Middle School (Grades 5-8) Elective Course Options
Students entering Grade 5 will have one (1) elective option each semester. If a yearlong elective is chosen, there will be no elective chosen for Semester 2. Students entering Grades 6-8 will have two (2) elective options each semester. If a yearlong elective is chosen, there will be only one (1) elective chosen for Semester 2.
Where noted, electives may be restricted by grade-level or successful completion of a prerequisite class. Additionally, some electives are subject to teacher and/or administrative approval. It is important to understand the requirements and restrictions within the elective program. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s grade-level administrator.
Mandatory by administrative placement for qualifying students
This intervention course in mathematics is designed for students who need traditional instruction and support to master necessary middle school mathematics concepts. This course provides additional instruction in conjunction with the students’ required mathematics course of study in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. The use of manipulatives, mathematical tools, and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this courses. This course is a repeatable elective and does not fulfil the middle school mathematics requirement for promotion.
Mandatory by administrative placement for qualifying students
This intervention course in language arts is designed for students who need additional instruction and support to master necessary middle school reading and writing concepts. This course provides additional instruction in conjunction with the students’ required language arts course of study in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Students will receive instruction in decoding skills, spelling, grammar, comprehension strategies, and oral reading fluency. This is a repeatable elective and does not fulfill the middle school language arts requirement for promotion.
Physical Education & Health
Mandatory Completion Required: Grade 7 or Grade 8
Students are introduced to a regular routine of physical activity and health education. Students will learn basic athletic skills in a variety of sports-related activities in addition to developing proper athletic form while exercising. Students will build an appropriate athletic and health vocabulary and will be able to articulate and demonstrate proper techniques for avoiding injury, improving athletic skill, and understanding the value of teamwork and cooperative play. The health portion of this course will focus on building and maintaining a personalized health plan for each student and recognizing the need for a physical fitness and nutrition plan during each stage of life. Students will understand the basic relationship between genetics, habits, and environmental influences on a person’s health and lifestyle choices to include the damaging and long-lasting effects of drug/alcohol abuse and improper diet. Students will complete this class with a solid foundation on which to build a healthy lifestyle that will improve performance in both their personal and professional lives.
Mandatory Completion Required: Grade 6
Students will work with software programs that are both new and familiar. This course is designed to build upon and refine skills within familiar programs (Google, Microsoft) while introducing students to new software that will improve and enhance a technology-based curriculum. Students will work independently on creating personalized projects such as slideshows and Power Point presentations while learning the value of cooperative teamwork to develop and create more detailed projects.
TEACHER (or) ADMINISTRATOR APPROVAL REQUIRED ELECTIVES
Restriction: Grades 6-8 Only
Teacher (or) administrator approval is required for this yearlong elective. The digital broadcasting and journalism elective is a fast-paced course that provides students with the opportunity to develop and refine skills that relate directly to academic programs and future career tracks involving modern media. Students are tasked with writing scripts, recording news segments, and editing footage to create a cohesive and informative news broadcast. Daily newscasts are viewed by the entire middle school student body and are an integral part of campus communication. Students in this course may also have the unique opportunity to work with and interview individuals of notoriety.
Teacher (or) administrator approval is required for this semester-long elective. Students focus on humanitarian and/or service-based initiatives and ideas to improve our local community. Students will be provided with community resources and partners to create projects that will have a positive impact on our local population. Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to design, research, and collaborate on selected projects with a focus on human services.
Teacher (or) administrator approval is required for this yearlong elective. The St. Rose Stage Choir is a performance ensemble class geared towards singers who are also interested in Musical Theater. The Stage Choir will sing in a minimum of two (2) performances during the school year with an opportunity to participate in smaller musical productions on campus. This class will focus on the basics of healthy solo and ensemble singing and will develop students’ comfort with auditions, stage presence, and movement for the theater. Students will be exposed to multiple genres of music and will finish the class having experienced the full process of a musical theater production. This class may be taken multiple times.
Restriction: Grades 7-8 Only
Teacher (or) administrator approval is required for this semester-long elective. Students will get the chance to partner alongside an elementary teacher to assist in the day-to-day operations of the classroom. Student aides will be actively engaged in assisting younger students with learning foundational skills, working with their primary peers on letter sounds, basic math concepts, and sight words. Students will develop leadership and management skills, as well as a better understanding of their own learning strategies and styles.
Teacher (or) administrator approval is required for this yearlong elective. Students in this class will focus on developing themselves into effective and responsible leaders both on campus and within the community. Students will participate in interactive games and activities to cultivate team-building and communication skills; lessons and assignments will be geared toward identifying the qualities necessary to become strong, positive leaders and role-models. Students are expected to model leadership, responsibility, and cooperation by volunteering time to assist teachers and staff. An exceptional behavior record will be required throughout the year.
