Mrs. Walters 8th Grade The focus of this class is to solidify each student’s foundation in the basics of language usage. Grammar will be taught throughout the year. Frequent, short writing assignments will be given as well as some longer papers in response to the books read. Students will read six books throughout the year which will be used to teach the fundamentals of literature.
9th Grade Grammar instruction will continue, building on the basics and moving to more complex use of the language in writing. Students will write frequently in response to the literature they will be reading. Six novels will be assigned over the course of the year.
10th Grade The most complex aspects of sentence structure and more sophisticated writing will be introduced. Students will read six rather challenging novels over the course of the year, and the types of papers they will be writing will be more analytical and persuasive.
American Literature The primary focus of this course is a thorough survey of American Literature taught from a Biblical perspective. All major writers will be covered. Students will write analytical papers as well as an informative research paper using the skills they have acquired.
World Literature This is a survey course of the most significant pieces of literature from various parts of the world. In conjunction with the literature, the world’s five major religions will be covered as a means of strengthening the students’ Biblical worldviews. Papers of critical analysis, argument, and persuasion will be assigned.
Mr. Waite-Bible (7th Grade Bible Class) New Testament Survey: Connecting the dots… Picking up after the 400 years of silence at the close of the Old Testament, this New Testament Survey class dives into the Gospels looking at the life of Jesus and His disciples, and continues through the book of Acts and the emergence of the Church. The adventure continues through the rest of the New Testament, connecting historical figures and events ultimately culminating in the book Revelation.
Students will learn about:
-The connection(s) between the Old and New Testaments. The styles, structures and overview of the books of the New Testament. -The life and ministry of Jesus Christ as revealed in the 4 Gospels. -The establishment of the Church and the “Acts” and missionary work of the Apostles. The Letters to the Churches. The Revelation of John and a general overview of the end times prophecies.
Copies of NLT (New Living Translation) Bibles are provided for class. Students can definitely bring their own, but no phones or electronic Bible apps in class unless authorized by the teacher for specific projects.
(8th/9th/10th/11th/12th Grade Bible Class) Wise Guys (& Gals) in an unWise World: Chasing after God’s Wisdom through Proverbs and Beyond
This class is designed to help students grow in wisdom and understanding as they navigate the book of Proverbs (and numerous other sections of Scripture) exploring God’s amazing truth and wisdom AND learning how to apply it to their lives.
Class will include:
-Digging into the book of Proverbs (and other portions of Scripture) to discover, understand, and apply God’s incredible wisdom that touches on every area of life.
-Weekly “current events” presentations and discussion designed to help students understand significant social issues and apply God’s truth to help them navigate the culture around them.
-Lots of object lessons, experiments, and hands-on activities.
-Student Q&A discussions and subsequent rabbit trails (always a class favorite). Regardless of the daily topic, student questions and conversations are always welcomed and encouraged. Some of the best and most impactful moments in MCA Bible class have been rabbit trail class discussions initiated by student’s questions.
-Music, videos, art, occasional crazy sound effects, and tons of FUN learning about God’s incredible love and wisdom on this Bible class ADVENTURE!
Mrs. Buck- Kindergarten The Mission Christian Academy kindergarten classroom is a special place where kids can play, learn and grow together. We will start each morning with a community circle where students will take time to share, seek prayer requests, pray together, praise one another and look at our daily agenda. After our morning meeting, we will jump right into phonics working on letter identification, letter sounds, blends, word work and much more. After phonics we will begin our daily reading lesson and use the reading strategies we learn to implement independent reading time. After all that hard work it’s time for a morning snack and a brain break. We often go outside each morning for fresh air and exercise. After our morning break, we will continue our day with a writer's workshop. It’s often the students’ favorite part of the day because they are so proud of their growth and can see how much they have accomplished. The afternoon starts with lunch in the cafeteria, followed by recess with other elementary classrooms. After recess we will gather together for a special read aloud where we will regroup and refuel for the afternoon. We will focus on character education, kindness in kindergarten and how we are always a bucket filler in our kindergarten community. Next, we will move right into math with a mini-lesson, hands-on learning activity and calendar review. Our afternoons will also include creation stations, arts and crafts, a bible lesson and just time to explore while making new friends and doing activities that meet each child’s individual interests. Most importantly, our kindergarten classroom is full of love, laughter and endless learning opportunities that build upon each child’s strengths while providing them a safe learning space to continue to grow in their love of learning.
