Health

Our middle school health curriculum, A Healthier You, helps the students learn to maintain physical fitness and make healthy, responsible decisions. Students learn that choices made in early years influence their level of health for the rest of their lives. Students become familiar with major health concerns, discovering the physical, mental, social, and spiritual effects of these problems on the individual and on a nation. A proper attitude toward safety is stressed, teaching personal responsibility for safe behavior. The students also learn to recognize symptoms requiring basic first-aid procedures for minor injuries.

Humanities
Secondary Humanities
“Research indicates that teachers who combine literary strategies into their social studies lessons will be able to help their students develop a better understanding of the concepts.” (Gallavan and Cottler, 2002), Students will read a variety of literature from different eras in history, and engage in critical problem-solving and discussions designed to help them develop their Christian world view and prepare them for local and global relationships.

Literature will include historical fiction, biographies and scholarly articles, ancient texts including the Bible, primary sources, speeches, and journals. As the students’ progress through the six levels of Blooms Taxonomy they will come face to face with historical figures and the challenges they faced during their lives. Students will analyze problems, synthesize information, evaluate decisions made by historical and literary figures and create solutions of their own.

21st century skills in these classes will include collaborating with peers, delivering a presentation to an audience, developing and defending a position on a given topic, learning to use different types of media, and using higher order thinking skills to create products of their own. In every class, it is our mission to have students come to a greater understanding of the world they live in, how the world has been shaped by events and people of our past, and how they can make an impact today. As Christians we want them to see God’s presence in all of history, and come to an understanding of what his mission is for us in the present day.

Humanities Resources:
  • Google Classroom - All Humanities curriculum has been designed by the teachers using a variety of resources. Students log in to the secure Edmodo system to view and complete these assignments. Parents will be given a log in so they can track their students’ progress and see their assignments.
  • MobyMax
  • History Alive!

6th Grade Humanities - World Geography with ELA
In Sixth grade students are introduced to the history and culture of of ancient civilizations and modern-day cultures. Students will research and present information about historical events which formed the societies in the different regions of the world. Students will develop their understanding of the world by exploring other cultures, analyzing traditions, values and societal structures, and comparing them to their own.

Leadership Skills Emphasized: Goal setting, active listening, clear communication through written work and oral presentations, understanding self, understanding others, cooperation

Christian Perspective: Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 5:13-16. As they learn about different cultures and are introduced to world religions, students learn about current and former mission-works in these countries and are challenged to think about how they can be salt and light in this world.

7th Grade Humanities - American History 1 with ELA
In 7th grade students study American History from the time of the explorers through Pre-Civil War with an emphasis on Texas’ history. As they learn about the events of our country’s history, they are challenged to consider how they have shaped and developed our modern day culture and recognize influences which are still present in today’s world.

Leadership skills emphasized: Identifying qualities of effective and ineffective leadership, understanding motivation, cooperation, the art of debating, speaking skills

Christian Perspective: Psalm 33:12-22; Psalm 127; Romans 13:1-7; Philippians 3:20. As they learn about the building of our nation, students study scriptures on kingdoms and authorities and consider the Christian’s response to government.

8th Grade Humanities - American History 2 with ELA
In 8th grade students continue their study of American History from the Civil War through present day events. In this class students engage in challenging discussions about issues such as Immigration, Child Labor, Civil Rights, and Economic Crisis and how these matters continue to shape our society today.

Leadership skills emphasized: Pillars of Character study, servant leadership, problem solving, evaluation and judgment, the art of debating, cooperation

Christian Perspective: Matthew 5-7 - The Sermon on the Mount. What does the Kingdom of Heaven look like? How can we live out the Kingdom of Heaven on earth?

Latin

This is a class required for all students entering the 6th grade and is designed to strengthen students’ English language skills through study of some of its roots. Studies have shown that students who learn Latin are also more successful at learning similar languages such as Spanish, which will be taken in students 8th and 9th grade years. Students learn through the use of mnemonic devices, games and puzzles, collaborative and individual assignments, memorization, and translation of texts.

Leadership

This class is designed to introduce students to leadership skills and apply them in different scenarios. Leadership skills covered will include effective communication, problem solving, collaboration with peers, designing and implementing a plan, as well as others.

Mathematics
6th Grade Mathematics
The 6th grade math curriculum uses problem-based teaching. This means that every concept is taught through both a real-world and problem solving situation. This challenges students to think about the concepts at a higher level and helps them to see how the concepts are used in an application situation. Activities include the use of hands-on manipulatives, technology, and simulations. Some of the big ideas that are taught include: ratios; percents; fraction and decimal operations, including multiplication and division; algebra connections; measurement, including the circumference and area of circles; and probability.

Mathematics Resources: 7th Grade Mathematics
The 7th grade math curriculum uses problem-based teaching. This means that every concept is taught through both a real-world and problem solving situation. This challenges students to think about the concepts at a higher level and helps them to see how the concepts are used in an application situation. Activities include the use of hands-on manipulatives, technology, and simulations. Some of the big ideas that are taught include: proportionality; the use of graphing calculators in problem solving; writing equations; identifying slope of a line; and finding surface area and volume of 3-dimensional shapes.

Mathematics Resources: 8th Grade Mathematics
The 8th grade math curriculum uses problem-based teaching. This means that every concept is taught through both a real-world and problem solving situation. This challenges students to think about the concepts at a higher level and helps them to see how the concepts are used in an application situation. Activities include the use of hands-on manipulatives, technology, and simulations. Some of the big ideas that are taught include: linear and inverse equations; square roots; quadratic relationships; the Pythagorean Theorem; exponential growth and patterns; and statistics.

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Science
In the secondary science program, students explore a variety of different sciences while progressing through the six levels of Blooms Taxonomy. Each year will investigate concepts such as Matter and Energy, Forces and Motion, Earth and Space, and Organism and Environments. These units will be explored through hands-on labs, experiments, observation logs, and field trips. As students become more familiar with the elements of these sciences, they are challenged to use these principles to create their own experiments and products, reflect on the results, and develop additional questions that will form future investigations.

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