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Middle School Curriculum

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Academic Excellence

WVCS learners will…

  • Formulate critical, creative, and higher-order thinking for implementation.
  • Employ effective communication in written composition, oral presentation, and group collaboration.
  • Demonstrate growth in the decision-making/problem-solving processes.
  • Meet or exceed California standards in content areas.

 

 

 

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Language Arts

Students will analyze and practice the stages of the writing process and the traits of quality writing. Vocabulary and spelling activities enable students to broaden and enrich their speaking, reading, and writing skills. A variety of activities for building mechanics, usage, and grammar skills are used with an emphasis on the understanding and application of the principles that are learned.

 

Literature units introduce students to the “Hero’s Journey” and the archetypes they will encounter throughout their academic life.  Literature and informational texts are read and analyzed for literary devices and fundamentals, thematic elements, and applications to a Christian worldview. Literature Selections:

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Other Short Stories and Poems

 

Additional Language Arts resources and activities:

  • IXL.com
  • SpellingCity.com
  • Acuity Assessment program
  • ACSI Creative Writing Festival
  • Cross-curricular assignments

Students will analyze and practice the stages of the writing process and the traits of quality writing. Vocabulary and spelling activities enable students to broaden and enrich their speaking, reading, and writing skills. A variety of activities for building mechanics, usage, and grammar skills are used with an emphasis on the understanding and application of the principles that are learned.

 

Literature units introduce students to the “Bildungsroman” novel style, a coming of age novel, where the choices the characters make are applied to the students’ lives.  Literature and informational texts are read and analyzed for literary devices and fundamentals, thematic elements, and applications to a Christian worldview. Literature Selections:

  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Other Short Stories and Poems

 

Additional Language Arts resources and activities:

  • IXL.com
  • SpellingCity.com
  • Acuity Assessment program
  • ACSI Creative Writing Festival
  • Cross-curricular assignments

Students will analyze and practice the stages of the writing process and the traits of quality writing. Vocabulary and spelling activities enable students to broaden and enrich their speaking, reading, and writing skills. A variety of activities for building mechanics, usage, and grammar skills are used with an emphasis on the understanding and application of the principles that are learned.

 

Literature units prepare students for the authors and genres they will encounter in high school English courses.  Literature and informational texts are read and analyzed for literary devices and fundamentals, thematic elements, and applications to a Christian worldview. Literature Selections:

  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Other Short Stories and Poems

 

Additional Language Arts resources and activities:

  • IXL.com
  • SpellingCity.com
  • Acuity Assessment program
  • ACSI Creative Writing Festival
  • Cross-curricular assignments

Math

As students learn to appreciate God’s gift of numbers and His divine sense of order, they will develop a heart of praise and thanksgiving in their study of mathematics.  Just as the bible says “…precept upon precept…line upon line…” (Isaiah 28:10, KJV) students will build concept upon concept in mathematics. Through their study of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, student are prepared for future classes like algebra, geometry, and beyond.

 

Text: California Grade 6 Math (Prentice Hall Mathematics)

 

Additional Math resources and activities:

  • IXL.com
  • Acuity Assessment program
  • ACSI Math Olympics
  • Cross-curricular assignments

As students learn to appreciate God’s gift of numbers and His divine sense of order, they will develop a heart of praise and thanksgiving in their study of mathematics.  Just as the bible says “…precept upon precept…line upon line…” (Isaiah 28:10, KJV) students will build concept upon concept in mathematics. Basic elements of beginning algebra are introduced and practiced.  Students will demonstrate the ability to perform mathematical functions and solve linear equations using whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, ratio, and proportion.

 

Text: California Pre-Algebra (Prentice Hall Mathematics)

 

Additional Math resources and activities:

  • IXL.com
  • Acuity Assessment program
  • ACSI Math Olympics
  • Cross-curricular assignments

As students learn to appreciate God’s gift of numbers and His divine sense of order, they will develop a heart of praise and thanksgiving in their study of mathematics.  Just as the bible says “…precept upon precept…line upon line…” (Isaiah 28:10, KJV) students will build concept upon concept in mathematics.

