Electives

  • Beginning Band

    Beginning Band is offered to students interested in learning to play an instrument common to the concert band.  Students are given group instruction on the instrument of their choice and are encouraged to progress at an average rate of speed.  This class is also open to students who may have started instruments at the elementary level, but who will need instruction before entering the advanced concert band.

     

    Advanced Band

    Advanced Band is offered to students who have a good command of their instrument, and who are able to perform music of intermediate difficulty.  Students are given group instruction on the instrument of their choice and are encouraged to progress at an average rate of speed. Students will become acquainted with appropriate interpretation of musical scores such as classical, jazz and pop.

     

    Chorus

    Chorus is offered to students interested in learning to sing with a group in a performing ensemble.  Students are given group instruction on vocal technique and encouraged to progress at an average rate of speed.

     

    Spanish

    Spanish 1A is a 7th grade year-long course offered to interested students who would like to learn and become proficient in oral and written Spanish. When taken as a two-year semester course in sequence with Spanish 1B in 8th grade, this class can be applied towards one year’s credit in first year Spanish at the high school level.  Any student who successfully completes both years: Spanish 1A and 1B; will fulfill one year’s Foreign Language requirement that will be applied towards high school and college requirements.

     

    Art

    This course is designed to introduce students to various art mediums and techniques.  Students will learn basic skills in drawing and painting while exploring materials such as graphite, colored pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic paint. The instructional units of the course will focus on the Elements of Art:  Line, Shape, Form, Value, Texture, Color, and Space. 

     

    Independent Living

    This course includes the exploration of several of the disciplines of Consumer-Family Studies. Emphasis is on hands-on, project based learning in the areas of careers, life skills, time management, interior design, child development, sewing, and foods and nutrition.

     

    Leadership

    Students will receive both theoretical and practical training in leadership.  Some of the skills to be focused on are: goal setting, team building, communication, problem solving/decision making, and effective meetings, public speaking and presentations.  The course is designed to integrate leadership skills with practical applications. Activities will include dances, assemblies, rallies, lunchtime activities, special events, community involvement, student/faculty relations, etc.  The key to the program’s success is student’s effort with both fun and responsibility of “making it happen”. This class will provide the time and the training to make this student- run program a success.