Abstract Art

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  • ART3MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Abstract Art is an introduction to all the fun that abstract art entails. Students will learn about the artists that bring abstract art to life and develop their own fun ways to create their own projects. Abstract art will challenge the students to dig deep into their creativity and communicate in personal and impactful ways through their artwork. Topics include: color theory, composition, depth, movement, abstraction, paint application, and collage.

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Academic Reinforcement (Athletes)

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  • English
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Providing support and guidance for outside of the classroom to enhance subject matter and ensure mastery of content.

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Advanced PE

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  • PEADV2
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

During this course students will be familiarized with all physical components of fitness. Once students have mastered the components, they will be challenged to create different ways to practice the components (team sports, HIIT training, aerobics, etc.).

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Art

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  • ART1
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is a general art class where students learn a variety of different mediums and art techniques, while encouraging to strengthen their creativity and love for art. Please note that students are not permitted to repeat the course once they have earned the credits.

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Art & Science of Agriculture

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  • Science, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course will foster the wonder and amazement of how people use the God’s miracle of nature to clothe and feed the world. Using hands-on approaches, students will learn the basic principles of agriculture as related to the environment, natural resources, and food science. Students will also learn the history of agriculture to garner a better understanding of current agriculture practices. Quizzes and projects will be the primary tools of assessment with limited homework. Participation in FFA is encouraged, but not required.

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Boss Club

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  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Have you ever had an idea you thought would be great to pitch on Shark Tank?! This class is designed to teach you the basics of entrepreneurship through actually creating a small business over the course of a semester. We will understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and learn the process for selecting, designing, starting, and growing your business. We will also develop a well-rounded Biblical worldview of business and how God uses entrepreneurship for His Kingdom.

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Boss Club

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  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Have you ever had an idea you thought would be great to pitch on Shark Tank?! This class is designed to teach you the basics of entrepreneurship through actually creating a small business over the course of a semester. We will understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and learn the process for selecting, designing, starting, and growing your business. We will also develop a well-rounded Biblical worldview of business and how God uses entrepreneurship for His Kingdom.

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Chess

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  • CHESS
  • History, Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

A beginners introduction to Chess, including history, notation and essential strategy.

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Chess

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  • History, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

A beginners introduction to Chess, including history, notation and essential strategy.

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Childrens’ Ministry

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn to cultivate a heart for serving the children in their local churches. They will develop the skills needed to create and present short Bible lessons, games, worship, and Bible memory activities for pre-k and elementary students. We will even be able to use these skills to minister to our own elementary students here at GCS!

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Christian Development

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  • Bible
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course exposes students to foundational principles of discipleship as found in both the Old and New Testaments. Students will grow in their understanding of the gospel, their identity in Christ, and the call of the Great Commission.

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Classical Dance & Ballet (Girls)

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  • Fine Arts, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Expose students to the classical foundations and techniques associated with ballet and familiarize them with some of the aspects of the fine arts. Teaches dance as a discipline with correct form, stretching to enhance muscle flexibility and proper engagement of fine motor skills.

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Couch to 5k

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  • 5K
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Running isn’t your thing? Then this class is for you! Couch to 5k is a program designed to train complete beginners to run a 5k! We will begin with walking, and gradually, over time, add incremental periods of jogging until we are jogging a full 5k! The class will culminate with a few fun 5ks that the students will have the option to participate in, i.e. the color run, a mud run, an inflatable race, etc. Jogging increases cardiovascular health, boosts the immune system, and reduces risk of disease. This is a 4-day elective.

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Creative Novel Writing

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  • English
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will study the craft of narrative. We will examine good writing habits, dive into ‘deep point of view,’ plot development, character arcs, drafting, editing and other topics. Students will learn to use online resources including the ‘Young Writers’ Program.’ The primary focus on the class will be in creating a novel-length work as a semester long project.

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Creative Writing

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  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Creative writing is a time for students to be free to express themselves through their writing. Students will reflect in writing through assigned journal prompts within the structured genres of short story, fiction, and poetry.

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Debate

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  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Do you enjoy “arguing” in the good sense of the term? Do you enjoy thinking logically, and making or refuting cases point by point? Do you simply want practice in public speaking and clear communication? Do you want to learn how to be more persuasive? Debate may be the elective for you!

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Early Release

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Grades: 11th, 12th

Students in the 11th or 12th grade who are in good academic, attendance, and disciplinary standing may apply for the privilege of signing out early in lieu of an elective. This requires a parental signature on the appropriate form and administrative approval.

