Rotation

The Elective Rotation is offered to 6th and 7th graders as an alternative to band and choir.  Students will be placed at random in one of the grade level electives (below) and switch to a different grade level elective mid-year.
 
Technology 6 – In this one semester course, 6th grade students will practice typing skills on a traditional keyboard, emphasizing speed and accuracy, and reaching words-per- minute benchmarks.  Additionally, students who excel at meeting these typing standards will have opportunities to explore Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.), as well as picture and video editing.  Skills learned in this course will prepare students to be successful in future technology classes, as well as all of their core classes, which are increasingly utilizing technology to communicate and collaborate. 
 
Drama 6 – This class is an introduction to theater. In the semester-long class students will acquire lifelong theater skills (listening, interpreting, theater manners), develop a confidence in speaking to audiences, prepare and present a proficient
performance, understand theater in all media formats, compare and contrast live theater, film, and television, and learn to enjoy and appreciate theatrical performances.
 
 Art 6 – This is a semester-long project based class allowing students to experience a variety of art materials. The program is based on standards for visual arts using the elements of design. Included are assignments to support the social studies curriculum and community art exhibits.  Art 6 (6th grade Art) is not a prerequisite for Art 7 (7th grade Art). Also, assignments and projects are completely different from those in Art 7. (currently not offered for the 2017-2018 school year)
 
Character Ed 6 –Through gardening and “The Second Step” character education program, students learn and practice the following skills and concepts: active listening, empathy, respect, personal responsibility, practicing simple acts of kindness, being a helpful bystander in bullying situations, and learning how to build trusting relationships.  Students will regularly work
closely together in groups, will dialogue and reflect on their learning, and be given leadership and task-oriented responsibilities throughout the semester. This is also a semester-long course.
 
Art 7 – This is semester-long project based class allowing students to experience a variety of art materials. The program is
based on standards for visual arts using the elements of design. Included are assignments to support the social studies curriculum and community art exhibits. Art 6 (6th grade Art) is not a prerequisite for Art 7 (7th grade Art). Also, assignments and projects are completely different from those in Art 6.

Quest 7 – This semester class focuses on how to deal with the many challenges faced by today's middle school students. Topics include: how to improve self-confidence, successful goal making, managing stress, and knowing the risks associated with alcohol and drugs. Students will also be introduced to community service opportunities such as raising funds via recycling.

Drama 7 – This class is an introduction to theater. In the semester-long class students will acquire lifelong theater skills (listening, interpreting, theater manners), develop a confidence in speaking to audiences, prepare and present a proficient
performance, understand theater in all media formats, compare and contrast live theater, film, and television, and learn to enjoy and appreciate theatrical performances.  Drama 6 is not a prerequisite for Drama 7.

Technology 7 – This class is designed to give students skills that will help them with future academic pursuits.  Students will be using various forms of technology such as desktop computers, iPads, and cameras. Students will develop an expertise using Google Classroom and saving files in Google Drive.  Students will also practice typing skills, and create documents, images and videos with various applications. Digital citizenship will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will have daily assignments as well as larger projects.  6th grade keyboarding is not a prerequisite for this elective,
nor is 7th grade Technology a prerequisite for an 8th grade technology elective.