Middle School Electives

 

2016-2017 Middle School Elective Options

 

Course:  Spanish 1 for 8th Graders

Grade Level: 8

Duration:  Year Long

Description: This class presents basic structure and grammar of the Spanish language and encourages conversation with the introduction of basic vocabulary. Cultural activities will expand student awareness of the customs and geography of Spanish-speaking countries. This course prepares the student for success in Spanish 2 in high school.

Requested Donation: $25.00

 

Course:  Cultural Spanish

Grade: 6, 7, 8

Duration:  Year Long

Description: This class teaches the culture of Spanish-speaking countries through project-based learning.  Learn new vocabulary and experience different cultures through food, music, holidays, sports, dance and more. We will be exchanging communication with other Middle School students in Spain, sending letters and learning about their school and community.  Participate in games, projects and field trips!

Requested Donation: $25.00

 

Course:  Theater Production

Grade: 6, 7, 8

Duration:  Year Long

Description: The Theater Production class is open to 6th - 8th students that want to work together on planning and production of school Performances. In this class, we will be studying the theory and practice of designing, creating, buidling  and using scenery, sets, props and costumes for dramatic presentations, icluding sewing from patterns, building and painting sets and props and researching and creating set designs. You will learn basic vocabulary, processes, tools and materials used for our school performances. It's going to be a lot of work, but it is going to be awesome!

Requested Donation: $25.00

 

Course:  Leadership

Grade: 6, 7, 8

Duration:  Year Long

Description: The Middle School Leadership Class is open to 6th - 8th students that want to work together on planning and production of school activities that promote citizenship, scholarship, leadership and human relations.  Plan spirit days, dances, assemblies, contests, rallies, community service, and more! Students will be involved in creating a variety of different activities and events that incorporate TK-Eighth grade.  Application is required.

Requested Donation: $25.00

 

Course:  Art & Design 

Grade: 6, 7, 8

Duration:  Year Long

Description:  Would you like to get your hands dirty and express your creativity?  In Art & Design you will walk away with learning a variety of art skills and techniques.  A  little bit of everything will be covered in this art class.  You will be able to learn about Art History and the different artists who inspire original genres and medias.  After that you will be able to get your hands messy by creating pieces that are unique to you and that show your personality, beliefs, and experiences.  Art & Design will cover two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks.  So if you already like to draw and paint, this class will explore that as well as sculpture works.  If you have never dived into Art before it will be a great class to inquire about to find your creative outlet and to think outside the box!       

Requested Donation: $25.00

 

 

Course:  Dragon News 

Grade: 6, 7, 8

Duration:  Year Long

Description: Would you like to show your creative writing and presenting skills on camera?  In Dragon News you will be able to learn the concepts of journalism and how to create the Dragon News episodes for LVCS.  The skills that will be taught are how to write and present stories, how to interview, camera technology, how to format and the news stories.  The other aspect of Dragon News is learning how to take charge!  Students will have the chance to have specific jobs when it comes to creating the news, such as on-air, production, and technical positions.  Dragon News is looking for students who are willing to be editors, anchor people, camera people, and producers.  Come bring your creativity and bright ideas to Dragon News!       

Requested Donation: $25.00

 

 

Course:  Yearbook

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

Duration:  Year Long

Description:  As an elective, students are asked to participate in LVCS events from behind the lens of the camera or journalism pad.  This course provides the further study of and practice in gathering and analyzing information, interviewing, and photography for the purpose of writing, editing and publishing the school's yearbook.  This class emphasizes team work, where students are expected to work collaboratively, learning the process of publishing a yearbook and school newsletters with accuracy, effective photography, design layout, fair and equal student representation, successful advertising, professional communication skills and time management.   A web-based yearbook program is utilized to create and design portions of the yearbook, along with Publisher to create newsletters.  Students will also learn important advertising techniques to help promote yearbook sponsorship and sales.  

Anticipated Work Load:  Students will be expected to work in and out of class on the creation of the yearbook.  Assignments will include attendance at 3 after school events and 3 on-campus events each trimester to take pictures and/or interview participants.  Further assignments in this class will include weekly assignments and 2-3 quizzes that demonstrate yearbook/journalism mastery.  Students will need access to a computer and internet capabilities after school hours to meet weekly submission deadlines.    

 

Course: Design and Engineering 

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Duration:  Year long

Description: You will have the opportunity to solve real-world, relevant problems by using technology, art skills, and tools to turn your ideas into reality. We will be creating and building products from conception to completion.  Teamwork will be strongly emphasized and work will be completed in class.  Every student will compete in an area design contest to show off what you have learned.  We will also have guest speakers from Bay Area tech companies talk about what they do for their jobs.

Prerequisite: None

Requested Donation: In order to maintain a comprehensive program, a suggested donation of $25.00 per student is being requested. 

