Last school year we initiated an American heritage program that established a fundamental teaching concerning the founding principles of America as given in the Declaration of Independence. Students did an excellent job making presentations in chapel defining and defending American exceptionalism. I am looking forward to hearing from the students again in chapel this year. We are committed to giving our students opportunities to grow in their ability to communicate. It is very important to me as their principal that they learn how to communicate with clarity, conciseness, and conviction. This is essential to a challenging academic education.
This year’s theme is “Work, God’s Gift to Me”. There will be many chapels this year that will bring this message home to us in middle school. Students will learn the distinctive nature of work from a biblical world view perspective. They will be taught how work in all aspects of life can bring such joy in personal and corporate fulfillment. It is not just what each one does but what each one does as we work together. With this in mind, the teachers and I will be embarking on a strong emphasis in conflict resolution. We are going to give our students tools to use to help them grow in their ability to get along with others. I have been teaching conflict resolution for a number of years now to 7th graders. I am going to expand this teaching to teachers as we integrate biblical principles of resolving conflict throughout the middle school program. I am going to train some students in mediation so they can learn firsthand how to help others resolve conflict. This will be a part of my leadership training program here in the middle school. Conflict is a very important reality of life. It is so easy to allow something that is very manageable to escalate and build barriers between people that in turn stifle working effectively together for the glory of God. I will video some sessions so they can be posted for you so you will get an idea of what we are teaching your children.
The 2013-14 school year promises to be a year filled with many opportunities to grow in real, right relationships as we work together for His glory. Remember, prayer is the slender nerve that moves the mighty hand of God. Call out to Him for a fresh touch of grace for your children. Once your children are truly touched by the master, they will experience a life that is real and fulfilling. They will reject the vain and empty life of this world culture that is an enemy to their lives. May we experience the life of Christ as we learn to work together in forgiveness, humility, and God’s grace.
Middle school students excelled as the top fund raising group in the community for The Pregnancy Resource Center’s annual Walk for Life. They also excel in ministering to St. Matthew’s House, Florida Baptist Children’s Home, and Harbor Chase.
Middle school students are trained in conflict resolution skills in the 7th grade. How do we build a real, right relationship with the Lord and others? Real, right relationships are the focus of middle school life.
Middle School students are featured speakers in end of the year chapels. They make presentations in apologetics, biblical world view, bioethical issues and our American Heritage.
Eighth grade boys are enlisted and then mentored, discipled, coached and trained to be steward leaders for the middle school and beyond. Vision, skills, incentives, resources and an action plan are all vital components to the leadership program that meets once a week throughout the school year.
Eighth graders are trained in etiquette which they put into practice when they go to the Ritz or the Bay House to experience a formal dining event.
Eighth grade students are trained to take a stand against abortion on demand by learning how to debate the issue in the public square.
Seventh and eighth grade students are trained to understand and communicate the five biblical principles that our founding fathers used in the Declaration of Independence to fashion the Constitutional Republic of the United States of America.
Seventh and sixth grade students take music everyday all year. Eighth graders take music three days a week all year. Middle school is dedicated to the valuable role that music plays in academics and life.
Students are trained in biblical world view so they can articulate with clarity and conviction what they believe and why they believe it.