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Crystal Cathedral

Main Service Times: Main - 9:30 & 11:00 AM | Evening - 7:00 PM | Arabic - 1:15 PM

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Crystal Cathedral Middle School Academics

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Designed to develop the whole student, Crystal Cathedral Middle School’s curriculum both recognizes each child’s uniqueness and also accentuates his/her God-given gifts in academics, the arts, and athletics. CCMS students are daily challenged to strive to reach their full potential within classrooms that are positive, Christ-centered environments. Teaching from the perspective of faith, our teachers engage students through instructional strategies that develop understandings, abilities, and social perspectives -- impacting our students’ world-view now and in the future. As a result, CCMS students are well-prepared for any competitive high school academic and arts programs they may encounter.

Sixth Grade

Art
This course is a beginning art class that covers the basics in drawing and painting. Students have the opportunity to learn about artists who have influenced contemporary art, as well as creating and exploring Folk Art. Instruction includes demonstration, handouts, lectures, critiques and an emphasis on creativity.

Bible
This course covers later Old Testament history and narratives of God’s promises to His people. The course covers the Israelites’ journey of faith from the division of the unified Kingdom of David through the prophets. Daily Bible study, prayer, and weekly Bible memory recitation are all key components of the course that add to the faith growth of each student. A required student devotional presentation encourages a personal witness of faith by each class member.

Drama
This course will have students studying different theatre architecture styles throughout theatre history. With research and various writing skills and techniques, students will learn about different theatre genres, and study scene work from each. Students will also learn theatrical make-up techniques, as well as some scenic design elements with projects assigned throughout the course. They will learn various acting techniques such as gesture work and physical / emotional “life” of characters. They will use these skills through presentation of scenes.

Language Arts
This course introduces students to a mature examination of literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing than has been experienced at the elementary school level through lecture, media, and student presentation. In literature, students develop an awareness of author technique and goals. A novel supplements the literature anthology; grammar features an in depth analysis of the parts of speech. A contextually-based vocabulary system is introduced. Creative writing forms the backbone of the Language Arts program at this level. This course is designed to introduce the student to Middle School procedures and expectations, develop reading, grammar, and presentation skills initiated at earlier levels, and begin the student’s personal responsibility toward his/her educational progress.

Math
The course reviews the basic facts of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication of whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Students work on graphing and statistics; algebra, geometry and measurement; percent, ratio, proportion and probability; area and volume; as well as discovering various estimating strategies. This class features a weekly quiz assessing our weekly assignments as well as fun math related projects to help supplement our course work.

Music
This course is a general music class in which students are introduced to music in Western civilization: materials of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, musical structure and design, and musical style). Major composers of each musical epoch are discussed, along with musical examples listened to in class. The course covers basic characteristics of ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, 20th century and modern music. Basic Music Theory will be covered (how to read and compose music). Students will also have the opportunity to perform on a variety of instruments.

Physical Education
This course is designed to help students understand the importance of physical fitness and of developing a life-long habit of regular physical exercise. Where appropriate, a combination of lecture and instructor demonstration, followed by step-by-step, individual and group drills is used to facilitate learning. Introduced are the concepts of cardiovascular and respiratory exercise, muscle toning through resistance training, heart rate and exercise efficiency, motor skill development, and team and individual sports skills. Students also learn about the importance and impact of proper diet on physical activity and on maintaining a healthy body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. The concepts of good sportsmanship and teamwork are also taught as a way to develop a Christ-like character and display a like attitude during competitive interaction with others.

Science
This course includes the basics of earth science, life science and physical science from a secular and Christian perspective. Major themes include classification, understanding how living organisms grow and respond, ecosystems and their interactions, cycles in earth and space, matter and energy, as well as the creationist view of the earth. This course includes a second semester 3-day field study program.

Social Science
This course is an introduction to the history of the Ancient World. In addition to the standard course of studies, learners examine the areas of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Physical, historical, and cultural geography help provide tools and concepts. It also provides learners the historical perspectives necessary to analyze contemporary issues and problems that citizens in those countries are facing today. The students in this class will complete a year-long study of a foreign country culminating in a research paper. The school’s computer cart is often used to assist with research projects and to enhance classroom lectures.

