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Grade LevelCourse TitleCourse DescriptionTextbookNotesDepartment
7th & 8thJH Bible – Year 1 – Life of JesusIn JH Bible 1 we will be studying the life of Jesus. We will examine the teachings, miracles, death & resurrection of Jesus. We will learn how to have a personal relationship with Jesus, becoming His student and follower. It is the goal of this class to deepen our understanding of who God’s Son is, to grow in our relationship with Him, and to gain His perspective of life. In addition, we will look at BIG rocks of the Christian faith and why it’s so amazing.2021-2022Junior High Bible classes are taught to both 7th and 8th grade in one year, and then rotate the next year.Bible
7th & 8thJH Bible Year 2 – Jesus’ FamilyIn JH Bible 2 we will be studying the life of Jesus’ Family (The Church) after Jesus went home. We will also look at who the explorers of faith were and who they invite us to be today. They also had some strong beliefs that were and are the BIG rocks of our faith. We will explore what the BIG rocks and why they matter today? Here’s the best part… you will be a leader and teacher in our class. I will serve as our coach and tour guide during our adventure exploring the amazing faith of Jesus followers.2021-2022Junior High Bible classes are taught to both 7th and 8th grade in one year, and then rotate the next year.Bible
7th & 8thAspireThe CJHS ASPIRE Program is designed to provide academic support as well as provide students with individualized study skills instruction and includes the added benefit of the ASPIRE teacher acting as a teacher-student-parent liaison. This program provides the student with a teacher-assisted study hall period as well as additional access to the ASPIRE teacher throughout the day. If the student has accommodations that would take them outside of class for testing, the ASPIRE teacher is available throughout the day for those circumstances. The ASPIRE program is an academic support system taken for a credit/no credit grade. Electives
7th & 8thCadet Band1-year courseThis course is designed for the beginning/intermediate instrumentalist. It includes basic musical foundations and a well-rounded band experience. This is a performing group.Class Fee $250.00Electives
7th & 8thCrusader Band1-year courseThis course is designed for the intermediate/advanced instrumentalist. It includes more advanced theory, well-rounded band experience while expanding expertise on the individual instrument and exposure to Multiple styles of music. This is a performing group.Class Fee $250.00Electives
7th & 8thJH Choir – 1 year courseChoir is a performance-oriented class designed to provide the singer basic training in music theory, vocal production, and performance proficiency through concert experiences. Class Fee $100.00Electives
8th8th Grade Spanish – 1 year courseStudents will develop skills in the four aspects of language: Listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing on a beginner level. Students will do group work, partner work and individual work to develop their Spanish skills as thematic vocabulary and grammar concepts are taught. The Present and Preterit Tenses are the focus of the grammar units whereas a variety of vocabulary is presented. The Hispanic culture and civilizations are also taught through selected readings, videos, and discussions.Descubre I (Vista Higher Learning)Electives
8th8th grade Drama – This is a 1 year course8th Grade Drama is a year-long or semester class which is designed to give an introduction to acting and performance techniques, and allow students to decide if they would like to pursue Drama in High School. Student will perform a single one-act play per semester and will learn basic theater vocabulary and acting styles while focusing on creative movement, voice control, and character development.Electives
8th8th grade Digital Video – 1 year courseThe students will use their own creative ideas to create several short films. In addition, the instructor will assign individual video projects, as well as group projects, so that the students can better understand how to make successful short films. In this course, the students will complete at least three individual projects during each semester.Electives
7th & 8thJH LeadershipStudents will explore and experience a variety of leadership training experiences and will participate in the organization and production of the Junior High yearbook. The goal is to promote strong Christian leaders who can not only make a difference in the school today, but can make a difference in the world for Christ.Electives
7th7th Grade Rotation – Drama7th Grade Drama is a 9-week class which is designed to give an introduction to acting and performance techniques, and allow students to decide if they would like to pursue Drama in 8th grade and high school. Students will learn basic theater vocabulary and acting styles while focusing on creative movement and performance.Electives
7th7th Grade Rotation – Habits of SuccessThis is a special 7th grade course designed to cover basic study and organizational skills. Class goals are to maximize students’ learning process by: generating critical thinking skills, increasing time and material management skills, learning about goal setting skils and enhancing listening and speaking skills.Electives
7th7th Grade Rotation – STEM RoboticsOur STEM program encourages students to engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems that are reflective of actual situations. This class allows students to build a variety of robotic mechanisms, basic natural language programing with RobotC, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and design solutions in a creativity encouraged atmosphere. The program’ s courses engages students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in any career path they take.Electives
7thEnglish 7 and Advanced English 7This course parallels the time period covered in the British and U.S. from mid-eighteenth century and focuses on the “Quest” theme. One’s purpose and identity is evaluated through the works. Eight parts of speech, Schaffer’s 5-paragraph structure, the writing process (outline, pre-draft, edit, and publish) with MLA formatting, figurative language, vocabulary (context words) and spelling are included in this course.English
