All About Middle School

OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM…

The middle school provides a transition between the self-contained classroom of elementary school and the independence required in high school.

Emphasis is on the joy of learning, practical application of knowledge and character development.

Middle school students receive locker assignments and have their choice of many electives, including: Technology, Physical Education (available 5 days a week), Yearbook, Choir, Band and Art.


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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

6th GRADE


Travel Through the Bible

Grade is designed for today’s middle school student. It is designed as an introduction, to prepare students for the rich truths of Scripture by providing a basic knowledge of the Word of God. Route 66 integrates a fast-moving Bible survey with personal application and an emphasis on God’s power and activity. Students visit all 66 books, from creation to the cross to the end of time.

 

7th GRADE


The Life of Christ Bible

7th Grade is designed to help students comprehend the reality and person of Jesus from Nazareth. The course objective is to further Johns’ purpose as stated in John 20:30-31, to know and respond to Christ. The curriculum includes discussion of the customs, geography and chronology of Jesus’ life. The study puts students in Israel with Jesus during the year A.D. 28-32. It includes details of the seasons, time of day, and even weather to help students relive the days when Christ walked through Israel and ministered to the people. Our hope is that this study will help students not only know Jesus more, but love Him more as well.

8th GRADE


Travel Through the Bible

Many of today’s middle school students lack the basic knowledge of the Word of God that was common in years past. This study is designed to provide that introduction and prepare them for the rich truths of Scripture. Route 66 integrates a fast-moving Bible survey with personal application and an emphasis on God’s power and activity. Students visit all 66 books, from creation to the cross to the consummation of time.

6th GRADE

6th Math includes a combination of rational numbers, patterns, geometry, and integers in preparation for one- and two-step equations and inequalities.

Guided Problem Solving strategies throughout the text provide students with the tools they need to be effective and independent learners. An emphasis on fractions solidifies student understanding of rational number operations in preparation for applying these skills to algebraic equations. Activity Labs throughout the text provide hands-on, minds-on experiences to reach all types of learners.

7th GRADE

7th Math consists of a structured approach to a variety of topics such as ratios, percentages, equations, inequalities, geometry, graphing, and probability.

Test Take Strategies provide a guide to problem solving approaches that are necessary for success on standardized tests. Checkpoint Quizzes assess student understanding after every few lessons. Daily Guided Problem Solving in the text in supported by the Guided Problem Solving worksheet expanding the problem, guiding student through the problem solving process and providing extra practice

8th GRADE

Pre-Algebra provides a solid foundation in order to fully prepare students for Algebra 1.

Chapter 1-3 focus on integers, rational numbers, and real numbers, in order to set the stage for equations, inequalities, and functions. Real-World applications to the more abstract algebraic concepts are found throughout the text. More than 5 Activity Labs per chapter ensure students receive the visual and special instruction necessary to conceptualize these abstract concepts and prepare them for advanced math courses.

This year long course provides an introduction to reading, writing, listening, and speaking for academic and expressive purposes using technology. The focus of the class is using research amd documentation in each project.

Students complete a number of assignments and projects including:

6th GRADE

Essays

  • Presentations
  • Note Taking
  • Summaries/Responses
  • Novels and Short Stories
  • Poetry
  • Grammar/Spelling

Technology

  • Research Skills
  • Computer Safety
  • Microsoft Suite
  • Web Design
  • Graphing
  • 3D Rendering

7th GRADE

This year long course provides a review of reading, writing, listening, and speaking for academic and expressive purposes using technology. The focus of the class is to develop a strong personal point of view in each project.

Students complete a number of assignments and projects including:

Essays

  • Presentations
  • Debates
  • Note Taking
  • Summaries/Responses
  • Novels and Short Stories
  • Poetry
  • Grammar/Spelling

8th GRADE

This year long course provides an advanced study of reading, writing, listening, and speaking for academic and expressive purposes using technology. The focus of the class is using research and documentation in each project.

Students complete a number of assignments and projects including:

Research Based Essays

  • Presentations
  • Debates
  • Note Taking
  • Summaries/Responses
  • Novels and Short Stories
  • Drama
  • Grammar/Spelling

Life Science

Life Science emphasizes a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world. Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms; the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems; and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. This scientific view defines the idea that explanations of nature are developed and tested using observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes based on logical thinking. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulation of variables in experiments, and identification of sources of experimental error.

Physical Science

Physical Science stresses an in depth understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristic of energy. The standards place considerable emphasis on the technological application of Physical Science Principles. Major areas covered by the standards include the organization and use of the periodic table; physical and chemical changes; nuclear reactions; temperature and heat; sound; light; electricity and magnetism; and work, force, and motion. The Physical Science standards continue to build on skills of systematic investigation with a clear focus on variables and repeated trials. Student will plan and conduct research involving both classroom experimentation and literature reviews from written and electronic resources.

Earth Science

Earth Science is the largest division of the study of Earth. It is concerned with Earth’s materials, changes of the surface and interior, and the forces that cause these changes. Changes are interpreted within the context of plate tectonics, the unifying scientific principle of all of the physical Earth sciences. Earth Science also examines the interaction between Earth’s weather and climate, the changes of organisms through time (paleontology) as interpreted by organic evolution. Finally, a major division of Earth Science is astronomy, the study of our solar system, galaxies, the universe, and deep time.

6th GRADE

Heritage Studies for 6th Grade provides a richly illustrated narrative of the history and culture of ancient civilizations. The course is designed for the intermediate level learner, yet it provides a detailed account of ancient history. Special maps contrast ancient land masses with the topography of present countries. Activities enhance learning.

7th GRADE

World Studies for 7th Grade builds on the foundational knowledge of the world and various nations. The thematic study begins with the introduction of medieval towns and progresses through the twentieth century, giving special emphasis to the way geography influences culture. Students receive a framework on which later history courses can build.

8th GRADE

American Republic for 8th Grade unfolds the history of the United States through richly detailed narrative and colorful, engaging presentation. Starting with the discovery of the New World, the course traces the path of American history up to the present day. In addition to a historical account, American Republic demonstrates the distinctiveness of American values and government, and emphasizes the importance of understanding and appreciating United States history.

Middle School Choir

Students will become more familiar with how they can use music to serve the Lord. The skills learned at the elementary level will be refined and sharpened for greater ability of expression. The students will be introduced to different styles of choral music and will learn to appreciate the God-given talent need to compose such works of art. Students will learn to perform classical pieces as well as more contemporary works from many different genres.

Intermediate Band

Students study a variety of styles of music literature. They develop individual and group performance skills with full band, solo, and ensemble performance. Emphasis is placed on proper breathing, tone quality, intonation, articulation, development of range, and music reading skills. The Intermediate Band participates in two or more school concerts and may participate in local, district, and regional festivals. Successful completion of this course should prepare the student for placement in High School Concert Band.

This course will focus on the elements of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual wellness.

Through physical activity students will learn aspects of movement appropriate to their grade level as well as skill specific movements appropriate to certain sport activities. Physical fitness will improve through a wide range of activity.

Emotional wellness is the ability to control stress and to express emotions appropriately and comfortably. The spiritual component of wellness provides meaning and direction in life and enables you to glorify God by being a good steward of his creation.

The social component of wellness means having the ability to interact successfully with people and one’s personal environment.
Intellectual wellness involves the ability to learn and use information effectively for personal, family and career development.