The middle school program at St. Joseph the Worker School consists of grades 6-8.  The program is departmental with a teacher for religion, math, literature, english, social studies and science.  The students follow a daily schedule of a period of each subject and a specialty. Math classes are grouped according to ability, the students must meet the criteria outlined in the school handbook.  The students in the middle school are offered a variety of curricular and extra curricular activities. 


Academics

As students transition to a departmentalized setting, our teachers are there to guide them through with understanding and academic something.  Students are assigned to a homeroom and move throughout the day to different teachers with subject matter expertise. Students begin to master higher level critical thinking skills and are given opportunities for applied learning.


  • Faith is integrated into all subjects
  • Departmentalized
  • Leveled math program
  • Opportunity to experience the broadcast media studio
  • Experience with MAC and PC computers

What Makes Our School Unique?


Student Activities

  • Academic Bowl -  Academic Bowl is an activity for 7th and 8th grade students to use "quick" recall skills to answer questions.  The questions include a variety of academic and nonacademic topics.  The students compete beyond our own school with other local parochial schools.
  • Band/Choir - Students in Grades 5-8 have the opportunity to participate in beginner band, advanced band, and choir.  Both the band and the choir have participated in music competitions.  The Choir also sings at Mass and at various nursing homes.

  • Broadcast Media Studio - The students broadcast the daily news and morning and afternoon prayer.  The students learn various aspects of broadcast media.  Students are anchors, technical crew, and writers.  They deejay their own dances and set up technical lighting and sound for school productions.
  • CYO Sports - Children of  St. Joseph the Worker Parish may participate in the following sports:  cross country, soccer, basketball, girls volleyball, cheerleading, and Mini-Vikes Football offered by Central Catholic.
  • Declamation -  Declamation is the delivering of a speech that was written and delivered by another person.  Students in 7th and 8th grade prepare for the annual Diocesan Declamation Contest.
  • History Day - National History Day inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.  The National History Day competition is open to all 7th and 8th graders.
  • Mathcounts and PA Math League -  The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests.   The Pennsylvania Math League has Math Contests for Grades 4 through 8. 
  • PA Junior Academy of Science -  7th and 8th grade student participants in the PJAS program are encouraged to follow the scientific method to select a project, research the background, formulate a hypothesis, develop an experiment to prove or disprove the hypothesis, and to collect and analyze data from their experiment. The students then prepare a written report and give an oral presentation with audio-visuals and are scored on their own merit.
  • Scouts - St. Joseph the Worker Parish has various scouting programs.
  • Squires - Squires is an international fraternity of young men, ages 10 to 18.  The Squires involves young men in programs to benefit the Church, the community, as well as in recreational and social activities.  The Squires is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church and who are ready, willing and capable of patterning their lives after the Youth Christ.
  • Yearbook -  St. Joseph the Worker School publishes a yearbook each year with student individual, group and snapshots commemorating the events of the school year. There is a Yearbook Staff made up of a school staff member and 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.