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UNIVERSITY STYLE EDUCATION
Academics

 

Matthew Road Academy offers the opportunity to take as many or as few classes as your family would like. A full course load offers students the benefit of receiving a great education in a split setting of in class instruction followed by continued education in home.

In June, Matthew Road Academy offers available course openings to families that primarily enjoy homeschooling, but are looking to add one or two classes of specialized studies to their schedule. Foreign languages, fine arts, and fitness based classes are just a few of the courses that MRA has built into our school days.

Parent Portal

Parent involvement is very important at MRA. We require all families to keep up to date on their student’s progress by logging onto our parent portal and keeping in contact with their child’s instructors.

Continued Education

All students who take core courses are required to have continued education outside of the classroom. Instructors structure this time by providing projects and homework assignments that should keep students working for at least 1 hour per class hour, at home.

Extracurriculars

In addition to electives MRA offers all families the opportunity to partake in extracurricular activities. These include Monthly Chapel Services, School Photos, Clubs, Field Day, Field Trips, Park Days, Family Movie Nights, a Moms Bible Study, and more!

Courses
2017-2018

 

Click on the course title to view the full course description.

Supplies needed for all courses:

  • Sharpened pencils
  • Manual pencil sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Bag

Most courses will require additional supplies, as well as text books. Supply fees will vary.

Each course requires different level of parent involvement, please read each course in order to learn your role in partnering with us in your child’s education.

Art

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This course will introduce students to art.  Your child will be introduced to various types of art.  Including painting, learning colors, technique, various tools and mediums.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$40 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

There is no required text for this class.

 

SUPPLIES:

With the exception of sharpened pencils, supplies will be covered by the supply fee.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

This will be a fun class for students who have a 1 hour attention span. There will be time for class discussion as well as the hands-on project; the capacity to express their ideas about what they are looking at, and attention to detail is a plus. Class participation is a must.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Your child should be able to use a pencil and paintbrush and enjoy using their hands.  Your child should be ready to learn and try new things.

 

GRADES:  

This class will be graded on participation and effort.

Ballet

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is for elementary school girls who are new to ballet or have had some previous ballet.  It covers basic positions, steps and combinations at the barre and center floor. The second semester will mainly center on learning a dance for the spring “Night to Remember”.

 

SUPPLY FEE:  $5 per year supply fee, $75 costume fee (This includes a costume for the spring performance and a simple costume for the Christmas program).

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:No required textbook

 

SUPPLIES:  Each student will need to wear:

  • a black or pink leotard
  • pink ballet tights
  • a black or pink ballet skirt or shorts
  • pink leather ballet shoes (can be purchased at any Dance Store.  Do not buy the ones from Target that look like house slippers)
  • Girls will also need to wear a cover up when traveling in the building to and from class.
  • In addition, some type of bag to keep all of this together is required.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  This class will meet once per week. Homework is minimal and may include practicing the performance piece at home with a video and studying vocabulary.

 

PARENTAL ROLE AND PREREQUISITES:  Parents are expected to help make sure that the dance bag is packed each night and makes it to school each morning.  Parents are also expected to help study vocabulary words in the event of a quiz.

 

GRADING:

Grades will consist mostly of participation.   Other possible grades include written quizzes over terms and demonstrations.

Fitness

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Fitness is designed to provide an opportunity for students to engage in vigorous, physical activity; gain a basic knowledge of various sports; and develop a rudimentary understanding of body systems as they relate to fitness.  Students of all fitness levels will be challenged and those who apply themselves will increase in strength, flexibility and endurance.  Students will survey popular sports like soccer, football, and baseball; play many different playground games; and develop their own new team sports.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $20 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXT BOOK:  None

 

SUPPLIES: No texts are needed for this course.  Students should bring a water bottle to each class and be properly attired.  Athletic shoes, track bottoms and t-shirts are required.  Jeans and sandals are not allowed.

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: Willingness to try new activities, work with other students, and display a positive attitude will result in student success.

 

PARENT ROLE: Students will only have one homework assignment per semester, so parents have very little to monitor.  Students are encouraged to develop a lifestyle of fitness and will be more likely to do so if parents are willing to engage in regular, physical activity with their children.  Should a student have or develop a physical limitation that hinders their ability to participate in any fitness activity, parents are responsible to communicate that to the instructor.

 

PREREQUISITES: None

 

GRADES: Daily participation – 90% Final exam – 10%

Spanish

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This elementary Spanish course will serve as an introduction to the world of Spanish language and culture. Students will study basic grammar, vocabulary and culture and will be engaged in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The goal of this class is to give students a beginning foundation in the understanding and knowledge of Spanish language and culture.

 

PARENT ROLE: For this course, parents are expected to be guides to independent study. Parents are not required to do any direct instruction, but are expected to support their student(s) whenever necessary. This may mean checking to make sure all the assignments are completed, helping to study for quizzes, etc.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $20 yearly fee

 

COURSE TEXTS: 

None - worksheets will be provided with supply fee

 

SUPPLIES: Pencils and 3 dividers

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: There will be weekly worksheet/s assignments and Quizlet work assigned.

 

GRADES: Grades will be given for worksheets, assignments, and quizzes.

Drama: Musical Theater 5th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course involves an introduction to basic music, dance and dramatic techniques. Participants will culminate the year with several class performance selections to be performed at an end of semester performance in December and the end of year performance in May. Performance selections will be taken from Music Express Magazine.
SUPPLY FEE: $40 yearly supply fee, plus costume/props if needed
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: The text for this class is Music Express Magazine, the cost of which will be included in the class supply fee.
SUPPLIES: *3” three ring binder with ample notebook paper along with writing instrument (pen, pencil), non-slip off shoes, and costume pieces as needed.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: This class will meet once a week. Students are expected to keep up with all magazines, CD’s, costumes, props, and other class materials
COURSE EXPECTATIONS: Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times. Students are expected to put in a minimum of 125 minutes/week of practice at home.  Each student must complete and submit monthly practice logs due the first class of the month.
PARENT ROLE: Students are at an age where disciplined study habits are still being developed through positive encouragement, students’ growing awareness of personal consequences, and how to use their time wisely on both school and non-school days. In order for success, I am dependent upon parents to make certain their children keep up with course material and are ready for class.
PREREQUISITES: None
GRADES: Grades will be assessed through class activities, performances, and practice logs.

Lego STEM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

This course will introduce students to the eight science and engineering practices, including asking questions and solving problems, modeling and prototyping, investigating, analyzing and interpreting data, computational thinking, creating evidence based arguments, and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information. 

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$50 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

There is no required text for this class.

 

SUPPLIES:

With the exception of sharpened pencils and a single-subject spiral notebook, supplies will be covered by the supply fee.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

This will be a fun class for students who have a 1 hour attention span.  We will work to develop your students’ competencies through hands-on projects covering key science topics such as physical-, life-, earth- and space sciences, engineering and technology.  Projects will be designed to help improve students' problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills, as well as integrate the use of relevant digital tools to improve computational thinking.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child should be ready to learn and try new things.

 

GRADES: 

 

This class will be graded on participation and effort.

Piano Lessons

Course Description: This is a once a week private piano lesson. It is open for 3rd through 12th grade from beginners to advanced pianists. Students will learn to play the piano, read music, in depth music theory, and performance skills. Multiple performance opportunities will be available. Practice time should be scheduled at home daily for 30 minutes 6 days a week.

Prerequisites: Students will be required to take year round lessons – including summers. Students will be required to take a yearly music theory exam. Students and parents will need to meet with the instructor prior to lessons to review the yearly expectations and contract.

Instrument: It is imperative that your student have a piano in order to take piano lessons. There are many options available – purchase, rental, acoustic, digital. An acoustic piano is best. However, if you decide to use a digital piano, please make sure it has all 88 keys and that the keys are weighted. It should also have a pedal attachment.

Parent Role: Children need parents to help them set aside a specific time for practice and supervise their progress. Each student will have an individualized practice plan specific to his level and needs.  Students who practice at least five days a week progress much more rapidly than those who try to get it all in within a day or two.  In order for students to receive their well-deserved points, assignment books need to be signed by a parent each week until the child is at least 16 years of age.

Class Fees:  25 minute weekly lessons: $XXX. 50 minute weekly lessons: $XXX. Tuition for September-April is paid directly to MRA through your regular tuition payment(s). Tuition of $80 per month of summer lessons for May – August will be paid directly to Mrs. Fischer at the first lesson of the month.

Students will be enrolled as Student Affiliate members the Texas Music Teachers Association. This provides them with access to state and local events. A description of each event and activity will be provided upon registration.

Event When Cost
TMTA SA Registration September $40
Fall Theory Test October $17
GPMTA Fall Festival November $17
Spring Theory Test (if needed) February $17
TMTA Convention ensemble February $35
GPMTA Spring Festival March $17
Fischer Studio Spring Recital May $20
TMTA Convention Costume Fee May Varies
Various TMTA Convention activities June Varies
Performance/Theory Classes Varies $20.00 or use as a make up
Curriculum and Supplies As needed Varies(average of $35-40/year)

Course Supplies: Pencils! As students progress, other supplies such as a metronome will be suggested. All other supplies will be provided.

Course Texts: Students will need various lesson books and work books that will be selected by the teacher. The cost of books will be added to the statement sent monthly and will be paid directly to Mrs. Fischer.

Violin Lessons

Course Description: This is a once a week 25-minute private violin lesson.  It is open for 3rd through 12th grade from beginners to advanced violinists.  Students will learn to play the violin, read music and perform.  There will be recitals given in December and May with dates and times to be schedule.  An optional solo and ensemble contest will be held in the spring.  Practice for minimum of 30 minutes five days a week is required in addition to theory work.  Students will turn in a signed practice record each week.   

 

Prerequisites:  Students are required to take 10 lessons in instructor’s home during the months of June, July and August in order to enroll for the fall.  There is no prior musical experience needed.

 

Instrument:  Students will need to purchase or rent an instrument for lessons.  Instructor will help measure students to insure correct size violin.  Violins rent for around $100 for the year at one local string shop in Arlington.  It is recommended if parents wish to purchase a violin to consult with the instructor to make sure it is a quality instrument worth the investment.  It is vital that students have a correctly sized and quality instrument in order to be successful. 

 

Parent Role:  Since these lessons accommodate a wide age range, the younger the student the more involved in practice the parent is required to be. 

*Parents will need to ensure weekly practice and support their student in keeping up with supplies, books and practice records. 

*Lesson notes with specific assignments will be sent home each week in student’s notebook.  Elementary students will need parent support to ensure all assignments are completed. 

*Occasionally parents will be asked to review flash cards for music reading, or double check hand positions.  Clear instructions for parents will be included in lesson notes.  Parents can expect to actively oversee these types of assignments about 5-10 minutes per practice day.

 

Class Fees: $640 yearly MRA tuition and a $20 supply fee for the year. Tuition for September-April is paid directly to MRA through your regular tuition payment(s).  Tuition of $80 per month for summer months of June, July, and August will be paid directly to Mrs. Moreland at the first lesson of the month.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a solo and ensemble contest in the spring.  Entry fees for that will be paid by parent and run about $10 per entry. 

 

Class Supplies:  Instrument, shoulder pad (about $20), rosin (included in most rentals), 1” 3-ring binder with notebook paper, three dividers, 15 sheet protectors, lesson books, pencils, access to computer for interactive beginner book recordings

 

 

Course Texts:  Specific theory, etude and solo books will vary according to ability.  Instructor will indicate after first lesson which books are to be purchased by the parents.  Beginner students will purchase beginner book and theory book at first summer lesson from instructor.  Average cost for books is $30 for the year.

Math 3rd Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This course will provide a complete math program for 3rd grade.  Skills taught will include multiplication, division, addition and subtraction, decimals, lines of symmetry, geometry, fractions, measurement, data and graphs, ordered pairs on a grid, time, and money.

 

We will also focus on memorizing math facts to build up a firm foundation for future mathematical concepts.   The students will be provided with concrete, pictorial, and abstract methods as well as the necessary learning experiences to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully.

 

SUPPLY FEE:

$20 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

Progress in Mathematics (3rd grade)    by: Sadlier-Oxford, ISBN: 0821582038

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Notebook paper
  • sharpened pencils and erasers
  • 2 thin dry erase markers

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

The class will meet twice per week and work to be done at home will be assigned each class period to be turned in the following class. Students will be graded on their work done at home, quizzes, and tests.  Tests may be assigned as take home if we need the class time. Parents are encouraged to help with the schoolwork, but not on the tests.

 

Work to be done at home will include practice of current concepts and studying the assigned math facts for the next quiz.  Also included is completion of two sessions per week on xtramath.org.  I will send out login information for that before the semester begins.

 

PARENT ROLE AS CO-TEACHER:

In this role, parents will receive instructions from the classroom teacher on a

regular basis outlining assignments to be done at home, follow-up study over covered material, and

preparation or review needed for the next class. They will also bear the primary responsibility for direct instruction in some aspects of the course, and in monitoring their child's academic progress.

 

Parents are responsible for checking daily homework to an online answer key before it is turned in.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Your child must have met expectations on an entrance assessment in order to register for this class.

 

GRADES:  

Late work will only be accepted on the basis of a valid excused absence from a parent, and under MRA’s guidelines.

Math 4th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This course will provide a complete math program for 4th grade.  Skills taught will include addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, two digit quotients, geometric concepts, identifying fractions, customary and metric units of measurement, ordered pairs on a grid, data and graphs, area, and money.

 

We will also focus on memorizing math facts to build up a firm foundation for future mathematical concepts.   The students will be provided with concrete, pictorial, and abstract methods as well as the necessary learning experiences to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully.

 

SUPPLY FEE:

$20 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

Progress in Mathematics (4th grade)    by Sadlier-Oxford,   ISBN: 0-8125-8204-6

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Notebook paper
  • sharpened pencils and erasers
  • 2 thin dry erase markers

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

The class will meet twice per week and work to be done at home will be assigned each class period to be turned in the following class. Students will be graded on their work done at home, quizzes, and tests.  Tests may be assigned as take home if we need the class time. Parents are encouraged to help with the schoolwork, but not on the tests.

 

Work to be done at home will include practice of current concepts and studying the assigned math facts for the next quiz.  Also included is completion of two sessions per week on xtramath.org.  I will send out login information for that before the semester begins.

 

PARENT ROLE AS CO-TEACHER:

In this role, parents will receive instructions from the classroom teacher on a

regular basis outlining assignments to be done at home, follow-up study over covered material, and

preparation or review needed for the next class. They will also bear the primary responsibility for direct instruction in some aspects of the course, and in monitoring their child's academic progress.

 

Parents are responsible for checking daily homework to an online answer key before it is turned in.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Your child must either have passed MRA’s 3rd grade mathematics class or have met expectations on an entrance assessment in order to enroll for this class.

 

GRADES:  

Late work will only be accepted on the basis of a valid excused absence from a parent, and under MRA’s guidelines.

Math 5th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This course will provide a complete math program for 5th grade.  Skills taught will include multiplication, division, decimals, inverse operations, polygons, multiplying and dividing fractions, graphs, geometric figures, intersecting & parallel lines, customary & metric units of measurement, perimeter and area.

We will also focus on memorizing math facts to build up a firm foundation for future mathematical concepts.   The students will be provided with concrete, pictorial, and abstract methods as well as the necessary learning experiences to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully.

 

SUPPLY FEE:

$20 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

Progress in Mathematics (5th grade)   by Sadlier-Oxford,   ISBN:0-0215-8205-4

 

SUPPLIES:

  • sharpened pencils and erasers
  • 2 thin dry erase markers
  • Notebook paper

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

The class will meet twice per week and work to be done at home will be assigned each class period to be turned in the following class.

Students will be graded on their work done at home, quizzes, and tests.  Tests may be assigned as take home if we need the class time. Parents are encouraged to help with the schoolwork, but not on the tests.

 

Work to be done at home will include practice work for current concepts and studying the assigned math facts for the next quiz.  Also included is completion of two sessions per week on xtramath.org.  I will send out login information for that before the semester begins.

 

PARENT ROLE AS CO-TEACHER:

In this role, parents will receive instructions from the classroom teacher on a regular basis outlining assignments to be done at home, follow-up study over covered material, and preparation or review needed for the next class. They will also bear the primary responsibility for direct instruction in some aspects of the course, and in monitoring their child's academic progress.

 

Parents are responsible for checking daily homework to an online answer key before it is turned in.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Your child must either have passed MRA’s 4th grade mathematics class or have met expectations on an entrance assessment in order to register for this class.

 

GRADES:  

Late work will only be accepted on the basis of a valid excused absence from a parent, and under MRA’s guidelines.

Science 3rd-4th Grade

Course Description: We will spend the year exploring Biology as we work through the text Christian Kids Explore Biology by Stephanie L. Redmond.  Each week we will study a new topic ranging from cells, biomes, and food webs to birds, sea creatures, and the human body.  The student will also be introduced to the practical tools of science in an enjoyable way. During the second semester, each student gets to write and illustrate a story about an animal they choose in their own hardcover book.

Class time will consist of content instruction, some guided note-taking, fun hands-on activities that reinforce the concepts, and review games and quizzes.

Parent role: At-home work will involve reading one short two-page lesson per week with your student and helping them as they fill out a short reading response page which will be turned in as homework.  It is also requested that parents supervise as the student follows a provided link or two of online age-appropriate kids’ science content that is related to the lesson. Total outside class time will depend on the student’s writing skills, but will probably be about an hour a week.

Supply Fee: $20 yearly supply fee

Course Text:

Required – Christian Kids Explore Biology by Stephanie L. Redmond. ISBN: 9781892427052

Supplies:

  • 1 in. three ring binder filled with lined paper; can be shared in a larger binder if it is clearly labeled
  • colored pencils
  • three pocket-style dividers

Grades: Grades for this class will be based on class participation, homework, quizzes and projects.

Prerequisites: This will be an interesting and engaging class for the student who can pass the reading assessment for their grade level and can copy short groups of words in class without assistance.

Science 5th-6th Grade

Course Description: Dr. Jay L. Wile’s Science in the Age of Reason covers the scientific works of natural philosophers from the late 1600s to the early 1800s. Because the course covers science as it was developed, it discusses a wide range of topics including astronomy, medicine, botany, zoology, chemistry, geology, human physiology, electricity, conservation laws, and weather. Throughout the course, the student learns not only about the beliefs of the natural philosophers who made the discoveries, but also how their worldviews affected their scientific conclusions. In addition to the material from the text, students will also be introduced to the practical skills of science in an enjoyable way.

Class time will consist of content instruction, guided note taking, science experiments, and unit quizzes.

Depending on the writing ability of the student, this course will require two hours or less outside of class to complete the at-home reading and review assignments.

Parent Role: Each week we will cover two new concepts and correlated science experiments in class. Before the experiments are done in class, you should help your student at home by reading the assignments together and having them answer the appropriate level review questions from their textbook that are assigned as homework. This will ensure they have mastered the material and can have lots of fun in class with the hands-on experiments! You will be responsible for making sure they answer the homework questions as neatly and correctly as possible and have their assignments ready to be turned in.