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Essential Life Skills

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  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Our Life Skills class is a course designed to help students learn the necessary skills for everyday living as they transition from adolescence into adulthood. The course will emphasize both soft skills (goal setting, identifying personal strengths, communication/conflict resolution, proper online etiquette and letter writing, etc.) and hard skills (domestic/daily living, self-care, basic car maintenance, budgeting, etc.). This elective will be primarily participation based with the ultimate goal of each student becoming responsible and successful young adults. We will also work towards CPR certification.

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F.I.T: Fun Intense Training (Girls)

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  • PEELMS2
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Girls, we are going to get moving using music inspired workouts, high intensity interval training, Yoga, Pilates, and more. If you want to work out, laugh, release stress, and have a blast, come and join us!

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Games of Strategy

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Come learn fun new board games or replay classics. Develop strategies while engaging in friendly competition with friends.

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will learn of the choices that influence and impact their lives, thereby empowering the students to live a healthier lifestyle with a focus on making good decisions pertaining to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual choices. Health content will include: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, nutrition, first aid/CPR/AED, alcohol, tobacco & drugs, disease, injury, and poisons.

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn of the choices that influence and impact their lives, thereby empowering the students to live a healthier lifestyle with a focus on making good decisions pertaining to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual choices. Health content will include: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, nutrition, first aid/CPR/AED, alcohol, tobacco & drugs, disease, injury, and poisons.

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High School Cheer

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  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Let’s Go Crusaders! This elective is for the 2022-2023 Varsity Cheerleaders. The HS Cheer elective will participate in planning, promoting, and executing a variety of school spirit activities throughout the semester as well as to work to build and improve leadership and cheerleading skills.

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Intro to Education

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  • Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

The Intro to Education course is designed to help students understand the basic skills and training needed to become a teacher. We will look at the history of education as well as dive into the student’s philosophy of education. We will also touch on classroom management, using technology in the classroom and give hands on experience creating and teaching a lesson to their peers. Another unique feature of this elective is the opportunity to be a teacher’s assistant or “TA” for the semester. Anyone thinking about becoming a teacher after graduation, would benefit from this hands-on experience!

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Intro to Sign Language

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  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This is an introductory level sign language course that establishes a novice range of communication skills. This course emphasizes the cultural practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective.

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Intro to Sign Language

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  • SIGN
  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is an introductory level sign language course that establishes a novice range of communication skills. This course emphasizes the cultural practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective.

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Journalism

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  • English
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students that enroll in this class will learn important journalism skills in the areas of news writing, editing, photography, layout / design and other elements of production. They will participate in the publication of The Crusader, the student newsletter.

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Journalism

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  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students that enroll in this class will learn important journalism skills in the areas of news writing, editing, photography, layout / design and other elements of production. They will participate in the publication of The Crusader, the student newsletter.

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Keyboarding for Success

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

In this class students will be strengthening their keyboarding abilities to help set them up for success in our digital world. We will also be diving deep into programs like Google docs and slides so students can have a thorough understanding of all the many functions of these programs and be able to use them as efficiently as possible.

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Leadership

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

If you have ever thought about running for student government, being a team captain, or just having the guts to speak in front of others, this is the class for you! In Leadership, we will cover topics like team building, finding your leadership style, finding your voice, and so much more! We will work on school wide projects, like the newsletter!

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Marriage & Family

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  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Marriage and Family is a Biblically focused course that will examine marriage as an institution with an emphasis on how – one day – students can honor the Lord through marriage and parenting. Covered topics will include healthy communication, conflict resolution, gender roles, and biblical principles and how they apply to us as individuals.

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Ministry Through Sports

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  • Bible, Life Application, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students would learn how to share their faith through their love for sports, what opportunities are available for athletes to be able to minister to others, and how to be a powerful athlete and a powerful Christian all at once.

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Money Matters

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn different financial terms. Will go over to balance bank account. Will go over difference between stocks and bonds. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of credit cards.

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Nutrition for Health and Disease

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  • NUTRI
  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is a basic nutrition course where students will learn the foundations of nutrition and metabolism including macronutrients, micronutrients, and how these nutrients interact in such a way to support life. Students will learn how proper nutrition supports health and wellness by understanding food labels. The pros and cons of numerous dietary trends and fad diets will also be discussed. This course will have some quizzes and projects.

