Middle School Electives

ELECTIVES

Each year, middle school students give their preferences for electives. Attention is given to first choices, but it is not always possible, so students should make selections for their second and third choices with care. PE must be taken one semester per year. Band and orchestra require a full year commitment. Below are descriptions of some elective classes offered in previous years. Not all electives will be offered during each semester.

ART
Come learn how art works and the reasoning behind it so that we can appreciate it further. For example, how come local Native American art only used red, black, and blue-green? Then create your own piece. This art class is for anyone who likes art----you do not have to be an artist to be successful!!!!

FILM & CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Film and Cinematography" is a chance for students who enjoy film to become more knowledgeable about viewing and analyzing different directors, genres, and styles of film. At its core, this class is to better understand the art, history and importance of film as media by viewing, analyzing, discussing film, and on to a limited degree, creating some of our own. This is NOT a class where you will passively view film. If that is your expectation, you will be disappointed. This class requires an adult signature prior to participation.

JAZZ BAND
Students learn basics of jazz scales, improvisation, and jazz standards as well as new jazz composition. Jazz band meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays before school. *Students must be enrolled in middle school band or orchestra in order to participate in Jazz Band, or have special permission from Mr. Ellis.

LEADERSHIP
The goal of this class is to empower student leaders to become active members in school government, fiscal management, and community building. Students will learn about their leadership styles, participate in community service projects, and plan and perform at assemblies.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
All interested students are welcome to join this zero-period class. We focus on learning to sing different types of music, sight singing fundamentals, and vocal production. Choir meets Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays before school.

P.E.
In PE, students will receive 50 minutes of physical activity four days a week. Students will participate in daily warm-up workouts, cooperative games, and a variety of sports. Students will learn the importance of daily physical activity and how to maintain body composition. Students will set personal fitness goals based on their fitness assessments. Finally, students will become physically literate in the Health and Fitness Components and F.I.T.T. PE cannot be taken in consecutive semesters and each student must take one semester each year.

STEM EXPLORATION
Students will learn to use computers to achieve goals through programming and robotics. They will begin with basic coding skills. While exploring basic programming languages, students will learn how math and sciences play roles in building computer programs and modeling situations. We will also look at the role of robotics in our future while exploring engineering goals using the NXT technology.

YEARBOOK
Students will learn to digitally format and design the school yearbook. There are many roles students may consider, such as: editor, design, layout, and photography. Students will design, produce, sell and distribute the 2015-2016 yearbook. This class requires self-motivated, hardworking students. This class is fun, but is work intensive.

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