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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.
IEW: Writing Wednesday 12:30 am - 3:00 pm
The Institute for Excellence in Writing provides a classical approach to writing instruction, helping students with "what" to write so they can focus on "how" to write. Children work through nine structural units: outlining, summarizing from notes, summarizing narrative stories, summarizing a reference, writing from pictures, library research reports, creative writing with structure, formal essays, and formal critiques. While working through these models, students also learn stylistic techniques to express themselves through their writing. IEW believes becoming a proficient writer is a gradual process best learned through modeling, instruction, and daily practice. More can be learned about IEW from their website, www.iew.com
Science Exploration Wednesday 12:30 - 3:00 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.
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.
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