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Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade is an incredible year of Faith, Learning and Growth. Our last year at St. Stephen is one we will always treasure and not soon forget. May Crowning, Living Stations of the Cross, The Middle School Retreat, Living Nativity, Angel Groups, Science Olympiad, and Service Projects are just a few of the highlights.

Our cirruculum is innovative and dynamic. Here are some of the specialized programs designed to captivate your eighth grader this year.

VAEI - Our science curriculum is based on a science model developed by the Van Andel Education Institutes Community of Practice. This model emphasizes hands-on learning and challenges students to think and act like scientists.  

IMMERSE - Students participate in a week long, cross curricular immersion at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This is a week of inquiry-based learning that culminates with student projects showcased at a visitors night at the museum.

You Be the Chemist - Students participate in a local chemistry competition in which the top four move on to the state competition.

Spooky Science - Students plan and execute science experiments around a Halloween theme.  They then conduct their experiments for the rest of the school and visitors on Halloween.  

Math Madness - Advanced math students compete against schools across the country. There are a series of round-robin competitions followed by bracket elimination.

Calvin College Writers Workshop - Students attend a day of creative workshopping with professors, professional writers, and college students.

Yearbook - Students are responsible for helping layout the school’s yearbook.

Book of Me -  A reflective scrapbook students complete in Language Arts class though out the year that includes formal writing, pictures, and quotes.

America and Me: Michigan Hero Essay Contest - All eighth graders write an essay for this contest every year. The school winner is recognized on Awards Day at the end of the year.

Living Nativity - Each year the 8th grade takes on a leadership role in celebrating Christmas by bringing the events of the Christmas story to life for our school community.

Living Stations of the Cross - In solemn remembrance of Christ's passion and death, the 8th grade students present the Living Stations of the Cross in a prayerful, pantomime style.

Life Skills Course - Students participates in a life skills course taught by the Kent County Health Department. 

National Geographic Bee - Students compete in class geography bees to qualify for the school geographic bee. The winner of the school bee takes a geography test which could qualify the student for the national bee in Washington D.C.

Spelling Bee - Students complete in class bees to qualify for the school spelling bee. The winner and runner-up are sent on to the district spelling bee.