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2016-2017

Valley Christian Junior High

Course Catalog

A 2013 NATIONAL

BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL

Intel Schools of Distinction

2011 Winner 1


Valley Christian Schools maintains dual accreditation through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

VALLEY CHRISTIAN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 100 Skyway Drive #130 San Jose, CA 95111-3636 (408) 513-2460 vcs.net 2


Table of Contents Core Classes Bible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Social Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Physical Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Electives Applied Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Junior Conservatory Visual Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Performing Arts - Theatre . . . . . . . . . 30 Performing Arts - Dance . . . . . . . . . . 32 World Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Junior AMSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Additional Electives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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CORE COURSES Bible

Introduction to Bible 6 Bible 6 Introduction to Bible 7 Bible 7 Bible 8

English English English English English English

6 7 7 Honors 8 8 Honors

Mathematics

Science

Earth Science Life Science Physical Science Introduction to Biology

Social Studies History 6 History 7 History 8

Physical Education Girls PE Boys PE

Math 6 Math 7 PreAlgebra Algebra Readiness Algebra I Geometry Algebra II

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BIBLE “A new commandment I give you, love one another as I have loved you.� John 13:34

We believe that the message of salvation and life in Jesus Christ will transform the lives of our students, our culture, and our world. With this in mind, the Valley Christian Junior High Bible Department purposes to minister to the whole student in their journey with God through teaching the truth, loving the individual, and holding students accountable as we encourage and empower them to be people of influence.

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• INTRODUCTION TO BIBLE 6 The Bible, God’s Love Letter • Introduction to Bible 6 is designed for the student who is new or nearly new to studying the Bible in a systematic, formal way. The student will learn how to navigate through the Word of God, and will come to realize that the theme of God’s truth is consistently woven throughout Scripture. In the process, each student will learn to apply this truth personally to his or her own life. The course is taught using critical thinking methods that emphasize God’s plan of redemption from the beginning of Creation.

Route 66, Complete Bible overview GloBible and/or BibleGateway and/or BLB app

BIBLE 6 God, Our Faithful Father This course will journey through the Old Testament, emphasizing God’s faithfulness to the ungrateful and disobedient people of Israel. This class is primarily designed to present the Bible as the story of God’s acts and words, written so that His people might personally know Him, accept His gift of salvation, and live lives of joyful service and obedience. The lessons will also help each student make an informed commitment to accept Christ as Savior and Lord and live out that commitment through love, obedience, and service. Each student will be immersed in the Bible’s teachings, learn to share its truths with others, and grow in his or her faith.

Walking With God and His People Level 7 (eBook), CSI Walking With God and His People Level 7 (tenth edition - workbook), CSI GloBible and/or BibleGateway or BLB app

INTRODUCTION TO BIBLE 7 The Bible, God’s Love Letter Introduction to Bible 7 is designed for the student who is new or nearly new to studying the Bible in a systematic, formal way. The student will learn how to navigate through the Word of God, and will come to realize that the theme of God’s truth is consistently woven throughout Scripture. In the process, each student will learn to apply this truth personally to his or her own life. The course is taught using critical thinking methods that emphasize God’s plan of redemption from the beginning of Creation.

BIBLE 7 Life of Christ, the Son of God This class examines the life of Jesus Christ through a focused study of the Gospel of John. This book presents the story of Jesus in an action-packed, fast-paced, amazing adventure. During this in-depth survey of John, the student will learn about Jesus’ invitation to a personal, eternal relationship with Him. The student will also examine consistent truths and promises throughout Scripture, and will learn what it means to follow Jesus. Key activities include critically responding in oral class discussions and written short answers, presenting personal application projects, and memorizing Scripture.

BIBLE 8 Discover God, the Holy Spirit – The Study of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles This course is an exceptional life application study of the book of the Acts of the Apostles. The aim is to assist each student in discovering that the Holy Spirit is a mighty helper and daily guide through life. Doctrinal emphasis includes the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the birth of the Christian church, evangelism, and the spread of the Gospel into “the entire world.” Life application areas include dealing with peer pressure, family life issues, and building healthy friendships. “Family Faith Interview” writing assignments encourage parental involvement, while cooperative learning teams, personal journal entry time, and scripture memorization encourage practical application of the student’s faith walk.

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Route 66, Complete Bible overview GloBible and/or BibleGateway and/or BLB app

The Life of Christ from the Gospel of John, Positive Action Bible Curriculum 2010 GloBible and/or UBible app

GloBible app


ENGLISH “They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.” Nehemiah 8:8 Our God is a communicating God. The ability to communicate with one another is part of His plan for our lives. Due to this, the Valley Christian Junior High English Department seeks to inspire our students to delve enthusiastically into great literature and to critically examine it through the lens of God’s truth, both while they are in our classrooms and once they leave. Our goal is to lead them in becoming wise and discerning readers and thinkers who are able to communicate their ideas and beliefs in conversation and in writing.

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ENGLISH 6 English 6 is designed to encompass grammar study, vocabulary workshops, literary analysis, and the development of writing skills. The writing and outlining focus teaches the importance of building strong, supportive body paragraphs; this section also emphasizes narrative and descriptive writing. Prentice Hall Literature and novels are read by students and discussed in class. Novels include Prince Caspian; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; and The Bronze Bow. Short stories are studied with an emphasis on character analysis, vocabulary development, comprehension skills, and enjoyment. Outside reading and book reports are also required.