8thEnglish 8The time period in U.S. history covered in this English class is from Reconstruction to present day and focuses on the “Warfare” theme. The eight parts of speech, Schaffer’s 5-paragraph essay, the writing process (outline, pre-draft, writing, editing, and publishing), figurative language, and emphasis on vocabulary and spelling are all part of this course.Prentice Hall Literature: Silver, Prentice Hall, Grammar for Writing: Level Yellow, Sadlier, Bible, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Silas Marner by George Eliot, and Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss English
8thEnglish 8- AdvancedThis course parallels the time period covered in U.S. history from Reconstruction to present day and focuses on the “Warfare” theme. The eight parts of speech, Schaffer’s 5 paragraph essay, the writing process (outline, pre-draft, writing, editing, and publishing), figurative language, and emphasis on vocabulary and spelling are all part of this course. This class moves at a faster pace than standard English 8 with additional reading and writing assignments.Prentice Hall Literature: Silver, Prentice Hall, Grammar for Writing: Level Yellow, Sadlier, The Bible, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Silas Marner by George Eliot, Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, My Antonia, by Willa Cather and The Giver, by Lois Lowry, Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss English
MultipleIntegrated Pre-AlgebraThis course is an introduction to pre-algebra. The course begins as a review of basic mathematic fundamentals and operations. The course uses the pre-algebra curriculum but is designed to expose students to the general concepts of pre-algebra but spend the bulk of time reinforcing foundational concepts to ready them for pre-algebra the following year.Larson Pre-Algebra, Holt McDougal, 2012MAP test scores for placement 200-214Math
MultiplePre-AlgebraTo provide pre-algebra basics as a foundation for Algebra I. Students continue to review and develop the basic math skills introduced in elementary grades, while learning the language and methods of algebra and some geometry basics as well. Students should advance to Algebra 1 the next year.Larson Pre-Algebra, Holt McDougal 2012MAP test scores for placement, 215-225Math
MultipleAdvanced Pre-AlgebraThis course content and purpose are the same as regular Pre-Algebra, but the students are expected to have mastered the basic math skills introduced in elementary grades, and apply those skills to the study of the language and methods of algebra. Additional enrichment opportunities are available to students in Advanced Pre-Algebra 7.Glencoe, Pre-Algebra, 2008Entry is based on standardized testing scores for returning students the previous spring or during the application process for new students.Math
MultipleAlgebra 1This course will include the language and tools of algebra, solving and analyzing linear equations, functions and patterns, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, quadratic and exponential functions, radical expressions, triangles and equations, and statistics and probability. Upon successful completion of this class, the student will move onto Geometry or Honors Geometry.Algebra 1, 2015 PearsonMath
7th & 8thJH Boys and Girls Physical EducationThe physical education program provides instruction aimed at developing all physical fitness characteristics and fundamental skills, while teaching genuine Christian character and sportsmanship.Physical Education
7thScience 7-Life ScienceScience 7, Life Science, is a yearlong course, which encompasses the nature of science, ecology, plants, animal life, and human biology. Students will be taught problem solving techniques, experimental protocols, and biblical truths related to these subject areas. Students will be taught science concepts, science skills, technical writing (lab reports), and biblical truths related to these subject areas. Students are taught to discern between facts and assumptions as they explore the branches of Life Science. The material in this course will be introduced through multiple learning modalities, which include note-taking, hands-on activities, labs, and earth science related projects.Science Explorer: Life Science. Boston, MA: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009.; Supplemental Materials from the Institute for Creation Research, Creation and Earth Science MuseumScience
8thScience 8Science 8, Earth Science, is a yearlong, rigorous course, which encompasses the earth science fields of geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and origins. Students will be taught science concepts, science skills, technical writing (lab reports), and biblical truths related to these subject areas.Students are taught to discern between facts and assumptions as they explore the branches of Earth Science. The material in this course will be introduced through multiple learning modalities, which include note-taking, hands-on activities, labs, and earth science related projects.Iscience Life. Columbus, OH: McGraw–Hill Education, 2017. Print.Science
8th8th Grade STEM8th Grade STEM includes one semester of “Magic of Electrons/App Creators” and one semester of “Competitive Robotics”Science
7thUS History 7-1492 to ReconstructionThis course focuses on early American history through the Reconstruction era following the Civil War. Events are taught chronologically and include, but are not limited to, early exploration and colonization, the American Revolution, The Mexican-American War, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, closing of the frontier, and beginnings of industrialization. Special emphases include civics and California history.The American Journey: Glencoe, 2012Soc Sci
8thUS History 8 Reconstruction to PresentUnited States History, Reconstruction to Present, This course focuses on the turn of the 20th century following the Reconstruction Era of American history through the present time. Events and peoples are examined chronologically and include, but are not limited to, the closing of the West, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, beginnings of the Cold War and postwar America, Korean War, the turbulent sixties, Vietnam War, the Reagan era, America as the sole super power following the Cold War, to our current times. Special emphases will include changes in civics and economics.The American Journey, Glencoe, 2012Soc Sci