Teacher (or) administrator approval is required for this yearlong elective. Students will work throughout the 2017-18 school year to design the Pinecrest St. Rose annual yearbook. Students will actively participate in developing a ‘theme’, designing page layouts, taking pictures, and uploading photos to submit to the yearbook publisher. This elective requires that students are available to take pictures at after school events, weekend games, and other campus activities; students will also be entering classrooms during the school day and must exemplify good behavior, courtesy, and respect at all times.
This course introduces students to a multitude of techniques used to produce art. Students will use a variety of mediums to create original pieces of art through personal interpretation. Students will have an opportunity to apply the use of colored pencils, watercolor, tempera paints, chalk, clay, paper, and string to develop their own versions of an assigned project. Students will learn and understand the concepts behind shading, shadows, and dimension to add life to their works of art. At the end of this course, students will have gained exposure to and an appreciation for the various forms of artistic expression.
Coding & Web Design
Students are introduced to the basics of computer coding and programming languages. During the course of this elective, students will learn how to create and run programs, use coding techniques to draw, develop games, and create their own website. This class uses the Python program which is available as a free download to all home computers and HTML5.
Students will explore different styles and genres of creative writing. The main purpose of this elective is to provide students with a platform to develop their own unique voice in fictional writing by creating stories of personal interest. Students will learn from each other by sharing their work and giving constructive feedback to help each other edit and refine their writing. The curriculum covers the writing of short stories, poetry, screenplays, and novels. Students will have the unique opportunity to have their creative works published on a class website.
In this course, students will learn about various aspects of drama and performance to include acting techniques, audition rules, and the history of theater. Emphasis will be placed on developing theatrical skills such as mood, feeling, movement, and vocal expression that are used to communicate the personality or feelings of a character. Students will be graded on participation, effort and collaboration which will be evaluated through group skits, individual readings, and a final production in front of a live audience. The final production is a mandatory activity; students may participate in a technical role backstage in lieu of performing on stage. This course includes after-school rehearsals during the final production week.
Students will work hands-on with engineering software and tools to develop, plan, and build robotic creations. Students will be presented with a ‘need’ or ‘problem’ and will be tasked with developing a robotic model as a solution. Students will work both independently and with a group to come up with creative, problem-solving ideas, make critical design and function decisions, and test their ideas through development process to assemble a functional prototype.
This elective will use one-to-one computing accessible through the Google Chromebook to facilitate the use of technology tools available to engineering students. A sampling of the tools used for this course: Google Sheets, Google Drive, and Google Sketch will allow for the quick and efficient sharing of information between students and facilitate collaborative, project-based thinking to solve engineering problems or develop new and innovative solutions for an identified deficit or need.
This is an entry-level graphic design class. Students are introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite with a focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will work in these applications to plan and create graphic design projects assigned to this curriculum; students are encouraged to use imaginative and creative design ideas that reflect their unique, personal interpretation of the assigned task. While art is not a prerequisite for this class, previous art-related experience is beneficial for students interested in this semester-long elective.
Speech & Debate
Through research, instruction, and practice, students will present various speeches and participate in argumentation and debate in class. Students will learn strategies and techniques for overcoming public-speaking fears and will learn to encourage audience participation. Students will be exposed to various styles of speeches to include impromptu, informative, demonstrative, persuasive, and extemporaneous formats. Students will study famous speeches and their impact on society and culture; students will also gain introductory knowledge in regards to argumentation and debate and how to present a philosophically sound and convincing delivery. Based upon event availability, students may have an opportunity to attend a community debate or related event.
Restriction: Grades 6-8 Only
Prerequisite: One (1) year playing instrument (or) audition with instructor
Students must have a minimum of one (1) year experience playing the instrument they want to play in this elective (or) pass an audition with the instructor. The St. Rose Strings is a performance ensemble class comprised of the smaller orchestral strings – violin, viola, ‘cello. Students will focus on solo and ensemble playing with and without the bow. Chromebooks will be used to record playing tests and assessments throughout the year. Students will be exposed to several genres of music and will be provided with ample performance opportunities during the school year. This class may be taken multiple times.
This is a prerequisite for Spanish 1
This course introduces students to Spanish and to begin developing communicative competence in the Spanish language. Students will learn to talk and write about activities of daily life, give and follow simple oral and written instructions and commands, recognize commonly used verbs and phrases, and participate in structured conversations in a variety of topics. Students will learn about important people, holidays, geography and history of Spanish-speaking countries. By the end of this course, students should be able to write a simple narrative about a personal experience or event and be able to recognize standard rules of usage and grammar. No previous experience with Spanish is necessary to enroll in this elective. This elective is a mandatory prerequisite for Spanish 1.
Restriction: Grades 7-8 Only
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Conversational Spanish
This course will develop communicative competence in the Spanish language. Students will focus on refining their written and oral communication skills and gaining competency in Spanish fluency. Students will be expected to gain the linguistic skill to communicate primarily in Spanish while in the classroom. Students must have successfully completed the Conversational Spanish course in order to enroll in this elective. Students in Grades 7 & 8 may earn HS credit for successful completion of the Spanish 1 elective course.