ENGLISH 7 This course primarily studies selections from a literature anthology, which include various stories, fables, myths, and legends. The student will be introduced to literary analysis and related terminology. Book reports are required and additional novels such as The Outsiders, The King’s Shadow, and The Prince and the Pauper are also read. The student is challenged to interpret all reading from a Christian perspective. Expository writing is emphasized, as is the thesis statement and the five paragraph essay.

ENGLISH 7 HONORS Teacher recommendation required English 7 Honors studies fables, myths, legends, and stories from an anthology as a way of introduction to literary analysis and terminology. Additional novels such as Anna of Byzantium, The Outsiders, The King’s Shadow, and The Prince and the Pauper are also studied. All reading is interpreted from a Christian perspective. The student will learn how to formulate a thesis statement and write a well-supported five paragraph essay. As this is an honors course, a greater level of writing is required and the pace of instruction is accelerated. Honors students enter the writing contests and participate in the ACSI Speech Meet.

ENGLISH 8 English 8 is designed to include a study of grammar, concentrating on the parts of speech, and clauses and phrases. Instruction will cover descriptive, narrative, and expository writing, with an emphasis on persuasive essays. Literature selections include The Diary of Anne Frank, Flowers for Algernon, poetry, and nonfiction essays; supplemental novels include The Hiding Place and The Red Badge of Courage. Each student is encouraged to interpret literature from a Christian perspective. A research paper following MLA format is required, as are book reports and a comparative report on classic novels.

ENGLISH 8 HONORS Teacher recommendation required This course will include a study of grammar, concentrating on the parts of speech, and clauses and phrases. Instruction will include descriptive, narrative, and expository writing, with an emphasis on persuasive essays. Literature selections include The Diary of Anne Frank, Flowers for Algernon, poetry, and nonfiction essays; supplemental novels include The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Hiding Place, Our Town, and Much Ado About Nothing. Each student is encouraged to interpret literature from a Christian perspective. The class will also enter writing contests and participate in the ACSI Speech Meet.

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Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level A 2013 God’s Gift of Language C, A Beka 1990 Prentice Hall Literature assorted selection of novels

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level B 2013 Grammar and Composition I, (fifth edition) A Beka Prentice Hall Literature assorted selection of novels

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level B 2013 Grammar and Composition I, (fifth edition) A Beka Prentice Hall Literature assorted selection of novels

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level C 2013 Grammar and Composition II, A Beka Prentice Hall Literature Taking Writing by the Hand – Writing Workbook assorted selection of novels

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level C 2013 Grammar and Composition II, A Beka Prentice Hall Literature Taking Writing by the Hand – Writing Workbook assorted selection of novels


MATHEMATICS “I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1

We believe that God’s attribute of consistency is demonstrated through the orderliness and precision of mathematics. The Valley Christian Junior High Math Department provides a comprehensive math program that encompasses all levels of ability. The program offers advanced-level courses at every grade level, with all math courses emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, mathematical concepts/applications, and the preparation for high school mathematics all through the lens of a biblical worldview.

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MATH 6 In this course students will develop the eight mathematical practices for future success in high school and college mathematics courses. The curriculum includes in-depth study in numerical expressions with fractions and decimals, basic geometry, and data and statistics. The curriculum also includes an introduction to ratios and rates, integers, and algebraic equations. There is an emphasis on student-centered learning, investigation, and problem solving.

Larson BIG IDEAS Course 1, HMH 2015, eBook

MATH 7 In this course students will develop the eight mathematical practices for future success in high school and college mathematics courses. The curriculum includes in-depth study in integers, rational numbers, ratios, proportions, percents, and geometry. The curriculum also includes an introduction to equations, inequalities, and probability and statistics. There is an emphasis on student-centered learning, investigation, and problem solving.

Larson BIG IDEAS Course 2, HMH 2015, eBook

PREALGEBRA Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of 85% or better in the prior grade level math course, successfully passing the proficiency test, high TerraNova math scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation. In this course students will develop the eight mathematical practices for future success in high school and college mathematics courses. The curriculum includes in-depth study in integers, rational numbers, ratios, proportions, percents, equations, inequalities, and geometry. The curriculum also includes an introduction to exponents, scientific notation, and probability and statistics. There is an emphasis on student-centered learning, investigation, and problem solving.

Larson BIG IDEAS Course 2 Accelerated, HMH 2015, eBook

ALGEBRA READINESS In this course students will develop the eight mathematical practices for future success in high school and college mathematics courses. The curriculum includes in-depth study in integers, rational numbers, ratios, proportions, percents, equations, inequalities, and geometry. The curriculum also includes an introduction to exponents, scientific notation, and probability and statistics. There is an emphasis on student-centered learning, investigation, and problem solving.

Holt McDougal Larson, PreAlgebra 2012

ALGEBRA I Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of 85% or better in PreAlgebra, successfully passing the proficiency test, high TerraNova math scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation. This is a high school level course in which students will develop the eight mathematical practices for future success in high school and college mathematics courses. The curriculum includes in-depth study in linear equations and functions, systems of equations, polynomials, factoring, and quadratic equations and functions. There is an emphasis on student-centered learning, investigation, and problem solving.

