In Bible class, we study the Old Testament story of God’s people from the time of Solomon to before the birth of Jesus. Highlights of the year include building Solomon’s temple, following the Divided Kingdoms’ kings and prophets, celebrating a Jewish feast and discovering the time between the testaments. Throughout each unit, God’s faithfulness to His people, plus His love and redemptive work, are emphasized and connected to Jesus’ ministry and our present lives. Students regularly choose from selected Bible passages for memory and reflection.
- Spiritual Portfolio – A final writing piece in seventh grade is a reflection essay of the year highlighting stewardship activities and spiritual growth. This is placed in the students’ spiritual portfolio.
- Capstone Project – Our capstone project is a two-week stewardship unit featuring the care and keeping of the earth, our responsibility as God’s caretakers and ways to be good stewards of the environment. Special events of this unit include field trips to the Covanta Waste-to-Energy Treatment Plant, the Resource Recovery Center, John Ball Zoo and the Wastewater Treatment Plant, an air quality debate and paper making. The students make a personal expression combining visual and written of what they have learned.
In 7th grade Language Arts, we realize that our written and spoken words should honor God and encourage others. We work to develop our abilities to read, write, speak and listen through the following curriculum: independent, whole class and book club reading of realistic fiction, poetry, non-fiction, classic and science fiction; writing of arguments, research papers, poetry and memoirs and class presentations. Our final writing piece is a reflection essay connecting the year to our grade-level Stewardship theme and our spiritual growth.
In 7th grade, the Connected Math Program (CMP) is continued from 6th grade. The goals of CMP are to develop mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills in number use, geometry, measurement, algebra, probability and statistics. Another goal is to develop an awareness and appreciation of the rich connections among and between mathematics and other disciplines.
Students will be challenged to meet their learning potential and to produce quality work. Mathematics will be seen as a way to understand God’s world more clearly and to praise Him more thoughtfully. Each student will be encouraged to take responsibility to recognize his or her talents, to develop them, to share them and to serve God through their use.
Our Curriculum includes:
- Introduction of Algebra
- Ratio, Proportion and Percent
- Positive and Negative Numbers
- Linear Relationships
- Three-Dimensional Measurement
Adding to the foundation laid in the 6th grade curriculum, students will continue to perfect contour drawing and sharpen observational skills in graphic design. They will also become nearly expert in color-mixing techniques while experimenting with non-brush textural effects both in watercolors and acrylics for vibrant paintings. Gaining proficiency in slab building techniques for making clay pottery, venturing into new territory with linoleum block carving and printmaking methods are also goals of this curriculum. All assignments are artist centered, graded with rubrics, and involve written critiques based on student assessed learning goals.
Seventh and eighth graders will meet together three days a week to form the 7/8 band and 7/8 orchestra. Participation requires a one year commitment – students will not be allowed to drop either band or orchestra once the year has started. Members may have small group practice, individual practice, try-outs, or challenges held before or after school.
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.
Decisions is a full-year class which meets twice a week. Through this supplementary language arts and interdisciplinary course, students learn about major parts of the short story in detail but always with a mind to the unique challenges and decisions of middle school life. Opportunities to integrate faith and positive decision-making are woven throughout the curriculum through questions, discussions, writing, listening and role-playing.
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 rhythm, the Classical and Romantic periods in music history, sight-reading, musicals, rock music, protest music and Christian discernment of popular music.
All students have P.E. classes two times a week for the entire school year. The 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.
The science curriculum focuses on exploring various aspects of God’s world and seeing Him through His creation. The year begins with Earth Science; students will learn about rocks, the earth’s changing surface and the water cycle. Later in the year, students discover more about the human body and how they are fearfully and wonderfully made. The year ends with an interdisciplinary unit about stewardship and our role as Christians to take care of God’s world.
Our studies focus on the Latin American countries, Canada, Asia and the Pacific Islands. We will look at the geography, history, culture, climate, social issues and other topics to begin to understand these areas of the world. We also cover economics and the Core Democratic Values of American democracy.
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.
Devotions in HR: 7:50 – 8:00 a.m.
1st Period: 8:00 – 8:41 a.m.
2nd Period Core 2: 8:44 – 9:24 a.m.
3rd Period Core 2: 9:27 – 10:07 a.m.
BREAK: 10:07 – 10:20 a.m.
4th Period: 10:24 – 11:04 a.m.
5th Period: 11:07 – 11:49 a.m.
LUNCH: 11:49 – 12:27 p.m.
6th Period: 12:31- 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.
Note: Friday schedule is as follows:
BREAK: 10:07 – 10:27 a.m.
4th Period: 10:31 – 11:11 a.m.
5th Period: 11:14 – 11:55 a.m.
LUNCH: 11:55 – 12:27 p.m.
Schedule – Tues./Thurs.
ATTENDANCE: 7:50 a.m.
Chapel: 7:57 – 8:22 a.m.
1st Period: 8:25 – 9:05 a.m.
2nd Period Core 2: 9:08 – 9:48 a.m.
BREAK: 9:48 – 9:59 a.m.
3rd Period: 10:03 – 10:43 a.m.
4th Period: 10:46 – 11:26 a.m.
5th Period Core 2: 11:29 – 12:11 p.m.
LUNCH: 12:11 – 12:40 p.m.
6th Period TCB: 12:44 – 1:10 p.m.
7th Period: 1:13 – 1:54 p.m.
8th Period: 1:57 – 2:37 p.m.
DISMISSAL: 2:40 p.m.