Students will learn to read and perform choral music. Students will learn how to use their voices as instruments. Each class begins with a mini-voice lesson and includes instruction in reading music. Students gain confindence by performing in concerts and competitions throughout the year.
Students will gain experience and scratch board techniques, mirror etching, sand art, design, plaster wrap, and clay sculpture. They will also learn drawing skills, shading techniques and two-point perspectives. Students will work in a sketchbook to further develop their creativity and imagination.
This course is designed for students to learn basic acting skills such as improvisation, characterization, preparing a role in stage movement. They are guided through the production process from rehearsal to backstage crews including making the scenery.
Spanish I — This constitutes a high school credit. This course provides an introduction to the five "C"s: communication, connections, comparisons, culture, and communities. All students will take a mid-term and final exam that counts 20% of their total grade.
AP Spanish - This course prepares students for the AP Spanish Language Examination, and all students entering the course will be expected to take it (if the students are in the 8th grade). Students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish. The course requires students to read and analyze fiction and non-fiction texts, write compositions, watch and listen to Spanish programming, prepare presentations, practice formal conversation, and expand vocabulary. The course will broaden students’ understanding of Hispanic culture and foster interest in continuing the study of Spanish in college. This course is equivalent to a fifth and sixth semester college course in Advanced Spanish.
Students will learn computer applications and foundations including technology-related terms, concepts, and keyboarding skills. Programs utilized will include Microsoft Office Suite 2003, Lego Mindstorms Robotics, and PhotoStory 3.
Physical Education is an elective open to 6th and 7th grade students. Activities include team sports, lifetime activities, rhythmics, outdoor education, fitness, wellness and nutrition.
The health classes are the same as the high school health class curriculum; therefore, students who pass this class will receive the 1/2 credit necessary for high school graduation. The health class is taught in the fall semester, and the speech class is taught in the spring semester. It is a State requirement for graduation.
Topics covered in the Health class include: Introduction to Health and Wellness, Self-Esteem, Decision Making, Peer Pressure, and Stress and Stress Management, Mental Health, Violence Prevention, Substance Use and Abuse, Sexuality, Nutrition, Diet Analysis, Disease Prevention, and Environmental and Community Health.The students will also be certified in CPR/AED and receive some training in First Aid.In the Foundations of Fitness class, the students will learn more detailed nutrition facts and more about the body systems, and will learn and practice weight training and aerobic exercises.
Tech in Action
Technology in Action is a full year elective for 7th and 8th graders that introduces students to the world of technology and how it is used in a variety of careers. This course is designed to explore technologies that surround us, examine how they affect daily life, and learn about how those technologies are used in the world of work. Through student-centered learning modules and whole class activities and projects, students get a broad sampling of the technology and careers that drive modern society. It also serves as a preview for Career and Technical Education courses available in high school.
Project Lead The Way
The PLTW Gateway program features a project-based curriculum designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students. They envision, design and test their ideas with the same advanced modeling software used by companies like Lockheed Martin, Intel and Sprint. They study mechanical and computer control systems; think robotics and animation. Students also explore the importance of energy, including innovative ways to reduce, conserve and produce it using solar, thermal and wind power. The knowledge that students gain and the skills they build from GTT create a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond. Students will complete modules on Design and Modeling and Automation and Robotics. Students, based upon performance, may be awarded .5 high school credit per year for completion of this course.
Principles of Information Technology (P.I.T.)
Principles of Information Technology develop computer literacy skills to adapt to emerging technologies used in the global marketplace. Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace environment. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication and reasoning skills and apply them to the information technology environment. Students, based upon performance, may be awarded 1.0 high school credit per year for completion of this course.