Larson BIG IDEAS Algebra 1, HMH 2015, App

GEOMETRY Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of 85% or better in Algebra, successfully passing the proficiency test, high TerraNova math scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation. This is a high school level course in which students will develop the eight mathematical practices for future success in high school and college mathematics courses. The curriculum includes in-depth study in proofs, transformations, triangles, polygons, and circles. There is an emphasis on student-centered learning, investigation, logical reasoning, and problem solving.

Larson BIG IDEAS Geometry, HMH 2015, App

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ALGEBRA II Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of 85% or better in Geometry, successfully passing the proficiency test, high TerraNova math scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation. This is a high school level course in which students will develop the eight mathematical practices for future success in high school and college mathematics courses. The curriculum includes in-depth study in functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, and rational), radical expressions, complex numbers, conic sections, and logarithms. The curriculum also includes an introduction to statistics, sequences and series, and trigonometry. There is an emphasis on student-centered learning, investigation, and problem solving.

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HMH Fuse Algebra 2, Holt McDougal 2015, App


SCIENCE “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17 God is the Creator of all things. He is not limited in any fashion. God controls every part of the Universe studied in Science. The Valley Christian Junior High Science Department provides our students with many exciting opportunities for learning about God’s world through exploration and discovery. Our students explore the wonder of the laws and principles that govern the Universe while developing skills for success throughout junior and senior high in the context of a biblical worldview.

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• EARTH SCIENCE Science 6 introduces the student to studies in the earth science disciplines. The materials present in-depth content and hands-on exploration activities, supplemented by detailed technology support. Students will have a good grasp of the Scientific Method upon completion. The unit on California’s Water Story emphasizes understanding the complex relationship with this vital resource, including best practices for storage, transport, and usage management.

Science Fusion: The Dynamic Earth; Earth’s Water and Atmosphere; and Introduction to Science and Technology, Holt McDougal 2012, workbook and online

LIFE SCIENCE This course introduces the student to studies in the life science disciplines. The materials present in-depth content and hands-on exploration activities, supplemented by comprehensive technology support. The student will complete many in-class experiments, and will analyze the results through scientific lab reports. The student will also complete a comprehensive scientific research report.

Science Fusion: Cells and Heredity; The Diversity of Living Things; and The Human Body, Holt McDougal 2012, workbook and online

PHYSICAL SCIENCE Concurrent enrollment in Algebra I or higher is required for seventh grade students. This course introduces the student to studies in the physical science disciplines. The materials present in-depth content and hands-on exploration activities, supplemented by comprehensive technology support. A science fair unit emphasizes the study and implementation of both the scientific and engineering process.

Science Fusion: Matter and Energy; Motion, Force, and Energy; Space Science, Holt McDougal 2012, workbook and online

INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY Concurrent enrollment in Geometry or higher is required. This course introduces the student to the realm of biological science. The materials present the study of living beings – how they live, how they interact, what makes them unique, and the processes performed to keep them alive. The student will complete many in-class virtual and real laboratory experiments, group investigations, and formal lab reports.

Biology, McGraw Hill 2012 iBook; Supplemental Text: The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel, iBook

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HISTORY “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.� Romans 15:4 We believe that through the study of global cultures, historical time periods, and the changing roles of government and economic development, our students make connections between events of the past and the current global community, and examine moral and ethical questions in history and the world today. Our goal is to help our students to refine a biblical worldview, and ultimately translate their learning into a compassionate and strategic philosophy. The Valley Christian Junior High History Department relates the material in a context of Christian values that is grounded in the Bible as reflected in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

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HISTORY 6 This course provides an overview of world cultures through interactive teaching methods. The span of study will begin with Creation and conclude with the decline of the Roman Empire. The class will explore historical, economic, and geographic themes and will observe cultural differences. Technology will be frequently utilized in order to research and create presentations that summarize main ideas. Each student will grow to appreciate the differences in our world culture because of the history of each civilization. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding God’s purpose and involvement with people throughout history.

History Alive! The Ancient World - Teachers Curriculum Inst. 2011

HISTORY 7 This course is a continuing study of the history of the world, focusing on the years between the fall of Rome and the French Revolution. The class will look to history to uncover lessons for modern daily life. Each student will see God at work in ancient civilizations, and will study biblical principles as they have unfolded over time.

History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond - Teachers Curriculum Inst. 2011

HISTORY 8 History 8 is an in-depth study of the ideas, issues, and events that took place from the framing of the Constitution up to World War I, with an emphasis on America’s role in the war. The curriculum traces the development of America’s democratic institutions as founded on a Judeo-Christian heritage and English parliamentary traditions, and explores how these particularly shaped the Constitution. The class will be taught how to make connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions. The student will also learn about the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War.

History Alive! The United States - Teachers Curriculum Inst. 2011 American Civics, Holt, Rinehart and Winston May 2005 - In class use only

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Colossians 3:23

We believe that God has set standards for our activities that are distinct. Therefore, the aim of the Valley Christian Junior High Physical Education Department is to give our students an opportunity to grow spiritually, improve their skill, enhance physical and mental abilities, enjoy fair play, increase knowledge, and develop a liking for a fit, active, and healthy lifestyle.

