Friday, June 8, 2018


What a year we have had in the middle school!  I am so thankful for the Lord's provisions and blessings upon us all this year!  I am also thankful for the bumps along the way and how He brought us all through! I am also SO VERY thankful for the loving support of all the amazing parents!  It's easy to see where your children get their awesomeness from! THANK YOU ALL! 

Below is a letter I emailed to all rising 7th and 8th graders.  Happy Summer Reading! And blessings upon your summer!

Dear Parents of 7th and 8th Graders,

I am thrilled to be teaching English to your 7th and 8th graders next year!  To encourage summer reading, I have implemented an optional summer reading and writing assignment for my middle schoolers.  If a middle schooler completes the following assignment and brings it in on the first day of school, he or she will earn a writing assignment grade of 100% to start off a great year of school.  We will briefly discuss what we have read over the summer during our first day of English class, and each student who has completed the assignment can highlight the main points of his or her paper for the class.  
Happy reading!
Love in Jesus,
Mrs. Agate

1. Read as many novels as you can over the summer!
2. Choose your favorite novel (age appropriate and approved by a parent or guardian).
3. Write a report on your novel.
1.) Your report must be typed: double spaced in 12 point, Times New Roman font.  The report should be five to six beautiful paragraphs.
2.) The first paragraph should be a brief overview of the novel. Provide basic information about the book, and give the reader a sense of what your report will be about. You should include:
  • Title and Author
  • Publication Information: Publisher, year, number of pages, etc.
  • Genre
  • A brief (1-2 sentences) introduction to the book and the report/review.
3.) The next paragraph(s) should summarize the book and provide an overall explanation of what the book is about. You should include:
  • The setting of the book (time and place)
  • An overview of the main characters
  • A brief summary of the plot (no spoilers, please!)
  • The author's main theme or purpose
4.) The next paragraph(s) should include your personal opinions about the book and how successful it is.  In this section of the report, you will analyze or critique the book. You can write about your own opinions; just be sure that you explain and support them with examples. (Using a direct quote or two from the book can be helpful!) Some questions you might want to consider discussing in this section of your report include:
  • Did the author achieve his or her purpose?
  • Is the writing effective, powerful, difficult, beautiful?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesss of the book?
  • For non-fiction, what are the author's qualifications to write about the subject? Do you agree with the author's arguments and conclusions?
  • What particularly did you appreciate about the book? (Did you relate to certain characters?  Was is compelling reading? Why and how?)
5.) For the final paragraph, briefly conclude by pulling all of your thoughts together.  Questions to consider are:
  • What is your overall response to the book? Did you find it interesting, moving, dull?
  • Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?
  • What impression did the book leave you with? 

Do your best, and have fun with this!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


These rising Freshmen gave AWESOME speeches today, as each is running for Student Council! The voting takes place tomorrow, and I have NO idea who is going to be selected because each student has had a wonderful campaign.  As cheesy as it may sound, these kids are all winners in my book!  All candidates did an amazing job discussing how much they love Trinity Christian School, their fellow students, and the Lord.  STUCO will be blessed to have any one of these servants.  Great job on the election, Allie, Spencer, Amanda, Nia, and Jordan!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Monthly Class Update! :)

Here is a little peek into what is going on in middle school English and Bible in the 4th quarter!  Please keep us in your prayers as we are in the final stretch this year!

7th English

  • Narrative Essays
  • Grammar unit
  • Professional Business Letters
  • Short Stories!
  • MLA Research Papers
  • Novel Review

8th English 

  • Lord of the Flies Projects
  • Classic Novel Presentation
  • MLA Thematic Essay
  • Grammar Review/9th Grade Prep Unit
  • Analogies/ Vocabulary Unit
  • Rhetoric / Persuasive Speech with MLA Outline

7th Bible

  • Prayer Unit
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • 2 Chron. 7:14, ESV
  • Intertestamental Period Unit
  • Is. 53:1-12, ESV

8th Bible
  • Modern Church History Unit
  • Church Reports
  • Christian Worldview Unit
  • Acts 28:25-31, ESV

  • Excellent job with standardized testing!
  • Go see "Our Town" (and the hard work of many middle schoolers)!
  • Scholastic book orders are due April 30th
  • Middle School Lock-In on May 4th, details to come!
  • Keep bringing in Box-Tops!
  • Any book/novel donations will be accepted by Mrs. Agate for her classroom library! 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Middle School English and Bible Update

Here is the brief monthly update!  Happy March!

7th English: We're in the middle of a Short Story "Coming of Age" Unit!  I am having a wonderful time reading and discussing rich literature from Hemingway, Trudeau, Hughes, Kipling, and more. This unit has nine short stories, and we only have three left to read.  Students have also been writing reflections, demonstrating their understanding of theme, and learning more about internal and external conflict.  I especially enjoyed the students' narrative essays titled "Seventh Grade" after we read Gary Soto's short story, Seventh Grade.  Additionally, we have continued with grammar lessons.  We will complete our grammar unit this Thursday and will begin our new novel unit, Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez, when we return from break.

7th Bible: We are in the middle of our unit on The Prophets.  This unit covers ALL of the writing prophets and relates their messages us, while giving us a better understanding of God's redemptive history.  We will complete this unit when we return from break.  The memory passage for this unit is Malachi 3:1-6, ESV.  The students can work on this memorization over the break!

