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MATH
 

Math (6th Grade)
Students will receive instruction in and demonstrate the ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem solving in the area of number sense and operations, fraction concepts, algebraic expressions and equations, geometry and plane figures, measurement, and percentage. Students will discover God’s design, orderliness, and infinitude.

Math (7th Grade)
Students will receive instruction in and demonstrate the ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem solving in the areas of algebraic reasoning, number sense, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. Students will also continue to learn the importance of hard work, dedication, teamwork, and the significance of speaking life and hope to one another.

Pre-Algebra (8th Grade)
Students will receive instruction in and demonstrate the ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem solving in the areas of algebraic reasoning, number sense, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability.

Algebra 1 for High School Credit (8th Grade)
Students will receive in-depth introduction of variables, constants, expressions, and equations.  Students will receive instruction and demonstrate ability in the areas of understanding order of operations, solving equations, simplifying expressions, using properties, arithmetic operations with positive and negative numbers, polynomials, factoring, graphing (linear and quadratic equations), working with radicals, and simplification of rational numbers.

ENGLISH


English (6th Grade)
Students master previously learned skills and concepts, and they apply them to their reading and writing. Sixth grade students will learn to organize well-structured arguments and use a writing style that best suits their purpose. They are also introduced to novels and other texts that challenge them intellectually and spiritually. Grammar, reading, writing, and vocabulary acquisition are integrated to encourage well rounded minds.

English (7th Grade)
Students will learn to communicate effectively. Not only will they learn to write well, they will learn how to use technology to share their writing, therefore, making it relevant to their world. Students will read a variety of texts to strengthen reading comprehension and for pleasure, developing life long readers and learners. Students will learn a wide variety of vocabulary through reading and using new vocabulary words in their own writing. Students will study many aspects of grammar - learning to apply it to their own writing and editing. Students will also study many well constructed sentences to learn from great writing.

English (8th Grade)
Students will recognize and understand the appropriate uses of the eight parts of speech, apply correct capitalization and punctuation rules in writing, construct a five paragraph essay, summary reports, and a research paper, read and receive guidance in the analysis of several works of literature, and demonstrate a growing repertoire of vocabulary words. Students will learn how biblical principles are part of their learning experience.  For example, students will explore questions such as “What does it look like to put your complete faith in God” through the novel study of “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom. Students will also have the opportunity to practice patience, community, and active listening by working together in groups to solve problems and help each other understand the concepts on a deeper level.

SOCIAL STUDIES


Social Studies (6th Grade)
Students will study of the spatial patterns of the human and physical characteristics of God’s created world. Students will explore how these spatial patterns form, change over time, and relate to one another throughout various regions. Students will examine the cultural, political and economic developments, physical geography, and population distributions for the Western Hemisphere. The exploration of different countries and their development will be structured within the Five Themes and Six Elements of Geography.

Social Studies (7th Grade)
Students will explore and understand a variety of elements in geography of the Eastern Hemisphere, including the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, environment and society and Christianity’s impact on different regions of the Eastern Hemisphere.

Social Studies (8th Grade)
Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the political, economic, and social development of the United States. The scope of the course includes, through the lens of gospel truth, European discovery, settlement, colonization, revolution, and the quest for self-government, as well as the progress of the new nation through the test of the Civil War and subsequent Reconstruction.

SCIENCE
 

Science (6th Grade)
Students will learn about God’s creation by investigating the six kingdoms of life. They will study many topics including cells, bacteria, protists, fungi, animals, genetics, and the human body. Students will learn to apply the scientific method to problem solving, identify cell parts by name and function, explain how traits are inherited using a Punnett square, identify characteristics of bacteria, protists, and fungus, describe characteristics of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and label the major bones and muscles in the human body.

Science (7th Grade)
Students will explore and experience an introduction to physics, chemistry and the changing state of the atmosphere through reading, discussion, observation, labs, experiments, group and individual projects. Students will learn the important skills of using dimensional analysis to solve problems and how to write complete sentence responses that restate the question.  

Science (8th Grade)
This course is an introduction to Earth Science. Students will explore the geology and oceanography of our dynamic planet, the astronomy of our expansive universe, and environmental issues.

BIBLE
 

Bible (6th Grade)
Through the student’s study in the Gospel of John students will experience the life of Jesus Christ in a new and more meaningful way. Their study through the biblical record will be enhanced through various forms of media allowing for the development of skills in note taking and discussion.

Bible (7th Grade)
Students will learn how the Bible divisions relate, the context of each part, and how they fit into God's overall scheme of events. Students study passages that relate to what they are going through in their personal walk with God. They learn how to apply biblical principles that will impact their daily life. It also challenges them to examine their lives and make a personal commitment to Christ.