Seventh Grade

Art
This course is an intermediate art class which focuses on refining drawing and painting skills, as well as exploring creative expression. Students produce a variety of work including modern, assemblage sculpture and as a group construct a three dimensional museum dedicated to their favorite artist. Instruction includes demonstration, handouts, lectures, critiques and an emphasis on creativity and art history.

Bible
This course includes the first half of the New Testament beginning with the 4 Gospels and ending with the Apostles’ letters. Students focus on Jesus as the Promised Messiah as they reflect on Old Testament prophecies fulfilled. The course emphasizes Jesus’ life and ministry, suffering and sacrifice, resurrection and ascension.

Drama
Students work on character development, play analysis, scene study, and theatrical make-up techniques. They work on both individual and group projects, some with religious reflection incorporated into the assignments. They create monologues and perform them in class. They study a Shakespearian comedy and perform scenes from the play.

Language Arts
This course develops a deeper and more mature examination of literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing begun in previous courses through lecture, media, and student presentation. In literature, students analyze author technique and synthesize themes, morals, and life lessons, as pulled from the authors’ writing. Students evaluate such themes in light of their faith relationship with Jesus Christ. Grammar expands upon the Parts of Speech and begins to explore syntax and sentence structure. Contextually-based vocabulary expands and deepens. Expository writing is introduced through research papers, projects, and presentations. This course is designed to develop and refine skills introduced at earlier levels, while emphasizing the students’ personal responsibility toward his/her educational progress.

Math
This course is a formal development of the pre-algebraic skills and concepts necessary for students who will take an algebra course. It includes solving equations and inequalities, simplifying and factoring polynomials, simplifying fractions, functions, and radicals. This class features a weekly quiz assessing our weekly assignments as well as math related projects to help supplement our course work.

Music
This course is designed to follow the continuous study of music theory and history that is taught in grades K-6. This course expands the students’ musical theory skills by adding the application of a performance medium from an intermediate to advance level. This course also studies each musical period in larger depth exploring specific composers and their works. While the students study each musical period, they will also look at how music has changed within the church ranging from medieval church times to modern church in America.

Physical Education
This course is designed to help students increase their fitness level, develop a greater appreciation for the physical gifts that they have received from their Creator, and better understand how to efficiently and effectively use those abilities to maintain a healthy life style. Where appropriate, a combination of lecture and instructor demonstration, followed by step-by-step, individual and group drills are used to facilitate learning. Students learn about the cardio/respiratory system, how to prevent heart attack, recognize heart attack symptoms and heart disease risk factors. Students learn the short and long-term physical and mental benefits of regular exercise—to care for the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. An integral part of the learning experience is the application of the basic concepts of body movement, balance, motor skills to team and individual sports to help improve performance, self-image and confidence. The concepts of good sportsmanship and teamwork are also taught as a way to develop a Christ-like character and display a like attitude during competitive interaction with others.

Science
This course includes the basics of biology as the study of life and its Creator. It introduces the functions of plant and animal cells, the process of heredity, and the major parts of the human body and their functions. Students learn about how evolution shapes and changes life within the context of the world as God’s creation. Students also learn about health and how to take care of their bodies. Students enhance their learning through classroom projects and laboratory experiments.

Social Science
This course is an introduction of the history dating from Medieval Times through today. It encompasses events in Europe, Russia, Asia, and United States. It provides the learners an opportunity to understand their place in time and location. It also provides learners the historical perspectives necessary to analyze contemporary issues and problems that citizens and facing today. Every other year students are offered an opportunity to visit Washington D.C. for a week long living history experience. Toward the end of year students complete a research paper on a historical event occurring in the 19th century. The school’s computer cart is often used to assist with research projects and to enhance classroom lectures.

Eighth Grade

Art
This course is an advanced art class for the burgeoning artist. Students focus on the following areas of artistic achievement: drawing media, sculpture, acrylic, tempra and mixed media. Instruction in this class includes demonstration, handouts, lectures, critiques and an emphasis on creativity.