 

Course:  Choir 

Grade Level: 6,7, 8

Duration: Year Long

Description:  This participatory course will focus on listening and performing skills in a variety of musical styles. Topics will include the foundations of musical performance, the techniques of performing, and musical theory and vocabulary.

Anticipated Workload: Students will be expected to attend 2 live performances and write a concert report on each performance. Students will need to memorize music and attend a minimum of 3 evening performances (Dec, May, June).

Prerequisite: Open to all students who want to sing or learn to sing; no experience required.

Requested Donation: $25.00

Daily Materials: Pencil & Folder for Music. Instructor will provide music.

 

 

Course:  Strings

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Duration: Year Long

Description:  This participatory course will focus on listening and performing skills in a variety of musical styles. Topics will include the foundations of musical performance, the techniques of performing, and musical theory and vocabulary.

Anticipated Workload: Students will be expected to practice a minimum of 10 minutes every day outside of class time, turn in a weekly practice record, attend as an audience member 2 live performances, write 2 concert reports, and attend a minimum of 3 evening performances (Dec, May, and June).

Prerequisite: Open to all string players (violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp, and advanced piano) with at least one year of playing experience on the string instrument they will play in class and recommendation from Mr. Stern. Advanced pianists are welcome, but should talk to Mr. Stern prior to signing up.

Requested Donation: $25.00

Daily Materials: Students will be expected to provide their own instrument, method book, pencil & folder for sheet music. Specialized instruments will be available for borrowing.

 

 

Course:  Beginning Band

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Duration: Year Long

Anticipated Workload: Students will be expected to practice a minimum of 10 minutes every day outside of class time, turn in a weekly practice record, attend 2 live performances as an audience member, write 2 concert reports, and attend a minimum of 3 evening performances (Dec, May, and June).

Prerequisite: Open to all students who want to learn to play Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, or Trombone. No experience required. Students will be expected to practice a minimum of 20 minutes every day outside of class time. Other Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion instruments are available, but the student should talk to Mr. Stern prior to signing up. This course will focus on listening and performing skills in a variety of musical styles. Topics will include the foundations of musical performance, the techniques of performing, and musical theory and vocabulary.

Requested Donation: $25.00

Daily Materials: Students will be expected to provide their own instrument, method book, pencil & folder for sheet music. Specialized instruments will be available for borrowing.

 

Course:  Band

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Duration: Year Long

Anticipated Workload: Students will be expected to practice a minimum of 10 minutes every day outside of class time, turn in a weekly practice record, attend 2 live performances as an audience member, write 2 concert reports, and attend a minimum of 3 evening performances (Dec, May, and June).

Prerequisite: Open to all Woodwind (Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, or Saxophone {Alto, Tenor, or Baritone}), Brass (Baritone/Euphonium, French horn, Trombone, Trumpet, or Tuba,), and Percussion students with at least one year of experience on the band instrument they will play in class and recommendation from Mr. Stern. Students will be expected to practice a minimum of 10 minutes every day outside of class time. This course will focus on listening and performing skills in a variety of musical styles. Topics will include the foundations of musical performance, the techniques of performing, and musical theory and vocabulary. Students will be expected to provide their own instrument in most cases. Students will be required to attend a minimum of 3 evening performances (Dec, May, and June). (All levels of pianists are welcome, but they should talk to Mr. Stern prior to signing up.)

Requested Donation: $25.00

Daily Materials: Students will be expected to provide their own instrument, method book, pencil, and music folder for sheet music. Specialized instruments will be available for borrowing.

 

 

Course:  Teacher Assistant

Grade Level:  8

Duration:  Year long

Description: Teacher Assistant position provides students the opportunity to develop skills and behaviors essential for their development in our educational community.  Teacher Assistants work under the direction and supervision of an assigned classroom teacher or librarian.  Students will develop communication skills, develop ability to work with others and independently, and develop bonds throughout our K-8 community.  Students will be placed randomly into Teacher Assistant positions based on the number of requesting teachers.

Anticipated Workload:   Students should expect a variety of different tasks assigned by their supervising teacher.  From working with students individually, running small groups, reading to or with students and working on manual tasks like cutting, filing, organizing or coloring

Daily Materials:  To be determined by the supervising teacher

 

 

Course: Forensic Science

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Duration: Year Long

Description:   Learn the science behind forensics as you and your team attempt to solve a murder mystery. After collecting evidence from a mock crime scene, students will analyze the forensic evidence and ultimately present their findings in a  to identify fingerprints, perform hair and fiber analyses, study blood spatter patterns, and perform DNA fingerprinting in an effort to solve the crime.

Anticipated Workload: Students will be expected to work in and out of class on school projects.   Students will need access to a computer and internet capabilities after school hours to meet weekly submission deadlines.  

Prerequisite: Open to all students; no experience required.

Requested Donation: $25.00

 

Please select your electives and submit the attached form to the office by May 31st.