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Morning Star Christian School

Morning Star Christian School is a coeducational private Non-denominational traditional school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural

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The mission of Morning Star Christian School is to assist Christian families and their local church to develop Godly leaders through Christ centered education. At Morning Star Christian School, (MSCS) our academic programs are anchored in a solid Biblical worldview. We make a purposeful effort to select world class, research based curriculum in order to teach all subject areas from a rigorous standpoint using Biblical perspective. Our educational philosophy and methods of instruction are dependent on a Biblical foundation to provide background truth and Biblical knowledge for interpreting information given to students during the course of their studies. The position of Morning Star Christian School is that we seek to be excellent to the glory of God, and seek to continually improve, therefore we adopt standards only which align to the mission of our school. Neither Common Core, nor any other standards written from a secular viewpoint are fully adopted. This being said, we use Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards to inform the school as we work toward alignment.

Curriculum

K4: Transitional Kindergarten

Splash into Pre-K presents daily Conscious Discipline® strategies that help promote positive behaviors and actions for a positive school climate. The work of Dr. Becky Bailey around Conscious Discipline is integrated into every day of instruction at the beginning and end of each day for strong social emotional development. Every aspect of this curriculum was intentionally designed and developed ensuring seamless teaching and learning and Kindergarten readiness. From instructional Big and Small Books that were written specifically to support Splash into Pre-K to the Interactive Pre-K Software—it’s all intentional. Children have an opportunity to collaborate with interactive software, move and sing with music, and listen to stories being read aloud. Splash into Pre-K is a fun child centered program where play is a part of every day of instruction. Intentional instruction through fun, playful lessons, high-interest activities , and purposeful literature prepares children for learning development and learning success. Childhood is a period of incubation. There is much to learn, and the journey as research indicates should be playful and fun.

ST Math®: Transitional Kindergarten is a comprehensive blended learning math program for schools offering a transitional year of instruction before kindergarten. The program addresses transitional kindergarteners’ unique developmental needs while preparing their minds for the math instruction they’ll encounter in coming years. Students love engaging with the ST Math software games that present math concepts visually. Students also receive the support they need through step-by-step activities that connect the math instruction across multiple modes of learning.

ELEMENTARY Bible – Walking with God and His People is a powerful Bible curriculum for Christian educators who want to help students know God’s word, believe His promise, and live in faith and obedience. Solid theology and educational best practices help teachers provide a structured Biblical base while ensuring a balanced approach to learning. Comprehensive in scope and sequence, Walking with God was written by teachers, for teachers to ensure every lesson is grade-appropriate, easy to teach, and engaging to students.

Language Arts – With leading-edge digital tools and results-driven instruction, Journeys is a K–6 reading program with rigorous instructional design. The unique close reading routine builds better readers while also providing intervention for struggling students. We also employ a reading specialist who works with all our K-5 readers to improve reading ability, comprehension and writing ability.

Math – JUMP Math is a numeracy program. It is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. JUMP Math replaces the self-fulfilling myth that some people are born with mathematical ability while others do not have the ability to succeed with assumptions that all children can be led to think mathematically.

ST Math – Created by MIND Research Institute, ST Math is game-based instructional software for K-12 and is designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Integrating with classroom instruction, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. The ST Math software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Students K-5 have 2 labs a week, 45 min each and have 10 minutes of fluency homework a night.

Advanced Math Learners* – The K12 ALP Math program provides educational opportunities for your child across a wide spectrum of curriculum options, enrichment activities, and progressive administrative policies. Essentially, we’re committed to whatever it takes to optimize each child’s learning experience. Below is a list of such initiatives. K12 Math balances mastery of fundamental skills with critical thinking and problem-solving. An active, multi-sensory approach ensures that students understand concrete realities that underlie mathematical concepts. Online games and animations illustrate concepts, while challenge problems, regular practice, and review ensure mastery of basic skills. A thorough foundation is provided for younger students making links between the concrete and the abstract and older students encountering Algebra.

*offered to 1st-8th grade students who have proven giftedness in math.

Science – Christian Schools International’s science curriculum leads students to see God’s hand in the world around them. The materials will enrich their knowledge of creation, affirm their faith in the creator, and empower them to be good stewards of creation.

Social Studies – TCI’s online Social Studies Alive! programs teach students about the world around them in ways that make them excited to learn every day. Activities like the Revolutionary War tug-of-war capture their imagination and help them long remember key content. With TCI’s elementary program, students don’t just learn social studies. They learn to love social studies.

PBL – Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Essential elements include: Significant Content, 21st Century competencies, In-Depth Inquiry, Driving Question, Need to Know, Voice and Choice, Critique and Revision, and Public Audience.

