Middle School Co-Op

LAF Middle School Co-Op offers a la cart classes to students in 6 – 8 grade.
Parents are not required to stay on campus while students are in classes, but all Middle School families are required to volunteer on campus during the year. Click here for more information on our Volunteer Requirements.
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Middle School Tuition

Middle school classes are $160 each for the 2021/2022 school year, plus any lab/supply fees. 50% of tuition, plus 100% of lab/supply fees are due at the time of registration. Balances must be paid in full on or before the Middle and High School Orientation on August 10, 2021.
 

Middle School Classes

Below is our list of Middle School Co-Op Classes for the 2021/2022 school year. Next to each class, we have listed the facilitator for the class, the day, time and location of the class, the course description, and the required materials and additional lab/supply fees. 

Click here to meet our 2021/2022 Middle and High School Facilitators.

Art 
Facilitator: Alaina Pompa 
 
Tuesdays, 11:15 – 12:30 
 Youth Room

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:15
 Room C208
 

 
Course Description:

This class is for Middle school students who are interested in the visual arts.
The class will consist of 5 units: Drawing, Color, Composition, Sculpture, and Printmaking.

Students will practice observation skills and learn how to see like an artist. They will learn how to draw from life observation with an emphasis on still life and portraits. In the color unit they will learn how to mix paint and how to use color to express themselves. Our Composition unit will learn how to use collage and design to communicate a visual message and tell a story with image. 3D projects, which include cardboard sculptures and ceramic bobble heads. In printmaking, the students will learn how to carve a rubber stamp and make their own patterns and greeting cards.

Throughout the course, students will learn about major artists, art movements, and the role of the artist in culture.

Please note: We will be using tools in this class including carving knives and razor blades. Students will receive instructions on how to safely handle these tools but demonstrate maturity and self-controlled to participate.

Required Materials:
There is no textbook for this class. The supply fee will cover the majority of supplies to be used by the student in class.

 
Supply Fee:
$75 per student
Chemistry/Physics
Facilitator: Nick Gutsche
 
Thursdays, 9:50 – 11:10
Room C105
 
Course Description:
A brief introduction to chemistry and physics principles. The first semester focuses on chemistry: atoms, phases of matter, chemical bonding, and mixtures. The second semester is physics: Laws of Motion, acceleration, types of energy, and Laws
of Thermodynamics. Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions and notetaking is required. 
 
Homework includes crossword puzzles, Scripture copy, pop-up books, and chapter tests. Grades will be assigned by the parent.
Required Materials:
1. Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics by Jeannie Fulbright.
2. Chemistry and Physics Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics
3. Pens and pencils
4. Colored pencils
5. May request basic household items for experiments throughout the year
 
Lab Fee:
$30 per student
Civics
Facilitator: Natalia Drumm
 

Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:45
Youth Room

 
Course Description:
Have you ever wondered how elections work or what the President does all day? How about who decides where stop signs go? What is Labor Day? If you like to know the answers to these questions and many more, then the Uncle Sam and You Civics course is just for you! This is a one-year course designed for middle school students. The curriculum will guide you on an engaging tour of American government. You will discover the everyday roles of elected leaders and citizens who make this country work. Civics is a study of the rights and responsibilities of citizens as well as the relationship between citizens and their government. Along with the course materials, we will also utilize media and discuss current events to really bring the lessons to life
in a fun and informative way. There will be weekly assignments and classroom discussions. We will have fun while learning!

Required Materials:
1. Notgrass: Uncle Sam and You curriculum package ($100)
2. Pencils/Pens
3. 2 glue sticks
4. Scissors
5. 3 ring binder
6. Most importantly, a smile
 
Supply Fee:
$5  per student
General Science
Facilitator: Chrissy Roberts 
 
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:15
Room C105
 
Course Description:
In General Science 1: Survey of Earth and Sky middle school students will explore God’s glory on display in the scientific study of oceans, astronomy, weather, and minerals. Students will learn scientific facts and principles that support the authority of God’s Word and His role as Creator. 
 
