HMS Course Description Guide

6th Grade Courses

Sixth grade students must take the following courses:

  • ELA 6
  • Math 6 or Advanced Math 6
  • Science 6
  • Social Studies 6
  • Comp Lit 6
  • Physical Education (Choice of Individual or Group)
  • Health 6

Sixth grade students may choose one of the following elective courses:

  • Art Fundamentals (prerequisite to all other hands on art classes)
  • Arts Appreciation
  • 3D Art
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Choir (half or full year)
  • Beginning Band (the class will be specific to the instrument the instructor has chosen for them to learn)

Math 6 (Full year)
This course reinforces basic mathematical concepts and introduces new skills that are essential for all students. Concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students will need in order to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses are introduced and continually practiced. Problem solving strategies are also an integral part of the curriculum. Ratios and Proportions, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability are the five domains focused upon in 6th grade math.

Advanced Math 6 (Full year)
Prerequisite: A student's STAR math score, placement test score, and teacher recommendation are considered for placement in Advanced Math.

In 6th grade advanced mathematics, students will continue to expand upon skills learned the previous year. Ratios and Proportions, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Statistics and Probability, and Geometry are the five domains focused upon. Students will explore these domains through collaboration and hands on activities. Advanced math will work at an accelerated pace and will cover half of the 7th grade mathematics standards.

English Language Arts 6 (Full year)
The sixth grade English Language Arts course provides a balance of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. We focus on three main types of writing: argumentative, informational, and narrative. Students will progress through the writing process as they plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their own specific types of writing. The reading portion of the course teaches essential comprehension skills and strategies while students read closely and cite evidence from grade-level fiction and nonfiction to support an analysis of what the materials say. This includes learning about how authors try to influence readers and then find reasons to support their ideas. Students develop a rich vocabulary of complex and sophisticated words and use them to speak and write more precisely and coherently.

Social Studies 6 (Full year)
Sixth grade Social Studies will study the history, government, geography, economics, and people of several ancient civilizations and time periods. Students will study the impacts of these civilizations on their world today. Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Japan, Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages are some of the civilizations studied. This coursework will involve activities, writings, projects, quizzes, and assessments.

Science 6 (Full year)
Science 6 is a general science course covering Earth, Physical, Space and Life Science. Course work will involve hands-on experiments, STEM activities, quizzes, tests, journal writing, and unit culminating projects. The main emphasis of this course is to introduce students to a wide range of science vocabulary, concepts, skills, and activities that will instill a lifelong interest in science and meet standards for 6th grade science education.

Computer Literacy 6 (Semester)
Throughout the semester, students will learn how to use basic keyboarding skills with skill building and reinforcement activities. We will demonstrate keyboarding using correct technique and work to improve speed and accuracy. Keyboarding skills will be used alongside basic word processing and formatting skills using Google Apps (Google Applications in Education). Important topics such as Internet safety, copyright and plagiarism laws will be discussed. Also, throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects.

Physical Education
The middle school physical education program's purpose is primarily to equip students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to engaging in regular lifelong physical activity. The program has two primary focal points. The first is to equip students with levels of motor skill that enables safe, satisfying participation in lifelong activities. They will also acquire the language, and knowledge they need to participate successfully. The second focal point is to equip students with the knowledge and skills essential to monitoring and managing their own health-related levels of fitness. Students will engage in activities that will help them achieve and maintain healthy fitness capacities through their middle school years, learn how to be knowledgeable consumers of physical activity, and develop attitudes and behaviors that will assist in their ability to be contributors to their social constructs.

Health (Semester)

This course will cover areas in nutrition, physical health, mental health, and other health situations. Living a healthy lifestyle will be the primary focus.

Girls and Boys Group Physical Education (Semester)
Units that may be offered may include: Flag football, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Team Handball, Floor Hockey, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee. Students will also be monitored and tested in Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Testing.

Girls and Boys Individual Physical Education (Semester)
Units that may be offered may include: Badminton, Bowling, Table Tennis, Tennis, Pickleball, Walking, Aerobics/Dance, Track & Field, and Cornhole/Horseshoes/Washers. Students will also be monitored and tested in Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Testing.

