Middle School Ages 11-13


Jr. High classes are available for students ages 11-13.  Each class is 1 hour long and runs for 32 weeks. Because the Jr. High classes are meant to be academic classes, there will be 2-4 hours of homework each week.  These classes are meant to build a strong academic foundation which will aid students in becoming successful in whatever studies they pursue. You will note that not all classes are the same tuition due to the scope of materials used, labs and skill level. Most classes here are 1 hour, some are 90 minutes.

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2019-20 Classes



ART EXPLORATIONS – (Ages 11-14) 

12:45pm -1:45pm 

Mrs. Karen Plas     karenplas_art@yahoo.com

Art Explorations has new lesson plans each year so students can further their skills without a repeat of projects!

Art Explorations is great for the beginning artist or an experienced student who would like to learn a wide variety of art techniques while using a large variety of art products. In class students will learn the elements and principles of design, composition, color theory, art vocabulary, 3-dimensional design, perspective, plus drawing and painting techniques with professional supplies. Some art history is incorporated within the lessons where it applies. This course is teacher-designed following the National Visual Arts Standards.  Artwork will be displayed at the end of the year showcase.

Class Cost: $280


1:45pm - 2:45pm

Mrs. Karen Plas      karenplas_art@yahoo.com

Beginning Drawing has new lesson plans each year so students can further their skills without a repeat of projects! 

Drawing can be learned! Grow you ability quickly with this class! Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing, lots of tips and tricks for making drawing easier, how to hold a pencil in several ways for different techniques and learn to develop special intelligence. Students will also have the opportunity to use many professional drawing mediums as well as dabble in many drawing styles such as anime, cartooning, expressionism, realism and fantasy art. Artwork will be displayed at the end of the year showcase.

Class Cost: $280


10:15am -11:15am

Faith Rietema    fl.rietema@gmail.com

This class is an opportunity for students to understand how some of their favorite cartoons, video games, and comic books came to be! Students will not only learn the rules of art, but also when and where to break them. They will be introduced to drawing human anatomy, then learn how to push and exaggerate it based on the characters they want to make. The course will also cover color theory, the elements and principles of design, and the 12 principles of animation; as well as how to draw expressions, dynamic poses, and much more. The focus of Intro to Cartooning is to give young creatives a clear understanding of how art applies to entertainment, and how they can set themselves on a path to creating their own characters and stories. 

Recommended for students that have previously taken art courses or have some experience or interest in drawing.

Class Cost: $280



8:15am - 9:15am

Mrs. Jayne Kozal   jekozal@gmail.com

Students will have several mini-projects that they will be able to complete in class to show their learning. They will be expected to arrive at class with basic learning tools: writing utensils and a notebook or loose-leaf binder. In this class the students will cover the following areas:

1. Keyboarding

2. How to create documents with Microsoft Word

3. How to use a toolbar and a taskbar

4. Creating folders and files, and managing them

5. How to convert a standard document into a pdf, and what this means

6. How to send pdf documents

7. How to fix a paper jam in a printer/choosing appropriate weight paper

8. How to create a Screencast presentation/what it is used for

9. How to create Prezi and PowerPoint presentations/what they are used for

10. How to bookmark/why bookmarking is useful

11. How to make/store passwords online/create your own passwords book

12. Shortcut keys/hotkeys (e.g. Ctrl + Z; Alt + F, S; Ctrl +X (aka Cut), Ctrl +C/V (aka paste), etc.)

13. Emails – appropriate language and salutation for intended audience, managing

14. Evaluating website for usefulness/credibility

15. Fonts – serif/sans serif/ matching this to the message/document

16. Using YouTube to find helpful videos for learning

17. How to use Wikipedia 

18. Performing Google searches (both standard and reverse, by color, copyrighted/free to use)

19. How to find a word in a document (Ctrl + F or Home tab + editing/find)

20. What is an URL

21. How to take a screenshot 

22. How to save a document to computer, portable storage, and “the cloud” including Google Drive and Dropbox

23. Examine various browsers – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari

Book: Office 2019 All-in-One For Dummies (Office All-in-one for Dummies) by Peter Weverka

ISBN: 1119513278/ 97811119513278

Class Cost: $280


DRAMA - (Ages 11-13) 

1:45pm – 2:45pm

Mrs. Jennifer Vandlen jenvandlen@icloud.com

This class will introduce basics of dramatic art for the amateur and enhance skills for the experienced student. Academic information will be included with public speaking techniques and acting skills. Students will learn and understand stage direction and positions. Basic guidelines for stage performance will be taught through fun warm-ups and games. These acting opportunities will teach role playing, solo improvisation, group improvisation, etc., culminating in a performance at the end of each semester. The number of students in this class will determine the plays selected. This class will require out of class rehearsal time.

