Bible Verse of the Week

           The Sixth Graders learn Archery during Outdoor Education.

The Maximum Student-to-Teacher Ratio in this class is 25 to 1.

Our School Day is Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 3:00pm, and Friday from 8:30am to 2:00pm.

Purpose Statement
The goal of Zion Lutheran School is to help students develop a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  At the elementary and middle grades, we realize positive socialization, Christian empathy for one another, and classroom relationships support much of a student’s school success.  In order to prepare students for a rewarding Christian relationship, teachers implement self-help strategies that provide structure, teach organizational skills, and encourage successful performance.

Spiritual Life
Religion:  Through the curriculum, Voyages, emphasis during the school year is the life of Jesus and the gospel of Matthew.  Additional subjects will include an overview of the Bible, church history and Martin Luther.  Daily devotions, along with weekly memory work, all help the children grow spiritually.

Chapel:  All students gather together each week for a worship service that includes prayer, music, Christian mission opportunities, and age appropriate talks.  Parents are welcome to join us each week for this special time.

Academic Life
Language Arts & Reading:  The students continue to strengthen their skills in grammar, writing, and spelling though English and Spelling Workout.  Literature and independent reading are also encouraged in a variety of genres and monitored through journaling.

Mathematics:  Middle Grade Math – Tools For Success continues to build on the fundamentals of math and offers tools for Internet and classroom computer activities.

Science:  An appreciation for the world God has created is gained as the children study life, physical and earth science.  We are currently adopting a new curriculum.  Activities and labs take place weekly.

Social Studies:  In order to better understand the world in which we live, students focus on ancient world history and incorporate map and geography skills with high level thinking skills.  The text is A Message of Ancient Days.

Technology:  Computer activities include work processing, research, educational games, and math problem solving through the Prentice Hall Internet site.  The students enhance their skills at the computer in their classroom or in the lab twice a week.   Students have access to school-owned iPads on a regular basis.  SMART Boards are used in all middle school classrooms.

Physical Education:  Physical Education is a class designed to provide aerobic exercise, appreciation for physical fitness, and learned skills in individual and team athletics.  Students are required to dress in designated PE attire twice a week for this class.

Music:  In addition to learning to play the hand chimes, the students share a basic vocabulary of the elements of music that may inform a discussion, appreciation, and study of selected musical works.  The focus combines music history with appreciation of illustrative works.

Band:  Band is available as an elective.  Group and individual instruction prepare students for concerts and retirement home presentations.

Art:  The creative side of each child is nurtured through art each week.  Projects are planned to coordinate with holidays and the curriculum.  Many projects have been displayed at the annual Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament in Oregon.

Library:  Students visit the library once a week for an opportunity to complete research and check out books for personal enjoyment.

Grade Activities
Field Trips:  To learn more about different cultures and appreciate other people, a variety of field trips is taken throughout our community.  These may include Padilla Bay, Matthew House, Seattle Times, Seattle Art Museum, and Outdoor Education.

Spring Musical:  Students participate in a drama production involving song and dance.  Some of the recent productions include Bye Bye Birdie and Cinderella.

Special Activities:  In order for children to become well-balanced individuals, a wide variety of activities is offered.  These include: soccer, drill team, volleyball, basketball, track, spelling bee, chess club, math club, knowledge bowl, music, art, drama, math, and essay competitions.

Lutheran sixth graders from the Puget Sound area come to celebrate God’s creation at Miracle Ranch.  This outdoor education experience helps build skills and bind friendships.

L.E.S.T.:  The Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament (L.E.S.T.) is a ministry of Concordia University, Portland in partnership with elementary schools of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.  The L.E.S.T. is based on the value of Christian education that emphasizes the love and praise of God, thankful use of talents and service to others.  The primary goal of the L.E.S.T. is to provide an organized structure to promote fun, skill development, fair play and fellowship among Lutheran elementary school youth through academic, fine arts, and recreational activities.  Children may be involved in one or many activities.  These include: athletics, drill, cheer, spelling bee, knowledge bowl, chess club, math competition, piano and essay competition.

Outdoor Education:  Students develop appreciation of God’s world through a variety of programs and activities at Miracle Ranch.  The 6th grade students in Puget Sound Lutheran Schools participate in the three-day event during the month of September.

Piano Lessons:  Lessons are available throughout the school day for an additional charge.

Transportation:  Van transportation is available within the service area.

Revised 7/2014