 

Text: California Algebra 1 (Prentice Hall Mathematics)

 

Additional Math resources and activities:

  • IXL.com
  • Acuity Assessment program
  • ACSI Math Olympics
  • Cross-curricular assignments

Science

Science is the study of God’s wonderful, intricate Creation.  The goals of the science curriculum are for students to learn about the unifying concepts and processes of science; study the function of scientific inquiry in technological/medical advancement; study matter, motion, and the transfer of energy; explore the world of Earth and space science; examine the role of science in personal and social perspectives; review the history and nature of science; compare/contrast creationism with evolution; participate in the practical applications of the scientific method, observational skills, and deductive/inductive reasoning. 

 

Text:  Earth Science (Glencoe)

 

Additional Science resources and activities:

  • Hands-on labs
  • Cross-curricular assignments
  • Outdoor Ed Trip

Science is the study of God’s wonderful, intricate Creation.  Through a variety of activities and resources students will explore:  life’s structure and function; from bacteria to plants; animal diversity; the human body systems; ecology; Christianity and naturalism; the development of research skills; problem solving skills; heredity and human development; populations and ecosystems; diversity and adaptations of organisms; cell diversity; creationism and evolution; science and biblical interpretation; from the cell to the universe; observation and the scientific method; practical problem solving; the past, present and future of science.

 

Text:  Life Science (Glencoe)

 

Additional Science resources and activities:

  • Hands-on labs
  • Cross-curricular assignments
  • Outdoor Ed Trip

Science is the study of God’s wonderful, intricate Creation.  Students will be introduced to the sciences of chemistry and physics.  This includes concepts such as an introduction to the world of the atom, the properties of matter, how matter is classified, energy and its uses, motion, and forces.  Students will continue to refine the problem solving and research skills applied in the earth and life sciences.  Physical science is designed to prepare students for success in higher level sciences.   

 

Text:    Physical Science (Glencoe)

 

Additional Science resources and activities:

  • Hands-on labs
  • Cross-curricular assignments

 

Social Studies

The Social Studies revolve around one of God’s most incredible creations, humankind. Students will be introduced to basic social studies concepts, tools and terminology as they study ancient civilizations.  Students will examine culturally distant peoples through analysis of failures and achievements as civilizations evolve.  Students compare/contrast values of other cultures with Christian values.  The birth of the five main world religions is explored.  Students develop a broader geographic understanding of the world utilizing a variety of map skills.  The curriculum explores the world from prehistoric times to the rise of the Roman Empire.  Critical thinking and communication skills are emphasized as they relate to social studies.

 

Text:  A Message of Ancient Days (Houghton Mifflin)

 

Additional Social Studies resources and activities:

  • Map skills activities
  • “Walk Thru the Ancient World” program
  • Cross-curricular assignments

The Social Studies revolve around one of God’s most incredible creations, humankind. The students will explore world history and how geography has influenced people in different parts of the world.  Using reading, research, discussion, and participation in individual and group projects, students will encounter geography and cultures from around the world.  As students study cultures from the fall of the Roman Empire to the European exploration of the Americans, Christian principles are continually integrated.  Students use critical thinking and communication skills to analyze failure and achievements within empires.  Students also compare and contrast values within other cultures. 

 

Text:  Across the Centuries (Houghton Mifflin)

 

Additional Social Studies resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

Social Studies revolve around one of God’s most incredible creations, humankind.  The students will explore America from pre-history through the Civil War, including its geography, diversity of peoples, cultures, and the development of America as a world power.  Students utilize critical thinking and communication skills to examine and evaluate the creation and development of our government.  Struggles for liberty, equality and popular sovereignty are highlighted throughout the year.  Christian principles are integrated into the study of historical events through a variety of teaching techniques including living history activities, debates, reader’s theatre, personalized Civil War folders, narrative lectures, multimedia presentations, and critical thinking exercises.  An emphasis is placed on the significance of an event or person’s life as it relates to us personally, as well as, to our nation.