Supplies: Composition Notebook, glue stick, pencils. Possible prop lists and costume suggestions will be provided for each play.

Class Cost: $352


Theater 101 – (Ages 12-18)

2:45pm - 3:45pm

1 high school Art or Ele

Mrs. Dyan Yoder dyan@captuscreative.com

Theater 101 will explore the history and basics of theater arts and the importance of all artists in the theater. Students will learn elements of dramatic structure and the roles and responsibilities of directors, designers, actors, and creators. This class will deepen the students’ understanding and appreciation of live performances, and what goes into them.

There will be no required Showcase performance (although it is an option), and some in-class presentations will be expected, along with limited memorization work. 

No textbook is required, as students will receive coursebooks in class on the first day. 

Students will be required to attend one live performance each quarter.

Class Cost: $348



10:15am - 11:15am

Mr. Mike Simmons mssimms2001@yahoo.com

The focus of this middle school course will be to introduce students to a variety of structures and styles in writing. Students will learn how to organize their thoughts and ideas meaningfully through various writing strategies. Narrative, informational, and persuasive writing will be addressed in addition to other forms of writing such as outlining, summarizing, researching, and topic writing. We will be using the theme-based program from Excellence in Writing--Ancient History Based Writing Lessons. 

Materials required for this course include: 

1. Textbook: IEW--Ancient History Based Writing Lessons (available from http://www.excellenceinwriting.com​ under "Shop our Product, Grade 6-8 and then theme-based). Fifth Edition, 2018. Student workbook only! 

2. Textbook: ​English 2200​: A Programmed Course in Grammar and Usage; Second edition, by Joseph C. Blumenthal. ISBN- 0-15-313995-1.  (This is an older book that will need to be purchased “used” through sources such as Amazon, Thrift Books, Abe Books, etc. The book typically sells for between $5-$15 used.)

3.  Composition book 

4. Highlight markers and mechanical pencils. 

Class Cost: $240

INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH 2 - (Ages 12-14) – Medieval Times Research Reports 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Mrs. Sally Frahm frahm_family@yahoo.com

The key elements of this course will be to develop structure and style in writing essays, research reports, and critiques while learning grammar and vocabulary words. Students will learn these skills using the Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons by Lori Verstegen developed for the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Note-taking, outlining, and summarizing from notes will be reviewed. Students will work toward mastery in fusing outlines, writing from a prompt, library research reports, book critiques, and informative and descriptive essays. Through the various writings, students will learn how to dress-up sentences and master several types of sentence openers. Grammar and vocabulary will be taught in the context of writing. Students will be expected to complete 3-4 hours of homework each week. Students will also be required to read two books over the course of the year. These novels will be used to introduce them to literary tools used by authors to communicate their message. Clear guidelines and expectations will be written out for the students to take home each Monday. This class will be challenging, but students will be proud of their hard work.

Textbooks needed:  

Medieval History Based Student Book by Lori Verstegen, MHW-S, $29

ISBN: 978-1-62341-311-8
Edition/Printing: Fifth Edition, January 2019
Copyright Date: 2007, 2019
Specifications: 330 pages (includes 40 pages cardstock)
(available from www.iew.com under Theme-Based Writing)

Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems by Janet and Geoff Benge

Supplies needed: There is a free Student Resource Notebook e-book that comes with the text you will be purchasing. You will receive instructions for downloading this e-book when you receive your text. Please print it and insert it in a 3-ring binder (you will need 8 tabs.) You will also need a highlighter and a thesaurus.

Class Cost: $240


9:15am - 10:15am

Mrs. Paula Narva   dpnarva@charter.net

This is a middle school level class (6, 7, 8) that will focus on Latin roots as used in spelling and vocabulary recognition. Students will memorize vocabulary words and their definitions each week and do exercises tying the Latin root to their meanings.   Grammar will be studied every week, including parts of speech. Diagramming sentences will be covered throughout the year.

