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Electives

Descriptions of electives classes, listed in alphabetical order by course name. All courses are a single trimester unless otherwise noted; students may take the same course more than one time per school year.

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Art 6
Art 7
Art 8
Broadcast Technology (7/8)
Choir 6
Choir 7/8
Composition (7)
Computer Applications (6 and 7/8)
Computer Graphics (8)
Creative Art – Sculpture/Jewelry (7/8)
Digital Design I (7/8)
Drama (6 and 7/8)
Instrumental Music – Beginner Band (6)
Instrumental Music – Concert Band (7)
Instrumental Music – Symphonic Band (8)
Instrumental Music – Orchestra 6
Instrumental Music – Orchestra (7/8)
Mentorship (7/8)
Music 6
Musical Theatre (7/8)
Physical Education (6 and 7/8)
Pre-Engineering 6
Pre-Engineering 7
Pre-Engineering 8
Publication Production: Yearbook
Robotics (Trimester)

 


 

Art 6

This course teaches students to connect, reflect, understand, and create through art. Students will create their own artwork, refine their techniques and strengthen their critical abilities using clay, paint, and pen and ink.

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Art 7

This course constitutes the second level of art for those who wish to continue from sixth grade exploratory art. Classes will cover art history, as well as design, drawing, painting, print making, clay, and careers in art.

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Art 8

This course covers art history, as well as drawing, painting, print making, clay and potter’s wheel.

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Broadcast Technology (7/8)

This hands-on class will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to produce media broadcast programs. The students will prepare and produce short programs while learning the technical aspects of the operation and how to evaluate programming and assess audience reaction and impact.

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Choir 6

This course provides the opportunity to sing a variety of choral styles and develop vocal techniques for both male and female voices.

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Choir 7/8

In this course, students will be provided an opportunity to participate fully in all the aspects of vocal ensemble. Students will develop skills in vocal production, choral singing, care of the voice, reading rhythms, and pitches. In addition, they will learn “solfege”, sight-singing, ear-training, posture, choreography, and prepare for performances on stage. There will be required performances outside school hours at outside locations.

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Composition (7)

Required once during 7th grade, this course focuses on students’ writing skills and their ability to compose different types of writing for a range of purposes and audiences. Although there may be some opportunities for creative writing, the focus will primarily be on nonfiction, persuasive, informative, or technical writing.

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Computer Applications (6 and 7/8)

Students acquire knowledge of and experience in the proper and efficient use of previously written software packages. This course explores a wide range of applications, including (but not limited to) word-processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and database programs, and they may also cover the use of electronic mail and desktop publishing. The 6th grade course is required to be taken once and includes keyboarding skills.

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Computer Graphics (8)

Computer Graphics courses provide the opportunity for students to explore the capability of the computer to produce visual imagery and to apply graphic techniques to various fields, such as advertising, TV/video, and architecture. Typical course topics may include modeling, simulation, animation, and image retouching.

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Creative Art – Sculpture/Jewelry (7/8)

Creative Art – Sculpture/Jewelry courses cover the same topics as Visual Arts Level 1-3 courses, but focus on creating three dimensional works. Students typically work with several media (such as clay, ceramics, wood, metals, textiles, and so on), but some courses focus only on one medium.

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Digital Design I (7/8)

In Digital Design I students make projects and solve problems in web design, game programming, 3D modeling, photo manipulation, and audio production. Students will learn about professional practices and explore college and career paths in these areas, which might include class visits from current professionals. This course can also include a student portfolio of digital work showing their creativity and problem-solving skill.

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Drama (6 and 7/8)

Students will study theater arts, which includes pantomime, monologue, using the voice, stage presence, lighting and sound, and theater history. Students will:

  • Develop skills in pantomime and body control.
  • Improve voice control in reading projection, articulation and inflection.
  • Memorize and perform a monologue and a scene.
  • Participate in production of a play as actor or technician.

There will be required day and evening performances at WJMS.

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Instrumental Music – Beginner Band (6)

This course is designed to promote students’ technique for playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments for the purpose of concert performances.

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Instrumental Music – Concert Band (7)

Concert Band is a class for advanced instrumentalists who are experienced on their instrument. Emphasis will be on literature, standards, and growth in technical skill. There will be required evening performances at WJMS.

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Instrumental Music – Symphonic Band (8)

Symphonic Band is a class for advanced instrumentalists who have had at least one year experience on their instruments. Emphasis will be on literature and growth in technical skill. There will be required evening performances at WJMS.

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Instrumental Music – Orchestra 6

This course is designed to promote students’ technique for string instruments for the purpose of concert performances.

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Instrumental Music – Orchestra (7/8)

Orchestra is a class for advanced instrumentalists who are experienced on their instrument. Emphasis will be on literature, standards, and growth in technical skill. There will be required evening performances at WJMS.

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Mentorship (7/8)

This elective teaches group problem-solving and strategies for helping make lasting connections between students with and without disabilities in the school community. It may also be used as a class that focuses on developing leadership skills, and organizing school-wide activities, and activities which model positive, respectful and extraordinary behavior.

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Music 6

This course involves understanding music as creative expression and communication. Students work to develop skills with voice, drama and/or musical instruments while refining their ability to identify and critique musical pieces

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Musical Theatre (7/8)

In this course, students will explore different musical styles, genres, and periods with the intent of building appreciation for a wide range of music. Using Garage Band and other technological enhancements, students will focus on developing their artistic and technical judgment and style.

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Physical Education (6 and 7/8)

The Physical Education program is designed to develop and enhance a wide variety of physical skills and activities, along with increasing overall fitness levels including: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, agility, flexibility, and motor coordination. This class will also help develop a positive attitude toward physical activity, help create a positive self-image, increase cognitive knowledge of health related fitness, promote teamwork, and encourage good sportsmanship. Students are expected to wear the required WJMS PE uniform and be prepared to fully participate on a daily basis.

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Pre-Engineering 6

This course introduces students to the Engineering Design Process. In this project-based format, students will build computer apps, design and build CO2 cars for competition, and apply engineering principles to build bridges

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Pre-Engineering 7

Pre-Engineering students will explore technology-oriented applications of mathematics and science their study of design and the production process. Students will also use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and investigate future careers in technology and engineering.

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Pre-Engineering 8

Pre-Engineering students will explore technology-oriented applications of mathematics and science their study of design and the production process. Students will also use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and investigate future careers in technology and engineering.

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Publication Production: Yearbook

(2 Trimesters)
Publication Production courses provide to students the knowledge and skills necessary to produce the school yearbook. Students may gain experience in several components (writing, editing, layout, production) or may focus on a single aspect while producing the publication.

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Robotics (Trimester)

Robotics courses develop and expand students’ skills and knowledge so that they can design and develop robotic devices. Topics covered in the course may include mechanics, electrical and motor controls, pneumatics, computer basics, and programmable logic controllers.

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West Jefferson Middle School reserves the right to change course offerings based on enrollment and staffing.

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