Layton Christian Academy

Middle School

Welcome to Layton Christian Middle School

Thank you for your interest in the educational opportunities available at Layton Christian Academy. Exploring a private Christian education is one that could have a great and wonderful impact on your family’s life. Our goal is to prepare the whole person in each student-the academic, emotional, physical, social and spiritual. We also provide a special place where the gifts of our students are recognized with enthusiasm and nurtured with care. We also provide challenging academics, a wide variety of extracurricular activities and positive social interactions.

 

Middle school encompasses the 7th and 8th grades and we typically maintain an enrollment of about 120 students. Middle school in particular poses an added challenge as students experience a transition from childhood toward the adult world. Early adolescence is a time of transition, a time of questioning, a time of openness, and a time of decision. Our students, with young minds and growing faiths are attempting to establish themselves as Christian young people living in a secular world. At Layton Christian Academy Middle School, we have developed a program that addresses the needs and concerns of middle school students, and promotes continued growth in all areas of their lives.

 

Our chapel time each week presents a time of worship with praise and worship music and guest speakers whose topics deal with the things this age group deals with daily. Layton Christian Academy strives to honor God in all that we do. We pray that the Holy Spirit continues to bless our staff and students. We pray that we are glorifying God as we provide an excellent education preparing our students for high school and college.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Angie Justice
Middle School Principal

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National Junior Honor Society

 

Students in grades 7-8 are eligible to apply for membership into the National Junior Honor Society at Layton Christian Academy. Requirements include having a 3.7 GPA after the first quarter of the school year, and completing an application demonstrating community involvement, service, leadership, and fine character. Candidates are selected by a faculty committee and inducted at a special ceremony in December.

 

For more information contact NJHS Advisor Mrs. Angie Justice at angie.justice@lcaeagle.org

Bible

 

Middle School is using a new bible curriculum from Christian Schools International. Students are taught how to use the Bible to make wise choices in their daily lives. They also make comparisons of the consequences of following or not following God’s Word to make their choices.

 

Students are also taught how to use the Bible, memorizing the order of the books of the Bible, the importance of prayer in building a relationship with God, the main types of prayer, and when to pray. All of these mini-lessons are related back to the main theme of using and following God’s Word in our own personal lives.

 

Seventh Grade is studying “The Day of the Lord”

Eighth grade is studying “A Light to the Gentiles”

Health

 

7th Grade

A Healthier You teaches students about the wonders of the bodies God has given them and inspires them to establish good health practices in their daily lives. The text includes in-depth studies of the endocrine system and how it affects mental and emotional health, the skeletal system and skin and how they affect personal appearance, and the nervous system and how it is affected by drugs. These major health concerns of today’s teens are all presented from a Christian perspective.

 

8th Grade

Let’s Be Healthy is to teach students the wonders of their bodies God has given them and to stimulate them to establish good health practices which affect total wellness. The text, which challenges young people to keep themselves pure and to live happy, positive, healthy lives, provides in-depth studies of the anatomy and physiology of several of the major body systems, including the muscular, circulatory, respiratory, and lymphatic systems. Also included is an overview of diseases and the ways by which the body’s immune system combats them. These major health concerns of today’s teens area ll presented from a Christian viewpoint. A practical guide to safety and first aid follows, with application questions to help students determine logical solutions to emergency situations. The text concludes with emphasis on developing a consistent walk with the Lord and appropriate Christian attitudes.

Physical Education

 

The physical education program at Layton Christian Academy is to improve physical fitness, increase knowledge and skills in lifetime sports, develop awareness of health practices, and develop character.

Students need to demonstrate certain skills in physical education. These skills include:

  1. Exhibit a physically active lifestyle
  2. Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
  3. Demonstrate understanding, respect. and cooperation with classmates in physical activity settings
  4. Understand that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenges, self-expression, and social interaction.

Language Arts

 

Layton Christian Academy vies the study of English critical to the formation of the students. Students explore great literature, effective writing, challenging vocabulary and spelling, and precise grammar. Students in the middle school have two periods a day of language arts.

