Middle School (6-8) Enhanced Course Offerings

The 2014-15 school year brings additional course offerings designed to provide greater variety and challenges for Trinity Lutheran Students.

Enrichment Program: This program is offered to students who qualify in grades 6 through 8.  The criteria used for eligibility are Terra Nova test scores, teacher evaluation and recommendation, instructional level and performance of the student in the areas of reading, math, science and social studies.  The curriculum is accelerated to meet the students’ learning needs beyond that of the regular education curriculum through the use of problem-based learning, hands-on lessons, and analytical thinking skill units.  Each unit integrates Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies and will be based around a single topic lasting about 4 to 5 weeks.  At the end of each unit, students will then complete a culminating activity to demonstrate what they have learned.

Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L) Workshop:  This course is designed to promote a pro-social environment amongst students.  Small groups rotate each week for the workshop for the full year. Topics that will be addressed in this workshop include bullying, ways to create positive friendships, promotion of diversity, self-reflection, the importance of personal health, ways to avoid failure and ways to improve communication.

Writer’s Workshop:  Small groups rotate each week for the full year. Students work on enhancing their writing skills. By the end of the school year, students will have a portfolio of written work. Some of the assignments will consist of a narrative, point of view, a persuasive essay, My Most Memorable Character, and an end of year reflection.

Academic Intervention Services (A.I.S.):  AIS provides additional instruction to students in mathematics based upon classroom performance, and/or teacher recommendation.  Students receive additional math instruction in the math content they are currently working on in their math classroom. The AIS teacher monitors each student’s performance every five weeks to check on his/her progress in the respective academic class through contact with the content teacher.