Electives

In middle school, we believe it is important for our students to have choice about what their day can look like. We offer elective options for our students each quarter where students are able to explore areas of interest outside of our core curriculum. A few examples of recent offerings include:

The Art of Deduction
During this course students have the opportunity to sharpen their powers of observation as they explore the investigative techniques of the master of deduction himself, Sherlock Holmes. After studying Holmes’ approaches to unraveling perplexing mysteries, students will see just how good of detectives they are through various activities designed to develop their observation skills. This class is an exciting nine weeks of mystery, investigation, and intrigue. The Game is On!

Forensics
Who took a bite out of the candy? Sticky fingers have been found on the broken aquarium glass. Wet footprints lead to the door. What is that powdery substance next to the broken glass? Answering these questions is what forensic science is all about.
Forensic science is the study of objects that relate to a crime. The objects are evidence and analyzing the evidence is what forensic scientists do. They observe, classify, compare, use numbers, measure, predict, interpret data, and draw inferences.

Urban Planning
This class begins with the question, Why Plan? Students are confronted with designing livable communities in a series of scenarios with ever increasing complexity. They are taught group processes for determining possible options and for reaching decisions. This class involves a number of projects beginning with a small isolated village, followed by a city and ending with a large international tourist destination.

Photography
This class introduces students to all aspects of photography. Technical concepts such as how a digital camera functions, are explained at the appropriate technical level. Photography emphasizes creativity and presents techniques for capturing exciting images.  Students are excited by the instant gratification of capturing an image and immediately seeing the result.

Drumming
Students learn about timbre, the quality of sound, by exploring the contrast between sound groups. Students also learn about dynamics through following a conductor and varying their volume. They practice rhythm and improvisation by playing a one bar pattern. Students also learn the history and culture of drums and percussion.
 
Broadcasting/Film
This class is about critical thinking skills, decision-making, empowerment, ownership, community, and of course vision. Ideas are everywhere for our students to generate stories for school broadcasts. In Filmmaking, students learn how to communicate ideas visually using basic filmmaking techniques incorporating historical and contemporary traditions.

Yearbook
Students design and create the school yearbook. Students work as a publishing team to design the Yearbook from the cover art work to the content on the pages.

Spanish
A class in conversational Spanish designed to introduce students to the grammar and sentence structure of the language.

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