WMS Elective Classes with Descriptions

6th Grade Electives for 2021-22

To learn more about options, please see the course guide at 
Middle School Course Guide

Elective options are:


Beginning Choir - Introduces students to choral music and sight-reading in order to prepare them for membership in the Intermediate and Advanced Choirs. The purpose is to expose students to music and the knowledge of musical concepts.

Beginning Band (Double Reed, Clarinet, French Horn, Flute, Trumpet, Sax, Low Brass, Percussion) Students need no previous musical experience and will try out for placement by the directors on one of several instruments, including woodwinds, brass, and percussion.  

Beginning Orchestra (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) Students need no musical experience and will try out for placement by the director on one of the four instruments in Orchestra.

Introduction to Art  - Introduces students to a variety of art mediums, themes, and artists. Students will gain an appreciation for art of different eras and cultures and practice basic art skills (painting, sketching, etc.)
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Introduction to Theatre Arts Designed as a survey course for sixth graders, students learn a broad overview of theatre concepts. Students explore and learn about acting and basic technical elements of the theatre and are provided opportunities to create individual and group theatrical selections.

Grade 6 Leadworthy: The Course This class teaches students to take responsibility, express themselves, and handle problems and decisions when they arise. The class enables individuals to build personal responsibility, and leadership skills through group activities, role play, speeches and projects.

Technology Apps - Students in this course will learn about technology systems, use digital tools, solve problems using creative thinking and become responsible digital citizens. Course studies will include coding in the programming language Python using TechSmart Curriculum, studying current and emerging technologies, and developing career readiness skills. This course will help students gain professional skills like communication, collaboration, decision making, research, and portfolio building.


7th Grade Electives for 2021-22



To learn more about options, please see the course guide at 
Middle School Course Guide

Elective options are:


Choir - Performance-based course - students learn advanced vocal techniques and music reading skills. 


Band - Performance-based course - students learn advanced instrumental techniques and music reading skills on brass, woodwind or percussion instruments. Previous band experience is required.


Orchestra - Performance-based course - students learn advanced instrumental techniques and music reading skills on string instruments.  Previous orchestra experience is required. 


Foundations of Art - A project-oriented class, which introduces students to hands-on activities utilizing line, color, design, illustrations, sketching, painting, and shading techniques. 


* Interpersonal Studies - A semester course that examines how the relationships between individuals and among family members significantly affect the quality of life.  Students use knowledge and skills in family studies and human development to enhance personal development, foster quality relationships, promote wellness of family members, manage multiple adult roles, and pursue careers related to counseling and mental health services.(TO BE TAKEN WITH LIFETIME WELLNESS AND NUTRICIAN)


* Lifetime Nutrition & Wellness - A semester laboratory course that allows students to use principles of nutrition to make informed decisions that promote lifelong wellness. Instruction will focus on the role that nutrients have on our body, digestion and metabolism, understanding the importance of a balanced diet, safety and sanitation in the lab, healthy food preparation, and careers in nutrition. (TO BE TAKEN WITH INTERPERSONAL STUDIES)
 
Theatre Arts - Designed as an introduction to theater, drama, public speaking, and stage design. 


Media - Students develop media skills relevant to real world settings including surveying and researching information for news reports, producing and organizing the school announcements while practicing skills that are necessary for careers in the field of journalism.   Application Required.
                 
Journalism / Yearbook - Students create and produce the school yearbook, are responsible for yearbook sales, picture days, and photography of school/student events. Two classroom teacher recommendations, including Language Arts, are required for placement.   Application Required. 
 
* Fundamentals of Computer Science - In this course students will design, implement and present solutions to real-world problems using computer science concepts.  Coursework will include creating interactive games, animations, stories, debugging and designing algorithms using the programming language Python. Skills such as problem solving, communication, portfolio building and digital citizenship will be part of each student activity/project. This course will utilize TechSmart and PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Makers as a curriculum framework. This course may have limited availability.
              
* Medical Terminology - This course is designed to introduce students to the structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, singular and plural forms, and medical abbreviations. The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology. This course will utilize the PLTW Medical Detectives curriculum. This course may have limited availability.


* Principles of Applied Engineering - Students in this course will develop engineering skills using computer graphics, hand-sketching, 3D modeling, design and presentations. Teams will design solutions to problems using innovative thinking and creativity, including the 3D puzzle cube, foot orthosis, and therapeutic toy. Coursework will include employability skills like time-management, collaboration, portfolio building and career research. This course will utilize PLTW Design & Modeling as a curriculum framework. This course may have limited availability.


