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2020-2021 - 7th & 8th Grade Elective Courses

Full Year

Formation of electives will depend on the number of student requests and teacher allocation.

Seventh grade students you may only choose one combination of the following:
1) one full-year elective or
2) two half-year electives. 


Eighth grade students, you may choose one combination of the following:
1) two full-year electives,
2) one full-year elective and two half-year electives or
3) four half-year electives. 

 

BEGINNING BAND ~
(No prerequisite)

This is a co-curricular year long course that is designed to give students with no previous musical experience an introduction to playing brass wind, woodwind, and percussion instruments.  Students will learn all the fundamentals necessary to perform on a band instrument as defined in the national standards.  Students will be asked to purchase their own method book, a music stand for practice and concerts and a lock for the band locker room.  Schedule changes are by Director’s signature only.  There are required after school performances that are done in uniform as defined in the band class handbook.  There will be a $25.00 lab fee for this course.

INTERMEDIATE BAND ~
(Prerequisite: completion of beginning band with signature on course request card or audition)

This is a co-curricular year long course designed to give students of one to two years experience further development of instrumental skills in brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.  Concepts and skills to be reinforced and refined will be the fundamentals necessary to the development of young musicians as defined by the national standards. Intermediate band students may have an overnight band camp experience and may participate in the Albuquerque Solo and Ensemble Festival. Students will be asked to purchase their own method book.  Schedule changes are through completion of beginning band, Director’s signature or audition only.  There are required after school performances that are done in uniform as defined in the band class handbook.  There will be a $25.00 lab fee for this course.

ADVANCED BAND ~
(Prerequisite: Completion of intermediate band with signature on course request card or audition)

This is a co-curricular year long course designed to give students of one to two years experience further development of instrumental skills in brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.  Concepts and skills to be reinforced and refined will be the fundamentals necessary to the development of young musicians as defined by the national standards. Advanced band students may have an overnight band camp experience and will be required to participate in the Albuquerque Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Students will be asked to purchase their own method book, music stand for practice at home and a lock for the band locker room.  Schedule changes are by done through completion of intermediate band, director’s signature or audition only.  There are required after school performances that are done in uniform as defined in the band class handbook.  There will be a $25.00 lab fee for this course.

JAZZ BAND ~
(Prerequisite: must be enrolled in intermediate / advanced band or audition)

Completing beginning band and being enrolled in intermediate or advanced band is required for participation in the ensemble.  This full year course is designed for more experienced students with advanced musical skills. Concepts and skills to be developed will address proper musical style of jazz, blues, rock and other contemporary music styles.  Production of an excellent tone on the instrument, proper jazz articulation and improvisation are skills focused on as per the national standards.  Good individual practice skills are a must for students in this group.  Jazz band students may participate in jazz festivals throughout the year.  Jazz Band meets during “zero” hour daily (7:00 am).  Parents must provide transportation.  Schedule changes are by Director’s signature only.  There are required after school performances that are done in uniform as defined in the band class handbook.

BEGINNING CHORUS ~
(No prerequisite)

Students will learn basic vocal technique, pitch matching, tone production and a variety of repertoire from classical, folk and pop traditions.  Over the school year, students will master vocal skills in a fun and supportive environment.  Performances outside school hours are considered an extension of the instructional process and are required.  There is a fee of $50, which covers the cost of sheet music, accompanist fees and a t-shirt. Fundraising opportunities will be provided. 

INTERMEDIATE CHORUS ~
(Prerequisite: Beginning Choir and Instructor signature on course request card)

Building on the skills learned in Beginning Choir, this course is designed to allow students to explore a variety of musical styles and master vocal technique and performance skills.  Students will enjoy building relationships with others as they prepare for performances.  They will learn how to sing in two-part harmony and develop sight-reading and ear training skills. Performances outside school hours are considered an extension of the instructional process and are required.  There is a fee of $50, which covers the cost of sheet music, accompanist fees and a t-shirt.  Fundraising opportunities will be provided.

