Jenison Christian Middle School teachers are disciples of Jesus Christ who create a learning environment where every student feels safe, and is treated with respect and dignity. Recognizing Christ as Lord of all, every subject is taught from a Christian perspective. Students are given the opportunity in each class to ask and answer the important question, "how does this lesson teach me what it means to be a child of God?" Students are encouraged to mindfully put on God's glasses to see the world and realize the power God has given each to serve Him
Bible curriculum by grade level
The fifth grade curriculum focus on God's promises to his people in the Old Testament. The students learn about leaders God raised up that reminded the people of God's promises to them. They then learn about how God's promises are fulfilled in the New Testament through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In sixth grade, students do a brief review of the Old Testament before heading in to a more in-depth study of the New Testament. Lessons focus Jesus' life and ministry as well as Paul's missionary journeys. Student will learn, from Biblical examples, how to share their faith with others.
As students move into seventh grade, the curriculum shifts from learning in chronological order, to learning the many themes of the Bible. The themes will focus on connecting the Old Testament to the New Testament, learning how to be a child of God, and learning about God's gift of prayer.
Students in eighth grade will continue learning in a thematic way. They learn about Jesus' early ministry on earth and Paul's missionary journeys. They then spend time thinking about Spiritual Disciplines and how to develop these in their lives. They are finally challenged to think about how they can be servants of Christ in their world.
Spiritual Emphasis Week
Spiritual Emphasis Week is a week-long exercise in spiritual growth. It is our prayer that during these five days, the staff and students of JCS will build community, connect with our Lord and each other, grow in relationship with our Lord and each other, and deepen our faith commitment.
During this week, one day is devoted to service work in the community. The entire student body travels to more than 20 sites including nursing homes, thrift stores, day care centers, community gardens and other agencies. Students are encouraged to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Every Thanksgiving, student in the middle school host a school-wide food drive for area food distribution agencies.
8th Grade Serve Project
Every spring, the eighth grade class at JCS embarks on a service project to the greater Grand Rapids area. For 2 1/2 days, students serve at various inner city churches and agencies whose focus is to be the hands and feet of Christ while staying overnight at Other Way Ministry.
7th Grade Serve Project
Every spring, the seventh grade class joins the 8th graders on a service project to the greater Grand Rapids area. For 2 1/2 days, students serve at various inner city churches and agencies whose focus is to be the hands and feet of Christ.
As a whole school we gather for a Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter Chapel. Many students and grade levels participate, including our middle school praise band and 3rd/4th girls interpretive dance team.
MIddle School Chapel
Grades 5-8 meet weekly for a time of praise and worship together. Chapel is led by various teachers and often students participate in presenting. During chapel, singing is lead by a middle school teacher and a praise band of vocalists and guitar, piano, and drums. After chapel, students often meet in link groups to debrief the chapel message and pray together as a small group.
Our goal at JCS is to build community and the love of Christ. One way that we help foster community in the middle school is in our link groups. Link groups consist of students either in 5th and 6th grade or 7th and 8th grade. These groups are lead by a middle school teacher. Our link groups meet after various chapels throughout the year.
Love God, Love Others, Love Creation, & Love Yourself
We practice a Love and Logic discipline approach in our classrooms with a focus on loving God, others, creation and yourself. This means that we approach problem solving with the eyes of Jesus as we talk out problems and look to resolve through discussions about good choices. Grace and consequences are two things that drive this discipline program. Students learn how to take ownership of their choices.