Calumet Christian Middle School is committed to guiding students through a vital transition in their lives and preparing them to successfully navigate the high school years that follow. Through strong academics and an emphasis on spiritual, character, and relational growth, we envision our graduates playing an influential role in their schools, churches, and communities.
In grades six through eight, students are progressing from concrete toward more abstract thought. Whether it’s in the field of math or science, language or history, we foster in our students the capacity for critical thinking informed by a biblical worldview. Teachers employ a variety of teaching approaches: direct instruction, hands-on learning, drill, and Socratic discussion. Emphasis is placed on organization, research, developing extended concentration, and an appreciation for learning about all of God’s creation. Our rich and challenging curriculum stimulates students to develop their academic potential. Students typically perform above grade level, and the majority of our students graduate from 8th grade having earned high school credit in math, science, and Spanish.
Our middle school students are part of a broader community. True moral and social development involves learning to love and accept others and be responsible for one’s behavior. As students grow in their understanding of God’s love and forgiveness, they should be learning to live an increasingly unselfish life with those around them. As educators, we understand that middle school students are “a work in progress.” We have a vision for where God is leading them, and our intention is to help them grow spiritually, morally, and relationally.
6th Grade Bible
Sixth grade Bible focuses on a study the Gospel of John, memorizing portions of the book as well as analyzing key concepts, such as the deity of Jesus and the role of the Holy Spirit. Students also spend time learning how to pray for their friends and learning more about God’s desire for each person to have a relationship with Him. The goal for the year is two-fold: students will learn more about Jesus’ ministry, and they will grow in their love for God, his Word, and His people.
6th Grade Language Arts
Sixth grade language arts focuses on reading, vocabulary, writing, spelling, listening, and speaking. Students study literature to draw meaning from a text through the study of common literary devices and the elements of various literary genres, such as short stories, novels, poetry, and drama. Students read The Cay, Call It Courage, The Children’s Homer, and a number of independent reading books (based on a student’s Lexile reading range). Reading is supported with the study of vocabulary from these texts and common English sayings, idioms, and phrases. Students continue to receive instruction in the writing process and practice it by drafting their own original expository and creative pieces. Grammar is taught to enhance the clarity, control, and style of students’ writing. Emphasis is placed on the parts of speech to develop basic syntax awareness and the fluent use of the various kinds and types of sentences. Spelling instruction supports clear written communication by focusing on common spelling concepts and analysis of word parts. Specific listening skills are taught, emphasized, and practiced as a primary means of gaining information. Various speaking opportunities allow students to develop verbal facility with language as well as gain self-confidence before an audience.
6th Grade Math
This course is comparable to seventh grade math in many schools and is designed to reinforce and add depth to skills and concepts learned in previous years. New concepts are added incrementally and practiced throughout the year. The goal of the course is to help students master the following concepts: solving problems with fractions, decimals, and percents; ratios and proportions; factors and multiples; place value of whole and decimal numbers; roots and square roots; identifying and measuring angles; geometric formulas for the perimeter and area of a square, rectangle, and triangle.
6th Grade Science
In sixth grade science, students will learn about the nature of matter. Hands-on investigations of minerals, rocks and soils will give the students understanding of their structure and identities. In addition, the importance of geology in daily life will be presented. Energy types will be studied with an emphasis on thermal energy. Using microscopes, students will study cell parts, cells and their various functions. They will learn about the cellular nature of all life and the implications of this for taxonomy. All of the aspects of science studied will include an appreciation for the Creator.
6th Grade Social Studies
The sixth grade social studies curriculum focuses on the development of Western Civilization from Mesopotamia through the Enlightenment era. Students study cultural aspects, including art, literature, religion, customs, and scientific advancements during the time period. Students learn to read a text carefully for meaning and identification of key terms. They will also study and learn how to read maps.
7th Grade Bible
Seventh grade Bible focuses on giving students a passion to follow Jesus Christ by reading the gospel accounts and seeing the larger picture as events move toward the cross. A key aim is for students to imagine themselves in the narrative as disciples of Christ, who learn through ministry experiences, opposition, and failure. To facilitate the goal of enjoying the Bible, students will be exposed to larger sections of scripture at a time, so they can see the bigger patterns. During the year, discussion will focus on how students can take steps to become more faithful disciples of Jesus. Students will also be introduced to spiritual heroes of the last century.
