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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 Next year's class descriptions will be available by the end of March. 

2018-19 Classes


ART EXPLORATIONS – (Ages 11-14) 

12:45pm -1:45pm 

Mrs. Karen Plas    karenplas_art@yahoo.com

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. Art projects are not repeated for several years so that a student can take the class more than one year.  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

Drawing can be learned! Grow your 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. 

Class Cost: $280



Faith Rietema   fl.rietema@gmail.com

This class is an opportunity for students to understand how some of their favorite movies, cartoons, video games, and comic books came to be! Every character begins with an artist, and that’s what we plan to explore in Intro to Cartooning. There will be many drawing exercises and hands-on projects to help kids not only learn the skills, but also be able to create something they enjoy. Students will be introduced to drawing human anatomy, then learn how to push and exaggerate it based on the character they want to make. We will explore different cartoon styles and learn little bits of art history when appropriate. The course will also cover color theory, the elements and principles of design, the 12 principles of animation, how to draw expressions and dynamic poses, and more. Starting with these fundamentals, young artists can begin to figure out how exactly they want to use their God-given talents.

All of the supplies below can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Blick, or Amazon. I advise looking between the four if you’d like to find the best deals on each item.

Supply list:

Paper: 9" x 12" Strathmore 300-Series Spiral Drawing Pad

Ink Pens: Faber-Castell Black PITT Artist Fineliner Set

Coloring: Student can either use the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil set they purchased for Karen Plas’ Art Exploration, or they can use markers for coloring. Good markers can be an expensive alternative and I don’t expect students to have them. If they’d like a good beginner’s set, I recommend:

Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, Manga Colors, 12-Count.

Prismacolor and Copic are considered high-end markers and are very reliable brands. Faber-Castell inks are a good mid-point. Students may use whichever brand of marker or colored pencil is convenient, however I simply ask they have a range of colors to work with.

Pencils: Any mechanical or #2 pencils should work just fine. If the student has a pencil set from previous classes, feel free to use that. 

Erasers: Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick and any vinyl eraser.

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

Class Cost: $280


DRAMA - (Ages 11-13) 

1:45pm – 2:45pm

Mrs. Jennifer Vandlen


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: Possible prop lists and costume suggestions will be provided for each play.

Class Cost: $348


CHINESE – (Ages 11-15)

11:15am- 12:15am

Mrs. Gezi Cox  bluelake061@yahoo.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


10:15am – 11:15am

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

READ and WRITE SPANISH CLUB – (Ages 10-15)

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Mrs. Maria Krawczyk  cedarvines@aol.com 

Prerequisite: 2 years of elementary Spanish or one year of Beginners Spanish

Come to this unique and fun class. We will build on vocabulary and simple verbs to help us read and write. We will create our own stories, based on the vocabulary play games, make projects together and will have quarterly field trips to immerse in the Spanish Speaking community. Additional cost possible depending on the various projects and field trips.

Book to be determined.

Class Cost: $280



9:15am - 10:15am

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 Excellence in Writing--Ancient History Based Writing Lessons (available from http://www.excellenceinwriting.com under "Shop our Product, Grade 6-8 and then theme-based)

2. Three-ring binder (2 " rings)

3. Composition book 

4. Highlight markers and mechanical pencils.

Class Cost: $240


12:45 pm – 1:45 pm 

Mrs. Sally Frahm  frahm_family@yahoo.com

Prerequisite: basic writing experience

The key elements of this course will be to develop structure and style in writing essays, research reports, and critiques. Students will learn these skills using the U.S. History I 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 outlining references, 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 with regular quizzes. Students will be expected to complete 3-4 hours of homework each week. Students will also be required to read two novels throughout the year. 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. 


U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons ISBN: 978-1-62341-266-1 (Student Book)  
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes and The Giver by Lois Lowry.

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



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.  If desired, the students can be provided with the 2019 spelling bee list and trained in how to study for it.  This is not a requirement of the class. This can be done outside of class if the student is interested.  Grammar will be studied 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


6/7 MATH – (Ages 11-13)


Mrs. Tena Bartholomew  rodtena.bar@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)


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)

8:00 am – 9:15 am  

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: $280 




Mrs. Laurie Mundwiler Slmund10@gmail.com 

One of God’s greatest gifts to mankind is the gift of music. Join us as we make a joyful noise to the Lord in this ensemble! Studies have consistently shown that those who learn to read music and gain the skills needed to play an instrument do better in all areas of life – academic, social, emotional, language, etc. These blessings extend beyond one’s self to the world around us as families, churches and communities watch and listen to them play!

This class is directed at students who would like to learn how to play either the clarinet or flute and have little or no musical experience. Students will be taught the basic, rudimentary aspects specific to their instrument, as well as receiving instruction related to general musical knowledge (i.e. reading notes and rhythm). An instrument fitting will be done in July, with information on rental from Meyer music provided. Private lessons are required, giving additional support and instruction, making the whole experience more enjoyable.  The combination of class time, private instruction and daily practice will ensure that the world of music will come alive and be a blessing to the students and their families. This ensemble will perform at both Showcase events, with the possibility of performing in other venues (churches, nursing homes, etc.) if the opportunity arises during the school year. 

Required resource: Essential Elements Vol. 1 (specific to instrument)

*this is included if renting from Meyer Music

Class Cost: $352


CHOIR - (Ages 8-12)

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Mrs. Paula Narva  dpnarva@charter.net 

If you are between the ages of 8 and 12 and like to sing, then this is the place for you! KK Choir is a musical performance class. We will learn different vocal techniques to improve your singing voice and performance techniques to make you more comfortable on stage. We will learn worship, Christmas, Easter, and patriotic songs and various other types of music. Students will also have opportunities to perform throughout the year.

