2020 - 2021 Junior High Schedule

Junior High Class Descriptions

6th Grade - IEW Ancient History

Teacher: Emily Cook

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th grade students who have completed at least 5th grade level English instruction. 

Class fee: $12

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students in the class: 3

Class Objectives: Teaching students to outline and summarize specific readings and then outline and write their own papers.  This is a basic level of Institute for Excellence in Writing Curriculum.  

Class Format:  Lessons will be presented in class and homework assigned from the IEW student workbook.

Description of homework Activities:  There will be writing homework to be completed each week.  Parental involvement at home will be important for  success in IEW.  Helping your child to stay organized, brainstorm ideas and edit papers will play a huge role in your student’s success.  You may look at the curriculum online https://iew.com/shop/products/ancient-history-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only (There is a video introduction on this theme level writing course)

Textbook Information: IEW Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons Student Book is required.  Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week. 

 

7th IEW Vol. 1 Narnia

Teacher: Carrie Deever

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 7th grade students who have completed at least 6th grade level English instruction. 

Class fee: $12

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students in the class: 3

Class Objectives: To prepare students with writing skills by modeling and practicing structural guidelines and specific stylistic requirements that develop competency, independence, and as a result, creativity in their written work. 

Class Format:  Each class period will begin with a sampling of students sharing their compositions or excerpts from their written work. This encourages students to become more comfortable speaking in front of others. The remainder of the class time will be spent modeling writing structures, brainstorming ideas together, and learning new stylistic techniques.

Description of homework Activities:  There will be writing homework to be completed each week. You may look at the curriculum online at https://iew.com/shop/products/following-narnia®-volume-1-lions-song-student-book(There is a video introduction on this theme level writing course)

Parent Role:

Although I will be modeling and leading the students each week during our CG time, it is vital that a parent is involved with this writing class. Parents play a huge role at home by helping their child to stay organized, brainstorming and discussing ideas, editing papers, and serving as an audience when their child reads their compositions. Some students may take to working independently very quickly and others may need you to stay beside them through much of the year. If you are able, I encourage you to take the time over the summer to watch the IEW DVDs these are available from Tender Tenbrink. They provide the core teacher/parent training for all IEW writing and will definitely aide in your ability to support your child throughout this course.

Textbook Information: IEW Following Narnia® Volume 1: Aslan's Country Student Book is required. Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week. 

Additional supplies: ring binder with 5 dividers, writing utensils, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe book by C.S. Lewis

 

8th Grade IEW Volume 2 Narnia

Teacher: TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 8th grade students who have completed at least 7th grade level English instruction.

Class Fee: $12

Maximum number of students 12

Minimum number of students 4

Class Objectives: Teaching students to outline and summarize specific readings and then outline and write their own papers.  This is a basic level of Institute for Excellence in Writing Curriculum.  

Class Format:  Lessons will be presented in class and homework assigned from the IEW student workbook.

Description of homework Activities:  There will be writing homework to be completed each week.  Parental involvement at home will be important for success in IEW.  Helping your child to stay organized, brainstorm ideas and edit papers will play a huge role in your student’s success.  You may look at the curriculum online https://iew.com/shop/products/following-narnia®-volume-2-aslans-country-student-book-only(There is a video introduction on this theme level writing course) It would be beneficial to have your student read the Narnia books alongside these writing activities, but you do not have to.  It is also recommended that you use the Grammar Fix it curriculum at home, although it is not required.

Textbook Information: IEW Following Narnia® Volume 2: Aslan's Country Student Book is required.  Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week. 

 

Junior High Literature

Teacher: Sherry Childress

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. This class will entail a lot of reading, so please make sure your student is on level and will be able to keep up.

Class fee: $15.00/ semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 16

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:  This is a fun class that works to foster a deeper of understanding of literature as well as a love of reading.

Description of the general class format:  We will analyze five books written specifically for middle schoolers, studying characters, plots and settings as we go along. Students will learn points of view, new vocabulary, turns of phrase and how to infer details from text.  We will make recipes and crafts from each book to better learn the setting and time period.

Description of homework activities:  Students will have weekly reading assignments so that we are reading approximately a book a month. There will be a few pages of comprehension homework about the book, due each week.

