of statistical thinking. 

 

Curriculum 2.0  Math 7  



Course Description 

Curriculum 2.0 (C2.0) Mathematics 7 extends students’ understanding of mathematical concepts 

developed in C2.0 Mathematics 6.  Instruction at this level will focus on four areas: 

1)  Developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; 

2)  developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and 

linear equations; 

3)  solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working 

with two – and three – dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area and 

volume; 

4)  drawing inferences about populations based on samples. 

Students who successfully complete this course will be ready for C2.0 Mathematics 8 in Grade 8, 

strengthening their foundation for the Common Core State Standards Algebra I in Grade 9. 



 

Curriculum 2.0 Investigations into Mathematics (IM) 

Course Description 

Curriculum 2.0 (C2.0) Investigations into Mathematics (IM) extends students’ understanding of 

mathematical concepts developed in C2.0 Mathematics 6 and accelerates the pace of instruction to 

prepare for 2.0 Algebra I. This course compacts all of the Grade 7 Common Core State Standards and 

much of the Grade 8 Common Core State Standards into a single year. Students who successfully 


 

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complete C2.0 IM are prepared for C2.0 Algebra I in Grade 8.  The remaining Grade 8 CCSS are 



compacted into the C2.0 Algebra I course. Instruction for C2.0 will focus on four critical areas:            

(1) developing a unified understanding of number, recognizing fractions, decimals (including both those 

that have a finite or a repeating decimal representation), and percents as different representations of 

rational numbers; (2) using linear equations and systems of linear equations to represent, analyze and 

solve a variety of problems; (3) comparing two distributions and reasoning about differences between 

populations; (4) analyzing geometric relationships in order to solve real-world mathematical problems. 

 

Algebra Prep 

Course Description 

This course is for students who have completed the Kindergarten to Grade 7 mathematics curriculum. 

Algebra Prep extends students’ understanding of numbers and computation, to include rational and 

irrational numbers in the real number system.  One goal is to have all students develop computational 

fluency of real numbers.  All concepts and skills are presented in the context of problem solving that 

requires the use of reasoning and communication.  Areas of focus include multiple representations of 

linear function, data analysis and representation, probability experiments and simulations and geometric 

properties and relationships between two and three dimensional figures.  Students successful in this 

course will take Algebra I the following year.  

 

Curriculum 2.0 Algebra I 



Course Description: 

Curriculum 2.0 (C2.0) Algebra I is designed to analyze and model real-world phenomena. Exploration 

of linear, exponential and quadratic functions forms the foundation of the course. Key characteristics 

and representations of functions – graphic, numeric, symbolic and verbal – are analyzed and compared. 

Students develop fluency in solving equations and inequalities. One and two variable data sets are 

interpreted using mathematical models. This course satisfies the High School Algebra I requirement. In 

order to receive credit and continue to Geometry, students must successfully pass the County Final 

Exam.  Students successful in this course will take Honors Geometry the following year.  The grade 

received in Algebra will be recorded on the high school transcript and be part of the student’s GPA. 



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