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BOYS PE

Uniform

GIRLS PE

Uniform

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ELECTIVES Applied Technology • • • • • • •

Dance Arts

3D Animation 3D Animation - Level II 3D Game Design Introduction to Programming Educational Technology and Study Skills Online Journalism Video Production

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Junior Conservatory of the Arts Visual Arts • • • •

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Alpha Band Advanced Band Quest/Studio Band Cadet Strings Advanced Strings Chamber Strings Ensemble Alpha Drums Quest Percussion Ensemble Advanced Percussion Ensemble Piano Quest Choir Vocal Ensemble Music Creation on the iPad

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Project Lead the Way - Gateway to Technology (GTT) - Medical Detectives and Green Architecture Project Lead the Way - Gateway to Technology Foundations Project Lead the Way - Gateway to Technology Specialization Logic and Reasoning Investigative Science: The Truth is Out There VCJH Space Program - Blasting Off into Space Robotics

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Introduction to Spanish Spanish I Honors Introduction to American Sign Language

Junior AMSE (Applied Math, Science, and Engineering)

Art Foundations Clay Projects Clay Projects II JH Photo

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Color Guard Dance Fundamentals Dance Workshop Hip-Hop Dance

Drama I Advanced Acting Theatrical Design and Technology I

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Yearbook Christian Ministry Training (CMT) The Sporting Life Speech and Debate Teacher Aide (TA) Study Hall


Please note that there are classes requiring a Prerequisite, Audition, or Application. The details can be found within the Course Description for each elective. The following classes have a Prerequisite: • 3D Animation - Level II • 3D Game Design • Introduction to Programming • Clay Projects II • Advanced Acting • Project Lead the Way - Gateway to Technology - Foundations • Project Lead the Way - Gateway to Technology - Specialization • Dance Workshop The following classes require an Audition: • Advanced Band • Quest/Studio Band • Cadet Strings • Advanced Strings • Chamber Strings Ensemble • Quest Percussion Ensemble • Advanced Percussion Ensemble • Vocal Ensemble • Dance Workshop The following classes require an Application: • VCJH Space Program • Yearbook • Christian Ministry Training (CMT) • Teacher Aide

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APPLIED TECHNOLOGY “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.� Philippians 4:8

Our God has created us with the capacity to develop our own unique abilities. With this in mind, the Valley Christian Junior High Applied Technology Department is committed to utilizing technology to enhance the learning experience of students. The technology electives are designed so that our students may develop the skills needed to be successful in school and explore future careers. All technology electives utilize industry-standard software and hardware to facilitate a real-world experience for students.

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3D ANIMATION 3D Animation is designed for the creative, detail-oriented student. The class will learn how to use professional software—Maya Unlimited—to create 3D objects, characters, and scenes. Each student will then learn how to animate his or her own creations. 3D ANIMATION - LEVEL II This course builds on the skills previously learned and applied in 3D Animation. The class will focus on advanced modeling skills and special effects, including dynamics, hair, fur, cloth, advanced surfacing, and particle systems to create animations and video special effects.

Prerequisite: 3D Animation

3D GAME DESIGN 3D Game Design will teach the student how to use his or her 3D Animation skills to create video games. The first semester will emphasize scripting and the artistry of game design while creating simple 2D games. During the second semester, the student will apply his or her 3D modeling and animation skills to game design methods and techniques, in order to create a 3D game.

Prerequisite: 3D Animation

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING Students will learn basic programming concepts while making their own website. In the first semester, students will use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to code their own website from scratch. During the second semester, students will create a fully featured HTML5 web app, and apply what they learned to computer programming with Traditional C.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra, a 3.0 GPA, and in seventh or eighth grade.

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND STUDY SKILLS This course is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for high school and college. Students will learn about the importance of an organized work space, how to take good notes, and how to prepare for tests. Students will also learn how to touch type, create documents (formatted according to MLA academic standard, including citation), and make slideshow presentations. In addition to good study habits, students will learn life skills such as Internet citizenship and how to manage a personal budget. ONLINE JOURNALISM This course will focus on journalism tools for the modern age. Students will create and maintain a website with articles on current events and interviews on campus. Students will explore the open-source WordPress platform, RSS feeds, podcasts, and more. VIDEO PRODUCTION This course will teach the skills needed to create a wide array of video projects, including music videos, mini-documentaries, green screen projects, and movies. Instruction will cover how to write scripts, create storyboards, organize production teams, film using professional cameras and light sets, and capture and edit the film using Final Cut Pro.

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JUNIOR AMSE

(Applied Math, Science, and Engineering) “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” Proverbs 9:9

Inspired by the Creator, the Valley Christian Junior High AMSE Department aims to develop Christian scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who are equipped to become global leaders in the most advanced fields. AMSE provides our students who have an aptitude for math and science with a pipeline of inspiration, instruction, and experience, that they might become successful innovators with the power to do a “world of good.”