 

Text:    Creating America: A History of the United States, Beginnings through Reconstruction (McDougal Littell, Inc.)

 

Additional Social Studies resources and activities:

  • Formal debates
  • Cross-curricular assignments
  • Washington DC Trip

Bible

Today’s world is a pluralistic society where we are surrounded and enticed by competing beliefs and standards in addition to conflicting world views.  Students are equipped in acquiring and practicing the knowledge and application skills necessary to complete in today’s world marketplace of ideas.  Students survey the Old Testament, concentrating on the Heroes of the Faith and the Book of Proverbs. They participate in activities to help apply the lessons to their daily lives, and discover tools helpful in defending their Christian worldview.

 

Texts: Wise Up (Wisdom in Proverbs) by Cherie Noel, NIV Bible

 

Additional Bible resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

 

Today’s world is a pluralistic society where we are surrounded and enticed by competing beliefs and standards in addition to conflicting world views.  Students are equipped in acquiring and practicing the knowledge and application skills necessary to complete in today’s world marketplace of ideas.  Students survey the Old Testament, concentrating on the Heroes of the Faith and the Book of Proverbs. They participate in activities to help apply the lessons to their daily lives, and discover tools helpful in defending their Christian worldview.

 

Texts: Wise Up (Wisdom in Proverbs) by Cherie Noel, NIV Bible

 

Additional Bible resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

 

Today’s world is a pluralistic society where we are surrounded and enticed by competing beliefs and standards in addition to conflicting world views.  Students are equipped in acquiring and practicing the knowledge and application skills necessary to compete in today’s world marketplace of ideas.  Students survey the Old and New Testaments.  Students gain experience in several areas:  observing Scripture carefully and accurately, relating Scripture to personal questions and problems, asking thoughtful questions, using resource materials to find information related to the lessons, and responding personally to what God says.

 

Text: NIV Bible

 

Additional Bible resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

Computers

Business, technology and life skills are the window to our world.  Keyboarding is designed to help the student develop keyboarding skills and computer application skills for both personal and occupational application through a carefully planned, step-by-step process.  The student will understand typing and word processing terms and procedures and become proficient at the keyboard and Microsoft Office.

 

Text:

  • EduTyping.com   Online Keyboarding Software for Schools
  • Prentice Hall Keyboarding and Computer Applications With Courseware

 

Additional Bible resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

 

Business, technology and life skills are the window to our world.  The student will assume the role of a Microsoft Office Specialist for The Office Specialist.com, a company that designs and creates a wide variety of business documents for its clients. The Office Specialist.com allows middle school students to use and apply their Microsoft Office knowledge and skills to effectively create any kind of document a real-world business might need, from business cards and letterhead to an employee database and an informational slide show. For each project, there is a “work order form” from a client with instructions for creating a professional document that has a specific purpose for that company. The student will use critical thinking and decision-making skills to plan, create, revise, and produce a wide variety of real-world documents.

 

Text:

  • B.E. Publishing The Office Specialist.com
  • Prentice Hall Keyboarding and Computer Applications with Courseware

 

Additional Bible resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

Business, technology and life skills are the window to our world.  Computer Assessment & Excel is designed to help the student gain confidence in their technology skills for both personal and occupational growth. The student will have a better understanding of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and Excel by using these skills on a regular basis in this class.

 

Text:

  • Teacher Created Resources
  •  Independent Projects Using Microsoft Office and the Web
  • TypingClub.com   Online keyboarding program

 

Additional Bible resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

 

 

Study Skills

Students will be taught to organize their notebooks in such a way that all information and supplies are neat and readily available.  The student will record assignments clearly and completely in an assignment book each day.  The goals for student instruction include: increasing the student’s confidence in their ability to succeed; developing skills for learning, self-managing and communicating; becoming more responsible, self-reliant, cooperative, honest, and helpful and accepting of themselves and others.  Students will gain experience in goal setting, to-do lists, note taking, developing long-term memory, mind maps, speaking effectively, and listening actively. *Study Skills is a mandatory class for students entering WVCS Middle School.

