Seventh Grade

Seventh grade, the renaissance and its masters, Joan of Arc, King Arthur, algebra, the Age of Exploration, creative writing, human physiology, the experience of physics and chemistry through experimentation…. it is a time of great changes emotionally and physically for the children and the curriculum meets them there.

  • creative writing
  • research papers
  • book reports
  • geometry
  • algebra
  • graphs
  • perimeters and area
  • powers
  • Arthurian legends
  • historical novels
  • poetry
  • foreign language- reading and conversation, grammar, and structure
  • choir
  • orchestra
  • wet and dry transparent color painting
  • sewing and embroidery
  • model the human hand, foot and bones
  • perspective drawing
  • drawing platonic solids
  • woodworking to shape bowls and moveable toys
  • history of 1400-1700
  • European and African geography
  • tides
  • map making
  • weather
  • inorganic chemistry
  • physiology
  • astronomy
  • nutrition
  • first aid
  • gymnastic with equipment
  • team games and sports

Meet the Teacher

Michelle Schmeling

Michelle grew up in the Rogue Valley, graduating as Artist-of-the-Year from North Medford High School. She then went on to study at SOU, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Fine Arts and then a Masters of Arts in Teaching.  She has found her purpose and joy in trying to return the gift of a creative and inspiring education.

She worked as a high school art teacher for a few years and then took time away from teaching to parent her three daughters.  In 2014 she moved to Egypt with her family and had an amazing year living and teaching in Cairo.  Living in a Muslim society gave her a greater appreciation for diversity and an understanding for the challenges of being a minority. She returned to Southern Oregon with a new sense of gratitude for the place she came from and is delighted to be incorporating more lessons from world cultures into her curriculum.

After teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grades at a traditional elementary in Medford for three years, she excited to be working in a school community where students are taught more holistically. From her experience as a student and a teacher, she believes that the best education honors individual development and growth in a caring and inspiring environment.