Middle School Course Catalog

Math 6

The Math 6 course is designed for students to master and advance whole number concepts, operations, and problem solving. This course includes mastery of arithmetic operations with decimals, fractions, and percent. Students will comprehend and analyze various graphical representations and basic statistics to analyze data. Students will develop basic geometric and measurement concepts, probability and statistics, and be given an introductory scope of algebraic concepts. A firm grounding in these concepts gives the students an awe and appreciation of an orderly universe designed by an all-knowing Creator God.

Prerequisites: n/a

Honors Math 6

Honors Math 6 seeks to solidify and expand skills and concepts learned in previous math courses. Students will be introduced to fundamental algebraic concepts and basic abstract thought. Reinforcement is used to further prepare students for high-level thinking required in Algebra. A various array of activities will be used to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. As with previous math courses, Honors Math 6 will build on mathematical operations that include decimals, fractions, percent, integers, and work with graphs. Geometry and measurement are covered, as well as an introduction to data analysis, probability and statistics.

Prerequisites: placement test

Math 7

Math 7 seeks to solidify and expand skills and concepts learned in previous math courses.
Students will be introduced to fundamental algebraic concepts and basic abstract thought.
Reinforcement is used to further prepare students for high-level thinking required in
Algebra. A various array of activities will be used to develop critical thinking and
problem solving skills. As with previous math courses, Math 7 will build on
mathematical operations that include decimals, fractions, percent, integers, and work with
graphs. Geometry and measurement are covered, as well as an introduction to data
analysis, probability and statistics.

Prerequisites: Math 6

Honors Pre-Algebra - 7th

Honors Pre-Algebra is to promote and establish a strong foundation in abstract algebraic
concepts by expanding operations and number sense to include exponents, roots, and
radicals. The skills in this course establish a foundation of integers, equations and
inequalities, coordinate graphing, and an introduction to solving algebraic equations.
Students will explore and solve linear equations with whole number integers, decimals,
fractions, and percent. Algebraic functions and geometric concepts are introduced.

Prerequisites: Honors Math 6

Pre-Algebra - 8th

Pre-Algebra is to promote and establish a strong foundation in abstract algebraic concepts
by expanding operations and number sense to include exponents, roots, and radicals. The
skills in this course establish a foundation of integers, equations and inequalities,
coordinate graphing, and an introduction to solving algebraic equations. Students will
explore and solve linear equations with whole number integers, decimals, fractions, and
percent. Algebraic functions and geometric concepts are introduced.

Prerequisites: Math 7

Honors Algebra 1 - 8th

Algebra 1 is foundational to future math courses and life skills. It is the beginning course
in higher mathematics. Algebraic concepts are developed with the goal of developing
reasoning and problem-solving skills so that students can apply these concepts outside of
the math classroom. The course covers the basic elementary algebraic concepts,
beginning with the study of number relations and going through applying fractions.
Other algebraic topics covered through the year include working with algebraic
expressions; writing, reasoning with, and solving single variable equations and
inequalities; working with rational expressions and polynomials; graphing linear
equations, solving equations and inequalities graphically; solving systems of equations
and inequalities (two-variables); and exponents and radicals. Students will apply real life
applications to each objective they learn, displaying mastery of the content.

Prerequisites: Honors Pre-Algebra

Physical Science: Matter and Energy - 8th

In Physical Science, students apply and combine science and mathematics in order to
discover exactly why and how matter and energy interact. This course demonstrates
hands-on interactions with the subject matter. The format takes the conceptual concepts
and ties in mathematical content, maximizing the students’ critical thinking and
understanding of the everyday world. Topics include mechanics, sound and light,
electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics. A basic understanding of physics
will enable students to appreciate the world around them as they begin to understand the
natural processes at work. This course is designed to give students insight to the world
around them by studying the foundational laws that God established for His creation.
Although Physical Science is not taught as a math course, it does require the application
of many mathematical principles.

Prerequisites: n/a

Life Science – Order and Design - 6th

Life Science is observations and decisions about living things. It is the study of living
organisms in God’s creation. In this course, students learn and study in depth
compositions of animals and humans. Students will classify animal structure and
function. Comparing and contrasting different animals will build a knowledge base of
God’s perfect creation. Students will also study the human body systems, health, cell
structure and function, heredity, and genetics. This course also provides the framework
that prepares the student to further study other fields of science in High School.