Mrs. Stohler-1st Grade The Bible is our guide for a study on character traits and the people of God who modeled them. We’ll look at scriptures for each trait and spend some time each day in prayer together. Based on research of the science of reading, the language arts block will be heavily driven by phonics, using the Abeka curriculum and supplementary materials. Fluency, vocabulary and comprehension through read alouds and decodable books will support the growing reader. While grammar study, spelling and handwriting will provide lots of practice as first graders grow as writers. Hands-on manipulatives give concrete examples to support the Saxon math curriculum. Concepts covered include 1-to-1 correspondence, addition, subtraction, money and time. Bob Jones materials provide the framework for science and history exploration, activities, and non-fiction read alouds. For music and art, first graders will listen to age-appropriate classical music and create corresponding artwork for each piece. And somehow, amidst all the academics, we’ll squeeze in recess, parties, dress-up days, chapel and a whole lot of laughter and fun.
Mrs. Rodenbeck - 3rd Grade 3rd Grade is an exciting year where students will transition from lower elementary to upper elementary. We will learn Math, Language Arts, Bible, Social Studies (1 semester), and Science (2nd semester). Our day starts with a morning meeting and then we move into Math and Language instruction. After lunch we have Social Studies or Science and Bible. Reading and Writing is woven into every subject throughout the day. Math will continue to add more layers to the operations of addition and subtraction. Multiplication and Division will be introduced second semester and memorization of math facts will become crucial as we prepare for 4th Grade. We will continue building on the concepts of time, measurement, fractions, graphing, and numeric patterns. Language Arts will include grammar, spelling, cursive writing, reading and the writing process. Students will learn how to write Personal Narratives, Informative writings and Persuasive writings. We will be doing some novel studies and the students will have an occasional book report that they present to the class using their creativity. Social Studies (World Regions) will cover all the continents and their government, culture, religions, geography and economy all from a Biblical Worldview. Science will be focused on the topics of Soil, Rocks, & Minerals, Weather, Plants, Warm and Cold Blooded Animals, and Ecosystems all from a Biblical Worldview. In Bible we will go through Jesus’ life in the New Testament and specifically look at the book of John, Acts, Job, Psalms, and Proverbs. We will learn about the 12 disciples and their life with Jesus. Buckle up for a great year of learning!
Mrs. James-4th Grade Typical day in fourth grade: Mornings will be spent learning about math and language arts, followed by lunch and recess. Afternoon subjects are Bible, science (1st semester and Indiana history 2nd semester), and various choice activities including art, learning games, math games, and stem activities.
Mrs. Hiler and Mr. Brooks-5th Grade 5th graders will have Math, Science, Language Arts, History, and Bible. Creative arts will be woven through the core subjects. In math, students will be taught new skills with an incremental approach and there will be continuous review throughout the year. Our instruction features the four fundamental operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Other units of study include geometry, ratio, percent, probability, and measurement. Problem solving and consumer applications are integrated throughout the year in each mathematical concept taught. In Science, students will be taught to observe and analyze scientific information and to evaluate scientific models from a Biblical worldview. Language Arts will focus on grammar and the writing process, including persuasive, informative, and narrative writing opportunities. We will also use 4-5 captivating fiction titles to enhance reading instruction through character development, plot analysis, and theme. In History, 5th graders will begin the year with a focus on our home state of Indiana, an overview of how our state and national governments work, and how we elect our state and national representatives. US history follows from Native Americans to the end of the nineteenth century. In Bible, students will learn to apply biblical truth to their lives as they memorize Scripture. Students will learn about Christlike character through the study of God’s Word.
Mrs. Vorbau-2nd Grade 2nd grade provides an environment where students get excited to learn, create relationships, develop their reading and math skills while being creative and active! Mornings will be more intense Language arts and Math while afternoons will be a little lighter with Bible, Science and History!
Mrs. Vaughters- Chemistry This is a lab-based course that provides students with a strong foundation in chemistry. Areas of study will include atomic and molecular structure, acids and bases, chemical reactions, and more. Students will get to see God’s handiwork as we study his creation through the lens of chemistry! It is recommended for students who take this course to be proficient in algebra.
Mr. Stump-6th Grade Bible Old Testament Survey: Purpose: The purpose of this course is to provide the foundation of the Old Testament so that students can better understand the New Testament. The story of Jesus did not begin in a manger, but He is the eternal Son of God who was present on every page of the Old Testament. The Old Testament stories will be explained in light of Jesus Christ and how He fulfilled God's promises of a coming Redeemer so that the students understand the big picture message of the Old Testament. A detailed timeline for the events and books of the Old Testament will be produced that provides proper historical context. Each Old Testament book will be overviewed for author, timeline, audience, purpose, key verses, and highlights.
