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MIDDLE SCHOOL

OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

Recognizing the unique developmental needs of early adolescents, the middle school strives to integrate quality education with purposeful Biblical application throughout our middle school program. Core subjects are taught with the intent of encouraging students to think critically and to take a leadership role in their education. Through academic integration and weekly chapel services, students are challenged to develop their character and to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Middle school teachers recognize the unique developmental needs of the early adolescent student while providing a sound education with a favorable
student-teacher ratio.

Curriculum includes core courses, Fine Arts, Spelling Bee, Physical Education,
Choir, Computer Technology

Co-Curricular Activities

Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Volleyball, Robotics

GRADE SIX

GRADE SIX

BIBLE

Students study teachings from the book of Proverbs. The focus is on students’ personal choices and relationships with Christ, peers, family members, and those in authority. Life application principles are strongly emphasized so that students learn to apply Scripture directly to their own life situations. A Scripture memorization program emphasizes passages directly relating to our study and one’s own personal life.

LANGUAGE ARTS

English 

Grade six English consists of units in grammar and writing. Throughout the year, students practice various skills in grammar and writing that enable them to produce different types of writing samples, which focus on the paragraph and being able to develop the paragraph with supporting details. All skills are culminated in their end of year writing assignment. God gave us the gift of language; need to learn about language so that we can better communicate with people and share the gospel.

Reading 

Grade six Reading is designed to enable the student to gain strength in reading comprehension through the use of reading strategies. Students will engage in character and plot analysis. Vocabulary is developed through the use of context clues and word analysis. Motivation is a key part of how we function. The students will examine character motivation from novels and reflect on their own motivation. We will evaluate character and personal motivation and see if the world or God’s Word motivates us.

MATH

Grade six Math reviews basic arithmetic skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and continues to develop skills with fractions, decimals, percents, and ratios, as well as word problems skills. Additionally, basic algebraic skills are introduced. Some of the attributes of God that are exemplified in math are introduced including, orderliness, infinity, immutability, and universality

SCIENCE

Grade six Science explores populations and communities, ecosystems and biomes, living resources, land, water, and air resources, and energy resources. A variety of subject matter is developed with hands-on skills and labs to engage the student. Educational videos, Internet research sites, and technological projects are implemented. God created the earth and all of its inhabitants. The organization of species in their habitats as part of a community and broader ecosystem shows the harmony of His creation.

MUSIC

General Music

Middle School General Music is a one semester class that meets three times a week. Throughout the three years in middle school, students will contemplate the creativity, beauty, and complexity of God as the Creator of Music in relation to Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation, and the History of Jazz.

Middle School Choir

Middle School Choir is an elective that meets three times a week for both semesters. It offers a wonderful opportunity for students to sharpen their musical talents and use them for the glory of God. The choir practices various vocal exercises to strengthen and develop their voices, is exposed to diverse styles of music, and sing two to three part music. Students are given the following performance opportunities throughout the year: Grandparent’s Day, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, and the ACSI Music Festival.

fine ARTs

Middle school art classes meet three times weekly for one semester each year and give the students an opportunity to work with a broad range of materials and techniques while developing the work habits of an artist. Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, textiles, construction, and ceramics are the mediums used to reinforce what is learned about the elements and principles of art. The students use God’s gift of creativity as they learn about his Truth through the visual world.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical education emphasizes student participation in small-sided games and activities focusing on the development of basic movement skills by integrating them into team and individual activities to achieve higher levels of skill acquisition. Students participate in activities that are designed to contribute toward their physical fitness, promoting a healthy lifestyle and good stewardship of the physical body. Knowledge of rules, strategies, fitness assessment, and the role of physical activities in their lives are covered. The range of activities include: team and individual activities/sports, gymnastics, rhythmic activities, cooperative games, and fitness exercise/activities. Gymnastic activities are selected to develop skills commensurate with each student’s ability level. Students are encouraged to work productively in group activities using appropriate conflict resolution styles using the Lord’s example. Appreciation for a healthy physical body is fostered as well as its proper maintenance, enabling students to fulfill their God-given potential in life.