Prerequisites: n/a

Earth and Space Science - 7th

Earth Science will explore four basic spheres of God’s physical non-living Creation: the
celestial sphere (outer space), the atmosphere (the layers of gas surrounding the earth),
the lithosphere (the solid part of the earth and its surface), and the hydrosphere (the
natural waters that cover and penetrate the earth’s surface). Each sphere will be studied
while at the same time exploring proper scientific methods and common fallacies about
each sphere. The role of our Creator will be identified in each area, and students will
learn how to better defend God’s Creation, blending both their faith and true Science.
The will apply a biblical worldview to defend their faith about Creation.

Prerequisites: n/a

Language Arts and Reading - 6th

The sixth grade language arts course presents reading skills that allow the students to read
and interpret literature effectively and decipher the meanings accurately. Students will be
given the tools necessary to apply these skills to Scripture developing stronger
comprehension as well as a better understanding of a Christian worldview. Grammar is
taught both as a representation of the orderliness of language as well as a necessary part
of proper professionalism. Strong writing and grammar are an expectation in today’s
professional world and grammatical tools are a necessary foundation for improving
writing and comprehension skills. (Students will be enrolled in both Language Arts
and Reading.)

Prerequisites: n/a

English 7

This English course presents the reading skills to study and interpret literature and the
composition skills to effectively communicate with others. Investigation of fictional
stories, biographies, poetry, and selections from the Bible lead students to develop
stronger comprehension skills and understand of a Christian worldview. Studying
standardized grammatical terminology and structure provides a foundation for improving
composition skills.

Prerequisites: n/a

English 8

This English course builds on prior knowledge retained from previous courses. The
course presents the reading skills to study and interpret literature and the composition
skills to effectively communicate with others. Investigation of fictional stories,
biographies, poetry, and selections from the Bible lead students to develop stronger
comprehension skills and understand of a Christian worldview. Studying standardized
grammatical terminology and structure provides a foundation for improving composition
skills.

Prerequisites: n/a

Heritage Studies - 6th

The Heritage Studies course surveys a view of God’s world from Biblical times through
the middle Ages. Investigation of historical events, evaluation of true and false
philosophies, and geography lead students to learn and decipher God’s Truth, developing
a stronger testimony among unbelievers. Studying the history of the world and the
features of the earth, students can see illustrations of God’s wisdom, omnipotence,
sovereignty, and benevolence. Students will learn Christian philosophy, character, and
attitudes, which promotes a balanced approach to social studies instruction.

Prerequisites: n/a

The American Republic - 7th

This course begins with the early explorers and then proceeds to establish the differences
between ideas on exploration, colonization, and religion. Students will study the many
wars that created and establish the United States of America. The course integrates
scriptural truths with history, the lives of men who were explorers and nation builders,
lives of great church leaders and reformers and practical everyday situations which
confront the students in today’s world. Along with emphasis on the importance of
knowing our history, an emphasis is placed on having a personal knowledge of scripture
and personal relationship with Christ.

Prerequisites: n/a

World Studies - 7th

This history course presents world studies to the students giving them an accurate view of
the world. Through investigation of different culture, the students will explore the world
God has created and learn ways to share the Gospel with all people. Through evaluation
and activities, the students will be given a better understanding of the world around them
and develop a stronger and clearer Christian worldview.

Prerequisites: n/a

The American Republic - 8th

This course begins with the early explorers and then proceeds to establish the differences
between ideas on exploration, colonization, and religion. Students will study the many
wars that created and establish the United States of America. The course integrates
scriptural truths with history, the lives of men who were explorers and nation builders,
lives of great church leaders and reformers and practical everyday situations which
confront the students in today’s world. Along with emphasis on the importance of
knowing our history, an emphasis is placed on having a personal knowledge of scripture
and personal relationship with Christ.

Prerequisites: n/a

World Studies - 8th

This history course presents world studies to the students giving them an accurate view of
the world. Through investigation of different culture, the students will explore the world
God has created and learn ways to share the Gospel with all people. Through evaluation
and activities, the students will be given a better understanding of the world around them
and develop a stronger and clearer Christian worldview.

Prerequisites: n/a

Building on the Rock: A World of Worldviews - 6th

In this course students begin to formulate and relate learned Bible facts with a
genuine Christian worldview, while laying the groundwork for later
comparative worldview studies. A World of Worldviews is designed to help
students interpret knowledge and build foundational beliefs and values from a
Christian perspective. It introduces students to the essential components of all
worldviews. In an age of competing worldviews, this course will help students
formulate a biblical perspective of the world so that they will reflect the
Scriptures both in their thoughts and in their actions.