 

Additional Study Skills resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

Students will be taught to organize their notebooks in such a way that all information and supplies are neat and readily available.  The student will record assignments clearly and completely in an assignment book each day.  The goals for student instruction include: increasing the student’s confidence in their ability to succeed; developing skills for learning, self-managing and communicating; becoming more responsible, self-reliant, cooperative, honest, and helpful and accepting of themselves and others.  Students will gain experience in goal setting, to-do lists, note taking, developing long-term memory, mind maps, speaking effectively, and listening actively. *Study Skills is a mandatory semester class for students entering WVCS Middle School.

 

Additional Study Skills resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

Students will be taught to organize their notebooks in such a way that all information and supplies are neat and readily available.  The student will record assignments clearly and completely in an assignment book each day.  The goals for student instruction include: increasing the student’s confidence in their ability to succeed; developing skills for learning, self-managing and communicating; becoming more responsible, self-reliant, cooperative, honest, and helpful and accepting of themselves and others.  Students will gain experience in goal setting, to-do lists, note taking, developing long-term memory, mind maps, speaking effectively, and listening actively. *Study Skills is a mandatory semester class for students entering WVCS Middle School.

 

Additional Study Skills resources and activities:

  • Cross-curricular assignments

Conversational Spanish

Students will develop proficiency in listening, speaking, and reading in Spanish.  Students will gain an understanding of how the language is structured and how they can use this knowledge to express their own needs and talk about the world around them.  Students will gain a basic understanding and appreciation of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world and of Hispanic cultures in Los Angeles. (One semester)

 

Text:

  • SING `N SPEAK Spanish
  • Cuentame mas! TPRS Publishing, Inc.

Students will develop proficiency in listening, speaking, and reading in Spanish.  Students will gain an understanding of how the language is structured and how they can use this knowledge to express their own needs and talk about the world around them.  Students will gain a basic understanding and appreciation of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world and of Hispanic cultures in Los Angeles. (One semester)

 

Text:

  • SING `N SPEAK Spanish
  • Cuentame mas! TPRS Publishing, Inc.

Students will develop proficiency in listening, speaking, and reading in Spanish.  Students will gain an understanding of how the language is structured and how they can use this knowledge to express their own needs and talk about the world around them.  Students will gain a basic understanding and appreciation of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world and of Hispanic cultures in Los Angeles. (One semester)

 

Text:

  • SING `N SPEAK Spanish
  • Cuentame mas! TPRS Publishing, Inc.

 

 

 

Creative Expression

 

WVCS learners will…

  • Engage in individual and group musical and performing arts activities.
  • Know and use a variety of mediums and artistic skills within the fine arts.
  • Utilize imagination and originality in effective creative writing activities.

 

Fine Arts

God is the divine creator and because of our legacy as created beings, we have the opportunity to express in the same way.  Each student will be learning the basic art elements, and how to apply those principles to their work.  Students will experiment with a variety of mediums experimented with as well as a small introduction to art history.  This is primarily an introduction to the fine arts courses presented in high school.

Additional Art resources and activities:

  • ACSI Fine Arts Festival
  • Computer design yearbook class for invited students.

 

Drama/ Theater Arts

God is the divine creator and because of our legacy as created beings, we have the opportunity to express in the same way. 

In this introduction to drama, students learn the lifelong benefits of dramatic arts which include:  creativity, spontaneity, self-expression and communication of ideas and emotions, voice and diction, body control and physical communication, making acting choices, concentration, imagination and vocabulary of theatre.  Through use of theatre games, improvisation, pantomime, monologues, scene work, production work, and technique, students will gain confidence, learn basic acting skills, and be taught valuable life lessons in problem solving, increased communication skills, time management, teamwork, and support.