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PROJECT LEAD THE WAY – GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY (GTT) – MEDICAL DETECTIVES AND GREEN ARCHITECTURE Project Lead the Way’s Medical Detectives course explores the biomedical sciences through hands-on projects and labs that require the class to solve a variety of medical mysteries. The class investigates medical careers, vital signs, and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Genetic testing for hereditary diseases and DNA crime scene analysis put each student in the place of real-life medical detectives. The Green Architecture portion of the course introduces the concepts of architectural plans, construction styles, alternative materials and processes, dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability. The student uses a 3D architectural software program to create an environmentally friendly home using shipping containers. There is no prerequisite for this course. PROJECT LEAD THE WAY – GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY – FOUNDATIONS Project Lead the Way’s curriculum, Gateway to Technology (GTT) – Foundations, is an activity-, project-, and problem-based learning program designed to engage the natural curiosity of junior high students. In this introductory engineering course, instruction traces the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. The student will learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. The student will also design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate ways to reduce energy consumption through energy efficiency and waste management techniques. Industry standard 3D modeling software is used to create virtual images and produce a portfolio that showcases each student’s creative solutions and print 3D products.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra I or higher is required.

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY – GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY – SPECIALIZATION Project Lead the Way’s second year curriculum, Gateway to Technology Specialization (GTT2) is geared towards the student that has completed GTT Foundations. Having learned the basics, this student is ready to branch out and survey the many fields of engineering, including: Chemical, Electrical, Aerospace, and Environmental. From building and launching rockets, to making ice cream, the student will explore all the fun and excitement that is engineering. The capstone of this class is the “Design Challenge.” As a class, students choose a product to innovate, and then move the product through the entire design process from concept to manufacturing.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Project Lead the Way - Gateway to Technology Foundations (GTT) and concurrent enrollment in Geometry or higher is required.

LOGIC AND REASONING The Logic and Reasoning course teaches the necessary skills to solve puzzles, problems, and develop critical thinking skills. The student will learn to analyze the validity of statements, separate fact from opinion, and recognize fallacies. Instruction will also address how to tackle difficult math problems with calculated ease. Each student in this elective will have opportunities to attend math contests hosted by various organizations. INVESTIGATIVE SCIENCE: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE Ever wonder why Mentos explode when combined with Coke? Or how you can get the same plant to produce both potatoes and tomatoes? Is the physics of flight a mystery to you? Or the forensic techniques used by crime investigators? For the student who is curious about how the world works, this course is a great chance to work in a laboratory setting. The student will conduct real experiments to find the answers to some of nature’s strangest mysteries.

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VCJH SPACE PROGRAM – BLASTING OFF INTO SPACE This course is ideal for students interested in pursuing science and engineering. Students learn through hands-on projects. Students use science and engineering to design an experiment in microgravity. Students have opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of electronics, fluid density, magnetism, robotics, software engineering, and thermodynamics. The engineering design process and scientific method is taught and used. Students may present their experiment at the American Society of Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) or at other science fairs. ROBOTICS I The Robotics I course accepts all levels of experience, and teaches skills including programming, engineering, and concepts that can be used for both academic and professional careers. Instruction begins with a focus on structural stability, balancing weight, robustness, and making logical decisions by considering the criteria. Each Robotics student will use these concepts to build robots, manipulators, and sensors through the fun of Legos. The student will build and program these robots using EV3, a simplistic robot program. The student will also learn practices such as teamwork, being competitive yet kind, and other core values.

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Prerequisite: Placement in this class is subject to teacher approval and requires an application.


Junior Conservatory of the Arts

DANCE ARTS

“Let them praise His name with dancing” Psalm 149:3a

It is the mission of the Valley Christian Junior High Dance Arts Department to equip students with spiritual, artistic, academic, and technical excellence in dance in order to reclaim the arts as an expression of God’s love among the varied cultures of the world. Students learn about the art of dance in a Christian context with strong focus placed on technical and creative excellence as well as an understanding of choreography, exceptional performance styles, physiology, and nutrition.

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COLOR GUARD Color Guard is known as the “sport of the arts,” and is designed for any student who is interested in the live performance of dance that uses movement, choreography, flags, and costumes. The Color Guard represents the school by performing at outside performances, festivals, and competitions.

A costume/uniform fee may apply.

DANCE FUNDAMENTALS This performing arts class is for any student who wants to learn beginning dance technique. The student will develop muscle tone, flexibility, proper dance alignment, technical strength, and performance ability. The student will also be introduced to a variety of dance styles including jazz, ballet, world dance, and contemporary. The Dance Fundamentals class has the opportunity to perform in both the Christmas Dance Show and the Spring Dance Concert (please note: each show will require afterschool rehearsals the week prior to the performance). Additional performance opportunities include community performances, chapel, and the Festival of the Arts. This course may be repeated.

A class participation fee of $70 is required to participate in this course. Students particpating in dance are required to wear dance clothes in class and nude split sole slip-on jazz shoes for performances. Students may be required to purchase basic dance items for their costume (e.g. leotard, tights, etc.).

