Elective Courses

SIXTH GRADE
BAND 6

Designed for students with no previous instrumental or musical knowledge, the
sixth grade band curriculum emphasizes fundamental skills in music theory, reading
music, tone production, and proper techniques for performance. In addition, students
learn about different styles of music, performance, etiquette, and teamwork.

CHORUS 6
The Chorus 6 class is designed for students to learn basic note reading including
note name and note value, basic singing techniques including posture, breathing, vowels
and consonants in singing, and correct choral behavior.

RELATED SKILLS 6
The purpose of the program is to extend, expand, and enrich concepts and skills
that support the SOL. Students will rotate through a series of mini courses to work on
skills in math, art, English, and agriscience.

SOL ENRICHMENT 6
The purpose of the class is to provide enrichment in the SOL area of mathematics.

SEVENTH GRADE
BAND 7
Designed for students who have had previous instrumental training, the seventh
grade band curriculum continues to focus on the development of music fundamentals and
instrumental proficiency as students receive basic ensemble training.

CHORUS 7
In the Chorus 7 class students will be taught basic singing techniques, be exposed
to music theory and music history, and explore different composers and their styles.

EXPLORATORY 7
In the Exploratory program, students rotate through a series of offerings to explore
a variety of topics. These topics include drama, art, agriscience, computer skills.

EIGHTH GRADE
BAND 8
The primary emphasis of the eighth grade program is ensemble playing. Designed
for students with several years of previous instrumental training, the eighth grade band
curriculum also continues to focus on the refinement of music fundamentals and
instrumental proficiency.

CHORUS 8
In the Chorus 8 class students will be taught in-depth singing techniques, sight
singing, and choral ensemble behavior and responsibility. Standard repertoire
composers and styles through music history will be studied. Representative works from
each style will be performed.

ELECTIVES

Semester-long electives enable students to explore a variety of topics, including
technology systems and computer skills. Additionally, students have an opportunity to
explore several types of courses, such as art and agriscience, which will be offered as
electives at the high school.

ENRICHMENT 8
The purpose of the class is to provide enrichment in the SOL area of mathematics.

*AGRISCIENCE 1
                  Students learn fundamental agricultural competencies needed for rural or urban living. Areas of instruction include meat grading and selection; plant and animal science; and the basic introduction to plumbing, and electrical wiring. Students will also learn basic carpentry fundamentals, completing individual woodworking projects. The course emphasizes leadership development activities and participation in FFA activities.

*ART 1
Art I is an introductory art course designed to foster understanding, enjoyment, and use of art in everyday living. Emphasis is placed on the elements of art and the principles of design using various art techniques and materials to create two-dimensional and three- dimensional art works. Students will engage in drawing, painting, crafts, sculpture, and/or graphic arts to express ideas and create images. They will prepare and display their artwork as part of the artistic process.

*BASIC TECHNICAL DRAWING

In this course, designed for students with a sound knowledge of math, students
experience the basic language of industry and technology. They gain skills and
understanding of the broad scope of mechanical drawing and drafting. The course is
highly recommended for students who plan to study engineering, architecture,
landscaping, or industrial technology in the future. An introduction to Computer Aided
Design (CAD) is included in the course.

*COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
This course is designed for secondary students to develop and enhance touch
skills for entering alphabetic, numeric, and symbol information on a keyboard. Students
will develop the correct keyboarding techniques and gain a basic knowledge of word
processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphic applications. Students will demonstrate
an understanding of computer concepts through applications of knowledge.

*FRENCH I
French I is an introduction to the basic elements of spoken and written French and
to the cultures in which French is spoken. For each language skill area, students learn to
use accurate and culturally appropriate vocabulary and structures.

*SPANISH I
Spanish I is an introduction to the basic elements of spoken and written Spanish
and to the cultures in which Spanish is spoken. For each language skill area, students
learn to use accurate and culturally appropriate vocabulary and structures.

*LATIN I (online)
Latin I introduces students to the Latin language and Roman culture. Areas of
study are Latin grammar, Roman history, and Greek and Roman mythology. Students
learn to relate present day language and customs to those developed and used in
ancient Rome.

*Courses offered for High School credit.