Electives

Mixed Choir (Full year or Semester)
Students looking to join 6th grade chorus should have some interest in singing and learning how to better control their voice and read music. At the 6th grade level, students will learn the basics of choral music such as: reading two voice part songs, sight reading using solfege (do, re, mi, etc.), basic counting of rhythms, identifying note names, and how to be a valuable part of a vocal ensemble. The grade is primarily based on participation class along with some written work. Concerts (outside of the regular school day) are a required part of a student's grade for this course.

Beginning Band (Full year)
This is an introductory course in 6th and 7th grades for students who have had little to no instrumental music experience. Tone production, care and maintenance of the instrument, basic music theory, and proper practice technique are emphasized. Students will be required to show their ability and to properly demonstrate these characteristics. Concerts outside of the regular school day, regular practice, and class participation are required. Instruction is available on: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba. Students desiring to play percussion will begin on a mallet instrument, learn to read notes, and work their way through the other percussion instruments including: snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, etc.. Students must demonstrate proficiency on their instrument and maintain a passing grade to move on to Intermediate Band the next year. Band is a cumulative class, therefore practice is required and skills are built every day. For 7th graders to enroll in Beginning Band, band director consent is required.

Art Fundamentals (Semester) Prerequisite for Drawing, Painting, 3D, and Ceramics
Students will create art from observation, personal experience, and imagination. They will learn and use drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques to create original two- and three-dimensional artworks. There will be specific focus on the elements and principles of art, and how to use these to create realistic and abstract works of art. Students will learn to thoroughly develop a plan for an artwork they are going to create.They will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.

Arts Appreciation (semester)
Students will look at and study a variety of different art forms and cultures from around the world in this non-studio art class. Some possible areas of study could include; media art, video game design, photography, film, theater, music, dance, and multicultural celebrations. Students will recognize where these artforms can be viewed in public spaces and appreciate them through observation and experience.

Drawing (semester)
Drawing class builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. In drawing class we will use pencil, pen, charcoal, and pastel. The course is setup to take you through step by step, the process of drawing in many different styles from abstract to realism. We will develop an understanding of value, perspective, and proportion so that our artworks achieve a high level of quality. We will also view how drawings have been used throughout art history.

Painting (Semester)
Painting class builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. In painting class we will use tempra, watercolor and ink. We will study color theory in depth and how colors are made and perceived by others. Students will try a variety of different styles of paintings and learn about famous paintings and painters throughout history.

Ceramics (semester)
Ceramics builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. We will learn to hand build with pinch pots, coil pots, and slab building techniques. We will also throw on the pottery wheel at least once during the semester. Students will be able to take home two finished projects for free but will then need to pay for any additional projects they want to take home otherwise the projects will be recycled and the clay will be used for future projects. This prevents us from having a whole class lab fee.

3D Art (semester)
3-D Art builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. In this class we will primarily learn about form and three dimensional building techniques. We will work with paper mache, plaster, block printing, wire sculpture and fibers/weaving. Students will also study the use of sculpture in other cultures and famous sculptors throughout history.

7th Grade Courses

Seventh grade students must take the following courses:

ELA 7
Math 7
Science 7
Social Studies 7
Physical Education (Choice of Individual, Group, or Missouri Recreation PE)
Health 7
Computer Literacy 7

Seventh grade students may choose two of the following elective courses. One of the chosen courses must be from the Fine Art category. If you choose to take Band or a full year of choir, you only need to select that one course, not two.

Full year choices:
Intermediate Band*
Mixed Choir*
Jazz Band* (must audition)
Pirate Singers* (must audition)

Semester choices:
Ag Construction
Guitar*
Beginning Piano*
Family Relations
Cooking through Cultures
Arts Appreciation*
Ceramics*
Drawing*
Painting*
3D Art*
Intro to Ag

Required Courses

Science 7 (Full year)
Seventh Grade Science provides students opportunities to build an understanding of the science essentials that will enable them to function in and better understand their own lives and world, and continue on to more advanced courses. Students participate in hands-on investigations, collect and analyze data, problem-solve, utilize tools and technology, and engage in cooperative learning and discussion. The curriculum includes topics within: Engineering Design (Identifying Problems, and Developing and Refining Solutions) - embedded throughout the course; Matter and Its Interactions (Structure and Properties, and Chemical Reactions); Motion and Stability (Interactions of the Non-contact Forces of Electricity, Magnetism and Gravity); Energy (the Aspects and Mechanisms of Kinetic and Potential Energy, and Thermal Energy); Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer (Amplitude and Energy Models, Wave Reactions and Interactions); From Molecules to Organisms (Cellular Structure, Processes, Function and Levels of Organization, and Aspects of Organism Growth and Development).

