Welcome! “Partnering with parents, we strive to develop well-rounded students who are passionate in their learning and devoted to serving God and others.” The Valley Christian Junior High Principal for the 2017-18 school year, Brian Clemons, has been a member of the VCS community for over 18 years—as a student (class of 1987), parent, teacher, chaplain, and Vice Principal. Even after all of this time, Brian is still impressed with what he sees from the students. “Junior highers are so readily engaged and eager to grab ahold of key concepts—it’s a great stage of learning in their life that the faculty and I are privileged to participate in.” Earning Blue Ribbon Award recognition in 2013 and continuing to push the bounds of innovation, Brian believes VCJH is an environment that’s built to help encourage students to think outside the box and then equips them to succeed. “VCJH has all of the resources students need to ‘dream the impossible dream…’ all we need to do is ignite the spark within them and turn them loose to discover God’s place for them in the world.”
CONTENTS Mission Academic Achievement Artistic Beauty Athletic Distinction Faith & Community
DEMOGRAPHICS VCJH admits students with a wide range of academic abilities, prioritizing a diverse student body that represents many different talents.
700 1960 Students Enrolled
Year School Founded
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.
3% 35% 32% 7% 23%
African American Asian Caucasian Hispanic Other
(including no response, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Blended Backgrounds)
23 700 12:1 30+ 12
Average Class Size Enrollment Student/Faculty Ratio Teachers with Master’s Degrees Alumni Faculty/Staff
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Principal, Mr. Brian Clemons, firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 513-2463 Vice Principal, Miss Lauren Chaplin, email@example.com (408) 513-2462 Dean of Students, Mr. Steve Parmenter, firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 513-2482 Academic Counselor, Mr. C.J. Clark, email@example.com (408) 513-2479 Director of Student Support, Mrs. Kristen Cunningham, firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 513-2478
Alumni Faculty and Staff
Academic Achievement VCJH is an academically challenging yet nurturing learning environment where sixth, seventh, and eigth grade students learn through a comprehensive approach to all subjects. Emphasis is placed on developing effective study skills and discipline for more advanced academic work. Additionally, co-curricular programs through the Conservatory of the Arts and AMSE (the Applied Math, Science, and Engineering Institute) enrich studentsâ€™ God-given talents with extraordinary opportunities, preparing them for the extensive college preparatory program at Valley Christian High School.
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Bible, English, math, physical education, science, and history
HONORS CLASS OFFERINGS
Many students take multiple Honors courses during their time in junior high school, with 93% of the VCJH graduates continuing to Valley Christian High School enrolling in the VCHS Honors Program, entering classes as high as Chemistry Honors and Trigonometry/PreCalculus Honors.
This strength of schedule is coupled with a wide-ranging selection of exciting electives. Examples include: 3D Animation, Cadet Strings, Color Guard, Spanish, Speech and Debate, Photography, Spanish I Honors, Clay Projects, Alpha Drums, Dance Workshop, Yearbook, Online Journalism, Drama, Investigative Science, Video Projects, VCJH Space Program, Art Fundamentals, Quest Band, Sporting Life, Project Lead the Way (engineering course)
To view our full 2017-18 course catalog: vcs.net/jhcoursecatalog
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Intel Schools of Distinction Award for Mathematics
STAR Innovator Award for Mathematics
National Blue Ribbon School
Junior AMSE A branch of our STEM program, the Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute, Junior AMSE provides students with incredible facilities, outstanding curriculum, and unique opportunities to inspire future mathematicians, scientists, doctors, and engineers all the while preparing them for our High School AMSE program. VCJH offers many opportunities for students to participate in Junior AMSE, from the WarriorBots competitive robotics team to a variety of innovative hands-on science and engineering classes and clubs. - Exciting and challenging electives including Investigative Science, Logic and Reasoning, the VCJH Space Program, Project Lead the Way (engineering), and Robotics - Nine extracurricular offerings ranging from robotics to agriculture - Extraordinary opportunities to enter elite competitions, and to participate in an International Space Station (ISS) project
JUNIOR AMSE PROGRAMS MATH
The Junior High Math Department provides a comprehensive math program that encompasses all levels of ability from grades six through eight. We are pleased to offer advanced-level courses at every grade level, with all math courses emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, mathematical concepts/applications, and preparation for high school mathematics.
VCJH science curriculum reaches all levels of students, from those just beginning to explore the field to those with exceptionally advanced scientific minds. Students have the opportunity to analyze DNA, participate in the national competition eCybermission, and identify solutions to erosion problems on campus.
We offer several exciting and challenging electives through our AMSE program, including Investigative Science, Logic and Reasoning, the VCJH Space Program, Project Lead the Way (engineering), and Robotics.
JUNIOR AMSE EXTRACURRICULARS Aggies Club, Chess Club, GEM ST (Girls in Engineering, Math, Science, and Technology), Maker Space, Math Club, Robotics Program, Rube Goldberg competition, Science Club, STAR/Youth Radio Club
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Participating in Jr. AMSE
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Artistic Beauty Our Junior Conservatory offers young artists the opportunity to further develop their God-given talents, with a full range of visual and performing arts classes in visual arts, dance arts, music, and theatre arts. In a program of unmatched quality and breadth of offerings, the Junior Conservatory provides the necessary preparation for matriculation to the High School Conservatory of the Arts. o Private Lessons with instructors with extensive training and years of experience o Faculty from some of the finest conservatories in the world, including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Institute o School-day courses in music, art, theatre, and dance in an environment that delivers unmatched quality and breadth o Unique performance opportunities in outstanding venues, including the professional stages of the California Theatre in downtown San Jose, and Disneyland (Main Street USA) o An abundance of exceptional facilities including a dance studio, piano lab, rehearsal hall, Student Life Center, main stage theatre, Black Box Theatre, and ceramics studio, in addition to practice suites, recording facilities, and specially designed music classrooms
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Junior Conservatory Visual Arts teachers provide inspiration and instruction in art, ceramics, and photography in the upper level Visual Arts classroom and studio space in the Conservatory building.
