Middle School Electives

 

Elective Course Descriptions 2012-2013


Grade Level: 7-8
Course: Film, Art & Design
Duration: Yearlong Elective
Teacher: Mrs. Leyva
Email: rleyva@lvcs.org
Description:  The film, art and design elective combines a studio art experience with art history and provides many unique opportunities for 7th & 8th grade students to use experiential learning. Elements (Line, Form, Color, Value, Texture) and Principles (Balance, Rhythm, Variety, Harmony, Emphasis) of Design are the building blocks of student projects. Critical thinking and the development of aesthetic reasoning in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and constructing designs in 3-D is encouraged. The 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 2 homework assignments: film review, photograph, &

There are reminders to parents which will require a signature and other notes to bring in specific supplies by the due date.



  1. There will be 1 quiz per grading period.
  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 and any requested materials for current projects.
Fees: In order to maintain a comprehensive program, a suggested donation of $20.00 per student is being requested. Please consider making this donation at the start of the school year.  In lieu of a $20.00 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.






Grade Level: 7-8
Course:  The World Around You
Duration:  yearlong
Teacher:  Winter
Email:  jwinter@lvcs.org
Description:
Do you wonder what life is like outside of school?  Are you curious and creative?  Do you enjoy art and music?  Going to the movies?  Have you ever thought about how money makes the world go round?  What about running a business?  If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this class will provide you the opportunity to explore the world in which you live.  
Through a combination of curricula snap shots, students will be exposed to a wide variety of the arts and sciences—including business and economics, humanities, journalism, and scientific discovery.  This class gives students opportunities through hands on activities that require higher order thinking to explore the world they live in.  
Anticipated Work Load:
Students will demonstrate their newly gained knowledge through daily assignments, journals, and projects that utilize their research and speaking skills.  Throughout the week, students can expect written and/or creative assignments that require work both in and out of class.  Assessments will include vocabulary quizzes, unit tests and projects.   Additionally, students will be asked to commit to volunteering after school for two days in a trimester to assist in the real world development of the class.  Students will need access to a computer and internet capabilities after school hours and they will need dedicated thumb drive for this class.  
Daily Materials:  1"binder w/dividers dedicated to this elective
Prerequisite: None
Requested Donation:  $10 donation for simulation materials






Grade Level: 7-8
Course:  Yearbook/Journalism
Duration:  yearlong
Teacher:  Winter
Email: jwinter@lvcs.org
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.    
Prerequisite: 2 Teacher Recommendations—1 must be from an LVCS core teacher (math/science or ELA/SS).




 


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Grade Level: 7-8
Course:  Advanced Technology:  Video Journalism and Web Design
Duration:  yearlong
Teacher:  Fitts
Email:  mfitts@lvcs.org
Description:
In this class, you will keep LVCS informed with school news, events and entertainment using two digital medias – broadcast video and the web.   While working on the video team you will produce a weekly five-minute news program that will be broadcast to the entire school.  The program will feature school news and events, interviews and video shorts.  While working on the web team, you will design and maintain our middle school website.  You will write news stories and profiles, take digital photographs, and create web entertainment including games and animation.  Students will rotate through both teams and between various “jobs” during the course.
Daily Materials:  Pencil, binder paper, USB drive
Prerequisite: None






Grade Level: 6
Course:  Life Skills
Duration:  Semester
Teacher: Smith
Email: hsmith@lvcs.org
Description:  The Life Skills class is designed to enhance student success at the middle school. Student success is defined as meeting standards and achieving personal satisfaction in both the academic and interpersonal realms. The course focuses on developing positive peer relationships as well as how to take care of oneself (nutrition, healthy living). Some Examples of specific study skills include organization, recording assignments properly, time management, test taking skills, etc.
Daily Materials:  Pen/Pencil, Notebook, LVCS Planner
Prerequisite:   None





Grade Level: 6
Course: 6th Grade Visual Art
Duration: Semester (half-year)
Teacher: Mrs. Leyva
Email: rleyva@lvcs.org
Description:  The 6th grade art elective uses the Visual and Performing Art Standards to develop lessons with emphasis in the following content areas:



Ancient civilizations – Students will complete art history based art projects using a variety of media

Aesthetic Valuing: Students learn about the elements and principles of art and use art vocabulary to evaluate art.

