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Course Catalog VALLEY CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1450 Leigh Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125 l (408) 559-4400 l vcs.net


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The

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Starts Here!

The Valley Christian Elementary School finds its strength in community. We like to say, “The Quest Starts Here!” The K-12 scope and development of programs in Academic Achievement, Artistic Beauty, and Athletic Distinction provide elementary students with the opportunity to discover their God-given talents and abilities at a young age. As our students progress through junior high and high school, they will discover more advanced opportunities to develop these gifts. Many of our teachers and coaches spend time at both the Skyway and Leigh campuses, creating an educational environment built upon high standards and continuity. Classroom teachers create an educational environment that values the unique abilities and needs of every student as they lead in the core academic disciplines. A robust schedule of pull-out classes taught by specialists creates a comprehensive approach to education that students love. Additionally, the thorough offering of after-school programs allows students the chance to pursue their areas of passion in depth. The Quest Starts Here... but it’s only the beginning! Distinctives • A 2016 National Blue Ribbon school • Caring, well-trained teachers • Over 2/3 of elementary teachers with a Master’s degree • Teachers receive training in 21st Century Teaching Skills • Teachers receive comprehensive training in Differentiated Instruction • Language Arts taught through the multi-sensory Slingerland approach • Cursive taught beginning in Kindergarten • VCES offers extensive after-school programs in academics, arts, and athletics • On-site support services • Daily Bible lessons and weekly chapel (includes Young Peacemakers curriculum)

Valley Christian Schools maintains dual accreditation through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). 3


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Table of Contents Core Classes Bible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Language Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Social Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Pull-Out Classes Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Discover AMSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Hands-on Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Physical Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Power Electives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Spanish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Kidservatory Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Field Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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Bible We take our responsibility to provide a warm and nurturing Christ-centered community for our students, parents, and faculty very seriously. Students enjoy cross-curricular biblical integration, take Bible as a core academic subject, and participate in chapel once a week. We strive to provide a welcoming and safe educational environment by training our students to be proactive Young Peacemakers. A variety of community service opportunities help VCES students discover, first-hand, the joy of living a life of service and love. The core Bible curriculum aims to help students understand the basic themes and characters of the Bible.

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GRADE

COURSES

Textbook(s)

Kindergarten

Character building, creation, developing and nurturing a relationship with Jesus

Positive Action Bible Curriculum

First Grade

Creation, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Life of Christ, daily devotions

The Jesus Storybook Bible

Second Grade

Lessons from the life of Moses, lessons from the life of Jesus, weekly memory verse, daily devotions

Biblical Choices

Third Grade

Old Testament Judges and Kings, Life of Jesus, Beginning of the Church

Biblical Choices

Fourth Grade

Building Life’s Castle, the Life of Christ

Positive Action for Christ

Fifth Grade

Survey of the Old Testament, biblically-based conflict resolution

Positive Action for Christ

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Language Arts The elementary language arts program seeks to develop fluent readers and prolific writers by the time they matriculate into junior high school. Beginning in kindergarten, students learn the basics of phonemic awareness and cursive letter formation via the Slingerland methodology. By fifth grade, students are reading chapter books above grade level and write original essays on a variety of topics. Accelerated Reader is an individualized assessment and independent reading program that provides all students with an opportunity to develop a life-long love of learning. Students take an assessment at the start of every grading period, which determines their reading range. Students read books independently, take a quiz, and earn points toward their individual goal.

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GRADE

COURSES

Textbook(s)

Kindergarten

The language portion of the curriculum develops communication skills such as speaking in complete sentences, expressing ideas clearly, building vocabulary, listening to instructions, and hearing age-appropriate literature and poetry.

