Explore and Elective Course Descriptions

6th Grade Explore Classes

Explore Art

Students will learn art skills and techniques.  They will create projects using a variety of art tools.

Explore Keyboarding

Students will develop speed and accuracy by learning the proper form and technique required for touch-typing.

Explore FCS/Explore Foods

Students will learn how to use a sewing machine and create two small projects to take home.  There are minimal fees involved in taking this course.  If time permits, students will study another FCS related subject based on their interests.

Students will learn basic information on kitchen safety lab procedures and measuring skills as well as following a recipe. They will create a few simple recipies.

Explore Spanish

Students will explore the cultures of Spanish speaking countries as well as learn basic conversation vocabulary.

Explore General Music

Students will learn the basics of reading music and develop listening skills.  The class will learn about famous composers, music from other cultures and study music in America from the 1900's to today.  Students will also learn basic piano and guitar skills eventually creating their own melodies.

Explore Total Fitness

This is a physical education class.  Student will engage in a variety of activities to get active and healthy.  They will work on improving fitness levels and learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Explore Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Project Lead the Way is a class that introduces engineering skills through Project Based Learning.  T

 -  Auto Desk, will be introduced to 6th graders.  This is considered the core class.  It is a program that focus on computer graphics and design.  Students are expected to gain mastery of the Design Process and implement the DP in a term ending project called skimmers.

 

6th graders not participating in BAND, Choir or ORCHESTRA will go through 9 weeks rotations through the above 7 explore classes.  The last 9 weeks they will repeat 1 of the explore classes.  6th grade students do not choose which explore classes they want or which classes they would like to repeat. The classes are scheduled to keep size even and give all 6th graders the opportunity to learn about options for their 7th and 8th grade elective classes.

 

Band, Orchestra and Choir

6th grade students may opt to learn an instrument or be a part of a vocal group.  These classes are yearlong.  Students will learn about and choose an instrument at the beginning of the year. They will be instructed on playing the instrument and reading music.  A student choosing band, orchestra or choir will have 4 of the 7 explore classes offered.  

7th Grade Elective Descriptions

This is a description of all elective classes offered to 7th grade students.  7th Graders will have 2 hours of elective classes.  They may do 2 yearlong classes, a yearlong and 2 semester classes or 4 semester long classes. 

Art 7  (Fall and Spring Semester)

Two-and three-dimensional art production are included in this course.  Basic design, drawings painting, and sculpture techniques will be explored.  A concentration on the principles and elements of design, incorporated with art history, will be integrated into various art projects.

ESL  (Fall and Spring Semester)

This class will be specifically assigned to dual language students needing targeted skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

FCS Survey 7 (Spring Semester Only)

This Family and Consumer Science course addresses various skills that a student could apply to real life. There are a variety of subjects studied including: sewing skills and technology, interior design, consumer issues, family relationships and dealing with stress. These courses are project-oriented. so they are hands-on type, generally. There is some expense involved in taking this course to pay for materials and kits.

Focus on Foods 7  (Fall Semester Only)

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of food preparation and good nutrition.  After learning procedures for measuring, food and equipment safety and cleanliness in the kitchen, students will have the opportunity to prepare a variety of simple recipes.  

Mixed Choir (Year Long)

Students will learn to sing as a group and perform concerts throughout the year.  Students will practice reading music, learn about musical styles and history, demonstrate proper breathing, good tone and proper dictation. 

Music and Drama Appreciation  (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Students in this course will learn about the work involved behind the scene to make a live production successful.  They will learn about the stage, lighting and sound systems as well as acting.  Students will be taught basic music skills and learn the basics of playing the guitar or piano.

Orchestra 7  (Year Long)

Students in this intermediate level will be building/expanding on string basics and adding to their repertoire a variety of musical genres; from pop music to classical and fiddle music. This repertoire will be performed at regular intervals during the school year, as well as at extracurricular concerts and contests. 

Band 7  (Year Long)

This class is for students that have already taken band in 6th grade.  Students will improve techniques on a specific instrument.  They will also increase their base musical knowledge by exploration and repetition.  they will perform developmentally appropriate literature and participate in public performances.

Beginning Band 7 (Fall Semester Only)

This class is for students that did not have the opportunity to take band as a 6th grader.  Students will have the opportunity to begin learning an instrument.  Spring Semester they will join the 7th Grade Band class.

Beginning Guitar 7 (Spring Semester Only)

This course is for beginner guitar students.  Students will learn a historic overview of the instruments basic chord forms, basic scale forms, an overview of different guitar styles, be exposed to many famous guitarists through video and radio recordings, and learn basic tunes of both director and self choosing.

Total Fitness 7  (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Through participation in team and individual activities students will improve their fitness level.  Workout Wednesdays provides extra conditioning and introduction to weights as well as identifying basic bones and muscles.

