Middle School Classes

Study Hall – all periods
This year we are offering  the option of a 30-week 1 ½ hour supervised Study Hall during each class period. We offer this option in order to help you with your schedule and prevent you from running back and forth to the Tutorial.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday  
Day/Time: each period
Cost: $130
For Study Hall information click here


Ancient History

Using Mystery of History Volume 1 as our spine we will explore the history of the ancient world in a fun, hands on way. We will be taking on some of those hands on projects that the text suggests but we rarely have time to get to at home. The focus of this 30 week class will be to bring history to life and excite your students about history while learning about this interesting time period.

Wednesday 10:45 -12:15
GRADES:  4th – 7th
CLASS FEE: $295
SUPPLY FEE: $50  Students will need a binder.
TUTORRena Gammon


Physical Science (Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science)
In this 30 week, 1 ½ hour class, students will be introduced to the stunning world we live in, as well as the universe around it. From the composition of air, to icebergs, to astrophysics, students will receive thorough lessons in each element of the physical world.  The text, Exploring Creation with Physical Science (2nd edition), discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. In class we will conduct many experiments and discuss the major points from assigned reading. This class is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum. Students will need to purchase Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd edition and the Physical Science Student Notebook; The multimedia CD is optional.

Tuesday
Time:   10:45-12:15
Grades: 8th – 10th
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $75
Tutor: Aynsley Clark


Creative Writing IEW  (Level B)
for Middle School

This 30 week 1-1/2 hour class is built on the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. Students will learn to take notes, summarize narrative stories, write 3 paragraph stories, write from pictures, and compose creative essays from the Brain. This approach gives your student information on how to put into writing the information hidden in their imagination. Ultimately, your student’s writing experiences will cause them to think more deeply about what they are experiencing in their lives. In the class I use positive feedback from myself and from their peers as we all evaluate each other’s work, finding the best of each to complement. This is a very enjoyable approach to becoming a confident and competent communicator both in the written form as well as oral presentations.

The class includes weekly writing lab with teacher review. In this class the students will also present their papers and gain experience in oral presentation skills. There will be weekly writing assignments.***Access to computer and printer required- all final papers must be typed and printed***
Previous experience with IEW is required.

WEDNESDAY       
Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 6th – 8th (Level B)
Class Fee: $290
Supply fee: $80
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman
Creative Writing IEW (Level A) Grades 4-7 available Here


Logical Thinking

In this 30 week, 1-1/2 hour class, students will develop skills in Logical Thinking and Group Dynamics. Using problems, mysteries, puzzles, and games, each child will learn to draw conclusions, think deductively, put things in sequence, and explain how a problem was solved. They will participate in group activities to learn how to work together, solve problems effectively and experience the creative process.

This fun and challenging class will be using team-building activities from Destination Imagination. DI teaches the creative process by allowing students to solve Challenges together as a team. A big part of their program is the Interference policy: in short, kids have to imagine, create and develop solutions on their own.

Tuesday    FULL
Time:  10:45-12:15
Grades: 4th –7th
Class Fee: $290
Supply fee: $65 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman

Wednesday    ONE SPOT LEFT
Time:  9:00-10:30
Grades: 4th –7th
Class Fee: $290
Supply fee: $65 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman

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Chemistry and Physics for Kids
(Real Science-4-Kids)

Chemistry Semester is a 15 week 1-1/2 hour class that introduces students to atoms, molecules, molecular reactions, acid-base reactions, titration’s, mixtures, separating mixtures, polymers, and biological polymers. We will also cover the “Language of Science” looking at the Latin and Greek roots that make up the vocabulary of Chemistry. The text is written at a 4-6th grade reading level and covers the same basic concepts of chemistry for upper level yet is still presented in easy-to-understand language and broken down into easy-to-complete modules. The textbook is easy to read and fun to use. The classroom will be lively and students are encouraged to explore real science using hands-on experiments that are designed not only to teach the scientific method but to help develop critical thinking tools necessary for all subjects. Experiments will coincide with the classes and help to drive home the information learned in the class and text.

