Canfield Middle School

Home of the Cougars

We invest in each student to prepare, challenge and advance well-educated, resilient and future-ready citizens.

Canfield offers an academic focus based on the team concept. High academic standards and student expectations are the basis of our quality education program. We work to create diligent, enthusiastic learners who enjoy the educational process.

Eighth Grade Core Classes

Language Arts
The focus in 8th grade language arts is on literature appreciation and comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, writing, independent reading, reading fluency, and listening/ speaking/viewing skills. In addition to Regular 8th grade Language Arts, Canfield offers ALP Arts. Students may also be enrolled in BOOST Language Arts if they are struggling in their Regular Language Arts course.
Students who are reading below grade level are required to take a reading enrichment 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.
Students in 8th grade have the opportunity to enroll in ALP or Regular Mathematics.  Students may also be enrolled in BOOST math if they are struggling in their Regular Math course. The following units are taught in this course: estimation, add/subtract/multiply/divide decimals, percents, and fractions, exponentiation, word problems, standard and metric measurement, simple and multi-step equations, using formulas, Algebraic expression, volume, polygons, lines, angles, graphing, right triangles, graphing, and ratio/proportion. Algebra is offered to those students in the accelerated program. Focus in this course is on add/subtract/multiply/divide percents, word problems, simple and multi-step equations, using formulas, Algebraic fractions and expression, factoring, radicals, volume, lines, graphing, and right triangles.
Earth Science
The following units are taught in 8th grade Science: time, plate tectonics, tectonic processes, physical processes, climate, astronomy, water, and fossil fuels.
United States History
The following units are taught in 8th grade social studies: review of the French/Indian War, review of the Revolutionary War, Independence and evolution of Government, Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, decimation/resettlement of Native Americans, expansion of U.S. Appalachians to Mississippi, Mississippi to Rockies, immigration, Rockies to the Pacific, Mexican War and Manifest Destiny, Industrial Revolution, Transportation Revolution, Abolition/Civil Rights, Civil War and Reconstruction, Indian Wars, Spanish/American War, Progressive movement and reform of big business, and Social reforms of the early 20th Century. Accelerated students are placed in a class that looks at the curriculum in more depth and at a higher expectation standard.