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Explore and Elective Course Descriptions

6th Grade Explore Classes (Each course is 9 weeks)

Explore Art
This 9-week course will increase understanding of the Elements of Art, develop fundamental drawing skills and introduce students to a variety of art media while incorporating some Art History concepts.

Explore Coding
Students will learn the basics of programming/coding. We will program microcontrollers called microbit, and will use scratch programming to also code simple games and animations. 

Explore FCS
This is a 9-week course in which students learn how to use a sewing machine correctly and safely. They will create 2 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.

Explore Foods
This is a 9-week exploratory foods course, which will introduce students to the basics of cooking, safety, and cleanliness in the kitchen. The students will prepare a variety of recipes. All supplies for the class will be provided.

Explore General Music
A cooler version of elementary music; listening to music, playing ukulele, dancing, and having a good time! 

Explore Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Will learn to design 3-Dimensional objects using the CAD program Auto-Desk. Students will concentrate on the Design Process (those steps engineers take to “invent” or complete a project). They will also learn to use Excel to graph and display data. The class lasts 9 weeks and will culminate with an activity where students become engineers and build a “skimmer”.

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

Explore Total Fitness
This is a co-ed class designed to prepare students for middle school Physical Education. Students meet daily for nine weeks. Students will be given a lock and a locker in the locker room where they will dress out. Students learn dynamic warm ups and participate in team activities.

 

6th Grade Musical Electives (each course is for the full year)

Band
6th Grade Band is open to all students interested in playing a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument.  No previous instruction is required. Students will receive help in determining an appropriate instrument for them.  Students will learn instrument fundamentals, music literacy, and will perform multiple concerts throughout the school year. 6th-grade band is a full-year commitment.

Orchestra
6th Grade Orchestra is open to all students interested in playing a string instrument.  No previous instruction is required.  Instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass are offered.  Students will receive help in determining an appropriate instrument for them.  Students will learn string playing fundamentals and will perform multiple concerts beginning in the spring semester.

Choir
Mixed Choir 
Any 6th-grade student is able to join the choir. 6th graders have their own separate performance in the fall and sing the national anthem for a home Middle School Basketball Game. All grades perform together for a final concert at the end of the year. 

 

6th graders not participating in BAND, CHOIR or ORCHESTRA will go through 9-week rotations of the above explore classes. 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.

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, one yearlong and 2-semester classes, or 4 semester-long classes. 

Introduction to Ag
This is a semester-long course. This course is designed to give students a basic introduction to agriculture. The purpose of the class is to allow students to make real-world connections between agriculture and their daily lives. This is a course that utilizes aspects of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education. Work for the class is available on Google Classroom in addition to in-class instruction. There are opportunities for 2 field trips for this course, the most important being Middle School Academy at the end of each semester!

Introduction to Business
Course description will be posted soon.

Art
This course is structured to build on previous knowledge using the Elements and Principles of Art. We will create works based on our introduction to previous and present Art Movements. We will become acquainted with a variety of Artists and use the proper Art Vocabulary to express ourselves artistically. We will further explore the use of Art media/materials to create work and continue to improve drawing skills. 

FCS Survey 
This is a semester-long course. This Family and Consumer Science course address 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 to pay for project materials and kits.

Foods 1 
This is a semester course that will introduce the fundamentals of kitchen safety, sanitation, common kitchen utensils, and their uses, cooking abbreviations, equivalents, conversions, measurement techniques, cooking terminology, food preparation, and laundry basics.  Students will work within groups and prepare a variety of recipes. All supplies for the class will be provided. Note: students with dietary restrictions and/or allergies are not discouraged from taking this course, but modifications are not always possible due to class sizes and budget constraints.

Mixed Choir (Year Long)
Any 7th-grade student is able to join choir. 7th and 8th grade do a musical during the fall, as well as having the opportunity to go compete at Newman University in the Spring for League Vocal Contest. All grades perform together for a final concert at the end of the year. 

Music Appreciation 
This class is different in the Fall/Spring Semesters and it is only offered to 7th and 8th-grade students. During the fall, this class helps prepare all the behind-the-scenes work for performances. In the Spring, this class is an auditioned select choir. Anyone is able to join, after an audition with Mrs. Moore. This class sings ONLY pop music, tours each of the elementary schools to perform for the 5th graders, as well as sees a live musical performance.

Orchestra (Year Long)
7th and 8th Orchestra is open to any student who has at least one year prior string instruction.  Students in this intermediate-level orchestra will be building/expanding on string basics and adding to their musical repertoire.  These students will perform at regular intervals during the school year and be eligible to attend a middle school-level music festival.

Band (Year Long)
7th and 8th Band is open to any student who has at least one year of prior instruction.  Students in band will be building/expanding on basic fundamentals and adding to their musical repertoire.  These students will perform at regular intervals during the school year, including concerts, parades, rallies, and games.

Beginning Band (Semester Course)
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 (Semester Course)
Beginning guitar is open to all 7th-grade students interested in playing guitar. No prior instruction is required. This class is not a performing ensemble. Due to a limited number of school guitars available, enrollment will be limited unless a student has their own functional acoustic guitar. Students will learn a broad range of information about the guitar, including history, basic playing techniques, pioneering guitarists, styles, types, etc. 