Physics Semester, also a 15 week 1-1/2 hour class, will introduce the students to the fundamental concepts of “physical laws”, motion, energy, forces, chemical potential energy, nuclear energy, electrical energy and charges, magnets, electromagnets, light and sound. It also covers the “Language of Science”, looking at the Latin and Greek roots that make up the vocabulary of Physics. The class is structured the same as the Chemistry class.

TUESDAY   FULL  
Day/time: 12:55-2:25
Grades: 4th-7th
Class Fee: $300
Books/supply fee: $85 (all books and supplies provided with this fee)
Tutor: Lyndy Sossaman


Sketch Render and Paint

This 30 week art class will teach students how to sketch and paint landscapes, portraits, still life, and botanicals in Ink wash, watercolor and acrylic mediums. My ultimate goal is to help the students become comfortable with sketching and painting the world around them. (Warning – Class size will be limited)

Tuesday  FULL  
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 5th grade and up
Class Fee: $325
Supply fee: $85 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith


Phonics of Art and  Drawing Level I & II 
(Tuesday and Thursday)

The Phonics of Art and Drawing levels I & II is a 30 week 1 ½ hour class where the students will learn to develop and improve the fundamental drawing principles that will enable them to draw anything! This progressive step-by-step course will provide a solid foundation for artistic expression. The topics include Shape, Shadow, Contour Line, Perspective, Color Theory, Portraiture, Composition, and Style (Impressionism & Expressionism) Uses charcoal, oil pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.

Level II students will continue to work on these same principles with more challenging subjects and more expanded media used.  They will use the additional tools of color pastels, water colored pencil and be introduced to acrylics. Student must have completed level I to be allowed to participate in level II.

Parents please note this class is challenging.  This is for the serious art student who is willing to work hard and complete difficult tasks to improve their art ability.  

Tuesday   
Time: 12:55-2:25pm
Grades: 4th and up
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee:  $85 (all materials included in this fee)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith 

Thursday
Time: 10:45-12:15pm
Grades: 4th and up
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: $85 (all materials included in this fee)
TutorAmy Potter Smith


Phonics of Art and Drawing Level I II III & IV (Wednesday)

The Phonics of Art and Drawing levels I & II is a 30 week 1 ½ hour class where the students will learn to develop and improve the fundamental drawing principles that will enable them to draw anything! This progressive step-by-step course will provide a solid foundation for artistic expression. The topics include Shape, Shadow, Contour Line, Perspective, Color Theory, Portraiture, Composition, and Style (Impressionism & Expressionism) Uses charcoal, oil pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.

Level II students will continue to work on these same principles with more challenging subjects and more expanded media used. They will use the additional tools of color pastels, water colored pencil and be introduced to acrylics. Student must have completed level I to be allowed to participate in level II.

Parents please note this class is challenging. This is for the serious art student who is willing to work hard and complete difficult tasks to improve their art ability. I encourage parents of 4th grade students if you have any questions as to which art class would best benefit your student to call Megan at 901-682-3554 to find out more information about the best fit for your child or children.

Wednesday
Time:  12:55-2:25
Grades:  4th & up   
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: Level I II $85  Level III IV $95 (all materials included in this fee)
Tutor: Megan Powell


Phonics of Art and Drawing Level I, II, III & IV  Multi-media

Art level III & IV  Multi-media is an advanced art experience.  In this 30 week 1 ½ hour class we will further explore advanced techniques in artistic expression.  The topics include Shape, Shadow, Contour Line, Perspective, Color Theory, Portraiture, Composition, and Style.   This course will include an art appreciation component with field trips to art galleries and other on location drawing experiences.  The art appreciation text, The Annotated Mona Lisa, gives the reader fascinating glimpses of art, the artists, and their critics’ evaluations.  You’ll finish this book understanding art and artists in a whole new way.

This class will use a wide variety of materials including but not limited to charcoal, pastels, oil pastel, colored pencil, watercolor, water color pencils, wire sculpture and acrylics on canvas.

If you have a student with advanced art skill and an independent worker you are welcome to talk with me about presenting examples of their work for approval. In this class I will be challenging the students to explore the art they see around them, to record ideas they would like to copy or alter into an art note book, and  to use in their own art work.  In class I will continually encourage the students to take their projects to a higher level.