Prerequisites: n/a

Lightbearers 1 - 7th

Lightbearers walks students through life’s “big questions,” comparing the
biblical worldview to other major worldviews of today. This powerful course
provides middle schoolers with the solid biblical foundation they need to stand
firm in their faith. This course is designed to help students clearly understand
the tenets of the Christian worldview, and how they compare to the tenets of
the leading humanistic worldviews of our day. Students will learn how to apply
their Christian faith to every area of life: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology,
sociology, psychology, law, politics, economics, and history.

Prerequisites: n/a

Lightbearers 2 - 8th

Lightbearers walks students through life’s “big questions,” comparing the
biblical worldview to other major worldviews of today. This powerful course
provides middle schoolers with the solid biblical foundation they need to stand
firm in their faith. This course is designed to help students clearly understand
the tenets of the Christian worldview, and how they compare to the tenets of
the leading humanistic worldviews of our day. Students will learn how to apply
their Christian faith to every area of life: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology,
sociology, psychology, law, politics, economics, and history.

Prerequisites: n/a

A Personal Journey

A Personal Journey of Art introduce your student to art’s most fundamental concepts;
art’s forms and purposes, subjects, themes, and media. This course takes a visual look at
the elements of art and principles of design and explores basic steps in art criticism and
the 5-step process for studio work. A personal journey reinforces concepts and skills and
reviews basic skills, techniques, and concepts by revisiting elements and principles.
Students will study a simplified chronology of western art styles and movements.
Students will explore art forms, as well as matting, framing, and other essential skills.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

A Global Pursuit

A Global Connection of Art helps students connect with ideas that are shared by people
around the world. Art History and Traditions lessons focus on European history, making
this book a good fit with the study of Western history and culture. Global View lessons
focus on cultures around the world.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

A Community Connection

A Community Connection of Art focuses on how communities use art to communicate.
Art History and Traditions lessons focus on U.S. History, making this book a good fit
with the study of U.S. History. Global View lessons focus on cultures around the world.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Music Appreciation

This music appreciation course will provide students with experiences that foster a basic
understanding of music theory and connections between the music performed during
historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will leave this course,
with a basic musical vocabulary, knowledge of some of the great musicians of past eras
such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Stravinsky, and connections with music and
historical time periods. They will also be able to identify musical styles from listening to
examples of music from the Middle Ages through the present.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Middle School Drama

Drama is designed to teach students about theatre arts and how they can support,
reinforce, and enrich our lives. This course is based primarily to develop foundational
acting skills. Students will develop principles, methods, and philosophies of theater.
Students learn movement, vocalization, and characterization. Students will perform
various arrays of performances that include plays, improvisation, reader’s theatre,
impromptu, and pantomime scenes. Students will be exposed various arrays of drama
productions. Through activities, students will learn physical and vocal presentation skills
and develop basic knowledge of the theatre arts.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Stage and Guild Preparation

The success of every production depends as much on what goes on behind the scenes as
what takes place on stage. That’s where the stage crew comes in: designing and building
sets, working out lighting, and dreaming up costumes that not only look the part, but
work well for the actors. To learn the ropes, Stage Guild and Preparation course focuses
on everything from scenic design & lighting to stage make-up and mask making. The
nuts and bolts of Theatre begins with Stage and Guild Preparation.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grades: 6,7,8

Design and Modeling

Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of
creativity and innovation in their lives. Using Autodesk® software, students create a
virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative
solutions.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Automation and Robotics

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they
learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer
control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program
real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 7,8

Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

Throughout the unit, students learn about programming for the physical world by
blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover
computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and
shareable projects.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7

App Creators

This unit exposes students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing
and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and
conveys the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines
and to society.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 7,8

Energy and the Environment

Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable
solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the
world. They design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for
reducing energy consumption.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Flight and Space

The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore
the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an
airfoil.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Science of Technology

Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. Students apply the
concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to STEM activities and projects,
including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of
nano-materials.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Magic of Electrons

Through hands-on projects, students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms,
and sensing devices. They learn knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design, and
examine the impact of electricity on the world around them.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 7,8

Green Architecture

Today’s students have grown up in an age of “green” choices. In this unit, students learn
how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring
dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable
housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Medical Detectives

Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing
results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve
medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and
interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to
maintain health.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 7,8

