MIDDLE SCHOOL: ELECTIVES

Curriculum for the Digital Generation

MIDDLE SCHOOL : ELECTIVES

Students enjoy a variety of electives that include Character Education, Criminology, and more. Many of these courses include career and technical education (CTE) components designed to introduce students to various CTE pathway(s). New electives are added on a continual basis.

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Gaming Unlocked

Spanish 7A

Spanish 7B

Spanish 8A

COURSE CATALOG

Gaming Unlocked

Games have been played for thousands of years. Man has loved to find ways to entertain himself. In this course, the student becomes the game master! Students will learn the basics of gaming: from what makes a game fun to what makes a game work.

Students will explore all types of games in this course, from mental games to board games to video games. The focus of the course is on developing a student’s ability to recognize good game play mechanics as well as the steps necessary to produce a game. This course will NOT require students to know or learn a programming language. The emphasis is on the history of games and the design of games, as well as learning about the different careers available in the game industry.
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Photography Basics

In Photography Basics, students will learn how to correctly explain the setup and proper use of basic photography equipment. Through projects and research activities embedded in the course, students will create and present a portfolio of work.

In addition, students will be able to describe professional habits, etiquette, and technology essential to creating a photograph. Students will not need access to photography equipment in order to take the course; opportunities to practice with digital simulations and theory will be present throughout the course. This course is designed for any beginner interested in learning about photography and what it could take to make a career out of their interest in this exciting, dynamic field of study. Photography Basics is designed for students in ninth grade or higher with no background in photography.
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Spanish 7A

In this introductory course, students will be introduced to the basics of the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Students will learn how to introduce themselves and others, talk about interests and hobbies, ask for directions, and more! In addition to learning the language, students will also learn about the cultures of some Spanish-speaking countries. They will learn about daily life in Mexico, the history of Spain, cultural traditions in Argentina, and more! Students will participate in discussion boards, speaking practice, a culture project, and a speaking project.
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Spanish 7B

In this course, students will continue gaining the skills needed for speaking and interpreting Spanish.

They will learn the language needed to discuss activities they might enjoy with friends, as well as vocabulary associated with restaurants, traveling, vacations, and much more. They will also start learning about Spanish, Argentinian, and Peruvian culture by exploring their histories, cultural products, and traditions. Students will participate in discussion boards, speaking practice, a culture project, and a speaking project.
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Spanish 8A

In this introductory course, students will continue with the basics of the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Students will learn how to discuss school subjects, various professions, and their daily routines. In addition to learning the language, students will also learn about the cultures of some Spanish-speaking countries. They will learn about the history, daily life, and cultural products of Venezuela and Chile. Students will participate in discussion boards, speaking practice, a culture project, and a speaking project.
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Spanish 8B

In this introductory course, students will continue with the basics of the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Students will learn how to discuss illness and injuries, shopping, and money. In addition to learning the language, students will also learn about the cultures of some Spanish-speaking countries. They will learn about the history, daily life, and cultural products of Ecuador, Guatemala, and Cuba. Students will participate in discussion boards, speaking practice, a culture project, and a speaking project.
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Computer Basics

This course will help students learn the basics of computer operations.

They work with the basic software programs, word processing, spread sheets and presentations. Students also have the opportunity to improve their keyboard speed and accuracy.
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Character Education

In this course, students learn about the main character traits, which are truthfulness, trustworthiness, responsibility, diligence, integrity, respect, caring, and fairness.

They analyze and interpret specific situations that demonstrate these traits. Then, in the next part of the course, students discover how to define and recognize bullying and cyberbullying, and they learn how they negatively impact everyone involved. Students develop a bullying prevention mindset by learning safe and appropriate strategies to respond to bullying situations. Finally, as a member of their neighborhood, their city, and their country, students learn about good citizenship by describing the rights, duties, and privileges included in it.
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Middle School Health

This course provides an overview of how behavior affects health.

The broad range of topics include nutrition and physical activity; growth, development, and sexual health; injury and safety prevention; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; mental, emotional, and social health; and personal and community health. Students will explore how the choices they make about their bodies affect both their present and future. They will also be given the tools to make informed decisions to better their health.
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