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ELECTIVES

COURSE

TEACHER

DESCRIPTION

Art

Hendon
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. Students will explore a variety of materials, media, subjects and techniques.  This class is   designed to be an introduction to the use of the elements of art and principles of design for creating art. Students will learn about artists, their masterpieces and biographies. Talented Art students may not take this class. This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements. Course fee $10.

Band

Lyons
Beginning Band
Open to any student with no prior instruction. Learn a brass, percussion or woodwind instrument. Primary focus is on learning how to read music and playing skills. There is a possible performance opportunity in the spring concert. Course fee: $10.
Intermediate Band
Open to all students who have had one or two years of band instruction.  Primary focus is on improving reading and playing skills.  Students are expected to participate in various performances throughout the year including, but not limited to, home football games, homecoming parade, winter concert, adjudicated concert festivals and spring concert.  Course fee: $35.
Band I
Open to all 8th grade students with two years or more band instruction, director recommendation and approval needed.  Students are expected to participate in various performances throughout the year including, but not limited to, home football games, homecoming parade, winter concert, adjudicated concert festivals and spring concert.  This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements. Course fee: $35.

Broadcast

Chacon
Broadcast I
This is an introductory course for students interest in being part of the WMJH broadcast team. Students will learn about media journalism, interviewing, script writing, production software, photography, and videography. Students will work on pictures and information slides to be shown in the school's media displays and on features to be aired in the school's broadcasts.
Broadcast II
This class is designed for students who have completed Broadcast I or who have advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of broadcast journalism. Students will be responsible for producing and airing the school's weekly broadcasts.

Chorus


Martin
Introduction to Chorus
Open to both 7th and 8th grade students; no auditions required. The choir participates in local and national choir festivals and performs 8 to 10 concerts a year. Some after school rehearsals are required. Students are expected to participate in all choir events. Choir helps to build organizational skills, social skills and student's self-esteem. This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements.

Family and
Consumer Services

Laughry
Introduction to Family and Consumer Services
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. This course is composed of units consisting of food & nutrition, food preparatory labs, personal development, social etiquette, careers in family & consumer science, housing, hand sewing, clothing, machine sewing and consumer education. The course is taught in classroom/lab setting. Students are required to purchase fabric and polyester filler for the sewing project. Course fee: $5.
Family and Consumer Services I
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. This course is composed of units consisting of food & nutrition, food preparatory labs, personal development, social etiquette, careers in family & consumer science, housing, hand sewing, clothing, machine sewing and consumer education. The course is taught in a classroom/lab setting. Students are required to purchase fabric and polyester filer for the sewing project. This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements. Course fee: $5.

French

Zollinger
Exploratory French
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. Students will focus on verbal expression and receptive language skills. During the second half of the year, French students begin with an introduction to French grammar. Activities include dialogues, skits and hangs on learner-centered projects. Culture and history are also integrated into learning activities.
French I
Open to 7th and 8th graders. This course is a challenging academic course that follows the high school curriculum and requires daily preparation. This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements.

Gateway to
Technology (GTT)

Martinez
GTT
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. Gateway to Technology offers a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum for middle school students based on national standards. Students receive career readiness and real world, hands-on learning experiences through the use of CAD software, robotics, and other vital introductory engineering skills. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are essential as students create ideas in a collaborative and cooperative way. Students must complete and application for GTT to be eligible for the class.
GTT II
Open to student who have completed GTT I or equivalent. Students must complete an application for GTT to be eligible for the class.

Guitar

Lyons
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. Open to any student who is a beginner on guitar and wishes to learn to read and play music. Students must have your own acoustic guitar. Enrollment is limited.

Journey to Careers

Gremillon
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. Students enrolled in this course will participate in career exploration activities, access and utilize different types of career information, recognize the variety of post-secondary options available. This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements.

Keyboarding and Keyboarding Apps

Waguespack
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. This computer based class is designed to teach students basic computer application skills. This includes trouble shooting, installing software and hardware. Students will learn how to create and format various documents. They will work with software such as video editing, keyboarding, Power Point, Excel, Word, and Publisher. This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements.

Keyboarding

Martin
Keyboard (Level I / Beginners)
Open to both 7th ad 8th grade students. Students should have little or no piano experience to enter this class. Head phones are required. there are two concerts (winter and spring) performed each year. Students learn musical knowledge through music reading and playing. Hand techniques are also taught. Electric piano keyboards are provided by the Music Department for the students.
Keyboard (Level II / Advanced)
Open to students who have completed Level I or equivalent course. Students must read musical notes and symbols. There are two concerts (winter and spring) performed each year. Head phones are required. Students learn to play technique - musical knowledge of scales, theory, style and all elements of music. This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements.

Spanish

Haddad
Pichon
Exploratory Spanish
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. Students will focus on verbal expression and receptive language skills. During the second half of the year, Spanish students will begin with an introduction to Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Activities include dialogues, skits, and hands on learner-centered projects. Culture and history are also integrated into learning activities. Buenos Dias!
Spanish I
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. This course is a challenging academic course that follows the high school curriculum and requires daily preparation. This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements.

Study Skills

Fonseca
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. This course is designed for students having difficulties managing coursework or completing assignments. This course includes study skills development, academic coursework, paperwork management, assignment completion, literacy development across the curriculum, and word processing skills. Individual needs are addressed.

Test Prep

Martinez
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. Test Prep elective is a class where lessons are designed to target specific skills found on the standardized tests. In this class, the students learn the basic skills in both language arts and math. Testing strategies and practice tests are given to better prepare the students for state tests.

World Geography

Scalia
Open to 7th and 8th grade students. This course is a challenging academic course that follows the high school curriculum and requires daily preparation. This course is offered for 1 Carnegie Unit for high school credit and has attendance requirements.


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