Supply Fee: $20 yearly supply fee

Course Text: Science in the Age of Reason by Dr. Jay L. Wile.  ISBN: 978-0-9890424-6-8

Supplies:

  • 1 in. three ring binder filled with lined paper; can be shared in a larger binder as long as it is clearly labeled.
  • colored pencils
  • three pocket-style dividers

Grades: Grades for this class will include class participation, quizzes, completion of homework, and projects. 

Prerequisites: This will be an interesting and engaging class for students who are learning to take their own notes, can pass the reading assessment ready to read at their reading level, and can be ready to discuss the concepts we are discovering.

History Elementary

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

Come join us on a trip around the world.  Each week we will travel to a new country.  We will meet the children from that week’s country.  We will also explore the cultures and climate of the country.  Students will also learn geographical terms and skills.  Each student will have an opportunity to research and present information on an assigned country to the class. Grab your passport and join us as we explore God’s World!

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$20 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

Instructor will be using Expedition Earth: A Journey through God’s World, student workbooks will be provided from the supply fee.

 

SUPPLIES:

A 1 in three ring binder with 8 dividers and a pencil pouch with pencils, colored pencils, blank notebook paper, scissors, glue and a thin dry erase marker.  Email student’s picture to teacher for passport preparation.

 

CLASSTIME OUTLINE:  

During our bi-weekly class time we will introduce a country, cover geography and map each country.  Through books and activities students will discover the culture, people, and land of each country. Students will have a weekly homework assignment on the current country.  They will receive a grade on their completion of the assignment.  They will also be assigned a country to do research and a short presentation per semester.  They will receive a grade based on the research and presentation.

 

PARENT REQUIREMENT:

  • Stay informed of your child’s assignments, due dates, and progress through the year; communicate with me should any problems arise
  • Assist your child with homework (correcting spelling, putting forth best effort, turning work in on time).  This includes providing resources for your student and supervising internet usage.
  • Make sure that your child is properly supplied with all materials every school day
  • Coach and encourage your child, and model a positive attitude about reading and homework
  • The amount of time required to complete the homework will depend upon the ability of the child.  Parents and students should expect at least an hour a week outside of class time to complete the homework.
  • Parents should double check to see that all assigned work is completed and in their binder to be turned in.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Your child should be reading at a least on a third-grade reading level, able to sit intently during class for 50 minutes and be capable of writing short answers in class with no assistance and homework as assigned with some assistance.

 

GRADES:  

Course grades will be based on completion of homework assignments, research as well as class participation.

Late work will only be accepted based on a valid excused absence.

 

 

History: Texas 5th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will introduce students to Texas HIStory through Texas History in Light of the Cross Curriculum.  It is designed to cover the history, geography and government of our great state as well as supplementary readings provided in the classroom:  Texas Almanac 2014-2015, Discover Texas DVD, plus various websites and activities.  As Christians, history is “HIS Story”-an unfolding of God’s plan for man.

Where will your explorations lead you?       Where will God lead you?

 Think- Tac-Toe Projects    Foods    Videos   Jeopardy   Field Trips   Research                                                                                                            

SUPPLY FEE:  $40 per year supply fee

REQUIRED TEXT:

Texas History in Light of the Cross Textbook and Work text

(Provided by MRA through the student supply fee.)

SUPPLIES:  3-Ringed Binder with 3 tabs, notebook paper, map pencils, sharpened pencils

CLASSTIME OUTLINE:

This class will meet twice a week and homework will be assigned each Tuesday and will be due the next Tuesday.  Students will be graded on homework, quizzes, class participation and periodic notebook organization checks. Students are expected to participate, stay on task, and keep up with assignments through RenWeb.  Thursdays involve classwork using the supplementary materials provided by the teacher. I expect 5th grade level work effort and habits!

PARENT ROLE:

*Students are expected to keep all handouts/reading materials given to them in their binder,     neatly!

*Students are expected to keep up with Homework Assignments and always do their best work.

*Students need access to a computer/printer for Homework Assignments/Communication                                    through Ren Web.

*Assignments are due on the due date. Late work and Excused Absent Work accepted according    to MRA Handbook guidelines.

*Help your student learn to proofread their assignments and have a complete heading on their     work!

*Embrace your student’s interests and abilities!

 

PREREQUISITES:

Your student should be able to actively participate in class discussions and activities along with completing assignments on a weekly basis.  All homework and handouts should be found in the binder rings, not stuffed in the pockets, so an organized binder is part of being a good student.  It is a 5th grade level curriculum.

LEARN MORE….DO MORE….THINK MORE….

 

Language Arts 3rd Grade

This class is a 4 Hour course. Each 2 Hour course is $250 hence this course is $500.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

This course will cover all components of Language Arts: reading, writing, spelling, and grammar.  Reading skills will be emphasized, and students will have access to Raz Kids for daily reading material.   Writing will be taught using curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing with the addition of writing prompts and graphic organizers.  The spelling and grammar components will be taught through the Logic of English curriculum which introduces phonograms, spelling rules, and grammar in such a way that students will better understand the how and why of the structure of the English language.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

 $35 per year supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS:

The Logic of English Essentials Student Workbook, 2nd Edition, Volume 1

Available from www.logicofenglish.com

ISBN: 978-1-936706-89-1

Bible Heroes Writing Lessons in Structure and Style

Available from www.iew.com

ISBN: 978-­1‐62341‐117‐6

 

SUPPLIES:

  • 2 inch three ring binder with 5 dividers and notebook paper
  • a pencil pouch with pencils, 2 thin dry erase markers, scissors, and colored pencils
  • Glue sticks

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

This class will meet twice a week for the duration of two hours each meeting. Homework, which will be assigned each class period, will vary in length and type.  Some homework will be completed at home using online resources such as Raz Kids and Spelling City.  Other homework will be returned to the teacher by the next class meeting.  In addition to assigned homework, students should be reading daily and always practicing their phonograms, spelling rules, and vocabulary.  Tests and quizzes will be administered throughout the year.

 

PARENTE ROLE:

  • Reinforce all material taught in class and teach additional material when provided and instructed by the teacher.
  • Ensure that your child reads daily.
  • Practice the Fabulous Phonogram Flash Cards and spelling rules with your child weekly.
  • Ask questions when there is any confusion about the material being taught and check RenWeb
  • Double check to ensure that all homework is completed by the due date.
  • In the case of your child’s absence, you are responsible for instructing your child concerning any missed information.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child must meet a 3rd grade reading level on MRA’s reading assessment in order to register for this class.

Parents new to elementary Language Arts at MRA must participate in a mandatory orientation where the philosophy and teaching style of the curriculum, The Logic of English, will be explained.

Language Arts 4th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This course is a continuation of Language Arts 3.  We will complete volume 2 of The Logic of English, reaching our goal of 74 phonograms and 31 spelling rules.  Phonograms, spelling rules, and grammar will be taught in such a way that students will better understand the how and why of the structure of the English language.  Students will engage in interactive learning as they use their new knowledge to decode and spell.  In addition, students will practice grammar, including prefixes, suffixes and Latin roots.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$20 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS:

The Logic of English Essentials Student Workbook, 2nd edition, Volume 2

Available from www.logicofenglish.com

 

SUPPLIES:

  • 1 inch three ring binder with 3 dividers and notebook paper
  • a pencil pouch with pencils, 1 thin dry erase marker, and colored pencils
  • Glue sticks

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

This class will meet twice a week, and homework will be assigned each class period to be due the following class period.  In addition to assigned homework, students should always be practicing their phonograms and spelling rules.  Tests will be administered throughout the year and will cover phonograms, spelling rules, and grammar.

 

PARENT ROLE:

  • Practice the Fabulous Phonogram Flash Cards with your child weekly.
  • Review the spelling rules, frequently watching the spelling rule videos with your child.
  • Study the grammar terms with your child weekly.
  • Ask questions when there is any confusion about the material being taught and check RenWeb faithfully.
  • Double check to ensure that all homework is completed.
  • In the case of your child’s absence, you are responsible for instructing your child concerning any missed information.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Students new to MRA Language Arts will be required to complete a summer homework packet in preparation for the new school year. All parents new to elementary Language Arts at MRA must participate in a mandatory orientation where the philosophy and teaching style of our curriculum, The Logic of English, will be explained.

 

GRADES:  

Students will be graded on quizzes, homework, and tests.

Language Arts 5th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This course will cover grammar, mechanics of writing, morphemes, and spelling.  Analytical Grammar will be our text to learn parts of speech, sentence patterns, and diagramming.  Jr. AG: Mechanics will cover capitalization and punctuation.  We will also incorporate morphemes and spelling lists which put into practice the spelling rules from The Logic of English.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$40 per year supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS:

You are not required to purchase any course texts.  The teacher will use the supply fee money to purchase the Junior Analytical Grammar Workbook and Jr. AG: Mechanics Workbook for each student.

 

SUPPLIES:

  • 1 inch three ring binder with 4 dividers and notebook paper
  • a pencil pouch with pencils and 1 thin dry erase marker (and replacements for when first marker dries out)
  • Red pen for grading

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

This class will meet twice a week, and homework will be assigned each class period to be due the following class period. Assignments will also be completed using http://www.spellingcity.com/ and https://www.quizlet.com/.   Tests and quizzes will be administered throughout the year.

 

PARENT ROLE:

  • Grade your child’s Analytical Grammar homework with him using the provided answer key. You must commit to sit with your child at the completion of each Analytical Grammar exercise and listen to your child dictate the answers.  When an item is incorrect, you must correct and discuss the item.  Plan approximately 20 minutes per exercise.
  • Monitor your child’s homework and also spelling tests on http://www.spellingcity.com/.
  • Check RenWeb faithfully, read teacher emails, and maintain good communication with the teacher.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Fifth grade or higher reading level.

 

GRADES:  

Students will be graded on quizzes, homework, and tests.

Literature 4th-5th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Strolling through adventurous classical books captures the attention and builds essential language arts skills in any student!  Timeless, living literature is valuable in countless ways, and this creative, exciting class will use well written classic literature as a springboard to learn reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, literary analysis, and even critical thinking.  At home, students will enjoy reading books, completing study guides, doing research, and at times creating projects.  We will use class time to cover character and plot development, vocabulary, literary terms, writing helps, dictations and more!!  This is an extremely interactive class and students will be encouraged to join in class discussions, and at times will present projects and papers to the class. Mainly, students will enjoy learning through living literature. The books in this class rotate each year between an adventure focus and a historical focus.

SUPPLY FEE: $40 yearly supply fee

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore, The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden and Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

 

INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE: Progeny Press Study Guides and all other teaching materials

 

SUPPLIES:  1” 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; pens and pencils; access to a dictionary, thesaurus and Bible.

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  In this highly interactive class, students are expected to take turns speaking, stay on task and on topic, and most importantly to be polite and respectful to both their classmates and their teacher. All homework is due at the beginning of each class as listed on the Homework Schedule and late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence. Students are expected to work with integrity submitting their own work; giving credit to outside sources, especially any Internet sources used in homework assignments; working in a timely manner and demonstrating effort and diligence.

 

PARENT ROLE:  Depending on each student’s reading and writing level, parents might need to help students with writing and or reading during weekly assignments. All parents will better equip their student for success when they…

  • Stay informed. Read the detailed Homework Schedule weekly with your student encouraging him or her to stay on task. Guide your student to independence teaching him/her time management, high work ethics, and responsibility.
  • Check Study Guides weekly. Make sure students are answering all study guide questions in complete sentences and finishing all assigned homework.
  • Encourage your child! Students learn better and perform better when encouraged at home. Celebrate successes and learn from mishaps.
  • Communicate. Ask questions. Feel free to email or call instructor with any concerns or questions and communicate with your student weekly about what he/she is learning and what assignments are due.

PREREQUISITES:  Students will need to read on grade level or plan to listen to books on tape or listen as parents read the assigned book aloud. Parents will need to aid students who are not reading and/or writing on grade level.

 GRADES:  Grades will be assessed through writing assignments, study guides, projects, vocabulary sentences, tests, and class participation.

English Composition 4th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will introduce students to writing while traveling through countries around the world. We will move through units 1-7 of IEW's writing program. Students will learn to take notes from a source text, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together mini-research reports, and compose creative essays. This class is targeted to 4th-5th grade students.

 

I have a knack for making writing fun, your student's love for writing is sure to grow this year!

 

SUPPLY FEE: $40 per year supply fee

 

COURSE TEXT:

The printed text for this course, written by Mrs. McClellin, will be included in the supply fee cost.

 

SUPPLIES:

Your student will also need a 1in three ring binder with 3 dividers, dry erase marker, pencils, pencil sharpener and a highlighter. *Binder may not be shared with other courses.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

During our weekly class time we will work through our new writing assignment together as a class, as well as work through editing skills with a weekly bell ringer assignment. However, the majority of the student's writing will occur at home during the week. Students will often read their prior week's assignment aloud in class and I will collect all papers to check for required elements and lightly spot check for writing errors. Your student will receive a grade for each week's assignment based on completion of paper with required elements. In addition to the writing assignment, there will be vocabulary homework each week.

A syllabus will be sent out to parents with details of assignments due. There will be a writing assignment due each week, parents are required to fully edit and have the student revise a final draft each week at home. The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student. However, expect 2 hours a week on average outside of class time.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child should be reading at a fourth grade reading level, able to sit intently during class for 50 minutes and be capable of writing notes in class with no assistance (approximately 40 words per class).

 

GRADES: 

Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence.

 

Grades for this class will include: weekly in class assignments, weekly composition homework, weekly vocabulary sentences, quarterly vocabulary quizzes and one end of the year final exam of structure and style elements learned.

English Composition 5th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will introduce students to writing while traveling through countries around the world. We will move through units 1-7 of IEW's writing program. Students will learn to take notes from a source text, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together mini-research reports, and compose creative essays. This class is targeted to 4th-5th grade students.

 

I have a knack for making writing fun, your student's love for writing is sure to grow this year!

 

SUPPLY FEE: $40 per year supply fee

 

COURSE TEXT:

The printed text for this course, written by Mrs. McClellin, will be included in the supply fee cost.

 

SUPPLIES:

Your student will also need a 1in three ring binder with 3 dividers, dry erase marker, pencils, pencil sharpener and a highlighter. *Binder may not be shared with other courses.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

During our weekly class time we will work through our new writing assignment together as a class, as well as work through editing skills with a weekly bell ringer assignment. However, the majority of the student's writing will occur at home during the week. Students will often read their prior week's assignment aloud in class and I will collect all papers to check for required elements and lightly spot check for writing errors. Your student will receive a grade for each week's assignment based on completion of paper with required elements. In addition to the writing assignment, there will be vocabulary homework each week.

A syllabus will be sent out to parents with details of assignments due. There will be a writing assignment due each week, parents are required to fully edit and have the student revise a final draft each week at home. The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student. However, expect 2 hours a week on average outside of class time.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child should be reading at a fourth grade reading level, able to sit intently during class for 50 minutes and be capable of writing notes in class with no assistance (approximately 40 words per class).

 

GRADES: 

Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence.

 

Grades for this class will include: weekly in class assignments, weekly composition homework, weekly vocabulary sentences, quarterly vocabulary quizzes and one end of the year final exam of structure and style elements learned.

Ballet

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This class is for elementary/intermediate girls who are new to ballet or have had some previous ballet.  It covers basic positions, steps and combinations at the barre and center floor. The second semester will mainly center on learning a dance for the spring “Night to Remember”.

SUPPLY FEE:  $5 per year supply fee, $75 costume fee (This includes a costume for the spring performance and a simple costume for the Christmas program).

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:No required textbook

 

SUPPLIES:  Each student will need to wear:

  • a black or pink leotard
  • pink ballet tights
  • a black or pink ballet skirt or shorts
  • pink leather ballet shoes (can be purchased at any Dance Store.  Do not buy the ones from Target that look like house slippers)
  • Girls will also need to wear a cover up when traveling in the building to and from class.
  • In addition, some type of bag to keep all of this together is required.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  This class will meet once per week. Homework is minimal and may include practicing the performance piece at home with a video and studying vocabulary.

 

PARENTAL ROLE AND PREREQUISITES:  Parents are expected to help make sure that the dance bag is packed each night and makes it to school each morning.  Parents are also expected to help study vocabulary words in the event of a quiz.

 

GRADING:

Grades will consist mostly of participation.   Other possible grades include written quizzes over terms and demonstrations.

 

 

 

Drama: Musical Theater 6th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course involves an introduction to basic music, dance and dramatic techniques. Participants will culminate the year with several class performance selections to be performed at an end of semester performance in December and the end of year performance in May. Performance selections will be taken from Music Express Magazine

SUPPLY FEE: $40 yearly supply fee, plus costume/props if needed

COURSE TEXTS: The text for this class is Music Express Magazine http://www.musicexpressmagazine.com/aboutMusicExpress.jsp Each student will receive a magazine every 2-months and the cost of which will be included in the class supply fee.

SUPPLIES: *3” three ring binder with ample notebook paper along with writing instrument (pen, pencil), non-slip off shoes

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: This class will meet once a week. Students are expected to keep up with all magazines, CD’s, costumes, props, and other class materials

Class Interaction: participating and interacting in class lessons as well as regular attendance.
Home Practice: Students will need to practice dancing and singing the assigned songs at home each week
Students will be responsible for learning musical and theatrical terminology.

GRADES:

Grades for this course will be computed on the following basis:

– Daily Interaction: 40%

– Terminology Exams: 15%

– Home Practice Logs: 20%

– Performance Participation: 25%

PARENTAL ROLE AND PREREQUISITES: Students are at an age where disciplined study habits are still being developed through positive encouragement, students’ growing awareness of personal consequences, and how to use their time wisely on both school and non-school days. In order for success, I am dependent upon parents to make certain their children keep up with course material and are ready for class.

LATE WORK: All homework is due on the date assigned. Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence as certified by administration.

Drawing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this course, students will be instructed in line, shape and color, with an emphasis on observational drawing using various mediums. Subjects will include birds, still life, wild life and a self-directed project at the end of the semester. Students are required to do weekly sketches as homework.

SUPPLY FEE: $30 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:  None

SUPPLIES:  Parents must purchase a 9x12” spiral-bound sketchbook, a 26x23” drawing board, a 20x26” (or larger) portfolio, supply box and ruler.  All other materials will be covered by the supply fee. If a student loses or runs out of a supply the parents are responsible for replacing it.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  Students will be required to keep a sketchbook journal to take notes, explore ideas and do weekly homework assignments. Homework will normally be 20 minutes a week with occasional additional time spent on projects if the student has trouble completing an assignment in the allotted class time. Furthermore, students must participate in project critiques giving and accepting positive and constructive feedback. Students will also have a few writing assignments during the year. Students will be required to provide their own reference photos for their final project. This means students will need access to a camera. Reference photos are required to be printed off.

PARENT ROLE:  The parent’s role in this course is to be the course monitor.  Parents should stay up-to-date on assignments to help their student(s) make sure assignments are completed on time. Students may need assistance with taking and printing reference photos.

