Course Guide: Electives & Exploratory - Middle School

Electives & Exploratory - Middle School

Courses will be available based on staff availability & student interest
    Grade    
Course Code 6 7 8 Length Description
Art 6 EL9103 X     Semester Use the element of art and the principles of design. Investigate a variety of experiences and concepts. Explore two and three-dimensional art using a variety of expressive and technical approaches.
Beginning
Band 6
MU9230 X     Full Year With guidance from instructors, students will select and begin instruction on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. No experience is necessary. Musical topics are introduced such as reading, music notation, analyzing and evaluating music, as well as composing and improvising simple melodies. The students will present two concerts and perform at VBODA Concert Assessment.
Beginning Orchestra MU9230S X X   Full Year With guidance from instructors, students will select and begin instruction on an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass). Musical topics are introduced such as reading, music notation, analyzing and evaluating music, as well as composing and improvising simple melodies. The students will present two concerts and perform at VBODA Concert Assessment.
Chorus 6 MU9269 X     Full Year Learn the basics of choral singing and progress into singing in parts using a variety of music. Explore a wide variety of musical styles (jazz to classical, pop). One performance per nine weeks. Mandatory rehearsals and performances after school. Fee Required.
Music Technology/
Piano Lab 6
EL5124 X     Semester Students will use a Piano Lab. Read and notate music using music notation software, perform music as an ensemble as well as solos, and creative thinking and musicality through the use of online recording studio software.
Computer Technology 6 EL60121 X     Semester Provide an overview of computer applications as a system. Use a variety of applications including word processing, spreadsheet, organization, presentation, web design, digital photography, and photo editing. Beginner and mid-level functions are incorporated into assignments. Conduct research using the Internet as a tool and completing a beginner level web quest. Review basic keyboarding with 1-2 typing assessments.
World Languages Exploratory EL5700 X     Semester Study of world languages and culture. Introduced to language and culture through simple conversations, dialogues, songs, and games. Focus on the cultures of countries around the world. Learn the basic elements of language. Provides a brief overview of the language and cultural traditions.
             
