Continuing to build on a great foundation, students will master contour drawing and observational skills in graphic design, perfect brush-handling skills and techniques in textural effects in both watercolors and acrylics for dramatic paintings, and sharpen clay slab building techniques while making pottery. They will also hone carving skills in linoleum block relief printmaking methods, chart new territory with spray painted stencil photos for self-portraits, and sculpt a personal mask using plaster strip bandages. All assignments are inspired from the work of classic artists, graded with rubrics, and involve written critiques of 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. Both of these are year long commitments, and students will not be allowed to drop either band or orchestra once the year has begun. Members may have small groups, individual practice, try-outs, or challenges held before or after school.
In our study of the Bible, we deepen our understanding of Christ’s life and work and the acts of the Holy Spirit through the apostles, including Paul, in the early church. We also see how God’s story as recorded in the Bible is also our story studying church history. Through reading and memorizing the Bible as well as class discussions and projects, our hope is that students will discover, love and live the Word.
- Spiritual Portfolio – At the end of eighth grade students use their K-7 testimonies to write a final testimony on what they have learned though their Christ-centered education at home, at church and at school. They also take time to reflect on how what they have learned could impact them in the future.
- Capstone Project – The eighth grade capstone project is called “The Journey Project” and includes the students choosing a life verse, creating a three-dimensional visual representative of their life journey and making spiritual connections from their education, extra-curricular activities, family and church. When the project is finished the students share their projects with their classmates, teachers and families. It is a blessing to hear the students describe how the Lord has worked in their lives during their time at Hudsonville Christian 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.
Health class, which meets for one semester, focuses on God’s gift to us in our amazing bodies. The semester covers the body systems, nutrition, eating disorders, the four components of physical fitness and the dangers of substance abuse. Our emphasis in the class is on the fact that our bodies are God’s temples and it is our responsibility to take care of them in a way that is pleasing to Him.
In 8th grade language arts, we work to understand our part in God’s world through writing, reading, listening and speaking. Our curriculum includes the following: multi-genre independent reading; narrative, persuasive and expository essays; structural elements of literature; research paper; in-class explorations of historical fiction, science fiction, short story, drama and poetry; grammar; and informational presentations.
This class is a vigorous math class that covers all nine of the basics of algebra in one year. Students who successfully complete this class should be able to test out of algebra at the high school level. Because of the difficulty of this class, students are placed in algebra by invitation only.
This class is the third and final course in the three year Connected Math Program. Students will be exposed to a variety of concepts and will continue practicing the basics of mathematics. Upon successful completion of this course students will be ready for high school algebra.
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, styles of music, film music, the Modern period in music history, jazz, improv theater discernment – evaluate Christian and popular music and careers in music.
All students have P.E. classes two times a week for the entire 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.
Eighth grade science explores many different areas of God’s creative process. We study specific aspects of chemistry, weather and climate, electricity and magnetism and heredity. It is our goal to make eighth grade science activity based which allows many opportunities to engage in hands-on learning.
Literature meets twice a week for one quarter as part of the Core 2 curriculum. Students explore different parts of the short story including character, theme, irony and plot. Students write every day and work towards the final course goal of writing their own short story.
Eighth grade History is a survey of our country’s history from 1763 through 1877. We will learn that we owe a great debt to many interesting men and women whose vision and efforts laid a solid foundation for our freedom. We will also focus on the formation and the functioning of our national government.
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 – Mon./Wed./Fri.
Devotions in HR 7:50 – 8:00 a.m.
1st Period: 8:00 – 8:41 a.m.
2nd Period: 8:44 – 9:24 a.m.
3rd Period: 9:27 – 10:07 a.m.
BREAK: 10:07 – 10:20 a.m.
4th Period Core 2: 10:24 – 11:04 a.m.
5th Period Core 2: 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 as follows
BREAK: 10:07 – 10:27 a.m.
4th Period Core 2: 10:31 – 11:11 a.m.
5th Period Core 2: 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: 9:08 – 9:48 a.m.
BREAK: 9:48 – 9:59 a.m.
3rd Period: 10:03 – 10:43 a.m.
4th Period Core 2: 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.