English Language Arts 7 (Full year)
In ELA 7, the goal is to improve students' ability to read, write, listen, speak, view, think, research, and use technology. Within this class, we focus on many forms of literature, writing, speaking, and language skill acquisition. On a daily basis, we try to implement at least one of the focus words: analyze, predict, explain, describe, etc. A range of units are covered, including but not limited to, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, genres of writing, argumentative speaking, mechanics of writing, poetry, nonfiction, and creative writing. Students will utilize STAR Reading and Accelerated Reader.

Social Studies 7 (Full year)
Come with us as we travel around the world in 7th Grade World Studies. We will focus on world geography: US/Canada, Latin America, Europe/Russia, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and Oceania. In studying these regions, students will focus not only on the physical geography, but also on environment, places, people and culture as well as the relationship between people and the environment. There will be an emphasis on reading selections, writing responses, research and map skills.

Math 7 (Full year)
In 7th grade mathematics, you will continue to expand upon skills learned the previous year. Our areas of focus are ratios and proportional reasoning, the number system, expressions and equations, statistics, and geometry. You will explore these topics through collaboration and hands on activities as well as independent practice.

Advanced Math 7 (Full year)
Prerequisite:
A student's math STAR score, placement test score, and teacher recommendation are considered for placement in Advanced Math.
In 7th grade advanced mathematics, you will continue to expand upon skills learned the previous year. Our areas of focus are ratios and proportional reasoning, the number system, expressions and equations, statistics, and geometry. You will explore these topics through collaboration and hands on activities as well as independent practice. You will move through topics at an accelerated pace, therefore, you will also investigate eighth grade concepts.

Physical Education
The middle school physical education program's purpose is primarily to equip students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to engaging in regular lifelong physical activity. The program has two primary focal points. The first is to equip students with levels of motor skill that enables safe, satisfying participation in lifelong activities. They will also acquire the language, and knowledge they need to participate successfully. The second focal point is to equip students with the knowledge and skills essential to monitoring and managing their own health-related levels of fitness. Students will engage in activities that will help them achieve and maintain healthy fitness capacities through their middle school years, learn how to be knowledgeable consumers of physical activity, and develop attitudes and behaviors that will assist in their ability to be contributors to their social constructs.

Health (Semester)
This course will cover areas in nutrition, physical health, mental health, and other health situations. Living a healthy lifestyle will be the primary focus.

Girls and Boys Group Physical Education (Semester)
Units that may be offered may include: Flag football, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Team Handball, Floor Hockey, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee. Students will also be monitored and tested in Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Testing.

Girls and Boys Individual Physical Education (Semester)
Units that may be offered may include: Badminton, Bowling, Table Tennis, Tennis, Pickleball, Walking, Aerobics/Dance, Track & Field, and Cornhole/Horseshoes/Washers. Students will also be monitored and tested in Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Testing.

Missouri Recreation (Semester)

This physical education course is designed to expose students to different recreation type activities. Possible activities would include Archery, Hunter Safety, Hiking, Cornhole/Horseshoes/Washers, Badminton, Bowling, Frisbee Golf, Golf, Swimming instruction/Lessons/Water Safety. Students will also be monitored and tested in Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Testing. This course is for those students that enjoy the outdoors! There is a $10 fee to take this course to be paid at the beginning of the year.

Fine Art Electives

Intermediate Band (Full year)
This course is open to students who have passed Beginning Band with a respectable grade (at least a 'C') or better (or with band director consent), and have shown proficiency on their instrument, or for students needing to retake the course in hopes of progressing on to Advanced Band. Band is a performance class, students will be required, by testing, to show their ability to demonstrate good tone, understanding of scales, basic rhythm skills, and dedicated practice at home. Students will continue to learn ensemble performance skills for the concert band in preparation for possible membership in Advanced Band. Concerts outside of the regular school day are required, and there will be some other contest commitments on a Saturday in March and May. In order to participate in contests, students must maintain good grades in all of their classes, and be MSHSAA eligible.