 

Additional Drama resources and activities:

  • Fall/Christmas production
  • Spring musical
  • Chapel skits

 

 

 

 

Athletic Distinction

 

WVCS learners will…

  • Model and practice sportsmanship and team unity in physical education and athletics.
  • Establish and practice appropriate hygiene, proper nutrition and physical fitness.
  • Understand the general terms, rules, and strategies for various sports and activities. 

 

At WVCS, we love sports and are very proud of our athletes and teams. We feel that providing a physical outlet for our students allows them to build self-discipline and a deep sense of pursuing excellence. Games provide an opportunity for young men and women to meet and interact with students from other schools, walks of life, and faiths. They allow students to extend graciousness to others and exercise fairness in play. Even in physical education classes, students learn how to take care of their bodies, stay active, and learn new sports, so that they can be healthy throughout the rest of their lives. Our aim is to develop students: who are healthy students, have Christ-like sportsmanship and will join an athletic team and grow physically and socially.

 

Physical Education class (twice per week):

  • Students acquire a desire for and respect for physical fitness.  We recognize that obesity and a sedentary life style are dangerous to a person’s health.  Through stretching, calisthenics and a series of team sports, students will be encouraged to participate and gain a love of sports.
  • Annual participation in Presidential Fitness Challenge, which includes flexibility, speed and agility, and running the distance of 1 mile.

 

Physical Education elective:

  • Basketball Training with a club basketball director (three times per week).
  • Sports Performance with Velocity Sports Trainers (twice per week).

 

Athletic Teams:

  • Boys sports – flag football, basketball, soccer
  • Girls sports – basketball, soccer, volleyball
  • 9 Middle School VCAL championships in 2013, 2014, 2015 soccerbasketballflag-football, and volleyball

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Development

 

WVCS learners will…

  • Express Christian morals, ethics, and values.
  • Understand that all subjects are related to the world God created.
  • Be educated in and aware of their world and its diverse viewpoints, beliefs, and cultures through classroom discussion, debate, and writing.

 

We believe students should demonstrate their faith in active ways as they desire to serve others, honor their parents and respect their teachers. We purposely teach students to use their gifts for God’s glory and to love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, and soul. Students participate in bi-weekly Bible class and weekly chapels. As teacher’s explain the Bible and help students to see life through the lens of scripture, students will embrace a Christian worldview. Children must be given simple truths, with an understanding of how they can grow in their personal relationship with the Lord, otherwise their faith is not going to last a lifetime!

 

 

 

Servant Leadership

 

WVCS learners will…

  • Demonstrate positive and productive involvement in church, school, and community endeavors.
  • Exhibit self discipline and accept individual and group responsibility.
  • Set, pursue and accomplish individual and group goals.

 

One of our goals as a school is to not only produce students who will excel in college, but ones who will excel in life and are strong leaders in their churches and communities. In order to facilitate that, we give students as many opportunities to build and practice their leadership skills. Students can run for Associated Student Body (ASB) which is the student leadership body, and academically eligible students can apply for California Junior Scholarship Federation (CSJF), a service based club. We feel it is imperative that students learn how to lead properly – that being in charge of something does not mean ruling with an iron fist, or a fist of any sort. Since those who excel in matters of knowledge tend to be elevated into leadership, they must be equipped to be gracious and have a serving attitude. If Jesus was humble enough to serve His own students, our students can learn to serve each other and people in the world around them. Our aim is to develop students: who continue with service and volunteerism as adults; initiate and develop service projects; who contribute to their church, community, country, and world; and who will disciple one another.

 

 

 

Technology Development

 

WVCS learners will…

  • Practice mastery in and application of technology and related software applications.
  • Apply computer skills for research and communication to develop assigned projects, essays, and presentations.
  • Exhibit competence with other appropriate technologies essential for future success.

 

Use of technology is integrated to every course in middle school, and students take computer skills courses to develop students: who can have their academic questions answered anywhere and anytime; who can be more creative; can have deeper learning and understanding results; and who can enhance peer interaction and group collaboration.

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