GRADE SEVEN

GRADE SEVEN

BIBLE

Survey of the Old Testament includes the creation account, major events in the lives of the patriarchs and the nation Israel and the message of the Old Testament as it points to the Messiah. Students learn memory verses throughout the year that are in relation to their lessons and their personal lives. The students complete a project after each lesson, whether written or creative, to show what they have learned and how it can be applied to their lives.

LANGUAGE ARTS

English 

Grammar and Composition Language is God’s precious gift to mankind, given to no other part of His creation. The wise use of this gift in writing and speaking enables us to communicate clearly with God and others. General grammar study is undertaken to develop accurate usage and understanding of grammar rules. Composition focuses on developing strong paragraph structure in the first quarter and moves on to an introduction to the five-paragraph essay. Research skills are also a part of this class. Composition areas include creative, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and expository. Vocabulary is built through the teaching of Latin and Greek root words.

Literature

Grade seven Literature is designed to enable the student to gain strength in reading comprehension through the use of reading and vocabulary strategies. Students will engage in character and plot analysis and reading strategies such as prediction and questioning. As students analyze the literature, connections to Biblical principles are incorporated and explored. With each book, we explore the author’s message and evaluate it according to God’s Word. Vocabulary is developed through the use of context clues and word analysis.

MATH

Includes a review of arithmetic operations and continues with basic algebraic skills. Review and extension of decimal numbers, fractional parts, place value, prime and composite numbers, linear measurement, area, perimeter, volume, percent, ratio, and algebraic equations are emphasized. The course also shows how God emphasizes the importance of mathematical patterns in His creation through the Fibonacci Sequence.

Pre-algebra

Pre-algebra is a transitional course between arithmetic and algebra. It is offered to upper middle school students as a foundation for algebra. Topics include a review of arithmetic operations, solving equations and inequalities, graphing coordinates, ratios and proportions, percents, measurement, and geometry. Show how number patterns demonstrate the orderliness of God’s creation.

SCIENCE

In seventh grade Science, students examine Earth Science, which embarks on an exploration of a Christian perspective on the philosophy of science and its relationship with God. The first unit covers the earth’s motions, an exploration of the stars, the sun, and the planets within our solar system. The second unit looks at the earth’s atmosphere, with an introduction into meteorology, water of the atmosphere, movement of the atmosphere, and weather prediction. The third unit explores the hydrosphere, concentrating on the oceans and seas, glaciers and the power of ice, and the ground water system.

history

The course begins with the study of Ancient Greece with a focus on its impact on Greek culture, geography, religion, government, and economy. Next comes the study of Ancient Rome, providing an overview of the founding of Rome, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire. It follows Roman history from a monarchy, to democracy, ending with a dictatorship run by emperors. Roman culture, geography, religion, and economy are also investigated. A study of Rome reveals the birth of Christianity and its impact throughout history. The course continues with a study of the Byzantine Empire, an introduction to Islam, the growth of Muslim civilization, and its conflict with Christianity. The course ends with a study of the Middle Ages, feudalism, and the role of the church in medieval society. Critical thinking skills are stressed as students are encouraged to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate what they learn from a Christian perspective, incorporating Scripture to evaluate events. The ultimate goal is to increase awareness of and appreciation for the sovereignty of God throughout history.

MUSIC

General Music

Middle School General Music is a one semester class that meets three times a week. Throughout the three years in middle school, students will contemplate the creativity, beauty, and complexity of God as the Creator of Music in relation to Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation, and the History of Jazz.

Middle School Choir

Middle School Choir is an elective that meets three times a week for both semesters. It offers a wonderful opportunity for students to sharpen their musical talents and use them for the glory of God. The choir practices various vocal exercises to strengthen and develop their voices, is exposed to diverse styles of music, and sing two to three part music. Students are given the following performance opportunities throughout the year: Grandparent’s Day, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, and the ACSI Music Festival.