Jazz Band (Full year)
This course is open, through AUDITION ONLY, to 7th and 8th grade students with proficiency on their instrument. Auditions are held in the Spring of the year for the following school year (traditionally, in April). Students must be enrolled and maintain at least a B average grade in Intermediate or Advanced Band (they must be able to keep up with 2 band classes). Instrumentation includes: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drumset/vibes, piano, and electric bass. There may also be an opening for guitar, however, students who play guitar must already read music to qualify for an audition. In the event that a piano and/or electric bass player cannot not be found from current band students, auditions may then be opened for students not enrolled in band, however, this is only by director consent. (Preference will always go to current band students). This course expands upon the concepts learned in concert band and also introduces students to styles and concepts from the Jazz and Big Band genres. Students are also introduced to improvisation and given the opportunity to solo on their instrument. In order to participate in contests, students must maintain good grades in all of their classes and be MSHSAA eligible (as per MSHSAA guidelines). Outside performances such as concerts and jazz festivals are required for the class.

Pirate Singers (Full year)
Pirate Singers is an auditioned mixed ensemble for 8th grade students. (7th grade students may audition based on teacher recommendation). Students will learn to sing with purity and clarity of vowels as well as learning to identify music symbols, keys and tonalities. Study in sight-singing, rhythm reading and the history of song will be included. A variety of SAB choral literature will be rehearsed and performed including units of show choir music skills.
NOTE: Students are accepted to the class through audition. Performances are required. Students must accept the performance as a necessary part of the class work and grade.

Mixed Choir (full year or semester)
Students looking to join Mixed Choir should have some interest in singing and learning how to better control their voice and read music. At the 7th & 8th grade level students will build upon the basics learned in 6th grade choir. Students will begin reading two voice part songs and progress to 3 part music, sight reading using solfege (do, re, mi, etc.), basic and more advanced counting of rhythms, identifying note names, and how to be a valuable part of a vocal ensemble. This is mainly a participation class along with some worksheets and quizzes. Concerts are a required part of a student's grade for this course.
NOTE: Performances are required. Students must accept the performance as a necessary part of the class work and grade.

Guitar (semester)
Students looking to take 8th grade guitar must be willing to learn to read music as well as how to play guitar from a traditional music standpoint. Guitar takes a lot of practice and some time will be allotted in class for personal practice but there is also required practice time outside of class. Students will learn: parts of the guitar, how to tune and maintain a guitar, read music and some tablature, playing single note melodies and some basic chords, songs out of a method book as well as duets, solos, etc. Guitar is a skill that can benefit students for years if students will take it seriously and learn the basics.

Beginning Piano (semester)
This is an introductory course for mostly 8th grade students who have had little to no music experience. Care and maintenance of the instrument (keyboard, stand, adaptor, etc.), basic music theory (note reading and rhythmic comprehension), and proper playing technique are emphasized. Students will be required to show their ability through playing various songs on the piano. Regular practice (each class), and class participation are required as part of the grade. This is a cumulative class, therefore practice is required and skills are built every day. Regular playing quizzes will help to determine the student's quarterly and semester grade. This class will explore music as a lifetime activity in the hope that the student will continue exploring the piano or other instruments after the conclusion of this course.

This course requires a $20 lab fee.

 

Art Fundamentals (Semester) Prerequisite for Drawing, Painting, 3D, and Ceramics
Students will create art from observation, personal experience, and imagination. They will learn and use drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques to create original two- and three-dimensional artworks. There will be specific focus on the elements and principles of art, and how to use these to create realistic and abstract works of art. Students will learn to thoroughly develop a plan for an artwork they are going to create.They will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.

Arts Appreciation (semester)
Students will look at and study a variety of different art forms and cultures from around the world in this non-studio art class. Some possible areas of study could include; media art, video game design, photography, film, theater, music, dance, and multicultural celebrations. Students will recognize where these artforms can be viewed in public spaces and appreciate them through observation and experience.

Drawing (semester)
Drawing class builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. In drawing class we will use pencil, pen, charcoal, and pastel. The course is setup to take you through step by step, the process of drawing in many different styles from abstract to realism. We will develop an understanding of value, perspective, and proportion so that our artworks achieve a high level of quality. We will also view how drawings have been used throughout art history.

Painting (Semester)
Painting class builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. In painting class we will use tempra, watercolor and ink. We will study color theory in depth and how colors are made and perceived by others. Students will try a variety of different styles of paintings and learn about famous paintings and painters throughout history.

Ceramics (semester)
Ceramics builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. We will learn to hand build with pinch pots, coil pots, and slab building techniques. We will also throw on the pottery wheel at least once during the semester. Students will be able to take home two finished projects for free but will then need to pay for any additional projects they want to take home otherwise the projects will be recycled and the clay will be used for future projects. This prevents us from having a whole class lab fee.

