Mrs. Coallier

Mrs. Melanie Coallier

Mr. Huisman

Mr. Jon Huisman

Mr. Knot

Mr. Justin Knot

Mrs. Sietsema

Mrs. Jackie Sietsema

BIBLE
In 6th grade Bible, we learn that the story of God’s people is our story.  This course covers the Old Testament from Genesis to King David.  Throughout the year we emphasize themes such as: God is a faithful promise keeper, God can use anyone to fulfill His purposes, and Christians are called to influence their culture.  Our units and Bible memory focus on how faith is a commitment to Jesus Christ and that it should lead to life of gratitude and service. Our year-end justice unit points to how Christians are part of God’s plan for bringing justice to the world.  Students learn about and have an opportunity to serve at various community agencies that are serving those who are often overlooked including the hungry, the homeless, and the unborn.

  • Spiritual Portfolio – As part of our social studies curriculum we study the Middle East including the main characteristics of Islam.  At the same time in language arts, the students write their own personal testimonies about what they believe as Christians.  These testimonies go into the spiritual portfolios and some students share them when they visit Mel Trotter Ministries to lead a chapel service for the homeless residents who reside there.
  • Capstone Project – At the end of sixth grade, students focus on the concept of justice.  They explore topics such as homelessness, abortion and hunger and reflect on how God can use Christians to be agents of change and renewal in His world.  Our goal is to help students develop a heart for those facing oppression and injustice, to react with compassion and not judgment.  Part of this week involves a service project to assist agencies that help the hurting such as In the Image and Alpha Women’s Center in Grand Rapids.

LANGUAGE ARTS (WRITING AND READING)
In 6th grade language arts, we use writing, reading, speaking and listening to discern truths about God and to better understand ourselves and our world.  Language can be used for a variety of purposes – to describe, to inform, and to persuade.  In our writing curriculum we use a Writing Workshop model to explore these aspects of the writing process.  Our reading curriculum includes independent, whole class, and book club reading of a variety of genres.

MATH
The middle school uses the Connected Math Program (CMP) and it flows very nicely from the Math Expressions Program in K-5.  CMP also serves as a good transition to the Chicago Math Program used in local high schools. CMP covers all of the basics that are required and does so with an approach that encourages student application and memorization.  A detailed description of the program is available from your student’s teacher or the middle school office.

ART
Building on the foundations laid inelementary school, students will “brush up” on contour drawing and observational skills using real artifacts, nearly become experts in applying the rules of composition through graphic design, and gain greater mastery of brush handling techniques while learning how to mix grays for monochromatic paintings.  They will also hone sculpting skills while building a clay-slab box.  All assignments are artist based, graded with rubics, and involve written critiques based on self-learning goals and observations.

BAND/ORCHESTRA
Students choosing band or orchestra will be meeting two days a week.  Both are full year commitments and students will not be allowed to drop either band or orchestra once the year has begun.

CHOIR
Choir students will learn to use their vocal instrument to create a correct and pleasing singing sound.  In addition to learning proper vocal production and technique, students will also learn music reading skills, sight-singing skills, and performance skills.  Choir also offers opportunities for students to develop team building and leadership skills. This is a performance-based class. Participation in concert performances outside of regular class hours is required.

MUSIC
Music is a gift from God and is an important way we have of praising God.  In general music, students will create an understanding, appreciation and life-long love for music.  Our curriculum includes: the Baroque Period in music history, sight-reading, rhythm, instruments, world music and musical theater.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 
All students have P.E. classes two times a week for the entire school year.  This co-ed program stresses participation, fitness, skills, knowledge, and proper attitudes.  These are developed in the framework of taking care of the body and developing God-given abilities.

SCIENCE
Sixth grade science consists mainly of the study of Life Sciences and Earth Science.  We begin the year studying God’s amazing balance of how He created ecosystems and how we as humans need to care for these ecosystems. We then take a look at the small of God’s creation as we examine energy, matter and its properties, and finish the year with the big of God’s creation as we study earth, its properties, and the changes that take place in its surface.

SOCIAL STUDIES
Sixth grade social studies class begins in early history and travels through Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome to the Middle Ages.  The second semester covers the geography and cultures of the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.  We stress how God is Lord over all creation and how citizenship in His kingdom includes valuing all persons and cultures.  To end the year, we focus on global issues and what Christians can do to promote justice for the oppressed.

SPANISH
In middle school Spanish classes students will acquire proper communication in real-life situations, will learn about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and their role in God’s world, will learn of the impact of Latin culture and religion on the U.S. and will acquire skills to read and write in Spanish.

Schedule

MONDAY/WEDNESDAY

Block I: 7:50 – 8:43 a.m.

Block II: 8:44 – 10:45 a.m.

BREAK: 10:07 – 10:20 a.m.

Block III: 10:45 – 12:35 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK: 12:35 – 1:09 p.m.

7th Period: 1:12 – 1:52 p.m.

8th Period: 1:55 – 2:37 p.m.

DISMISSAL: 2:40 p.m.

 

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

Attendance: 7:50 a.m.

Chapel: 7:57 – 8:22 a.m.

Block I: 8:25 – 9:07 a.m.

Block II: 9:08 – 10:55 a.m.

BREAK: 9:48 – 9:59 a.m.

Block III: 10:55 – 12:35 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK: 12:35 – 1:09 p.m.

7th Period: 1:13 – 1:54 p.m.

8th Period 1:57 – 2:37 p.m.

DISMISSAL: 2:40 p.m.

 

FRIDAY

Block I: 7:50 – 8:43 a.m.

Block II: 8:44 – 10:55 a.m.

BREAK: 10:07 – 10:27 a.m.

Block III: 10:55 – 12:35 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK: 12:35 – 1:09 p.m.

7th Period: 1:12 – 1:52 p.m.

8th Period: 1:55 – 2:37 p.m.

DISMISSAL: 2:40 p.m.