This summary is written as a guide to inform you of the curriculum at Holland Christian Middle School and give you a sense of what is available to you, as well as what will be expected from you. We look forward to our years together and to working towards our “equipping minds and nurturing each other’s hearts” all in service for transforming the world for Christ. May your years in middle school be delightful, and blessed with transformative learning!

/ 7th Grade Core Classes

  • 7th Language Arts is a combination of reading, writing, and presenting. We discover the power of words that are both an amazing tool and a demanding responsibility. God used words to create the world. And as humans, made in his image, we can use the power of language. In the class, we read stories of various lengths, give speeches of explanation, and write fiction, nonfiction and journals with the main objective of learning how to read, write, and present in a God-glorifying way.
  • In 7th Grade Mathematics we explore and learn algebra, integers, measurement, ratios, rate, proportions, percents, probability, perimeter, area, volume, and scale drawings. We create games out of boxes to learn about probability, then measure probability in a real-world setting with 4th graders from Pine Ridge. We also draw floor plans of a house to learn about scale and percents.
  • ESS 7/8 Math provides instruction in and practice with grade level curriculum such as: algebra, geometry, statistics, problem solving, integers, ratios, proportion, probability, scale, and percentage. Acknowledging that intelligence changes and is based on effort, persistence and motivation, students at times focus on different tasks at various paces in order to gain understanding and confidence. Students are re-taught foundational math concepts in order to make new and long-term connections.
  • Advanced 7th Mathematics is offered to students who qualify determined by test scores and teacher recommendation. In 7th grade advanced math we complete both the 7th and 8th grade math standards. This is a class for students that are passionate about math and score in the top 10% of standardized tests. In the first semester we do 7th grade math where we will explore and learn algebra, integers, measurement, ratios, rate, proportions, percents, probability, perimeter, area, volume, and scale drawings. We make a game out of boxes to learn about probability. In the second semester we complete 8th grade math where we explore and learn about linear and exponential situations, symmetry, geometry, probability, statistics and the pythagorean theorem.
  • 7th Grade Science teaches students that as Christians, we can better understand our Creator by understanding the world around us. Science topics are taught from an inquiry approach, allowing students to become the scientist as they discover and learn. Topics taught come from a wide range of scientific disciplines, focusing in on matter, weather, sound, chemical reactions, light and cells and living organisms.
  • In 7th grade our Social Studies focus is on the Eastern Hemisphere Geography, which allows for a wide array of exploration in both physical and human geography. Students will look at the physical makeup of Africa, Asia and Europe as well as the history, economies, governments and culture of the people on those continents.
  • 7th grade Technology focuses on helping students to navigate their laptop and some of its applications. Mac basics, iMovie, Pages, Logo (a programming language), and some Google Apps, such as Google Sheets, are covered. This is a half-semester class.
  • 7th Literature’s overarching goal is to promote and encourage students to be active readers. This course makes a point to focus on reading strategies that students will need to for the rest of their lives. We will look at both fiction and nonfiction studying skills that will help students with their reading comprehension and analytical ability all while allowing students to enjoy the process of reading. This is a quarter semester class.
  • In 7th Grade Art we focus a lot on our own personal identity and celebrating the things that make us unique: Nearly every project has an aspect of the piece that represents them in some way. We learn basic techniques and skills in various media to build their confidence in their artwork. We also write and reflect on the process and end product as we go, including choosing a piece for an all-school Art Show in the spring. This is a one-semester class.
  • 7th Grade Bible focuses on the life and teaching of Jesus. We discuss the geographic, historical, and religious context in which Jesus lived and taught. This one semester Bible class encourages students to begin to think about Christianity at a deeper level and investigate their own faith.