Total Fitness 
This is a co-ed class to encourage participation in physical activity and fitness. It includes team and individual activities as well as additional selected conditioning. Students also do coursework to gain knowledge of body systems as they relate to fitness and physical activity. This class meets daily for one semester.

Spanish I 
Students will practice basic conversation vocabulary: greetings, farewells, courtesies, classroom, calendar, family, food, clothing, colors, time, weather, and a little bit of geography.  Students will be exposed to the cultural aspects and authentic materials of Spanish-speaking countries. 

PLTW – Design & Modeling
Students will review the design process, and apply algebra equations to solve symmetric objects using Auto-Desk.  The class’s main focus will be Space and Flight. Students will build rockets, gliders, and power skimmers applying flight ideas to their designs.  Students will also be introduced to Robots and the RobotC program. This is a class requiring hands-on learning.

PLTW – Computer Science
7th Grade will continue to learn basic programming concepts and will build hands-on computing artifacts using the microbit and common craft supplies along with hummingbird robotics kits.   

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, one yearlong and 2 semester classes, or 4 semesters long classes. 

Ag Explorations
This is a semester-long course. This course is designed to expose the students to many different areas of agriculture. The purpose of the class is to allow students to make real-world connections between agriculture and their daily lives in addition to preparing them for high school agriculture classes with an introduction to FFA. Work for the class is available on Google Classroom in addition to in-class instruction. There are opportunities for 2 field trips for this course, the most important being Middle School Academy at the end of each semester!

Art 
This course is structured to build on previous knowledge using the Elements and Principles of Art. We will create works based on our introduction to previous and present Art Movements. We will become acquainted with a variety of Artists and use the proper Art Vocabulary to express ourselves artistically. We will further explore the use of Art media/materials to create work and continue to improve drawing skills. 

FCS Survey
This is a semester-long course.  This Family and Consumer Science course consists of some upper-level sewing skills and has challenging projects.  Some other subjects studied relating to FACS include personality type and development, child development, money management, fibers and fabrics, and clothing care.  There is some expense involved to pay for project materials and kits.

Foods 1  
This is a semester course that will introduce the fundamentals of kitchen safety, sanitation, common kitchen utensils, and their uses, cooking abbreviations, equivalents, conversions, measurement techniques, cooking terminology, food preparation, and laundry basics.  Students will work within groups and prepare a variety of recipes. All supplies for the class will be provided. Note: students with dietary restrictions and/or allergies are not discouraged from taking this course, but modifications are not always possible due to class sizes and budget constraints.

Foods 2
This is a semester course that will expand upon concepts covered in Foods I, and allow students to gain a deeper understanding of culinary concepts. Students will learn food safety guidelines and foodborne illnesses. Students would gain an understanding of meal costing, budgeting, and meal planning. Other topics can include the five mother sauces, baking with leavening agents, herbs and spices, and examining more cooking methods. All supplies for the class will be provided. Note: students with dietary restrictions and/or allergies are not discouraged from taking this course, but modifications are not always possible due to class sizes and budget constraints. Prerequisite: Foods I with a grade of B or higher.

Marketing & Career Exploration
Course description will be posted soon.

Mixed Choir (Year Long)
Any 8th-grade student is able to join choir. 7th and 8th grade do a musical during the fall, as well as having the opportunity to go compete at Newman University in the Spring for League Vocal Contest. All grades perform together for a final concert at the end of the year. 

Music Appreciation 
This class is different in the Fall/Spring Semesters and it is only offered to 7th and 8th-grade students. During the fall, this class helps prepare all the behind-the-scenes work for performances. In the Spring, this class is an auditioned select choir. Anyone is able to join, after an audition with Mrs. Moore. This class sings ONLY pop music, tours each of the elementary schools to perform for the 5th graders, as well as sees a live musical performance.

Orchestra (Year Long)
7th and 8th Orchestra is open to any student who has at least one year prior string instruction.  Students in this intermediate-level orchestra will be building/expanding on string basics and adding to their musical repertoire.  These students will perform at regular intervals during the school year and be eligible to attend a middle school-level music festival.

Band (Year Long)
7th and 8th Band is open to any student who has at least one year of prior instruction.  Students in band will be building/expanding on basic fundamentals and adding to their musical repertoire.  These students will perform at regular intervals during the school year, including concerts, parades, rallies, and games.

Total Fitness
This is a co-ed class to encourage participation in physical activity and fitness. It includes team and individual activities as well as additional selected conditioning. Students also do coursework to gain knowledge of body systems as they relate to fitness and physical activity. This class meets daily for one semester.

Spanish I
Students will practice basic conversation vocabulary: greetings, farewells, courtesies, classroom, calendar, family, food, clothing, colors, time, weather, and a little bit of geography.  Students will be exposed to the cultural aspects and authentic materials of Spanish-speaking countries. 

Spanish II 
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. Prerequisite: Spanish I.

PLTW-Robotics 
Students will continue with designing.  During one term, students will build Robots and use the Robotic program to program their robots. They will learn basic programming using wait commands and if statements. The second term will focus on Auto-Desk and designing with an emphasis on the medical field.  

PLTW-Computer Science
8th graders will apply basic coding concepts and create apps for mobile devices, students will work on creating a fitness challenge app, simple games, and at the end of the semester students will create their own app. 

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