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Kindergarten reading instruction emphasizes recognition and use of the alphabet, blending of short and long vowels, and reading of sentences and simple books. •

Modern Curriculum PressPhonics Starfall Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Journeys Slingerland

All students learn to write by forming letters and numbers and are taught cursive handwriting beginning in kindergarten. First Grade

Journeys is an integrated Language Arts program, encompassing reading, language, and spelling. The curriculum covers initial, medial, and ending sounds. It also introduces beginning parts of speech (nouns, verbs, and adjectives), proper sentence structure with the use of capitals, and punctuation to form paragraphs. Proper verb tenses, plurals, contractions, and possessives are also emphasized.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Journeys Slingerland

A conscientious writing program promotes neatness, correct letter formation, and grammar. Second Grade

The second grade Journeys curriculum covers fiction and nonfiction selections, and reading comprehension skills and strategies. Students learn to write expository, opinion, and narrative paragraphs. Weekly lessons in grammar, spelling, and vocabulary are embedded and connected to reading selections.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Journeys Slingerland

Students review cursive and are introduced to manuscript. Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Journeys curriculum in third grade provides systematic instruction, diagnostic support, and distributed practice for the full range of foundational skills in the Reading Standards. Students receive daily, systematic writing instruction and engage in the full range of writing, including opinion pieces, informative/explanatory pieces, and narratives. The curriculum provides a measured approach to guiding students in using language to acquire and convey meaning effectively. Weekly lessons in grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and writing are carefully sequenced and build upon one another.

The fourth grade Journeys Language Arts program integrates writing, spelling, and language skills with thirty reading selections spaced throughout the text. Each lesson centers on the reading selection and focuses on the following skills: using text for evidence, writing evidence-based compositions, acquiring vocabulary by using it in context, learning spelling based on phonetic clues and in context of the literature, and speaking, listening, and engaging in collaborative conversations.

Fifth grade Journeys curriculum is organized around high interest • stories, and literature units. Reading skills and strategies are taught with the textbook and novel units, while independent reading is practiced, driven by Accelerated Reading goals. • Language skills addressed include the conventions of punctuation and grammar, research skills, parts of speech, vocabulary work, including Greek and Latin roots and affixes, homophones, and often-confused words. Writing instruction focuses on narrative, opinion/persuasive writing, expository writing, and responding to literature. 9

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Journeys Slingerland

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Journeys Slingerland

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Journeys Slingerland


Mathematics The elementary math curriculum provides a comprehensive math program that encompasses all levels of ability, from kindergarten through fifth grade. The elementary utilizes a variety of web-based tools that allow students supplemental math practice both at school and home. Such programs include DreamBox, IXL, BigBrainz, Khan Academy, and ALEKS.

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GRADE

COURSES

Textbook(s)

Kindergarten

The kindergarten curriculum emphasizes classification, sorting, graphs, numbers to 100, measurement, time, and beginning addition and subtraction.

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McGraw-Hill DreamBox

First Grade

The emphasis in first grade is on addition and subtraction, fact families through 20, introduction of time, measurement, place value, adding and subtracting two digit numbers, two and three dimensional shapes, and graphs.

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McGraw-Hill DreamBox

Second Grade

Second grade math focuses on addition and subtraction to 20, addition and subtraction of two-digit and three-digit numbers with regrouping, money to $10, telling time to five minutes, fractions and probability, statistics and graphs, geometry (2-D and 3-D shapes), multiplication/division of twos, fives, and tens, place value through four digits, measurements, and elementary pre-algebra concepts.

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McGraw-Hill DreamBox

Third Grade

Third grade math emphasizes addition, subtraction, place value, addition and subtraction regrouping, time (elapsed time), money, multiplication and division facts through twelves, fractions (equivalent and comparing), long division, measurement, multiplication with regrouping, daily multiplication timed tests, and rounding and estimating.

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McGraw-Hill DreamBox

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade curriculum covers mental math, estimation through rounding, numeracy skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), geometry, decimals, fractions, and data and probability.

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McGraw-Hill ALEKS

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade math focuses on algebra, statistics, decimals, fractions, integers, solid geometry, measurements, and percents.

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McGraw-Hill ALEKS

Fourth and Fifth Grade

SOAR offers a unique, accelerated mathematics opportunity for qualifying fourth and fifth grade students. Selected students participate in this special course in lieu of traditional math instruction. The class meets four mornings a week. The course focuses on preparing students for the Math Olympiad competition.

