Dutton Christian is pleased to be able to offer a variety of classes beyond our core curriculum. Because we believe in educating the whole child, DCS offers students learning opportunities in Art, Music, Spanish, Computers, PE, and Library.
We also are pleased to offer learning support for our students varying from in-class help to more intensive pull-outs for students who need it.
In the beginning God created. He gave us the ability to create. In art class, students will be given the opportunity to express themselves visually through their creations. Students will explore a variety of materials and learn techniques to use those materials successfully. Students will be challenged to make observations and to pay attention to details. Art projects assigned will help students develop creative thinking skills and to learn that there is more than one solution to a problem.
Students meet twice a week and sing a variety of songs to prepare for upcoming performances. All 6th grade students are required to participate in choir and 7th and 8th graders are combined in choir if they’re not in band or orchestra, or if they choose it as an elective. We look at many styles of music and especially music in worship. We explore singing and the special gift it is from God and how we should use it to honor Him. We also sing a hymn each month to build a repertoire of music that can extend into our church and spiritual lives. The choirs perform many times throughout the year with the bands and orchestras and also have the opportunity in the winter to have just a choir concert.
Band at Dutton Christian starts in fifth grade and is kicked off by a two-day band camp two weeks before the start of school. This camp allows students to learn the basics of their instruments and even a few notes and music basics before school even starts! The goal of the band program is to prepare students for musical success beyond middle school. Students will learn basic music theory, work towards the mastery of their instrument, how to apply concepts learned in band to other areas of music and much, much more. Students play in various concerts throughout the year, including special performances for Christmas, Grandparents Day, and an end of the year Pops Concert. The highlight of middle school band is the attendance of band festival. Festival is a wonderful opportunity for students perform out in the community and to see other bands that are working towards the same goals.
Orchestra students begin their first experiences in creating music on a bowed stringed instrument, and grow in the various techniques each year that they take orchestra. We are a performing entity, so we are regularly preparing pieces to perform for family and friends. We perform also in MSBOA festivals, which gets us a broader base of experience as we mature in the musical talents we’ve been given.
In P.E., students meet twice a week to engage in various physical activities. The hope is that students will develop a love for movement and skills to lead them towards a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are a gift from God and it is our responsibility to take care of this precious gift. Students have the opportunity to learn and participate in multiple sporting activities and other fitness-related units throughout the year. These activities include soccer, football, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, fitness, and more. Along with the activities, students will learn how to deal with competition, encourage classmates, practice sportsmanship, and understand how teamwork is essential for the P.E. classroom.
The DCS Spanish program seeks to expose children to a second language as naturally as possible through listening, speaking, singing, reciting phrases and Bible verses, playing games and a variety of creative and fun activities. Each classroom has a total of 45 minutes per week for Spanish learning emphasis. Many of our activities are taught in conjunction with the classroom curriculum such as calendar words, Bible verses, songs, science units, social studies units and even art class!
Dutton Christian School maintains a state-of-art computer lab with 26 Apple computers. Students in first through fifth grade have computer class twice a week and work on a variety of projects using researching, presentation, and word processing skills. I work closely with classroom teachers to plan engaging lessons that are integrated with science, social studies, or language arts. Upper elementary students collaborate with classmates using Google Docs and enjoy creating projects that have a purpose for a real audience.
Students in the upper grades also learn keyboarding skills with the program Type to Learn which they continue in middle school. Younger students enjoy using the paint/draw program Kidpix to write and create illustrations about topics they’re studying in their classrooms. Digital storytelling is another project that students enjoy. Throughout the school year, students also learn about safety and responsibility on the Internet. The digital literacy and citizenship curriculum is adapted from Common Sense Media and aligns with International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) standards.
According to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as foundational technology skills permeate our society, students will be expected to apply the computer basics in authentic, integrated ways to solve problems, complete projects, and creatively extend their abilities.
Because we live in a global world and have increasing access to social media, it is important for students to learn about digital citizenship, careers, and internet safety. For example the 7th grade uses a program called “Missing” which educates how to stay safe in online environments. Online environments also help us become aware of the needs of people in other places. An authentic way to apply computer basics is the service project of the 6th grade. Letters are written to injured Marines that are delivered to them on Christmas morning.
It is the goal of the DCS tech program to help students prepare to live, work, and positively contribute to their communities as they develop their abilities to bring glory to their heavenly Father.
The library, along with the literature teachers, encourages students to read a wide variety of books during the school year. The library supports the teachers by having available many different genres of books as well as levels and lengths. We work together to guide students to read good-fit books that will also fulfill the requirements of their literature class. Accelerated reader tests are available for the students to take. Books are given a point value based on the length and complexity of the text. After the students read a book they take a 10 question test on the book to check for comprehension. Each literature teacher uses these tests to keep track of what the students are reading and to check comprehension.
The library is open at most breaks, lunch hour, and homeroom times. The students may check out books while the library is open.
AR Book Finder
We’ve upgraded our Accelerated Reader program to a new online version! Now teachers, students, and parents can look for books based on reading level. There are over 130,000 different titles based on reading level, interest, and topic! Click the link below to begin your adventures!
Students in grades 3rd – 8th may follow the link below to take Accelerated Reader tests anytime between the hours of 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday until August 8th.
We are all getting ready to start our summer vacation. It is a time for kids and families to relax and enjoy the outdoors. I encourage everyone to use some of their vacation time to keep on reading. Summer break is an extended period of time and we want the kids to enjoy and practice their reading.
We have recommended titles on the DCS library webpage by grade level if you are looking for ideas on what to have your kids read. Other places to go for ideas are Goodreads, Amazon, Pinterest, and any online bookstore site. You can put in the grade level you are looking for and interests
Sign Up For A Campus Tour
We would love to have you visit our campus. After completing the form, you will be contacted to arrange a time to meet our staff and receive a tour of our campus.
Why Dutton Christian School
Hear what some of our parents have to say about their experience here.
20 Years & Counting
“In the Fall of 1985, the first of our 3 boys started Kindergarten. We were so impressed with the staff and the commitment of the parents sending their children to DCS. As years passed, we became very involved in the school which gave us an inside look at how the school was run. We loved DCS over all the years our boys were there (1985-1999).
Now, here we are 20+ years later, so grateful and blessed to have grandchildren at DCS. And guess what, it is STILL the great school it was many years ago! Thank you administrators and staff for staying faithful & true to the mission of Dutton Christian School! To God be the glory!”
Greatly Impacted My Life
“Dutton Christian School has greatly impacted my life. As a former student of DCS, I have experienced the amazing commitment to Christian Education from each of my teachers. They diligently walked alongside me to nurture not only my mind but also my spirit. In addition, as a parent of 3 children who attended preschool through 8th grade at Dutton Christian School, I have always felt that my children were valued by their teachers as a unique child of God. Furthermore, I have been blessed to be a teacher at Dutton Christian for over 11 years. As a teacher, I have experienced the loving support of the DCS community, a community deeply rooted in their faith. In many seasons of my life, Dutton Christian School has made a great difference and an eternal impact!”
-Kerri Nitz, 6th grade English and Language Arts teacher
I Have Created Great Friendships
“My experience at Dutton Christian has significantly impacted my life to live for Christ. The teachers genuinely care about students, and I have created great friendships. Biblical knowledge is incorporated through each class, and I will always remember the important life lessons that I have been taught by Dutton Christian.”
-Nicole V., DCS Student
We Were Welcomed With Open Arms
-Kevin James, DCS Parent
I Recommend Dutton Christian School
-Cheryl Kaiser VanderMolen, DCS Parent
"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10