MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVE COURSES

COOKING [GRADES 6, 7, 8]

Elective: Semester 1, 2.

ADVANCED BAND [GRADES 6, 7, 8]

Elective: Semester 1, 2

This course offers students the opportunity to learn an instrument and perform in two concerts: The Christmas Program and the Spring Program

ADVANCED CHOIR [GRADES 6, 7, 8]

Elective: Semester 1, 2

In this class, student will prepare two vocal performances: The Christmas Program and the Spring Program. In addition to these formal performances, various opportunities throughout the year to perform at local events or nursing homes may be scheduled.

DRAWING (ART) [GRADES 6, 7, 8]

Elective: Semester 2

Projects are based on the basic elements and principles of design in the foundational years of middle school. Students develop drawing skills and discover self-expression through various mixed mediums.

INTRO TO DRAMA [GRADES 6, 7, 8]

Elective: Semester 1: may be repeated

This middle school class is specifically designed to teach about theatre arts and how they can edify, entertain, and educate. Confident public speaking, creativity, and ensemble work are skills that will accompany the student throughout life.

This course will last a semester and give the student a basic overview of the subject as well as the chance to showcase what they have learned in a main stage production. Exploring history, terminology, stagecraft, and the many aspects of theatre will take a hands-on approach. Students will be working with production skills such as acting (vocal and physical), lights, sound, costumes and makeup. We will also focus on life-long skills such as a positive work ethic, organizational skills, developing the responsibility that comes with freedom, developing cooperative and supportive teams, and building self-confidence.

Required Performances: Fall Musical

SPANISH 1 7-A

Prerequisite: B+ or higher in English 6

Elective: Full Year

Students in Spanish 1 7-A learn introductory vocabulary and early conjugating through a variety of activities. Grammar is taught contextually and is reinforced through daily communication exercises, guided writing lessons and reading comprehension. Cultural education is taught through current events and in participation of a project relating to a Spanish speaking country. After completion of this course and Spanish 1 8-B in 8th grade, students will earn 2 semester credits for High School

SPANISH 1 8-B

Prerequisite: B+ or higher in Spanish 1 7-A

Elective: Full Year

Spanish 1 8-B is a continuation of Spanish 1-A where students learn introductory vocabulary and

early conjugating through a variety of activities. Grammar is taught contextually and is reinforced through daily communication exercises, guided writing lessons and reading comprehension. Cultural education is taught through current events and in participation of a project relating to a Spanish speaking country. After completion of this course and Spanish 1 7-A in 7th grade, students will earn 2 semester credits for High School Spanish 1.

TEAM SPORTS [GRADES 6, 7, 8]

Elective: Semester 1, 2

The Team Sports curriculum will allow students to participate in a variety of team activities. Classes will provide students the opportunity to practice and develop skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The emphasis is on active participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, developing organization skills and supporting reading and writing across the curriculum. Some of the units during the semester may include but are not limited to: badminton, basketball, fitness, flag football, pickleball, soccer, softball, speedball, team handball, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball.

STUDY HALL

Elective: Semester 1, 2

Graphic Arts [grades 5, 6, 7, 8]

Elective: Semester 1

Publications

Elective: Semester 2

In the MS-Publisher class, students are instructed on how to create desktop publishing documents such as flyers, newsletters, brochures, greeting cards, etc. Anyone who is interested in creating more professional looking desktop publications with ease should take this course. The skills acquired can lead to employment in a printing or document-creation business.

Robotics

Elective: Semester 1, 2