PREREQUISITES:  N/A

GRADES:  Grades are given on sketchbook assignments, participation in critique, a portfolio review and projects. Project grades are based on effort, craftsmanship and meeting the assignment objectives.

 

Engineering

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

Students enrolled in this course will demonstrate knowledge and skills of the process of design as it applies to engineering fields using multiple software applications and tools necessary to produce and present working drawings, solid model renderings, and prototypes. Students will use a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Through implementation of the design process, students will transfer advanced academic skills to component designs. Additionally, students explore career opportunities in engineering, technology, and drafting and what is required to gain and maintain employment in these areas.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$25 per semester supply fee (5 min/16 max students)

 

COURSE TEXTS

Required Texts and Software:

No Textbook required

Software will be discussed during class and information will be sent via email

Access to Google Drive is required

 

SUPPLIES:

Folder to store handouts (or dedicated space in a large binder)

Wide-ruled paper

Pencil pouch with pencils, pens and dry erase marker

2 glue sticks

Colored pencils

Scissors

Composition Notebook (quadruled)

Laptop computer

3 ring binder (for portfolio)

Scientific Calculator

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

Our class time will consist of both lecture and engineering projects, which enriches the learning experience by supporting the concepts studied.  Students will be maintaining an engineering notebook with notes, research, brainstorming, sketches, etc.  In addition, students will be responsible for building a portfolio throughout the year. Tests will be taken at home with parent supervision approximately every five or six weeks, but much of the learning, and subsequent grading, will be project based.  The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student.  However, expect 45 minutes a day on average outside of class time.

 

Projects and robotics competitions may require additional class meetings throughout each semester. Students unable to attend will be given alternative assignments to replace those participation grades.
A syllabus will be kept up to date on Renweb.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

An interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

 

 

 

 

PARENT ROLE

While the goal in middle school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed. Know your student’s assignments and when they are due.  Time management and prioritizing tasks are skills students are developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes become more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.  Also, if you show an interest in engineering, your child may develop an even greater interest in the subject and the wonders of God’s creation.
  • Be encouraging.  Engineering can be intimidating, especially as we begin to add math throughout the year.  Consistently give your child positive feedback in regards to his or her effort.

 

ABSENCES AND MAKE UP WORK

All absences will be unexcused until a sick day form has been completed and turned in. This form should be turned in when your student returns to school into the MRA office. This form can be found in the office and online at the MRA website under Resources. MRA requires all work to be completed and brought back to class upon return from the absence. For each excused absence, one day of grace is given on homework that is due upon returning. However, remember that your student’s class is moving forward and this work may be pertinent to their studies. Unexcused absences will be assessed normal late penalties.

 

In the event of vacations, academic or extracurricular activities like debate or drama, an advanced absence form must be completed and turned into MRA a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the absence (this can be found on the MRA website under Resources) and all work due during the absence must be submitted no later than the original due date.

 

LATE WORK

20% off the final grade for the first class day it is late, 30% off the final grade for the second class day it is late, and after the third class day that it is late the assignment is given a 0.

GRADES: 

My grade scale is as follows:      100-90: A             89-80:  B               79-70: C                69-60: D                59-below:  F

 

- Homework and formative assessments:              10 %

- Engineering notebook:                                                20 %

- Projects:                                                                             20 %

- Tests:                                                                            20 %

- Semester Final/Portfolio:                                           30 %

Fitness

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Fitness is designed to provide an opportunity for students to engage in vigorous, physical activity; gain a basic knowledge of various sports; and develop a rudimentary understanding of body systems as they relate to fitness.  Students of all fitness levels will be challenged and those who apply themselves will increase in strength, flexibility and endurance.  Students will survey popular sports like soccer, football, and baseball; play many different playground games; and develop their own new team sports.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $20 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXT BOOK:  None

 

SUPPLIES: No texts are needed for this course.  Students should bring a water bottle to each class and be properly attired.  Athletic shoes, track bottoms and t-shirts are required.  Jeans and sandals are not allowed.

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: Willingness to try new activities, work with other students, and display a positive attitude will result in student success.

 

PARENT ROLE: Students will only have one homework assignment per semester, so parents have very little to monitor.  Students are encouraged to develop a lifestyle of fitness and will be more likely to do so if parents are willing to engage in regular, physical activity with their children.  Should a student have or develop a physical limitation that hinders their ability to participate in any fitness activity, parents are responsible to communicate that to the instructor.

 

PREREQUISITES: None

 

GRADES: Daily participation – 90% Final exam – 10%

Lego Stem

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

This course will introduce students to the eight science and engineering practices, including asking questions and solving problems, modeling and prototyping, investigating, analyzing and interpreting data, computational thinking, creating evidence based arguments, and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information. 

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$50 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

There is no required text for this class.

 

SUPPLIES:

With the exception of sharpened pencils and a single-subject spiral notebook, supplies will be covered by the supply fee.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

This will be a fun class for students who have a 1 hour attention span.  We will work to develop your students’ competencies through hands-on projects covering key science topics such as physical-, life-, earth- and space sciences, engineering and technology.  Projects will be designed to help improve students' problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills, as well as integrate the use of relevant digital tools to improve computational thinking.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child should be ready to learn and try new things.

 

GRADES: 

 

This class will be graded on participation and effort.

Piano

Course Description: This is a once a week private piano lesson. It is open for 3rd through 12th grade from beginners to advanced pianists. Students will learn to play the piano, read music, in depth music theory, and performance skills. Multiple performance opportunities will be available. Practice time should be scheduled at home daily for 30 minutes 6 days a week.

Prerequisites: Students will be required to take year round lessons – including summers. Students will be required to take a yearly music theory exam. Students and parents will need to meet with the instructor prior to lessons to review the yearly expectations and contract.

Instrument: It is imperative that your student have a piano in order to take piano lessons. There are many options available – purchase, rental, acoustic, digital. An acoustic piano is best. However, if you decide to use a digital piano, please make sure it has all 88 keys and that the keys are weighted. It should also have a pedal attachment.

Parent Role: Children need parents to help them set aside a specific time for practice and supervise their progress. Each student will have an individualized practice plan specific to his level and needs.  Students who practice at least five days a week progress much more rapidly than those who try to get it all in within a day or two.  In order for students to receive their well-deserved points, assignment books need to be signed by a parent each week until the child is at least 16 years of age.

Class Fees:  25 minute weekly lessons: $XXX. 50 minute weekly lessons: $XXX. Tuition for September-April is paid directly to MRA through your regular tuition payment(s). Tuition of $80 per month of summer lessons for May – August will be paid directly to Mrs. Fischer at the first lesson of the month.

Students will be enrolled as Student Affiliate members the Texas Music Teachers Association. This provides them with access to state and local events. A description of each event and activity will be provided upon registration.

Event When Cost
TMTA SA Registration September $40
Fall Theory Test October $17
GPMTA Fall Festival November $17
Spring Theory Test (if needed) February $17
TMTA Convention ensemble February $35
GPMTA Spring Festival March $17
Fischer Studio Spring Recital May $20
TMTA Convention Costume Fee May Varies
Various TMTA Convention activities June Varies
Performance/Theory Classes Varies $20.00 or use as a make up
Curriculum and Supplies As needed Varies(average of $35-40/year)

 

Course Supplies: Pencils! As students progress, other supplies such as a metronome will be suggested. All other supplies will be provided.

Course Texts: Students will need various lesson books and work books that will be selected by the teacher. The cost of books will be added to the statement sent monthly and will be paid directly to Mrs. Fischer.

Violin Lesson

Course Description: This is a once a week 25-minute private violin lesson.  It is open for 3rd through 12th grade from beginners to advanced violinists.  Students will learn to play the violin, read music and perform.  There will be recitals given in December and May with dates and times to be schedule.  An optional solo and ensemble contest will be held in the spring.  Practice for minimum of 30 minutes five days a week is required in addition to theory work.  Students will turn in a signed practice record each week.   

 

Prerequisites:  Students are required to take 10 lessons in instructor’s home during the months of June, July and August in order to enroll for the fall.  There is no prior musical experience needed.

 

Instrument:  Students will need to purchase or rent an instrument for lessons.  Instructor will help measure students to insure correct size violin.  Violins rent for around $100 for the year at one local string shop in Arlington.  It is recommended if parents wish to purchase a violin to consult with the instructor to make sure it is a quality instrument worth the investment.  It is vital that students have a correctly sized and quality instrument in order to be successful. 

 

Parent Role:  Since these lessons accommodate a wide age range, the younger the student the more involved in practice the parent is required to be. 

*Parents will need to ensure weekly practice and support their student in keeping up with supplies, books and practice records. 

*Lesson notes with specific assignments will be sent home each week in student’s notebook.  Elementary students will need parent support to ensure all assignments are completed. 

*Occasionally parents will be asked to review flash cards for music reading, or double check hand positions.  Clear instructions for parents will be included in lesson notes.  Parents can expect to actively oversee these types of assignments about 5-10 minutes per practice day.

 

Class Fees: $640 yearly MRA tuition and a $20 supply fee for the year. Tuition for September-April is paid directly to MRA through your regular tuition payment(s).  Tuition of $80 per month for summer months of June, July, and August will be paid directly to Mrs. Moreland at the first lesson of the month.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a solo and ensemble contest in the spring.  Entry fees for that will be paid by parent and run about $10 per entry. 

 

Class Supplies:  Instrument, shoulder pad (about $20), rosin (included in most rentals), 1” 3-ring binder with notebook paper, three dividers, 15 sheet protectors, lesson books, pencils, access to computer for interactive beginner book recordings

 

 

Course Texts:  Specific theory, etude and solo books will vary according to ability.  Instructor will indicate after first lesson which books are to be purchased by the parents.  Beginner students will purchase beginner book and theory book at first summer lesson from instructor.  Average cost for books is $30 for the year.

Spanish 6th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Spanish course will serve as an introduction to the world of Spanish language and culture. Students will study basic grammar, vocabulary and culture and will be engaged in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The goal of this class is to give students a beginning foundation in the understanding and knowledge of Spanish language and culture.

 

PARENT ROLE: For this course, parents are expected to be guides to independent study. Parents are not required to do any direct instruction, but are expected to support their student(s) whenever necessary. This may mean checking to make sure all the assignments are completed, helping to study for quizzes, etc.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $20 yearly fee

 

COURSE TEXTS: 

None - worksheets will be provided with supply fee

 

SUPPLIES: Pencils and 3 dividers

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: There will be weekly worksheet/s assignments and Quizlet work assigned.

 

GRADES: Grades will be given for worksheets, assignments, and quizzes.

Spanish 7th - 8th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This one day a week intermediate Spanish course will serve as an introduction to the world of the Spanish language and culture. Students will study basic grammar, vocabulary and culture and will be engaged in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The goal of this class is to prepare students for a high school Spanish course in an engaging and fun way.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $20 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:  Carson Dellosa Spanish I & II (ISBN 044222208974 and 044222208967).

SUPPLIES:  One 1.5” 3 ring binder (may be combined with another subject), notebook paper, divider tabs, pencils, erasers, stapler, staple remover, hole puncher, notecards (optional) and a Spanish/English dictionary (phone app is acceptable).

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  There will be short assignments from each class period as well as vocabulary and memory verse practice. Students will also be required to complete a language lab each week which is 30 minutes of listening, speaking or reading the Spanish language (ex. listening to music, watching a movie with subtitles, etc). Short daily study time (about 20 min) is highly recommended rather than a lengthy study time only once a week.

PARENT ROLE:  For this course, parents are expected to be guides to independent study. Parents are not required to do any direct instructional input, but are expected to support their student(s) whenever necessary. This may mean checking to make sure all assignments are completed, helping to study for exams, etc. Assessments such as vocabulary quizzes may be take-home due to time restraints in class. This means parents will need to proctor, seal and sign each one to guarantee the integrity of every assessment.

PREREQUISITES:  Completion of reading assessment at a 7th grade reading level. Previous study of the Spanish language is not required.

GRADES:  Grades will be given for homework assignments, vocabulary quizzes, exams and projects.

Math 6th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will provide a complete math program for 6th grade.  Skills taught will include multiplication, division, decimals, inverse operations, polygons, multiplying and dividing fractions, basic pre-algebra, graphs, geometric figures, intersecting & parallel lines, customary & metric units of measurement, perimeter and area.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $10 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:Progress in Mathematics 6  by Oxford/Sadlier 2006 edition ISBN: 978-0821582060

 

SUPPLIES:

  • notebook paper  (a spiral notebook to bring to class works well)
  • sharpened pencils and erasers
  • 2-4 dry erase markers
  • Old clean sock to use as an eraser for dry erase

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  The class will meet twice per week and homework will be assigned each class period to be turned in the following class. Students will be graded on homework, quizzes, and tests.  Tests may be assigned as take home if we need the class time. Parents are encouraged to help with the homework, but not on the tests.

 

PARENT ROLE:  The parents will be expected to:

  • check the course website on M, W, & F for any updates
  • grade their child’s homework assignments and review with them any problems they missed
  • teach them any concepts they miss due to absence or lack of understanding
  • contact me if their child will miss a class to receive their homework assignment.

 

**It is important for parents to check their child’s homework because our class moves quickly.  We usually do at least 2 lessons per class.  If I were to collect homework, grade it, and then return it to the student to review missed concepts, we will have already covered four more lessons.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Your child must complete MRA fifth grade Math with a grade of 70 or better or meet expectations on an entrance assessment in order to register for this class.  Fluency in basic math facts (+, -, x, /) are also a must.  Use this summer to review if your child still struggles with this.

 

GRADES:  

Grades will consist of chapter tests, weekly quizzes, semester tests, and homework.  Homework will be a completion grade.

Math 7th Grade

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is to prepare students for PreAlgebra class.   Fundamentals covered are fractions, decimals, percents, multiplication and division facts, estimation, whole numbers, intro to problem solving.   Intro into Geometric formulas

 

REQUIRED TEXT:

PreAlgebra 3rd edition by Blair Tobey and Slater ISBN 0-13-148298-x

Same book as PreAlegbra class but different parts of book will be covered.

 

SUPPLIES:

SUPPLY FEE: $5.00

ONE DOZEN DRY ERASE MARKERS, PAPER, PENCIL (NO PEN)

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  First, students are required to write all homework assignments down in a journal.  Assignments will be written on board at the end of class.   It is their responsibility to write down as training them for college.  Second, all homework must be neat, legible, written in pencil and all work shown.  Third, students are graded on 12 quizzes, any additional quizzes given lowest quiz dropped.   Quizzes given once a week.   Tests are take home following MRA take home test policy, students may not receive help on them.  Fifth, it is a students responsibility to contact me if miss a class to get missed homework.  If I am not contacted a zero awarded.

 

PARENT ROLE:

All Homework must be checked by parents.

Please check for the following:

  1. Problems are numbered in order, problem written out and shows steps to how they got to the answer.
  2. Use pencil on all work.
  3. Please check for legible handwriting, if you have difficulty reading, I probably will as well.
  4. All homework assigned is due the next class. You may find it on Renweb and I will also write on the board. Your child should have written in their planner and this should match Renweb.
  5. Students may receive help on homework but not on tests.
  6. Tests should be proctored by parents and signed after your child completes.
  7. Encourage your child to double check answers.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child must meet expectations on MRA’s math entrance assessment in order to register for this class.

 

GRADES: 

Quizzes - 40% - 10 quizzes

Test - 20% - 3 tests

Final Semester Test - 30%

Homework - 10% if complete entire semester with work shown

(No late work accepted)

 

Highly recommended students retake a class who receives less than 70

Pre-Algebra

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course involves a one year study to prepare for High School Algebra.   All middle school concepts taught, as well as introduction to basic equations, integers, radicals, exponents, fractions review, intro polynomials.

 

COURSE TEXTS

Required Texts:  

Pre-Algebra Blair, Tobey and Slater 3rd edition (may be purchased on Amazon for about $10)

This is same book as used in remedial community college programs. ISBN 013148298X

 

SUPPLIES:

SUPPLY FEE: $5.00

ONE DOZEN DRY ERASE MARKERS, PAPER, PENCIL (NO PEN)

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  First, students are required to write down all homework assignments in a journal. Assignments will be written on board end of class.  It is their responsibility to write them down as training them for college.  Second, all homework must be neat, legible, written in pencil and all work shown.  Third, students are graded on 12 quizzes, any additional quizzes given lowest quiz score dropped.  Quizzes given once a week.   Fourth, Tests are take home following MRA take home test policy.  No help on test only homework.  Finally, it is the students responsibility to contact me if miss a class to get homework.  If I am not contacted a zero awarded on work.

 

PARENT ROLE:

All Homework must be checked by parents.

Please check for the following

  1. Problems are numbered in order, problem written out and shows steps to how they got to the answer.
  2. Use pencil on all work.
  3. Please check for legible handwriting, if you have difficulty reading, I probably will as well.
  4. All homework assigned is due the next class. You may find it on Renweb and I will also write on the board. Your child should have written in their planner and this should match Renweb.
  5. Students may receive help on homework but not on tests.
  6. Tests should be proctored by parents and signed after your child completes.
  7. Encourage your child to double check answers.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child must meet expectations on MRA’s math entrance assessment in order to register for this class.

 

GRADES: 

Quizzes - 40% - 10 quizzes

Test - 20% - 3 tests

Final Semester Test - 30%

Homework - 10% if complete entire semester with work shown

(No late work accepted)

 

Highly recommended students retake a class who receives less than 70

Science 6th Grade

Course Description: Dr. Jay L. Wile’s Science in the Age of Reason covers the scientific works of natural philosophers from the late 1600s to the early 1800s. Because the course covers science as it was developed, it discusses a wide range of topics including astronomy, medicine, botany, zoology, chemistry, geology, human physiology, electricity, conservation laws, and weather. Throughout the course, the student learns not only about the beliefs of the natural philosophers who made the discoveries, but also how their worldviews affected their scientific conclusions. In addition to the material from the text, students will also be introduced to the practical skills of science in an enjoyable way.

Class time will consist of content instruction, guided note taking, science experiments, and unit quizzes.

Depending on the writing ability of the student, this course will require two hours or less outside of class to complete the at-home reading and review assignments.

Parent Role: Each week we will cover two new concepts and correlated science experiments in class. Before the experiments are done in class, you should help your student at home by reading the assignments together and having them answer the appropriate level review questions from their textbook that are assigned as homework. This will ensure they have mastered the material and can have lots of fun in class with the hands-on experiments! You will be responsible for making sure they answer the homework questions as neatly and correctly as possible and have their assignments ready to be turned in.

Supply Fee: $20 yearly supply fee

Course Text: Science in the Age of Reason by Dr. Jay L. Wile.  ISBN: 978-0-9890424-6-8

Supplies:

  • 1 in. three ring binder filled with lined paper; can be shared in a larger binder as long as it is clearly labeled.
  • colored pencils
  • three pocket-style dividers

Grades: Grades for this class will include class participation, quizzes, completion of homework, and projects. 

