Bible 6
Bible 6 is a course that primarily emphasizes relationships. Most of the emphasis will be on the student’s relationship with friends, family, and most importantly, their relationship with God. This will be taught by studying relationships of various Old Testament Bible characters. A study of Jewish History (discovering our Jewish roots) and scripture memory are interwoven throughout the course.

Bible 7
The 7th grade curriculum for Bible is a study of the Life of Christ through the Gospel of John. They Synoptic Gospels are included in this study in a supplemental way. They students work through a workbook published by Positive Action for Christ. The students will also learn how to use reference tools, such as concordances and bible dictionaries. The class is also supplemented with hands-on activities, culturally relevant devotions, discussions and instruction pertaining to current events.

Bible 8
The goal of this course is to help students to develop a Biblical Christian worldview. Students will begin to develop their ability to defend their faith and discern how God desires for us to live what we believe. Specific studies include the book of James, excerpts from Pauline literature and study of media and culture.

English 6
This class includes grammar and composition. English 6 concentrates on parts of speech and how words are put together to form effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Students will learn how to research a topic, and they will practice skills associated with research, including taking notes, synthesizing information, outlining, and citing sources. A vocabulary book is used in class for the study of word definitions, derivatives, context clues, and analogies.

English 7
English 7 is a combined reading and language arts course that seeks to ground students in the writing and editing process as well as exposing them to various genres of literature. By the end of this course, student should be able to write coherently not only in the English classroom but also in their other classes. They should have gained fluency in reading different types of writing with some awareness of the elements of short stories and poetry.

English 8
Eight Grade English is a combined reading and language arts course that seeks to improve students’ writing skills and to introduce them to basic literary analysis. By the end of the course, students should have mastered the main parts of a sentence, should write in a clear and organized fashion, and should have gained experience in reading various genres of literature. There is a heavy emphasis on grammar and its application in writing.

Math 6
Major course content covers the basic operations for whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Material is presented with a strong emphasis on problem solving and application to real life situations. Graphs, number theory, geometry, ratios, proportions, percentages, integers, and an introduction to Algebra comprise the balance of the program.

Math 7
Seventh grade math is a transition year. Students will master previously covered concepts including factions and decimals. Students will then begin preparing for high school mathematics with a study of algebra and geometry. Students will also learn to take math out of the classroom and into the real world by participating in activities such as conducting their own survey, managing a budget, and calculating tax, discount price, and simple interest.

Pre-Algebra (8th)
Pre-Algebra reinforces the concepts of an operation with decimals, fractions, and integers. Geometric concepts such as polygons, congruence, similarity, and area are reviewed and expanded. Probability, combinations, and permutations are discussed. Algebra concepts such as order of operations, solving equations and inequalities, operations with polynomials, and graphing lines are also studied.

Algebra I (8th)
This high school credit course is offered to students who have shown through diagnostic tests and teacher recommendation that they can apply concepts that have been introduced in seventh grade. This is the study of mathematics using letters called variables to help translate and solve verbal expressions.

Physical Education (6,7,8)

Every student will participate in physical education classes for three quarters and health for one quarter. The PE classes will concentrate on different skills, body conditioning, as well as learning different sports.

Health (6,7,8)

Health curriculum is centered on age-appropriate issues.
The classes are separated – males and females.

Sixth grade students learn about their body and making healthy choices, which will help them become more responsible for their own health.

Seventh grade students build upon information presented in sixth grade. Discussions include communicable and non-communicable diseases, effects of drugs and alcohol, and first aid to mention a few.

Eighth grade students continue the study of choices and how they affect the body. Some topics include 
mental health, nutrition, eating disorders, and sexually transmitted diseases. Several health related 
organizations and agencies provide resources and speakers for the class in addition to our parents who are 
involved in related health fields.

Earth Science (6th)

Sixth Grade Science is a study of the earth and its materials, geologic time, oceanography, astronomy and space, and volcanoes. This course includes Biblical integration in exploring and studying the student’s surroundings.

Life Science (7th)

Seventh grade science is a life science course. This class is designed to investigate our world of living things from the simplest cell to the complex organization of the human body. Students participate in activities designed to help them develop knowledge of life science, evaluate scientific theories, use the scientific method in investigations and develop good lab skills. The major goal of this course is to present all aspects of life science and how each cell or law of nature reveals that God is the creator and sustainer of life.

Physical Science (8th)

Physical Science is an investigation into the basic principles of chemistry and physics. Each student should have an understanding of the nature of such basic things as matter, energy, and the laws that govern the interactions of these. The student should have knowledge of the scientific method of investigation to interpret and assimilate knowledge. Most of all, the student should be challenged to look for truth in light of God’s Word and see how God’s Creation and God’s Laws are seen in the order and complexity of the universe to the simplest atom.

Ancient History (6th)

Sixth grade social studies is a survey of the development of Western civilization from Creation, 
Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Europe through the fall of the Roman Empire and beyond as time permits. The Bible is used to integrate sacred and secular history. God’s World, Top Story news magazine keeps students abreast of current events.