3D Art (semester)
3-D Art builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. In this class we will primarily learn about form and three dimensional building techniques. We will work with paper mache, plaster, block printing, wire sculpture and fibers/weaving. Students will also study the use of sculpture in other cultures and famous sculptors throughout history.

Practical Art Electives

Family Relations (semester)
Students in Family Relations build life skills focusing on balancing work and family life, investigating careers, making responsible consumer choices, making responsible financial decisions, and studying child development and parenting.

Cooking through Cultures (semester)
Students will be exposed to other cultures to expand their understanding of the world around them while learning to recognize not only the differences between cultures, but also the similarities. As students become more familiar with other cultures' traditions, they will develop a greater acceptance and social competence in our multi-cultural world. Food provides a natural way to explore other countries and cultures. After all, food is a major component of many cultural celebrations, holidays and gatherings all over the world. $20 fee to take this course.

Introduction to Agriculture (semester)
The class will consist of providing general information on agriculture and the industry. Students will learn information on topics such as: agriculture in America, animals in society, plants in our environment, products from agriculture, environment and resource conservation, pet care, lawn and equipment care, home environmental management, and safety.

Ag Construction (semester)
Students will work on multiple projects throughout the semester, created primarily from wood. Students will learn about safety, tools, shop organization and project construction. There will be demonstration and use of hand tools, small power tools, large power machines, and the safety requirements that goes with each of those tools. Each student will make or create several items that will be theirs to take home after completion. There is a $20 fee to take this course.

8th Grade Courses

Eighth grade students must take the following courses:

ELA 8
Math 8 or Algebra I
Literature
Science 8
American Studies (LEAP students will have this curriculum taught in their LEAP class)
Project Lead the Way
Physical Education (Choice of Individual, Group, Weight Lifting, or Missouri Recreation PE)

Eighth grade students may choose a total of 4 semesters out of the following elective courses, which means they could do any combination of the following (for example they could have 2 full year courses or they could have 4 semester courses). Students must take at least one semester Fine Art course. Fine Art courses are marked with an *.

Full year choices:
Advanced Band *
Jazz Band * (must audition)
Pirate Singers *(must audition)
Mixed Choir*
French I

Semester choices:
Ag Construction
Guitar*
Beginning Piano*
Piano II*
Family Relations
Cooking through Cultures
Drawing*
Painting*
3D Art*
Ceramics*
Arts Appreciation*
Intro to Ag
Library Skills
Office Skills
Service in Action

Required Courses

English Language Arts 8 (Full year)
In 8th grade English, our main focus will be getting you ready to enter the high school. To do that we will be emphasising work in all forms of communication, which include reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Together, we will have a great time reading novels such as Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann and Animal Farm by George Orwell. We will also polish your writing skills by composing original poetry, writing journalistic narratives, persuasive arguments, and literary analysis essays. Throw in some figurative language, short stories, a daily writing prompt, vocabulary, and parts of speech and we have more than enough to keep us busy! This class is graded on the Standards Based Grading system, meaning only tests and quizzes and essays will be assessed. Students will be allowed to test as many times as needed to master each standard, within guidelines. Mastery is considered a 3 and above on a 0-4 scale.

Math 8 (Full year)
This course will cover five different content strands, that will include multiple standards (The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability). This class is graded on the Standards Based Grading system, meaning only tests and quizzes will be calculated into the letter grade. Students will be allowed to test as many times as needed to master each standard, within guidelines. Mastery is considered a 3 and above on a 0-4 scale.

Algebra I (Full year)
Prerequisite:
A student's math STAR score, placement test score, and teacher recommendation are considered for placement in Algebra I.
This is a high school level mathematics course taught at the 8th grade level. Students will be expected to work at an advanced level to accomplish the goals of the class. The goal for this class is to have a student proficient enough to move on to Algebra II when entering high school. This class is graded based on the Standards Based Grading system, meaning only tests and quizzes will attribute to the letter grade of each student. Students are able to test as many times as needed, within guidelines. Although taking Algebra I your 8th grade year will not give you high school credit, it will allow you to take more advanced math classes at the high school level.

