Middle School Course Guide

Electives, Specials, Tutoring, and Required Non-Core Classes

The purpose of this document is to help parents and students in grades 6-8 make an informed decision about opportunities available outside the core curriculum schedule.

Note: Students will complete a form on the first full day of school (i.e. Tuesday) to select Electives. Priority is given to 8th graders.  Students may sign up for Specials prior to the first day of school. Information on Specials may be available at Meet the Teacher Night.

Terminologies

Core-curriculum

Core-curriculum classes consist of Religion, Language Arts (X2), Social Studies, Math and Science.  These six classes are required for accreditation and must meet minimum instructional minutes per week.

Specials

Specials classes contribute towards the accreditation requirements. However, these classes do not have a grading system.  A student does not have to participate in any of these classes to meet graduation requirements. These classes may have a fee.

Electives

Electives supercede Specials in that a student must take an elective class for graduation.  Therefore, these classes have a grading system. Some electives have fees.  Students will select one elective for the entire year.  Preference is given to 8th graders. Electives will be held on Mondays and Fridays from 2:35-3:25pm.

Non-Core Curriculum

Non-Core Curriculum classes along with Electives fulfill the unit requirements necessary for graduation.  Therefore, these classes have a grading system. These classes are not selected (i.e. Electives) nor are they optional (i.e. Specials).

Tiger Academics

These classes are intended to support academic excellence within the curriculum.  These classes should benefit the student with his/her learning. Depending on the assigned teacher, students may go to the library, have pull-out tutoring, work on a project, etc.  These classes do not have fees and will not have a grading system.  A student will have Tiger Academics at most one class per week.


Special Classes

Class: Guitar I

Eligibility: Available to any 6-8 grade student.  Priority is given to the oldest grade.

Description: This is a beginner class that learns how to play guitar.

Instructor: Kirby Kelley

Schedule: Thursday morning from 8:15-9:00am during PE.  If you select this class, you will not be able to participate in PE (on Thursdays), Orchestra or Band.

Cost: This class does not have a fee, but a guitar instrument is required. At this time the school does not have any arrangements with an independent company to rent guitars.

Class: Guitar II

Eligibility: Returning 7-8 grade students who enrolled in guitar last year or any student who can present proficient guitar skills.

Description: This class will continue guitar skills acquired in Guitar I.

Instructor: Kirby Kelley

Schedule: Wednesday afternoon from 2:30-3:15pm.  If you select this class, you will not be able to participate in Band or Orchestra.

Cost: This class does not have a fee, but a guitar instrument is required. At this time the school does not have any arrangements with an independent company to rent guitars.

Class: Orchestra

Eligibility: Available to any 6-8 grade student.

Description: This class will introduce or continue instruction in violin, viola, cello and/or bass.

Instructor: Suellen Davis

Schedule: This class will meet on Monday and Friday morning from 8:15-9:00am beginning September 4, 2014.  If you select this class, you will not be able to participate in Band, Guitar II or PE (on Mondays and Fridays). Cost: Orchestra does have a monthly fee of $70 (sibling discounts available).  An instrument is required. Rentals are available through an independent company.

Class: Band

Eligibility: Available to any 6-8 grade students.

Description:  This class will introduce woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.

Instructor: Larry Howeth

Schedule: This class meets on Wednesday afternoon from 2:30-3:15pm.  If you select this class, you will not be able to participate in Orchestra, Guitar or PE (Thursday).


Electives

TBA- Tiffany Adami

TBA- Eduardo Hernandez

TBA- Kelly Jackson

Theater – Teresa Colvin

Required Non-Core Curriculum

Required, non-core curriculum classes along with Electives fulfill the unit requirements necessary for accreditation.  These classes have a grading system. These classes are mandatory unless the student is placed in special instruction classes for core-curriculum.  While students must take these courses, the amount of instruction time required is considerably less than core curriculum classes

Spanish – Yona Aleman

Spanish instruction will be once a week with one additional lab class. Students will be enrolled in either Spanish Level I or Spanish Level II depending on their skill level. This class has a grading system. Spanish Level I/Level II does not receive high school credit.

PE – Leslie McGee

PE is every morning from 8:15-9:00am except on Wednesdays. Some students may opt out of some PE classes in order to take Specials or Spanish Lab.

Technology – Tiffany Adami

Technology is once a week for 45 minutes.