Class Cost: $204


9:15am - 10:15am 

Mrs. Robin Haaksma  robinhaaksma@gmail.com

In this beginning guitar class, we will earn chords and notes to that we will be able to play together as a group.  Strumming patterns, rhythm, and tablature as well as traditional note reading 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

TEEN CHOIR – (Ages 12-18)

12:45pm -1:45pm 

Mrs. Robin Haaksma  robinhaaksma@gmail.com

The teen choir is for students ages 12-18 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 teen choir will meet for an hour a week.  The first semester students will perform at the December Showcase and do some Christmas caroling.  The second semester students will perform at the May Showcase and sing at a nursing home.  Other performances may be possible depending on group ability and interest.

Class Cost: $296




Mrs. Tena Bartholomew  rodtena.bar@gmail.com

God’s Design for Heaven and Earth is exciting to explore! In this course, students will gain a better understanding of the universe, the earth and our weather. Our year begins as we explore the solar system and the universe. We will see how God designed it to support life. Students will take an imaginary journey to study nebulae, stars, comets, meteors, and planets.  We will continue with studying of our unique earth, and about the earth’s surface, as well as what is underneath it. Students will also learn about rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers, the Genesis Flood, the Ice Age and fossils. Our year will end with studying the many aspects of weather and the oceans effect on it. 

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. There will be three hands-on projects such as designing your own weather station.

Text Books – God’s Design for Heaven & Earth. 

Weather & Water (1st semester) 4th Edition

Our Planet Earth (1st and 2nd semester) 4th Edition

Our Universe (2nd semester) 4th Edition

Class Cost: $280

GENERAL SCIENCE – (Ages 11-14)


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. 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. 

Text Book: Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Edition ISBN 978-1-932012-86-6

Class Cost: $ 280



10:15am – 11:15pm

Mr. Mike Simmons   mssimms2001@yahoo.com

This class will present a physical-cultural study of the earth and mankind in World Geography within a Christian Perspective. Students will travel the globe studying the land, the culture, and the people using a variety of skills, including map labeling, charts and graphs, map skills, and research. 

Materials Needed:

1. Around the World in 180 Days Set, 2nd Edition by Apologia Educational Ministries.

2. Colored pencils

3. Blank drawing paper

4. College ruled notebook

Class Cost: $240




Mrs. Mary Barnard marvinbarnard10@gmail.com 

This is an enjoyable, hands-on class that starts by equipping the student with knowledge of simple machines, mechanisms, and structures. From there, the student applies those learnings to build motorized vehicles that haul weight, climb over obstacles, walk using cams, or move by capturing wind. Using LEGO Education’s Introduction to Simple and Motorized Mechanisms curriculum, this course offers a broad range of activities within design technology, science, and simple mathematics. Students investigate the principles of mechanics, experiment with force and friction, measure distance, time, speed, weight — and much more. With LEGO, science is fun! (note: All LEGO materials are provided.)

Materials for Class:

There are no required materials for this class. LEGO kits are provided, as well as any other extras the projects may require. Please do not allow your child to bring their own LEGOs from home. However, I do allow students to bring one special LEGO mini figure/character to drive, pilot, or otherwise control the vehicle(s) they construct in class (note: bringing a figure from home is optional). 

Your child should come to class with at least one sharpened pencil/mechanical pencil and an eraser. A notebook is optional for students who want to capture ideas as they create and build. A folder is not necessary as all worksheets are submitted at the end of each class.

Class Cost: $280

LEGO ROBOTICS– (Ages 12-14)


Denise and Phillip Hammerstrom  thehammerstroms@gmail.com

Would your Jr. High student like to learn how to independently design, construct, and program robots? They will use math, physics, computer science, engineering, and technology to build, program, test, and evaluate mechanical robots to perform tasks. Using the LEGO Mindstorms system, students will learn how to control motors, receive feedback from sensors, and share data between robots. 

The first half of the year, students will build a knowledge base, using Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy Curriculum. The principles learned will be applied through a series of fun challenges to encourage students to brainstorm, troubleshoot, and think outside the box. The class is primarily lead by Phillip Hammerstrom,  an experienced and expert Robotics Tech that has helped design and build robots to compete and remain in the top standings in National Competitions throughout the U.S.

Materials: pencils and a folder to hold worksheets

Class Cost: $296



ODYSSEY of the MIND – (Ages 13 -15) 

12:45pm – 1:45pm 

Ms. Rebekah Nuest  ranuest@gmail.com

Prerequisite: Tutor approval

Odyssey of the mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. 

What makes Odyssey different? Odyssey of the Mind is a competitive program, but it's nothing like your typical sporting event. The competitive element encourages kids to be the best that they can be, but it's a friendly competition. Kids learn from and even cheer on their competitors. Odyssey of the Mind is not a college bowl or a competition about knowledge. It's all about creativity, an often overlooked element in the growth and development of many students. Kids are rewarded more for how they apply their knowledge, skills and talents, and not for coming up with the right answer. In fact, in Odyssey of the Mind problems, there isn't one right answer. Ever. 

How do students benefit from participation? In Odyssey of the Mind, students learn, at a young age, skills that will last a lifetime. They work in teams so they learn cooperation and respect for the ideas of others. They evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own, gaining greater self-confidence and increased self-esteem along the way. They work within a budget, so they learn to manage their money. They see that there’s often more than one way to solve a problem, and that sometimes the process is more important than the end result. This is an amazing opportunity for your student to break free from the norm and go above and beyond in their thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will get their creative juices flowing to solve spontaneous and long-term problems with their team members. With a maximum of 7 students per team, all input is essential. 

Class Cost: $296