American Studies (Full year)
Students will use skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the United States and understand ideas and events that strengthened the union. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history in chronological sequence and learn about change and continuity in our history. They also will study documents and speeches that laid the foundation of American ideals and institutions and will examine the everyday life of people at different times in the country's history with primary and secondary sources.

Science 8 (Full year)
Science 8 is a general science course covering Earth, Physical and Life Sciences. The units of study we will cover are: Earth's History through Rock Layers, Natural and Artificial Selection, Natural Resource Distribution, Climate Change, Natural Disasters, Ecosystem Changed and Potential and Kinetic Energy. Coursework will involve hands-on experiments, activities, using interactive notebooks, quizzes, and tests. The main emphasis of this course is to introduce students to a wide range of science vocabulary, concepts, skills, and activities that will instill a lifelong interest in science and meet standards for 8th grade science education.

Literature (Semester)
8th Grade Literature is a new adventure in Reading this year. Plays! Short Stories! Novels! Journals and Diaries! Genres galore! Our class will be a half-block in length and will flip with the half-block of Math. Our time will be spent Reading both high-interest, teacher-chosen Literature, as well as books and stories chosen by the students based upon their own interests. Be prepared to Read, talk about what you Read, and write about what you Read every day!

Project Lead the Way (Full year)
During this course students will complete Medical Detectives. Students will play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a "crime scene." They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.

Physical Education
The middle school physical education program's purpose is primarily to equip students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to engaging in regular lifelong physical activity. The program has two primary focal points. The first is to equip students with levels of motor skill that enables safe, satisfying participation in lifelong activities. They will also acquire the language, and knowledge they need to participate successfully. The second focal point is to equip students with the knowledge and skills essential to monitoring and managing their own health-related levels of fitness. Students will engage in activities that will help them achieve and maintain healthy fitness capacities through their middle school years, learn how to be knowledgeable consumers of physical activity, and develop attitudes and behaviors that will assist in their ability to be contributors to their social constructs.

Girls and Boys Group Physical Education (Semester)
Units that may be offered may include: Flag football, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Team Handball, Floor Hockey, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee. Students will also be monitored and tested in Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Testing.

Girls and Boys Individual Physical Education (Semester)
Units that may be offered may include: Badminton, Bowling, Table Tennis, Tennis, Pickleball, Walking, Aerobics/Dance, Track & Field, and Cornhole/Horseshoes/Washers. Students will also be monitored and tested in Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Testing.

Missouri Recreation (Semester)
This physical education course is designed to expose students to different recreation type activities. Possible activities would include Archery, Hunter Safety, Hiking, Cornhole/Horseshoes/Washers, Badminton, Bowling, Bocce Ball, Frisbee Golf, Golf, Swimming/Water Safety, etc. Students will also be monitored and tested in Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Testing. This course is for those students that enjoy the outdoors! There is a $10 fee to take this course.

Weight Lifting and Physical Fitness (Semester)
The class is designed to expose students to proper weight training and physical fitness. Students will identify and demonstrate proper lifting techniques, spotting and weight room safety. The course is designed to challenge students in the areas of muscle fitness, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness and body composition. Students will be empowered to integrate these skills into their own personal health and wellness. Students will also be monitored and tested in Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Testing.

Fine Art Electives

Pirate Singers (Full year)
Pirate Singers is an auditioned mixed ensemble for 8th grade students. (7th grade students may audition based on teacher recommendation). Students will learn to sing with purity and clarity of vowels as well as learning to identify music symbols, keys and tonalities. Study in sight-singing, rhythm reading and the history of song will be included. A variety of SAB choral literature will be rehearsed and performed including units of show choir music skills.
NOTE: Students are accepted to the class through audition. Performances are required. Students must accept the performance as a necessary part of the class work and grade.

Advanced Band (Full year)
This course is open to students who have passed Intermediate Band with proficiency and a respectable grade (or by director consent). Students will continue to build upon the musical skills and concepts learned in Intermediate Band. Students will be tested over a wide variety of challenging technical etudes, scales (all majors and some minors), solos, ensembles, and band literature. Students will also advance their instrumental skills in ensemble performances in preparation for possible future membership in the high school band. Advanced Band requires concerts and events outside the school day and limited events with HS band (one marching band game, band day, graduation practices and performance.). Students must maintain good grades in all of their classes to be MSHSAA eligible (as per MSHSAA guidelines) to participate in contests we do in the Spring of the year.