Bible
This course covers the second half of the New Testament books starting with Jesus' ascension and ending in the start of the early Christian church in Rome. This course focuses on Jesus as the Promised Messiah, the differences between Judaism and Christianity and the missionary journeys to spread the good news and start the church.

Drama
Students review character development, and create a character that is an exact opposite of them. They study a Shakespearian tragedy and direct and perform scenes from the play in class. Students are asked to reflect on their religious views and worldview by keeping a weekly journal. They focus on design concepts in make-up, costume, and set design. They also learn the skills necessary for putting together a professional style resume.

Language Arts
This course develops a deeper and more mature examination of literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing begun in previous courses through lecture, media, and student presentation, with the goal of insuring the student’s readiness for high school. Literature explores deeper issues through the perspective of Christian beliefs and includes four novels in addition to the literature anthology. Student writing focuses more intentionally on expository concerns, culminating with a MLA-format research paper. Vocabulary and grammar continue to underpin the student’s daily work. This course is designed to develop and refine skills introduced at earlier levels. Greater emphasis is placed upon writing skills.

Math
This course is a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for students who will take a geometry course and other advanced college preparatory courses. It includes solving equations and inequalities, simplifying and factoring polynomials, simplifying fractions, functions, and radicals. This class features a weekly quiz assessing our weekly assignments as well as math related projects to help supplement our course work.

Music
This course is the designed to follow the continuous study of music theory and history that taught in seventh grade. This course however, focuses on increasing the students’ music theory knowledge by expanding onto basic compositional techniques, and using those skills to then composes melodies. These melodies are then performed and explained by each students using proper music terminology. The course also presents an array of musical examples from each musical period in order to aid the student in the proper classification of works from those different music periods. While the students study each musical period, they will also look at how music has changed within the church ranging from medieval church times through the modern American church.

Physical Education
This course is designed to help students increase their ability to maintain extended periods of physical activity and understand the concepts and application of injury prevention techniques. Where appropriate, a combination of lecture and instructor demonstration, followed by step-by-step, individual and group drills is used to facilitate learning. Range of motion and force application, weight training for toning and strength, fitness program principles and fitness management guidelines are also taught. The concepts of heart rate training range measurement, weight training for strength, aerobic and anaerobic exercise programs are also explored as a way to care for the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Students will learn about the cardio/respiratory system, how to prevent heart attack, recognize heart attack symptoms and heart disease risk factors. The concepts of good sportsmanship and teamwork are also taught as a way to develop a Christ-like character and display a like-attitude during competitive interaction with others.

Science
This course includes the basics of chemistry and molecular structure and interactions. Major themes include elements and compounds, chemical reactions, bonding, motion and forces. Students explore how God set the Earth’s chemistry apart from that of other planets. Students learn about the composition of food and biological compounds as well as trash and biodegradation. Students apply chemistry to their daily lives and begin to understand the impact their decisions will have on generations to come. In addition, the scientific method is used to approach problems and laboratory investigations.

Social Science
This course is an introduction to the United States History. It allows students to read historical content drawn from United States History. It provides the learners an opportunity to understand their place in time and location. It gives an understanding and a historical aspect in at least five spheres of human activity: the social, political, scientific/technological, economic, and cultural. It also provides learners the historical perspectives necessary to analyze contemporary issues and problems that citizens are facing today. Every other year seventh and eighth grade students are offered an opportunity to visit Washington D.C. for a week long living history experience. Students in this class will end the year with a research project on a U.S. President and first lady. The school’s computer cart is often used to assist with research projects and to enhance classroom lectures.

Eighth Period Electives

Crystal Cathedral Middle School offers wonderful year long opportunities to our students who would like to continue their growth in the visual and performing arts, physical education, and foreign language outside of their required core classes.

The students have opportunities to sing in the choir, play in the band, percussion or guitar ensembles, and dance. Students can also take art classes, foreign language, and physical education or have time to work on their academics in a study hall.

Crystal Cathedral Middle school is proud to offer this elective period to our students. It gives the students a great chance to either explore new interests or deepen skills the already posses. One of our goals is that our students try different classes and activities to help them find the gift and talents that God has given them. Our pray is that they use their gifts and talents for His glory in Middle School and as they grow into men and women in our communities.