Sixth Grade at Calvary Day Middle School


Sixth grade classrooms at Calvary Day School are filled with a tangible buzz of excitement. Students are eager participants in their environment and are now capable of seeing the world from multiple perspectives. Sixth grade is the perfect time for students to branch out by making new friends and by forming closer bonds with old ones through social activities such as the class trip to Ebenezer, Georgia. Sixth graders also begin attending Upper School chapel services, which encourages the growth of personal spirituality and positive peer relationships through watching the High School students lead worship and discussion.

As they grow into adolescence, sixth grade students continue to receive a challenging and well-balanced education at Calvary Day School. Because the content is more complex, classes such as “Study Skills and Strategies” teach students time management, valuable study skills, and strategies for success in the classroom, and they test their newly learned skills by taking the Stanford 10 achievement test in the spring. Whatever the venue, teachers and staff at Calvary are there to help equip students with the skills they need to succeed in their transition from Lower School to Upper School.

Grade 6 English (also offered at the honors level)

Sixth grade students at Calvary Day School are discovering the intricacies and structure of spoken and written language. The sixth grade English course utilizes oral and written language to empower students to express, to inform, to persuade, and to critically examine various subjects. Throughout the course, students develop their ability to actively listen for information and content through critical listening activities. As readers, students experience more sophisticated works of literature in numerous genres for study and analysis. The structural elements of literary works are explored through the dissection of novels, short stories, plays, poems, and other texts. Students read, discuss, write about, and design projects based on Where the Red Fern Grows; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; and various poems and short stories.

Writing and grammar skills are developed as students learn to analyze and edit their own writing, to recognize parts of speech, and to utilize basic conventions that are essential to good writing. This course provides a multitude of writing activities, including a research paper, journal responses, technical writing assignments, and persuasive essays.

With critical listening and writing skills in hand, students develop speaking proficiency through oral presentations. Vocabulary building exercises are completed throughout the course in an effort to embolden student expression. Students use research and technology in their presentations as well as in assigned essays and papers. The sixth grade English course truly provides a productive, encouraging environment that fosters competent and confident critical readers, writers, and thinkers.

Grade 6 Math (also offered at the honors level)

The sixth grade mathematics course reviews the study of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, and introduces students to basic algebraic and geometric concepts. Students use ratios to compare data; collect, analyze, display, and interpret a variety of graphs; use percentages; find the probability of an event; use integers; solve one and two-step equations with one variable; and develop a variety of problem-solving skills. Sixth grade students at Calvary Day School are given a solid foundation of mathematical skills as they transition from elementary functions to advanced ones.

Earth Science

Sixth grade science at Calvary Day School is a fascinating look into all things related to Earth. Plate tectonics, the rock cycle, the oceans, the atmosphere, weather and climate, as well as the solar system and universe are just a few of the topics explored by our students. The earth science course emphasizes the study of Earth’s composition, structure, processes, and history; its atmosphere, freshwater, and oceans; and its environment in space, in order to demonstrate the close connections between every system and part of our planet. Students engage in the interpretation of maps, charts, and tables; the use of technology to collect, analyze, and report data; and the use of scientific skills in systematic investigation. Problem solving and decision making are at the heart of this course as students recognize the advantages and disadvantages of consuming Earth’s resources.

World Geography

Sixth graders at Calvary Day School immerse themselves in all of the world’s different places, environments, regions, and peoples. The study of world geography unfolds further than the edges of a map for our students. We consider populations and cultural characteristics, landforms and climates, economic development, as well as migration and settlement patterns in our investigations. Our geographical studies lead us to deeper discussions, such as the influence of humans and technology on the environment and how we adapt to these changes.

This course not only imparts geographic skills for navigating our immediate world, but it also assists each student in evaluating the social complexities of political decisions as well as public policy. We enable our students to acquire, arrange, and utilize geographic information in the form of maps, graphs, sketches, diagrams, photographs, and satellite-produced images in an effort to interpret the past, understand the present, and plan for the future.

The Life of Christ

The Life of Christ, the sixth grade Bible course at Calvary Day School, explores the life of Christ through a non-denominational approach. This class demonstrates that the Bible is divine word from God, and its pages contain the plan of salvation through its accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. Students study the earthly life and ministry of Christ from the four Gospels. The study begins with the silent years between the Old Testament and the New Testament and extends to the ascension of Christ back to heaven. This chronological harmony study of Jesus’ life covers such topics as his birth, baptism, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection. Students explore these topics by researching pertinent articles, watching films, participating in community projects, and memorizing Scripture in addition to traditional class lectures and discussions. Students also perform community service as they learn how to serve others. By the end of this course, students are capable of developing a personal value system that is consistent, practical, and relevant.

Electives:

Study Skills and Strategies (nine-week elective)

Study Skills and Strategies equips sixth grade students with the necessary skill set to succeed in Middle School. The class focuses on developing the whole child by emphasizing the importance of positive self-esteem in addition to building the academic “muscles” necessary for the years ahead. Students learn how to set and accomplish goals and how to make responsible decisions based upon sound judgment. Solid study habits are taught, and students obtain necessary note-taking skills, context clue methods, time management skills, and testing strategies for academic success. By the end of this course, students possess an invaluable social and educational foundation to carry them through the Middle School years and beyond.