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McGraw-Hill ALEKS Math Olympiad

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Science VCES Science provides our students with many exciting opportunities for learning through exploration and discovery. Teachers emphasize “living things� as a major unit year-to-year. Students thoroughly enjoy the bi-monthly science labs as part of the pull-out program.

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GRADE

COURSES

Textbook(s)

Kindergarten

Major themes include characteristics of living things (animals and plants), weather, seasons, and life cycles.

Teacher-created units

First Grade

The curriculum focuses on states of matter, plants and animals, weather, habitats, and investigating and developing questions.

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California Science Teacher-created units

Second Grade

Second grade units cover the life cycle of plants and animals, • geology (rocks, fossils, soil), and forces (push/pull, magnets, levers, pulleys).

Addison Wesley

Third Grade

Major themes include living things, matter, energy, motion of objects in the sky, and the sun and plants, with various projectbased units and experiments.

Macmillan/ McGraw Hill

Fourth Grade

The curriculum covers classifying living things, matter on the move, Earth’s history, animals, and electricity and magnetism. Students also participate in an International Space Station (ISS) experiment.

McGraw Hill

Fifth Grade

Fifth graders study plant and animal systems, the solar system, body systems, and investigations and experimentations.

McGraw Hill

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Social Studies Through the study of modern communities, geography, local and national historical people, and groups and movements, students learn how to be responsible citizens in the world around them. Many of the elementary social studies objectives are woven into project-based units.

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GRADE

COURSES

Textbook(s)

Kindergarten

The youngest elementary students learn to understand and demonstrate characteristics of a good citizen, to identify the purpose of holidays, to recognize state and national symbols, and to understand and describe the jobs of school and community workers.

Teacher-created units

First Grade

First grade social studies units focus on oceans and continents, the concept of family, map skills, and colonial times.

Harcourt: Reflections

Second Grade

All second graders acquire essential map skills and learn about people who make a difference, with a major focus on understanding the concepts long ago, yesterday, and today. The government unit helps students gain insight into governmental institutions, practices, and the lawmaking process.

Harcourt: Reflections

Third Grade

Third grade curriculum covers geography, Native Americans, community history, government, citizenship, and economics.

Harcourt: California Series

Fourth Grade

In fourth grade, students learn about California Native Americans, geography, Spanish missions, California’s settlers, the Gold Rush, and transportation. In addition, the curriculum emphasizes map skills via the Weekly Reader publication.

California Studies Weekly Newspaper

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade social studies covers US geography and history from pre-Columbian civilization to westward expansion.

History Alive, America’s Past

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Pull-Out Classes Computers

Developing excellent communicators is one of our primary educational goals at VCS. Since we recognize the key role that technology plays in communication today, we strive to equip our students with the most up-to-date equipment and training available. Computer science aims to teach basic computer skills to develop 21st Century learners. With the emergence of countless digital learning tools, students must be able to operate in an increasingly digital world.

Discover AMSE Science

Discover AMSE Science is another exciting program that exposes VCES students to the world of science through exploration and hands-on science labs. Discover AMSE lessons capitalize on the innate curiosity of elementary students and introduce science concepts that will then be mastered at the junior high and high school levels. Through ageappropriate activities, our young scientists investigate intriguing scientific topics such as Discovering Acids and Bases, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Animal Adaptations, and Exploring Your DNA.

Hands-on Science

Life science, physical science, and earth science units come alive as K-5th grade students engage in hands-on experiences that reinforce the concepts they are studying. This program seeks to excite students’ interest in the discipline of science through a motivating, completionoriented approach. By capitalizing on their background knowledge, this class moves students toward a more complete understanding of science concepts while emphasizing God’s truth as it is revealed in the physical world. Sample units include: Genetics and DNA, States of Matter, Friction, Potential and Kinetic Energy, Egg Anatomy, and Flower Anatomy.

(Grades K-5)

(Grades K-5)

(Grades K-5)

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Library

Students meet with the school librarian twice a month. The focus of Library class is to learn the basics of Library Science and make reading selections based on the students’ interests and reading levels.