/ 7th & 8th Grade Common Classes

  • All students participate in Band, Orchestra, or Choir to meet our fine arts requirement:
    •  7th & 8th grade Bands nurture a lifetime love of meaningful participation in music. We continue to expand our ability to play with good rhythm, balance, tone, intonation, and expression as we strive to praise God through music. Students experience band through large group performances, marching in the Tulip Time and Memorial Day Parades, as well as various opportunities to play solos and in smaller ensembles, including the Middle School Jazz Band.
    • In 7th & 8th grade Orchestra we engage with God’s wonderful gift of music. We refine tone quality, intonation, balance, expression, and rhythm, and develop advanced techniques such as vibrato and shifting. We work together to bring beauty and shalom to our community through music. Students have opportunities to perform a variety of music in solo, small group, and large ensemble situations to bring God honor and glory.
    • In 7th & 8th grade Choir we learn who God created each of us to be as we discover how to use the voices he has given us. In our rehearsals, we realize the value of proper vocal technique as we learn to sing a soprano, alto or baritone vocal line. We get the opportunity to expand our knowledge of music theory, study music from different cultures, musical genres, and time periods, and work as a team to bring glory and honor to our God in our rehearsals and performances.
  • The goal of Spanish at Holland Christian Middle School is to cover the material of Spanish 1 for all students. Over the course of two years students learn through speaking, writing, reading and listening how to navigate the vocabulary and structures that are common in the Spanish language. Students learn conversational questions and answers along with common vocabulary that serve as building blocks for their language knowledge. Students who are successful in both Spanish class and on the Spanish placement test at the end of their 8th grade year will move into Spanish 2 upon entering High School.
  • Holland Christian Middle School Physical Education focuses on one main concept, “This is the body the Lord game me–how can I be physically active with it?” We strive to meet that concept utilizing both Sports Activities and Fitness Workouts. During the Sport Activity Units students are challenged to refine existing skills learned in previous years, as well as expand and develop new skills and understandings. The goal of this learning process is to have students find enjoyment in a variety of different physical activities, find activities that they want to continue engaging in not only now, but into the future. Throughout the Fitness Workouts, the goal is to aid students in improving their overall health. Students will learn how and why fitness is important to them now as well as throughout their adult years.

    / 8th Grade Core Classes

  • 8th Grade ELA (English language arts) is a variety of reading, writing and speaking. We explore how we can enjoy reading text to learn about God’s world, and use writing to express ourselves clearly to be agents of light in God’s world. We will study what it means to be an independent and community reader, a reader of poetry, short stories, informational texts, and classic novels. Our writing will focus on poetry, literary essays, informational essays, and argumentative essays.
  • 8th Grade Math explores different areas of algebra, geometry, and statistics. Students will be introduced to linear, inverse, and exponential relationships, symmetry and transformations, pythagorean theorem, and solving systems of equations. Through these different areas, students focus on problem solving strategies, estimation, and communicating mathematically with graphs, tables, and equations.
  • Advanced 8th Mathematics is the first year of our high school math curriculum. In this class students collaborate to learn the math concepts. They study and learn patterns of change, patterns of data, linear and exponential functions, patterns in shapes, quadratic functions and patterns of chance. A lot of the questions in this course are related to real life situations.
  • 8th Grade Science focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of God’s creation, delving into the intricacies of how the parts of earth interact with each other. Topics include earth’s systems, plate tectonics & rocks, natural risks like severe weather & risk management, climate, astronomy, resource management, and environmental impact. Through investigations, discussions, and collaborative group projects students will continue to develop their understanding of how we are to best care for the earth, bringing shalom to all parts of creation through the decisions that we make and the way we manage earth’s resources.
  • 8th Grade Social Studies is a U.S. history survey course that covers from 1750-1875. Topics covered include events leading to the Revolutionary War, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, formation of government, War of 1812, westward expansion, Industrial Revolution, Civil War, and Reconstruction.
  • 8th Grade Bible explores major Biblical themes and looks for applications in our daily lives. Topics such as justice, oppression, God’s Promises, redemption and restoration are studied throughout the year. An in-depth study of the book of Acts is the centerpiece of the 8th grade curriculum where the students learn about the role and work of the Holy Spirit in helping the early Church and today’s Church to live out its mission.
  • In 8th Grade Art we work on building on the skills we’ve learned in previous grades; our projects gain sophistication and higher level skill. We continue to celebrate identity and appreciation of our unique talents and abilities and how we represent ourselves visually. Working in multiple medias (clay, paint, charcoal, etc), 8th grade students build their portfolio of work, reflect on their pieces, write artist statements and researched historical fiction, and also contribute to the all- school Art Show in the spring.

“I really liked the variety of classes offered and the freedom we have in picking them. Chapel is one of the best times of the week for me to just relax and hear what God is saying to me.”

-KATHERINE HEERES ’17