DANCE WORKSHOP This performing arts class is for the student who has advanced beyond the level of Dance Fundamentals. Dance Workshop will expand the student’s knowledge of dance styles to encompass jazz, ballet, partnering, world dance, and contemporary. Dance Workshop will also broaden the student’s exposure to dance technique, style, expression, and artistry. The Dance Workshop class will perform in both the Christmas Dance Show and the Spring Dance Concert (please note: each show requires after-school rehearsals the week prior to the performance). Additional performance opportunities include community performances, chapel, and the Festival of the Arts. Dancers will also have the opportunity to choreograph a full-length dance for the Spring show.

Prerequisite: Dance Workshop students must have previous dance training. Audition required

HIP-HOP This performing arts class is for students who want to learn beginning hip-hop dance technique. Each student will develop muscle tone, flexibility, technical strength, performance ability, and audition techniques. The student will also be introduced to a variety of hip-hop dance styles, including popping, locking, oldschool, breaking, and many more. Freestyle dancing and choreography are also an important component of instruction. This course may be repeated.

A class participation fee of $70 is required to participate in this course. Students particpating in dance are required to wear dance clothes in class and comfortable shoes.

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A class participation fee of $70 is required to participate in this course. Students particpating in dance are required to wear dance clothes in class and nude split sole slip-on jazz shoes for performances. Students may be required to purchase basic dance items for their costume (e.g. leotard, tights, etc.).


Junior Conservatory of the Arts

MUSIC

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—shout for joy before the Lord, the King.” Psalm 98:4-6 Music is a characteristic of Heaven. The Valley Christian Junior High Music Department believes that music is everywhere in the Universe for the purpose of praising God. The music students in the Conservatory are afforded the opportunity to discover, develop, and master their God-given talents and abilities with a music faculty that have degrees from the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the world.

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COURSES

REQUIREMENTS

ALPHA BAND Alpha Band is the ideal elective for any student who wishes to learn how to play a new musical instrument. Those enrolling in this class will have the opportunity to learn flute, clarinet, baritone horn, tuba, French horn, oboe, bassoon, trombone, trumpet, or saxophone. ADVANCED BAND Advanced Band is a performance-based course, and each student will develop his or her technical and musical skills accordingly. The instruments in this group include flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, baritone, trombone, and tuba. The band performs throughout the year at school functions, music festivals, and other outside events.

Prerequisite: Audition and/or placement by director

QUEST-STUDIO BAND The Quest-Studio Band is the elite performance ensemble for band instrumentalists. The group performs on traditional band instruments in a variety of musical styles, ranging from jazz to chamber to traditional concert band music. Quest-Studio performs at school and community events, music festivals, and may travel to the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento areas.

Prerequisite: Audition and/or placement by director

CADET STRINGS This class is for developing musicians who have had at least six months of instruction on the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Emphasis is given to body balance and posture, ease of playing, sight reading more advanced rhythms, playing in III (violin and viola) and IV (cello) positions, shifting, vibrato, and bow articulations. A student entering Cadet Strings should be able to sight read simple rhythms and notes.

Prerequisite: Audition and/or placement by director

ADVANCED STRINGS This class is designed for the student who is easily able to shift into III and IV positions, can sight read in keys with one to three sharps and one to three flats, and can understand and figure out how to count rhythms. This group performs frequently, and the class will learn many pieces. Advanced Strings will be part of “Ensemble Valley Christian,” the school’s premier performing strings group.

Prerequisite: Audition and/or placement by director

CHAMBER STRINGS ENSEMBLE The Chamber Strings Ensemble is an advanced class that introduces the student to the wonderful world of chamber music. The course includes the study and performance of music from the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary music periods. A focus on individual composers, their Christian faith and devotion, and the sacred music they wrote is also integrated into the course. The Chamber Strings Ensemble will perform several times a year at major school events and community functions.

Prerequisite: Audition and/or placement by director

ALPHA DRUMS The Alpha Drums class teaches the very foundation of drumming. Instruction will include how to hold the sticks; how to read and understand music; and how to drum on snare drums, bass drums, toms, timpani, and more. The course will also explore mallet percussion—instruments we use to play songs and melodies—which includes bells, marimba, vibes, and the xylophone. The Alpha Drums class will also perform and play with the Alpha and Cadet Bands, and will occasionally travel to perform in parades.

A uniform fee of $25 will be required.

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A uniform fee of $35 will be required.

Some fees may apply.

A uniform fee of $65 will be required.

A uniform fee of $65 will be required.

Auditions will be held in May.


ADVANCED PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE The Advanced Percussion Ensemble is an audition-only drum ensemble for intermediate-level percussionists who wish to further develop their musical and technical percussive skills. In addition to performing with the Advanced Band, this ensemble will also perform at festivals, parades, and competitions designed specifically for percussion ensembles.

Prerequisite: Audition and/or placement by director

QUEST PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE The Quest Percussion Ensemble is an audition-only drum ensemble for advancedlevel percussionists who wish to further develop their musical and technical percussive skills. In addition to performing with the Quest Band, this ensemble will also perform at festivals, parades, and competitions designed specifically for percussion ensembles.

Prerequisite: Audition and/or placement by director

A uniform fee of $25 will be required.

A uniform fee of $25 will be required.