Prerequisites: This will be an interesting and engaging class for students who are learning to take their own notes, can pass the reading assessment ready to read at their reading level, and can be ready to discuss the concepts we are discovering.

Science: General

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This course is a middle school level science class designed to survey such topics as the history of scientific discovery, scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology.  Study skills and scientific writing skills will be introduced and strengthened to prepare students for high school science classes. We will complete many hands-on experiments as we explore God’s creation.   It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum.

 

Supply Fee: $20 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

The texts for this course are:

Exploring Creation with General Science by Dr. Jay Wile, 2nd Edition (Apologia Educational Ministries)

AND Solutions Manual

AND Exploring Creation with General Science Student Notebook (Apologia Educational Ministries)

 

SUPPLIES:

Folder to store handouts (or dedicated space in a large binder)

Scientific Calculator

Wide-ruled paper

Pencil pouch with pencils, pens and dry erase marker

2 glue sticks

Colored pencils

Scissors

Small dry erase board with markers and eraser

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

Our class time will consist of both lecture and science labs, which enriches the learning experience by supporting the concepts studied.  Students will be maintaining a binder/folder with all returned tests and important handouts.  In addition, students will be keeping the student notebook that accompanies the textbook. Many homework assignments will come from the textbook; these will consist of “On Your Own” questions that will cement concepts presented, along with review questions and practice problems to determine knowledge of the material as well as help in preparing for the test.    In addition, students will submit lab reports for most experiments.  Tests will be taken in class approximately every two weeks.  The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student.  However, expect 30-45 minutes a day on average outside of class time.
A syllabus will be kept up to date on Renweb.

 

PARENT ROLE

While the goal in middle school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed. Know your student’s assignments and when they are due.  Time management and prioritizing tasks are skills students are developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes become more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.  Also, if you show an interest in science, your child may develop an even greater interest in the subject and the wonders of God’s creation.
  • Be encouraging.  Science can be intimidating, especially as we begin to add math throughout the year.  Consistently give your child positive feedback in regards to his or her effort.

 

 

ABSENCES AND MAKE UP WORK

All absences will be unexcused until a sick day form has been completed and turned in. This form should be turned in when your student returns to school into the MRA office. This form can be found in the office and online at the MRA website under Resources. MRA requires all work to be completed and brought back to class upon return from the absence. For each excused absence, one day of grace is given on homework that is due upon returning. However, remember that your student’s class is moving forward and this work may be pertinent to their studies. Unexcused absences will be assessed normal late penalties.

 

In the event of vacations, academic or extracurricular activities like debate or drama, an advanced absence form must be completed and turned into MRA a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the absence (this can be found on the MRA website under Resources) and all work due during the absence must be submitted no later than the original due date.

 

LATE WORK

20% off the final grade for the first class day it is late, 30% off the final grade for the second class day it is late, and after the third class day that it is late the assignment is given a 0.

GRADING

 

My grade scale is as follows: 100-90: A89-80:  B79-70: C69-60: D59-below:  F

 

- Homework and formative assessments: 10 %

- Class folder and student notebook: 20 %

- Lab Reports and participation:20 %

- Tests:                                                                            20 %

- Semester Final: 30 %

Science: Physical

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This course discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. We will complete many hands-on experiments as we explore God’s creation.   It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum.

 

SUPPLY FEE:

$40 yearly lab fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

The texts for this course are:

Dr. Jay Wile, Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition (Apologia Educational Ministries)

AND Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Second Edition, Student Notebook

 

SUPPLIES:

Folder to store handouts (or dedicated space in a large binder)

Scientific Calculator

Wide-ruled paper

Pencil pouch with pencils, pens and dry erase marker

2 glue sticks

Colored pencils

Scissors

Small dry erase board with markers and eraser

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

Our class time will consist of both lecture and science labs, which enriches the learning experience by supporting the concepts studied.  Students will be maintaining a binder/folder with all returned tests and important handouts.  In addition, students will be keeping the student notebook that accompanies the textbook. Many homework assignments will come from the textbook; these will consist of “On Your Own” questions that will cement concepts presented, along with review questions and practice problems to determine knowledge of the material as well as help in preparing for the test.    In addition, students will submit lab reports for most experiments.  Tests will be taken in class approximately every two weeks.  The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student.  However, expect 45 - 60 minutes a day on average outside of class time.
A syllabus will be kept up to date on Renweb.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Concurrent enrollment in or completion of Pre-Algebra

Ability to write a formal lab report

 

PARENT ROLE

While the goal in middle school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed. Know your student’s assignments and when they are due.  Time management and prioritizing tasks are skills students are developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes become more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.  Also, if you show an interest in science, your child may develop an even greater interest in the subject and the wonders of God’s creation.
  • Be encouraging.  Science can be intimidating, especially as we begin to add math throughout the year.  Consistently give your child positive feedback in regards to his or her effort.

 

 

ABSENCES AND MAKE UP WORK

All absences will be unexcused until a sick day form has been completed and turned in. This form should be turned in when your student returns to school into the MRA office. This form can be found in the office and online at the MRA website under Resources. MRA requires all work to be completed and brought back to class upon return from the absence. For each excused absence, one day of grace is given on homework that is due upon returning. However, remember that your student’s class is moving forward and this work may be pertinent to their studies. Unexcused absences will be assessed normal late penalties.

 

In the event of vacations, academic or extracurricular activities like debate or drama, an advanced absence form must be completed and turned into MRA a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the absence (this can be found on the MRA website under Resources) and all work due during the absence must be submitted no later than the original due date.

 

LATE WORK

20% off the final grade for the first class day it is late, 30% off the final grade for the second class day it is late, and after the third class day that it is late the assignment is given a 0.

GRADING

- Homework and formative assessments: 10 %

- Class folder and student notebook: 20 %

- Lab Reports and participation:20 %

- Tests:                                                                            20 %

- Semester Final: 30 %

 

Grammar 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will be an in-depth study of grammar using Analytical Grammar.  We will cover season one and season two which is heavy on diagramming.  Grammar 2 will cover season three involving usage and mechanics.  It is an excellent program in which the child will “graduate” from grammar studies with a thorough understanding of the English language structure and composition. The student will also be assigned weekly spelling activities on the Spelling City website.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $30 yearly supply fee (covers cost of textbook, printing of textbook and other handouts, as well as access to the electronic version of the teacher’s guide)

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:Analytical Grammar – (As mentioned above, the cost of this text as well as all handouts will be covered by the supply fee).

 

SUPPLIES:

  • A 1 inch three ring binder with 3 dividers
  • notebook paper
  • sharpened pencils and erasers
  • 2 highlighters
  • 2 red pens
  • 2 thin dry erase markers

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:   The class will meet twice per week and homework will be assigned each class period to be turned in the following class. Students will be graded on homework, quizzes, and tests.

 

PARENT RESPONSIBILITY:

The parent will be responsible for:

  • Checking  the course website on M, W, & F for any updates
  • grading the grammar exercises using the provided teacher’s manual
  • overseeing that work is completed
  • contacting me if their child will miss a class to receive their homework assignment & teach them any concepts they miss due to absence

**This is a parent involved course.  It is tempting at this age group to allow them complete independence.  For this course, it is very important that the grammar exercises are graded for the student to receive feedback and effectively learn the concepts.  That does not mean the parent has to understand the concepts, only be available for grading and noting questions to ask in class.

 

PREREQUISITES:  Completing one year of Elementary Language Arts at MRA is desired, but not absolutely essential.

 

GRADES:  Grades will consist of grammar exercises, quizzes, and tests, and Spelling City assignments.

Grammar 2 and Advanced Essay Writing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will combine the student’s study of grammar with application in writing and will consist of two main components: Grammar and Essay Writing.  The student will continue an in-depth study of grammar using Analytical Grammar.  We will cover season three applying what we learned about structure through diagramming to now make corrections involving usage and mechanics.  It is an excellent program in which the child will “graduate” from grammar studies with a thorough understanding of the English language structure and composition.  Students will also keep up their spelling skills with Spelling City assignments.  We will also continue our writing studies using The Elegant Essay. The focus will be on essay writing to prepare the student for high school writing.

SUPPLY FEE: $30 yearly supply fee

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:

  • The Elegant Essay: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing Third Edition, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-9779860-1-9

  • Analytical Grammar – The cost of this text as well as any other handouts will be covered by the supply fee.

SUPPLIES:

  • A 1 inch three ring binder with 5 dividers
  • notebook paper
  • sharpened pencils and erasers
  • 2 highlighters, 2 red pens, 2 thin dry erase markers

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  The class will meet twice per week and spelling, grammar, and writing homework will be assigned each class period to be turned in the following class. During our weekly writing class time we will work through our new assignment together as a class; however, the majority of the student’s writing will occur at home during the week. Your student will receive a grade for each week’s assignment based on completion of paper with required requested elements. The student may be required to complete a polished draft each week taking note of teacher corrections. There will also be reading to prepare for class the next week. The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student. However, expect 2-3 hours a week on average outside of class time.

 

PARENT ROLE:  The parent will also be responsible for grading the grammar exercises using the provided teacher’s manual.   It is the parent’s responsibility to contact me if their child will miss a class to receive their homework assignment.

 

PREREQUISITE: MRA Grammar 1 with a minimum grade of 70 or teacher approval upon completion of Analytical Grammar season 1 & 2.

 

GRADES:  Students will be graded on homework, writing assignments, Spelling City, quizzes, and tests.

History: World Empires

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This is a history course that allows us to see God’s ongoing purpose and plan while covering world history people and events during the time period: 1790-1955.   This curriculum has nine study units:

 

*Napoleon and Early Missions*World War I and the Russian Revolution

*Industrialization and the Church’s Response* Fascism and Fundamentals

*The British Empires and Awakenings* World War II and Miraculous Deliverances

*Napoleon III and Christian Outreach* Early Cold War and Renewed Vision

*Alliances and Revivals

 

Come explore the era of the Napoleonic and World Wars, discover the Modern Missionary Movement beginning with William Carey in India, the discoveries of the Industrial Revolution era and the colonization of Africa.  Who was William Wilberforce, Tecumseh, Dred Scott or Queen Victoria?  Join me as we explore these units of study through videos, music, art, drama, science, project choices and scripture!  “The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.”  Psalm 111:2

In this course students will discover politicians, generals, artists, musicians, inventors and missionaries.  See how God’s redeeming love works through His people during one of the most trying times in world history. Students will have the opportunity to choose specific learning activities and creatively share what they have learned plus listen to audio recordings.  This curriculum provides a broad variety of opportunities for pursuing information based upon a student’s learning styles and interests.

 

SUPPLY FEE:  $10 per year

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK AND AUDIO CD:

World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Student Workbook                                                                      ISBN:  13 978-1-60092-647-1

WHERE IN THE WORLD AUDIO CD

ISBN:  13 978-1-60092-647-1

 

SUPPLIES:  One 3 Ringed Binder, 3 dividers, pencils, map pencils, access to a computer

 

CLASSTIME OUTLINE: This class meets twice a week and homework is assigned on Tuesday and is due the following Tuesday.  Each unit of study has 4 phases and the unit map is the quiz grade for each unit.  Students will be graded on homework, class participation, Thursday classroom activities and periodic binder checks. Students are expected to keep all handouts, maps and homework in their binder in the rings!  I expect middle school level work effort, work ethics and always doing your best!

 

PARENT ROLE:

*Students are at an age where disciplined work habits must have parental assistance through positive encouragement, using time wisely and checking their assignments for completeness and a heading.

*Make sure you and your student check RenWeb together and are ready for class.

*Phase 2 of each unit is research based.  Students should cite their research sources.

* Embrace your student’s interests, abilities and God given ways of learning!

 

PREREQUISITES:  Your student should be able to actively participate in class discussions and activities along with completing assignments on time.  Late work and Excused Absent Work will be graded according to the MRA Handbook.

 

 

 

 

 

Literature

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Utilizing seven quality novels, junior high students will begin thinking more critically and analytically about literature.  We will explore various facets of the books including themes, settings, characters, literary devices, author biographies, historical background, and vocabulary.  Class discussion will focus on comprehension questions as well as more thought-provoking topics related to deeper elements in the stories.  Students will also learn the skill of note taking in class.  Summer reading as noted below is mandatory.  Each book will need to be read in completion before we begin studying it in class.

 PARENT ROLE:  You are responsible for –

  • Helping.   Assist your child with budgeting time, staying organized, and meeting deadlines.  Communicate any problems to me.
  • Supplying.  Make sure your child comes to class supplied with all materials and a print copy of the current book.
  • Being an extra set of eyes.  Proofread your child’s assignments for any glaring spelling, punctuation, or sentence structure errors so he or she can make corrections and turn in the best work possible.
  • Staying informed.  Know what kind of work your child is producing and turning in.
  • Asking questions.  Engage your child in conversations about the books.
  • Encouraging.  Model a positive attitude about reading and homework.

 CLASS DETAILS: $20 yearly supply fee.

 COURSE TEXTS:  Each student will need a print copy of the following books by the start of the school year.  No eBooks or audio books may be used in class.  I recommend purchasing second-hand paperback copies so that students will be free to write in, highlight, and mark their books.

 

Tales from Grandma's Attic, by Arleta Richardson (required summer reading)

Mama's Bank Account, by Kathryn Forbes

Heidi, by Johanna Spyri

The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham

 SUPPLIES:  In addition to the books, students will need a 1” 3-ring binder, five dividers, plenty of notebook paper, several pens or sharpened pencils, pencil sharpener.  Students may also dedicate a portion of a larger multi-subject binder for this class.

 COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times.  Students will complete all assignments to the best of their ability and turn them in on time.  Sloppy, illegible, or incomplete work will not be accepted.  Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence.  Students who fail to turn in work will receive a zero for that assignment and a conduct demerit.

 PREREQUISITES:  Proficiency in reading and writing legibly.  Students who find handwriting challenging are encouraged to practice this skill over the summer.

GRADES:  Grades will be based on homework, pop quizzes, tests, projects, and class work.   Late work will only be accepted on the basis of a valid excused absence.

 

Advanced English Comp

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This is an advanced middle school course geared towards 7th and 8th grade students who have had two or more years of IEW (or teacher approval).  The focus will be on essay writing to prepare the student for high school writing.

 

CLASS DETAILS: $10 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:  The Elegant Essay: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing Third Edition, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-9779860-1-9

 

SUPPLIES:

  • A 1in three ring binder with 4 dividers
  • pencils
  • a highlighter
  • red pen

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: During our weekly class time we will work through our new assignment together as a class; however, the majority of the student’s writing will occur at home during the week. Your student will receive a grade for each week’s assignment based on completion of paper with required requested elements. The student may be required to complete a polished draft each week taking note of teacher corrections. There will also be reading to prepare for class the next week. The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student. However, expect 2-3 hours a week on average outside of class time.

 

PARENT ROLE:  It is the parent’s responsibility to contact me if their child will miss a class to receive their homework assignment.  It is also helpful if a parent will help the student edit their papers and understand teacher corrections.

 

GRADES:  Students will be graded on homework, writing assignments, quizzes, and tests.

English Composition

COURSE DESCRIPTION: “Using the Structure and Style Writing Method, students will improve their compositional skills while learning about important, interesting events and people around the globe. This yearlong course explores world history from Gutenberg to twenty-first-century technology.” We will be using World History-Based Writing Lessons by the Institute for Excellence in Writing.  This book will be released in the summer of 2017. We will cover the 9 IEW units:  Note-taking, Summarizing notes, Single Source Reports, Multi Source Reports, Formal Essays, Narrative Stories, Writing from Pictures, and Creative Writing and Critiques. Vocabulary, as well as minimal basic grammar and punctuation will be covered in this course.

 

CLASS DETAILS: $10 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:World History-Based Writing Lessons by Lori Verstegen1st edition April 2017, student book only (IEW).  ISBN:  978-1-62341-271-5

SUPPLIES:

  • A 1in three ring binder with 4 dividers
  • pencils
  • a highlighter
  • red pen

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: During our weekly class time we will work through our new assignment together as a class; however, the majority of the student’s writing will occur at home during the week. Your student will receive a grade for each week’s assignment based on completion of paper with required requested elements. The student will also be required to complete a polished draft each week taking note of teacher corrections. The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student. However, expect 2-3 hours a week on average outside of class time.

 

PARENT ROLE:  It is the parent’s responsibility to contact me if their child will miss a class to receive their homework assignment.  It is also helpful if a parent will help the student edit their papers and understand teacher corrections.

 

GRADES:  Students will be graded on homework, writing assignments, quizzes, and tests.

Creative Writing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Students will learn to create written works that will demonstrate their inner story-teller. They will learn

strategic creative devices such as the development of plot, characters, great beginnings & endings,

narration, points of view, and dialogue. The student will also create different genres, such as a short

story, poetry, fiction, historical, script-writing, mystery, and more.   Students will regularly participate in

an “Author’s Corner;” a compliment and critique session in which the students will have the opportunity

to both read their creative writing aloud to the class, as well as compliment and critique each others’

writing. The class will listen to short selections of great literature to gain an understanding of how

memorable works of writing might be made.

This course earns secondary students a half credit in electives.

SUPPLY FEE: $20 per year supply fee

COURSE TEXTS: There are no required texts for this class.

SUPPLIES:

 A thin, 3-ring notebook

 notebook paper

 sharpened pencils and erasers

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

The class will meet once a week and writing assignments will be ongoing. Writing will be done both in

class and as homework, with student/teacher conferences being held on a regular basis. Class

participation is a huge part of the course: Students will sign up to read their selected works aloud to the

class.  The listeners are required to listen carefully and give positive feedback which includes one

critique and one compliment on paper for the reader to take home and read.  Short class discussion

follows.

PARENT ROLE AS GUIDE FOR DEPENDENT STUDY:

This role will usually relate to parents with children in grades 7-10. These students are at a dependent

age where disciplined study habits must be developed through positive encouragement and through the

students' growing awareness of personal consequences. In order for these classes to be successful, the

teachers are dependent upon parents to make certain their children keep up with the course material

assigned and to communicate to teachers if difficulties arise. In some cases, private tutoring might be

necessary.

PREREQUISITES:

The students must have passed one year of IEW or submit written work for evaluation.

GRADES:

Students will be graded on their writing efforts, editing, and rewriting of their own compositions, class

participation, as well as quizzes. Late work will only be accepted on the basis of a valid excused absence

from a parent, and under MRA’s guidelines.

My grade scale is as follows: 100-90: A 89-80: B 79-70: C 69-60: D 59- F

New Testament

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is an overview of the life and times of Jesus Christ and his disciples, including the history, geography, culture and religious life.  Students will explore key events from the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels, the growth of the early church as presented in the Book of Acts, the ministry and letters of Paul, along with an overview of the other books of the New Testament.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $5 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS:

A Bible

SUPPLIES:

A 1” 3-ring binder, or space in a larger shared binder, with filler paper

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Schedule of homework will be on the syllabus that is given before the beginning of the semester.

PREREQUISITES:

Students must be at a 6th grade level in reading and writing, and must be willing to commit to the reading this class requires.