Required Materials:
Lab Kit (TBD)
 
Lab Fee:
$30 per student

Literature 6

Facilitator: Rebeca Gingerich
 
Tuesdays, 9:50 – 11:10
Youth Room
 
Course Description:
This class will be a literary trip. Through stories written by others (and maybe some written by us as a class!), we will travel to different times and different places, exploring various forms of written communication as well as a bit of culture. We will be learning not only by reading, but also with games, projects, questions, and writing. There will be a variety of short homework assignments that each student will be expected to complete in a timely fashion in addition to the assigned reading.
 
 
Required Materials:
Book List

The Girls with Nine Lives, by Stephanie Kauffman

A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Parks

The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis

The Famous Five (Five on a Treasure Island), by Enid Blyton

The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David WyssOne (or possibly 2 titles) from Christian Heroes Then and Now series

 
Supplies 
3 ring binder with dividers and notebook paper
Blank paper
Pencils and pens for writing
 
Supply Fee:
$5 per student
Literature 7
Facilitator: Summer Gordon  
 
 
Tuesdays, 9:50- 11:10
Room C105
 
Course Description:
The primary goal of this class is to expose students to great works of literature written during a variety of time periods. The book choices will help to facilitate critical thinking, conflict resolution, and encourage in-class discussion.

Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and will also be required to present their writing in class throughout the year. At various times during the year, we will have student debates and video reviews as well.
 
Required Materials:
Book List

Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare

A Land Remembered (the first edition for students), Patrick Smith

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Bruchko, Bruce Olson

The Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell

The Magicians Nephew, C.S. Lewis
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
 
Supply Fee:
$5 per student
Literature 8
Facilitator: Summer Gordon 
 
Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:45
Room C105
 
Course Description:
The primary goal of this class is to expose students to great works of literature written during a variety of time periods. The book choices will help to facilitate critical thinking, conflict resolution, and encourage in-class discussion. Includes comprehension questions, creative writing (ex. poetry, alternate ending papers), vocabulary, and some light grammar.

Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and will also be required to present their writing in class throughout the year. At various times during the year, we will have student debates and video reviews as well.
 
Required Materials:
Book List

Call of the Wild, Jack London
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
The Hobbit, Tolkien
The Scarlett Pimpernell, Emma Orczy
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne

 

Supply Fee:
$5 per student

Photography
Facilitator: Bobbi Rattai 
 
Thursdays, 11:15 – 12:30
Study Hall
 

Course Description:
This photography class with teach students all the important functions of shooting a DSLR camera on Manual Mode. Students will learn how to take sharp, high-resolution images with great lighting, posing and composition. The course will cover camera basics, vocabulary, compositions, angles, posing, and some history of photography. Students will learn about the different types of photography as well as equipment. We will work together setting up photoshoots and learning how to edit the photos later into the first semester and 2nd once they have mastered the basics. This class will be very fun and interactive.

Required Materials:

 

SD Card 64 GB for saving students individual work
Notebook
Pen/Pencil
3 ring binder for handouts/worksheets/quizzes
A DSLR camera is not mandatory but would be very helpful. I will have a couple in class that can be shared during class time only.
If you don’t own one but have access to borrow one even if it’s just for specific weeks that would be great too.

 
Supply Fee:
$10 per student
 
Physical Science
Facilitator: Nick Gutsche  
 

Thursdays, 8:30 – 9:45
Room C105

Course Description:

Physical Science is broken up into two different sections: natural science in semester 1, and physics in semester 2. Semester 1 focuses on natural processes in the earth. We will study the atmosphere and weather, the earth and its composition, and how to make scientific measurements. Semester 2 focuses on physics and how to calculate forces, acceleration, wavelengths, frequencies, and electrical properties. This class will feature a lecture each week, and frequent experiments throughout the year. Good note-taking is a must, and a calculator (not on a phone!) is required each class.