Textbook/workbook information:  All your child will need is the five books listed and an imagination!  Feel free to get the books used, in an ebook format, or from the library.  Any edition will do! I can provide links to free ebooks and audiobooks for most of the novels as well!
The novels are:
1) Al Capone Does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
2) By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman
3) The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
4) The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff
5) From the Mixed Up Files of Ms. Basil E Frankweiler by E L Koinsberg”

 

Double Science

Double Science will rotate on a 2 yr rotation:  Zoology 2 and 3 this yr and Apologia Exploring Creation Chemistry and Physics for 2021-2022 school yr  it is recommended to complete Double Science before registering for General Science

Teacher: Melody Eisenbach 

Class Fee: $15

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level: 6th-8th grade

Objectives for this class: We will be learning about God through Zoology (swimming creatures in the fall/ land animals in the spring semester).

Description of the general class format: We will do weekly activities to reinforce the information presented in the textbook. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Reading and/or questions from the text will be assigned each week. It is important to complete these assignments, so students will be able to participate in class discussions and understand the experiments/activities.

Textbook Information: pen or pencil, a three ring notebook, and textbook:

https://www.apologia.com/product/zoology-2-swimming-creatures-textbook/

 

General Science

General Science is offered every year at CG.  It is recommended to complete Double Science prior to registering for General Science.

Teacher: Allison King

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 7- 8th grade

Class Fee: $10.00

Maximum number of students in the class: 11

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: We will learn the history of science, implementation of the scientific method, the history of life, human anatomy, and how God's glory is shown throughout creation.

Description of the general class format:  Class time will be devoted to presenting concepts and completing experiments for each module.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: This is a full science curriculum. Weekly reading assignments and homework will be required.  Each module will be covered over approximately 2 weeks.  On Your Own questions, lab reports, study guides, and tests are due for each Module.  Expect four hours of homework per week.

Homework will be checked for completion each week.  Lab Reports and Tests will be graded.

Textbook/workbook information: Apologia General Science 3rd edition. Both the student textbook and the solutions and tests manual are required.

 

 

Physical Science

Physical Science is a High School class open to junior high students who are looking to have room in their high school schedule to take additional Science classes. 

Teacher:  Leslie Breeden

Grade:  8th/9th

Cost: $10 per student per semester

Maximum # of Students: 10       

Minimum # of Students:  2

Skills Needed:  This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology.  It is recommended for 8th or 9th grade students who have completed General Science and Pre-Algebra and will be concurrently taking Algebra 1.  Math skills used in this course include converting measurement units, graphing, rearranging and solving equations, and multiplying and dividing fractions.  Students should display a maturity level appropriate for high school level work and be able to keep up with the workload.

Class Description:  The text discusses atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonds, reactions and energy, motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and Earth’s structure, weathering, and atmosphere.

Class Format:  Class time is devoted to discussing, performing, and recording experiments, as well as reviewing material from each module.

Homework:  Students are provided a daily schedule of reading assignments and homework questions.  Assignments for each module may include Notes and Practice, OYO Questions, Lab Reports, Study Guides, Quizzes, and Tests.  Projects may also be incorporated into the class.  Occasionally, students/parents perform experiments at home that are not completed in class because of time.  The class pace is ½ module per week.  The required time is approximately 1 hour per day at home.

Textbook:  Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition Solutions and Tests Manual, 3rd edition.

Supplies:  scientific calculator,  1” binder,  package of dividers

(The 3rd edition is new this year and can be pre-ordered from Apologia for 25% off until May 11 and at lower discounts thereafter.)

An optional audio version of the book is available on MP3 CD or as an MP3 digital download from Apologia.  Audiobook versions are also available from Audible and iTunes.  See the Apologia website for more information.

 

Math Masters

Teacher: Tammy Cannon

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th grade and above. Participation in class quizzes, games, and activities will be a major component of this class. A basic knowledge of multiplication tables up to 10 will be assumed-we will work on increasing speed in class.

Class Fee: $10/semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: to improve speed, accuracy, and confidence in math; to improve math skills through games.

Description of the general class format: weekly multiplication speed drills, with each student graphing and tracking their own progress; learning through games like math-based jeopardy, bingo, board slam, (math) battleship, etc.; memorization of ten math facts each week (ex. times tables 1-12, square and cubes, metric equivalents, fraction-decimal-percent equivalents, etc.) and common formulas such as areas of squares, triangles, circles, Pythagorean theorem, etc. – facts that will be helpful as students move on to pre-algebra and algebra.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: There will be assigned memorization each week. This daily review/memory work is vital to success in class.  Expect to spend about 10 minutes per day at home.  No written homework will be required.

