This blog will feature posts from Jr High teachers. This particular article was written by Mrs. Heather Maute.
Hello Junior High Parents!
The first official two weeks of the Spring semester have been a great time! We’ve taken our main objectives for STEM, Creative Arts, and Language Arts and woven them into a curriculum that centers around the interests of the students. They’re enjoying working through the fundamental concepts of those disciplines within the context of Science (Mon/Thu) and Performance Arts (Tues/Fri) this quarter. Over the course of the next several weeks, you can look forward to reading blog posts from our course teachers with updates on their specific subjects.
Description: Beginnings starts each day emphasizing the social and spiritual development of the students. Each week students learn a new scripture which promotes a biblical value through the “Theme of the Week.” During the course of this semester, students will practice journaling, the exercise of reflection or meditation on scripture, and ground discussion. Students will practice the spiritual discipline of prayer, by sharing and hearing prayer requests of classmates. Beginnings is a time that prepares students for their day, and helps refocus their minds and energy on being sensitive to the Lord. We practice a foreign language component during this time as well.
Students will be able to pray aloud when called upon in class by the teacher.
Students will be able to facilitate devotional times for younger students.
Students will practice the DuoLingo challenge to study a foreign language for five minutes a day during Beginnings.
Students recognize the need to build up their classmates with encouragement, and receive encouragement when given to them as well.
Students understand that their choices affect others, and learn to be aware of their classmates.
Children’s Theater Production
Academic Discipline: STEM
Description: Children’s Theater Production is a hands-on STEM course emphasizing engineering and math. Students learn to make scientific considerations as well through the method of observation. In this course, students learn to draft scale models, and put their models into practice, making specific consideration for engineering a set, props, and costumes for a theater production. They are challenged to work both as individuals and as a team.
Multiple Intelligences: logical-mathematical, visual-spatial
Students will be able to draft scale-models, utilizing both the Imperial System of Measurement and the Metric System of Measurement.
Students will be able to produce one-point perspective drawings.
Students will be able to produce two-point perspective drawings.
Students will be able to implement the measuring-point method in their one-point perspective drawings.
Students will be able to engineer their designs with appropriate materials.
I’d like to share a reminder on the school dress code for parents and students here. Because we have 15 minute break times between classes - we like to call them “brain breaks” - we often get to take 10 minutes outside on the basketball court between classes. Please remind your child to bring outwear that is appropriate for the weather!
I’d also like to add a personal note about these brain breaks. I’ve enjoyed listening to the students discuss things related to their classes, homework, and friendships during these times. The break times between classes serve as a way to allow students time to process the material that they just learned, and prepare for their next class. Sometimes that means cleaning and organizing their space, other times it means getting up and moving around for a few minutes, and often times it means asking questions of their classmates or teachers. Not only do these break times between classes help in the aforementioned ways, but I’ve also observed a more organic dynamic developing between the students. They’re learning how to support one another, laugh with one another, listen to one another and challenge one another. It’s been a privilege to gently guide them in their friendships, and to witness their development as social people.
Many of you are familiar with Class DoJo, our easy-to-access online portal, where teachers and students can share photos and notes on their “stories." Teachers post merits and demerits regularly for students on Class DoJo, with notes and often pictures. Check it out!
Our students are currently working on specifically developing a unified class dynamic. They’re learning that this means they are not only individuals learning alongside one another, but that they are also a group of students connected to one another as one. This is illustrated in the Pauline metaphor of the body of Christ found in Ephesians 4. Because I always appreciate a good sports metaphor, the concept of a team favors this idea as well. Course teachers weekly provide group activities that encourage class dynamic. They’re learning that together, they can build one another up and everyone benefits from the specific gifts and strengths of each individual student in the class.
Students are continuing to learn to navigate Canvas, which is the online portal for all of their classes. Parents may download “Canvas Parent” and log in with their child’s username and password as an “Observer.” Via this portal, both students and parents can view files related to classes, course syllabi, homework assignments, grades, and in-class activities. For instructions, please refer to Mr. Cameron’s tech blog, "Canvas for Parents: Accessing and Monitoring." http://www.godinternational.org/academy-tech-blog/2017/9/canvas-for-parents-accessing-and-monitoring
Thanks for reading! Have a great day.
- Mrs. Heather Maute