 

GRADES:

Late work will only be accepted on the basis of a valid excused absence.

 

Publications- After School Club (Only $50)

Every Tuesday after school for 1 hour, students will learn:

  • How to contact Sponsors
  • Writing Newsletter Articles
  • Writing Blog Articles
  • An Introduction to Social Media
  • Filming Videos
  • Editing Videos
  • Green Screen Magic
  • Photography
  • Yearbook Assembly

Publications reporters are required to be able to work independently and in groups. While many club activities will be done on campus, some will require outside work. Students must keep passing grades in all classes in order to continue to work on the publications staff.

Students will be given assignments based on their preferences and skill sets. Students will be required to attend weekly unless an excused absence is turned into the office.

Supplies:

  • 1" Binder with Paper & writing tools
  • Computer with Wifi
  • Printer
  • Gmail Account
Choir -After School Club (Only $100)

CLUB DESCRIPTION: 

Choir will be an afterschool club that meets every Thursday from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.

 

It is designed to enhance the musical, creative and expressive qualities of all students.  The choir club is designed for students to apply musical skills as they continue to create and experience music as a musical ensemble.  Students will learn to master solfege, sight-reading, and sing in 4 part harmonies. Students will express musical interpretation with the use of dynamics and phrasing.  Students will continue to develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences in music from other cultures and the connections music brings to people, places and time.  God created music to be loved and used for His Glory and choir club will offer the students an opportunity to do just that.

 

 

CLUB DETAILS:

$100 per year club fee (for purchase of music, binders, pencils, etc.)

CLUB REQUIREMENTS: 

 

For those wishing to participate in choir performances both on and off campus, attendance will be very important. Student who miss more than 4 club meetings in a semester will not be able to participate in performances for that semester.  We will also occasionally go off campus for performances on non-school days; a club calendar will be kept up-to-date with all upcoming events. 

Praise & Worship- After School Club (Only $50)

CLUB DESCRIPTION: 

Praise and Worship club will be an afterschool club that meets every Tuesday from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.

 

 

This club is for students who love to sing, play an instrument, or are interested in learning more about leading worship. All students in 7th through 12th grade are invited to join us for a time of fun, fellowship, and of course, worship. We will not only learn what is means to worship the Lord through music, but we will also be discussing what it means to worship with our lives. Students in the club will also have the opportunity to help lead worship at Chapel each month if they are interested.

Bible: Theology

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course explores the major areas of theological thought and practice.  Students will engage the Biblical text along with writings from theologians throughout the history of the church.  Emphasis will be placed on reading with comprehension and analyzing the material through writing assignments that enhance knowledge retention.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $5 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS:

Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith by Wayne Grudem (ISBN: 0310222338)

A Bible

SUPPLIES:

A 1” 3-ring binder, or space in a larger shared binder, with filler paper

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Schedule of homework will be on the syllabus that is given before the beginning of the semester.

PREREQUISITES:

Students must be at a high school level in reading and writing, and must be willing to commit to the reading this class requires.

 

GRADES:

Late work will only be accepted on the basis of a valid excused absence.

 

English: American Lit w/ Comp [Advanced] (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Upon successful completion of this two day per week course, student will receive one English credit for their high school transcript. We will use diverse American literature and exam them in light of a chronological historical, literary, and artistic context, while developing skills in writing and literary analysis. Students will grow in their ability to analyze literature for understanding and inspiration. Classes will be very interactive and dependent upon student involvement.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $50 yearly supply fee

Learning Language Arts Through Literature: American by Common Sense Press will be purchased by the teacher and is included in supply fee.

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

Great American Short Stories edited byWallace and Mary Stegner

The Mentor Book of Major American Poets Edited by OscarWilliams and Edwin Honig

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

 

SUPPLIES: 1in 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; several pens or sharpened pencils; pencil sharpener; map pencils; highlighters; ruler. Student may also use dedicated space in a larger multi-subject binder.

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times. Students are expected to take their work seriously, complete all assignments to the best of their ability, and turn them in on time. Sloppy and/or illegible work will not be accepted. Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence. Missing or unacceptable work will receive a zero, and a conduct demerit will be noted.

 

PARENT ROLE: While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role. Your responsibility will be to:

* Stay informed. Know what your student is working on and when assignments are due so you can help him or her stay on track. Time management and prioritizing are skills young people this age are still developing. Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes get more demanding and the work load increases.

* Be an extra set of eyes. Proofread assignments for your child, helping him or her spot spelling and punctuation errors, poor sentence structure, and other mistakes that would reduce the overall quality of his or her work. Students must turn in work that reflects their best effort. Work that is replete with mistakes reflects negatively on the student and will result in a lower grade.

* Communicate. Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.

 

PREREQUISITES:

Student must be a proficient reader and writer who is committed to meeting the demands of a high school level, college preparatory class. Completion of an English course with a B or higher at MRA is required. New students must score advanced on their entrance assessments to enroll in this course.

 

GRADES: Grades will be assessed through homework, class work, exams, pop quizzes, and special projects.

English: Intro to HS Lit w/ Comp (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This two day per week class is geared for beginning high school literature students, typically 9th and 10th graders, who are learning to read and write on a deeper level about literature.   This class is writing-intensive, so not only will we be learning about literature, we will also be building our composition skills:  sentence structure, grammar and punctuation, strong paragraphs, pre-writing skills, outlining, MLA formatting, and essay writing.  In addition, we will dive into a variety of classic selections, and learn about literary devices, elements of plot, figurative language, themes and symbols, characterization, and more.    Students must read each book to completion before we begin covering it in class.  Summer reading requirement is noted below.  Some shorter selections and excerpts will be provided by the instructor and will be assigned with regular homework.   Students must have print copies of books listed below for use in class (no electronic devices/eBooks).

 

PARENT ROLE:  You are responsible for –

  • Helping.   Assist your child with budgeting time, staying organized, and meeting deadlines.  Communicate any problems to me.
  • Supplying.  Make sure your child has print copies of all books by the beginning of the school year, and has access to a working computer and printer (and plenty of paper/ink).
  • Being an extra set of eyes.  Proofread your child’s assignments for any glaring spelling, punctuation, or sentence structure errors so he or she can make corrections and turn in the best work possible.
  • Staying informed.  Know what kind of work your child is producing and turning in.
  • Asking questions.  Engage your child in conversations about the books.
  • Encouraging.  Model a positive attitude about reading and homework.

CLASS DETAILS:   $40 yearly supply fee.

COURSE TEXTS:   No text book required.  However, students will need unabridged print copies - not eBooks or audio books - of the following books (disregard the extensive reading list in the text book).  I recommend purchasing second-hand or inexpensive paperback copies that students may write in, highlight, and mark.

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London*

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewellyn

The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Silas Marner, by George Eliot

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

Anne of Green Gables, by L. Maude Montgomery

Shane, by Jack Warner Shaefer

 

* Required summer reading - I recommend students read this in August right before school starts

 

 

 SUPPLIES:  1” 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper (binder may be shared with other subjects); several pens; highlighters; sticky flags to mark books; access to a computer and printer

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  Students will complete all assignments to the best of their ability and turn them in on time.  Sloppy, illegible, or late work (except in the case of an excused absence) will not be accepted and will result in a zero for that assignment and a conduct demerit.   Students must be prepared for the demands of a writing intensive college preparatory high school class.   Students are expected to participate in all activities, contribute meaningfully to class discussion, take their work seriously, and conduct themselves properly at all times.

PREREQUISITES:  Student must be a proficient reader and possess handwriting skills adequate to the demands of extensive note taking and in-class written assignments.

GRADES:  Students will be assessed on homework, content tests, essays, and exams.  Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence.

 

English: British Lit w/ Comp [Advanced] (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Upon successful completion of this two day per week course, student will receive one English credit for their high school transcript. We will use diverse British literature and exam them in light of a chronological historical, literary, and artistic context, while developing skills in writing and literary analysis. Students will grow in their ability to analyze literature for understanding and inspiration. Classes will be very interactive and dependent upon student involvement.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $50 yearly supply fee

Learning Language Arts Through Literature British Literature (included in supply fee)

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A British Poetry Anthology 2012 Common Sense Press

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

The Time Machine by HG Wells

 

SUPPLIES: 1in 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; several pens or sharpened pencils; pencil sharpener; map pencils; highlighters; ruler. Student may also use dedicated space in a larger multi-subject binder.

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times. Students are expected to take their work seriously, complete all assignments to the best of their ability, and turn them in on time. Sloppy and/or illegible work will not be accepted. Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence. Missing or unacceptable work will receive a zero, and a conduct demerit will be noted.

 

PARENT ROLE: While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role. Your responsibility will be to:

* Stay informed. Know what your student is working on and when assignments are due so you can help him or her stay on track. Time management and prioritizing are skills young people this age are still developing. Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes get more demanding and the work load increases.

* Be an extra set of eyes. Proofread assignments for your child, helping him or her spot spelling and punctuation errors, poor sentence structure, and other mistakes that would reduce the overall quality of his or her work. Students must turn in work that reflects their best effort. Work that is replete with mistakes reflects negatively on the student and will result in a lower grade.

* Communicate. Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.

 

PREREQUISITES: This class is an upper level high school course designed for Juniors and Seniors. Student must be a proficient reader and writer who is committed to meeting the demands of a high school level, college preparatory class. Students must have completed a minimum of 2-years of High school English courses.

 

GRADES: Grades will be assessed through homework, class work, exams, pop quizzes, and special projects.

English: Formal Writing & Amer. Lit (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  A comprehensive high school English course weaving literature, reading comprehension, formal writing, and grammar into one class. Students will read a scope of American literature and poetry and learn basic literary analysis and formal writing skills while interacting with vocabulary and reviewing grammar. As an introduction to formal writing, this course will teach paragraph formation then transition into forming a thesis and a basic 5-paragraph essay. Formal writing basics will be reinforced throughout the year; format will be taught using Jensen’s Format Writing as a base. This course is for the serious, dedicated student possessing an excellent independent work ethic. By moving quickly, yet going deep, students will be more prepared to read, write and speak clearly and eloquently by the end of the year.

SUPPLY FEE: $50 yearly supply fee

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:  A Writers Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions by Victor Pellegrino; Unabridged copies of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Narrative of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave by Frederick Douglas, The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

 

INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE: Progeny Press Study Guides along with a book of poetry and a Class Notebook complete with all relevant handouts, teaching points and reference pages for grammar and writing instruction along with vocabulary words and definitions.

 

SUPPLIES:  1” 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; pens and pencils; access to a computer and printer, dictionary, thesaurus and Bible.

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  In this highly interactive class, students are expected to take turns speaking, stay on task and on topic, and most importantly to be polite and respectful to both their classmates and their teacher. All homework is due at the beginning of each class as listed on the Homework Schedule and late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence. Students are expected to work with integrity submitting their own work; giving credit to outside sources, especially any Internet sources used in homework assignments; working in a timely manner and demonstrating effort and diligence.

 

PARENT ROLE:  While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role. Your responsibility will be to…

 

  • Stay informed. Read the detailed Homework Schedule weekly with your student encouraging him or her to stay on task. Guide your student to independence teaching him/her time management, high work ethics, and responsibility.
  • Be an extra set of eyes and ears. Proofread your student’s assignments and encourage your student to edit and read aloud his/her writing assignments, helping him/her spot spelling and punctuation errors, poor sentence structure, and simple typos and mistakes. Rubrics are provided for paragraph and essay assignments to aid in editing.
  • Communicate. Ask questions. Feel free to email or call instructor with any concerns or questions and communicate with your student weekly about what he/she is learning and what assignments are due.

PREREQUISITES:  Student must be a proficient reader and writer committed to meeting the demands of a high school level, college preparatory class and come to class with an open heart and open mind.

GRADES:  Grades will be assessed through writing assignments, study guides, vocabulary sentences, tests, pop quizzes, and class participation.

English: Research Writing & Brit. Lit (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  A comprehensive high school English course weaving Research Writing and British Literature. After a quick review of formal writing basics, students will learn the elements of writing a Research Paper: finding credible sources, conducting research, creating notecards, organizing an outline, paraphrasing, citing sources with MLA format, and formulating arguments. We will also explore literary analysis and analytical writing while reading a scope of British literary classics. This course is for the serious, dedicated student, who is comfortable with a quick pace and possesses an independent work ethic. While moving quickly, yet going deep into literature and writing, by the end of the year students will be more equipped to think critically while reading, writing and speaking.

SUPPLY FEE: $50 yearly supply fee

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:  A Writers Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions by Victor Pellegrino; Unabridged copies of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Animal Farm by George Orwell.

INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE: the correct edition of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, select short stories, Progeny Press Study Guides, and a Class Notebook complete with all relevant handouts, teaching points and reference pages for grammar and writing instruction along with vocabulary words and definitions.

SUPPLIES:  1” 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; pens and pencils; access to a computer and printer, dictionary, thesaurus and Bible.

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  In this highly interactive class, students are expected to take turns speaking, stay on task and on topic, and most importantly to be polite and respectful to both their classmates and their teacher. All homework is due at the beginning of each class as listed on the Homework Schedule and late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence. Students are expected to work with integrity submitting their own work; giving credit to outside sources, especially any Internet sources used in homework assignments; working in a timely manner and demonstrating effort and diligence.

 

PARENT ROLE:  While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role. Your responsibility will be to…

  • Stay informed. Read the detailed Homework Schedule weekly with your student encouraging him or her to stay on task. Guide your student to independence teaching him/her time management, high work ethics, and responsibility.
  • Be an extra set of eyes and ears. Proofread your student’s assignments and encourage your student to edit and read aloud his/her writing assignments, helping him/her spot spelling and punctuation errors, poor sentence structure, and simple typos and mistakes. Rubrics are provided for writing assignments.
  • Communicate. Ask questions. Feel free to email or call instructor with any concerns or questions and communicate with your student weekly about what he/she is learning and what assignments are due.

PREREQUISITES:  Student is expected to know the Formal Writing basics and be able to write a thesis and a 5-paragraph essay. Student must be a proficient reader and writer committed to meeting the demands of a high school level, college preparatory class and come to class with an open heart and open mind.

 

GRADES:  Grades will be assessed through writing assignments, study guides, vocabulary sentences, tests, pop quizzes, and class participation.

English: World Lit w/ Comp [Advanced] (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Upon successful completion of this two day per week course, student will receive one English credit for their high school transcript. We will use diverse World literature and exam them in light of a chronological historical, literary, and artistic context, while developing skills in writing and literary analysis. Students will grow in their ability to analyze literature for understanding and inspiration. Classes will be very interactive and dependent upon student involvement.

 

SUPPLY FEE:

$50 yearly supply fee

Learning Language Arts Through Literature: World by Common Sense Press will be purchased by the teacher and is included in supply fee.

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

The Odyssey by Homer

No Fear Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, edited by Spark Publishing

The Little Prince by de Saint-Exupery, Antoine

Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

A World Literature Anthology by Common Sense Press (recommended)

 

SUPPLIES:

1in 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; several pens or sharpened pencils; pencil sharpener; map pencils; highlighters; ruler. Student may also use dedicated space in a larger multi-subject binder.

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:

Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times. Students are expected to take their work seriously, complete all assignments to the best of their ability, and turn them in on time. Sloppy and/or illegible work will not be accepted. Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence. Missing or unacceptable work will receive a zero, and a conduct demerit will be noted.

 

PARENT ROLE:

While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role. Your responsibility will be to:

* Stay informed. Know what your student is working on and when assignments are due so you can help him or her stay on track. Time management and prioritizing are skills young people this age are still developing. Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes get more demanding and the work load increases.

* Be an extra set of eyes. Proofread assignments for your child, helping him or her spot spelling and punctuation errors, poor sentence structure, and other mistakes that would reduce the overall quality of his or her work. Students must turn in work that reflects their best effort. Work that is replete with mistakes reflects negatively on the student and will result in a lower grade.

* Communicate. Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.

 

PREREQUISITES:

This class is a mid-level high school course designed for students in 10th and 11th grade. Student must be a proficient reader and writer who is committed to meeting the demands of a high school level, college preparatory class. Completion of an English course with a B or higher at MRA is required. New students must score advanced on their entrance assessments to enroll in this course.

 

GRADES: Grades will be assessed through homework, class work, exams, pop quizzes, and special projects.

Science: Biology (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course assumes that God is the creator of all life and will introduce students to the science of biology. Topics to be explored include different classification systems in biology, organic chemistry basics, cell structure, cell functions, genetics fundamentals, ecology, classifying features of organisms, and an introduction of Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution. Latin and Greek Root words will be introduced to enhance scientific studies. This course will have a heavy emphasis on vocabulary and lab work, requiring a significant time commitment from each student.

 

SUPPLY FEE:

$50 yearly supply fee; $200 yearly lab fee

 

COURSE TEXT:

Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition (Apologia Educational Ministries)

Exploring Creation with Biology, Solutions Manual 2nd Edition (Apologia Educational Ministries)

Science Roots by Nancy Paula Hasseler

The Biology Coloring Book, by Robert D. Griffin

 

SUPPLIES:

In addition to the required curricula, students will need:

D-Ring BINDER,8 divider tabs, Index cards or Science Roots Partially Completed Study Cards by Nancy Paula Hasseler, Map (colored) pencils, composition book, drawing pad, or spiral notebook for Biology Lab Notebook, Ink pens/ Pencils and Notebook paper, and Tracing Paper.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Class time will consist of class activities, lectures, and labs.  Students will maintain a notebook binder with class notes and all returned homework assignments and tests.  The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student. Expect 45-60 minutes three to five days per week on average outside of class time. Expect heavy memorization of biology vocabulary.

Each module will require:

  1. Reading or listening to the module (chapter)
  2. Completion of module on Your Own Questions – to learn concepts presented
  3. Completion of module Study Guide Questions- to cement concepts and prepare for the test
  4. Lab participation and Lab Notebook maintained- to apply concepts learned and retain a written record of the class
  5. Completion of Science Roots index cards/Science Roots Quiz- to enhance overall comprehension of biology and other science vocabulary
  6. Completion of Coloring Book Exercises- to solidify visual concepts
  7. Completion of module TEST- to assess overall knowledge and retention of biology objectives

 

Additional work required for all students:

  1. Three formally written lab reports will be required each semester.
  2. 2. A 4-6-page typewritten paper about your views on Biological Origins will be required. (MLA Format).
  3. Friday Lab will be required. There are labs associated with most chapters of the book, and we will do many of them in class. Students will examine aspects of life through microscope examination and hands-on dissection. Students will have lab partner(s), but will be graded individually for their participation. Some experiments will be completed at home in conjunction with their lab partner or individually and may require several days of observation at home and use of some household items for the experiment. A lab journal with informal lab details will be kept. A detailed syllabus will be sent out to students and parents with a schedule of all assignments and activities. All due dates will be listed in the syllabus.

 

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY:

  1. Due to the vast material covered and the fast pace of this course, parents will be responsible for grading your student’s work.

Parents will be expected to follow their student’s homework, and check assignments for accuracy with the Solutions Manual. Homework will be given a completion grade only by the teacher.