Keyboarding and Document Processing

Students must be prepared for a lifetime of technology skills. This class introduces
keyboarding skills that promote success with innovative solutions updated to reflect
today’s business challenges. Students will use an array of activities that reinforce the
most important skills for keyboarding success. Throughout this course, students tap into
the latest keyboarding technology, learn to master computer applications using Microsoft
Office, and increase communication skills with relevant activities. Students will combine
keyboarding skills with cybersecurity’s, e-mail, database, electronic presentations,
spreadsheets, and advanced word document processing. This course will encompass
cross-curricular themes that will reinforce skills and enhance learning in other
disciplines: Arts and Literature, Social Studies, Science and Math, Environment and
Health, and Technology. All skills learned will prepare students to excel in college as
well as today’s business environment.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Internet Literacy

This course is the first in a three-part series that offers a thorough introduction to the
Internet and World Wide Web. This course provides students with the necessary
awareness and skills to recognize, understand, and make best use of the many research
and communication resources available online. Course topics include: Internet literacy,
history, and definitions; popular file types; societal issues such as copyright, free speech,
and plagiarism. To gain the greatest benefit, students are encouraged to enroll in all three
courses

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Physical Education

Physical Education provides students with essential knowledge related to cooperation,
teamwork, participation, intense effort, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Students
will transition past elementary forms and an emphasis on skill-related and sport-specific
activity will be developed. Students are introduced to variety of team sports and their
individual roles within the framework of team play. Throughout the course, heavy
emphasis will be placed on students to distinguish between ethical and unethical
behaviors during team competition. Students will learn how to incorporate healthy habits
such as sufficient rest, exercise, and good nutrition into daily routines. This will enable
students to readily identify the different fitness components including: cardio-respiratory
conditioning, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, and body composition.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Health

Health teaches students the wonders of the human body and encourages them to establish
good health practices which affect total wellness. The recurring thrust is the importance
of establishing lifelong habits which affect total wellness. Students learn that a
responsible action is one that is moral, safe, healthy, legal, and in accord with their
parents’ rules or guidelines. Thought-provoking questions motivate students to make
Biblically sound personal decisions regarding their own health actions. This course will
establish good eating habits, heighten safety awareness, and help each student learn to
respect others and to properly care for his body. Students will apply concepts that
encouraging them to take more responsibility in caring for their own health. Health is a
course that is relevant and uses up-to-date information regarding such topics a physical
fitness, personal appearance, human anatomy and physiology, eating for energy, drug
abuse, safety, disease, first aid, mental and spiritual health, and social behavior.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Introduction to Spanish

Middle School Spanish will introduce students to the basics of the language and culture.
The learning objectives include familiarizing students with basic vocabulary plus oral and
written use of the Spanish language. Students will study the culture to better understand
the Spanish speaking people and their customs. Students will develop an enduring
understanding that effective communication requires knowing how, when, and why to
say something to someone. An ability to communicate in another language fosters an
appreciation of cultural similarities and differences and an understanding of God’s
beautiful designing of language. Learning other languages and exploring their cultures
enables an individual to interact within our global community and reach beyond the
classroom. This course is designed to equip students with the fundamental tools that will
prepare them for foreign language in High School.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6

Spanish 1A

Spanish 1A will introduce students to the basics of the language and culture. The learning
objectives include familiarizing students with basic vocabulary plus oral and written use
of the Spanish language. Students will study the culture to better understand the Spanish
speaking people and their customs. Students will develop an enduring understanding that
effective communication requires knowing how, when, and why to say something to
someone. An ability to communicate in another language fosters an appreciation of
cultural similarities and differences and an understanding of God’s beautiful designing of
language. Learning other languages and exploring their cultures enables an individual to
interact within our global community and reach beyond the classroom. This course is
designed to equip students with the fundamental tools that will prepare them for foreign
language in High School. Successful completion of Spanish 1A and Spanish 1B in
addition to passing Spanish 2 placement test, SMCA students will earn 1 high school
Foreign Language credit.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 7,8

Spanish 1B

Spanish 1B develops a deeper understanding of Spanish 1. Spanish 1B provides an
introduction to the Spanish language and many Spanish cultures. Students develop
listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in a cultural context. The basic structure
and syntax of the language is developed. Grammar is taught directly and practiced in
each of the skill areas. Students will comprehend elementary spoken Spanish, develop
and apply simple grammatical concepts, and read and write novice Spanish sentences and
paragraphs using a wide range of vocabulary. Successful completion of Spanish 1A and
Spanish 1B in addition to passing Spanish 2 placement test, SMCA students will earn 1
high school Foreign Language credit.