7th Grade Language Arts
Seventh grade language arts focuses on six major areas: reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and speaking/listening. Reading selections include novels, plays, essays, short stories and poetry. Students read a variety of books, such as The Outsiders, The Giver, The Pearl, the play The Diary of Anne Frank, and other books that students pick from assigned genres. Major writing pieces are produced each quarter that focus on the entire writing process from an outline to the final paper. Grammar concentrates on mastery of the parts of speech, sentence components, diagramming sentences, correct verb usage, and punctuation. Vocabulary and spelling exercises challenge students to understand and spell numerous words germane to their understanding of many written texts. Speaking and Listening activities include formal discussions and evaluating famous speeches.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
Seventh grade pre-algebra prepares students for success in eighth grade algebra. The topics covered are as follows: symbols of inclusion; statistics; scientific notation; probability; solid geometry; algebraic expressions; exponents and roots; ratio, proportion and percent; and graphing.
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh grade social studies curriculum focuses on world geography, including the United States. Students study many geographical topics, such as culture, politics, economics, climate, topography, and natural resources. They learn to think critically about how these various aspects affect they way people live in different regions around the world.
7th Grade Science
Seventh grade science focuses on earth science, studying God’s marvelous creation. Students will learn about minerals, rocks and soils. They will learn how geology records history. They will study how plate tectonics affects the earth with volcanos and earthquakes. Students will see how the atmosphere produces earth’s weather systems and interacts with earth’s bodies of water. The earth as part of the solar system and the universe will be presented. Finally, students will engage in sustainability studies as they investigate stewardship of our planet.
7th and 8th Grade Life Skills
7th and 8th grade life skills focuses on health topics relevant to adolescents in light of God’s perspective. Helping students to think critically about these issues will facilitate making wise choices now and in the future. Topics addressed in 7th grade include conflict management, bullying, smoking and substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and suicide, and STDs. The 8th grade life skills unit focuses on dating and sexuality.
8th Grade Bible
Eighth grade Bible focuses on preparing students for academic and spiritual success in high school. Students are equipped to think critically and independently, develop their own convictions about moral character, work with others and build friendships, and have a sense of their own leadership potential. To this end, the course of study challenges them to resist conformity by choosing the path of servant leadership. Students will also study the evidence for faith and learn about God’s love for the poor.
8th Grade Algebra
Eighth grade students taking Algebra 1 have the opportunity to receive high school credit, thus enabling them to move into more advanced classes when they enter high school. Our Algebra 1 course covers the following topics: functions; linear and quadratic equations; number and set concepts; distance formula word problems; polynomials; exponents; and radical and rational expressions.
8th Grade Language Arts
The goal of eighth grade language arts is to strengthen the student’s knowledge and use of the English language in six basic areas: reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and verbal skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of literature, with particular emphasis on understanding such novels as Lord of the Flies, Bull Run, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Writing focuses on the five-paragraph essay and analysis of literary works. Students study the grammatical structure of language and the mechanics of sound writing. Vocabulary revolves around Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop and words drawn from the student’s reading. Spelling skills continue to be developed through weekly word lists based on specific themes. Student participation in class discussion is strongly encouraged and occasional oral presentations are required.
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth grade social studies curriculum focuses on American history from the early European exploration through Reconstruction. Students learn about the historical events that led to the development of America, the different components of the American government, and America’s struggle to grow from a young country, through a bitter Civil War, to an emerging World power. Current Events are also discussed as time permits.
8th Grade Science
Eighth grade physical science focuses on chemistry and physics. Chemistry includes studying the development of the atomic theory and the periodic table of elements. The structure of atoms and compounds and their chemical reactions are coupled with lab experiments that help reinforce what is learned in the classroom. Physics includes studying Newton’s laws of motions, simple machines, the nature of heat and temperature, and waves, both sound and electromagnetic. Hazardous waste materials are studied in an independent chemistry project.
Middle School Music
In middle school students choose between band and general music. General music meets once per week and helps students understand the contemporary music they enjoy, as well as exploring the history of music genres. In addition, students learn to play a variety of instruments. Band meets twice per week. Students learn and rehearse various concert pieces and perform both a Christmas and spring concert. Students are well-prepared for high school band.
Middle School Physical Education
Middle school physical education provides students with a vision of the importance of physical activity in their lives. Students are taught the skills needed to lead a healthy lifestyle; they have bi-weekly opportunities to cultivate this vision and develop skills in a fun, supportive atmosphere. A multi-activity approach provides students with the opportunity to participate, learn skills and strategies, and gain knowledge of individual and team sports. Some common physical education units include flag football, basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, and track.