  1. Occasionally, parents will be responsible for administering a test at home. Most tests will be give during lab time.

If a test is sent home, it should be completed and returned the following class time for full credit.  A “Test Envelope” will be provided to send and retrieve tests. A parent signature page will be attached to the test envelope.  Parents will be required to sign and date the signature page at the time of test administration.

Students and Parents will be notified if an Open Book Test is to be scheduled; otherwise, tests will be closed book, closed notes when proctored by parent or teacher. Tests and lab reports are graded for accuracy and specificity of responses, correct spelling of biological terms, neatness, organization, and legibility of writing. (If the teacher cannot read the student's work, it will be marked wrong.) All due dates will be listed in a detailed syllabus or on Renweb.

 

GRADES: 

GRADING will be weighted as follows:

HW-10%

 

Tests- 20%

Paper =100-point test

Quizzes-5% Lab Participation-10%

 

Lab Reports-15%

 

Semester Final-30%

 

LATE WORK:

Late homework assignments will not be accepted. They will receive a zero. (Completion of On-Your-Own Questions, Study Guide Questions, and Science Roots & Coloring Book Exercises are considered Homework Assignments).  Given there are no extenuating circumstances, there will be a 2% deduction on tests, lab reports, and other assignments for every class period they are late past due date.   Students who know in advance that they will miss a class date or dates will need to have work that is due during their prearranged absence turned in prior to being absent.

Science: Chemistry (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This rigorous high school course introduces the student to chemistry – learning about the matter that makes up God’s creation and how it changes.  Topics covered will include significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium.

 

Chemistry has a mandatory lab that meets on Fridays.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$50 yearly lab fee; $200 yearly lab fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

Required Texts:

The text for this course is Dr. Jay Wile, Discovering Design with Chemistry

 

SUPPLIES:

Folder to store handouts (or dedicated space in a large binder)

Scientific Calculator

notebook paper

Pencil pouch with pencils, pens and dry erase marker

2 glue sticks

Colored pencils

Scissors

3 subject spiral notebook (at least 150 pages)

Small dry erase board with markers and eraser

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

Our class time will consist of both lecture and science labs, which enriches the learning experience by supporting the concepts studied.  Students will be maintaining a binder with all returned tests and important handouts.  In addition, students will be keeping an interactive science notebook for notes, labs, hand-outs and class activities. Many homework assignments will come from the textbook; these will consist of “Concept Check” questions that will cement concepts presented, along with review questions and practice problems to determine knowledge of the material as well as help in preparing for the test.    In addition, students will submit lab reports for most experiments.  Tests will be given during Friday labs approximately every two weeks.  The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student.  However, expect 60 minutes a day on average outside of class time.
A syllabus will be kept up to date on Renweb.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Completion of Algebra 1.

 

PARENT ROLE

While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed. Know your student’s assignments and when they are due.  Time management and prioritizing tasks are skills students are developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes become more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.  Also, if you show an interest in science, your child may develop an even greater interest in the subject and the wonders of God’s creation.
  • Be encouraging.  Science can be intimidating, especially as we begin to add math throughout the year.  Consistently give your child positive feedback in regards to his or her effort.

 

ABSENCES AND MAKE UP WORK

All absences will be unexcused until a sick day form has been completed and turned in. This form should be turned in when your student returns to school into the MRA office. This form can be found in the office and online at the MRA website under Resources. MRA requires all work to be completed and brought back to class upon return from the absence. For each excused absence, one day of grace is given on homework that is due upon returning. However, remember that your student’s class is moving forward and this work may be pertinent to their studies. Unexcused absences will be assessed normal late penalties.

 

In the event of vacations, academic or extracurricular activities like debate or drama, an advanced absence form must be completed and turned into MRA a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the absence (this can be found on the MRA website under Resources) and all work due during the absence must be submitted no later than the original due date.

 

LATE WORK

20% off the final grade for the first class day it is late, 30% off the final grade for the second class day it is late, and after the third class day that it is late the assignment is given a 0.

GRADING

- Homework and formative assessments: 10 %

- Class folder and interactive notebook: 20 %

- Lab Reports and participation:20 %

- Tests:                                                                            20 %

- Semester Final: 30 %

Science: Engineering [Advanced] (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

Engineering Design and Presentation provides an overview of the various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and their interrelationships. Students will use a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Further, students will work on a design team to develop a product or system. Students will use multiple software applications to prepare and present course assignments.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$25 per semester supply fee (5 min/16 max students)

 

COURSE TEXTS

Required Texts and Software:

No Textbook required

Software will be discussed during class and information will be sent via email

Access to Google Drive is required

 

SUPPLIES:

Folder to store handouts (or dedicated space in a large binder)

notebook paper

Pencil pouch with pencils, pens and dry erase marker

2 glue sticks

Colored pencils

Scissors

Composition Notebook (quadruled)

Laptop computer

3 ring binder (for portfolio)

Scientific Calculator

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

Our class time will consist of both lecture and engineering projects, which enriches the learning experience by supporting the concepts studied.  Students will be maintaining an engineering notebook with notes, research, brainstorming, sketches, etc.  In addition, students will be responsible for building a portfolio throughout the year. The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student.  However, expect 60 minutes a day on average outside of class time.

 

Projects and robotics competitions may require additional class meetings throughout each semester. Students unable to attend will be given alternative assignments to replace those participation grades.
A syllabus will be kept up to date on Renweb.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Completion of Algebra I

 

 

PARENT ROLE

While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed. Know your student’s assignments and when they are due.  Time management and prioritizing tasks are skills students are developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes become more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.  Also, if you show an interest in engineering, your child may develop an even greater interest in the subject and the wonders of God’s creation.
  • Be encouraging.  Engineering can be intimidating, especially as we begin to add math throughout the year.  Consistently give your child positive feedback in regards to his or her effort.

 

ABSENCES AND MAKE UP WORK

All absences will be unexcused until a sick day form has been completed and turned in. This form should be turned in when your student returns to school into the MRA office. This form can be found in the office and online at the MRA website under Resources. MRA requires all work to be completed and brought back to class upon return from the absence. For each excused absence, one day of grace is given on homework that is due upon returning. However, remember that your student’s class is moving forward and this work may be pertinent to their studies. Unexcused absences will be assessed normal late penalties.

 

In the event of vacations, academic or extracurricular activities like debate or drama, an advanced absence form must be completed and turned into MRA a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the absence (this can be found on the MRA website under Resources) and all work due during the absence must be submitted no later than the original due date.

 

LATE WORK

20% off the final grade for the first class day it is late, 30% off the final grade for the second class day it is late, and after the third class day that it is late the assignment is given a 0.

GRADES:  

My grade scale is as follows: 100-90: A89-80:  B79-70: C69-60: D59-below:  F

 

- Homework and formative assessments: 10 %

- Engineering notebook: 20 %

- Projects:20 %

- Tests:                                                                         20 %

- Semester Final/Portfolio: 30 %

Science: Physics (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

This rigorous high school course introduces the student to physics – learning about the nature and properties of matter and energy that makes up God’s creation and how the two interact.  Topics covered will include motion in one and two dimensions, Newton’s Laws, circular motion and gravity, work and energy, momentum, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.

 

Physics has a mandatory lab that meets on Fridays.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$50 yearly supply fee; $200 yearly lab fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

Required Texts:

The text for this course is Dr. Jay Wile, Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition (Apologia Educational Ministries)

 

SUPPLIES:

Folder to store handouts (or dedicated space in a large binder)

Scientific Calculator

notebook paper

Pencil pouch with pencils, pens and dry erase marker

2 glue sticks

Colored pencils

Scissors

3 subject spiral notebook (at least 150 pages)

Small dry erase board with markers and eraser

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

Our class time will consist of both lecture and science labs, which enriches the learning experience by supporting the concepts studied.  Students will be maintaining a binder with all returned homework assignments and tests.  In addition, students will be keeping an interactive science notebook for notes, labs, hand-outs and class activities. Many homework assignments will come from the textbook; these will consist of “On Your Own” questions that will cement concepts presented, along with review questions and practice problems to determine knowledge of the material as well as help in preparing for the test.    In addition, students will submit lab reports for most experiments.  Tests will be given during Friday labs approximately every two weeks.  The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student.  However, expect 60 minutes a day on average outside of class time.
A syllabus will be kept up to date on Renweb with details of assignments due.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Concurrent enrollment in or completion of Algebra II

 

PARENT ROLE

While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed. Know your student’s assignments and when they are due.  Time management and prioritizing tasks are skills students are developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes become more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.  Also, if you show an interest in science, your child may develop an even greater interest in the subject and the wonders of God’s creation.
  • Be encouraging.  Science can be intimidating, especially as we begin to add math throughout the year.  Consistently give your child positive feedback in regards to his or her effort.

 

ABSENCES AND MAKE UP WORK

All absences will be unexcused until a sick day form has been completed and turned in. This form should be turned in when your student returns to school into the MRA office. This form can be found in the office and online at the MRA website under Resources. MRA requires all work to be completed and brought back to class upon return from the absence. For each excused absence, one day of grace is given on homework that is due upon returning. However remember that your student’s class is moving forward and this work may be pertinent to their studies. Unexcused absences will be assessed normal late penalties.

 

In the event of vacations, academic or extracurricular activities like debate or drama, an advanced absence form must be completed and turned into MRA a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the absence (this can be found on the MRA website under Resources) and all work due during the absence must be submitted no later than the original due date.

 

LATE WORK

20% off the final grade for the first class day it is late, 30% off the final grade for the second class day it is late, and after the third class day that it is late the assignment is given a 0.

GRADING

- Homework and formative assessments: 10 %

- Class folder and interactive notebook: 20 %

- Lab Reports and participation:20 %

- Tests:                                                                            20 %

- Semester Final: 30 %

Math: Algebra 1 (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Course covers real numbers and variables, equations, inequalities, applied problems, polynomials, factoring. rational equations, graphing and functions, radicals and quadratic formula

 

COURSE TEXTS

Required Texts:  Beginning Algebra Tobey Slater 5th edition  ISBN 0-13-093228-0

 

SUPPLIES:

SUPPLY FEE: $5.00

ONE DOZEN DRY ERASE MARKERS, PAPER, PENCIL (NO PEN)

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  First, students are required to write down all homework assignments in their journal. Assignments will be written on board end of class.  It is their responsibility to write them down as I am training them for college.  Second, all homework must be neat, legible, written in pencil and all work shown.  Third, students are graded on 12 quizzes, any additional quizzes given and the lowest quiz score is dropped.  Quizzes given once a week.   Fourth, Tests are take home following MRA take home test policy.  No help on test, only homework.  Finally, it is the students responsibility to contact me if miss a class to get homework.  If I am not contacted, a zero will be awarded on work.

 

PARENT ROLE:

All Homework must be checked by parents.

Please check for the following

  1. Problems are numbered in order, problem written out and shows steps to how they got to the answer.
  2. Use pencil on all work.
  3. Please check for legible handwriting, if you have difficulty reading, I probably will as well.
  4. All homework assigned is due the next class. You may find it on Renweb and I will also write on the board. Your child should have written in their planner and this should match Renweb.
  5. Students may receive help on homework but not on tests.
  6. Tests should be proctored by parents and signed after your child completes.
  7. Encourage your child to double check answers.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child must meet expectations on MRA’s math entrance assessment in Pre-Algebra in order to register for this class.

 

GRADES: 

Quizzes - 40% - 10 quizzes

Test - 20% - 3 tests

Final Semester Test - 30%

Homework - 10% if complete entire semester with work shown

(No late work accepted)

 

Highly recommended students retake a class who receives less than 70

Math: Algebra 2 (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is a continuation of beginning Algebra.  It covers linear  inequalities,  equations with two variables and functions, polynomials, rational expressions, radicals, quadratics, logs and exponential functions, graphing conic and parabolas,

 

COURSE TEXTS

Required Texts: Intermediate Algebra Tobey and Slater 5th edition ISBN 0-13-149078-8

This book can be purchased used on Amazon for less than ten dollars. Is a continuation of Algebra 1.  This is same author that many community colleges use for remedial math classes that are equivalent to high school classes to prepare for college level math.

 

SUPPLIES:

SUPPLY FEE: $5.00

ONE DOZEN DRY ERASE MARKERS, PAPER, PENCIL (NO PEN)

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  First, students are required to write all homework assignments down in a journal.  Assignments will be written on board end of class.   It is their responsibility to write down as training them for college.  Second, all homework must be neat, legible, written in pencil and all work shown.  Third, students are graded on 10 quizzes, any additional quizzes given lowest quiz dropped.   Quizzes given once a week. Fourth, Tests are take home following MRA take home test policy.  Fifth, it is a students responsibility to contact me if miss a class to get missed homework.  If I am not contacted, a zero will be awarded on work.

 

PARENT ROLE:

All Homework must be checked by parents.

Please check for the following

  1. Problems are numbered in order, problem written out and shows steps to how they got to the answer.
  2. Use pencil on all work.
  3. Please check for legible handwriting, if you have difficulty reading, I probably will as well.
  4. All homework assigned is due the next class. You may find it on Renweb and I will also write on the board. Your child should have written in their planner and this should match Renweb.
  5. Students may receive help on homework but not on tests.
  6. Tests should be proctored by parents and signed after your child completes.
  7. Encourage your child to double check answers.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child must meet expectations on MRA’s math entrance assessment in Algebra 1 in order to register for this class.

GRADES: 

My grade scale is as follows:       90-100- A

80-90 - B

70-80- C

60-70- D

Below 60 - F

Highly recommended students retake a class who receives less than 70                                                                                                                 Quizzes - 40% - 10 quizzes

Test - 20% 3 tests

Final Semester Test - 30%

Homework - 10% if complete entire semester with work shown

(No late work accepted)

Math: Geometry (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is a continuation is to follow either Algebra I or II. Topics covered, geometric figures and their measure, triangle relationships, measuring in the plane, measure in space, reasoning proving triangles congruent, similarities, and right triangle trigonometry.

 

COURSE TEXTS

Required Texts:  Geometry Tools for a Changing World by Prentice Hall (may be purchased on Amazon)

ISBN: 0130501859

 

SUPPLIES:

SUPPLY FEE: $5.00

 ONE DOZEN DRY ERASE MARKERS, PAPER, PENCIL (NO PEN)

Calculator with pi button (any kind with this is fine)

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  First, students are required to write all homework assignments down in a journal.  Assignments will be written on board at the end of class.   It is their responsibility to write down as training them for college.  Second, all homework must be neat, legible, written in pencil and all work shown.  Third, students are graded on 12 quizzes, any additional quizzes given the lowest quiz is dropped.   Quizzes given once a week.   Fourth, Tests are take home following MRA take home test policy, students may not receive help on them.  Fifth, it is a students responsibility to contact me if miss a class to get missed homework.  If I am not contacted a zero awarded.

 

PARENT ROLE:

All Homework must be checked by parents.

Please check for the following

  1. Problems are numbered in order, problem written out and shows steps to how they got to the answer.
  2. Use pencil on all work.
  3. Please check for legible handwriting, if you have difficulty reading, I probably will as well.
  4. All homework assigned is due the next class. You may find it on Renweb and I will also write on the board. Your child should have written in their planner and this should match Renweb.
  5. Students may receive help on homework but not on tests.
  6. Tests should be proctored by parents and signed after your child completes.
  7. Encourage your child to double check answers.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child must meet expectations on MRA’s math entrance assessment in Algebra 1 in order to register for this class.

 

GRADES: 

Quizzes - 40% - 10 quizzes

Test - 20% - 3 tests

Final Semester Test - 30%

Homework - 10% if complete entire semester with work shown

(No late work accepted)

 

Highly recommended students retake a class who receives less than 70

 

History: Economics (0.5 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course involves a study of both economics as wells as personal finance.  The economics section will cover topics such as pricing and markets, industry and commerce, work, pay, risks and the relationship between governments and the marketplace.  The personal finance section will cover topics such as saving, budgeting, credit and debt, insurance and financial planning as well as tithing and giving.

 

This is a two semester course, students must enroll in both semesters; the fall semester will cover economics and the spring semester will cover personal finance.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $10 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

Required Texts:

Abeka Economics

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy

Complete Guide to Money by Ramsey

The Richest Man in Babylon by Clason

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS ECONOMICS:  There are four aspects of this course, which are designed to introduce students to the basics of economics.  The first will be maintaining a notebook with class notes and all returned homework assignments, quizzes and tests.  The second will come from written summaries of each reading from the textbook.  Each summary will consist of a single, one-sided, typed page to be turned in each class period.  The third aspect is tests/quizzes.  The last aspect of the course will be maintaining a spreadsheet of a fictional $10,000 portfolio comprised of at least 5 different market investments of at least 3 different types of investments such as stocks, bonds, commodities, etc.  Each investment must be easily accessible, daily pricing (published pricing online at the close of each business day).  Regular access to spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel is required for this portion of the class.  The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FINANCE:  There are four aspects of this course, which are designed to introduce students to the basics of personal finance.  The first will be maintaining a notebook with class notes and all returned homework assignments, quizzes and tests.  The second will come from written summaries of each reading from the textbook.  Each summary will consist of a single, one-sided, typed page to be turned in each class period.  The third aspect is tests/quizzes.  The last aspect of the course will be maintaining a spreadsheet of a fictional $5,000 monthly income and expenses family budget.  Regular access to spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel is required for this portion of the class.  The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student.

 

PREREQUISITES: 

Your child must meet expectations on MRA’s Reading Assessment and Math Assessment in Algebra 1 in order to register for this class.

 

GRADES: 

Grades for this course will be computed on the following basis:

- Notebook with class notes, homework, quizzes, tests and printout : 10%

- Summaries: 30%

- Tests: 30%

- Portfolio: 30%

The notebook grade is all or nothing so keep your notebook up to date.

 

All tests will be take home to be administered by the parent and returned at the next class time.

All homework is due on the date assigned.  Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence and in accordance with the Matthew Road Academy policy on late work.

History: American History (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  I love American history, and I want my high school students to love it, too.  The text listed below is the backbone of our class and will keep us moving steadily forward.  However, we will also take some time to leave the beaten path and examine in greater detail the people and events that shaped our great nation.  From the diversity of Native American cultures, to the philosophies that shaped the thinking of our Founding Fathers; from the adventures of Lewis and Clark to the desolation of the Donner party; from the extravagance of the Jazz age to the hopelessness of the Dust Bowl; from the early trailblazers to the modern age, we have much to explore!

PARENT ROLE:  While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed.  Know what your student is working on and when assignments are due so you can help him or her stay on track.  Time management and prioritizing are skills young people this age are still developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes get more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Be positive.  Model a positive attitude about learning, even when (or especially when!) it is challenging.
  • Be an extra set of eyes.  Proofread assignments for your child.  Students must turn in work that reflects their best effort.  Work that is replete with mistakes reflects negatively on the student and will result in a lower grade.
  • Communicate.  Ask your child questions.  The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.