Jazz Band (Full year)
This course is open, through AUDITION ONLY, to 7th and 8th grade students with proficiency on their instrument. Auditions are held in the Spring of the year for the following school year (traditionally, in April). Students must be enrolled and maintain at least a B average grade in Intermediate or Advanced Band (they must be able to keep up with 2 band classes). Instrumentation includes: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drumset/vibes, piano, and electric bass. There may also be an opening for guitar, however, students who play guitar must already read music to qualify for an audition. In the event that a piano and/or electric bass player cannot not be found from current band students, auditions may then be opened for students not enrolled in band, however, this is only by director consent. (Preference will always go to current band students). This course expands upon the concepts learned in concert band and also introduces students to styles and concepts from the Jazz and Big Band genres. Students are also introduced to improvisation and given the opportunity to solo on their instrument. In order to participate in contests, students must maintain good grades in all of their classes and be MSHSAA eligible (as per MSHSAA guidelines). Outside performances such as concerts and jazz festivals are required for the class.

Mixed Choir (full year or semester)
Students looking to join Chorus should have some interest in singing and learning how to better control their voice and read music. At the 7th & 8th grade level students will build upon the basics learned in 6th grade choir. Students will begin reading two voice part songs and progress to 3 part music, sight reading using solfege (do, re, mi, etc.), basic and more advanced counting of rhythms, identifying note names, and how to be a valuable part of a vocal ensemble. This is mainly a participation class along with some worksheets and quizzes.
NOTE: Performances are required. Students must accept the performances, which are outside of normal school hours, as a necessary part of the class work and grade.

Guitar (semester)
Students looking to take 8th grade guitar must be willing to learn to read music as well as how to play guitar from a traditional music standpoint. Guitar takes a lot of practice and some time will be allotted in class for personal practice but there is also required practice time outside of class. Students will learn: parts of the guitar, how to tune and maintain a guitar, read music and some tablature, playing single note melodies and some basic chords, songs out of a method book as well as duets, solos, etc. Guitar is a skill that can benefit students for years if students will take it seriously and learn the basics.

Beginning Piano (Semester)
This is an introductory course for mostly 8th grade students who have had little to no music experience. Care and maintenance of the instrument (keyboard, stand, adaptor, etc.), basic music theory (note reading and rhythmic comprehension), and proper playing technique are emphasized. Students will be required to show their ability through playing various songs on the piano. Regular practice (each class), and class participation are required as part of the grade. This is a cumulative class, therefore practice is required and skills are built every day. Regular playing quizzes will help to determine the student's quarterly and semester grade. This class will explore music as a lifetime activity in the hope that the student will continue exploring the piano or other instruments after the conclusion of this course. This course requires a $20 lab fee.

Beginning Piano 2 (semester)
This is a course for 8th grade students who previously took Beginning Piano. This course is designed for students who had success in their first semester of Piano and want to continue in the first book and move on to the 2nd book. Students must be able to read Treble and Bass clef notes with fluency. Correct fingerings, rhythms, and fluency of playing in tempo will be more the focus for this class. Students must have received high scores in piano 1 to be considered for Piano 2. Care and maintenance of the instrument (keyboard, stand, adaptor, etc.), basic music theory (note reading and rhythmic comprehension), and proper playing technique are emphasized. Students will be required to show their ability through playing various songs on the piano. Regular practice (each class), and class participation are required as part of the grade. This is a cumulative class, therefore practice is required and skills are built every day. Regular playing quizzes will help to determine the student's quarterly and semester grade. This class will explore music as a lifetime activity in the hope that the student will continue exploring the piano or other instruments after the conclusion of this course. This course requires a $20 lab fee to purchase the next book. Director consent is required for this course.

Art Fundamentals (Semester) Prerequisite for Drawing, Painting, 3D, and Ceramics
Students will create art from observation, personal experience, and imagination. They will learn and use drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques to create original two- and three-dimensional artworks. There will be specific focus on the elements and principles of art, and how to use these to create realistic and abstract works of art. Students will learn to thoroughly develop a plan for an artwork they are going to create.They will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.

Arts Appreciation (semester)
Students will look at and study a variety of different art forms and cultures from around the world in this non-studio art class. Some possible areas of study could include; media art, video game design, photography, film, theater, music, dance, and multicultural celebrations. Students will recognize where these artforms can be viewed in public spaces and appreciate them through observation and experience.