fine ARTs

Middle school art classes meet three times weekly for one semester each year and give the students an opportunity to work with a broad range of materials and techniques while developing the work habits of an artist. Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, textiles, construction, and ceramics are the mediums used to reinforce what is learned about the elements and principles of art. The students use God’s gift of creativity as they learn about his Truth through the visual world.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical education emphasizes student participation in small-sided games and activities focusing on the development of basic movement skills by integrating them into team and individual activities to achieve higher levels of skill acquisition. Students participate in activities that are designed to contribute toward their physical fitness, promoting a healthy lifestyle and good stewardship of the physical body. Knowledge of rules, strategies, fitness assessment, and the role of physical activities in their lives are covered. The range of activities include: team and individual activities/sports, gymnastics, rhythmic activities, cooperative games, and fitness exercise/activities. Gymnastic activities are selected to develop skills commensurate with each student’s ability level. Students are encouraged to work productively in group activities using appropriate conflict resolution styles using the Lord’s example. Appreciation for a healthy physical body is fostered as well as its proper maintenance, enabling students to fulfill their God-given potential in life.

GRADE EIGHT

GRADE EIGHT

BIBLE

Students explore the New Testament in a variety of ways as they put all the pieces into place in the meta-narrative of Scripture, seeing how God has revealed Himself and His plan of redemption for mankind. The Bible is our textbook as we endeavor to see how God has revealed Himself through Jesus Christ and how the Gospel spread as the apostles “turned the world upside down” with the message of salvation.

LANGUAGE ARTS

English 

Grammar and Composition Language is God’s precious gift to mankind, given to no other part of His creation. The wise use of this gift in writing and speaking enables us to communicate clearly with God and others. Basic grammar is reviewed and new concepts are taught. Grammar skills and terminology necessary for success at the high school level are emphasized. Students are expected to be comfortable with writing a five-paragraph essay. Research skills and writing are taught and practiced. Other writing emphasizes persuasive, narrative, and creative avenues. Vocabulary is built through the teaching of Latin and Greek root words.

Literature

Grade 8 Literature is designed to enable students to analyze and respond to literary elements; to read, comprehend, analyze, and critique stories and novels; to develop word analysis skills and vocabulary, and to understand and apply writing and research strategies. Students will read, explore, and write about short stories, novels, primary source documents, poetry, and drama, including a unit on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Through the literature, we give students an opportunity to explore the idea of world view as they examine the characters’ perspective, what forms it, and how a Biblical world view is similar or different.

MATH

Pre-algebra

Pre-algebra is a transitional course between arithmetic and algebra. It is offered to upper middle school students as a foundation for algebra. Topics include a review of arithmetic operations, solving equations and inequalities, graphing coordinates, ratios and proportions, percents, measurement, and geometry. Show how number patterns demonstrate the orderliness of God’s creation.

 

SCIENCE

Grade eight Science includes the study of bones and muscles, the body’s transport system, fighting diseases, and the nervous system. A variety of subject matter is developed with hands on skills and labs to engage the student. Educational videos, Internet research sites, and technological projects are implemented. God created the human body and it demonstrates His supreme handiwork in all of its intricacies. That body self-heals and is able to adapt to its surroundings is evidence of a Supreme Creator and not an accident. We should take good care of our bodies as it is the temple of the Holy Ghost.

history

The course begins with the study of the reshaping of medieval Europe, including the development of the middle class, the growth of towns and cities, and the rise of nation-states. Next comes the study of the Renaissance time period. The shift in European society toward humanism is explored as well as how the dissatisfaction with the Roman Church culminates in the Protestant Reformation. The forerunners and the key figures of the Protestant Reformation are studied along with the history of the early Protestant churches. Lastly, the course ends with a study of the age of exploration and discovery. The key explorers and the results of their expeditions are studied. Attention is focused on critical thinking skills and gaining understanding of God’s providence throughout history.

MUSIC

General Music 

Middle School General Music is a one-semester class that meets three times a week. Throughout the three years in middle school, students will contemplate the creativity, beauty, and complexity of God as the Creator of Music in relation to Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation, and the History of Jazz.