PIANO This course is for all levels of pianistic ability, from beginners to more advanced pianists. Instruction takes place in our state-of-the-art lab, where each student works to improve his or her technique, theory, ear training, sight reading, and individual repertoire. QUEST CHOIR This course is for the student who desires to learn proper vocal technique, beginning music theory, harmonizing, and who loves to sing. Instruction will help the student improve his or her voice, learn to sight read, and sing in parts. Some additional rehearsals are required throughout the year, prior to concerts. This class is a great preparation for the high school music program. All choir students will perform in the Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, and additional performances as scheduled by the director. VOCAL ENSEMBLE This advanced performance group will expose vocalists to the rich melodies, harmonies, and textures of classical, jazz, and pop music. The student must be able to read music; sing unaccompanied; and demonstrate the ability to sing in the stylistic idioms of classical, jazz, and pop. MUSIC CREATION ON THE IPAD Music Creation on the iPad opens up the incredible world of music composition and production using the iPad. Topics covered will include music theory, computer-based digital audio recording, editing, sequencing, and notation. The class will gain handson experience using industry-leading music production and theory apps, including: Garage Band, Tenuto, Audiobus, Loopy HD, the DM1 drum sequencer, and the Animoog music synthesizer.

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Prerequisite: Audition and/or placement by director


Junior Conservatory of the Arts

THEATRE ARTS “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 We believe that God uses the ability to express ourselves for His glory. The Valley Christian Junior High Theatre Arts Department cultivates our students’ God-given creative talents through involvement in theoretical and practical aspects of theatre arts. Training explores a variety of performance methods, design techniques, and industry standards for the creation of theatre while facilitating regular application of Christian values to artistic expression.

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COURSES

REQUIREMENTS

DRAMA I This foundational course will expose students to the two Conservatory pathways of Acting and Theatrical Design and Technology. The class is divided into two sections; one semester focuses on a fun approach to the History and Acting side of theatre, and the second semester covers Theatrical Design and Technology basics. At the end of the first semester, sections will switch so every student has an opportunity to experience both aspects of Theatre Arts. All grade levels are welcome! ADVANCED ACTING This class is geared toward the student who desires to pursue a greater knowledge of acting and develop their skills by using the gifts and talents with which God has blessed them. The class will investigate acting competitions, tour a show to local schools, and dig deeper into acting both on stage and on camera. Additionally, the students in the class will learn about directing, script analysis, commercial work, making short films, and auditions. All students in the class are required to participate in afterschool rehearsals one month before the production. THEATRICAL DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY I Theatrical Design and Technology I is a hands-on class that teaches students the fundamentals of creating and working in live theatre. Students learn the basics of designing and building in a fun environment while having the opportunity to play a part in creating a live theatrical production. During class, students learn to use basic hand and power tools, develop painting methods, and create many different elements that are involved in a theatrical production.

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Prerequisite: Placement in this class is subject to teacher approval.


Junior Conservatory of the Arts

VISUAL ARTS

“And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills - to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.� Exodus 35:31-33 We believe God has charged us to appreciate the beautiful things that He has provided. By nurturing creativity in our students, the Valley Christian Junior High Visual Arts Department is helping them develop God-given skills and learn creative problemsolving techniques that they can use throughout their lives. Active participation in the visual arts allows our students to develop a unique perspective and experience of the world in which they live and to pursue their own means of expression.

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COURSES

REQUIREMENTS

ART FOUNDATIONS The Art Foundations course teaches the elements of art (line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space) and examines how each element plays a part in the foundation of all artwork. The class will explore various mediums, including pencil, paper, canvas, acrylics, block prints, and more. The curriculum also includes a study of different time periods and the active artists of those eras, with the opportunity to discuss and illustrate the various forms being taught. CLAY PROJECTS Clay Projects is a hands-on opportunity to make functional pottery and build playful, 3D projects. Pinch pots, coil pots, and slab pottery skills are taught, and projects created include vases, whistles, wind chimes, boxes, bowls, mugs, houses, and more. CLAY PROJECTS II This advanced clay class builds on the foundational skills taught in Clay Projects. This course allows each student to choose his or her projects, and all projects will be advanced construction. More time will be spent exploring the different types of media that can be incorporated with clay. Individual as well as group projects will be created.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Clay Projects class

JH PHOTO JH Photo is an introductory course to photography. The student will first explore the different buttons and settings on his or her camera, and will then photograph projects that use these functions. The student will also learn the composition of a photograph from the artistic aspect. The class will explore elements and principles of art in relation to photography, and will be introduced to basic functions of Photoshop CS5. Most projects will be “enhanced” through an application in Photoshop.

Students’ Needs: Personal Digital Camera (7 Megapixels or greater) with the manual

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WORLD LANGUAGE “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.� Matthew 28:19-20 The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 tells us to spread the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ to all nations. The Valley Christian Junior High World Languages Department trains our students to become proficient in languages other than English. Communication and cultural understanding are essential skills for success in college, career, and ministry and prepare our students to influence the world for Christ.

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COURSES

TEXTBOOKS

INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH Introduction to Spanish is perfect for the sixth or seventh grade student who wants to get an early start on learning a foreign language. The course offers a fun introduction to the basics of Spanish, and classes include a variety of exciting activities, including games, crafts, skits, holiday celebrations, and music. The student will learn how to hold short, simple conversations in Spanish, discussing anything from greetings to the weather to foods.

INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE This course introduces the student to basic knowledge about American Sign Language and the hearing impaired. The curriculum emphasizes both comprehension and production skills, as well as a knowledge of the hearing impaired community and the development of the cultural awareness necessary for maximum communication interaction. The course begins with visual readiness activities, and then progresses through targeted vocabulary items. The use of questions, statements, commands, conversational rules such as attention-getting and turn-taking, and basic fingerspelling skills are also taught. In addition, the students will be introduced to the history of the hearing impaired culture and Deaf Christian Ministry.

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Advancemos! Spanish 1, Holt McDougal

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SPANISH I HONORS This course allows the ambitious eighth grade student to complete a full year of high school-level Spanish while enrolled in junior high. The class will participate in games, skits, art, conversations, and holiday celebrations in order to master the basics of the Spanish language. No prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary to enroll in Spanish I Honors, but the student should be prepared to complete high school-level work.


ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.� Colossians 3:17

We believe that everyone has been gifted with God-given unique talents and abilities. The Valley Christian Junior High additional electives have been created to provide our students with opportunities to reach their highest capacity as they strive to discover what God intends for their lives.

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COURSES

REQUIREMENTS

YEARBOOK The Yearbook course records the memories of the school year. The class works with digital photography and amazing software that make the planning and creating of the Yearbook both challenging and adventurous. Applicants need to be organized, creative, and goal oriented.

Prerequisite: Placement in this class is subject to teacher approval and requires an application.

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY TRAINING (CMT) The Christian Ministry Training (CMT) class will train, equip, and provide opportunities for each student to spread the Gospel. CMT will allow the student to lead in activities during both normal school hours and at extracurricular events. CMT students will be W.E.B. Leaders (Where Everyone Belongs). A W.E.B. Leader is responsible for new student assimilation activities during school hours and at extracurricular events. The CMT class will be involved with off-campus outreach activities during regular school hours at a local public elementary school. Responsibilities include one-on-one academic mentoring, organizing game activities, and building influential relationships with a set group of students.

Prerequisite: Placement in this class is subject to teacher approval and requires an application.

THE SPORTING LIFE This course is designed to present a variety of sports-related topics relevant to junior high students. The student will receive an introduction to sports, explore careers in sports, and develop an understanding of sport training techniques and sports ministry. This course will also provide the student with opportunities to develop practical leadership skills, learn how technology and sports interact, and tackle the ethical and managerial aspects of sports. Course content includes coaching, sport training, officiating, ethics and sportsmanship, media and technology, leadership, sports ministry, time management, careers in sports, administration and management, and much more. SPEECH AND DEBATE The Speech and Debate course gives each student the opportunity to enhance their presentations and speeches, strengthen their persuasive writing, and have fun in some great pro/con arguments. This course will develop each student’s ability to create arguments and counterarguments in a formal debate setting and reason through proposed ideas and perspectives. The student will strengthen his or her own opinions through “brown bag” debates with other students and will learn how to support his or her beliefs. TEACHER AIDE (TA) Teacher Aides are assigned to a teacher during the student’s elective period. Teacher assistants aide the faculty and/or staff in any work deemed necessary.

STUDY HALL This class provides the opportunity to work on schoolwork in a supervised setting.

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Prerequisite: Placement in this class is subject to teacher approval and requires an application.


VCS Board of Directors Ms. Vera Shantz

Chair

Mr. Michael Sprauve

Vice Chair

Mr. Daniel Burford

Secretary

Mrs. Susan Bagley

Member

Mr. Jerry Merza

Member

Dr. Eric Phelps

Member

Mr. Robert Rubino

Member

Dr. Rick Watson

Member

Executive Team Dr. Clifford Daugherty

President

408-513-2503

Dr. Stephen McMinn

Chief Operating Officer

408-513-2500

Mr. Kenneth Shilling

Chief Financial Officer

408-513-2598

Senior Leadership Team Mr. Gabe Guven

Elementary School Principal

408-559-4400

Mrs. Lisa Arnett

Junior High School Principal

408-513-2463

Mr. Mark Lodewyk

High School Principal

408-513-2425

Mr. Michael Annab

Technology K-12

408-513-2556

Mrs. Kimberly Ellefsen

Marketing & Publications K-12

408-362-7645

Mr. Troy Gunter

Conservatory of the Arts K-12

408-362-7600

Miss Shirley Hitchcock

Accreditation & Curriculum K-12

408-513-2508

Mr. Eric Scharrenberg

Physical Education & Athletics K-12

408-513-2455

Mr. Werner Vavken

Applied Math, Science, & Engineering K-12

408-513-2571

Chaplains Rev. Ed Silvoso

VCS Board Chaplain

Mr. (Rev.) Werner Vavken

VCS Faculty/Staff Chaplain

Mr. Nathan Smith

HS Chaplain

Mr. Brian Clemons

JH Chaplain

Mission Statement

Valley Christian Schools’ mission is to provide a nurturing environment offering quality education supported by a strong foundation of Christian values in partnership with parents, equipping students to become leaders to serve God, to serve their families, and to positively impact their communities and the world. To support VCS, please call the Extend the Gift Development Office at 408-362-7642.

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