MIDDLE SCHOOL

Different by Design

The BBA middle school was created with the purpose of creating an intentional environment based on the foundation of God’s word designed to prepare students for future education. As students progress from the highly structured elementary environment to the independent self-regulation needed for upper school, middle school provides a stepping stone towards internalizing the skills needed to succeed in a time of change. 

Because middle school is a unique developmental stage, our theme for middle school is “Different by Design.”  Each student in middle school will learn that they have been created in the image of God, and that while bearing His image, they are also uniquely designed. As image-bearers students must reflect God’s image appropriately within a community in this time of intellectual, social, and emotional growth. (Luke 2:52)

Stepping stones of middle school:

  • Stepping from cubbies to managing lockers in the classroom
  • Stepping from one classroom to navigating multiple classrooms and teachers
  • Stepping up to exploring individual interests through clubs
  • Stepping up to learning through character-building team competition

Middle School Leadership

Jamie Davis

Jamie Davis

Middle School Principal

Jamie Davis has been teaching at Berean since the 2009-2010 school year.

Jamie Davis has served at Berean Baptist Academy since 2009, and she began serving as the Middle School Principal at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. During her time at Berean, she has had the privilege of teaching various classes in the Academy to include upper school mathematics, elementary music, and middle school technology. She has led student government, provided college advising, and acted as the Curriculum Director. Prior to serving at BBA, she taught from 2002-2009 in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Mrs. Davis has served in several ministries at Berean Baptist Church to include the music ministry, nursery, children’s ministry, and outreach.

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science: Bible – Northland Baptist Bible College (2002)
  • Bachelor of Science: Math Education (Music Minor) – Northland Baptist Bible College (2002)
  • Master of Science: Educational Leadership – Bob Jones University (2018)

 Mrs. Davis has earned the following certifications:

  • Echelon Front: Extreme Ownership Academy Certification (ongoing)
  • Advanced Certificate of School Management and Leadership – Harvard University (ongoing)
  • Association of Christian Schools International All Levels Principal (Professional Level)
Academics
Bible Overview
Dress Code
Parent Handbook
Student Clubs

The curriculum for middle school has been structured so that the students will receive training in all academic subjects required by the state of North Carolina. Subjects are taught with a focus on developing critical thinking skills and a Biblical worldview. The middle school uses a variety of resources including BJU Press and New City Catechism.  In addition to the core curriculum, middle school also offers recess and a variety of clubs.

Berean Baptist Academy is firm in its belief that the purpose of education is to point students to God. Therefore, our middle school classes integrate Scriptural principles that reflect our theme “Different by Design” to promote the school vision of G.R.A.D.S.

The middle school Bible program begins a four-year cycle that provides the foundational knowledge expanded in junior high school.  During the student’s completion of New City Catechism and How to Study the Bible courses, they will be challenged to advance their ability to meet the five core objectives of BBA’s entire Bible program:  

  1. Students will be able to understand, articulate, and defend the metanarrative themes of scripture as creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, as it applies to our earthly and eternal life.
  2. Students will be able to identify and defend the historical reliability of the eight major Old Testament and three New Testament eras, including the significant people, places, events, and promises of God.
  3. Students will be able to articulate their personal beliefs concerning the major doctrines of the Bible using scripture as the primary means of support.
  4. Students will be able to formulate a Christian response to life events based on an understanding of biblical examples, and proper doctrinal interpretations, in a manner consistent with the views of redemption and restoration.
  5. Students will, at a minimum, develop habits consistent with someone who has a relationship with Christ that results in a systematic study of scripture, prayer, worship, and self-reflection.

Berean Baptist Academy desires to present an appearance that reflects a person who is capable of discerning appropriateness and modesty and who is prepared to work in a professional environment.

 The uniform/dress code applies when students are on campus during the school day, in extended care, on field trips, or at athletic activities as a student-athlete. The uniform/dress code may be relaxed for special events and activities. Students must arrive, remain, and leave school in approved attire. A student must always meet the appropriate school dress code on campus and for attendance at any school function on or off-campus. This includes summer camps and athletic practices offered on campus.

Jewelry:

  • Boys may wear one ring, such as a class ring or championship ring, on their hands. Any necklace must be worn inside the layer closest to the body and should not be seen. Boys may not have any piercings.
  • Ladies may wear rings, necklaces, and earrings in the ears, but no other piercings should be seen.

Hair:

  • Boys may have their hair extend to the bottom of a collared shirt or the top of a t-shirt. Hair may not extend past the opening of the ear. Hair should not extend into the eyes. Braided hair may be pulled back and secured with a single rubber band or similar hair device provided the hair does not extend below the collared shirt. All hair should be the natural color and remain undyed.
  • Ladies may dye or color their hair in the traditional shades of auburn, brunette, black, blonde, and red.

Shirts and Jackets:

  • All students are required to wear a BBA shirt at all times. Shirts must be long enough to cover the midsection when a student reaches to the top of a whiteboard to write or a shelving unit to retrieve a piece of lab equipment.
  • Jackets and hoodies must be in the school colors of red, black, white, or gray and cannot have any graphic designs on the front or back (to include large manufacturer logos). A small manufacturer logo may be visible on the front or back of the jacket/hoodie (normally on the right or left chest area). The hood may not be worn inside.

