The Advanced Band is comprised of highly-skilled 7th and 8th grade students who have had at least one year of experience on their instrument. Students are encouraged to "share their gifts" by learning to play their instruments to the best of their abilities and sharing these gifts through performance.
Students will also play percussion instruments from around the world and will listen to and analyze music of different styles and cultures. There are two evening concerts each year, a band competition at Six Flags or out-of-state, and many fun band activities throughout the year.
This is a daily year-long course that does not conflict with after-school activities.
This daily year-long course is designed to more fully develop the student in visual arts by providing experiences with the elements of design and the principles of design through a problem solving, studio approach. Students will be able to evaluate art criticism, aesthetics, and art production with an understanding of the elements of art and principles of design. Students will not only learn the traditional art curriculum for their current grade level, but how to take those skills further and to commit to a piece of artwork.
Along with gaining a deeper understanding of art history, students will have experience with the following mediums: drawing, painting (acrylic, watercolor, oil), ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, multimedia, and digital.
Enrollment in this course is by recommendation only. Students must have taken art the previous year to be considered for recommendation.
This combined 7th and 8th grade class will focus on drawing, painting, and 2D media. We will interpret the world around us by studying how it is made. Art history will be the foundation of each project, as we study certain artists and art movements. Students will also be challenged to explore how messages in art effect the viewer.
Students will be able to work at their own skill level, but will be challenged to add more meaning and purpose to projects as the semester goes on. Experienced workers will be allowed more independence as they advance through the class.
This is a one-semester course that can be taken by both 7th and 8th graders, once each year.
This combined 7th and 8th grade class will work with 3D materials such as clay, plaster, wood, and found objects. Students will build, carve, and attach these to make meaningful works of art.
We will research how sculpture and clay have changed throughout history, and the many avenues and careers in which these techniques are used. Students will explore the difference between message-filled sculpture and handmade items that help us in everyday life. We will experiment with professional techniques that will help students develop a personal style.
Students will work at individual skill levels, and experienced workers will be allowed more independence as they advance through the class.
This is a one-semester course that can be taken by both 7th and 8th graders multiple times, once each year.
The eighth grade "New Testament Bible Characters" is a one-semester course that provides an introduction to the characters in the New Testament book of Luke. The curriculum includes memory verses, homework papers relating Bible issues to modern day experiences, exegetical work, and gospel parallel investigation. The course naturally centers on the life of Jesus, His sayings, and the central issue that His existence represents to Christians.
The goals of middle school chorus are to develop the unique (sometimes changing) voice while making music to praise God. Other goals of the program are developing musicianship through singing, sight-reading, theory practice, and listening to, analyzing, and critiquing music. The choruses perform both on and off campus throughout the year.
Through a combination of improvisation and personal revelation, students identify important themes and issues in their own lives and develop original material for performance based on their ideas.
The eighth grade English curriculum is designed to develop skills in reading, thinking, listening, speaking, and writing. Students read extensively from different genres, learn to recognize and use various literary techniques, and are challenged to look beyond the plot and obvious meaning of a work to find multiple meanings and themes.
Students are expected to contribute thoughtfully and listen carefully to class discussions, as well as to consider information from more than one perspective. Eighth grade English students write frequently for a variety of purposes and audiences and receive instruction in writing, grammar, and vocabulary to enable them to communicate more effectively.
This is a one-semester, unit-based course. Sample units of study include the U.S. civil rights movement, modern world leaders, political cartoons, 20th century American decades, a Holocaust unit, and a mock trial study.
This semester course is a
survey of world history, primarily from the Medieval Ages through the Age of
Explorations. We begin our study with the medieval world and continue
through the beginnings of the modern world, with the primary focus on the
development of western civilization in Europe.