MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Electives

Art, Grades 7-12

This class is designed to expose middle school and high school students to a variety of media and broaden drawing skills. In this class, students will work in pencil, charcoal, pastel, painting, printmaking, and clay. Students will learn to work conceptually as well as through observation. The class is organized in a way that will meet the needs of those with little art exposure and also for the more advanced student. This is to give students, who desire to pursue art more seriously,  greater opportunity to build their portfolios and improve skills. Students will also have opportunity to participate in an art show.


No prerequisites

Art,  Focus  Grades 7-12

This class is designed as a more advanced art course for middle school and high school students who have already completed a instructional art course who would like deeper study in a focused area. This is to give students, who desire to pursue art more seriously, greater opportunity to build their portfolios and improve skills. Students will also have opportunity to participate in an art show.

Prerequisite: 1 year of art instruction

(More detailed description coming soon)

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Choir, Grades 7-12

Middle and High School Choir is an upbeat, interesting class for teens.  Depending on interest and numbers, we may have a choir or an ensemble group of students ages 12-17.  Because this is an elective, the class will have fun while learning music genres, harmonies and developing stronger, well-tuned voices. The choir will tackle some pop tunes, some classic pieces and some traditional pieces to perform in a Christmas concert for the fall. Then in spring semester, we will add a patriotic and a sacred song as well as a number of pieces with multiple parts and harmonies.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class. Students don’t need any music background to participate, but all students in the class will be required to sing aloud and participate in concert.  Homework is limited, but will require memorizing words.

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Health in Christian Perspective (1 semester)

This one semester class will utilize the A Beka curriculum, Health in Christian Perspective, to familiarize students with the body systems while discussing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being, especially through good nutrition. The text will also present information on safety and first aid, disease prevention, and positive relationships with God and others. Intended to be a high school level course for one semester credit (1/2 credit). Specific topics include:

  • Developing a Healthy Body
  • Maintaining Personal Health
  • Keeping a Sound Mind
  • Practicing Personal Safety
  • Administering First Aid
  • Preventing Diseases
  • Avoiding Drug Abuse
  • Pursuing Right Relationships
  • Medical Careers
  • Biblical Discernment (of society’s controversial topics)

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Hospitality

This is an interactive class for hands-on learning. Building on understanding the Lord’s heart for generosity and showing hospitality, the students enrolled in the class will serve the school at special events and take charge of the year’s parties. They will decorate, prepare for special events, create beautiful table settings and practice planning events (both real and fictitious).The students will explore the many facets of Hospitality such as, lodging, food and beverage, tourism and travel. This year the students will also focus in detail on the management of the Bed & Breakfast industry. One day a week will be set aside for cooking. Students will be preparing food with a variety of themes while practicing visual presentation. This is one of the best kept secrets of our school and, while the title could sound intimidating, students love Mrs. Riley and this class is incredibly inspiring. Books and Methods Used:

  • Hospitality Today An Introduction, Rocco M. Angelo and Andrew N. Vladimir, Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Lansing, Michigan, 2007
  • Professional Cooking, Wayne Gisslen, copyright by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Canada.
  • Exploring Hospitality Online materials

There is a middle school level with less research, projects and homework and there is a high school level.

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Logic I and II, Grades 8-12 (see Prerequisites below)

(Course generally offered in alternating years)

Logic is the art of reasoning well—of learning to think God's thoughts after Him. In this class, Douglas Wilson and James Nance (authors) lay the proper foundation of reasoning in the truth of God, and go on to train students in the crucial skills of defining terms, recognizing basic types of statements, arguing with syllogisms, arguing in ordinary language, and identifying informal fallacies.

This class teaches logic that will help students excel in every other subject they will study, from math and science to rhetoric and the humanities. The class text is widely acclaimed and this class is strongly recommended by Mrs. Worcester, who would love to see the strength of logic raise the quality of our students’ rhetoric and composition skills.

Homework:

  • This curriculum is scheduled for one semester, and while most schools might complete it in 8 weeks, we will take the full 32 weeks and move at a slower pace in order to accommodate students with an already heavy class load.  
  • Homework from this class can be completed easily in two  1/2 hour times per week outside of class time.  
  • Students will need a mentor- someone who can discuss difficult questions and who is willing to talk about a specific topic every  week. ( The best idea is one parent willing to talk. )

Prerequisites:

  • 9th grade reading level
  • 10th grade vocabulary

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Physical Education (PE), Grades 7-12

The aim of this class is to provide each student with a variety of "physically active experience." These experiences will include all aspects of fitness including: individual, partner and team activities. Students will explore outdoor education as well as leisure and recreational activities. Through these experiences, each student will be encouraged to maintain and improve their physical, mental, and emotional condition, as a part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Activities will include, but are not limited to: physical fitness activities, sports-related games (such as basketball, volleyball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, kickball, and softball), leisure and lifetime activities, outdoor education, cardiovascular training methods including: running, speed and agility exercises.

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Debate w/Speech, Grades 9-12

(this course is offered in alternating years)

Making a speech needn't mean sweaty palms and a cracking voice. From platform presence to persuasion, this semester allows students to read, discuss and analyze some speeches that have helped to shape our history. During this semester, class participants begin to learn the essence of practical debate through Parliamentary Debate specifically, as well as learn how to discern fallacious arguments and bad reasoning when submitting or listening to a counter assertion. Parliamentary Debates will be held during this session. This class is 1/2 high-school credit.

Prerequisites:

None. Come prepared to learn and have fun!

Students must have the following skills to succeed in this class:

  • A positive attitude!
  • A wee bit of ability to organize