Middle School Choir

Middle School Choir is an elective that meets three times a week for both semesters. It offers a wonderful opportunity for students to sharpen their musical talents and use them for the glory of God. The choir practices various vocal exercises to strengthen and develop their voices, is exposed to diverse styles of music, and sing two to three part music. Students are given the following performance opportunities throughout the year: Grandparent’s Day, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, and the ACSI Music Festival.

fine ARTs

Middle school art classes meet three times weekly for one semester each year and give the students an opportunity to work with a broad range of materials and techniques while developing the work habits of an artist. Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, textiles, construction, and ceramics are the mediums used to reinforce what is learned about the elements and principles of art. The students use God’s gift of creativity as they learn about his Truth through the visual world.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical education emphasizes student participation in small-sided games and activities focusing on the development of basic movement skills by integrating them into team and individual activities to achieve higher levels of skill acquisition. Students participate in activities that are designed to contribute toward their physical fitness, promoting a healthy lifestyle and good stewardship of the physical body. Knowledge of rules, strategies, fitness assessment, and the role of physical activities in their lives are covered. The range of activities include: team and individual activities/sports, gymnastics, rhythmic activities, cooperative games, and fitness exercise/activities. Gymnastic activities are selected to develop skills commensurate with each student’s ability level. Students are encouraged to work productively in group activities using appropriate conflict resolution styles using the Lord’s example. Appreciation for a healthy physical body is fostered as well as its proper maintenance, enabling students to fulfill their Godgiven potential in life.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS

Our teachers and administrators are committed to Christ, the welfare of each student, and the mastery of their subjects.  Each is required to be certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Jimma Aikman

Middle School, Spanish
jaikman@pvcama.org

Kim Annis

Art
kannis@pvcama.org

Susan Capen

Physical Education
scapen@pvcama.org

David Gurt

Middle & High School, Choir Director
dgurt@pvcama.org

Patricia Kasulinous

Middle School, Science
pkasulinous@pvcama.org

Wendy Mansfield

Middle School, Mathematics, History, Bible
wmansfield@pvcama.org

Dan Mimeault

Middle School, Technology
dmimeault@pvcama.org

Jacquelyn Mitchel

Middle School, English
jmitchell@pvcama.org

Eric Refsnider

Middle School, History, Mathematics, Bible
erefsnider@pvcama.org

Stephen Porter

Athletic Director
sporter@pvcama.org

COMMUNITY

A Christ-centered community committed to developing students’ individual strengths, helping them to achieve their highest potential.

COMMUNITY

A Christ-centered community committed to developing students’ individual strengths, helping them to achieve their highest potential.

CURRICULUM

Taught from a Biblical perspective, students are encouraged to pursue excellence in their academics, life choices, and personal relationships.

CURRICULUM

Taught from a Biblical perspective, students are encouraged to pursue excellence in their academics, life choices, and personal relationships.

CHARACTER

Successful graduates acquire the ability to think critically with a passion to lead and serve, affecting the world around them for God’s glory.

CHARACTER

Successful graduates acquire the ability to think critically with a passion to lead and serve, affecting the world around them for God’s glory.

2019 – 2020 TUITION

MIDDLE SCHOOL

$134-$244/wk

$12,700/yr

Grades 6-8
Full Day | 7:55 AM – 2:35 PM

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TESTIMONIALS

I think each of my children have had positive experiences with their teachers across the board. The thing that stands out most to me is how collectively the teachers embrace and love their students. I am grateful that my children have been able to be a part of the PVCA community.

Kolu Sharpe

My children are now 19, 17, and 13, and they have been educated by teachers who honor God’s word, who love them for who they are, and who seek to encourage them in their walk with Christ. I feel that my children are grounded in truth and that is a direct result of our teaching at home, our church, and the many hours they spend at PVCA.

Kirsten Ondrick

The impact of Christian education at PVCA is immeasurable. My children are in an atmosphere where strong academics are integrated with our Christian beliefs.

Michelle Shively

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965 Plumtree Rd. Springfield, MA 01119
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admissions@pvcama.org

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Pioneer Valley Christian Academy is one of New England's Private Christian Schools located in Springfield, MA. We offer students access to leading-edge opportunities for intellectual, professional, and leadership development to address the increasingly complex challenges of a global society. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy stands apart from other outstanding schools in New England by combining an exceptional education with Christian faith.

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