Semester 1 Topics: atoms and molecules, units of measurement, layers of the atmosphere, water and the hydrosphere, layers of the earth, clouds and weather.

Semester 2 Topics: Physics of motion, Newton’s laws, forces and electricity, structure of the atom, waves and sound, light, classifying stars.

Required Materials:

Apologia Advantage Set, Physical Science, 3rd Edition 

Lab Fee:
$30 per student

Pre-Algebra

Facilitator: Nick Gutsche
Tuition Fee: $160
 
Tuesdays, 9:50 – 11:10
Room S107
 
Prerequisite:
Completion of Grade 5 (or equivalent)
Student knows how to add, subtract, and divide whole numbers
 

Course Description:

Pre-Algebra focuses on preparing LAF students for their future math classes. We start with a solid foundation of arithmetic, then build to more complicated addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. We move on to operations with integers, rational vs. irrational numbers, exponents and roots, ratios, expressions, word problems, the coordinate plane, inequalities, linear equations, and functions. Good note-taking is a must.
Required Materials:

 
Lab Fee:
$10 per student
Writing
Facilitator: Myrna Stoltzfus
 
Thursdays, 11:15 – 12:30
                      1:00 – 2:15
Room C103
 
Course Description:
This class will start with the basics of writing – the humble sentence. From there, students will learn what it takes to make a cohesive paragraph, and then the variety will begin! We will explore many styles of writing including stories, letters, advertisements, poems, essays, and more. 
 
We will practice proofreading, editing, and rewriting in an effort to improve our work each week. Students will also keep a journal where they’ll be encouraged to write from prompts, use it as a diary, or jot down their prayers for the day. Journals will be provided. Students will need a 1 1/2  – 2 inch binder with loose leaf paper and five dividers. They should also come to class prepared with a blue or black ink pen as well as one of another color.  Although in-class writing will be done by hand, students will be expected to type their homework assignments each week.   
 
Required Materials:
Please purchase the following from the IEW website 
 
Fix it! Grammar: Robin Hood $15 Fix -2-S (code on IEW website)
 
Supply Fee:
$5 per student
Other Electives
Sewing 
Facilitator: Judy Mann
Tuition Fee: $250
 
Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:50
Room C103
 

Course Description:
In this class you will learn:  

  • Hand-stitching: the whip stitch, hidden stitch, sewing on buttons, and more  
  • Parts of a sewing machine  
  • How to thread and operate your machine  
  • Sewing techniques: we will practice straight-stitching, zig-zag, and spiral stitching  
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • How to pin and cut out a pattern  

In this class we will sew:

  • A decorative pillow (by hand)
  • A one piece apron  
  • A six panel skirt  
  • And more!  

Required Materials:

  • Sewing Machine in good working order.
  • Sewing machine toolbox  
  • Sewing machine needles #11 #14 #18
  • Manual for your machine (required) if you don’t have one please look it up online and print it out
  • 1-inch. 3 ring binder
  • 12-inch ruler
  • Pinking Shears (please make sure they work)

*Note — There will be a weekly materials list (included as needed) on the syllabus given out at Orientation, such as how much fabric we need to do a project, thread, zipper, and any embellishments needed. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE THE SUPPLIES FOR EACH PROJECT AT LEAST 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE  CLASS AND WASH AND IRON THE FABRIC PRIOR TO CLASS.

 
Supply Fee:
$40 per student

Theatre Troupe

 
The LAF Co-Op offers three a la cart options from our student-run Theatre Troupe:
  1. A fall drama
  2. A spring musical
  3. A fall theatre and musicality workshop

To learn more about our theatre programs, click on the link.

Yearbook 
Facilitator: Allison Flagg
 
Tuition: $120 plus $5 lab fee
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:50
Room C103
 
Course Description:
Students will be creating the yearbook for LAF’s 2021-2022 school year; gaining and utilizing skills in
graphic design, layout design, caption writing and photography.
Required Materials:
laptop or tablet with google chrome installed.