CLASS DETAILS: $20 yearly supply fee

COURSE TEXT:  American History:  Observations and Assessments from Early Settlement to Today, by James P. Stobaugh

SUPPLIES:  1” 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; several pens or sharpened pencils; pencil sharpener; highlighters.  Student may also use dedicated space in a larger multi-subject binder.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times.  Extensive note-taking is required of all students and is essential to success on exams.  Students are expected to take their work seriously, complete all assignments to the best of their ability, and turn them in on time. Sloppy, illegible, or incomplete work will not be accepted.  Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence.

PREREQUISITES:  Student must be a proficient reader and writer who is committed to meeting the demands of a high school level, college preparatory class.
GRADES:   Grades will be based on homework effort, pop quizzes, exams, and one special project per semester.

 

History: Government (0.5 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Upon successful completion of this one day per week course, students will earn the required one-half credit in Government for their high school transcripts.  Among the myriad topics covered in our detailed, full color text are:  what shaped our Founding Fathers' philosophies, the ideals contained in the Declaration of Independence, the framing of our Constitution, the Amendments, our Constitutional system, and the challenges we face in the 21st century.  Each unit includes terms to understand, critical thinking activities, review questions, and discussion questions.  In addition to the text, we will pull in other activities and resources to further explore various topics in more detail, including current issues and events.

PARENT ROLE:  While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed.  Know what your student is working on and when assignments are due so you can help him or her stay on track.  Time management and prioritizing are skills young people this age are still developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes get more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Be an extra set of eyes.  Proofread assignments for your child, helping him or her spot spelling and punctuation errors, poor sentence structure, and other mistakes that would reduce the overall quality of his or her work.  Students must turn in work that reflects their best effort.  Work that is replete with mistakes reflects negatively on the student and will result in a lower grade.
  • Communicate.  Ask questions.  The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.

CLASS DETAILS: $20 yearly supply fee

COURSE TEXT: We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution (Level 3), from the Center for Civic Education (www.civiced.org)

SUPPLIES:  1” 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; several pens or sharpened pencils; pencil sharpener.  Student may also use dedicated space in a larger multi-subject binder.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  Students are expected to participate in class activities and discussion, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times.  Students are expected to take their work seriously, complete all assignments to the best of their ability, and turn them in on time.  Sloppy, illegible, or incomplete work will not be accepted.  Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence.  Unacceptable or missing work will result in a zero for that assignment, and a conduct demerit will be noted.

PREREQUISITES:  Student must be a proficient reader and writer who is committed to meeting the demands of a high school level, college preparatory class.

GRADES:  Grades will be assessed through homework effort, pop quizzes, exams, class activities, and one paper or project per semester.

 

History: World Geography (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Upon successful completion of this two day per week course, student will receive one Geography credit for their high school transcript. We will implement a colorful, engaging text that is chock-full of maps, hands-on activities, fun facts and trivia, definitions, and critical thinking activities as we learn about such topics as: seasons, time zones, earthquakes, mountain systems, trade winds, monsoons, rivers, climate, weather, pollution, and so much more! In addition to the reading and exercises from the text, students will create maps, discover tips for remembering each continent's countries, learn proper pronunciation of place names, and become more knowledgeable about the cultures and economies around the world.
PARENT ROLE: While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role. Your responsibility will be to:
• Stay informed. Know what your student is working on and when assignments are due so you can help him or her stay on track. Time management and prioritizing are skills young people this age are still developing. Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes get more demanding and the work load increases.
• Be an extra set of eyes. Proofread assignments for your child, helping him or her spot spelling and punctuation errors, poor sentence structure, and other mistakes that would reduce the overall quality of his or her work. Students must turn in work that reflects their best effort. Work that is replete with mistakes reflects negatively on the student and will result in a lower grade.
• Communicate. Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.
SUPPLY FEE: $20 yearly supply fee
COURSE TEXT: World Physical Geography, by Brenda Brewer Runkle (student text and student activity workbook)
SUPPLIES: 1” 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; several pens or sharpened pencils; pencil sharpener; map pencils; highlighters; ruler. Student may also use dedicated space in a larger multi-subject binder.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times. Students are expected to take their work seriously, complete all assignments to the best of their ability, and turn them in on time. Sloppy and/or illegible work will not be accepted. Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence. Missing or unacceptable work will receive a zero, and a conduct demerit will be noted.
PREREQUISITES: Student must be a proficient reader and writer who is committed to meeting the demands of a high school level, college preparatory class.
GRADES: Grades will be assessed through homework, class work, exams, pop quizzes, and special projects.

History: World History (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  What was everyday life like for the ancient Egyptians?  What strategies did Greek and Roman soldiers utilize in war? What were the causes and results of the Crusades?  What was the significance of the French Revolution?  The Russian Revolution?  Our text book provides a solid survey of world history.  As we work steadily through it, we will also take time to explore many topics in greater detail via additional resources, class activities, and lessons.  Not only will we learn about the history of the world; we will also explore the philosophies and people who have shaped it, as well as the spread of Christianity throughout the world.

PARENT ROLE:  While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed.  Know what your student is working on and when assignments are due so you can help him or her stay on track.  Time management and prioritizing are skills young people this age are still developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes get more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Be positive.  Model a positive attitude about learning, even when (especially when!) it is challenging.
  • Be an extra set of eyes.  Proofread assignments for your child.  Students must turn in work that reflects their best effort.  Work that is replete with mistakes reflects negatively on the student and will result in a lower grade.
  • Communicate.  Ask your child questions.  The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.

CLASS DETAILS: $20 yearly supply fee

COURSE TEXT:  

World History:  Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, by James P. Stobaugh

SUPPLIES:  1” 3-ring binder with five dividers and notebook paper; several pens or sharpened pencils; pencil sharpener; highlighters.  Student may also use dedicated space in a larger multi-subject binder.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times.  Extensive note-taking is required of all students and is essential to success on exams.  Students are expected to take their work seriously, complete all assignments to the best of their ability, and turn them in on time.  Sloppy, illegible, or incomplete work will not be accepted.  Late work will only be accepted on the basis of an excused absence.

PREREQUISITES:  Student must be a proficient reader and writer who is committed to meeting the demands of a high school level, college preparatory class.
GRADES:   Grades will be based on homework effort, pop quizzes, exams, and one project per semester.

 

Foreign Language: ASL1 (1 Credit)

American Sign Language 1

Course Description:
This course will be a basic introduction to ASL vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and fingerspelling. Students will learn the alphabet, numbers, and common everyday signs. Students will learn to communicate with deaf people using simple ASL sentences.

The instruction will vary each class period. We will learn basic ASL grammar, drill vocabulary words and fingerspelling, use games to reinforce learning, and quizzes will be given to test the student’s comprehension. By the end of the first semester, students will be expected to use ASL to communicate in class with the teacher and their peers. Talking will not be permitted unless instructed by the teacher.

SUPPLY FEE: $10 supply fee

Course Texts:
A Basic Course In American Sign Language 2nd edition
by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden, and Terrence J O'Rourke
(This book is used in ASL 1, 2, and 3; siblings could share, it is non-consumable.)

Supplies:
A ½ three ring binder with notebook paper and a writing utensil

Course Requirements:
Students will be required to memorize the alphabet, numbers, and vocabulary words in ASL. New vocabulary words will be introduced at the beginning of each section. Vocabulary words are cumulative and students will be expected to build their knowledge of the ASL material. Quizzes will be given throughout each chapter to test the student’s comprehension. By the end of the first semester, students will be expected to use ASL only to communicate in class with the teacher and their peers. Talking will not be permitted unless instructed by the teacher. The students will have opportunity to demonstrate their command of the language in front of their peers during assigned class time. Comprehensive test will be given at the end of each chapter. Each test will have a mixture of expressive and receptive ASL. For the receptive section, the teacher will sign in ASL and the student must write, down the English equivalent. For the expressive portion, the student will sign vocabulary words and/or sentences in front of the teacher. The students will not do the expressive section of the test facing their peers. At the end of the semester, students will be asked to sign a 3-5 minute story using the vocabulary and sentence structure taught during the semester.

Assignments will be posted on Renweb. Most of the work will be done in class, but students are expected to practice signing outside of class in order to become as proficient as possible.

Prerequisites:
Student should possess a strong command of the English language.

Grades: Late work will be accepted only on the basis of a valid excused absence.

This syllabus is subject to change.

Foreign Language: ASL2 (1 Credit)

ASL 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ASL 2 will introduce intermediate vocabulary words and complex ASL grammar and sentence structure. Students will build on material from ASL l, learning to hold more complex conversation using correct ASL grammar, including facial expression.

This is a total immersion class. Students will be expected to use ASL to communicate in class with the teacher and their peers. Talking will not be permitted unless instructed by the teacher.

SUPPLY FEE: $10 supply fee

COURSE TEXTS:
A Basic Course In American Sign Language 2nd edition
by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden, and Terrence J O'Rourke
(This book is used in ASL 1, 2, and 3; siblings can share, it is non-consumable.)

SUPPLIES:
● 1-inch three ring binder with notebook paper and a writing utensil

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Students are expected to know the ASL alphabet, numbers, and all vocabulary words from ASL l. New vocabulary words will be introduced at the beginning of each chapter. Vocabulary words are cumulative and students will be expected to build on their knowledge of the ASL material. Quizzes will be given throughout each chapter to test the student’s comprehension. Students will regularly present in front of their peers using ASL. A comprehensive test will be given at the end of each chapter. Students will be tested on expressive and receptive ASL. For receptive testing, the teacher will sign in ASL and the student must write down the English equivalent. For expressive testing, the student will sign vocabulary words and/or sentences in front of the teacher. The students will not do the expressive testing facing their peers except when specific assignments are given, such as ASL stories. Students will be well informed of such assignments. At the end of the semester, students will present a 5-7 minute story using correct ASL grammar, facial expression, and appropriate vocabulary.

Assignments will be posted on Renweb. The majority of work will be done in class; however students will periodically be given assignments outside of class time. Students are expected to practice signing outside of class in order to become as proficient as possible.

PREREQUISITES:
ASL 1
Completion of reading assessment; showing student is ready for a 7th grade reading level.

GRADES: Late work will be accepted only on the basis of a valid excused absence.
This syllabus is subject to change.

Foreign Language: ASL3 (1 Credit)

American Sign Language 3

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
In ASL 3, we will continue to build on the material learned in ASL 1 and 2 with a stronger emphasis on use of appropriate ASL grammar, including correct facial expression, and develop their expressive and receptive fingerspelling skills. Students will possess a strong command of ASL vocabulary and be able to hold normal conversation in ASL. Students will also increase their knowledge of deaf history and culture. This is a total immersion class. Students will be expected to use ASL to communicate in class with the teacher and their peers. Talking will not be permitted unless instructed by the teacher.

SUPPLY FEE: $10 supply fee

COURSE TEXTS: A Basic Course in American Sign Language 2nd Edition by Tom Humphries

SUPPLIES: 1-inch three ring binder with notebook paper and a writing utensil

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Students are expected to have a strong command of the material learned in ASL 1 and 2. Students should be able to hold conversations in ASL using correct grammar and sentence structure. New vocabulary words will be introduced at the beginning of each chapter. Vocabulary words are cumulative and students will be expected to build their knowledge of the ASL material. Quizzes will be given throughout each chapter to test the student’s comprehension. Students will regularly make presentations in front of their peers using ASL. A comprehensive test will be given at the end of each chapter. Students will be tested on expressive and receptive ASL. For receptive testing, the teacher will sign in ASL and the student must write down the English equivalent. For expressive testing, the student will sign vocabulary words and/or sentences in front of the teacher. The students will not do the expressive testing facing their peers except when specific assignments are given, such as ASL stories. Students will be well informed of such assignments.

Students will write a paper on a famous deaf individual or a historical event related to the deaf community. The individual or event must be pre-approved by the teacher. More than one student will not be allowed to write about the same individual or event. Additionally, at the end of the semester, students will present a 10 minute story using correct ASL grammar, facial expression, and appropriate vocabulary.

Assignments will be posted on Renweb. The majority of work will be done in class; however students will periodically be given assignments outside of class time. Students are expected to practice signing outside of class in order to become as proficient as possible.

PREREQUISITES: ASL 2
GRADES: Late work will be accepted only on the basis of a valid excused absence.

This description is subject to change.

Foreign Language: Spanish 1 (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This intermediate Spanish course will serve as a basic introduction to the world of the Spanish language and culture. Students will practice reading, writing, listening and speaking in addition to learning cultural aspects from the Spanish-speaking world.  There will be two major cultural projects (one assigned each semester) during the year.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $25 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:  Bob Jones Press Spanish 1, 2nd edition student text (978-1-60682-061-2) & student activities manual, 2nd edition (978-1-59166-169-6)

SUPPLIES:  One 1.5” 3 ring binder (may be combined with another subject), notebook paper, divider tabs, pencils, erasers, stapler, staple remover, hole puncher, notecards (optional) and a Spanish/English dictionary (phone app is acceptable).

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  For each chapter there will be homework assignments from the textbook as well as vocabulary and memory verse practice. Students will also be required to complete a language lab which is 30 minutes of listening, speaking or reading the Spanish language (ex. listening to music, watching a movie with subtitles, etc). Short daily study time (about 20 min) is highly recommended rather than a lengthy study time only once a week. Vocabulary memorization for weekly quizzes, homework exercises, simple written reports and auditory language lab assignments will require approximately 3-4 hours per week outside of class time.

PARENT ROLE:  For this course, parents/guardians are expected to be guides to independent study. Parents are not required to do any direct instructional input, but are expected to support their student(s) whenever necessary. This may mean checking to make sure all assignments are completed, helping to study for exams, etc. Assessments such as quizzes and exams may be take-home due to time restraints in class. This means parents will need to proctor, seal and sign each one to guarantee the integrity of every assessment.

PREREQUISITES:  Completion of reading assessment at an 9th grade reading level. Previous study of the Spanish language is not required.

GRADES:  Grades will be assessed through homework, quizzes, exams, language labs, vocabulary practice and projects.

Foreign Language: Spanish 2 (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students will study Spanish vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, speaking and audio comprehension.  Due to time constraints of our semester, students will need to use the weeks before class begins to cover the review material (Repasos A-D) prior to Chapter 1. There will be cultural activities done in class and two major cultural projects (one assigned each semester) during the year.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $25 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Bob Jones Press Spanish 2, 2nd edition student text (978-160682-491-7) & student activities manual, 2nd edition (978-1-57924-749-2)

SUPPLIES:  One 1.5” 3 ring binder (may be combined with another subject), notebook paper, divider tabs, pencils, erasers, stapler, staple remover, hole puncher, notecards (optional) and a Spanish/English dictionary (phone app is acceptable).

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: For each chapter there will be homework assignments from the textbook as well as vocabulary and memory verse practice. Students will also be required to complete a language lab which is 30 minutes of listening, speaking or reading the Spanish language (ex. listening to music, watching a movie with subtitles, etc). Short daily study time (about 20 min) is highly recommended rather than a lengthy study time only once a week. Vocabulary memorization for weekly quizzes, homework exercises, simple written reports and auditory language lab assignments will require approximately 3-4 hours per week outside of class time.

 

PARENT ROLE For this course, parents/guardians are expected to be guides to independent study. Parents are not required to do any direct instructional input, but are expected to support their student(s) whenever necessary. This may mean checking to make sure all assignments are completed, helping to study for exams, etc. Assessments such as quizzes and exams may be take-home due to time restraints in class. This means parents will need to proctor, seal and sign each one to guarantee the integrity of every assessment.

 

PREREQUISITES:  Completion of HS Spanish 1 course or 70% on the Spanish 1 final exam.

GRADES:  Grades will be assessed through homework, quizzes, exams, language labs, vocabulary practice and projects.

Fitness (0.5 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Fitness is designed to provide an opportunity for students to engage in vigorous, physical activity; gain a basic knowledge of various sports; and develop a rudimentary understanding of body systems as they relate to fitness.  Students of all fitness levels will be challenged and those who apply themselves will increase in strength, flexibility and endurance.  Students will survey popular sports like soccer, football, and baseball; play many different playground games; and develop their own new team sports.

 

SUPPLY FEE: $20 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXT BOOK:  None

 

SUPPLIES: No texts are needed for this course.  Students should bring a water bottle to each class and be properly attired.  Athletic shoes, track bottoms and t-shirts are required.  Jeans and sandals are not allowed.

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: Willingness to try new activities, work with other students, and display a positive attitude will result in student success.

 

PARENT ROLE: Students will only have one homework assignment per semester, so parents have very little to monitor.  Students are encouraged to develop a lifestyle of fitness and will be more likely to do so if parents are willing to engage in regular, physical activity with their children.  Should a student have or develop a physical limitation that hinders their ability to participate in any fitness activity, parents are responsible to communicate that to the instructor.

 

PREREQUISITES: None

 

GRADES: Daily participation – 90% Final exam – 10%

Fine Arts: Ballet (0.5 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is for elementary school girls who are new to ballet or have had some previous ballet.  It covers basic positions, steps and combinations at the barre and center floor. The second semester will mainly center on learning a dance for the spring “Night to Remember”.

 

SUPPLY FEE:  $5 per year supply fee, $75 costume fee (This includes a costume for the spring performance and a simple costume for the Christmas program).

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:No required textbook

 

SUPPLIES:  Each student will need to wear:

  • a black or pink leotard
  • pink ballet tights
  • a black or pink ballet skirt or shorts
  • pink leather ballet shoes (can be purchased at any Dance Store.  Do not buy the ones from Target that look like house slippers)
  • Girls will also need to wear a cover up when traveling in the building to and from class.
  • In addition, some type of bag to keep all of this together is required.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  This class will meet once per week. Homework is minimal and may include practicing the performance piece at home with a video and studying vocabulary.

 

PARENTAL ROLE AND PREREQUISITES:  Parents are expected to help make sure that the dance bag is packed each night and makes it to school each morning.  Parents are also expected to help study vocabulary words in the event of a quiz.

 

GRADING:

Grades will consist mostly of participation.   Other possible grades include written quizzes over terms and demonstrations.

 

 

 

Fine Arts: Drama (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course involves the production of two shows and is open to elementary through high school aged students. Unlike the Musical Theatre class, this course will meet twice a week and be more intense and require more outside rehearsal and is perfect for students wanting more of a strong drama experience. For the fall semester we will be working on “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbra Robinson. For the spring semester we will be working on “Toby Tyler” which is a children’s theatre production adapted from the James Otis novel and written by Tim Kelley. In order to meet the strenuous expectations of two productions, each student will be expected have outside rehearsals dependent upon the size of their role.

SUPPLY FEE: $50 (includes scripts) 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:None

SUPPLIES:  Notebook, paper, pencil, and costume pieces as appropriate to assigned role. 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times. Students are expected to take their work seriously, complete all assignments to the best of their ability. Students are also expected to memorize lines out of class. Due to the intense nature of this course and limited rehearsals students must adhere to the production schedule in order to maintain their role and position in the show.

