seventh grade core curriculum includes Religion, Literature, Language Arts,
Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Music, PE, and Life Skills.
course includes one Pastor-taught confirmation class per week on the six chief
parts of Christian doctrine: the 10
Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Confession, Baptism, and
Holy Communion. It also includes three
teacher-taught Old Testament classes per week which explore the history of the
grace and promises of God--all of which are ultimately fulfilled in Jesus
includes a study of literary elements and forms. Writing skills, grammar, spelling, and verbal
communication are key components of the Language Arts program.
focuses on work with whole and mixed numbers, fractions, decimals, exponents,
percents, and some algebraic and geometric concepts.
class focuses on the God-created Earth, exploring the Earth's matter, rocks,
minerals, air, water, resources, and surface changes. Students may also study astronomy. Students learn through a combination of
lecture, independent study, and lab activities.
Social Studies class covers U.S. history up to the Civil
integrates and applies skills and information gleaned from traditional core
classes. It includes units on clothing, nutrition, study skills, art
principles, and personal finance.
instruction is a mandatory part of our curriculum. Students participate in choir and either
band or music appreciation.
Students have weekly library and computer lab times where
they are guided in the development of skills necessary to use these resources.
The core curriculum is further enriched, as students are
encouraged to participate in dramatic presentations, lead a Chapel service with
the class, geography bee, spelling bee, vocabulary bee, science fair, and
Students interact with a variety of different
instructors. An emphasis is placed on
organization, independence, and individual responsibility.
As we discover all the blessings God has
granted us--most especially a restored relationship through Jesus--it is our
honor to use our time, talents, and treasures to glorify Him.
The final blocks of the grade school
foundation, which began in preschool, are lodged into place during the eighth
grade year. In eighth grade those
remaining blocks include being responsible for one’s self, learning the value
of working hard, improving organizational skills, becoming more self-confident,
developing leadership skills, and preparing for high school.
A strong emphasis is placed on not being
satisfied to just “get by.” Mediocrity
is out: excellence is in.
In addition to the core curriculum of
Religion, Literature, Language Arts, Pre- Algebra, Science, United States
History, Music, and Physical Education, Algebra is offered for advanced math
students. The eighth grade life skills
class includes units in personal development, nutrition, personal finance,
consumer economics, clothing and textiles, and art.
During the month of May, eighth graders have
one last hurrah together as they take an overnight class trip to a large
metropolitan area in the Midwest and stay on one of the Lutheran
Church-Missouri Synod campuses.
Junior high students at Trinity are
encouraged to involve themselves in as many extracurricular activities as they
can. As young people, they are still
discovering what they can do and what they like to do. Virtually all eighth graders are active in
sports activities and/or play in one of the school bands.
The abilities an eighth grader has are God’s
gifts to him/her. What the eighth grader
does with those abilities is his/her gift to God.