Computer Science Discoveries (Year long class):
Computer Science Discoveries is a full-year introductory computer science survey course for students in Grades 6-8. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students are empowered to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.
Peer Helpers Elective (Year long class):
Peer Helpers are sponsored by the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation. The Peer Helpers Elective class is designed for students who wish to be involved in peer tutoring, mentoring, peer mediation, kindness and anti-bullying activities, as well as participate in service projects.
Peer Helpers sign a contract committing to abide by a standard of conduct. While taking this elective, students learn a set of skills including attending, empathizing, summarizing, questioning, genuineness, assertiveness, confrontation, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and confidentiality in order to assist them in meeting the needs of their fellow students. Peer Helpers are taught as a state-accredited course. Participation will require an application which will be available once students sign up for the class.
Yearbook (Year long class):
Yearbook is an elective class that allows students to learn the basic principles of yearbook production and develop skills that include digital photography, digital media, layout and design, writing and editing, desktop publishing, and using appropriate technology tools for media production. The school yearbook will be completed by a deadline set by the company that is publishing our school’s yearbook, estimating March of 2022. Participation will require an application which will be available once students sign up for the class.
Creative Writing (one semester class):
Students in Creative Writing will write poems, short stories, plays, news stories, comic strips, children’s books, an autobiography, and other types of writing that express creativity. Students will also study writing samples from professional writers as well as student writers to guide student progress. Originality and writing that shows thought will be emphasized. Peer reviews and sharing ideas are essential elements of this course.
Scholars’ Bowl (Club, not a class):
Scholars' Bowl is a competition in which participants attempt to quickly and accurately answer trivia questions from all academic areas of study. It is similar to Jeopardy but with a team concept. The game rewards both individual excellence and teamwork. The junior varsity team includes 7th and 8th-grade students. Practices are held once a week virtually using Google Meet. Practices will begin in September and go through the end of the competition season, usually in early March. Scholars' Bowl requires students who are willing to commit to studying academic information from the many trivia lists made available to our players. It takes intelligence, desire, and repetition to excel!
Sign Language Introduction and Deaf Studies (one semester class)
This sign language elective course will be an 18-week introduction into the language, grammar and culture of Deaf communication. The primary focus will be on the alphabet, numbers, and basic vocabulary. The grammar skills will be cover syntax and body language to express statements, commands, and questions. These skills will easily transfer to the assimilation of another language as research shows that the study of a second language makes the learning of other languages easier. The last focus will be on Deaf culture and etiquette in communication with Deaf people, technology associated with Deaf accessibility, Deaf people in history and media, and the physiology of Deafness.
Theater (one semester class)
Academic theatre work will be explored more deeply. A strong emphasis is placed on creating, producing, responding and connecting to drive age appropriate critical thinking, meaning, reflection, production and assessment. Students develop techniques built upon foundations of vocal, kinesthetic, emotional, analytical, and intellectual elements of theatrical training through improvisation, dramatization, process-centered elements of dramatic performance, aesthetics, criticism, and history. Student will increase collaboration by exploring multiple perspectives and approaches and begin to connect the relevance of theatre to themselves and their community. Students continue to deepen understanding of dramatic structure, production, performance, concepts, artistic choices and cultural components of theatre.
Art (one semester class)
Through creating, producing and responding students will compare and relate the elements of art and principles of design by utilizing a variety of traditional media, digital media and multimedia projects. Emphasis will be placed on independent work and investigation through projects of personal interest. Students will explore techniques, styles, media, methods and procedures for creating works of visual arts. Students will demonstrate higher technical proficiency while still developing self-confidence and refining motor skills. With guidance students will develop and apply criteria to works of art to make connections and understand historical relevance, contemporary issues, and self-reflection to their work and the work of others. This course is taught by a certified visual arts teacher.
Band at base schools (year long class)
Students can attend a band class at their zoned school. If students choose to participate in band, daily attendance is mandatory and in person. Families should reach out to their zoned school's band director to discuss instrument choice, class availablity, and attendance times.