* Robotics - Students in this course will design, build and test robots to solve a problem. Coursework will include professional standards for employment, safety, equipment/tools and skills necessary for success in a technical career. Students will work in teams to manage a project through planning, scheduling and meeting criteria in order to develop a product. Course studies in robotics will include torque and gear ratio, robotic arm construction, testing and using knowledge of simple machines. This course will utilize PLTW Automation & Robotics as a curriculum framework. This course may have limited availability.


* Elective courses noted with an asterisk note high school credit classes.


8th Grade Electives for 2021-22
 
To learn more about options, please see the course guide at 
Middle School Course Guide

Elective options are:


Athletics - Competitive Sports include: Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Cross-Country, Track, Tennis, and Wrestling


P.E. - regular fitness awareness program including group activities and individual development


* Art I - an introduction to the use of elements and principles of design


* Honors Spanish I  - Students learn functional skills of listening, writing, reading, and speaking Spanish.


Choir - Performance-based course - students learn advanced vocal techniques and music reading skills. 


Band - Performance-based course - students learn advanced instrumental techniques and music reading skills on brass, woodwind or percussion instruments. Previous band experience is required.


Orchestra - Performance-based course - students learn advanced instrumental techniques and music reading skills on string instruments.  Previous orchestra experience is required. 


Theatre Arts - Designed as an introduction to theater, drama, public speaking, and stage design. 


Theatre Arts II - Students must be willing to perform and/or be a member of stage crew for UIL One Act Play and school performances. A considerable amount of time outside of school during spring semester may be required. Students are required to maintain UIL eligibility in order to participate.


* Principles of Human Services - A laboratory course that will enable students to investigate careers in the Human Services Career Cluster, including counseling and mental health, early childhood development, family and community, personal care, and consumer services.


* Interpersonal Studies - A semester course that examines how the relationships between individuals and among family members significantly affect the quality of life.  Students use knowledge and skills in family studies and human development to enhance personal development, foster quality relationships, promote wellness of family members, manage multiple adult roles, and pursue careers related to counseling and mental health services. (TO BE TAKEN WITH LIFETIME WELLNESS AND NUTRICIAN)


* Lifetime Nutrition & Wellness - A semester laboratory course that allows students to use principles of nutrition to make informed decisions that promote lifelong wellness. Instruction will focus on the role that nutrients have on our body, digestion and metabolism, understanding the importance of a balanced diet, safety and sanitation in the lab, healthy food preparation, and careers in nutrition. (TO BE TAKEN WITH INTERPERSONAL STUDIES)


Media - Students develop media skills relevant to real world settings including surveying and researching information for news reports, producing and organizing the school announcements while practicing skills that are necessary for careers in the field of journalism.   Application Required.
                 
Journalism / Yearbook - Students create and produce the school yearbook, are responsible for yearbook sales, picture days, and photography of school/student events. Two classroom teacher recommendations, including Language Arts, are required for placement.   Application Required. 


* Fundamentals of Computer Science - In this course students will design, implement and present solutions to real-world problems using computer science concepts.  Coursework will include creating interactive games, animations, stories, debugging and designing algorithms using the programming language Python. Skills such as problem solving, communication, portfolio building and digital citizenship will be part of each student activity/project. This course will utilize TechSmart and PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Makers as a curriculum framework. This course may have limited availability.
               
* Digital Art and Animation - In this course, students learn the elements and principles of design, as well as concepts of visual communication. Students will survey a variety of media and art, students use image editing, animation, and digital drawing to put into practice the art principles they've learned. They will explore career opportunities in the design, production, and presentation of digital artwork. They will respond to the artwork of others, and learn how to combine artistic elements to create finished pieces that effectively communicate their ideas. This course satisfies the Fine Art requirement for graduation.


* Medical Terminology - This course is designed to introduce students to the structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, singular and plural forms, and medical abbreviations. The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology. This course will utilize the PLTW Medical Detectives curriculum. This course may have limited availability.


* Principles of Applied Engineering - Students in this course will develop engineering skills using computer graphics, hand-sketching, 3D modeling, design and presentations. Teams will design solutions to problems using innovative thinking and creativity, including the 3D puzzle cube, foot orthosis, and therapeutic toy. Coursework will include employability skills like time-management, collaboration, portfolio building and career research. This course will utilize PLTW Design & Modeling as a curriculum framework. This course may have limited availability.


* Robotics - Students in this course will design, build and test robots to solve a problem. Coursework will include professional standards for employment, safety, equipment/tools and skills necessary for success in a technical career. Students will work in teams to manage a project through planning, scheduling and meeting criteria in order to develop a product. Course studies in robotics will include torque and gear ratio, robotic arm construction, testing and using knowledge of simple machines. This course will utilize PLTW Automation & Robotics as a curriculum framework. This course may have limited availability.


* Elective courses noted with an asterisk note high school credit classes.