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BibleWalking with God and His People is a powerful Bible curriculum for Christian educators who want to help students know God’s word, believe His promise, and live in faith and obedience. Solid theology and educational best practices help teachers provide a structured Biblical base while ensuring a balanced approach to learning. Comprehensive in scope and sequence, Walking with God was written by teachers, for teachers to ensure every lesson is grade-appropriate, easy to teach, and engaging to students.

Humanities – We use a blend of TCI History Alive and Holt McDougal Language Arts, with integrated novel studies aligned to the history being taught throughout the year. Students also learn technical writing, and study different literature genres such as poetry, non-fiction text, fantasy, short stories, and essays.

Math – JUMP Math is a numeracy program. It is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. JUMP Math replaces the self-fulfilling myth that some people are born with mathematical ability while others do not have the ability to succeed with assumptions that all children can be led to think mathematically.

Science – We are so excited to be bringing in a new science curriculum to MSCS for the next school year. Science standards nationwide are changing to The Next Generation Science Standards.  At MSCS we meet many of these standards with Project Lead the Way; however, the new curriculum will bring the rest of our science curriculum up to standard. This will provide our teachers with the tools necessary to ensure that we are preparing our students for success at the next level.  The new curriculum is called Interactive Science. It is inquiry and project based and offers a variety of approaches to every topic.  Students will have their own write-in version of the text so they can read, interact, and practice all in one book. They will also have access to the online curriculum that will allow them to dig deeper into the content as well as work cross curricular with connections to art and humanities.

PBLProject Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Essential elements include: Significant Content, 21st Century competencies, In-Depth Inquiry, Driving Question, Need to Know, Voice and Choice, Critique and Revision, and Public Audience.

PLTW – Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore and learn that there is more than one way to reach a solution. PLTW Gateway provides engineering and biomedical science curriculum for middle school students that challenges, and inspires. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.

Foreign Language – Students have the choice of taking either Spanish or German in the middle school, where they learn more technical reading, writing and speaking skills. Students also participate in project based, hands on learning, where they learn about songs, culture, cooking, and history in the language they choose to take.

Music – The middle school music program takes what is learned in the elementary program and extends it to a deeper, more advanced level. We formally teach students in either keyboard or guitar (student choice), with exposure to other instruments as the students show promise and interest. Reading and music composition are taught during the year, with integrated chapel preparation and culminating in several concerts with 5th-8th grade students leading the programs.

Electives – Starting in 5th grade, students are given the choice of four electives during the year, in the areas of Outdoor Sports-mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, paddle boarding XC skiing, STEM disciplines-computer programming, drone building and flight control (coming soon), and Fine Arts- drama, film critique and review, cooking, art, and advanced music. 3rd through 8th grade students can also elect to take our Honor Choir, learning technical singing skills and performing at the school and in the community several times a year.

Technology Immersion – Starting in 6th grade, all students are issued a Chromebook on which all curriculum is accessed (except for Math, which uses SMARTBoard lessons for technology integration). Students use a Google platform in which they create documents, slide presentations, conduct group projects, and interact with teachers and peers. Students also access professional industry software in their STEM classes such as Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Robot-C, custom built simulation software, and more.

 


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