2019-2020 Elective Class Descriptions
**Class availability is subject to change**
6th Grade Electives
21st Century Skills
The 21st Century Skills class is designed to integrate the Chromebook into the middle school setting. Students will learn the basics of the computer, to type properly, how to organize files on the Chromebook, how to edit photos, basic coding skills, how to use research and writing skills, and use all of the abilities of keynote, pages, and numbers (only basics in numbers).
Looking for a structured and predictable way to learn how to write? Well, this class isn't for you. You will learn to write creatively and effectively, but it won't ever be dull. Write jungle tales, fairytales, and just plain ol' tall tales. You'll be detectives and poets before you know it. Come create and write an adventure in Creative Writing!
Current Events incorporates Channel One to investigate and discuss events that are happening around the world. This course allows students to research and write about current events in order to have a more in depth understanding of both national and international news. Students also use lessons and activities provided through Channel One to expand on and reinforce topics covered. The course helps students connect world events to everyday life and make past and present connections.
Skills and Strategies
This course is designed to explore with students how they can successfully live and work in a culturally diverse world. It helps students recognize their interests, aptitudes, and abilities, and understand adult roles (includes frequent guest speakers from a variety of career fields, roles, and workplaces). It also helps students broaden their aspirations beyond the stereotypes of gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity. This course integrates vocational and academic education to promote intellectual development and improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills through a variety of enjoyable activities. This is a great option to assist with students’ development of social skills, personal values, and self-esteem.
Chorus (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)
This course is designed for students to explore choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. By creating, performing, and responding, students will develop basic vocal skills and sight-reading techniques.
Gifted (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)
The Gifted Explorations elective course is designed to offer identified gifted students an opportunity to investigate specific units of study. The interdisciplinary curriculum of each unit of study will emphasize higher-level abstract thinking and problem-solving skills. Instructional strategies that may be incorporated into the curriculum include Socratic Questioning and Seminars, simulations, problem-based learning, independent study, and service learning.
Band (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)
Beginning in the sixth grade, students develop in areas of responsibility, self-discipline, social skills, confidence, leadership and dependability. Being in band will give students a sense of accomplishment and pride. In addition, students will develop musical skills, which will enrich their lives. Band is a wonderful opportunity to make and interact with friends with similarinterests. All band students will be carefully screened and should, with practice and effort; achieve success on his or her instrument. The amount of practice and effort on the student’s part will directly reflect upon their degree of success. Parental support and encouragement are vital not only to the student’s musical success now; but will also affect their appreciation of music for the rest of their lives.
If your child is in the beginning stages of band, the emphasis is on learning the fundamentals of music and the basic skills required to play an instrument. Mastery of these fundamental skills will lead to further development of higher-level skills, which will enable students to achieve great things in our band program.
The more advanced students will continue to perfect skills while learning new and more challenging aspects of music and music performance. There is a greater emphasis placed on ensemble performance at this level. Healthy competition is a larger part of this class as well. Instrumentation needs of the ensemble, the individual’s attitude, conduct, playing ability, and existing openings in this ensemble will determine membership.