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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

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VCS MISSION

DEMOGRAPHICS VCJH admits students with a wide range of academic abilities, prioritizing a diverse student body that represents many different talents.

ACCREDITATION ADMINISTRATION

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, bclemons@vcs.net (408) 513-2463 Vice Principal, Miss Lauren Chaplin, lchaplin@vcs.net (408) 513-2462 Dean of Students, Mr. Steve Parmenter, sparmenter@vcs.net (408) 513-2482 Academic Counselor, Mr. C.J. Clark, cclark@vcs.net (408) 513-2479 Director of Student Support, Mrs. Kristen Cunningham, kcunningham@vcs.net (408) 513-2478

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Alumni Faculty and Staff

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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 students’ God-given talents with extraordinary opportunities, preparing them for the extensive college preparatory program at Valley Christian High School.

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TERRANOVA 3 TESTING

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

12.1

13.1

13.0

10.4

11.9

13.0

Reading

11.5

11.3

13.0

TOTAL BATTERY

11.6

12.1

13.0

Language

Total battery means the total of all sub-tests.

Math

CORE CLASSES

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.

ELECTIVES

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

2011 2011 2013

Intel Schools of Distinction Award for Mathematics

STAR Innovator Award for Mathematics

National Blue Ribbon School

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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

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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.

SCIENCE

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.

CLASSROOM ELECTIVES

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

116:1 118 Student to Chicken Ratio

Participating in Jr. AMSE

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Experiments sent into Space


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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PAST SHOWS

The Sound of Music, High School Musical Jr. The Bully Plays, The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Outrageous Fortunes, Little Women, Bye Bye Birdie, Legally Blonde, Jr., The Internet is Distract...Oh Look a Kitten!

VISUAL ARTS

DANCE ARTS

MUSIC

THEATRE ARTS

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 students’ 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.

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Jr. Conservtaory Productions Each Year

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456

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

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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

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335

Non-cut Sports

Athletes

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

WINTER

Boys: Flag Football, Boys: Basketball, Baseball Training Wrestling Girls: Volleyball, Girls: Basketball Softball Co-Ed: Cross Country

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SPRING

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 Delhi’s Grace Public School

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CURRICULUM

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.

SERVICE

CHAPEL

51

Students Serving in Public Schools

3

Organizations Supported

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.

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Prayer Clubs

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Student Life VCJH is a thriving student body. Whether they’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, it’s easy to see that our students are excited and proud to be Warriors.

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WEB—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.

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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.

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