Art in culture: individualism, community, symbolism & utility.

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 1 graded homework assignment. Students will need to take a photograph based on the guidelines discussed in class.
  3. There will be mini quizzes.
  4. Suggestions for a class trip will be discussed.

Daily materials: Be prepared daily with a clear case (zip lock bag is fine) with your first and last name written in permanent marker containing: pencils and pink erasers, scissors, colored pencils, black sharpie marker, fine point black ball point pens (3).
Prerequisite: none
Fees: In order to maintain a comprehensive program, a suggested donation of $15.00 per student is being requested. Please consider making this donation at the start of the school year.  In lieu of a $15.00 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.






Grade Level: 6,7,8
Course: Choir
Duration: Year Long
Teacher: Mr. Asa Stern
Email: astern@lvcs.org
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.




 


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Grade Level: 6,7,8
Course: Beginning Orchestra
Duration: Year Long
Teacher: Mr. Asa Stern
Email: astern@lvcs.org
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
Teacher: Mr. Asa Stern
Email: astern@lvcs.org
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
Teacher: Mr. Asa Stern
Email: astern@lvcs.org
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.











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Grade Level: 6,7,8
Course: Advanced Band
Duration: Year Long
Teacher: Mr. Asa Stern
Email: astern@lvcs.org
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:  7
Course:  Spanish 1A
Duration:  Year long
Teacher: Lemoine
Email: alemoine@lvcs.org
Description:  This course will give students their first introduction to grammar, vocabulary and culture.  They will learn basic reading, writing and pronunciation skills. This course will transition the students into Spanish 1B in eighth grade.
Anticipated Workload:   Students should expect nightly homework of approximately 15 minutes, 3-5 projects throughout year and nightly vocabulary practice.
Daily Materials:  Journals and workbooks
Prerequisite:   None






Grade Level:  8
Course:  Spanish 1B
Duration:  Year long
Teacher: Lemoine
Email: alemoine@lvcs.org
Description:  This course is a continuation of Spanish 1A. This course will help students develop listening, comprehension, reading, writing and pronunciation skills. They will also gain an appreciation and understanding for culture and geography. Successful completion of this course will transfer the students to High School Level Spanish II (2nd year level) in the ninth grade.
Anticipated Workload:   Students should expect nightly homework of approximately 15 minutes, 3-5 projects throughout year and nightly vocabulary practice.
Daily Materials:  Journals and workbooks
Prerequisite:  7th grade 1A






Grade Level:  8
Course:  Teacher Assistant
Duration:  Year long
Teacher:  TBD
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.











(Math Course Prerequisites on next page)



Requirements to be in Advanced Math Courses


 

To be in 6th grade Pre-algebra:
 
***This is skipping a year of math***
 
1) Achieve A’s in 5th grade math for all 3 trimesters
2) Receive all 4’s in 5th grade math for all 3 trimesters
3) Score 80% or higher per section on LVCS placement test
 
To advance from Pre-algebra to Algebra:
 
1) Achieve an average of 80% or higher for the 3 trimesters in pre-algebra
2) Pass pre-algebra final with an 80% or higher
3) 80% or higher HW completion percentage for all 3 trimesters in pre-algebra
 
To advance from Algebra to Geometry:
 
1) Achieve an average of 80% or higher for the 3 trimesters in algebra
2) Pass algebra final with an 80% or higher
3) 80% or higher HW completion percentage for all 3 trimesters in algebra
 
New students entering LVCS:
 
• To enter Pre-algebra:
Must pass the 5th grade placement test with 80% or higher on each section
• To enter Algebra:
Must pass the pre-algebra final with 80% or higher
• To enter Geometry:
Must pass the algebra final with 80% or higher