The student's grade will be a result of his or her class participation, and a memory verse will be assigned each week. An end of semester exam will be given (detailed study sheet will be provided at least one week before the test).
Books & Supplies: Bible; 1” ring binder. Notes and outlines in class will be provided to the students in lieu of books (student expected to have 1” ring binder in which to keep the notes). Each student is required to bring their Bible to class (New Living Translation recommended but not required).
Mrs. Barnes-ASL Students will be introduced to: History of American Sign Language, Deaf Culture & Community, ASL Grammar (fingerspelling/ASL alphabet), numbering, time, sports, health, travel and more all in corporation with conversational signs. Students will quickly become skilled to have simple conversations with classmates and Deaf people in the community. Additional goals for the class are a field trip in the fall for Deaf Heritage Day, learning the Lord’s Prayer and other scripture in ASL, the Pledge of Allegiance and more. By the end of the school year, the ASL class will be able to watch a family friendly movie in American Sign Language with fair comprehension, by using the knowledge they have gained through the course.
Speech This is a one semester course which serves as an English credit. Skills of personal communication will be developed: listening, nonverbal, interpersonal, interviewing, and group discussion. The preparation and process of speech delivery will be covered: research, organization, using logic and reasoning, effective language, and effective delivery. Through the course of the semester, students will deliver four speeches plus a performance of oral interpretation. At the end of the semester, each student will deliver his/her chosen speech at an evening showcase for parents and friends.
Weights Intro to Weight Training is a class that will teach students how to lift safely and effectively with free weights (barbell & plates, dumbbells, kettle bells, etc…). We'll start with building a foundation of postural stability, then translate that into quality of movement. Along the way, students will be educated on the basics of muscular and skeletal anatomy as well as the 9 variations of human adaptation when it comes to training. Only after the students have expressed sufficient skills in the base areas will we move into lifting heavier weights and seeing what the students are truly capable of in the gym.
Miss Bawel General Science: This course is a middle school science class (6th grade) that serves to grow from 5th grade Science. We will develop a knowledge of God, encourage Christian growth, and promote scientific literacy with the following topics: earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, erosion, natural resources, cells/classification, animal and plant classification, atoms/molecules, electricity, magnetism, motion, machines, stars, solar system, plant/animal reproduction, heredity/genetics, the the body systems. Grades will be based on daily homework (labs, worksheets), quizzes, tests, experiments, and projects.
Life Science: This class is a middle school science class (7th grade) that will challenge students to build a further foundation on what they learned in General Science. Units will expound on cell structure/activities, allow students to think critically about the origin of life/heredity, understand plant and animal structure/function/classification/reproduction, correlate a relationship with the environment, and appreciate the complexity of the human body. Grades will be based on daily homework (labs, worksheets), quizzes, tests, experiments, and projects.
7th Honors: will cover the same topics but there will be more discussion based (oral) exams with more rigorous projects.
Physical Science: This class is a middle school science class (8th grade) that will examine the world around us and all of its properties. Units include the air, atmosphere, water, earth, weather, physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, Forces of Creation, waves, sound, light, and astrophysics. Grades will be based on daily homework (labs, worksheets), quizzes, tests, experiments, and projects.
Spanish 1 is a high school level course. The student should be able to maintain a C average or better in English before taking on a second language. Student will be expected to review vocabulary daily. Homework will be assigned almost daily. Assessments are based on written, oral/speaking, listening/auditory, and reading proficiency of Spanish language in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. Vocabulary is organized thematically. Grammar topics include: regular present tense, stem changing verbs, irregular verbs expected of Spanish 1, ser vs estar, and more. This first year of Spanish can be considered a Beginner Novice year of language.
Spanish 2 is a high school level course. It is strongly recommended that the student achieve a grade of C or better in Spanish 1 before advancing to this level. Student will be expected to review vocabulary daily. Homework will be assigned almost daily. Assessments are based on written, oral/speaking, listening/auditory, and reading proficiency of Spanish language in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. Vocabulary is organized thematically. Grammar topics include: review of major grammar from Spanish 1, reflexive verbs, application of three types of pronouns, preterit tense, imperfect tense, preterit vs imperfect, commands addressing informal and formal you (singular) and you (plural), and more. This second year of Spanish can be considered an Advanced Novice year of language.
