Hopetown Highlight #7: 7th-8th Grade

“You have forgotten who you are.”

It was one of the most pivotal moments in The Lion King, when Rafiki took Simba to the water to see his and his father’s reflection. And it’s a moment we went back to over and over with the 7th and 8th graders this week.

In 7th and 8th grade, it is next to impossible to remember who you are—you’re still just trying to figure it out…

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Middle School Beatitudes versus Jesus' Beatitudes: Hopetown Highlights

Let me tell you why you are here.  You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. -Matthew 5:13, MSG

We skip over salt sometimes.  We read that verse and talk so much about light (You know…you are the light of the world kind of stuff).  But we miss the salt…and Jesus was saying something very important when he talked about salt.  Because, you see, salt itself was very important in Biblical times.  It was valuable.  People were even paid in salt, sometimes, instead of wages.  And we all know salt still has many important purposes.  It preserves.  It disinfects.  And it especially helps…

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Why is Middle School Such an Important Time?

As schools around the world prepare to celebrate Middle Level Education Month in March, we wish to bring you enduring words of wisdom from Dr. John Lounsbury, a middle level education advocate and founding member of the Association for Middle Level Education, previously National Middle School Association. The following is excerpted from his article “Understanding and Appreciating the Wonder Years.”... Continue Reading


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