The English program focuses on the following goals which drive the design for curriculum for each grade level. These goals are for the students to:

  1.  Demonstrate a love of reading. Students will solidify their ability to comprehend and enjoy books with increasing levels of difficulty and complexity. The Accelerated Reading Program is used in middle school
  2. Show age appropriate competence in various forms of oral and written communication
  3. Demonstrate correct use of grammar
  4. Understand and use effective and appropriate vocabulary

Layton Christian Academy has a summer reading program that requires each student to read tow novels in the summer. The first book is a required novel. The second book is a novel of their choice.

Math

 

7th Grade

Application and Concepts Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3 textbooks are used with the sixth and seventh graders depending on their level of math. This is a three-course middle school series intended to bridge the gap from elementary mathematics to Algebra 1. The program is designed to motivate the students, enable them to see the usefulness of mathematics in the world around them, enhance their fluency in the language of mathematics, and prepare them for success in algebra and geometry. (Glencoe) Glencoe is very thorough and provides the following additional resources:

  1. 1. Hands-on Labs and Mini Labs
  2. Cooperative Learning Activities
  3.  Math Games and Family Activities
  4. School to Career and Problem Solving Activities
  5. Chapter Projects
  6. Technology – Graphing Calculators, Technology Labs, Mind Jogger Video Quizzes

 

8th Grade

Students at LCA have to show proficiency each year before they will be advanced to the next level of math. 8th Grade – Glencoe Algebra I is used for our eighth-grade students. Students in eighth grade either take Algebra I and then are scheduled to take Geometry in ninth grade or they take Algebra I in Two Years (cover half the material in 8th grade and half in 9th grade). This textbook strengthens student understanding and provides the tools students need to succeed. This textbook features the following items:

  1. Foldable, What You’ll Learn, and Why It’s Important Sections
  2. Study Guide and Review
  3. Reading and Writing in Mathematics and Standardized Test Preparation

Science

 

7th Grade Science – Life Science

The focus of seventh-grade science is the study of God’s living creation. The five living kingdoms-Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plant, and Animal-are included, as well as units on the Human Body and Creation. The course begins with an introduction to the scientific method and related practices in the recording of information. The first unit covers basic cellular structure and processes. Cellular study is continued in an in-depth look at the plant kingdom. Photosynthesis and plant reproduction are emphasized. A brief unit on creation and evolution contrasts the false theories of evolution with the biblical support for creation. Information about the small kingdoms of monera, protista, and fungi forms another unit. The animal kingdom study is separated into a consideration of vertebrates and invertebrates. A unit on the systems of the human body concludes the course. An optional study of human reproduction is included in the teacher’s text. This seventh-grade course provides a comprehensive study of living organisms and their direct creation by God

 

8th Grade Science – The Physical World

God is presented as God of the Universe in this engaging science course. The text helps students to see God’s design even in the smallest properties of matter and chemistry. Elementary physics, energy, mechanics, wave theory, and optics are all covered. Physical sciences and the scientific method are introduced as well. The text includes introductory chemistry, introductory physics, and the metric system in preparation for upper-level laboratory courses.

History

 

7th Grade History – World Studies

World Cultures introduces the student to a variety of cultures in the world from the Middle Ages to present-day cultures. This course involves 1) cultural study, which includes governments, economic systems, religions, society, thought and education, and arts and crafts; 2) geography, including location, climate, topography, natural resources, and the influence of geography on culture; and 3) history, providing the student with a story about each culture. The student will obtain an understanding of how different cultures developed and the interdependence involved in the development and advancement of cultures. The students also have a quarter of Utah History where they will gain an understanding and appreciation of Utah’s geography and history.

 

8th Grade History – The American Republic

American Republic Curriculum presents the chronological development of the United States from a spiritual perspective. The principles of our heritage are underscored by appropriate applications and activities. This course lays out a foundational understanding of the events and policies that have shaped this country – from colonial times to the 21st century.

Computer Technology

 

LCA offers a full range of computer technology educational opportunities for students from Kindergarten through high school. We have two full computer labs with thirty-one student workstations each, one for elementary students and the other for middle school and high school students.