For these levels you will need to purchase The Annotated Mona Lisa, a 1 inch 3 ring binder, and  “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Work book, Guided practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing” (Unless you have completed these texts in a previous art class)  and a blank page artist notebook for an art journal.

Wednesday
Time:  2:35-4:05
Grades:  4th -12th
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: Levels I & II $75   Levels III & IV $95  (all materials included in this fee)
Tutor: Megan Powell


Early Church & Middle Ages

The Mystery of History Volume II (AD 30-1456) picks up where the story of Volume I leaves off – at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and moves to the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the Dark Ages that followed. We will visit knights and damsels, kings and queens, and the peasants who faithfully served them. Students will visit Vikings and villains; castles and crusades. Beyond Europe, we will study the life of Mohammed and the spread of Islam along with the rise and fall of dynasties in Japan and China. We will visit Africa and the Great Zimbabwe empire and then move to the Americas and investigate the rituals of the Aztecs and the gold of the Incas in Peru. Please note this is a Christian based curriculum. Students will need a hard copy or audio copy of Mystery of History Volume II, textbook only. Students will also need a three-ring binder.

Tuesday 9:00-10:30
GRADES: 4-7
CLASS FEE: $295
SUPPLY FEE: $50  Students will need a binder.
TUTORKathy Ethridge


World Geography/American Government

Fall semester will focus on World Geography with an emphasis on world cultures, religions, governments. The fall semester will involve studying different participating United Nations countries and will culminate in our participation in the YMCA Model UN. The spring semester will focus on American Government and Tennessee History. This semester will culminate with students preparing a proposed bill to present at the Youth Legislature. This program teaches civic involvement, understanding of the process of government, writing,
research technique, parlimentary procedure, debating skills and oral speaking skills.

The YMCA Center for Civic Engagement is a statewide leadership
development program designed to allow students ages 11-19 to experience
the processes of government in a hands-on way. Students in the program
have the opportunity to engage in mock governments at the state,
national and international levels. Students spend a semester choosing a topic and writing a proposed bill.
They then present their bill in committee at the YMCA conferences with
students from other Memphis schools. The students will then vote to send
a bill from their committee to the General Assembly. If your bill is
chosen you then present before the entire assembly. There will be a $25 per student, per semester charge from the YMCA to participate. This will be paid directly to the YMCA. *Students will need a binder

Wednesday, 9:00-10:30
GRADES: 6th – 8th
CLASS FEE: $295
SUPPLY FEE: $30, plus a $25 per semester fee to be paid to the YMCA
TUTOR: Kathy Ethridge


Middle School Language Arts

This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class will be comprehensive and geared for students who have some middle school writing experience, and will fulfill all language arts needs. Each class will consist of these four main components:

  1. Literature/reading
  2. Writing
  3. Grammar
  4. Vocabulary/spelling

Each student will have weekly writing and reading assignments. Vocabulary word roots and spelling will alternate weeks. By the end of the year each student will have learned 100 Greek/Latin word roots, learned foundational writing techniques and the basics of essay writing, and basic grammar concepts will be expanded. Skills learned will include: outlining; report, ad and letter writing; information organization; and timed essay writing. Essays will include: narrative, opinion, compare and contrast, and definition.

Required curriculum to purchase:

Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation 11th Edition, Jane Straus
WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 2
English from the Roots Up Vol. I Word Cards (optional—these cards can be made)

NOTE: Instructor is offering an honors option for students. Parents need to contact instructor for further information.

Reading list:  Required Reading List for Middle School Language Art

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Call of the Wild
Treasure Island
Poetry (supplied by teacher)
The Wind in the Willows
As You Like It
Norse Myths and Legends
Short Stories (supplied by teacher)
Wednesday Wars

 Other necessary supplies:
Package of index cards to make vocabulary words
A Red Marker
A Green Marker

Tuesday   FULL  
Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 6-8
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $50
Tutor: Rhonda Clark


Introduction to Middle School Language Arts:  Grades 6-7

This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class geared for students are new to middle school, or middle schoolers who have little writing experience. Each class will consist of four main components:

  1. Literature/Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Grammar
  4. Vocabulary/Spelling

Each student will have weekly writing, reading and grammar assignments. There will be weekly test that combine spelling and vocabulary. By the end of the year each student will have mastered basic writing techniques and grammar concepts. Writing skills learned will include: basic paragraph elements, interviewing skills, editing techniques, and concrete writing. Grammar skills will a complete review of rudimentary concepts as well as prepositional phrases, appositives, past participles, and tense agreement.

