Middle School

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Welcome Letter

This is an exciting time to be a Lake Worth Christian School Defender! As we enter into our 60th year of Growing Christian Leaders it is evident that God’s hand is on our school! World changers in many arenas have traversed the same paths our middle schoolers are now walking! They have been challenged to live lives of integrity and excellence in the very classrooms, courts and fields that our students now occupy! 

The Defender family now extends to every corner of the United States and beyond with leaders in the fields of medicine, ministry, law, business and countless other noble pursuits. They have honed their skills and knowledge, birthed here, in prestigious universities and academies throughout the world! It is truly amazing to see how God has used Lake Worth Christian School to take His redemptive love to the world...AND He’s not done! 

I believe our children are next in line to be world changers! 

Our pursuit is to partner with you (families) and the local church to raise up our children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). When we do this, our children further establish the great tradition of our unique school! Growing Christian Leaders is not just our motto, it’s our legacy!  God has certainly been good to Lake Worth Christian School and I believe EVEN BETTER days are ahead!

Sincerely,

Phillip Harrelson

Campus Pastor


 

 Middle School academics

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Middle School PROGRAM

Grades 6-8

The Middle School is a structured yet relaxed environment where each student is challenged through world-life Christian instruction. The students challenge authority and crave acceptance and approval by their peers. Each student will develop habits of positive, productive behavior, both as a student and as a Christian citizen. While work will be presented in ways appropriate to the developmental age and learning style of the students, a high expectation will be held for all. The students are taught a strong base of skills and knowledge to last a lifetime. The Middle School philosophy emphasizes a variety of subject material through electives. This is different from a junior high approach in which everything is taught on a mini-high school approach.

In preparation for the transition to high school, faculty and staff work together to nurture and develop students' academic, personal, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth. The reading and foreign language option is expanded while the offering of a wide range of electives gives the students opportunity to better understand social challenges and individual choices. Electives which are offered include Art, Drama, Spanish, Home Economics, Chorus, Band, Yearbook, and Physical Education/Health. Various classes include community service projects that reach outward into the neighborhood.

History/Social Studies

Sixth grade Social Studies includes the study of Western history Middle Eastern civilizations to the Middle Ages. There is a particular emphasis on the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. Specialized projects accompany each unit. Seventh graders study World Geography using research and critical thinking skills. Eighth graders study American history from the Colonial period to the present. Various projects and a research paper culminate their study.

Language Arts

Literature provides the basis for the Middle School Language Arts curriculum. The teaching and learning of reading and literary skills are used, including analyzing, evaluation, and responding to text. Text consists of fiction in all genres nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Students will also read novels throughout the year to enhance their study of theme and genre. Grammar, writing, spelling, and vocabulary skills are derived through explicit instruction. Sixth grade specifically uses accelerated reading in their evaluation of novels read in their classes including individual and group work

Math

Middle School Math is a transition from the basic operations to preparation for algebra. Sixth graders review the basic operations while working with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Seventh graders are introduced to basic algebra concepts and problem solving. Eighth graders build a solid foundation for high school algebra. Students are placed in classes that challenge them at their ability level. This means that some students will be working with material that is a year above their current grade level concluding with some eighth graders completing the first course of high school algebra.

Science

The sixth grade begins with an introduction to the scientific method and incorporating this method into their classes. Students spend this year with an introduction to life science, earth science, and physical science. Topics which are well studied include environmental science, motion, forces, and energy, as well as weather and climate. The seventh grade studies are based on a year of life science including populations and ecosystems. Classification becomes our next field of study with a look into the unseen world: bacteria, viruses, molds, and fungi. The students utilize this unit to become familiar with the microscope. Our study then progresses towards the plant and animal kingdoms. Our year comes to a close with an introduction to genetics. The eighth grade emphasizes earth and space. The curriculum touches on most aspects of the earth, such as ecology, geology, weather and climate, and the Earth's waters. The course discusses how life and the Earth have changed. Also, the students will be utilizing a "hands on" approach in dealing with the experiments in the class.

Bible

The Middle School Bible curriculum is based on the Christian Schools International (CSI) curriculum. The sixth grade students study the creation of people and earth to the beginning of the kings. Seventh grade students finish the study of the Old Testament and eighth grade students study the New Testament as well as church history. We require that students not only study the curriculum, but apply that knowledge of the Bible to the world in which they live. Videos, research, and trips to the assisted living facilities compliment this curriculum.


Iowa Test Results

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 Media Resource Center

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Welcome to the Media Resource Center

Our mission is to form connections with the classroom and help our students become lifelong learners.

The Media Center is open 7:30AM – 3:30PM throughout the school year.


Library Resources

Check out the Library of Congress Web Page for many links to help you in writing research papers: https://catalog.loc.gov. This library contains 17 million catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections.

Also, check out the Palm Beach County Web Page for many links to help you in writing research papers

Other Library Web Sites that you may find helpful, just click on logo:


 

Fine Arts

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Music Performance ClAsses

The Fine Arts department at Lake Worth Christian School offers performance based classes in both vocal and instrumental education. Recognizing that talent is a gift from God, students are encouraged to develop those talents through participation in music classes. Instrumental music classes offered are Beginning and Advanced band for 6th grade students and Concert Band for 7th-12th grade students. Through mandatory participation in one of the Sixth grade bands, students are able to discover and develop their instrumental music skills on their chosen instrument in addition to studying elements of formal music theory. Students in the 7th-12th are given the opportunity to further develop their skills through a wide range of musical styles. Concert Chorus is offered to students in the 7th-12th grades. Students will focus on developing their vocal skills by studying a wide repertoire of significant vocal literature. Jubilate, our auditioned show choir, is selected from Concert Chorus members in the 9th-12th grades. The show choir meets weekly as an extracurricular activity.

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Middle School Play

Each Spring, students in the 6th-8th grades are invited to audition to be a part of a musical theater production. Through participation in the production, students will gain knowledge and experience in the many elements of a dramatic production. Students are coached in the development of their acting, singing, and choreographic dance skills in a nurturing environment. Participation in the middle school play is an excellent opportunity for a student to develop their theatrical skills. Past shows have included Schoolhouse Rock Jr. Aladdin Jr., and Annie Jr.

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