VocabulART (nine-week elective)

The Middle School art courses at Calvary Day School emphasize four components of art: artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing. We believe that a comprehensive Art program enriches students’ lives and allows for discovery and creative problem solving. Art students gain a broader perception of their environment and a greater understanding of historical and cultural perspectives. Our Art program cultivates active learners who make positive and thought-provoking contributions to society. The title of the sixth grade art class is VocabulART because students learn and develop vocabulary used in the art world. This class explores the different forms of art; where artists find ideas for their work; the origins of photography as an art form; the elements of art; and positive and negative space, media, and processes. Students learn to identify the ways that the visual arts correlate to the performing arts of dance, music, and theatre. Students also identify at least twelve careers within the art-related field that they may be interested in pursuing. In VocabulART, students learn vocabulary while they create beautiful pieces of original art.

It’s Elementary   (nine-week elective)

This course focuses on the Elements and Principles of Design, which are the “tools” that artists use to create successful pieces of art.  With each element or principle discussed, we will create a piece of art that demonstrates how they use these elements and principles of design.

MS Band (year elective)

The Middle School band courses at Calvary Day School aim to enrich students’ lives through the study of music, instrumental performance, music history, theory, and culture. Students begin each course by learning or reviewing the correct playing position, posture, and performance techniques appropriate to their instrument. Students learn to respond appropriately to conducting techniques, to participate effectively as a member of a performing ensemble, to read and sight-read music, and to evaluate and critique music performed by the ensemble. The band courses also provide students with the necessary music vocabulary and instruction about composers of selected musical repertoire. In addition to learning how to perform a piece, students learn the historical and cultural context.

Song and Stage I (nine-week elective)

Calvary Day School’s Song and Stage program acquaints students with various musical styles, music theory, vocal technique, and theatre. Students perform, recognize, and appreciate different styles of music. Students begin by developing and using correct singing posture and breathing skills. Class exercises establish proper vocal tone, diction, intonation, as well as the use and care of the voice. Students are familiarized with a repertoire of vocal literature and are instructed how to read and notate music. Performances are solo, in small ensembles, or in large groups, and teach students how to evaluate themselves individually and as a performer among many. The Song and Stage program aims to establish within each student a sense of citizenship through group endeavor. Whether a student performs in the Spring Musical or at an event in a nursing home, working effectively as a responsible team member is a required skill that promotes all students to success in the Song and Stage program and in life.

Grade 6 Physical Education (nine-week elective)

Physical Education (P.E.) is an integral part of the Middle School curriculum at Calvary Day School. It provides unique opportunities for personal development in creativity and in physical skills that promote an active lifestyle. Students are introduced to fitness through a variety of physical activities that they may pursue in the years to come. Students gain experience in learning to lead, to follow, and to contribute. The ultimate goal of this course is to develop a well-adjusted individual who will be able to live a satisfying and active life. The following are examples of the physical activities offered in Middle School P.E.: basketball, flag football, soccer, wiffleball, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, War Ball, Capture the Flag, Colony Ball, Pillo Polo, and fitness.

Keyboarding (nine-week elective)

To give our students an advantage in today’s computer-based society, Calvary Day School offers technology courses for Middle School students. Throughout the keyboarding course, sixth grade students learn how to key while staying at their home row keys, building on skill and speed. Students have sixty lessons to complete that include learning the alphabetic keys, numeric keys, and numeric keypad.

Introduction to Spanish (nine-week elective)

In Introduction to Spanish, students are given their first taste of the Spanish language. The goal of the course is to teach students to be able to survive in a Spanish-speaking country by teaching them about the cultures of Spanish speakers, where the Spanish-speaking countries are located, and to give them a basic knowledge of the written and spoken language. Lessons focus on teaching students vocabulary needed in everyday life such as greetings, months of the year, days of the week, body parts, telling time, professions, giving and receiving directions, and money words. The goal at the end of the nine weeks is that students are able to understand and communicate in short, simple phrases and sentences and that they can read brief texts.

Introduction to Speech (nine-week elective)

In Introduction to Speech, students study and learn various types of public speaking. This can include, but is not limited to, presenting the following speeches in class: introduction, impromptu, informative, demonstration, persuasive, and memorized. Students study group communication skills, verbal and nonverbal communication, and formal written communication. They also analyze historical speeches and complete group presentations based on communication skills in various formats.

Christian Maturity (nine-week elective)

In Christian Maturity, students study character traits from a biblical perspective. They study the importance of the trait, the cautions regarding its negative counterpart, and the practical applications of the trait for everyday living. Some of the topics studied include obeying God regardless of popular opinion or peer pressure, learning how to trust God to supply our needs, serving God faithfully in the face of discouragement, obeying God in what we say, and desiring to live a holy life. Students participate in classroom discussions, read and respond to daily devotional material, memorize Bible verses, watch films related to the lessons, complete workbook activities, and participate in community service.