Spanish 3 is a high school level course. It is strongly recommended that the student achieve a grade of C or better in Spanish 2 before advancing to this level. Student will be expected to review vocabulary daily. Homework will be assigned almost daily. Assessments are based on written, oral/speaking, listening/auditory, and reading proficiency of Spanish language in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. Vocabulary is organized thematically. Grammar topics include: review of major grammar from Spanish 2, por vs para, nosotros commands, subjunctive, subjunctive vs indicative vs infinitive, three (possibly four) perfect tenses, future tense, conditional tense, and more. This third year of Spanish can be considered an Intermediate year of language.
Mrs. Ackerman 6th Grade English The focus of 6th grade English will be on developing a solid understanding of grammar in order to construct solid sentences, paragraphs, and essays. We will cover subjects and predicates, singular, plural, and possessive nouns, helping verbs, verb forms, linking verbs, direct objects, pronouns and their cases, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. We will also discuss punctuation, including the correct use of commas and quotation marks, all while developing our writing skills using a variety of writing styles. In addition to grammar, we will read and analyze four novels. Grades will be based on homework, class participation, tests, quizzes, and written work.
7th Grade English 7th grade English will continue a study of grammar and work toward developing different types of paragraphs. We will discuss and practice developing paragraphs through details, illustrations, and comparing/contrasting. Students will also write a report from an outline and create an original story. Grammar concepts reviewed/introduced include subject/predicate, regular and irregular verb forms, principal parts of verbs, verb tense, linking verbs, adjectives, predicate adjectives, predicate nominatives, pronouns, relative pronouns, relative clauses, punctuation (commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, colons, semi-colons), adjectives, adjective clauses, adverbs, adverb clauses, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. We will also read, discuss, and analyze 4 novels. Grades will be based on homework, class participation, tests, quizzes, and written work.
8th Grade English 8th grade English will review parts of speech and continue the study to include progressive and emphatic verb forms, transitive and intransitive verbs, personal and demonstrative pronouns, position of adjectives, adjective phrases and clauses, restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses, misplaced clauses, forms of comparison for adverbs, and prepositional phrases used as adverbs. We will also write character sketches, write outlines, use figures of speech in writing, write a descriptive composition, develop characters and conflict, and analyze literature through book reports and responses. Four novels will also be read and discussed. Grades will be based on homework, class participation, tests, quizzes, and written work.
Mrs. Edwards Biology: Students will study a variety of life processes and learn how different organisms meet the challenges of living in their environment. Some of the major biological concepts the students will learn include homeostasis, energy transfer and use, relationship between structure and function, and change over time. Anatomy & Physiology: Students will study the structure and function of the human body. Students will learn the major body systems, how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis, disease states, blood typing, muscle action, nerve functioning, and we will discuss some bioethical topics. Forensics: Students will learn about the application of physical, chemical, medical, and behavioral sciences to questions of evidence and law. Students will learn about hair and fiber evidence, drugs, DNA, fingerprinting, and crime scene management as well as other topics. 8th Grade Advanced Science: Students will learn about cells and genetics as well as the adaptations of the ecosystem. Students will be introduced to the topics of reproduction, survival, body systems, genes, genetic mutations, and levels of organization.
Mrs. Cline-Home Economics Home Ec. students will gain confidence and knowledge through a combination of workbooks and hands on labs. Topics in this class will include getting acquainted with the kitchen, recipes, nutrition, food preparation, meal planning, basic sewing, home maintenance, and other life skills like interviewing, basic money management, event planning, building and maintaining healthy relationships and etiquette. When students complete this one semester course, they’ll take with them a starter recipe box with a collection of basic recipes, and they will participate in a culminating project bringing all their learned skills together.
Mrs. Downey 6th Grade World History from 400 AD - 21st Century This course is designed to help students explore history from a biblical vantage point. World Studies will equip students to analyze and evaluate critical world events from a biblical worldview. Students will strengthen their knowledge of social studies by analyzing maps, timelines, and current events. This course enables students to practice applying a biblical worldview as they propose solutions to real-world problems.
7th Grade American History- America, Europe and Africa before 1600 - America Today This course unfolds the history of the United States starting with the discovery of the New World, and traces the path of American history up to the present day. Students will survey the major events that have shaped American history, and will look into cultural shifts and influences to prepare students to become discerning citizens who can think critically about the events of history and learn from the successes and failures of the past to make wise decisions for today. In each step of this journey, they will interact and engage with details of events so they can understand the context and the relationship it has to history.