Physical Education

Our PE classes provide students with the right start to sportsmanship and healthy lifestyle choices. Students participate in PE twice a week, and kindergarten students attend an additional motor lab to further develop their gross motor skills.

Power Electives

Classes meet four times a week. Students choose a fall and spring class from the following options: Discover AMSE, Athletic Leadership and Performance, Drama/Choir, Band, or Strings.

Spanish

Spanish is taught weekly to all students in 1st-5th grades and bi-weekly for kindergarten. Instruction in colors, shapes, and numbers begins in kindergarten; and by fifth grade, students are forming short sentences and increasing their vocabulary to include places in the community, months of the year, and days of the week. There is also exposure to the Hispanic culture through various projects.

(Grades K-5)

(Grades K-5)

(Grade 5)

(Grades K-5)

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Kidservatory - Art

All K-5 students receive a foundation in visual art, and showcase their work via portfolios and the annual art show. Over the elementary years, students learn to identify the basic elements of art and analyze their effect in works of art, and also create art using different mediums: drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making, and textile arts.

Kidservatory - Music

All K-3 students meet weekly for vocal/music instruction. The first half of the year prepares students for the Christmas Concert at the California Theatre. The second half of the year readies students for the end of the year performance at the “Festival of the Arts.� Through the Orff method of learning, Valley Christian students learn rhythm beat, melody, and play in parts with xylophones, conga drums, and various small, unpitched rhythm instruments.

Kidservatory - Music Fourth Grade Wheel

Students participate in a yearlong rotation (every eight weeks) of offerings in music including strings, choir, and band.

Kidservatory - Music

After a year of exploring instruments/performing arts in their fourth grade rotation, fifth grade students may select an instrument of their choice. They can choose from strings, band, or drama/choir.

Kidservatory Hand Chimes

Fourth and fifth graders may audition for this special pull-out class. Selected students practice once a week in preparation for fall and spring performances, and are introduced to techniques unique to hand chimes. Students are exposed to basic music reading, performance skills, and learn to count on each other to produce beautiful music.

(Grades K-5)

(Grades K-3)

(Grade 5)

(Grades 4-5)

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Field Trips Throughout their elementary years, our students attend a variety of field trips that provide many exciting opportunities for learning about science, art, history, and our local community. Many of these field trips become the highlight of the year for our students.

GRADE Kindergarten

Prusch Farm Park trip, Alum Rock Park Wild Life Museum, Fire Station, Pizza My Heart

First Grade

Pumpkin Patch, Valley Christian Skyway Campus, Theatre, Levi’s Stadium, Happy Hollow

Second Grade

Campbell Historical Museum, Gilroy Gardens Natural Science Day, Hidden Valley Life Science trip

Third Grade

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Community Theatre Performance, Levi’s Stadium, The Tech Museum, Almaden Quicksilver Museum

Fourth Grade

Walk Through California, San Juan Bautista, Roaring Camp, Santa Clara Theatre

Fifth Grade

Youth Science Institute at Alum Rock Park, Mission Springs Outdoor Education Science Camp (overnight), San Jose Historical Museum, The Tech Museum 19


VCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ms. Vera Shantz

Chair

Mr. Michael Sprauve

Vice Chair

Mr. Daniel Burford

Secretary

Mrs. Susan Bagley

Member

Dr. Eric Phelps

Member

Mr. Robert Rubino

Member

Dr. Rick Watson

Member

EXECUTIVE TEAM Dr. Clifford Daugherty

President

408-513-2503

Mr. Jerry Merza

Superintendent

408-513-2500

Mr. John Cooley

Chief Legal Counsel

408-513-2500

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

Mr. Brian Clemons

Junior High School Principal 2017-18

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. Danny Kim

Applied Math, Science, & Engineering K-12

408-513-2583

Mr. Mike LaBarbera

Extend the Gift Development Chair

408-362-7642

Mr. Eric Scharrenberg

Physical Education & Athletics K-12

408-513-2455

CHAPLAINS Rev. Ed Silvoso

VCS Board Chaplain

Mr. Nathan Smith

HS Chaplain

Mr. C.J. Clark

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.

VCES Course Catalog  

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