 

Our computers run the latest productivity software in the form of Microsoft Office 2003 Professional. Younger students are introduced to computers at a very basic level. Guided internet safety and awareness training is conducted at all age levels. Keyboarding skills are developed from as early as the third grade, along with internet research skills and other related abilities.

 

High school students receive in-depth training in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, database management, and web page design. Seniors take Concurrent Enrollment courses for both high school credit and college credit through Weber State University.

Electives

Art

Geography Bee Prep

History Fair Prep

Student Council

Teen Living

Home Economics

Newspaper and Media Specialist

MacBook Development

Science Fair Prep

Sign Language – Beginner

Sign Language – Intermediate

Spanish – Beginner

Spanish – Intermediate/Advanced

Speech and Debate

Study Skills

Teachers Aid

Summer Reading Program

While we recognize the importance of a relaxing vacation for students, we feel that the joy of reading should be an important part of any vacation plan. Teachers have provided all students the summer reading requirements. Students entering grades sixth through eighth must read the required novels listed below.

 

Required Novels for ALL grade levels:
“Tangerine” by Edward Bloor
“I am David (North to Freedom)” by Anne Holm

 

Students are required to type a progressive reading journal (see attachment) for both novels. This assignment will be due the Friday of the first week of school. We hope that you and your children enjoy the books that our staff has selected. The school or public librarian can also help you locate other excellent titles. If you have any questions, please
do not hesitate to ask.

Layton Christian Academy English Department

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Activities and Clubs

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Camp Utaba Retreat

 

The objective of this retreat is to provide some fellowship time for students to rekindle friendships as well as develop new friendships. The students will have an opportunity to worship God with music and guest speakers, as well as have fun with team building activities. We encourage parental chaperones for any or all of the activities.

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History & Science Fair

 

All students in even grades will participate in the History Fair.

 

All students in odd grades will participate in the Science Fair.

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Reality Town

 

8th graders get to enjoy a day of Reality Town. They receive a salary based on their GPA, and spend the day learning how to juggle a family budget while making necessary purchases for their family.

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Student Life Summit

 

Each quarter we enjoy a Student Life Summit. The Middle School and High School are split into teams to enjoy team building activities. They also get to enjoy keynote speakers and live worship music.

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Christ Classic

 

Each year LCA is invited to the Christ Classic Tournament in Salt Lake. The challenging tournament consists of a geography bee, math bee, and a basketball tournament.

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Storytelling Festival

 

Our students, K-8 participate in a school storytelling festival that encourages oral communication. Students choose a piece of work to memorize and present it to their classmates. A winner from each class is selected to perform at our school storytelling festival. The top three winners of our school advance to the Davis School District Storytelling Festival and from there, they can advance to the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.

Activities and Clubs

camping tent icon

Camp Utaba Retreat

 

The objective of this retreat is to provide some fellowship time for students to rekindle friendships as well as develop new friendships. The students will have an opportunity to worship God with music and guest speakers, as well as have fun with team building activities. We encourage parental chaperones for any or all of the activities.

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History & Science Fair

 

All students in even grades will participate in the History Fair.

 

All students in odd grades will participate in the Science Fair.

money and hand icon

Reality Town

 

8th graders get to enjoy a day of Reality Town. They receive a salary based on their GPA, and spend the day learning how to juggle a family budget while making necessary purchases for their family.

prayer icon

Student Life Summit

 

Each quarter we enjoy a Student Life Summit. The Middle School and High School are split into teams to enjoy team building activities. They also get to enjoy keynote speakers and live worship music.

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Christ Classic

 

Each year LCA is invited to the Christ Classic Tournament in Salt Lake. The challenging tournament consists of a geography bee, math bee, and a basketball tournament.

book icon

Storytelling Festival

 

Our students, K-8 participate in a school storytelling festival that encourages oral communication. Students choose a piece of work to memorize and present it to their classmates. A winner from each class is selected to perform at our school storytelling festival. The top three winners of our school advance to the Davis School District Storytelling Festival and from there, they can advance to the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.