Electives

STEAM Options - One semester

Creative Designs: Everyone has the creativity to redesign common products to make
them better. In this class your team will study a common product, learn how to
make a computerized drawing using professional design software, and run
simulations to test the overall quality of the new design. To help our research, we
will take a field trip to observe how the product is used and collaborate with
people who use the product most. The class will culminate with an exhibition
showcasing the innovative designs.
 

Engineering & Construction: The Engineering and Construction elective is devised to
promote creativity and problem solving skills through the knowledge and
application of a variety of engineering and design projects. Students will learn the
basics of woodworking and safety, hand and power tools, and the importance of
the right tool for the right job. Students will engage in the engineering process to
design and create several projects such as a bird house, oven racker, race car,
bridge and more. These challenges provide students the opportunity to design,
create, evaluate and understand how things work.

RoboRovers: Do you like to build things or enjoy challenges? Working in a team, you
will learn how to build a functional robot, complete with motors and complex parts.
Once building a robot has been mastered, your team will be challenged to
redesign it to win a class competition. Students with all levels of experience,
including being brand new to working with robotics, are encouraged to enroll. The
class will use the VEX IQ robotics products.

3-D Modeling: Discover the world of 3D printing and how it is changing our future. You
will sketch your project ideas out on paper, turn them into 3D models on the
computer, and then bring them to life by 3D printing. In this class you will learn the
basics of design and complete several projects that you will get to keep. Anyone
who has an interest in creating and designing objects is encouraged to enroll in
the class.

Music Options - Full year

Chorus: Students will participate in a vocal performance group. Chorus will provide
members the opportunity to sing and perform many styles of music. Concerts will
include required evening and day performances. Focusing on good vocal
production, stage presence, musicianship, and ensemble skills, experienced as
well as novice singers can have fun and succeed.

Orchestra: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will participate in a large ensemble
composed of string instruments. (Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass) In addition to
rehearsals, students are excused from one class each week for a small group
lesson. Students are expected to practice outside of school with the guidance of
the instructor, and attend all outside of school performances. Students will have
numerous opportunities to perform throughout the year.
 
Band: Provides 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students an opportunity to learn and perform
music side by side as they develop comprehensive musicianship through the
performance of challenging repertoire. In addition to rehearsals, students are
excused from one class each week for a small group lesson. Students are
expected to practice outside of school with the guidance of the instructor, and
attend all outside of school performances. Students will have numerous
opportunities to perform throughout the year.

Study Hall Option - One semester or full year

Study Hall: Students will be provided with an opportunity to work quietly under adult
supervision in order to complete homework or study for assessments. Classes
are generally composed of about 20 students who are expected to work in silence
for this 35 minute period.