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Middle School Enrichment Programs

Middle School enrichment opportunities encourage students to explore their talents in a variety of ways. Some of the programs have no charge while others may include small fees. The information listed below will inform you of the many opportunities available and help you navigate your child’s experiences to plan accordingly for your family. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these programs, please contact the school office at 616-574-6300.

Academics

After School Homework Club
Homework Club is a quiet, safe environment for students to work on their homework. Students are responsible for their own assignments, and while assistance is there when needed, students generally work independently during this time. Club operates Monday through Friday from 3:00—5:00 p.m. There is a small registration fee of $15 plus $5 per hour per student.

After School Tutoring
For students needing academic support in core subject areas, high school tutors are available. Tutors meet two times per week from 3:00—4:00 p.m. Cost is $7.50 per session.

AMC 8 (American Mathematics Competitions 8)
This worldwide contest can lead to other more selective math contests, even all the way to the USA team sent to the International Mathematical Olympiad. The real rewards come from challenging each student with mathematics that is new, different, and “outside of the box.” The problems on the contest are difficult, but designed to be within the reach of students.

Eagle HOPE (Helping Our Peers Excel)
Eagle HOPE is for 6th-8th grade young men who wish to be part of an environment of interaction, encouragement, friendship and mentorship. In this group we seek to honor God by embracing the fact that He creates all of his children uniquely different; to embrace our unique interests, abilities, disabilities, diversity and spiritual walk. This group will be mentored by the GRCHS varsity football and basketball teams.

MathCounts
This program is designed to increase enthusiasm for math. Meetings are fun and include a variety of math activities. Final MathCounts competition is held the third week of February.

National Geographic Bee
Geo Bee helps grow students’ map knowledge and explores places on our globe, relating them to current events, and understanding how geography impacts humans and events. The study materials will be available in late November and the Geo Bee takes place during the school day in January.

Science Olympiad
Experiment and explore the wonderful world of science. The study materials will be available in late November and after school sessions begin in January. Culminating event takes place on a Saturday in March.

Scripps National Spelling Bee
If you love words, are a great speller or just want to give it a try, the Spelling Bee is for you. The study materials will be available in late November and the Spelling Bee takes place during the school day in December. (Our school Spelling Bee works alongside the Scripps National Spelling Bee.)

Zoology Club
Students in grades 5 & 6 discover the vast creation of the animal kingdom which includes animal life, habitats and classification. Meets one day every other week in the winter.

Fine Arts

Art Club
An Art club which uses creativity to enhance art skills. Meets in the fall and spring one day a week after school.

Yearbook
7th & 8th grade students coordinate the assembly of the school yearbook entitled “Legacy.” Team members take photos and experiment with page layout and design. Meetings are held after school throughout the year.

Learn more about middle school fine arts opportunities.

Theater and Performance

Drama Club
Learn the principles of acting and theater by practicing skits. Meets two evenings a week in October and November. A final performance will be part of the experience. Open to 5th and 6th grade students.

Honors Choir
The GRCMS Honors Choir is a group of students who have a passion for singing. It is an auditioned group meeting Wednesdays after school beginning in March until the Spring concert in May (8 weeks of rehearsal). The group sings a variety of vocal styles, including classical, contemporary Christian, world music, and pop. Auditions will be held in February, and are open to all students, grades 5-8.

School Play/Musical
7th and 8th grade students audition, practice and perform in a full musical or play every year. Two final shows are produced and given on the high school stage with full costumes, lights and make-up. Auditions take place in December, and rehearsals run two or three evenings a week January through March. The final shows are a Friday evening and Saturday afternoon in late March.

Learn more about middle school fine arts opportunities.

Athletics and Fitness

Team & Club Sports
Grand Rapids Christian Schools believes very strongly that all athletes regardless of sport or ability level should have fun and improve their skills through quality coaches, instruction and facilities. We see our students as image bearers of Christ. Living out the physical gifts with which God has blessed them. Please refer to the Athletic Guide for complete program offerings.

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.

Learn more about middle school athletic opportunities.

Strategy

Chess and Scrabble Club
Learn to play the game as well as learn strategic moves. Begins in November for 7th & 8th grade students. Games played during noon hour break.