Middle School Electives

 

Middle School Elective Options

Grade Level: 7-8

Course:  DragonNews / Advanced Technology

Duration:  Yearlong

Description:

In this class, you will keep LVCS informed with school news, events and entertainment.   While working as part of the DragonNews team you will produce a weekly five-minute news program that will be broadcast to the entire school.  The newscast will feature school news and events, interviews, commercials and video shorts.  The class will also explore computer programming including HTML.

Daily Materials:  Pencil, binder paper, USB drive

Prerequisite: None

 

 


 

 

Grade Level: Grade 6 ,7, 8

Course: Film, Art and Drama

Duration: Yearlong Elective

Description:  This elective combines a studio art experience with film appreciation and provides many unique opportunities for 7th & 8th grade students to use experiential learning. The lessons reinforce  creativity and making, with focus on process.   Critical thinking and the development of aesthetic reasoning in the areas of   constructing designs in 3-D & 2-D are encouraged. Film appreciation includes watching a variety of genre samples and learning about history of film.  Film projects include making a commercial, script and storyboard creation, Vine theater event and other film opportunities. Some of the film projects are optional and others will be mandatory.

Anticipated workload:

  1. Each area of study has an exemplary project. The project is completed in class. A grading rubric is available for each project.

  2. There will be minor homework assignments but all art projects and film projects will be completed at school. Students are not required to make films off campus.

  1. Project outcomes function as assessments.

  2. Suggestions for a class trip to the Bankhead and to a museum will be discussed later in the year.

Daily materials: Students will need to be prepared with a pencil and eraser.

Requested Donation: In order to maintain a comprehensive program, a suggested donation of $25.00 per student is being requested. Please consider making this donation at the start of the school year.  In lieu of a $25.00 donation it would be much appreciated if you could contribute some of the following items: zip lock bags, disposable plastic gloves, disposable masks, plastic wrap, wax paper, aluminum foil, masking tape, paint, canvas, plywood, mini glue sticks, spray paint or other craft items.

Please give us your: clean cardboard, foam core board or used display boards, small plastic containers, usable paint brushes, old pop-up tables, hard suitcases to the art room.

 


 

Grade Level: Grade 6 ,7, 8

Course:  Art Making & Designing 

Duration: Yearlong Elective

Description: This is a yearlong visual art class (no film). Students will learn to use elements of art and principles of design to create works of 2-D & 3-D art using a variety of mediums including:  mixed media, painting, sculpture, textiles & crafts. Students will have opportunities to display art work in public shows and work with the community. Portions of class will focus on an art history timeline. Students will produce a portfolio of work.

Anticipated workload:

  1. Each area of study has an exemplary project. The project is completed in class. A grading rubric is available for each project.

  2. There will be minor homework assignments.

  1. Project outcomes function as assessments.

  2. Suggestions for a class trip to the Bankhead and to a museum will be discussed later in the year.

Daily materials: Students will need to be prepared with a pencil and eraser.

Requested Donation: In order to maintain a comprehensive program, a suggested donation of $25.00 per student is being requested. Please consider making this donation at the start of the school year.  In lieu of a $25.00 donation it would be much appreciated if you could contribute some of the following items: zip lock bags, disposable plastic gloves, disposable masks, plastic wrap, wax paper, aluminum foil, masking tape, paint, canvas, plywood, mini glue sticks, spray paint or other craft items.

Please give us your: clean cardboard, foam core board or used display boards, small plastic containers, usable paint brushes, old pop-up tables, hard suitcases to the art room.

 


 

 

Grade Level: 7-8

Course:  Yearbook/Journalism

Duration:  Yearlong

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.    

 


 

 

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Course:  Design and Engineering

Duration:  yearlong

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

 

 


 

 

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Course: Choir

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.

 


 

 

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Course: Beginning Orchestra

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 20 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 students who want to learn to play violin, viola, cello, or string bass. No experience required.

Requested Donation: $25.00

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

 


 

 

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Course: Advanced Orchestra

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.

 


 

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Course: Beginning Band

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.

 


 

 

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Course: Advanced Band

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.

 


 

Grade Level:  8

Course:  Teacher Assistant

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

Prerequisite:  Must have a teacher recommendation signature on the elective request sheet.

 


 

 

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Course:  Odyssey Of The Mind

Duration:  Yearlong

Description:

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

Daily Materials:  Pencil, binder paper, your creativity and teamwork.

Prerequisite: None


 

 

 

Grade Level: 7

Course:  Spanish 1A

Duration:  Yearlong

Description:

 
This elective course, the first in a two-part sequence, provides students with the necessary foundation for the continued study of Spanish through Level I. It presents basic structure and grammar of the Spanish language and encourages conversation with the introduction of basic vocabulary. Cultural activities introduce the student to the customs and geography of the Spanish speaking countries. This class is a prerequisite for Spanish 1B. A grade of C or higher, or written recommendation by the Spanish teacher is a prerequisite for Spanish IB.
 

Daily Materials:  Pencil, binder paper, your creativity and teamwork.

Prerequisite: None

 

 

 

Grade Level: 8

Course:  Spanish 1B

Duration:  Yearlong

Description:

 
This elective course continues to present 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 completes the two-part sequence of Level I at the Middle School and prepares the student for 
success in Level II at the High School.
 

Daily Materials:  Pencil, binder paper, your creativity and teamwork.

Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in Spanish 1A, or written recommendation by the Spanish teacher.

 

 

 

 

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Course:  Online Spanish - Zero Period

Duration:  Yearlong

Description:

 
Zero Period:  Online Spanish 1A & 1B:  The 1A and 1B courses are grounded in the development and integration of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are introduced to vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure and culture through explicit instruction, guided learning and adaptive pacing. Opportunities to apply language in common situations along with highly interactive activities are designed to reinforce skills in differing contexts and build foundational language knowledge. The use of authentic materials helps build student confidence and comfort in the target language. A full year of courses consists of 18 units at the middle school level with five lessons in each unit. The online course is accredited and upon passing the course will count for high school credit. * Zero period is tentatively scheduled for daily 7:15 - 7:55AM
 

Daily Materials:  Pencil, binder paper, your creativity and teamwork.

Prerequisite: None