World History II (7th)

Seventh grade students will explore the social, cultural, geographical, political and technological changes that occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire and in Medieval Europe. Students will also study the period from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, including the Islamic world, Africa, China, and Japan, but with a heavier emphasis on western civilization in Europe during the Renaissance and Reformation. Students will compare and contrast the history and geography of civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout these continents during medieval times. They will examine the growth in economic interactions among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. Students will learn about the resulting spread of Enlightenment philosophies and the examination of new concepts of reasoning toward religion, government, and science that continue to influence our world today. Students will analyze geography’s influence on the development of these civilizations as they continue their study of world history and geography. Seventh grade students will end the year by examining the age of European explorations, and the political revolutions of the American colonies and France. Appropriate informational texts and primary sources will be used in order to deepen the understanding of how these civilizations influence the modern world.

U.S. History (8th)

U.S. History builds on the introduction to American History that is given in the fifth grade. This course principally covers the time period from prehistory through the reconstruction of the south after the Civil War (Pre-History through 1880). The last weeks of the school year are used to cover changes in the twentieth century. The students are taught to analyze information about historic events to reveal the causes of these events in our history. Developing the student’s abilities of applying, synthesizing and evaluating information on people, places and turning points in history of the United States is a goal of this course.

Computer 6
The main focus of this class is to improve keyboarding skills by using the UltraKey typing software. The students will also learn how to use the features of Microsoft Word. They will use their keyboarding skills while learning Microsoft Word. The students will be given a brief history of typing and computers. If time allows, the students will learn how to navigate on the internet using search engines and other websites that will be useful in other classes and everyday life.

Computer 7
Equal emphasis will be placed on keyboarding and Microsoft PowerPoint in this class. The students will use the UltraKey typing software to further improve their typing speed and accuracy. The basic functions of Microsoft PowerPoint will be taught to the students. The students will also learn about the physical make up of computers and a more in depth history on the development of computers. If time allows, the students will learn how to navigate on the internet using search engines and other websites that will be useful in other classes and every day life.

Computer 8
The eighth grade students will complete a short unit on computer and internet ethics at the beginning of the term. They will then work on their keyboarding skills using the program All the Right Type. The students will review the PowerPoint skills they learned in seventh grade and will learn the more advanced features of PowerPoint. The students will also learn some basic features of Microsoft Excel.

Music 6
The sixth grade music rotation is a course in basic music theory. Rhythmic and melodic notation will be studied. In-class activities will involve written projects as well as the playing of our Malmark Choir Chimes as reinforcement for music reading. Written tests will also be given to assess the progress of each student. All music classes emphasize that God is the giver of all gifts and talents. Students are encouraged to develop the gifts that God has given them.

Music 7
The seventh grade rotation is a study of melody. The students will explore “what makes a melody” through different activities including singing, playing choir chimes, and listening. Students will also begin to create written melodies of their own. Assessment will be through written tests over the material covered as well as daily participation.

Music 8
The eighth grade music rotation parallels their study of American history with what was happening with music as it developed in Western Europe. They will discover what styles of music were being written and performed during the Renaissance Period through music of today. They will listen to music of the past as they learn to appreciate the composers and their contributions to music history. Different learning and listening activities will be used to help students appreciate the different styles of music studied. Students will be assessed through written tests, homework projects, and class participation.

Reading (6th)
The goals of the class are to instill an enjoyment of reading, to introduce new literature and literary terms, to encourage specific skills, and to assess levels of reading comprehension, rate and fluency.

Term Paper 7
The student will spend nine weeks concentrating on a research paper in which they must choose a topic based on an historical event. Students are introduced to note-cards to document their research and to refine their outline. Organizational skills are emphasized as well as time management. The student will present a written and oral presentation of their topic to the class.

Term Paper 8
Eighth Grade students master note taking and outlining a researched controversial topic that deals with an environmental, science, or social issue. Students must discern between fact and opinion and be able to gather information from a variety of sources. By the end of this course, students must produce an original paper with appropriately documented information.

Spanish (6th)
This course is designed to introduce (or re-introduce) students to the Spanish language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. During these nine weeks, the class will focus on communications and world languages, basic introductory vocabulary, geography, and culture. There will be a final mini-project on a particular Spanish-speaking country.

French (8th)
This nine-week course is an introduction to French and language study. Although most examples are in French, much of what is covered applies to learning any language. There is emphasis on culture and ramification of knowing a second language and of being culturally sensitive. Students will learn some basic vocabulary such as greetings and numbers as well as some other useful phrases in French. This is not designed in the same way as a high school class. This is designed to be only an introduction.

Art (6,7,8)

The 6-8 art program will review and expand on techniques and skills learned in the earlier grades. Using different kinds of art media, projects will be varied, some drawing on the personality of the student and others from observation or imagination. New techniques will be explored and implemented.

Band (6,7,8)

The CAK band program is dedicated to guiding its students to reach their highest level of excellence. The CAK Middle School Bands are learning and performing ensembles with emphasis placed on continued development of technique and musicianship. The Middle School Bands perform in two concerts each year.

Study Hall (6,7,8)

Supervised quiet study period.