Drawing (semester)
Drawing class builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. In drawing class we will use pencil, pen, charcoal, and pastel. The course is setup to take you through step by step, the process of drawing in many different styles from abstract to realism. We will develop an understanding of value, perspective, and proportion so that our artworks achieve a high level of quality. We will also view how drawings have been used throughout art history.

Painting (Semester)
Painting class builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. In painting class we will use tempra, watercolor and ink. We will study color theory in depth and how colors are made and perceived by others. Students will try a variety of different styles of paintings and learn about famous paintings and painters throughout history.

Ceramics (semester)
Ceramics builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. We will learn to hand build with pinch pots, coil pots, and slab building techniques. We will also throw on the pottery wheel at least once during the semester. Students will be able to take home two finished projects for free but will then need to pay for any additional projects they want to take home otherwise the projects will be recycled and the clay will be used for future projects. This prevents us from having a whole class lab fee.

3D Art (semester)
3-D Art builds off the information learned in art fundamentals. In this class we will primarily learn about form and three dimensional building techniques. We will work with paper mache, plaster, block printing, wire sculpture and fibers/weaving. Students will also study the use of sculpture in other cultures and famous sculptors throughout history.

Practical Art Electives

French I (Full year)
Prerequisite:
Minimum of a C average in English for the previous 2nd semester and must score 800 or above on the reading STAR test.
French I serves as an introduction to the French language and culture. In the first year, students are introduced to oral language through interpersonal communication in the target language on topics directly related to them and their immediate environment (e.g. personal description, family, friends, and interests) with the emphasis on hearing and understanding spoken language. As their ability increases, students are given ample opportunity to produce language spontaneously and without coercion. Cultural literacy and competence are developed through embedded culture, just as grammatical and syntactical competence is developed through embedded grammar and syntax. Students are exposed to written language through reading short texts based on class discussion and storytelling.
NOTE: A grade of "C" or higher is recommended to continue from first to second semester, and passing grade is required to move on to French II at the high school. Students who successfully complete a foreign language in the 8th grade are eligible to take levels III, IV, and V as "weighted" classes at the high school and are also eligible to take levels IV and V as dual enrollment college classes.

Ag Construction (Semester)
Students will work on multiple projects throughout the semester, created primarily from wood. Students will learn about safety, tools, shop organization and project construction. There will be demonstration and use of hand tools, small power tools, large power machines, and the safety requirements that goes with each of those tools. Each student will make or create several items that will be theirs to take home after completion. There is a $20 fee to take this course.

Family Relations (semester)
Students in Family Relations build life skills focusing on balancing work and family life, investigating careers, making responsible consumer choices, making responsible financial decisions, and studying child development and parenting.

Cooking through Cultures (semester)
Students will be exposed to other cultures to expand their understanding of the world around them while learning to recognize not only the differences between cultures, but also the similarities. As students become more familiar with other cultures' traditions, they will develop a greater acceptance and social competence in our multi-cultural world.
Food provides a natural way to explore other countries and cultures. After all, food is a major component of many cultural celebrations, holidays and gatherings all over the world. $20 fee to take this course.

Introduction to Agriculture (semester)
The class will consist of providing general information on agriculture and the industry. Students will learn information on topics such as: agriculture in America, animals in society, plants in our environment, products from agriculture, environment and resource conservation, pet care, lawn and equipment care, home environmental management, and safety.

Library Skills (Semester)
Students working in the library are responsible for returning materials to the shelf as they are returned to the library. They must be familiar with the Dewey Decimal system and learn to accurately shelve books and magazines. They also run errands when necessary and help the library staff with a variety of tasks. The student workers must be polite and helpful to our students and teachers who are using the library resources. There are only 16 openings (2 each block). Because of limited space in this course, students are selected from the list of applicants based on the following: no grade lower than a C, 90% attendance, and no major discipline referrals.

Service in Action (Semester)
Students selecting this class will be assisting teachers in the instructional process by sharing their strengths with other students. It will mostly involve tutoring younger middle school students. Students must be willing to be of service to all those that need assistance. The course requires that students have patience, consideration, kindness and dependability as personality traits. Students will be assigned to specific teachers for the year.

Office Skills (Semester)
Students accepted into this course will be required to take messages to students and staff members, homework to and from IBS, pick up attendance reports and some filing. At times they may be asked to take messages to other buildings on campus. They will have some spare time to work on homework if not needed for other activities. Because of limited space in this course, students are selected from the list of applicants based on

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