PARENT ROLE:  While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to:

  • Stay informed.  Know what your student is working on and when assignments are due so you can help him or her stay on track.  Time management and prioritizing are skills young people this age are still developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes get more demanding and the work load increases.
  • Communicate.  Ask questions.  The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.

PREREQUISITES:  Students wishing to be enrolled in the advanced drama class must submit a resume showing past dramatic experience. Students with no past experience will be evaluated by the instructor.

GRADES:  Grades will be assessed through classroom participation and performance.

 

Fine Arts: Drawing 2 (0.5 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this course, students will be instructed in line, shape and color, with an emphasis on observational drawing using various mediums. Subjects will include birds, still life, wild life and a self-directed project at the end of the semester. Students are required to do weekly sketches as homework.

SUPPLY FEE: $30 yearly supply fee

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:  None

SUPPLIES:  Parents must purchase a 9x12” spiral-bound sketchbook, a 26x23” drawing board, a 20x26” (or larger) portfolio, supply box and ruler.  All other materials will be covered by the supply fee. If a student loses or runs out of a supply the parents are responsible for replacing it.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:  Students will be required to keep a sketchbook journal to take notes, explore ideas and do weekly homework assignments. Homework will normally be 20 minutes a week with occasional additional time spent on projects if the student has trouble completing an assignment in the allotted class time. Furthermore, students must participate in project critiques giving and accepting positive and constructive feedback. Students will also have a few writing assignments during the year. Students will be required to provide their own reference photos for their final project. This means students will need access to a camera. Reference photos are required to be printed off.

PARENT ROLE:  The parent’s role in this course is to be the course monitor.  Parents should stay up-to-date on assignments to help their student(s) make sure assignments are completed on time. Students may need assistance with taking and printing reference photos.

PREREQUISITES:  N/A

GRADES:  Grades are given on sketchbook assignments, participation in critique, a portfolio review and projects. Project grades are based on effort, craftsmanship and meeting the assignment objectives.

 

Fine Arts: Piano (0.5 Credit)

Course Description: This is a once a week private piano lesson. It is open for 3rd through 12th grade from beginners to advanced pianists. Students will learn to play the piano, read music, in depth music theory, and performance skills. Multiple performance opportunities will be available. Practice time should be scheduled at home daily for 30 minutes 6 days a week.

Prerequisites: Students will be required to take year round lessons – including summers. Students will be required to take a yearly music theory exam. Students and parents will need to meet with the instructor prior to lessons to review the yearly expectations and contract.

Instrument: It is imperative that your student have a piano in order to take piano lessons. There are many options available – purchase, rental, acoustic, digital. An acoustic piano is best. However, if you decide to use a digital piano, please make sure it has all 88 keys and that the keys are weighted. It should also have a pedal attachment.

Parent Role: Children need parents to help them set aside a specific time for practice and supervise their progress. Each student will have an individualized practice plan specific to his level and needs.  Students who practice at least five days a week progress much more rapidly than those who try to get it all in within a day or two.  In order for students to receive their well-deserved points, assignment books need to be signed by a parent each week until the child is at least 16 years of age.

Class Fees:  25 minute weekly lessons: $XXX. 50 minute weekly lessons: $XXX. Tuition for September-April is paid directly to MRA through your regular tuition payment(s). Tuition of $80 per month of summer lessons for May – August will be paid directly to Mrs. Fischer at the first lesson of the month.

Students will be enrolled as Student Affiliate members the Texas Music Teachers Association. This provides them with access to state and local events. A description of each event and activity will be provided upon registration.

Event When Cost
TMTA SA Registration September $40
Fall Theory Test October $17
GPMTA Fall Festival November $17
Spring Theory Test (if needed) February $17
TMTA Convention ensemble February $35
GPMTA Spring Festival March $17
Fischer Studio Spring Recital May $20
TMTA Convention Costume Fee May Varies
Various TMTA Convention activities June Varies
Performance/Theory Classes Varies $20.00 or use as a make up
Curriculum and Supplies As needed Varies(average of $35-40/year)

Course Supplies: Pencils! As students progress, other supplies such as a metronome will be suggested. All other supplies will be provided.

Course Texts: Students will need various lesson books and work books that will be selected by the teacher. The cost of books will be added to the statement sent monthly and will be paid directly to Mrs. Fischer.

Fine Arts: Violin (0.5)

Course Description: This is a once a week 25-minute private violin lesson.  It is open for 3rd through 12th grade from beginners to advanced violinists.  Students will learn to play the violin, read music and perform.  There will be recitals given in December and May with dates and times to be schedule.  An optional solo and ensemble contest will be held in the spring.  Practice for minimum of 30 minutes five days a week is required in addition to theory work.  Students will turn in a signed practice record each week.

 

Prerequisites:  Students are required to take 10 lessons in instructor’s home during the months of June, July and August in order to enroll for the fall.  There is no prior musical experience needed.

 

Instrument:  Students will need to purchase or rent an instrument for lessons.  Instructor will help measure students to insure correct size violin.  Violins rent for around $100 for the year at one local string shop in Arlington.  It is recommended if parents wish to purchase a violin to consult with the instructor to make sure it is a quality instrument worth the investment.  It is vital that students have a correctly sized and quality instrument in order to be successful.

 

Parent Role:  Since these lessons accommodate a wide age range, the younger the student the more involved in practice the parent is required to be.

*Parents will need to ensure weekly practice and support their student in keeping up with supplies, books and practice records.

*Lesson notes with specific assignments will be sent home each week in student’s notebook.  Elementary students will need parent support to ensure all assignments are completed.

*Occasionally parents will be asked to review flash cards for music reading, or double check hand positions.  Clear instructions for parents will be included in lesson notes.  Parents can expect to actively oversee these types of assignments about 5-10 minutes per practice day.

 

Class Fees: $640 yearly MRA tuition and a $20 supply fee for the year. Tuition for September-April is paid directly to MRA through your regular tuition payment(s).  Tuition of $80 per month for summer months of June, July, and August will be paid directly to Mrs. Moreland at the first lesson of the month.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a solo and ensemble contest in the spring.  Entry fees for that will be paid by parent and run about $10 per entry.

 

Class Supplies:  Instrument, shoulder pad (about $20), rosin (included in most rentals), 1” 3-ring binder with notebook paper, three dividers, 15 sheet protectors, lesson books, pencils, access to computer for interactive beginner book recordings

 

Course Texts:  Specific theory, etude and solo books will vary according to ability.  Instructor will indicate after first lesson which books are to be purchased by the parents.  Beginner students will purchase beginner book and theory book at first summer lesson from instructor.  Average cost for books is $30 for the year.

Speech (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Let's talk about it!  This course is designed to introduce students to an overview of the fine art of communication and how it shapes the world we see and experience.  Throughout this year-long course students will engage in classroom discussions as well as deliver 5 various speeches in a safe environment including Introduction, Informative, Persuasive, Demonstration, and Impromptu Utilizing both text and classroom lectures students will learn more about the world around them.  The goal of the course is for students to leave as more skilled communicators than they came in.  Success is not measured in the end result but more importantly the journey. 

SUPPLY FEE: $10 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:  Sound Speech (Bob Jones) 

SUPPLIES:  Notebook, paper, pencil, and supplies related to speeches specific to chosen topics. 

EXPECTATIONS: Students are expected to participate in class activities, stay on task, follow instructions, and exhibit proper conduct at all times. Students are expected to take their work seriously, complete all assignments and course readings to the best of their ability.  

Students can expect to spend around 2 hours a week on completing home assignments. 

PARENT ROLE: While the goal in high school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role. Your responsibility will be to: 

  • Stay informed. Know what your student is working on and when assignments are due so you can help him or her stay on track. Time management and prioritizing are skills young people this age are still developing. Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes get more demanding and the work load increases. 

  • CommunicateAsk questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory. 

  • Be open to "talk" to your students.  This is a communication course and so in order to be affective students will be encouraged to communicate with others outside of class about what we have discussed in class. 

PREREQUISITES: Student must be a proficient reader.  

GRADES: Grades will be assessed through classroom participation, assignments, tests, quizzes, and speeches.

Elective: Creative Writing (0.5 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

Students will learn to create written works that will demonstrate their inner story-teller.  They will learn strategic creative devices such as the development of plot, characters, great beginnings & endings, narration, points of view, and dialogue.  The student will also create different genres, such as a short story, poetry, fiction, historical, script-writing, mystery, and more.  Students will regularly participate in an “Author’s Corner;” a compliment and critique session in which the students will have the opportunity to both read their creative writing aloud to the class, as well as compliment and critique each others’ writing.  The students will compile their creative work into a fall and spring anthology.

 

Successful completion of Creative Writing will count as .5 elective credit.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$20 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

There are no required texts for this class.

 

SUPPLIES:

  •  notebook paper  and something to write with

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

The class will meet once a week and writing assignments will be ongoing.  Writing will be done both in class and as homework, with student/teacher conferences being held on a regular basis.  Class participation is a big part of the course:  Students will sign up to read their selected works aloud to the class.  The listeners are required to listen carefully and give positive feedback which includes one critique and one compliment on paper for the reader to take home and read.  Short class discussion follows.

 

PARENT ROLE AS GUIDE FOR DEPENDENT STUDY:

This role will usually relate to parents with children in grades 7-10.  These students are at a dependent age where disciplined study habits must be developed through positive encouragement and through the students' growing awareness of personal consequences.  In order for these classes to be successful, the teachers are dependent upon parents to make certain their children keep up with the course material assigned and to communicate to teachers if difficulties arise. In some cases, private tutoring might be necessary.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Students must have passed one year of English at MRA or scored on grade level in entrance assessments.

 

GRADES:  

Students will be graded on their writing efforts, editing, and rewriting of their own compositions, class participation, as well as quizzes.  Late work will only be accepted on the basis of a valid excused absence from a parent, and under MRA’s guidelines.

Elective: Engineering (1 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   

Students enrolled in this course will demonstrate knowledge and skills of the process of design as it applies to engineering fields using multiple software applications and tools necessary to produce and present working drawings, solid model renderings, and prototypes. Students will use a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Through implementation of the design process, students will transfer advanced academic skills to component designs. Additionally, students explore career opportunities in engineering, technology, and drafting and what is required to gain and maintain employment in these areas. 

 

CLASS DETAILS: 

$50 yearly supply fee 

 

COURSE TEXTS 

No Textbook required 

Software will be discussed during class and information will be sent via email 

Access to Google Drive is required 

 

SUPPLIES: 

Folder to store handouts (or dedicated space in a large binder) 

Wide-ruled paper  

Pencil pouch with pencils, pens and dry erase marker 

2 glue sticks 

Colored pencils 

Scissors 

Composition Notebook (quadruled) 

Laptop computer 

3 ring binder (for portfolio) 

Scientific Calculator 

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:   

Our class time will consist of both lecture and engineering projects, which enriches the learning experience by supporting the concepts studied.  Students will be maintaining an engineering notebook with notes, research, brainstorming, sketches, etc.  In addition, students will be responsible for building a portfolio throughout the year. Tests will be taken at home with parent supervision approximately every five or six weeks, but much of the learning, and subsequent grading, will be project based.  The amount of time required from week to week will vary based on the ability and age of the student.  However, expect 45 minutes a day on average outside of class time. 

 

Projects and robotics competitions may require additional class meetings throughout each semester. Students unable to attend will be given alternative assignments to replace those participation grades. 

 
A syllabus will be kept up to date on Renweb. 

 

PREREQUISITES:   

An interest in science, technology, engineering and math.  

 

 

PARENT ROLE 

While the goal in middle school is for students to become increasingly independent, parents still play a key role.  Your responsibility will be to: 

  • Stay informed. Know your student’s assignments and when they are due.  Time management and prioritizing tasks are skills students are developing.  Your child may need your help with this, especially as classes become more demanding and the work load increases. 

  • Ask questions. The act of telling what he or she is learning is one more way for your child to commit information to memory.  Also, if you show an interest in engineering, your child may develop an even greater interest in the subject and the wonders of God’s creation. 

  • Be encouraging.  Engineering can be intimidating, especially as we begin to add math throughout the year.  Consistently give your child positive feedback in regards to his or her effort. 

 

ABSENCES AND MAKE UP WORK 

All absences will be unexcused until a sick day form has been completed and turned in. This form should be turned in when your student returns to school into the MRA office. This form can be found in the office and online at the MRA website under Resources. MRA requires all work to be completed and brought back to class upon return from the absence. For each excused absence, one day of grace is given on homework that is due upon returning. Howeverremember that your student’s class is moving forward and this work may be pertinent to their studies. Unexcused absences will be assessed normal late penalties. 

 

In the event of vacations, academic or extracurricular activities like debate or drama, an advanced absence form must be completed and turned into MRA a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the absence (this can be found on the MRA website under Resources) and all work due during the absence must be submitted no later than the original due date. 

 

LATE WORK 

20% off the final grade for the first class day it is late, 30% off the final grade for the second class day it is late, and after the third class day that it is late the assignment is given a 0. 

GRADES:   

- Homework and formative assessments: 10 % 

- Engineering notebook: 20 % 

- Projects:20 % 

- Tests:                                                                            20 % 

- Semester Final/Portfolio: 30 % 

Elective: Psychology (0.5 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

Students will learn what psychology is, who the main doctors of psychology are and what their theories are.  They will also gain an understanding of the brain, consciousness, memory, conditioning, the senses and perception, cognition, motivation and emotion.  In addition, the students will learn about social psychology, abnormal psychology, different therapies, and how experiments are conducted.  The second half of the year will include preparation for the psychology portion of the CLEP test.

 

CLASS DETAILS:

$20 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXTS

Psychology: A Christian Perspective, By Dr. Tim Rice

 

SUPPLIES:

  • notebook paper (and a notebook to keep it organized in)
  • sharpened pencils and erasers

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  

The class will meet once a week with reading and studies to be done in between class sessions.   There will be a large project due at the end of each semester that will consist of a research paper and Prezi presentation on a predetermined topic of psychology.  There will be regular in class tests and quizzes to check students’ comprehension of the subject matter.

 

PARENT ROLE AS GUIDE FOR DEPENDENT STUDY:

This role will usually relate to parents with children in grades 7-10.  These students are at a dependent age where disciplined study habits must be developed through positive encouragement and through the students' growing awareness of personal consequences.  In order for these classes to be successful, the teachers are dependent upon parents to make certain their children keep up with the course material assigned and to communicate to teachers if difficulties arise. In some cases, private tutoring might be necessary.

 

PREREQUISITES:  

Students must have passed one year of English at MRA or scored on grade level in entrance assessments.

 

GRADES:  

Students will be graded on their writing efforts, class participation, as well as tests, quizzes and the presentations.  Late work will only be accepted on the basis of a valid excused absence from a parent, and under MRA’s guidelines.

 

Elective: SAT Prep (0.5 Credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

SAT scores play a major role in attaining many college scholarships. One example is taken from the University of Texas Arlington website:

Scholarship Criteria Award Amount Per Year
President’s Charter 1300 SAT/29 ACT and Top 10% of Class or 3.5 GPA $8,000
Outstanding Freshman 1200 SAT/26ACT and Top 10% of class or 3.2 GPA $6,000
Freshman Honors 1100 SAT/24 ACT and Top 20% of Class $4,000
Freshman Recognition 1200 SAT/26 ACT and top 50% of your Texas High School class $2,000

For families who plan on having their student take the SAT, enrolling in a SAT prep class can be a great way to help their student do his or her very best. In this SAT prep class, we will be using the College Board study guide for the new SAT to get equipped for taking this test, as well as other resources.

CLASS DETAILS: 

There is minimal required homework in this class.  In addition to utilizing the new SAT study guide, we will be utilizing other resources to work on critical reading, math, grammar, and writing.  We will regularly assess where each student is at by taking practice tests. Time will also be devoted to preparing for the SAT essay test, which is now optional.  You can view SAT Essay policies for specific colleges at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/test-design/essay.  Some colleges will be requiring or recommending your student take the SAT essay, while many neither recommend nor require it.

 

PREREQUISITE: 

All students will need to take a mandatory SAT practice test at Matthew Road Academy prior to enrolling in the SAT course. This is required for two reasons: to know each student’s baseline of skills and to assess which students qualify to be in the SAT Honors class. The practice test can be scheduled on the following dates:  2/25/17, 3/10/17, 5/19/17 However, the test must be taken prior to enrollment. All tests begin at 9am.

SUPPLY FEE: $10 yearly supply fee

 

COURSE TEXT:  Official SAT Study Guide   ($16.80 new on Amazon)

SUPPLIES:  2” binder with college-ruled notebook paper, 5 count plastic dividers, #2 pencils (not mechanical pencils), eraser, and black or blue pens.

 

Publications- After School Club (Only $50)

Every Tuesday after school for 1 hour, students will learn:

  • How to contact Sponsors
  • Writing Newsletter Articles
  • Writing Blog Articles
  • An Introduction to Social Media
  • Filming Videos
  • Editing Videos
  • Green Screen Magic
  • Photography
  • Yearbook Assembly

Publications reporters are required to be able to work independently and in groups. While many club activities will be done on campus, some will require outside work. Students must keep passing grades in all classes in order to continue to work on the publications staff.

Students will be given assignments based on their preferences and skill sets. Students will be required to attend weekly unless an excused absence is turned into the office.

Supplies:

  • 1" Binder with Paper & writing tools
  • Computer with Wifi
  • Printer
  • Gmail Account
Choir- After School Club (Only $100)

CLUB DESCRIPTION: 

Choir will be an afterschool club that meets every Thursday from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.

 

It is designed to enhance the musical, creative and expressive qualities of all students.  The choir club is designed for students to apply musical skills as they continue to create and experience music as a musical ensemble.  Students will learn to master solfege, sight-reading, and sing in 4 part harmonies. Students will express musical interpretation with the use of dynamics and phrasing.  Students will continue to develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences in music from other cultures and the connections music brings to people, places and time.  God created music to be loved and used for His Glory and choir club will offer the students an opportunity to do just that.

 

 

CLUB DETAILS:

$100 per year club fee (for purchase of music, binders, pencils, etc.)

CLUB REQUIREMENTS: 

 

For those wishing to participate in choir performances both on and off campus, attendance will be very important. Student who miss more than 4 club meetings in a semester will not be able to participate in performances for that semester.  We will also occasionally go off campus for performances on non-school days; a club calendar will be kept up-to-date with all upcoming events. 

Praise & Worship Club (Only $50)

CLUB DESCRIPTION: 

Praise and Worship club will be an afterschool club that meets every Tuesday from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.

 

This club is for students who love to sing, play an instrument, or are interested in learning more about leading worship. All students in 7th through 12th grade are invited to join us for a time of fun, fellowship, and of course, worship. We will not only learn what is means to worship the Lord through music, but we will also be discussing what it means to worship with our lives. Students in the club will also have the opportunity to help lead worship at Chapel each month if they are interested.

 

Clubs

$100 / Year
    • Choir
    • Praise & Worship-FREE

Clubs

$50 / Year
    • Publications
    • Chess

Clubs

$25 / Year
    • Math
    • Run
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