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Middle School Electives

Middle school electives are available to all students in grades 6-8.  The variety of offerings allows students to choose classes they enjoy or classes exposing them to something new.  While not every elective is offered each semester, students always have an array to select from.
 
 
Art

In the middle school art studio, students will explore their creativity and imaginations to produce a wide range of pieces.  Students will work with origami and clay as hand building and modeling media.  Sculpture in mixed-media formats and the elements of drawing will be examined.  Painting with acrylics, printmaking, and paper making will also be investigated.   Students will be introduced to classical and contemporary artists.  

Life Skills

Preparing for Life class provides instruction in life management through identifying and setting academic goals, organizational skills, personal finance, and career development strategies.  In the area of personal development, students learn about communications skills, banking, investing, managing technology, preparing a resume, and interviewing for a job.  Students also experience learning instruction and activities in the area of sewing, basic auto maintenance, and food preparation.

PE

Physical education consists of age-appropriate activities that employ large and small motor skills.  These skills are taught individually and within the context of a variety of activities, games, and sports.  Self-control, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, basic anatomy and physiology, first aid, nutrition, health, hygiene, equipment care, and good sportsmanship are all integrated into the elective course.

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate provides instruction and practice in the art of public speaking.  A primary course objective is to help students gain confidence and experience in public speaking.  Students will develop an awareness of posture, vocal quality, personal appearance, and verbal and nonverbal communication.  The class covers a variety of styles of public speaking formats such as persuasive speaking, interpretive speaking, power point presentations, critiques, personal interviews, and debates.  Students are taught research skills, case-writing, rebuttals, cross-examination skills, and analytical thinking.  These skills help students exhibit a logical arrangement of ideas in writing and in speech and students practice and demonstrate their abilities within the classroom setting.

STEAM 

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The class equips students with problem solving and creative skills to tackle various hands - on design projects and utilize engineering concepts.  This course will improve students overall critical thinking processes and improve their ability to work collaboratively.  Students will be assigned projects in which they will have the ability to design and evaluated different systems under applied engineering and design constraints.