Textbook/workbook information: All necessary materials will be distributed in class.

Other important information: This class is not a substitute for a full year of math instruction. It is reinforcement and enrichment of what the student is studying in his/her curriculum at home.

Pre-Algebra

Teacher: Lacey Lowry

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:  The student needs to have a solid background in mathematics. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions, decimals, percents, and other basic concepts of math.

Class prerequisite:  Student must take a Cottage Garden math placement test to determine readiness. These are available from the Jr. high coordinator.

Class fee: $50 (Class fee covers the student workbook and test booklet)

Maximum number of students in this class: 12

Minimum number of students: 2

Objectives of this class:  To equip the student with the ability to solve algebraic equations and to prepare for higher math, such as Algebra I.

Description of the general class format:  Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students. Students will be expected to fill in notes from the notebook during class. Students will be allowed to practice related problems and demonstrate to the teacher that they have understanding.

Description of homework activities:  Students will have daily homework assignments that must be completed. Expect about 1 hour of homework each day, 4 days a week.

Required Textbook/supplies: 

1.    Math-U-See prealgebra Student Pack, $44.  [Save 10% on online store order by 4/30/20 with coupon code DL2020, free shipping] https://store.demmelearning.com/prealgebra-student-kit.html  

2.    a 1.5” - 2” binder with paper to keep notes and copies organized

3.    pencils 

Other important information:  Students will be expected to complete all assigned homework, grade assignments, re-work any problems that were missed, and study for exams. Homework assignments will be due before 9:00 a.m. each class day and graded each week. In addition, there will be exams, which will be completed at home under supervision.

 

Basic Computers

Teacher: Nafisa Morris

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Middle School Students, also available to high school students who need beginner level instruction. 

Class Fee: $10

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: The overall objective is to teach students how to use any word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, and publisher/draw for their personal and/or educational use. I want to provide students with useful experience that will be helpful for school and their personal lives. 

Description of the general class format: Students will spend half of each class working on keyboarding skills using the free typing.com website.  The other half of each class will be spent learning and practicing skills in MS Word, MS Excel, or MS PowerPoint. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Students will be expected to practice typing on the typing.com website approximately 15 minutes per day during the week to improve typing skills and speed. 

Textbook/workbook information: Students must be able to bring a laptop to class that has MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and internet access. 

 

 

JH Spanish

Teacher: Nafisa Morris

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 7th or 8th grade (best if taken the year before Spanish I)

Class Fee: $10

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: Students will learn basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and verb conjugations.  Students will practice both written and oral Spanish.  This class helps prepare students for HS Spanish courses. 

Description of the general class format: JH Spanish introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Students will typically have an exercise from the textbook as homework each week and vocabulary words to memorize. 

Textbook/workbook information: Each student must have access to “Spanish I for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press. The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed. 

 

Homemaking

Teacher: Kimberly Wood
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High (Please carefully read the possible homework assignments)
Maximum Number of Students in this class: 8

Minimum Number of Students in this class: 3
Class Fee: $20 per semester and students will need to purchase some supplies for projects that they will be taking home.
Objectives of this class: To teach students skills for maintaining a home in a fun and engaging way.

Description of the general class format: Class time will be spent in discussion with hands-on activities and demonstrations. There will be several field trips pertaining to topics as well. Listed below are some of the skills that will be learned.

  • Budgeting

  • Meal planning and grocery shopping

  • Nutrition and Whole Foods

  • Techniques in food preparation

  • Hospitality & Party Planning

  • Home Organization

  • Cleaning/Maintaining a Home

  • Homemade items including detergents, nut butters, nut milks, etc.

  • DIY projects for decorating, gift giving, etc.

  • Growing herbs

  • Parenting

Description of possible homework assignments: There will be occasional assignments pertaining to the weekly topic, such as creating and executing a meal plan and shopping trip, planning and hosting a social event, a DIY décor project and making a household product from scratch.
Textbooks/workbook information: No textbooks or workbooks needed

 

 

Name of class: Principles of Art

Teacher: Andrea Durbin

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High & High School

Class Fee: $25 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 15

Minimum number: 3

Objectives of this class: This art class will focus on learning the basic principles of art using fun and engaging lessons and projects.