Required Texts;

BJU Writing & Grammar Grade 7 Student Worktext Third Edition (Updated Copyright)  

ISBN:  978-1-60682-179-4

Vocabulary from Classical Roots Book A (Grade 7)
Class Cost: $240


CHINESE – (Ages 11-15)

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Mrs. Bella Chuang       bellachuang.schuurman@gmail.com  

你好!Ni Hao!  Hello!  Are you thinking of taking a foreign language? Please consider taking Mandarin Chinese as one of the most spoken languages in the world. Mandarin is taught in many schools in the United States, which has increased in recent years faster than other second languages. Because the Chinese economy is one of the fastest growing in the world, the economic relationship between China and the USA has become very strong. Chinese language will open doors into whatever future you plan for yourself! 

Build your basic Chinese language knowledge now, so when you continue learning Chinese at college, it will be much easier. Now is the time! Get ready for an exciting year, where we will immerse ourselves in Chinese!  By next May, you will be able to describe your day, discuss your favorite foods, express your feelings, and talk about your family, all with confidence, in Chinese!  We will also work on writing Chinese characters.  Starting with stroke order, you will develop a solid foundation for writing, and over the course of the school year, will be able to write around one hundred characters.  

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this class is only about the language.  Chinese culture is rich and vibrant, and you will find yourself immersed in its beauty.  You will experience the holidays and festivals (including Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival), the costumes, its history, art and poetry, as well as its diverse geography.

By the time our “journey” ends next May, you will feel as comfortable with China, its language and its traditions, as if you had really travelled there.   谢谢! 

Student Book: Happy Chinese (Kuaile Hanyu) 1: Student's Book (English and Chinese Edition)      *ISBN-10:* 7107171267

Workbook: Happy Chinese (Kuaile Hanyu) 1: Workbook (English and Chinese Edition)

Class Cost: $240


11:15am – 12:15pm

Mrs. Maria Krawczyk   cedarvines@aol.com 


Welcome to the beginner of your Spanish learning journey! Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. With 21 countries that speak the language in Latin America. Our class is one of the most important classes in this journey. The students will learn lots of vocabulary. This vocabulary is so important in order to communicate with others and connect with those who speak Spanish. From greetings, likes and dislikes, hobbies, food, family members and clothing. The students are introduced to the basics of the Spanish grammar to make simple sentences. Also, the students are introduced to the verb conjugation and learn to make more complex sentences. This class is also a project-based class with quizzes, conversation and fun culture activities. 

Class Cost: $240


6/7 MATH – (Ages 11-13)

9:15am - 10:15am

Mrs. Missy Ertle  mjertle2@gmail.com

This course is designed for students working at a 6th/7th grade math level and is an excellent way to prepare for the higher-level math courses offered at Koinonia. Topics covered include; place value, decimals, fractions, intro to algebra, ratios, proportions, geometry, measurement, integers and probability.  Students will learn concepts during class time.  Students will receive three to 5 assignments to completed at home each week. Parents must partner with the tutor by checking daily homework and proctoring any examinations taken at home.

Prerequisite – Students must be proficient in Math of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It would be very beneficial for the student to know long multiplication and division.

Textbook:  Holt Mathematics Course 1 @2007

Student text:  ISBN# 0-03-038507-5

Class Cost: $ $240


7/8 MATH – (Ages 11-13)

11:15am - 12:15am

Mrs. Missy Ertle    mjertle2@gmail.com

This course’s design is for students working at a 7th/8th grade math level who are not quite ready for pre-algebra. This class is an excellent way to prepare for the higher-level math courses offered at Koinonia. Topics covered are algebraic reasoning, integers, rational numbers, proportional relationships, percent, geometry, probability and more.  Students will learn concepts during class time; assignments will then be completed at home each week. Parents partner with the tutor by checking daily homework and proctoring any examinations taken at home.

Prerequisite: Students must be proficient in math (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.) 

Students must also need to understand decimals and fractions.

Textbook – Holt Mathematic Course 2 ISBN-13: 978-0-06-038512-4

Or ISBN -10: 0-03-038512-1

Class Cost: $240

PRE-ALGEBRA – (Ages 12-14)

8:00am – 9:15am  

Mrs. Sharene Fleetham onegameseason@charter.net

This Pre-Algebra course is an excellent way to prepare your student for the rigors of high school math. We will cover topics such as principles of algebra, rational numbers, graphs, functions, sequences, exponents, ratios, proportions, geometry, multi-step equations and inequalities, graphing lines, and polynomials. After taking this course, your student will be ready to conquer the four years of high school math now required to graduate. 