8th Grade World Geography The primary aim of this course is to help students gain a comprehensive knowledge of geography that allows them to map the world entirely. This course will get students excited about geography and encourage them to think globally. It will teach students to draw detailed world maps including the names, borders, mountain ranges, rivers, and major cities of more than 190 countries. This course will combine fun activities, games and projects as we move around the world.
Mrs. Pache Geometry This is the second year math class for the high school student to be taken after the successful completion of Algebra 1 and before Algebra 2. Topics include: Essentials of Geometry, Reasoning and Proof, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Congruent Triangles, Relationships within Triangles, Similarity, Right Triangles and Trigonometry, Quadrilaterals, Properties of Circles, Measuring Length and Area, Surface area and Volume of Solids. Concepts from Algebra 1 will be reviewed throughout the year. Grades will be based on daily homework, quizzes, and tests.
Geometry This is the second year math class for the high school student to be taken after the successful completion of Algebra 1 Honors and before Algebra 2. Similarly to Geometry, topics include: Essentials of Geometry, Reasoning and Proof, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Congruent Triangles, Relationships within Triangles, Similarity, Right Triangles and Trigonometry, Quadrilaterals, Properties of Circles, Measuring Length and Area, Surface area and Volume of Solids. For Geometry Honors pacing and difficulty will be increased. Concepts from Algebra 1 will be reviewed throughout the year. Grades will be based on daily homework, quizzes, and tests.
Algebra 2 This is the second year Algebra class for the high school student to be taken after the successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry. Algebra 2 and Geometry can also be taken simultaneously. Topics include: Equations and Inequalities; Linear Equations and Functions; Linear Systems and Matrices; Quadratic Functions and Factoring; Polynomials and Polynomial Functions; Rational Exponents ad Radical Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Rational Functions; Quadratic Relations and Conic Sections; Counting Methods and Probability; Sequences and Series; Trigonometric Ratios, Functions and their Graphs. Grades will be based on daily homework, quizzes, and tests.
Precalculus The course will present the topics and skills necessary to prepare a student for the study of college level calculus. As this is a fast-paced class that assumes a mastery of Algebra 2 topics. As such students must have completed Algebra 2 with a B or higher. Topics include: Functions and Their Graphs; Polynomial and Rational Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Trigonometry; Analytic Trigonometry; Additional Topics in Trigonometry; Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Matrices, Sequences, Series, and Probability; Topics in Analytic Geometry. Grades will be based on daily homework, quizzes, and tests.
Math Lab Math lab is designed for Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Precalculus students who are currently enrolled in an MCA high school level math class. This is a time to review concepts, ask questions, and get homework help! Grades will be based on classroom behavior and participation.
Mrs. Bott and Mrs. Emrich
6th Grade Welcome to middle school! This class will encompass many mathematical concepts, but it will also serve as a firm foundation for our students as they advance in their mathematical journey. Concepts that will be strengthened in this course will be long division, math facts (we will have math fact drills!), decimals, fractions, order of operations, percents, distributive property, factoring, integers, graphs, proportions, solving two-step equations with division, and more. Grades will be based on daily homework, tests, quizzes, and participation. Along with learning the concepts, our goal at MCA is to build confidence in mathematics. Math will be engaging, fun, and challenging!!
7th Grade In this class, we will be building on the concepts listed for 6th grade and continuing to strengthen the mathematical foundation. In this class, students will learn to work with measurements, Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple, working with mixed numbers, fractions in two-step equations, solving inequalities, area, powers of ten, integers, constructions, proportions, volume, scientific notation, and more. Grades will be based on daily homework, tests, quizzes, and participation. Along with learning the concepts, our goal at MCA is to build confidence in mathematics. Math will be engaging, fun, and challenging!!
8th Grade This class is pre-Algebra and develops skills to be successful in high school Algebra. We will learn the Pythagorean Theorem, showing profit or loss as a percent of sales, simplifying expressions that include exponents, linear equations, rational and irrational numbers, finding surface area of shapes, probability and percent, integers, constructions, multiplying and dividing numbers in scientific notation, finding volume of shapes, solving equations with fractional coefficients, multiplying probability, extracting square roots, variables on both sides of a complex equation, intro to sine, cosine and tangent, compound interest, combining square roots, budgeting, and more! . Grades will be based on daily homework, tests, quizzes, and participation. Along with learning the concepts, our goal at MCA is to build confidence in mathematics. Math will be engaging, fun, and challenging!!