Description of the general class format:  Weekly lessons and hands-on projects will deepen the student’s knowledge and understanding of art & design, as well as develop their artistic skills and creative expression. In class, students will use a variety of techniques and media to create unique art pieces to take home. This class will be on a 3-year rotation with the classes “Elements of Art” and “Sculpture/3D Art”.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Homework for this class will be minimal, provided students focus on completing their work during class time.  Each student is required to submit at least one work for the End of the Year Program.

Textbook  information:   No textbook is required.

Other Important Information: Students will be using different mediums as they explore the various art techniques. It may be advisable to bring a smock or t-shirt to protect clothing.

 

 

Interactive Art History

Teacher: Andrea Durbin

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High & High School

Class Fee: $15 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 15

Minimum number: 3

Objectives of this class: This art class will focus on learning about the history of major art movements and famous artists involved in each.

Description of the general class format:  Weekly lessons and hands-on activities will deepen the student’s knowledge and understanding of art history, as well as develop their ability to understand and relate to various works of art, styles, and techniques. In class, students will learn through multimedia lessons, engaging activities, and experimenting with a variety of techniques and styles used throughout art history.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Homework for this class will be minimal, with occasional small assignments/projects.

Textbook information:   No textbook is required.

 

Junior High Girls’ Club

Teacher: Catherine Pratt

Goals for this class:  Creativity, Fun, Sharing Blessings, and Being Blessed….

How we’ll reach these goals: Friendships, Fellowship, Food, Crafts, Games, Secret Sisters, Service, and Growing in the Lord

Materials needed: Students will need a Bible they can use to creatively write in and decorate.  A new Bible or an old Bible will work.  Be sure it is in translation that you want them to use. 

Cost for class:  $20 will include materials for crafts, activities, treats, and surprises for the class members

 Our class will be filled with fun activities designed to bless the girls and to give them opportunities to bless others.  Our studies will be centered on being girls of influence, building relationships that bless others, and growing closer to Jesus.  Our activities will include making fun crafts, planning and carrying out activities that will bless others, and investing in each other so that friendships are cultivated and grow.

“Home assignments” will be minimal, including working on the projects that we begin in class designed to bless others (such as secret sisters or hosting an activity for Cottage Garden—like the Valentine’s Party—or blessing the poor and homeless—like those served through “Operation Christmas Child” and “Jesus Closet,” as well as working to develop a daily time with the Lord.) 

The goals of “Creativity, Fun, Sharing Blessings, and Being Blessed” in a caring atmosphere will give these middle-school-aged girls a sense of how they are created with a purpose, having unique and beautiful gifts they can use to bless others as they learn and experience ways they can grow in their faith and share God’s love and blessings with others.  

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Pratt at  csmoot1@gmail.com

 

Life Skills for Young Men

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th, 7th, 8th graders

Teacher: Stephen Permenter

Class Fee: $20 for supplies 

Maximum number of students in the class: 15

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4

Objectives of this class: Your junior high boy will learn both practical and fun skills.  Increase their confidence as well as camaraderie with the other boys. Other values of interest are Godliness, Kindness, Stoicism, and Determination.   

Description of the general class format: Class will start with a prayer and we will get started on an activity. Topics for lessons may include (but are not limited) how to: 

  • change a tire

  • jump-start a car

  • prepare a baby bottle, feed a baby, change a diaper 

  • fell a tree

  • pull-start an engine 

  • build a house-of-cards

  • paper airplane construction 

  • hammering nails, driving screws and bolts.

  • weigh pros and cons of a difficult decision 

  • grow a plant from seed 

  • repair damaged wall, paint 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Students will have very little or no homework. Students may need to bring certain items from home; for which parents will be advised. 

Textbook/workbook information: There is no textbook for life or for this course. 

 

Civics and Political Geography

Teacher: Patricia Shaw

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:  designed with the Junior High/ Rising High Schooler in mind

Class Fee: $15

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class:  Our class purpose is to create a foundation of Civics and Government in the first semester, leading with a memorable Geography in the second semester.

Description of the general class format:  Topics covered in the fall include: National, state and local government, elections, and how a bill becomes a law. By the end of the semester, your child will successfully know how to write their own bill, able to be used at Texas State Teenpact. Possible field trips will include a presidential library and/or county civil court. If a mom is interested in leading a fundraiser for our class to help pay for Teenpact in the spring, this may help all students afford this worthy activity.

Topics covered in the spring include: United States Geography, presentation skills for bills prior to Teenpact, and World Geography. By the end of the semester, students will be able to draw a basic US and World map with major countries and capitols. Our tests will be comprised of drawing basic maps from memory! Some research for current events will be promoted, though not required. No text will be required in the spring, as black line maps and information sheets will be provided. Possible field trips will include a federal court and/or Smith County courtroom trip. 

