In preparation for their Christian walk, and life beyond middle school, eighth grade students benefit from the two-fold approach in religion class of Apologetic discussions and strategies, as well as in-depth study of New Testament books for immediate life application. Furthermore, memorization of the Six Chief Parts of Luther's Small Catechism and Scripture verses solidifies the Christian belief. Literature deeply engages students in thorough analysis of non-fiction and fiction materials through both verbal and written discussion. Refinement of the parts of speech in a traditional manner are utilized and applied in English class, which result in a research paper and additional papers of length. Math students continue their studies with either algebra or geometry. Science students continue to study Life science, where we emphasize the argument of creation and evolution theories, as well as human anatomy. Physical science studies include chemistry, while Earth science deals with space exploration. History students learn about the United States from its colonial beginnings to Reconstruction after the Civil War with an emphasis on the historical foundations and democratic principles on which it was established as put forward in the U.S. Consitution. Grades six through eight comprise our Upper Grades; these classes benefit from academic departmentalization among our Upper Grade staff.
"Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that move in them!" Psalm 69:34
Do your children have a certain movie that they enjoy so much that they will tend to watch it over and over and over again? When my oldest son was a young boy, he was obsessed with Peter Pan, and when given the opportunity to select a movie, that was ALWAYS his choice.
It just so happened that my sister and her family visited during the Peter Pan extravaganza, and after a few days, my brother-in-law requested if he could borrow our car. When he returned, he handed Joshua a bag filled with numerous other children's movies, and with a smile said, "Josh, every boy needs to learn that he will one day need to leave Neverland. Maybe you could start a little early and take a little break from Peter Pan while we're here?"
Perhaps you are all grown up, but this Friday and Saturday, you will have the opportunity to return to Neverland and reunite with Peter Pan and the lost boys as St. Matthew Lutheran School proudly presents Peter Pan Jr.