Textbook: Holt Mathematics Course 3 @ 2007 

 Student text:  ISBN# 978-0-030-38542-1   

Class Cost Year: $280


2:45pm - 3:45pm

Mr. Roy Shaw   roy.shaw@protrainings.com
 For beginner level drumline students! Students will learn a variety of basic techniques, rudiments, cadences, grooves, and sticking skills. Students will learn the beginning steps to reading drumline music and will learn by listening and practicing by ear and playing as an ensemble. Students are encouraged to learn one of a variety of different instruments including marching snare, bass, cymbals and tenor drums. Students will receive one 60-minute classes per week.
Students will work towards playing as an ensemble which will incorporate marching, choreography, stick tricks and movements, timing elements, and percussive performance.
The average cost of each of these marching instruments is approximately $299 except for cymbals. These percussion instruments may be purchased less expensively via eBay or sometimes craigslist.  Please get approval of instrument purchase before purchasing instruments.
Each prospective student will be required to perform a tryout in order to be qualified for the drum line.

Required Instrument:
Student Slots and Instruments:

3-5 Marching High Tension Snare Drums with Carrier:  $299  

2-3 Marching Tenor Quads with Carrier:  $299-$399  

3-5 Marching Bass Drum With Carrier:  $299- $399

2-3 Marching Cymbals:  $216-$299

Sticks:  $15/Pr.

Black Shirts: To Be Determined

Class Cost: $296

TEEN CHOIR – (Ages 12-18)

12:45pm - 1:45pm 

Mrs. Robin Haaksma  robinhaaksma@gmail.com

The teen choir is for students who like to sing and want to have the experience of being in a choral group. Vocal technique, ear training, sight-reading, dynamics and expression will be taught including a variety of musical styles from traditional to contemporary. The first semester the students will perform in the Showcase and do some Christmas caroling. The second semester we will perform at a nursing home and in the end of the year Showcase. Other performances may be possible depending on group ability and interest.

Class Cost: $296


11:15am - 12:15pm 

Mrs. Robin Haaksma   robinhaaksma@gmail.com

In this beginning guitar class, we will learn chords and notes so that we will be able to play together as a group. Strumming patterns, rhythm, tablature as well as traditional notes will be taught. We will have an opportunity to perform at the May Showcase. Students will be required to practice at home and provide their own guitar. Sheet music will be provided.

Class Cost: $296


GYM (Ages 11-13)


Mrs. Tammy Rietema      t.rietema@gmail.com

We will be learning basic rules and practicing different sport drills such as: basketball, softball, soccer, dodgeball, running, and tennis throughout the year. Each class will start with stretching, floor exercises and a good Cardio work out. This class is for all fitness levels. Striving for personal best and proper sportsmanship is encouraged and graded. A commitment to 2-3 days of exercise at home will be part of each student’s grade. I will help give each team member ideas on exercises they can do at home that must be signed and approved by a parent every week. This workout could be anything from walking, running, biking, swimming or hiking. It can also vary from week to week. Really anything that gets their blood pumping and their body moving. Any extra circular sporting events outside of Koinonia will count toward work out requirements. This class is discounted, the first 15 minutes students are required to participate and work as a team in tearing down the lunchroom. All students will be graded partially on their team participation in lunchroom tear down at the beginning of class.

Class Cost: $180



8:15am - 9:15am

Mrs. Tena Bartholomew   rodtena.bar@gmail.com

God’s Design for Life is a wonderful way to learn about the amazing world of plants, the incredible and complex human body and many aspects of the animal kingdom! Our year begins as we explore the Kingdom of Plants. From the details in seeds, leaves and flowers to the majestic trees, tiny fungi and algae, students will lean of the Creator’s handiwork. We will continue our year by studying the various body systems in humans. Students will make a map of the tongue, a mold of teeth and models of different body systems. Our year will end with the study of the animal kingdom. It will include the study of vertebrates (mammals, birds, fish amphibians and reptiles), invertebrates (arthropods, crustaceans, and more) and simple organisms (Protista and Monera).   Class time will cover hands-on labs, experiments and explanations.  Homework will include reading, taking notes, sketching and writing lab reports using the scientific process. Students will complete four hands-on projects related to plants, animals and the human body as well as a Science Fair Project.   

Material covered in this class is on a  3-4 year rotation, allowing student 

to sign up for the class multiple times without repetition.

Text Books – God’s Design for Life. 

