Curriculum & Academics
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Below are quick links to various information about the curriculum programs and academics offered at Holmes Middle School. Click on any link to view content. Some links will take you to the Rockingham County Schools website for general district information.
In addition to the Core Curricula of English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, Holmes offers numerous Elective Classes, including Band, Bible History, Chorus, Career and Technical Education, Physical Education and Health, Spanish and Fine Arts.
The school uses a block schedule, allowing students more concentrated time in core subjects (English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science). Our curriculum is driven by the Common Core and NC Essential Standards, on which students are tested both periodically and at the end of each school year.
Students have access to technology through networked computers in classrooms, the media center, and four computer labs, one with a flexible schedule. All rooms have telephones and internet access via the school system's wide area network.
Science Fair Links
Below are a number of resources that provide helpful information including Science Fair project ideas, display tips and details about our Science Club.
Overdrive eBook Library
Rockingham County Schools is pleased to offer our eBook program on Overdrive. Our digital collection contains over 5700 titles available for checkout.
The web address for RCS' digital library is http://rock.lib.overdrive.com. Please see your school's Media Coordinator for log in information.
In 1956, Benjamin Bloom headed a group of educational psychologists who developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior important in learning. During the 1990's a new group of cognitive psychologists, lead by Lorin Anderson (a former student of Bloom), updated the taxonomy to reflect relevance to 21st century work.
Click to view: Bloom's Revised Taxonomy
NC Wise Owl
Please click on the link below to visit the Middle School Zone of NCWiseOwl.
NC WISEOWL, a program from the NC Department of Public Instruction, is an excellent resource for students, teachers, administrators and parents. Periodical databases and other subscription-only reference materials are available, as well as easy access to other teaching and information resources from the DPI Digital Teaching and Learning Division. Students conducting research, teachers doing research for classes or looking for educational journals, parents helping with homework will all benefit by using this collection of encyclopedia, magazine and reference works. Funded by the North Carolina legislature, this service is free to public school teachers and students. Ask your School Library Media Coordinator for passwords to access this resource at home.
Click on the link below to visit Discovery Education.
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Below are additional resources and helpful links.
Learn how to pronounce authors' names
Click on the following link to learn how to pronounce the authors' names:
Many of the entries are presented by the authors themselves. Just type in the book title or the author for the correct pronunciation.