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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 papermaking will also be investigated.   Students will be introduced to classical and contemporary artists.  Field trips to explore New Mexican artists and traveling art shows are incorporated into the curriculum.

 

Bible - Acts

This course is designed to teach principles for Christian living from the example of the early church as recorded in Acts. It is intended to lead students to self-examination and application. Students will be encouraged to apply the principles demonstrated in the lives and actions of the heroic men and women of Acts.

Students will be fascinated by the New Testament journey to hostile cities, magnificent temples, and raging seas. They will meet a wealthy soldier, a stinky tanner, a sleepy student, a reluctant king, a faithful martyr, a godly businesswoman, and many other interesting characters while experiencing the birth and expansion of the early church.

 

Bible - Believe
The Believe Student Curriculum has been designed to help students:
  • Develop a language for what they believe and why.
  • See how God’s people had an active belief and trust in God through the stories of the Bible.
  • Share with each other their own observations about the stories of the Bible, and about God, learning from one another’s observations.
  • Answer the following questions: What do I believe? What do I do? Who am I becoming?
  • Practice believing, trusting, and relating with God in new ways, and experience genuine transformation in their ways of seeing and living in the world.
Believe takes students on an exploration into ten key beliefs, ten key practices, and ten key virtues of Christianity. Grounded in carefully selected Scripture passages, Believe is a spiritual growth experience that takes students on a journey to think, act, and become more like Jesus.
 
 
Computer

The Computer elective at the Middle School focuses on introducing students to a variety of computer programs in a fun and creative project based class.  Students are taught word processing, multimedia, and spreadsheets as well as an intro to website creation using HTML, CSS, and Javascript.  Each student gains essential skills that they will be using for the rest of their school years and beyond. 

 

Drama

The Middle School Drama elective is the perfect place for anyone who loves to act!  This class focuses on giving students an overview of theater and acting principles in a way that is engaging and fast paced.  Students are exposed to multiple genres from comedy to drama, even musicals.  All facets of theater production are explored from script writing, to acting, to tech and lighting, to prop and costume design.  Each semester the class puts on a production showcasing the students knowledge of the process from directing to creating sets.  

 

Life and Career Skills

Life and Career Skills 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.

 

Science Triad

Multiple science topics will be explored and discussed in this fun and exhilarating class.  Germs, chemical reactions, space, and more will be covered in a non-traditional learning environment using a wide range of activities.  Students will get excited about science through group projects, contests, independent readings and research, and a multitude of experiments.  The complexity and awesomeness of God’s creation will be investigated in all aspects of the course. 

 

Spanish

The Middle School Spanish elective introduces students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language and culture. The Spanish program builds a solid foundation of grammar and vocabulary.  As students progress through the middle school grades, they will increase their skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and diverse learning activities with a strong emphasis in providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented.  Students also study the Spanish culture to better understand the Spanish speaking people and their customs. The Spanish elective is aligned to national standards and students take frequent assessments where their Spanish language progression can be monitored.

 

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.

 

STEM

STEM is a class designed for students to use science, technology, engineering, and math in an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning.  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 evaluate different systems under applied engineering and design constraints.  The importance of STEM in education and STEM related fields will be explored.

 

Study Hall

Study Hall is a chance for the students to complete their homework, complete classwork, receive additional help, and work on group projects.