Spanish I  (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Students will learn and practice basic conversation vocabulary:  greetings, farewells, courtesies, classroom, calendar, family, food, clothing, colors, time, weather and some geography.  Students will also be exposed to cultural aspects and authentic materials of Spanish-Speaking countries.

Flight and Space Project Lead the Way - PLTW  (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Project Lead the Way is a class that introduces engineering skills through Project Based Learning.  

 -  Auto Desk, which is considered the core lass is a program that focus on computer graphics and design

 - Flight and Space delves into the construction of rockets and planes.

7th Graders will work on Flight and space and will continue exposure to Auto Desk. 

Intro to Computer Sciences 7th Grade (PLTW) (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Studies show that by 2018, 1.4 million job openings will be available for computer specialists.  In this unit. students discover the principles of this fast-growing field by focusing on creativity and an interactive design process as they create their own basic apps using MIT App Inventor.

JAG Jobs for America's Graduates (Year Long)

You must be invited to participate in this class.  It is a career exploration and preparation program.  It provides a hands-on approach in exploring personal strengths and challenges as well as job attainment skills and work place "survival" skills.  Students will work to build strengths in communication, time management, character development and leadership skills.  This full year course involves team building activates; service learning opportunities, guest speakers and field trips.

8th Grade Course Descriptions

This is a description of all elective classes offered to 8th grade students.  8th Graders will have 2 hours of elective classes.  They may do 2 yearlong classes, a yearlong and 2 semester classes or 4 semesters long classes. 

Art 8  (Fall and Spring Semester)

Two-and three-dimensional art production are included in this course.  Basic design, drawings painting, and sculpture techniques will be explored.  A concentration on the principles and elements of design, incorporated with art history, will be integrated into various art projects. 

FCS Survey 8 (Spring Semester Only)

This Family and Consumer Science course addresses various skills that a student could apply to real life. There are a variety of subjects studied including: sewing skills and technology, interior design, consumer issues, family relationships and dealing with stress. These courses are project-oriented. so they are hands-on type, generally. There is some expense involved in taking this course to pay for materials and kits.

Focus on Food 8  (Fall Semester Only)

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of food preparation and good nutrition.  After learning procedures for measuring, food and equipment safety and cleanliness in the kitchen, students will have the opportunity to prepare a variety of simple recipes. 

Mixed Choir (Year Long)

Students will learn to sing as a group and perform concerts throughout the year.  Students will practice reading music, learn about musical styles and history, demonstrate proper breathing, good tone and proper dictation. 

Music and Drama Appreciation (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Students in this course will learn about the work involved behind the scene to make a live production successful.  They will learn about the stage, lighting and sound systems as well as acting.  Students will be taught basic music skills and learn the basics of playing the guitar or piano.

Orchestra 8  (Year Long)

Students in this intermediate level will be building/expanding on string basics and adding to their repertoire a variety of musical genres; from pop music to classical and fiddle music. This repertoire will be performed at regular intervals during the school year, as well as at extracurricular concerts and contests. 

Band 8  (Year Long)

This class is for students that have already taken band in 7th grade.  Students will improve techniques on a specific instrument.  They will also increase their base musical knowledge by exploration and repetition.  they will perform developmentally appropriate literature and participate in public performances.

Total Fitness 8  (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Through participation in team and individual activities students will improve their fitness level.  Workout Wednesdays provides extra conditioning and introduction to weights as well as identifying basic bones and muscles.

Spanish I  (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Students will learn and practice basic conversation vocabulary:  greetings, farewells, courtesies, classroom, calendar, family, food, clothing, colors, time, weather and some geography.  Students will also be exposed to cultural aspects and authentic materials of Spanish-Speaking countries.

Spanish II (Spring Semester Only)

Students will have the opportunity to improve basic skills learned in Spanish I.  Native speakers may also take this class to improve reading and writing skills in Spanish.

Project Lead the Way - PLTW  (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Robot C

Project Lead the Way is a class that introduces engineering skills through Project Based Learning.  

 -  Auto Desk, which is considered the core lass is a program that focus on computer graphics and design

 - Robot C uses VEX equipment to build and program robots.

8th graders are expected to transfer their knowledge into higher level thinking activities with an emphasis in Auto Desk and Robot C.

Introduction to Computer Systems 2 (8th Grade) PLTW course

Students will explore the fundamentals of the stimulating career path of computer science.  They venture into text programming through Python and, in the final problem, develop an app to croudsource and analyze data on a topic of their interest.

The High School offers PLTW courses and students can further their education at the college level.

JAG Jobs for America's Graduates (Year Long)

You must be invited to participate in this class.  It is a career exploration and preparation program.  It provides a hands-on approach in exploring personal strengths and challenges as well as job attainment skills and work place "survival" skills.  Students will work to build strengths in communication, time management, character development and leadership skills.  This full year course involves team-building activities, service learning opportunities, guest speakers and field trips.