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Bible

The task of teaching Bible is not taken lightly and it is the role of each educator at LCS to portray God in his/her character as not only an educator but as a child of God believing the words from the second chapter of Proverbs:    If you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Students will engage in a study of Christian character by examination of the lives of multiple Old Testament people.  We will look how Christian character is developed and how we can make application to school, our society, and ourselves.

The year is divided into the following sections in order to build a true picture of Christian character; Growing in wisdom and knowledge of the Bible, Christian service and encouragement, and how Christian behavior can be incorporated into our lives in order to live our life to the fullest of God.

Prerequisite: None

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.    Deuteronomy 6:6-8

The task of teaching Bible is not taken lightly and it is the role of each educator at LCS to portray God in his/her character as not only an educator but as a child of God believing the words from the second chapter of Proverbs:  If you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Seventh and eighth grade Bible is similar in that we engage in a study in Christian character. 

Students will view how we develop virtues and values as a Christian people.  This will allow us to grow in our understanding of the wisdom of God and how we honor Him by living a life in His service and as an example to the world.

Prerequisite:  None

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.    Deuteronomy 6:6-8

 

ELA (English/Language Arts)

Summer reading will be required for this course.

8th grade English/Language Arts will continue to focus heavily on grammar. Students will explore a variety of literary and informational texts and analyze the text for various literary devices and application to spiritual truths.

8th grade students will continue an in-depth study of vocabulary that will aid them in test taking and ready them for high school.

Activities for 8th grade English/Language Arts will introduce students to higher-level reading, writing, and oral communication skills while using a Christian worldview. Students should read and write on a daily basis. Students in this class will sometimes be asked to work independently outside of class on reading and writing assignments and to show God’s love to others in class.

Prerequisite:  Summer reading

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.   Colossians 3:23-24

Fine Arts

This class is intended to prepare students for art at the High School level and develop an understanding and appreciation of the fine arts.

In this introductory course to the visual arts, students will explore the talents and abilities which God has blessed them with. This is done so through a variety of concepts and drawing media, painting, 3D design, techniques in perspective, and much more. Traditionally First semester focuses mostly on 2D while the spring semester focuses on 3D works.

Students will learn about different artists, media, and techniques. They are expected to gain a general understanding of artistic terms, the elements, and principles. By the end of this course they should be able to identify various artistic styles, artist names, and utilize artistic vocabulary accurately. Many student projects are displayed, outside the art classroom, at various art expositions throughout the community, and may be entered in competitions; such as the South Plains Art Fair, Mentor/Tormentor Exhibit at LCU, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, JR Visual Arts Scholastic Event, Lubbock Arts Festival, and TCSIT.

Students are entered into competitions in an effort to further their appreciation of Art, instill a sense of accomplishment both for themselves and their work, and ultimately to give students a chance to let God’s light shine through their efforts and everything they do.

Prerequisite: None

You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.    Matthew 5:14-16

The Junior High Band is made up of 7th and 8th grade students who are working at developing their skills to eventually become a member of the High School Band. An emphasis will be to realize that music is a gift from God, and we are blessed with the abilities to make, understand, and enjoy this gift He has created for us.

They will work to maintain a high level of musicianship for competitions as well as various public performances.

Many students will be encouraged to try out for All-Region Band as well as performing solos and ensembles.

Students are expected to have experience in band/music before being a member of the LCJH Band.

Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation/Approval

You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.    Matthew 5:14-16

Math

God is the creator of all things, even math.  He completely understands what only baffles our own comprehension.

The emphasis of Seventh Grade Math is the applications of fractions, decimals, and integers.  The study of fractions and decimals is closely aligned with proportions and percent.  Probability, geometry, and measurement will be investigated. With integers, we will begin looking at solving equations in order to prepare for Pre-Algebra/Algebra I.

Students will be expected to work in class as well as occasionally at home on assignments/ and daily work.

Prerequisite: None

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.   Colossians 3:23-24

 

Algebra is based on the idea that certain relationships hold true, that objects operate in a predictable fashion.  Because of God’s unchanging hand over our creation, we can use letters in algebra to describe our predictable world.

Important concepts of pre-algebra are solving algebraic equations and inequalities involving integers, fractions, and decimals.

The problems will progress from one-step and one-variable, to multiple steps and variables.  Proportions and percent will also be studied.  Students will also spend time on linear functions and graphing on the coordinate plane.

Prerequisite:  None

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.   Colossians 3:23-24

Science

This course is an interdisciplinary approach to the foundational concepts of biology. 

Students will engage in investigations using the scientific method, critical thinking, scientific problem solving, and the use of scientific instruments to collect and analyze these concepts.

Emphasis will be placed on the homeostatic relationships between biotic and abiotic communities and the fact that God placed all creation in perfect balance.  In order for life to continue on the Earth, this balance must be maintained.

Prerequisite:  None

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23

In this class, interdisciplinary instruction will focus on geological, physical, and chemical aspects of science.

Students will engage in field and project-based investigations that involve the use of the scientific method, critical thinking, and problem solving methods.

This course deals with the Earth and its changing dynamics and the chemical and physical processes that must occur in conjunction with the biological realm to maintain God’s balance within the biosphere. Details of the science of creation are discussed and put into practice through the lenses of Biblical and scientific world views.

Prerequisite:  None

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Social Studies

This course will cover the history of Texas from early times to present.  It will examine the full scope of Texas history, including the Native Americans living in Texas prior to European exploration and the eras of mission building, colonization, revolution, republic, and statehood.

The focus in each era will be on key individuals, events and issues, and their impact of Texas.

Special emphasis will be placed on how the spread of Christianity played an important role in the settlement of Texas.

Prerequisite: None

You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.    Matthew 5:14-16

This course will cover United States History from the early colonial period through Reconstruction.  Historical content will focus on the political, economic, social events and issues America has faced in her history.

America, however, is a country deeply rooted in Christian moral truths, and we will explore the ideas of our founding fathers, and the impact they have had on the delicate balance between true freedom of religion and maintaining a Christian identity as a nation.

Prerequisite:  None

You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.    Matthew 5:14-16