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Electives

Part of a comprehensive middle school program is the opportunity for students to participate in a variety of electives during their three years at middle school.  Electives are designed to broaden the school experience and introduce students to a variety of subjects, interests, and experiences.  Electives are offered yearly based on availability, student interest, and staffing. 

Beginning/Intermediate Band

Based on ability and experience, students have the opportunity to join the Beginning or Intermediate bands.  Band is open to students with previous band experience or to students with little or no prior music knowledge but who express a desire to learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument in a performing ensemble.  Students will learn the fundamentals of reading and understanding music.  Initially, students focus on understanding all aspects of music notation, rhythm, tone production, intonation, and ensemble performance.  Band is a one period, year long class.  Homework includes, but is not limited to, two hours of home practice per week.

Students are required to own or rent an instrument for this class.  A student may choose to borrow a school-owned instrument, but that instrument may not be the exact instrument he/she prefers.  Students are expected to own concert attire of black slacks, white shirt, and black dress shoes for boys, and a black skirt, white blouse, and black dress shoes for girls.

The Intermediate Band is a performance group and attendance at all concerts is mandatory.

Advanced Band

Based on ability, prior band experience, and teacher recommendation, students have the opportunity to be placed in Advanced Band.  Students will continue to focus on reading and understanding all aspects of music notation, rhythm, tone production, intonation, and ensemble performance.  Advanced Band is a one period, year long class.  Homework includes, but is not limited to, two hours of home practice per week.

Students are required to own or rent an instrument for this class.  A student may choose to borrow a school-owned instrument, but that instrument may not be the exact instrument he/she prefers.  Students are expected to own concert attire of black slacks, white shirt, and black dress shoes for boys, and a black skirt, white blouse, and black dress shoes for girls.

The Advanced Band is a performance group and attendance at all concerts is mandatory.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is open to Advanced Band students by audition and approval of the Band Director.  Jazz Band meets zero period (before school, daily).  Jazz Band focuses on the different genres of the jazz idiom:  swing, be-bop, funk, jazz-rock, Latin, Afro-Cuban, and ballads.

Art

Visual Arts is a class in which students can be creative and express themselves using a variety of artistic mediums and techniques.  Students will work with drawing pencils, colored pencils, construction paper, magazines, paint, clay, and more!  The course is designed to be fun and enjoyable for all - no artistic experience is necessary.

Computers/Technology

Computers/Technology classes range from learning about computers and digital literacy through computer science and robotics.  The basic course introduces computer literacy through the use of projects incorporating Microsoft Office.  More advanced courses may include coding using the Scratch programming language, game design, and engineering and robotics through the Lego Simple Machines and Mechanisms and Mindstorms  EV3 robotics sets.  These are semester courses.

Choir

Choir is a one period, year long class that is open to all students.  Students will learn the fundamentals of reading music notation, vocal production, and ensemble performance.  Students are expected to own concert attire of black slacks, white shirt, and black dress shoes for boys, and a black skirt, white blouse, and black shoes for girls.  Choir is a performance class and attendance at all performances is mandatory.

Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation is a semester class in which students learn the fundamentals of reading and understanding music.  Initially, students will focus on reading and understanding all aspects of music notation.  Students will learn to write and perform music, alone and in small groups, on voice and rhythm and melodic instruments:  drums, recorder, electronic keyboard.  Students will be responsible for purchasing a recorder and set of drumstricks (7A or 7AN) either from a music store or from the school.

Mandarin Culture

Mandarin Culture is a semester elective that introduces students to elements of the Mandarin language and Chinese culture.  A variety of activities are designed to introduce students to Chinese culture, language, character writing, history, current events, and experiences.

Spanish/French Culture

Spanish/French Culture is a semester elective that introduces students to elements of the Spanish and French languages and cultures.  A variety of activities are designed to introduce students to Spanish and French culture, language, history, music, current events, and experiences.

Cardio

Cardio is a semester PE elective that introduces students to the importance of maintaining good cardiovascular health and fitness.  A variety of activities include class work, jogging, outdoor physical activities, games, and sports.

Publications/Yearbook

Students in this class are responsible for creating the yearbook and a biannual school newspaper.  Introductory digital photography and journalism skills are taught in this year long class.  Students must apply for this course by filling out an application.  Applications may be obtained in the Main Office or from Mr. Vina.  Selection is based on grades, behavior, and teacher recommendation.  This class is now offered after school as a club.

Staff Aide

There are three types of Staff Aide available to qualifying students:  Office Aide, Library Aide, and PE Aide. Students selected for each position assist the staff, learn general office procedures, Xeroxing and collating, deliver messages, create bulletin boards, answer the phones, and file.  PE aides assist in setting up activities, monitoring locker rooms, keeping score, and other PE associated tasks.  Library aides assist in shelving books, filing, book repair and inventory, computer maintainence, and other library associated tasks.  Selection is based on grades, good behavior, and teacher recommendations.  Applications may be obtained in the Main Office.

 

Based on student interest, staffing, and availability, other electives are offered periodically.