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Electives Course Catalog

Electives

Visual and Performing Arts

Art Exploration II: This class exposes students to the wonderful world of art! Using Elements of Art and Principals of Design as their basis, students will create a variety of art pieces with many different art media such as: paint, markers, ink, crayons, plaster, fabric, pen and much more. Students who love art and want to have fun will love this class! 

 AMERICAN ARTS & CRAFTS/DRAWING TECHNIQUES 7th & 8th graders - Yearlong 

This class is designed to teach the students about the traditional Arts and Crafts of the American Culture. You will become exposed to and become familiar with the art of quilting, crocheting, weaving, embroidery, quilt construction, Basketry, wood-burning, silk painting, along with several other art forms from American History. The second half of the year the class switches over to Drawing Techniques. This class is designed to familiarize your child with the techniques and skills used in creating wonderful drawings! Students will explore the use of a variety of drawing tools such as graphite pencils, charcoal, pastels, markers, pen and ink. Different shading techniques of blending, hatching, cross-hatching and stippling will be taught. Still Life, Contour, and perspective drawing will also be explored. Students will suddenly realize that drawing can be learned through simple decision-making skills and implementing critical thinking and evaluation processes. 

DRAMA/CHOIR PERFORMING ARTS CLASS 7th & 8th graders – Yearlong that alternates on an A-B daily schedule 

Drama: exposes the student to the intriguing world of Theater. Drama can be a worthwhile and satisfying activity that instills skills that you will use for your whole entire life! Students will study the parts of a stage, script content, pantomime, body movement, projection and voice techniques, communication devices, improvisation, and stagecraft techniques. Every artist has a medium of expression. The painter has their oils, the musician has his instrument, and the actor has “him/herself” to communicate an idea to its viewers. 

Choir: This class focuses the student’s learning on teaching the necessary skills to sing. Anyone is encouraged to join this class. The class begins with the basics of using your voice and the learning of a variety of singing techniques. Students will learn an array of songs from beginner to advanced levels. Cooperative group and solo work are fostered in each of the classes. Both the drama and choir classes are performance classes and students will have several opportunities to perform in a public forum such as the school concerts, school assemblies, CMEA choir festival, and the 8th grade promotion ceremony. 

BAND - 7th & 8th graders - Yearlong 

In this course, students develop skills to play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Students will learn to read music, take part in performances, refine musicianship skills, and be an asset to the band. 

 

 

 

Languages

Spanish 1: This course is open to seventh and eighth graders who want to learn a new language. New vocabulary is memorized and spoken as students use and apply it in class and as they take part in cultural activities. Students speak, write and listen to the language so all learning modalities may be addressed. Written and oral tests are part of the curriculum.

Media and Technology

Web Design: Designing a website, adding content, and participating in the international Student Blogging Challenge will be the focus of the Web Design semester.  Students will learn the design tools for the full version of Wordpress, select themes, add widgets and manipulate the layout of their own website.  Content consisting of fiction and nonfiction pieces, and  photographs will be added to the website.  Students will connect with other students at EMS and around the world through the sharing of posts and comments on their websites.  This semester long class is paired with Ceramics.

Computer Literacy: students will create a variety of documents individually and collaboratively using Google applications.  Learn how to create essays and school projects that you can work on from a computer, tablet or phone.  Collaborate with other students to create slideshows and projects together, and learn to work together on those projects even when you’re not in the same room. Improve your typing skills with daily practice that will pay off with increased speed and accuracy.  Learn to improve your communication skills through a hands-on technology approach.  This semester long class is paired with Hands On Art History Creations.

Technology and the 4 C's: Learn to create, communicate, collaborate and develop critical thinking skills in this yearlong technology centered course.  Students will create a variety of documents individually and collaboratively using Google applications.  Learn how to create essays and school projects that you can work on from a computer, tablet or phone.  Collaborate with other students to create slideshows and projects and learn to work together on those projects even when you’re not in the same room.  Learn to use online organizational tools to simplify your schedule that can be accessed from both phones and computers. Improve your typing skills with daily practice that will pay off with increased speed and accuracy.  Develop critical thinking skills by creating animations and games by learning how to control characters and scenes using a fun visual coding program.  Add sounds and drawings to personalize your games.  During this year long course, students will learn to effectively organize, communicate and collaborate using online resources available on computers, tablets, and phones.

Video Production: This class is designed to introduce 7th and 8th grade middle school students to the fundamentals of multimedia and video production. Students are engaged in hands-on experiences, use communications skills, and develop strategies to learn the basics of video pre-production, production, and post-production.  Students produce video products in the form of weekly news broadcasts to the school and other video pieces such as public service announcements, commercials, and interviews with community members. They learn to operate audio and video equipment and perform exercises to develop technical production skills. Students use editing software such as iMovie and Final Cut on computers to import video footage, edit, create titles and special effects, and export their final video to DVD.  As they use technology, students also develop skills in planning, organization, script writing, interpersonal communication, team building, and media literacy.  Students participate in every aspect of video production from editing to directing to on-screen talent.

 

Leadership

LEADERSHIP/YEARBOOK - 7th & 8th graders - Yearlong

This is a yearlong application class.  Teacher Recommendation Required.  In this yearlong class students will learn the skills necessary to assume responsibilities as student leaders in contributing to a positive school climate.  Students will also help organize activities on campus as well as provide service for the school and community. Students will plan, organize and carry out a variety of student-generated activities such as dances, lunchtime activities, yearbook, celebrations, and special projects. Student body officers and the Yearbook Editor are required to take this class.  Other students may apply by picking up an application from Mrs. Lindell during lunch in room 221 and returning it to her (dates will be provided).  Teachers will read the applications.  They will select the most passionate and qualified for Excelsior.