The Dance Arts Department was designed to serve students with wide-ranging abilities, offering a Dance Fundamentals class for beginning students, and Dance Workshop to expand studentsâ€™ knowledge and mastery of dance styles, including jazz, ballet, hip-hop, partnering, world dance, and contemporary.
The Junior Conservatory Music Department offers exceptional instruction in strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and piano. We also are proud to offer students the opportunity to travel and perform in highcaliber concert venues.
Junior Conservatory Theatre Arts consists of classes for grades 6-8, including drama, dance, and theatrical design. Students receive quality training in various dance methods, stage and on-camera acting, directing, voice and movement, the history of dance and theatre, many aspects of technical theatre, and the many aspects of performing and actually putting on a show.
Jr. Conservtaory Productions Each Year
Conservatory Course Offerings
Participating in Jr. Conservatory
Athletic Distinction VCJH participates at the highest level of competition in Santa Clara County. Offering a balanced program consisting of 22 teams competing in 11 different sports, our commitment is to hire coaches who model Christian values both on and off the athletic field and prepare our emerging student-athletes to be leaders in the community. o Our 6-time Girls Soccer champions have won league titles in ‘07, ‘08, ‘12, ‘13, ‘14, and ‘15
Our Physical Education and Human Performance department strives to empower all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. A physically educated student at VCS: o Actively participates o Maintains high character o Understands the importance of physical literacy o Develops a foundation for making healthy decisions
HUMAN PERFORMANCE CENTER TEAMS
Many of our student-athletes take advantage of the sport-specific workouts offered after school to receive training from our highly experienced coaching staff in the state-of-the-art Human Performance Center. FALL
Boys: Flag Football, Boys: Basketball, Baseball Training Wrestling Girls: Volleyball, Girls: Basketball Softball Co-Ed: Cross Country
Boys: Soccer, Volleyball Girls: Soccer, Volleyball Co-Ed: Track & Field, Golf, Tennis, Water Polo
Spiritual Life While known for high quality programs and oneof-a-kind opportunities, VCJH places a high value on fostering a personal relationship with Christ. We recognize that this relationship is one that not only transforms our world but also makes a difference for eternity. o Operation Christmas Child o Community Outreach Programs o Student-led initiatives involving worship, prayer, and service on the campus o Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) Program o Christian Ministry Training o Raising funds for New Delhiâ€™s Grace Public School
Every student is required to take a Bible class each year, with sixth grade focusing on God the Father, seventh grade focusing on God the Son, and eighth grade focusing on God the Holy Spirit. Valley Christian Junior High offers students the opportunity to learn at a very young age how to demonstrate God’s love through Jr. WALK (Warriors Advancing the Lord’s Kingdom). VCJH encourages students to serve, inspire, and motivate others on and off our campus in their everyday life. Through action and love, students seek to advance the Lord’s Kingdom with the redemptive power of the Gospel to transform our communities and the world.
Students Serving in Public Schools
Our Christian Ministry Training (CMT) course allows students to extend this attitude of inclusion and service to others in one of our local public schools, through Jr. University. Our students travel four times a week to Los Arboles Literacy and Technology Academy to help in the after-school CORAL program. VCJH students tutor and play games with the K-3 local public school students, building relationships that truly glorify God. Chapels are held weekly, and include a time of music, teaching, Bible readings, and prayer.
Student Life VCJH is a thriving student body. Whether theyâ€™re cheering on their fellow Warriors in class competitions, dressing up in crazy costumes for Spirit Week, or giving it their all at the annual Jog-A-Thon, itâ€™s easy to see that our students are excited and proud to be Warriors.
WEBâ€”WHERE EVERYBODY BELONGS The Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) Program exists to make sure no student goes through junior high alone. Part of a national organization, WEB offers leadership classes and training for seventh and eighth grade students to help sixth graders and other new students achieve success in their first year at VCJH. From encouraging notes in lockers to lunch-time socials, student leaders take initiative to help create a community where everybody really does belong.
VCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ms. Vera Shantz
Mr. Michael Sprauve
Mr. Daniel Burford
Mrs. Susan Bagley
Dr. Eric Phelps
Mr. Robert Rubino
Dr. Rick Watson
EXECUTIVE TEAM Dr. Clifford Daugherty
Mr. Jerry Merza
Mr. John Cooley
Chief Legal Counsel
Dr. Stephen McMinn
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Kenneth Shilling
Chief Financial Officer
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM Mr. Gabe Guven
Elementary School Principal
Mr. Brian Clemons
Junior High School Principal 2017-18
Mr. Mark Lodewyk
High School Principal
Mr. Michael Annab
Mrs. Kimberly Ellefsen
Marketing & Publications K-12
Mr. Troy Gunter
Conservatory of the Arts K-12
Miss Shirley Hitchcock
Accreditation & Curriculum K-12
Mr. Danny Kim
Applied Math, Science, & Engineering K-12
Mr. Mike LaBarbera
Extend the Gift Development Chair
Mr. Eric Scharrenberg
Physical Education & Athletics K-12
CHAPLAINS Rev. Ed Silvoso
VCS Board Chaplain
Mr. Nathan Smith
Mr. C.J. Clark
Valley Christian Schoolsâ€™ 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.