The World of Plants (1st semester) 4th Edition

The Human Body (1st and 2nd semester) 4th Edition

The World of Animals (2nd semester) 4th Edition

Class Cost: $284

GENERAL SCIENCE – (Ages 11-14)

10:15am – 11:15am

Mrs. Tena Bartholomew   rodtena.bar@gmail.com

This general science course is designed for middle school students. Throughout the year, students will learn the basics of science as well as major concepts of geology, chemistry and biology. Students will begin the year with the history of science. Students will then continue on to study the scientific process, scientific inquiry, and how to properly conduct an experiment. Other topics that will be studied first semester include simple machines and geology. Students will learn how the world-wide flood affects many geological features. During second semester, the focus will change more to biology. Students will study paleontology and human anatomy and physiology. At this time, students will learn of cells, the structure of DNA, classification of life and thorough study of the human body. 

Class time will include hands on labs and demonstrations, explanations and review of the reading material as well as quizzes and tests. During second semester, students will create and present a Science Fair Project. Homework will be completed each week. It will include a significant amount of reading, taking notes, sketching and writing lab reports using the six steps of the scientific process. Please plan for 2-4 hours of homework per week. Two projects required throughout the year including a Science Fair Project. 

Text Book: Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Edition 

ISBN 978-1-932012-86-6

Class Cost: $284


11:15am – 12:15pm

Dr. Christina Parks PhD.  tparks16@hotmail.com

This one-year course will help students develop an appreciation for the diversity of organisms on Earth. Students will learn how to classify organisms and will compare and contrast the organ systems of several types of animal bodies through study and dissection. We will also compare these animal systems to the parallel humans’ system and thus learn about the human body. If time allows, we will have a unit on plants as well.

Textbook: Biology BJU Press (Fourth Edition) Authors: Brad R. Batdorf and  Elizabeth A. Lacy ISBN: 978-1-60682-017-9

Class Cost: $328



1:45pm - 2:45pm

Mary Barnard  marvinbarnard10@gmail.com

What are simple machines? How do they work? How are we using them? This exciting hand-on STEM class will introduce students to the scientific concepts associated with simple machines. Students will learn about five different machine types, effort, resistance, fulcrums, slopes, levers, gear ratios, friction, force, pulleys, simple math and much more. We will build models specially designed to address critical science, technology, and engineering concepts. The class will promote teamwork, camaraderie, and social skills development. We will construct fully-functioning real-world replicas of simple machines such as levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, inclined planes, and gears. This class will promote growth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects, because of its complex and cognitive approach to building and learning. It helps develops students' creativity and natural curiosity about how things work in an inquiry-based method.

There are no required materials for this class. The K’nex kits will be supplied as well as anything required for the projects.

Materials: writing utensil and a folder to hold the worksheets. 

Worksheets will be introduced in class and may need to be completed at home. There will not be more than 1 hour of homework per week.

Class Cost: $296

LEGO ROBOTICS – (Ages 12-14)

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Mary Barnard  marvinbarnard10@gmail.com

This is a beginning course in robotics. We will be utilizing Lego Mindstorms NXT kits, Lego Mindstorms software and various Lego Robotics materials. Activities are designed to be at a very basic level to introduce the student to programming, building techniques, as well as problem solving strategies. Students will be involved in the development, building and programming of a LEGO Mindstorms robot. Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build, and program robotic projects. These projects will start with very simple designs which will grow in complexity through the trimester.

Students will learn to collaborate in groups and teams, to design robots for specific activities and scenarios, to use robotics programming software and to design, develop and complete robotic activities and challenges

§ Materials: pencils and a folder to hold worksheets

Class Cost: $296



9:15am - 10:15am

Mr. Mike Simmons mssimms2001@yahoo.com

The Story of Civilization reflects a new emphasis in presenting the history of the world as a thrilling and compelling narrative. Within each chapter, children will encounter short stories that place them directly in the shoes of historical figures, both famous and ordinary, as they live through legendary battles and invasions, philosophical debates, the construction of architectural wonders, the discovery of new inventions and sciences, and the exploration of the world. We’ll do projects such as a clay tablet, potted herb garden, and an archaeological dig. 

Materials requested for this course: 

1. Textbook: ​The Story of Civilization​ Volume 1 “The Ancient World” by Phillip Campbell available through Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, Barnes & Noble, Thriftbooks, etc.   ISBN: 1505105668 (Pages: 336)

2.  Colored pencils

3.  Highlight markers 

4.  Notebook

Occasional supplies for class projects. 

Class Cost: $248 ART