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2016-2017 Electives


ART (All Trimesters):  Students will explore genres, mediums and artist throughout the history of art. Student will participate in the creation of art from topics of study.

ASB & Productions (All Trimesters): Students will learn about taking on leadership roles in and around the school. Students who are elected officers will be required to take this class all three trimesters. Students will be responsible for writing and reading announcements. They will also create, record, and edit all skits for Student of the Month assemblies.

ADVANCED BAND (All Trimesters): Advanced band is a fun and rewarding class for 6-8th graders that have previous experience on an instrument or would like to learn to play an experience. The advanced band works on music throughout the year and gives 2 concerts a year. Students are expected to be in Advanced Band for all three Trimesters. Homework is limited to after school practice at your own pace. The advanced Band will travel this year to a music festival and participate in the State Music festival. (This elective requires enrollment for all three trimesters.)

ACADEMIC SUPPORT (All Trimesters):  Students will work on areas of growth in math and language arts using the Compass Learning program.  Small group instruction will provide students with the opportunity to receive additional help and ask clarifying questions in both language arts and mathematics. Students who fail to maintain a 2.0 GPA (at any grade reporting period) will be required to take this course.

HOMEWORK CLUB (All Trimesters): Students will work in small groups with primary grade children. They will work on reading and math skills with those students as well as assist them with their homework. This elective is open to 7th and 8th grade students only who have a 3.25 GPA or higher. This elective will require a teacher recommendation. (This elective may be taken twice.)

TEACHER'S AIDE (All Trimesters): Students will work with a teacher at varying grade levels to assist them in the preparations for their classroom. There will only be one child assigned to a teacher at a time. The student will be under the supervision of that teacher who will give them a grade based on their performance in the class. This elective is open to 7th and 8th grade students only who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. This elective will require teacher recommendation and may only be taken once a year.

COMPUTER CODING ONE (Trimester 1 only):  The course features puzzles, video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, as well as familiar characters from popular games Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Using a blended learning model, students will be learning with a mix of online, self-guided activities and “unplugged” activities that use no computer at all.  Designed to inspire students to continue learning how technology improves real world relationships, connections, and life.


DESIGN AND MODELING ONE (Trimester 1 only):  Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.

MEDICAL DETECTIVES (Trimester 1 only): Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.

AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS (Trimester 2 only):  Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

ELECTRONICS (Trimester 2 only): Magic of Electrons- Through hands-on projects, students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, and sensing devices. They learn knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design, and examine the impact of electricity on the world around them. (Previous experience in Automation and Robotics recommended).

ADVANCED CODING (Trimesters 2 and 3 only): Student must have taken Computer Coding One in order to sign up for this class. Student will extend their knowledge of computer coding in this course.

ADVANCED DESIGN (Trimester 3 only): Student taking this course must have taken Design one before taking this class.

GREEN ARCHITECTURE (Trimester 3): In this unit, students learn how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software. (must have previously taken Design & Modeling)