Agriscience 7 EL8003   X   Semester Introduce students to basic plant and animal science topics. Explore conservation of natural resources and forestry. Gain a basic knowledge of woodworking skills including safety, tool identification. Develop leadership skills through the study of the FFA organization, and participate in the PMS FFA chapter.
Art 7 EL9106   X   Semester Incorporates design elements in all projects. Focus on drawing and realistic representation. Study of Art History – American.
Chorus 7 MU9270   X   Full Year Focus on singing music in three or more parts. Study multiple genres of music. Participate in daily music theory exercises designed to understand beginning to intermediate level choral arrangements. Perform basic choreography for one or two songs. Perform in three concerts and one District Choral Event. Fee Required.
Concert
Band 7
MU9231   X   Full Year Students will learn in a large instrumental ensemble setting appropriate to their skill level while expanding their skills and knowledge. Instruction offers continued focus on the refinement of tone quality, technique, aural skills, and music literacy. Students will perform varied literature, create their own music, and study music from various genres including classical, jazz, and commercial music from film and video games.
Intermediate
Concert Orchestra
MU9231S   X X Full Year Students will learn in a large instrumental ensemble setting appropriate to their skill level, while expanding their skills and knowledge. Continued focus on the refinement of tone quality, technique, aural skills, and music literacy. Perform varied literature, create their own music, and study music from various genres including classical, jazz, and commercial music from film and video games.
Intro to Digital Design EL6160   X   Semester Explore a variety of programs while creating publications and multimedia presentations that will introduce the principles for layout and design. Explore entry-level technical skills using a variety of technology, to include digital and video cameras. Create a web-based portfolio of publications, animations, and video products created throughout the semester. 
STEM Exploratory: Project Lead The Way EL8464   X   Semester Acquire a foundation through Design and Modeling. Discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation. Work with software applications to design and fabricate 3-D replicas. Discover an understanding to solve medical mysteries and learn how the systems of the human body work together.
Music Creation
Studio 7
EL5123   X   Semester Create, compose and explore music sequencing through music production software. Emphasis on layering tracks, producing and designing original work
Intro to Coding     X   Semester Use graphic design software to create original characters for games; visual and text (Python) programming languages to create short programs, drawings, and control Finch robots; and problem-solving and critical thinking techniques to successfully create a functioning program.
Exploring French EL5100   X X Semester Acquire skills in comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing French. Acquire knowledge of the vocabulary and the structure of the French language while participating in activities related to the daily life of the Francophone people.
Exploring Spanish EL5500   X X Semester Acquire skills in comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Learn the basic vocabulary needed for everyday situations. Explore the geography, customs, and traditions of Spain and Hispanic America.
French 1 WL5110   X X Full Year 1 high school credit. See course description in World Languages. 7th graders must be enrolled in Advanced English.
Spanish 1 WL5510   X X Full Year 1 high school credit. See course description in World Languages. 7th graders must be enrolled in Advanced English.
Band 8 MU9233     X Full Year Students will learn in a large instrumental ensemble setting, perform advanced middle school band literature, create their own music, participate in self-directed student-led projects, and study music from various genres including classical, jazz, and commercial music from film and video games. Students are eligible for participation in All-District Band, and other regional music programs.
Band 8 Advanced MU9223A     X Full Year Students will learn in a large instrumental ensemble setting, perform advanced middle school band literature, create their own music, participate in self-directed student-led projects, and study music from various genres including classical, jazz, and commercial music from film and video games. Students are eligible for participation in All-District Band, and other regional music programs. Students will have additional contractual requirements. Students are encouraged to participate in the PHS Marching Band and Middle School Symphony Orchestra. Teacher recommendation.
Advanced Concert Orchestra       X Full Year Most advanced string offering composed of students on all major string instruments. Instruction concentrates on advanced technical and expressive skills in an ensemble-focused setting. Students will participate in Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association events including Concert Assessment, Regional Orchestra, and Solo & Ensemble Assessment. Teacher Recommendation.
Chorus 8 MU9271     X Full Year Focus on music and music theory. Perform basic choreography. Audition for District III Chorus. Perform in three concerts and one District Choral Event.
Advanced
Chorus 8
MU9271A     X Full Year Explore more complex concepts in music theory and sight-singing. Build on the foundation established in 7th-grade chorus. Combine with 8th-grade Chorus for concerts and district assessments. Teacher Recommendation.
Art 8 AR9115     X Full Year Incorporates design elements in all projects. Focus on drawing and realistic representation. Study of Art History - American.
Art 1 AR9120     X Full Year 1 high school credit. See course description in Fine and Performing Arts. Teacher recommendation by Art 7 teacher or portfolio submission.
Digital Design
Foundations
      X Full Year Project-based course to expand upon basic graphic design skills learned in Intro to Digital Design, as well as adding more skills in new programs. Projects will be a mixture of commercial graphics applications and fine arts applications. Students will approach real-world problems using the design thinking process. Career opportunities in the creative fields will be explored.
Family and
Consumer
Science
EL8245     X Full Year Experience studies of nutrition and wellness, food preparation, relationships, personal environments, textiles, sewing and construction skills, consumer resources, child development and care, and leadership service in action.
Foundations of
Agriscience &
Technology
EL8004     X Full Year Apply scientific principles to the field of agriculture, including plants, animals, food science, agriculture mechanics (electrical and woodworking), and ecology/conservation through laboratory activities. Study principles of leadership and opportunities in FFA along with Supervised Agricultural Experience opportunities.
Leadership
Development
      X Full Year Develop individual/group leadership skills. Explore leadership principles, parliamentary law, communication, public relations skills, and techniques for organizing/conducting group meetings and activities.
Intro to Game
Design &
Robotics

EL8400
    X Full Year In this project-based course, students will create original games through the application of graphic design, animation, audio, and coding skills. They will work in teams in an Agile Project Management environment to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and effective communication skills while creating games and coding robots. Students will code virtual and physical robots applying higher-order thinking to program robots’ movements and actions based on data received from input devices such as gyroscope and distance sensors. Career opportunities across multiple industries will be explored. Students will be encouraged to join FBLA and participate in leadership building and community service activities.
French 2 WL5120     X Full Year 1 high school credit. See course description in World Languages.
Spanish 2 WL5520     X Full Year 1 high school credit. See course description in World Languages. 7th graders must be enrolled in Advanced English.