Prerequisites: Spanish 1A

Grade: 8

Everyday Math

Everyday Math is an exploratory course in which students’ take a look at the various
branches of mathematics and ways in which math is used in the world around us.
Students will solidify their basic computational skills through repeated practice and drills.
They will conduct individual and group research projects. Students will also engage in
multiple hands on activities that demonstrate the uses and importance of mathematics.
Oral presentations will be given of the works they compile.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Math Counts

Math Counts is an exploratory course that begins by reinforcing basic mathematical
terminology. Basic computational skills and problem solving will be solidified through
repetitious practice and drills. Students will conduct many research based projects
centered on the contributions of famous mathematicians and how mathematics is used in
our society. They will examine their personal interests and how mathematics is used in
the career fields they wish to explore. Students will also learn a variety of math games
and give oral presentations of the work they compile.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Middle School Financial Literacy

Students taking Foundations in Personal Finance learn how to avoid debt, budget with
intention, invest early, and build wealth so they can live generously. This course provides
real-life up-to-date applications to students. Students learn through engaging relevant
financial understanding. Students will be introduced to case studies to engage students in
practical application of financial principles.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 8

Go Game

The Go Game provides an opportunity to develop a host of useful critical thinking skills.
It has extraordinary potential for practice in problem solving and for developing a
flexible and open-minded attitude. Learning shape sequences and solving game
problems are ideal in achieving this objective. The game also provides excellent practice
in imagining, recognizing abstract patterns, and in learning to engage in precise analysis.
Students will learn to recognize a logical sequence and understand if/then statements of
cause and effect. As the class participates in game analysis, the students will learn to
place points on x-y grid coordinates as an introduction to graphing equations. Players
are motivated to seek creative plays that will combine attack and defense for maximum
efficiency, thus developing appreciation for the complex and interconnected
consequences of various possibilities. Go requires both left brain (analytical) and right
brain (intuitive and artistic) concentration.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Journalism

Middle School Journalism introduces students to the exciting world of print, online and
broadcast media. Students will investigate major units of study: reporting, writing,
editing, photography, advertising, design, management, and teamwork. In addition,
students will have the opportunity to use computer-aided publishing tools and other
hands-on production tools as well as modern photo techniques. The course may provide
students insights into the field of journalism. Throughout modern history, people have
depended on the mass media to spread the word about events and people of interest to the
general public. Students will have a hands on application by participating and
contributing towards the SMCA newspaper.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Creative Writing

Creative writing is designed to aid students in their creative expression, as well as
delivery of one’s writing. This course is designed as a writing workshop. It explores the
elements of fiction and poetry through analyzing different genres of fiction and poetry.
Students will read and discuss poetry, stories, and articles on the craft of writing.
Students will read and evaluate the effectiveness of fiction of varying styles. Students
will learn poetic vocabulary and read interpret poems of varying styles. During this
course, students are encouraged to improve writing skills through creating and revising
poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction. Students will write and workshop each
other’s poetry throughout the course. Student work culminates in a final portfolio in
which students will demonstrate the ability to convey experience and meaning in their
writing.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6,7,8

Study Skills

Study Skills is a core program, addressing basic, fundamental organizat ional and learning
skills for students. All skills emphasized are catered to student centered learning and
development. Study Skills helps students with the collection of abilities needed to keep
schoolwork organized and learn and retain new information. The course will help
students develop the skills of time management, setting and meeting goals, memorizing,
note taking, long-term project management, and adapting to various assessment styles.
Students will be exposed to goal oriented learning and set priorities to reach those goals.
Students will investigate their own learning styles and learn about the most advantageous
ways to study within those particular learning styles. The purpose of this course is to
prepare each student to ultimate success and ownership of their educational experience.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 6

Hermeneutics

The term hermeneutics can be intimidating. It sounds academic and is foreign to most of
our vocabularies. However, the act of interpretation is as common as communication
itself. This course will instruct in various parameters for biblical interpretation and will
show how specific methods are applied to Bible study.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 8

Household and Personal Management Skills

Our society has the lost the fine art of homemaking. The push to excel in employment
outside of the home is what is deemed successful. We are taught to micromanage,
multitask, and be proficient at keeping a clean and neat work zone. Why is it that so
many people excel at this in employment but fail when it comes to applying it at home?
Structure at work is important because work itself is important. We need money to
survive, thus we put most of our attention to where we would receive an “outcome” such
as a paycheck at the end of the work week. Being able to maintain a home will help you
just as much as a paycheck will help you in life. Learning home skills makes you selfsufficient,
saves you money, keeps you healthy, can make you creative, and boosts your
social skills.

Prerequisites: n/a

Grade: 8

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