Double Dip Tip: This course can be used toward fulfilling High School Geography (if in 8th grade), give a basic understanding of state and national government prior to high school/dual credit government, give foundation to a competitive (extemporaneous) speech event, allow real world public speaking skills, and drawing skills through map drawing. If your child is in Scouts, this may also help fulfill requirements in various government/ civics based achievement areas/ merit badges. If your family is involved in TACHE, they will be prepared for the annual GeoBee, as allowed. If your family is involved in Teenpact, they will be more than prepared for the weeklong Texas State Leadership training, as allowed by age. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Approximately 15 min/day of study/homework time

Textbook/workbook information: Each student will need to purchase the Abeka Civics Activity Book as our spine in the Fall https://www.abeka.com/abekaonline/bookdescription.aspx?sbn=201804

Supplemental (optional) sources include: Our Constitution Rocks!  and Abeka World Geography text if desired for further use at home.  

Music Appreciation:

Teacher: Melissa Bartlett

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:  6th-8th grade

Class Fee:  TBA

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: To become familiar with the music of various time periods and understand the progression of music from a historical perspective.  Also to develop a greater appreciation of music and it’s role in culture.

Description of the general class format:  Students will also be introduced to the foundational musical concepts of notation, rhythm, pitch, form, and melody to give a fuller understanding of the inner workings of the pieces and of music in general.  The greatest pieces in the canon of Western classical music will be covered within their historical context.

Description of enrichment or homework activities:  No homework

Textbook/workbook information:  Memoria Press Music Appreciation will be used – it is not necessary for students to purchase.

 

Strategic Chess

Teacher:  TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:  6th-8th grade

Class Fee: TBA

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4

Objectives of this class:  Students will develop thinking skills for all decision making and specific decisions related to chess.  Strong chess players consistently make purposeful moves that are focused on strategic goals.

Description of the general class format:  Critical thinking puzzles will be used in class to teach students to organize information for decision-making.  A new chess strategy will be presented and discussed each week – students will challenge one another in practice games. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities:  No homework

Textbook/workbook information: No textbook – handouts will be provided by teacher

 

JH STEM

Teacher: Brenda Allegrezza

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:  6th-8th grade

Class Fee: TBA

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class:  Students will work together to define problems and design solutions while learning science, technology, engineering, and math concepts.  STEM lessons immerse students in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration.

Description of the general class format:  Each week a new project or challenge will be presented.  Students will work together and find best solutions with available resources in hands on projects. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities:  No homework.  Students may be asked to collect and bring common household items (ie toilet paper rolls, straws ect.)

Textbook/workbook information: No textbook, any necessary materials will be provided by teacher

Name of Class: Theater Improv

Teacher: ​Julia Allison

Students: JH and HS

Class Fee: $30 per semester

Class Description: students will learn the skill of improvisation and learn by doing in a hand’s on activity based environment. Students will learn how to think on their feet and become better actors, while expanding their repertoire and gaining important skills, not only for acting but for life.

Requirements: No theater experience required.

Homework: None, with no extra outside class time throughout the year.

Name of class: JH/HS Swords

Instructor:​ Jaci Luebbert

Suitable for:​ JH or High School students

Class Fee:​ $30 per semester; (Additional $25 for students without a sword – 1 time fee.)

Maximum class:​ 6 Minimum class:​ 3

Objective:​ ​Students will learn the basic fundamentals of theatrical sword fighting in a fun and safe environment. Students will need the following supplies: ​their own gloves which should be leather work gloves which can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc. 

Name of the class: JH/HS: Girls Fitness class

Teacher: Gina Lynch
Credits: ½ credit PE each semester. Taught in Fall and Spring
Grade: High School Girls
Cost: $10 (for copies and equipment)
Max students:  no max
Minimum: 3
Objectives: Each month we will have a Godly “focus”. There will be a weekly
scripture to go along with our monthly focus. We will talk about nutrition, healthy
tips and taking care of our bodies. Each class will consist of a cardio workout which
may include sports and physical fitness games.
Expectations:
-Participate in conversation covering our monthly focus
-Be active and moving during workouts.
-Memorize the weekly scripture
Requirements- Girls will need tennis shoes and may want to have comfortable gym clothes to change in to.

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