ElectivesCourse Options for Middle School Students
The Electives Program offers an opportunity for Middle School students (Grades 6-8) to participate in decisions regarding their education. Students choose additional areas in which to grow and enhance their fine arts and STEM learning.
All students are required to take at least one (1) Art Elective and one (1) Music Elective or Band. Students in 7th grade and those 8th graders who have not previously passed the Constitution test are required to take Constitution 2nd Trimester. Students who have not previously passed the Keyboarding+ class are required to take it 1st or 2nd Trimester.
Art 1 - Students will learn the foundations of art through the completion of a variety of projects.
Art 2 - Students will further their knowledge and technique in art through more advanced projects. Prerequisite: Art 1
Art in Culture - Students will learn about art in different cultures around the world.
Digital Photography - This class will teach elements of photography, composition of pictures, techniques for taking exceptional photos, and simple editing of images
Illustrators’ Stories - Students will create illustrations of various short stories and Bible verses.
Mimic the Artist - Students will copy master artists’ techniques and learn about their lives, and methods. They will learn all elements of art: Line, color, texture, composition, and shape.
Band - Band students will have band lessons during the Monday/Tuesday elective times in lieu of class pullout time.
Chapel Song Leaders - Students will learn different Christian Songs for the purpose of leading chapel song worship.
Handbells - Students will learn to play handbells or chimes and perform a song in chapel and church.
Creative Music - Students will learn and practice musical rhythms to build an appreciation of music. Activities may include rewriting lyrics to songs and playing musical games.
Illustrators’ Music - Students will listen to various music pieces and illustrate them.
Book Club - Students will choose a novel (or two if there is time) to read together and discuss.
Castle Building - Students will learn about different types of castles, then use a variety of materials to build their own castle model.
Constitution - In fulfillment of state educational mandates, this class will cover the developmental history, composition, and organization of the national and state constitutions and governments. The flag code and flag etiquette are also covered. Required for all 7th grade students and 8th grade students who have not previously passed it.
Creative Writing - Students will stretch their imaginations and at the same time become more proficient in their use of language. Students will participate in a workshop style course culminating with a portfolio of work representing various forms and styles. Creative writing offers students an opportunity to see themselves and all around them through a fresh lens.
Speech/Debate - Debate is an exciting activity that allows students to work in teams to think critically and strategically about multi-layered and consequential topics. Creating a sound, evidence-based argument is an essential skill for success across many disciplines. Why not practice this skill in an activity that is not only challenging but fun!
Art and Literary Magazine - Students will work collaboratively to create a magazine comprised of student artwork and literary pieces.
Environmental Conservation - Students will learn about conservation efforts around the globe and work to improve the recycling efforts at our school.
Keyboarding + - Students will learn the proper hand/finger positions for typing and will complete keyboarding exercises to increase speed and accuracy. Required for all students who have not previously passed this class. May be completed over the summer.
Sewing - Students will learn the basics of hand and machine sewing. Projects include pin cushions, pillows, quilt squares, and an optional article of clothing. Students who have previously taken the class may re-take it to advance their skills. Additional independent projects will be provided for these students.
Study Skills - Students will learn study and organizational skills necessary to be a successful student.
STEM - Students will use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills to learn about concepts for a variety of projects.
Things that Go - Students will use STEM skills to meet weekly challenges of building a variety of things that “go” like paper airplanes, parachutes, and mousetrap cars.
TV Studio - Morning Announcements - Students will learn how to use the equipment in the TV studio to produce and edit announcements and videos.
Yearbook - Yearbook is a course that will allow students to seek and celebrate the school year through the creation and design of the school yearbook. Students will work collaboratively to make decisions on how to best capture and represent the school year in photos, words, and graphics. The yearbook elective is held during the 3rd trimester during Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday elective time. Students will be enrolled in both Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday classes, if possible.