Bible (8th Grade)
Students will personally apply the Christian faith, which is necessary for each individual believer in the academic sense but also the spiritual sense.  This application process centers on the following areas of study: Shield of Faith (worldview formulation) understanding what the key values are for followers of Christ; Sword of the Spirit (biblical literacy), the process of learning how to read, study, and understand the Bible in a deep analytical way; Breastplate of Righteousness (apologetics), the process of learning how to understand and know that the Bible is true, and how to formulate a defense of it; Gospel of Peace (evangelism), how to be bold, courageous, and knowledgeable in ministering to the world.

ENRICHMENT CLASSES
 

Physical Education (6th Grade)
Students will appreciate their body is a marvelous gift from God, understand their responsibility to maintain an  active and healthy lifestyle, and develop fundamental physical, social, and fitness-related skills by participating in individual and cooperative games. Physical education equips us to use our bodies to glorify and serve God.

Creative Writing (6th Grade)
Students will learn to enjoy the art of written language. Whether they are writing about what it is like to walk on their hands or creating their very own city, students will hone their writing skills while letting their creativity flow in a way they don't often experience.

Art (6th,7th, 8th Grade)
Students will learn about the Elements of Art and how to incorporate them into the Principles of Design, while learning various art techniques.  Art History along with artists and art styles will also be incorporated into each lesson. Students will learn to critically think and problem solve with the unique ability God gave to each one of them individually as they create his/her original art works.

Health (7th Grade)
Christians have a unique opportunity to serve God by being caretakers of their bodies. A biblical-based view of healthcare makes the Christian a fit servant. Topics include basic health, mental and social health, nutrition, exercise, safety, first aid, personal hygiene, growth and development, drugs-alcohol-tobacco.

Vocal Music (7th & 8th Grade)
Students will be introduced in vocal performance in a choral setting. Students will sing a varied repertoire as they develop their vocal skills. The course is open to any student who has an interest in the study of choral music. Performances will be throughout the year.

Band (6th Grade)
Students have an opportunity to try many of the instruments OCS has to offer and will start to master one of these instruments during 6th grade band. Students do not need any prior musical knowledge to be in band. Students go from brand new musician to performing a Christmas and Spring concert during this class.

Band (7th Grade)
As students increase the musical skills learned in 6th grade, students will participate in concerts and contest performances. District Solo and Ensemble contest provides an opportunity to show your individual musical talent. A variety of music will be learned and performed. Students will be assessed through daily participation, practice and homework, musicianship skills including music theory and preparedness. Regular rehearsal, sectional and concert attendance and practice are required.

Band (8th Grade)
You will continue to advance your musical skills, participate in various performances (including opportunities with HS ensembles). District Solo and Ensemble contest provides an opportunity to show your individual musical talent. A variety of music will be learned. Students will be assessed through daily participation, practice and homework, musicianship skills including music theory and preparedness. Regular rehearsal, sectional and concert attendance and practice are required.

Technology (6th Grade)
Students concentrate on learning keyboarding by touch. They also learn how to use Google Docs and Google Slides. Students will complete several projects including tables, a research report, and a slide presentation.

Technology (7th Grade)
Students create their own blog, write blog posts, and learn to comment on their classmate's posts.  The class creates a Prezi and a Movie Maker/Paint video featuring a Christian song.

Personal Finance (8th Grade)
Personal Finance for Teens is a web-based simulation that gives Students an opportunity to learn about going to college and how much things cost in real life.  Other topics include:  banking, debt management, credit cards, and taxes.

Leadership in Action (7th & 8th Grade)
Students will develop the characteristics of a servant leader as modeled by Christ. They will serve the OCS students as well as the local community through various projects. This class provides students a safe place to learn to lead others.

Spanish (6 & 7th Grade)
This is a basic introduction to Spanish which encourages students to learn other languages and realize that it can be fun and able to be accomplished. Students will learn pronunciation of Spanish alphabet, greetings, basic colors and numbers 1 - 30, and action words through total physical response and games. Students will learn syntax and grammar by creating and acting out stories and completing practice work in class.

Spanish (8th Grade)
This is a basic introduction to Spanish which encourages students to learn other languages and realize that it can be fun and able to be accomplished. Students learn pronunciation of Spanish through memory songs and action words through Total Physical Response and games. Students will also learn syntax and grammar by creating and acting out stories.  This is a semester long class which will include 100 of the most frequently used verbs and other necessary vocabulary - including telling time, describing the seasons, and expressing likes/dislikes, wants and needs.  We will also be memorizing verses in Spanish and learning basic Bible vocabulary useful for mission trips.

Spanish 1 for High School Credit (8th Grade)
Students will be introduced to the same material as the high school Spanish 1 class, focussing on the communication areas of speaking, writing, listening, and reading. This class meets the entire year and offers one high school credit for those who pass this class.