Pants:

  • Students may wear jeans provided they are free of holes, and frays, and are well fitted. Pants that expose undergarments are not acceptable and may require a belt.
  • Students may wear solid color docker style pants, shorts, or fashion joggers that coordinate with the BBA shirt.
  • Ladies may wear solid color skirts that coordinate with the BBA shirt provided they extend to one dollar bill width from the knee when standing or longer.

Shoes:

  • For safety reasons, shoes must be worn in a fashion that does not allow the shoes to fall off the foot and create a tripping hazard.
  • High heels and shoes that lack a back strap are highly ill-advised due to safety reasons.  Students are required to navigate stairs and participate in outdoor recess.
  • It is highly recommended that all shoes have a rubber outsole that is considered slip-resistant.

With the purpose of encouraging a love for learning and discovering the unique interests and talents of each student, the middle school offers a variety of clubs:

Art Bible Memory Creative Writing French
Intro. to Robotics Leadership Music Physical Education

Middle School Core Subjects

Fifth Grade

English Language Arts – The educational materials provide a step-by-step introduction to the Writing Process for eight different types of writing assignments, such as personal narratives, newspaper editorials, historical fiction, and limericks. Additionally, students utilize a vocabulary book, and read various novels throughout the year.

History – Introduction to World History – Students take a tour of the history and culture of ancient civilizations like Egypt, China, Israel, Greece, Africa, the Mayas, and the Roman world.

Math – develops solid problem-solving skills in preparation for algebra, teaches methods of estimation, and familiarizes students with the use calculators to solve math problems. The elementary math educational materials emphasizes the application of math to real-life situations.

Science – reveals the incredible intricacies of cells and organisms, matter and energy, astronomy, heredity, the nervous system, and the immune system.

Bible – This Bible series focuses on the foundational teachings from the Bible about the nature and character of God, the qualities of His people, and His church. Students are given an overview of the Bible, with an emphasis on God’s attributes, biblical characters, the early Church, and what it means to know Jesus Christ and live for Him.

Sixth Grade

English Language Arts – The educational materials provide a step-by-step introduction to the Writing Process for eight different types of writing assignments, such as personal narratives, newspaper editorials, historical fiction, and limericks. Additionally, students utilize a vocabulary book, and read various novels throughout the year.

History – Introduction to World History – Students take a tour of the history and culture of ancient civilizations like Egypt, China, Israel, Greece, Africa, the Mayas, and the Roman world.

Math – develops solid problem-solving skills in preparation for algebra, teaches methods of estimation, and familiarizes students with the use calculators to solve math problems. The elementary math educational materials emphasizes the application of math to real-life situations.

Science – reveals the incredible intricacies of cells and organisms, matter and energy, astronomy, heredity, the nervous system, and the immune system.

Bible – This Bible series focuses on the foundational teachings from the Bible about the nature and character of God, the qualities of His people, and His church. Students are given an overview of the Bible, with an emphasis on God’s attributes, biblical characters, the early Church, and what it means to know Jesus Christ and live for Him.

 

Classrooms

Teams

Students : Teachers

Clubs

Supply List

Fifth and Sixth Grade General Supplies

Last updated July 7, 2022

 

1 large container of disinfecting wipes

3 large boxes of tissues

Bible  – ESV or KJV preferred

2 inch Binder (Optional Binder – Click here to purchase from Amazon)

Subject dividers for binder (at least 6)

3 one-subject composition notebooks (Click here to purchase multiple from Amazon)

Loose-leaf paper for individual use in each class

6 Folders

Index cards

Pencil Pouch (preferred to fit in binder, not a box)

#2 pencils OR mechanical pencils with erasers

1 pencil sharpener with cover for colored pencils

Blue, black, and red ink pens

Colored pencils

Locker shelf

Book Bag (no rollies)

Gym bag and luggage lock when taking a PE class

Art Supplies (if applicable)

1st quarter includes – Monochromatic Drawings, Polychromatic Drawings, Calligraphy, Watercolor Painting, Craft

Pencil  (4B, 2B)

A Calligraphy pen (Any type of pen)

Eraser

Mixed Media Sketch Pad (11X14 size)

Ruler (Any size)

Colored Pencil (over 24 colors)

Glue

Scissors

Sharpie Markers (Fine Point – Assorted Colors)

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What can I do at home to help my child be successful in middle school?

  1. Have a nightly routine.
  2. Make bedtime a priority.
  3. Have a homework space with necessary supplies.
  4. Review a little each night instead of long study periods.
  5. Praise progress and effort and not perfection – school is for practice!

How much homework can we expect each night?

The average middle school student can expect to spend between 50 and 60 minutes of work nightly. This overall time means that teachers attempt to limit the work from one course to 10-minutes of work. Again, this is for the average student  Some students may finish early and others may take longer. This does not account for studying or long-term projects, such as research papers.

How can I communicate with the teachers?

Teachers welcome communication from concerned parents. They are willing to answer your questions and provide support. You may reach them anytime by emailing them through your FACTS SIS (formerly RenWeb) portal  Please understand that many teachers are parents and grandparents and that they spend several nights each week grading and preparing lessons, and therefore, may limit their response times.  It is the academy’s expectation that teachers respond to emails within 24-48 hours.  Like we ask them to guard your Saturday and Sunday with little to no emails, so you can spend time with family and freely worship at church, we ask them (and you) to do the same for their lives.  Please make every effort to look ahead at assignments and projects to limit last minute emails.