8th English: Students did SUCH a wonderful job with Shakespeare, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading their papers supporting their theme of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Additionally, many of their coinciding projects were fantastic and gave a deeper insight into the drama and the characters. We also finished our Flowers for Algernon unit and had amazingly deep discussions on this riveting literary work by Daniel Keyes.  I was impressed with the written essay response on the assessment for this story, and I can see the growth in their writing and their higher level thinking skills.  Right now we are deep into grammar and will be concluding our current grammar unit before break.  When the students return from break, we will be jumping into our next novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  This novel is an allegory for society as a whole, and the students really get into it!  More writing will take place in this unit as will deep class discussions as we dig into the symbolism of this work.

8th Bible: We are currently in The Reformation in church history.  While most of our students have a solid foundation of understanding, this unit goes much deeper into the meaning behind The Reformation and the results as far as the impact on the church, the Body of Christ.  The reformers have been an inspiration to the students, and we have had excellent class discussions on justification, sanctification, and emphasizing how  The Word of God is our refuge and strength.  The memory passage for this unit is Eph. 2:4-9, ESV. 

Thank you!

Monday, February 26, 2018


Dear Parents,

Excuse this VERY delayed message....

On behalf of the students, thank you so much for helping to make our Valentine's Day special!  The kids loved their breakfast drink bar and had a great time passing out treats.  Here are a few photos of the time we had.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Update and Announcements...

Writing and grammar and literature, OH MY!  Church history and Proverbs and worldview, OH MY! Yes, we are tackling a lot of things in middle school right now, but the students are thriving and doing so well.  I am especially impressed with class discussions and their willingness to share.  Sometimes I wish that parents could be flies on the walls in the classroom because you all would be very proud of the work your students are doing!  Here's a little look into what is going on:

7th English: We finished our literature unit on The Hobbit, but the students won't be presenting their projects until February 15th.  In the meantime, we will be working on grammar and writing.  I was SUPER impressed with their understanding and analysis of Tolkien's writing.  Each student had to choose a theme for The Hobbit and support it with a five paragraph essay using a three-point-thesis.  Their writing is really coming along!  Our next literature unit is a coming-of-age short story unit.  We will begin this in about a week and a half. 

8th English: We finished our literature unit on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and had a blast with this unit!  In addition to learning Shakespeare, students wrote amazing thematic thesis essays, and I was so proud of their interpretation of Shakespeare's message through this comedic drama.  Even though we have finished the unit, the students won't be presenting their projects until February 22nd.  We are currently doing grammar lessons and will be starting Flowers for Algernon on Monday.

7th Bible: We are on Unit 5: Prophets! As God's nation grew, so did the need for leadership.  We are still in desperate need of spiritual leadership today.  We have enjoyed talking about the leaders we look up to and what God's word says in this regard. What made these Prophets great leaders, and what makes US great leaders?

8th Bible: We are finishing up a unit on the church in the Middle Ages which includes the fall of Rome, the rise of the Roman Catholic Church, and the beginnings of Islam.  We have been looking at how the surrounding cultures influence Christ's church.  It has been a great time of discussion comparing our culture to the culture in the 1000s and seeing the church responds to pressures and such.  There's nothing new under the sun, and God is in control! Praise Him!


  • Students have to have their Speech Meet piece memorized and perfected by February 13th.  We have a great variety of poetry, prose from favorite novels and stories, historical speeches, and Bible passages.  I am excited to hear the recitations, and I joyfully anticipate the culminating school-wide event on February 23rd.
  • We will have a little Valentine's Day party on February 14th, after lunch from 12-12:30.  Middle schoolers can bring cards or treats for the whole middle school (48 students in total) or for just their individual class. 
  • Work-A-Thon needs your help to design the t-shirt logo!  Information went home on this today.
  • Don't forget to be checking RenWeb periodically! :)  
  • In case you missed it last month, here is a video from our Medieval Fair:
Look how adorable these people are!  Their sweet faces make my every day. 

(Sorry for those who were out sick or missed any of these photos!)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe that the school year is almost half over!  I am really proud of the students and all they have accomplished so far!  Here is what is on the agenda for when we return from break and head into the third quarter.

TWO WEEK COLLABORATIVE UNIT:  We are so excited to be diving into our theme: 2018 MEDIEVAL Unit! All classes will revolve around this theme, and we will be closing the unit by making a Medieval Fair for our elementary friends.  Stay tuned for more details AND how you can help us out with this exciting unit!

7th Bible: We will be studying Proverbs and learning more about how our amazing Lord gives us wisdom.  Students will be memorizing two passages (of their choosing) from the Book of Proverbs.  After our Proverbs Unit, we will complete a unit on an overview of the prophets.  This inspirational unit is often a favorite among the students.

7th English:  It's time to read The Hobbit and other writings by Tolkien, CS Lewis, and George MacDonald!  Students will be completing Hobbit Projects and doing oral presentations along with the projects.  We are moving on in our vocabulary and grammar curriculum as well. Additionally, students will be learning how to write business letters and "professional" resumes.  Students will be sending their letters to the businesses of their choice.  It's extra fun when they hear back from these companies!

8th Bible: Church history continues on!  I love our next unit where we get to discuss Constantine, Augustine, and more exciting and influential people in history.  It is amazing how God uses us, His vessels, to move His kingdom.  May we continue to do His work by being His hands and feet.

8th English:  We are tackling Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream!  (This might be my favorite thing I do all year.)  The students will be writing literary analysis essays to defend their chosen theme for this Shakespearean drama.  In addition to this literature and writing unit, we will be continuing with grammar and vocabulary lessons.