Required curriculum to purchase:

Language Mechanic
WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 1
Vocabulary Cartoons
Reading list:  Required Reading List for Middle School Language Art
Number the Stars
Anne of Green Gables
Adventures of Tom Sawyers
Poetry (supplied by teacher)
The Time Machine
Song of Hiawatha
Tales from Shakespeare
Short Stories (supplied by teacher)
Book of Greek Myths

Tuesday     FULL
Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades: 6-7
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $50
Tutor: Rhonda Clark


Advanced Middle School Language Arts: Grades 7-8

This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class will be comprehensive class geared to students who are preparing for high school, or ones who’ve had extensive middle school writing experience. Each class will consist of four main components:

  1. Literature/Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Grammar
  4. Vocabulary/Spelling

Each student will have weekly writing and reading assignments. Vocabulary word roots and spelling will alternate weeks. By the end of the year each student will have learned 100 Greek/Latin word roots, and the basics of high school essay writing. Grammar concepts will be reviewed and refined. Skills learned will include: outlining and editing techniques and tricks. Essays will include: narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and compare/contrast.

Required curriculum to purchase:
Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation 11th Edition, Jane Straus
Essay Styles for High School
English from the Roots Up Vol. 2 Word Cards (optional—these cards can be made)

Reading list:  Required Reading List for Middle School Language Art

Chosen by Ted Dekker
Silas Marner
Robinson Crusoe
Poetry (supplied by teacher)
The Hiding Place
The Merchant of Venice
Ethan Frome
World’s Greatest Short Stories
Shooting Kabul, N. H. Senzai
 
Other necessary supplies (if vocabulary cards aren’t purchased):
Package of index cards to make vocabulary words
A Red Marker
A Green Marker
Tuesday    ALMOST FULL 
Time: 9:00-10:30
Grades: 7-8
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $50
Tutor: Rhonda Clark


Exploring Creation with General Science, Apologia, 2nd Edition

This 30 week 1 ½ hour course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences as well as a great introduction to more advanced study skills. We will be using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science. The course covers topics like the history of science, scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, human anatomy and physiology. Therefore, its scope is quite wide. The classes will consist of  both lecture and lab experiments, hands on learning exercises and fun mastery games.  The key text incorporates an engaging, conversational tone capable of grabbing teenagers’ attention and keeping their minds on track. The authors give a Christian viewpoint and lift up God’s incredible design for the world, which is reinforced with colorful illustrations, pictures, tables and charts. Aspiring young scientists will enjoy the brief biographical summaries of notable scientists with Christian backgrounds.

You will also need to purchase the Exploring Creation with General Science 2nd edition. Textbook, and the 2nd edition Student Notebook colored pencils, highlighters, binders notebook paper,

Wednesday 10:45-12:15
Grades: 7th or 8th
Class Fee: $345
Books and supply fee: $75
Tutor: Megan Powell


Advanced Drama 6th-12th

Take your students’ theatre and drama experience to the next level!

This course provides kids the opportunity to have professional dramatic guidance while exploring various genres of theater. Through exercises, games, skits and fully staged productions, your children will develop their skills like never before. Kids will be challenged to push themselves to explore new ways of dramatic expression.

Performance dates will be ‪Saturday, November 18, 2017 and ‪Saturday, April 21, 2018. Tentatively scheduled plays for the ’17-’18 year are ‘What Happened after Once Upon a Time’ (November) and ‘The Sound of Music (April), (subject to number and make-up of students enrolled in each class).

Tuesday, 2:35-4:05
Grades: 6th-12th
Class Fee: $325
Theatre Rental, Costuming, Set and Class Supplies: $125
TutorDebbie Vaughn

Wednesday, 2:35-4:05
Grades: 6th-12th
Class Fee: $325
Theatre Rental, Costuming, Set and Class Supplies: $125
TutorDebbie Vaughn