LCMS offers a curriculum that is integrated by drawing meaningful connections between subject areas, by developing interdisciplinary units and by incorporating relevant, active learning experiences. LCMS helps students learn how to learn. Effective work habits and pride in workmanship are promoted and valued. Students are expected to achieve to the best of their abilities.
Each grade level team of teachers collaborates to develop activities and learning experiences that will benefit Middle School students. Students participate in a variety of groupings to learn: independent work, whole class discussions, and small group projects. Students are given opportunities at each grade level and in a variety of subjects to show their understanding of new ideas in "hands-on" activities or projects.
All Middle School students are expected to practice study skills and to spend at least 30 minutes each day completing assignments or reviewing ideas. Teacher and students use Edmodo to record work that needs to continue after school at home. Edmodo allows for an interactive venue for students and their classmates to collaborate and communicate. Homework is intended to be meaningful and to enrich students' understanding of new ideas or skills. As much as possible, we request that parents work with their son/daughter to encourage the development of effective study skills. A daily supervised Study Hall during lunch recess gives students the opportunity to complete homework that they have not finished on time.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Middle School chapels occur on Friday after lunch and alternate weeks with grade level community building activities. Each homeroom is responsible for a chapel during the school year. We also love to bring in different speakers who are passionat about challenging our middle school students in their faith journeys.
We have several student worship teams that help to lead worship during chapel on a regular basis. It is awesome to have students willing to use their gifts to glorify God in this manner.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The Middle School choir meets once a week on Tuesdays, during lunch, in the Band room. All are welcome to join! New members are accepted every term. We sing everything from pop to classical. Our performances include the Fraser Valley Kiwanis Choir Festival, as well as Christmas and year-end concerts.
Students in grade 6, 7, 8 are invited to be a part of this exciting new club in Middle School, led by teacher (and amazing photographer) Ms Moe. Through our Photography Exploration in grade 7, we discovered that we have some extremely talented students with a creative eye. Students meet together on a regular basis, are given specific assignments (macro, nature, etc.) and the photos are turned in, judged and prizes are awarded!
Red Cedar Book Club
This club invites kids from grades 6 to 8 to come to club meetings and discuss nominated titles for the 2009 Red Cedar Award. They come together once a month, bring their lunch for a great time of discussion and fun!
Art Club is a chance for those in Grade 6 to 8 to use the Art Studio to practice their art skills in a more informal atmosphere and try a variety of art materials during lunch recess on Tuesdays. This year we will also be having an opportunity to use their artistic abilities to work on the mural that will begin appearing in the hallway leading to the gym and I am also working with the City of Langley to get a bench or outdoor table which we will mosaic and donate back as a way of 'giving back' and beautifying the community in which we live. The plan is to have these installed in a city park where it will be come "Public Art ".
"The Bolt" Newspaper
The BOLT is all about getting talented young writers to experience journalism in its entirety by generating, researching, writing, editing, and publishing ideas that they feel are relevant to their peers and important to their school. Staff assignments include: reporters, layout crew, photographers, and editors.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS
A year at LCMS is filled from start to finish with one sport after another. The year starts off with Cross Country, which takes us into the end of October. Meanwhile our Volleyball program for grades 6-8 gets into full swing starting in September and finishing up near the end of November. We then jump straight into our Basketball program, which starts up in beginning of December and continues until the end of February. After spring break we start up our badminton league which is quickly followed by our Track and Field team which takes us into June. We end off the year with an Ultimate team for the six and seven's. In total, we have six different sports offered at LCMS with a total of 23 teams representing our school.
LCMS Middle School participates in a variety of leagues. Teams from Grades 6-7 participate in the Christian Elementary School Sports League (CESS). LCMS also participates in the Langley Elementary School Sports League which provides us with a wide range of games we can play within Langley community. The focus for these grades is on participation, team work and fostering a discipleship to all those we play with and against.
The grade 8 students participate in the British Columbia Christian Schools Athletic Association (BCCSSAA), Langley District School Association (LDSSA), as well as British Columbia School Sports (BCSS). The Grade 8 athletic program is more completive in design with the teams participating in a higher number of games and tournaments.
To equip students to develop their gifts to their full potential and to develop Christ like discernment by providing opportunities for physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual development through the pursuit of athletic excellence.
To glorify God through the care and training of the student’s physical body.
To encourage students to discover, develop, and refine their God-given athletic gifts and talents.
To provide an avenue for students to express their love for God through athletic success.
To provide an opportunity for male and female students to participate in athletic competition. Athletic success is determined by individual and team growth, skill development, playing to potential, and winning.
To provide an organized recreational activities program that operates during lunch hour.
To promote unity between LCS students, faculty, parents, the Langley community, and the broader Christian school community through a common identity and supportive fellowship.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SERVICE
LCMS fosters the development of adolescents’ commitment to Jesus Christ by providing them with opportunities to actively serve others, both within and outside the school community. Individual homerooms set up meaningful service projects during the school year.