MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth Grade

At Manheim Christian Day School, our Middle School students are nurtured in Christ-centered education to pursue academic excellence across a variety of disciplines. In math, students use lectures, small group work and technology to study a variety of necessary or advanced concepts. Our English Language Arts classes continue exploration of foundational concepts in literature, grammar, and spelling. Comprehension, analysis, and writing are integrated into literature units to increase proficiency, readiness for further education and love of reading. Students will learn geography and US history in-depth, and study science with hands-on activities. Additional Bible classes encourage students to grow deeper in their knowledge of Scripture and faith in Jesus Christ with a variety of service opportunities.

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FIFTH GRADE

Middle school Teachers:

Lori Henry
Middle School Social Studies







Curriculum:

LANGUAGE ARTS
Reading Street (Pearson Education, Inc.)

Includes: spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, language, and writing

Individualized reading groups and book clubs







MATH
My Math (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on fractions and decimals

Math fact mastery, daily concept review, problem solving













SCIENCE
Interactive Science (Pearson Education, Inc.)

Emphasis on life, earth and physical sciences

Experimentation, hands-on learning, and STEM focused projects












SOCIAL STUDIES
Kids Discover American States and Regions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Emphasis on USA Geography and Landscapes.

Regions of the U.S – The Northeast, The Southeast, The Midwest, The Southwest, The West

Learning the States and Capitals/State Research Project





















BIBLE
Images of God




Knowledge fest – state project

Middle school electives





Special Projects and Events:














Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitors Center – museum, film, cyclorama, Cemetery Ridge Trail Hike
(combined field trip with 6th grade on alternating years)

Harrisburg – PA State Capitol tour, Whitaker Center (combined field trip with 6th grade on alternating years)

Service Project

Typical Field Trips:












John Leininger
Middle School Language Arts

Rodney Zimmerman
Middle School Science

Victoria Nork
Middle School Math

Justin Sauder
Middle School Bible

SIXTH GRADE













LANGUAGE ARTS 
Reading Street (Pearson Education, Inc.)

Emphasis on grammar and comprehension

Includes: spelling, grammar, vocabulary, literature, and writing

Curriculum:

MATH
My Math (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on ratios and proportions, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability

Includes: operations using fractions, decimals and integers, percent, equations, area and volume, and statistics








SCIENCE
Earth & Space Science (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on Earth Sciences

Includes: rocks and minerals, geological changes, earthquakes and volcanoes, weather and climate, and water resources

Experimentation, hands-on learning, and STEM focused projects




























SOCIAL STUDIES
Discovering World Geography – The Western Hemisphere (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on the Western Hemisphere

Learning about the geography, history, economies, government, people and cultures of North America, South America, and Europe

BIBLE
Life of Christ


















Knowledge Fest – students research an invention, write a report, and create a presentation



Special Projects and Events:

Knowledge Fest – students research an invention, write a report, and create a presentation












Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitors Center – museum, film, cyclorama, Cemetery Ridge Trail Hike (combined field trip with 5th grade on alternating years)

Harrisburg – PA State Capitol tour, Whitaker Center (combined field trip with 5th grade on alternating years)

Service Project

Typical Field Trips:











SEVENTH GRADE

LANGUAGE ARTS 
Pearson Literature 7th Grade

Emphasis on writing, reading comprehension, grammar and spelling

Includes: literature study, weekly spelling quizzes, grammar lessons and writing projects

Curriculum:














MATH
Course 2 (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on preparation for algebra

Includes: ratios and proportions, percents, integers, rational numbers, algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, geometry, probability and statistics













SCIENCE
Life Science (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on Biology

Includes: cells, reproduction, genetics, theories of creation, bacteria and viruses, protists and fungi, plants, animals, human body systems, interactions of life
Experimentation, hands-on learning, and STEM focused projects













SOCIAL STUDIES
Discovering World Geography – The Eastern Hemisphere (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on the Eastern Hemisphere

Includes learning about the geography, history, economies, government, people and cultures of Asia, The Caucasus, Siberian Russia, Africa, New Zealand, Oceania, and Antarctica







BIBLE
Creative Bible Study












Spelling Bee

Knowledge Fest – students research and present a science fair project

Special Projects and Events:




Spelling Bee

Knowledge Fest – students research and present a science fair project











Baltimore (combined field trip with 8th grade on alternating years)

Philadelphia (combined field trip with 8th grade on alternating years)

Service project

Typical Field Trips:









EIGHTH GRADE

LANGUAGE ARTS 
Pearson Literature 8th Grade, Spelling Workout (Modern Curriculum Press), Exercises in English (Loyola Press)

Emphasis on word recognition, fluency, and comprehension

Themes include: conflict resolution, yesterday’s heroes, and the dangers of technology

Curriculum:















MATH
Algebra I (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on solving for variables

Includes: algebraic expressions, equations, linear functions and inequalities, systems of equations, exponential, quadradtic and rational functions, geometry, statistics, probability













SCIENCE
Physical Science (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on Physics and Chemistry

Includes: motion and forces, simple machines, energy, states of matter, properties of matter, interactions of matter, waves, electricity, and magnetism
Experimentation, hands-on learning, and STEM focused projects













SOCIAL STUDIES
Discovering Our Past – A History of the United States Early Years (McGraw Hill)

Emphasis on United States History

Includes learning about The First Americans, Exploring the Americas, Colonial America, The American Revolution, The Constitution, The Federalist Era, The Jefferson Era, The Jackson Era, Manifest Destiny and The Civil War







BIBLE
Christian Apologetics is the course of study we have chosen for the graduating class. Apologetics is the “field of theology which seeks to provide a reasoned defense of the Christian faith”. When our students leave the halls of MCDS, we want them to know what they believe and why they embrace that belief. The subject of Apologetics is massive, so we limit our study to, “Is the Bible the Word of God?” and “Was Jesus Christ the Messiah?” We explore everything from Prophecy, Archaeology, and Science to the Resurrection of our Lord with each subject having 5 points they can remember and stand firm on! We end the year with the “so what?” question: He needs to be the Lord of my life!












8th Grade Retreat – 2 days away to grow closer as a class spiritually, socially, and emotionally

LEAD NOW – leadership elective that involves planning and implementing various events in the school and community (facilitating lunch discussion groups, leading chapel, and coordinating outreach opportunities)

Speech meet – students perform a prepared monologue in front of an audience

Special Projects and Events:








Spelling Bee

Knowledge Fest – students research and present a science fair project











Baltimore (combined field trip with 7th grade on alternating years)

Philadelphia (combined field trip with 7th grade on alternating years)

Service project

Typical Field Trips:









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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of MCDS is to pursue academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment where students develop Biblical values and perspectives to prepare them for a lifetime relationship with Jesus Christ.

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