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Physical Education

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  • PEMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

The Physical Education curriculum for grades 6 – 8 concentrates on the cognitive and physical skills required to participate and enjoy various team sports. This involves the knowledge and application of rules and basic skills and the understanding of competitive play and positive sports conduct – all with an emphasis on participation.

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Praise & Worship

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  • PT
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Middle and high school students gifted and talented in Music, both vocally and instrumentally, may try-out and participate in the Praise Team. Each week during these team members will help lead worship during Middle and High School Chapel.

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Praise & Worship

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  • PTMS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle and high school students gifted and talented in Music, both vocally and instrumentally, may try-out and participate in the Praise Team. Each week during these team members will help lead worship during Middle and High School Chapel. Please note on the registration form that you are interested in being a part of the Praise Team.

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Prevention & Care of Sport Related Injuries

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Injuries are part of all sports! This class will allow students to explore ways to prevent injuries from happening, as well as caring for injuries once they do happen.

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Public Speaking

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  • PS
  • English, Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is an academic course that introduces students to techniques on communicating effectively on given and selected issues. Students will write on self-generated and teacher-generated topics and deliver their speeches utilizing speaking strategies. This course will focus on selecting, organizing and writing speeches, delivering, utilizing props, persuasion, poise, verbal skills and overcoming anxiety.

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Road Trip!

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  • HEMS2
  • History, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Are you interested in maps and traveling? Do you just want to know more about the world outside of America? Get ready to add more stamps to your passport. Your tour guide will lead you as you explore the world from the safety of your classroom. Throughout the semester we will explore the world’s places and cultures through videos, games, and other fun activities.

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Service in Action

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  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Learn what the Bible says about serving! In this elective, students will reflect on different ways to serve others within the school community and work together on small service projects throughout the semester.

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Set Design

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  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Set design is a course where students collaborating ideas and design/create sets for the GCS drama productions.

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Sketching & Pastels

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  • ART2MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn the basics of sketching techniques, as well as chalk and oil pastels. They will be instructed on proper technique of each art medium, and develop their skills completing doing fun projects.

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Theatre

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  • THEA
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts. Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play. Through theatre games and activities students will learn to lose inhibitions and will gain trust in themselves as well as others in their groups. As a Performing Arts student, each member is expected to be at each class time (2:15-3:05 Thursdays and fridays) and each afterschool rehearsal (if they are in a current GCS production) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00.

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Theatre

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  • PAMS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts. Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play. Through theatre games and activities students will learn to lose inhibitions and will gain trust in themselves as well as others in their groups. As a Performing Arts student, each member is expected to be at each class time (2:15-3:05 Thursdays and Fridays) and each after school rehearsal (if they are in a current GCS production) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00.

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Trivia Challenge

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  • MSEL1
  • History
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Think you know it all? You’ll have a chance to prove it in this fun and fast-paced elective. During each session we’ll try to answer questions from a variety of categories including Math, Science, History, Bible, Entertainment, Sports and more. We’ll try a variety of formats so that students will have the opportunity to work on different teams, compete as individuals, work against the clock, or just against the other players. Together we’ll learn a lot and have a lot of fun as well!

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Weight Training

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  • WGT
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

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Weight Training

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  • WTMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

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Word Study Skills

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  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Word Study for those who need a boost with reading and spelling multisyllabic words. There will be a specific focus is on prefixes and suffixes commonly found on multisyllabic words. Students learn the spelling rules around the addition of prefixes and suffixes and also learn the meanings of prefixes and some Latin roots. Exercises include spelling practice, proofreading, crossword puzzles, word finds, fill in the blank, categorizing, sorting, writing help and passage reading for fluency and comprehension.

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World Religions

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  • Bible
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

If you were to begin a discussion with a Muslim, do you know what you would say about your faith? If you began discussing your faith with a Mormon could you explain the Trinity? We will first understand what we believe as a Christian and then dive into several world religions to understand what they believe and to better explain our own faith to someone that is devoted to another religion.

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Yearbook

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  • YRBK
  • Fine Arts, Technology
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to develop students’ skills in yearbook production by providing experiences in selected aspects of this course. Students will learn basic principles in proper journalistic skills, including writing copy, captions, headlines, digital photography, desktop publishing, and using appropriate technology tools for media production. Yearbook Production supports students’ development as writers, photographers, editors, independent users of technology, and responsible contributing members of the Grace Christian School community.

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