Family Statement of Faith

  • The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs.  The Bible itself, as the inspired, inerrant, plenary, and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  For purposes of CUSSD’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, Shadow Mountain Community Church is CUSSD’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
  • We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, and His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through the shedding of His blood, in His bodily resurrection on the third day, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and In His personal pre-millennial return to rapture His Church before the Tribulation and His glorious appearing to set up His Millennial Kingdom.   
  • We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith, apart from works by the merit of the shed blood of Christ, and that the born-again believer is eternally secure in Christ.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the individual priesthood of the believer.
  • We believe life begins at conception.
  • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25.)  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4.)  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • We believe that the Scripture dictates standards of sexual behavior. The unique roles of the male and female are clearly defined in Scripture. Any promiscuity, homosexuality, gender identity issues or other deviations from Biblical principles is a sin that is offensive to God (Matt. 5:18-19; I Cor. 6: 9-10, 19-20; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thess. 4:3-8).

SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

We expect our students to be:

Influential Christians who:

  • Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
  • Apply Biblical principles as the foundation for moral and spiritual living.
  • Develop and maintain an informed Biblical worldview that shapes their lifestyle choices.
  • Demonstrate God’s love through acts of service and sharing the gospel.

Investigative Learners who:

  • Master a body of knowledge, vocabulary, and skills.
  • Understand, analyze, and order relationships among facts.
  • Assess their needs and apply appropriate strategies to learn concepts and skills.
  • Actively use the tools of learning throughout their lifetime.

Perceptive Thinkers who:

  • Identify, analyze, discriminate, prioritize, and apply information.
  • Have the ability to solve problems by thinking independently and logically.
  • Make responsible and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Actively seek and apply absolute truths.

Effective Communicators who:

  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately understand, interpret, and exchange information.
  • Communicate with eloquence, creativity, and persuasion in writing and in speech.
  • Develop and utilize artistic expression.
  • Proclaim and defend the gospel with wisdom, wit and respect.

Quality Producers who:

  • Demonstrate a growing knowledge of curriculum.
  • Develop their God-given talents and abilities.
  • Display standards of excellence in all pursuits.
  • Work well with others toward a common goal.

Responsible Citizens who:

  • Respect and submit to authority.
  • Actively protect and promote freedom and democracy.
  • Enjoy God’s creation and live as good stewards within it.
  • Recognize and contribute to meeting the needs of others.