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Middle School Level (Grades 6-8)

Middle School students explore disciplines in greater depth and with more refined skills. Independent learning is encouraged as students hone their study skills in preparation for high school. These classes have weekly reading and writing assignments, long-term projects and more frequent exams. Classes require the purchase of textbooks and supplementary materials.
Finding Your Artistic Voice Tuesday 12:30 - 3:00 pm
Students will discover the joy and power of creative storytelling. By looking through the eyes of important animators, comic book and graphic artists, and illustrators, we will explore the art of creative storytelling. We will work on teams and/or with partners to create stop-motion animation, flip books, comic strips, shadow puppetry and even short movie making. We will create artistic visual stories and explore personal visual narratives.
Spanish I Tuesday 12:30-3:00 pm
This beginning Spanish course will teach students basic dialog expressions, grammar, vocabulary, and reading. They will be exposed to present and preterite tenses and different types of sentences. Besides learning vocabulary and grammar, students will be studying the Latin culture. A 30-minute google chat will be made available later in the week to discuss homework questions and practice speaking the language.
Tapestry of Grace Wednesday 9:30 – 12:00
This course will explore the 20th Century, from 1900 to the present. Students will be learning about President Theodore Roosevelt, WWI, the rise of Stalin and Hitler, the Great Depression, WWII, the birth of Israel, the Korean War, the Cold War, the rise of the modern Middle East and Islamic Terrorism. This is the 4th year in a 4-year cycle of Classic Education to History and Literature.
Middle School Writing Class - The Write Foundation Wednesday 12:30 am - 3:00 pm
Excellent academic writing is best attained by mastering the wonderful but elusive essay. The Write Foundation lays the ground work for introducing students to essay writing by first focusing on the smaller, yet vital, components of the essay—sentence and paragraph writing. Level One, Sentence to Paragraph, is the first of a three-tiered approach towards essay writing. Infused with grammar, riddled with creative methods for building writing and critical thinking skills, and packed with fun-filled class games, students will enjoy the writing process while sharpening not only their pencils but their minds. To write well, a student must read well. With this in mind, students will also read and discuss monthly literature selections. The goal of this class is to develop the ability of students to write mature, grammatically correct sentences, logically organize their thoughts in preparation for writing, introduce paragraph writing, experiment with writing various forms of poetry, and enjoy great literature.
Spanish II Wednesday 12:30 - 3:00 pm
This course is the 2nd in a middle school sequence. Students will be exposed to all aspects of language acquisition such as listening, speaking, writing, logic, cultural values and traditions. Students will gain further practice outside of class through audio exercises, worksheets and listening/writing assignments.
Science Exploration Thursday 9:30 - 12:00 pm
This course takes an integrated approach to studying science. Students are encouraged to ask the “why” and “how” of science through in-class demonstrations, labs, and independent projects. Topics to be studied include Cells and Heredity and Motion, Forces, and Energy using the HMH Science Fusion Series. Weekly homework assignments, quizzes and chapter tests, and current events are required.
Pre-Algebra Thursday 12:30 - 3:00 pm
We will be introducing Pre-Algebra topics along with topics from geometry and discrete mathematics. We will use the Saxon ½ ed. as our text. Students will be assigned problems sets to be solved at home along with a closed-book quiz. Placement test required