Students in grades five through eight enjoy a rich and varied curriculum here at Zion. In addition to Reading, Math, Science, English, and Social Studies, students receive instruction in Religion by Zion Lutheran Church’s Pastor Warneke. The students are also learning Spanish and digital citizenship through our weekly explore classes with grades 3-4. Students are learning typing skills as well as how to be safe online and use digital resources responsibly with their 1-1 Chromebooks. The students enjoy PE class twice a week and end their week with an art class, too! Every year, learning extends beyond the classroom with field trips to the State Fair, Agriculture Safety Day at the Adams County Fair Grounds, Stuhr Museum, and the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.
In addition to all these academics, students in grades five, six, seven and eight also participate in a money management exercise throughout the year. Students learn how to manage an online checking account, handle cash, write checks, and keep up with paying their weekly bills. Out of their weekly salary, students must pay rent for their desks and Chromebooks and may use their money to purchase or rent school supplies, as well as fun prizes. Students are also held accountable for their grades with weekly grade checks, which result in bonuses for having As and fines for having Fs in each of their classes. This exciting activity allows students to explore the responsibilities they will have to handle in the future, and they are loving the experience!