PLTW – Through PLTW Launch, our program for kindergarten through fifth grade, students become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more engaging. Students have four modules a year, covering Engineering, Biomedical Science and Computer Science.

Foreign Language – Students are taught exploratory Spanish in Kindergarten through 4th grade, with the choice of switching to German in 5th grade or continuing Spanish through 8th grade. Excelling at a foreign language at a young age usually means a child also has better musical skills, according to a study conducted by professors at the University of Turku, Finland. Young foreign language students have better attention skills than students who know only one language, according to researchers at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab. Also, starting foreign language learning in elementary school increases a student’s level of language proficiency compared to waiting until middle or high school, according to a report from the Center for Applied Second Language Studies in 2010.

Music – A traditional music program which incorporates the following areas; singing, playing various instruments, rhythm and movement, music literacy (reading music and music theory), studies of various genres, periods and experiences, music appreciation, and integrated chapel preparation.

Technology Immersion – Students have access to SMARTBoards in every classroom, iPads, leading industry software for STEM subjects, and interactive curriculum in core subjects. 5th grade students also have a class set of laptops for more blended learning approach to prepare them for our digital middle school.

Middle School Bible – Walking with God and His People is a powerful Bible curriculum for Christian educators who want to help students know God’s word, believe His promise, and live in faith and obedience. Solid theology and educational best practices help teachers provide a structured Biblical base while ensuring a balanced approach to learning. Comprehensive in scope and sequence, Walking with God was written by teachers, for teachers to ensure every lesson is grade-appropriate, easy to teach, and engaging to students.

Humanities – We use a blend of TCI History Alive and Holt McDougal Language Arts, with integrated novel studies aligned to the history being taught throughout the year. Students also learn technical writing, and study different literature genres such as poetry, non-fiction text, fantasy, short stories, and essays.

Math – JUMP Math is a numeracy program. It is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. JUMP Math replaces the self-fulfilling myth that some people are born with mathematical ability while others do not have the ability to succeed with assumptions that all children can be led to think mathematically.

Science – Christian Schools International’s science curriculum leads students to see God’s hand in the world around them. The materials will enrich their knowledge of creation, affirm their faith in the creator, and empower them to be good stewards of creation.

PBL – Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Essential elements include: Significant Content, 21st Century competencies, In-Depth Inquiry, Driving Question, Need to Know, Voice and Choice, Critique and Revision, and Public Audience.

PLTW – Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore and learn that there is more than one way to reach a solution. PLTW Gateway provides engineering and biomedical science curriculum for middle school students that challenges, and inspires. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.

Foreign Language – Students have the choice of taking either Spanish or German in the middle school, where they learn more technical reading, writing and speaking skills. Students also participate in project based, hands on learning, where they learn about songs, culture, cooking, and history in the language they choose to take.

Music – The middle school music program takes what is learned in the elementary program and extends it to a deeper, more advanced level. We formally teach students in either keyboard or guitar (student choice), with exposure to other instruments as the students show promise and interest. Reading and music composition are taught during the year, with integrated chapel preparation and culminating in several concerts with 5th-8th grade students leading the programs.

Electives – Starting in 5th grade, students are given the choice of four electives during the year, in the areas of Outdoor Sports-mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, paddle boarding XC skiing, STEM disciplines-computer programming, drone building and flight control (coming soon), and Fine Arts- drama, film critique and review, cooking, art, and advanced music. 3rd through 8th grade students can also elect to take our Honor Choir, learning technical singing skills and performing at the school and in the community several times a year.

Technology Immersion – Starting in 6th grade, all students are issued a Chromebook on which all curriculum is accessed (except for Math, which uses SMARTBoard lessons for technology integration). Students use a Google platform in which they create documents, slide presentations, conduct group projects, and interact with teachers and peers. Students also access professional industry software in their STEM classes such as Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Robot-C, custom built simulation software, and more.

Advanced Math Learners* – The K12 ALP Math program provides educational opportunities for your child across a wide spectrum of curriculum options, enrichment activities, and progressive administrative policies. Essentially, we’re committed to whatever it takes to optimize each child’s learning experience. Below is a list of such initiatives. K12 Math balances mastery of fundamental skills with critical thinking and problem-solving. An active, multi-sensory approach ensures that students understand concrete realities that underlie mathematical concepts. Online games and animations illustrate concepts, while challenge problems, regular practice, and review ensure mastery of basic skills. A thorough foundation is provided for younger students making links between the concrete and the abstract and older students encountering Algebra.

*offered to 1st-8th grade students who have proven giftedness in math.

Mission Statement

The mission of Morning Star Christian School is to assist Christian families and their local church to develop Godly leaders through Christ centered education.

Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (541) 382-5091

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Character Personal Qualities

Also Considered: Religious Affiliation Commitment, Admissions Tests

Academics

Academics

Academic Calendar: Quarter

  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • German
  • Spanish

Student Services

Student Services
    Academic Support Services
  • Reading Specialist

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 130
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Transitional KG 22
Kindergarten 20
1 16
2 13
3 12
4 10
5 15
6 10
7 4
8 8

Morning Star Christian School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Morning Star Christian School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1
Average Class Size 13
Gender 58% Male / 42% Female
Dress Code Uniform
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 89%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%
Administrator   Joe Bales

Extracurriculars

Artist in Residence: Annie Painter will join the staff and students at Morning Star Christian School this fall in a residency that features well tested beautiful lessons in color and design, cut paper creations with some drawing and painting, all inspired by science themes and facts. She will present three workshops for staff and parent volunteers as well as teach lessons in all classrooms. Student work will be installed school-­‐wide for the community to enjoy. Annie is a former award winning Oregon elementary principal with experience as an elementary classroom teacher (kindergarten and grade six), exhibiting soft sculptor, performing and visual arts curriculum specialist, middle and high school fine arts teacher. She spent three years as a national arts and literacy coach and has taught more than 3000 teachers through her graduate courses and workshops. Annie continues consulting and teaching through Portland State University from her studio and homes in Sisters and Portland. Friday Electives: At Morning Star, we believe that learning does not just happen in a classroom, but out in the community through physical, technological, and artistic mediums. We are purposeful in adding activities that engage our students curiosity, wonder, and enjoyment of life. We try to add new and different electives each year, giving the students the opportunity to try at least 16 diverse activities while they attend Morning Star. Halfway through the day on Friday, we stop our regular academic day and head out for electives. Some current and past electives include: Hiking Mountain. Biking Cooking Rock Climbing Frisbee Golf Paddle Board.Kayaking Farming Swim Team Computer Programming Bowling XC Skiing Drama Advanced Music Art Finance Golfing Film Critique and Design Skateboarding Fishing Some electives being proposed for the 2015-2016 school year: Diving Class and Certification Fly Fishing Pottery Dance Yearbook Tennis Robotics After School Clubs: Wolf Pack Running Cubs- an after school running club for Elementary age students. They are trained in nutrition, flexibility, and strength as they keep track of their weekly mileage. They earn mini prizes along the way for every 1 mile they run and when they have completed a marathon (over a span of a few months), they’ve earned their final prize! This fun club prepares our elementary students to be able to compete in Wolf Pack Running once they’ve reached 5th grade. *new 2015-2016 school year ($50 fee for the year) Wolf Pack Running- an after school club where our Middle School students train in nutrition, flexibility, strength, speed, and endurance. The students enjoy running beautiful local routes and Central Oregon trails. They also compete in local community races throughout the school year. ($75 fee for the year) Honor Choir- offered seasonally at Morning Star for students in grades 3-8. Prior to our Christmas and Spring Concerts our music teacher, Joy Trigg, works with Honor Choir members on choral singing, ensemble work, vocal production, breath support and public performance skills. It is an opportunity for students who love to sing to try different repertoire than in the regular music class, with other students who are serious about having fun developing their voices and skills in singing together. Mrs. Trigg, a composer/conductor who has directed choirs in Israel and Japan writes or arranges most of the music performed by our Honor Choir, and puts the funds raised from our low membership fees back into our music program. You will see our Honor Choir perform at our concerts. You don’t want to miss hearing their excellent work! ($40 for the year). Robotics Club- the VEX Robotics Club is an after school club for middle school students at Morning Star. The club competes in robotics competitions around Oregon, including the VEX Robotics Competition. The goal of the club is for students to develop skills/experience for STEM related careers while having fun at the same time!! *new 2015-2016 school year ($50 for the year). Chess Club- our program focuses on a game of chess as a teaching tool. Learning and playing chess helps children develop and build valuable life and work skills. In addition, the program offers students a positive and engaging activity at the time when many parents are not yet home. Our programs are accessible to all children regardless of race, gender, physical ability, or economic situation. Chess is not only a game, but an important part of the human culture. We feel that chess brings children a unique experience. Chess combines the elements of the game with learning and the club environment provides for a social experience and helps to develop sense being a part of a team. Fee to be determined. *new 2015-2016 school year (Fee TBD) Chinese Language Lessons – students will learn to read and write in Chinese, giving them the opportunity to learn 2 languages while they attend Morning Star. Classes are one hour per week, and are limited to 10 students per class*. 1st-4th Grade: Friday 3:30-4:30 5th-8th Grade: Tuesday 3:30-4:30 *Classes are $160 a month, divided by how the number of students enrolled in the class. Reservations are first come first serve, and for current Morning Star students only. *new for the 2015-2016 school year. (Fee dependent upon # enrolled)

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