ADVANCED CHORUS ~
(Prerequisite: Intermediate Choir and Instructor signature on course request card)

Advanced choir is a competitive course for students interested in mastering vocal technique and performance skills.  Students will learn how to sing in two and three-part harmony, refine sight-reading and ear training skills, and compete in the District VII NMMEA Music Performance Assessment Festival in the spring.  Performances outside school hours are considered an extension of the instructional process and are required.  There is a fee of $50, which covers the cost of sheet music, accompanist fees and a t-shirt. Fundraising opportunities will be provided.

SHOW CHORUS ~
(Prerequisite: Instructor signature on course request card)

Show choir is designed to give students with above average singing ability the opportunity to sing a variety of music with an emphasis on entertainment; i.e. pop music, jazz, rock, folk, other contemporary music and music of students’ choice.  Choreography may be included as part of the musical performance.  Before or after school rehearsals can be scheduled as part of the instructional process.  Scheduled performances are considered an extension of the instructional process and required.  There is a fee of $50, which covers the cost of sheet music, accompanist fees and a t-shirt. Fundraising opportunities will be provided.

BEGINNING ORCHESTRA ~
(No prerequisite)

Beginning Orchestra is an entry-level year long course open to all middle school students regardless of grade level.  Students will learn to play an instrument of their choice in the string orchestra family: the Violin, the Viola, the Cello or the String Bass while exploring many genres of music, including fiddling, rock/pop, jazz and classical.  Students will develop the necessary skills in music literacy, instrument technique and performance to be successful individually and with their orchestra in a cooperative setting. Students provide their own instrument through private arrangement OR if there is a financial need, rent an APS instrument on a first come basis.  There is a one-time $25.00 lab fee, which includes the orchestra spirit shirt that may be worn on Fridays at JMMS and on orchestra field trips.

INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA ~
(Prerequisite: Beginning Orchestra or equivalent and Instructor signature on course request card)

Intermediate Orchestra is a year long course open to all middle school students regardless of grade level, who have successfully completed the requirements of Beginning Orchestra (or equivalent through private study with the Director’s permission).  This second-year class continues the development of performance skills with the addition of more complex repertoire with melody, harmony and a bass line.  This class affords opportunities to expand experiences with solo, ensemble, and large group performance festivals with additional tutelage from professional musicians. Students provide their own instrument through private arrangement OR if there is a financial need, rent an APS instrument on a first come basis. There is a one-time $25.00 lab fee, which includes the orchestra spirit shirt that may be worn on Fridays at JMMS and on orchestra field trips.

ADVANCED ORCHESTRA ~
(Prerequisite: Intermediate Orchestra or equivalent and Instructor signature on course request card)

Advanced Orchestra is a year long music course open to all middle school students regardless of grade level, who have successfully completed the requirements of Intermediate Orchestra (or the equivalent through private study with the Director’s permission).  This third-year class provides a continuation of challenging individual and group experiences for students. Students at this level are expected to place a priority on gaining expertise in areas of fluency, expression and exposure to a variety of musical styles. Students will have opportunities to expand their experiences with solo, ensemble, and large group festivals with additional tutelage from professional musicians.  Students provide their own instrument through private arrangement OR if there is a financial need, rent an APS instrument on a first come basis. There is a one-time $25.00 lab fee, which includes the orchestra spirit shirt that can be worn on Fridays at JMMS for the academic year and on orchestra field trips.

ART III: ~
(Prerequisites: Placement by application and teacher recommendation only.)

As a continuation of Art I and Art II, students will continue to explore and refine artistic practices and theories through the use of various media including: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and alternative materials.  Units of study include, but are not limited to: illustration, drawing from life, surrealism and gallery practices.  Students will be involved in a gallery showing of their work at the end of the course.  Lab Fee: $10.00. 

JOURNALISM ~
(Placement determined by application and teacher recommendation.  3.0 GPA is required.)

Students will learn the fundamentals of interviewing, journalistic writing, layout and design, video and photography techniques, and desktop publishing as they produce the yearbook and our school’s literary magazine, The Talon, as well as our school’s monthly student news blog, The Raptor Report.  Students will need to be able to attend after school events once a month for yearbook coverage.  Students will also study journalistic rights and responsibilities, career options in journalism, journalism as a social force and current events.

LEADERSHIP I: 8th GRADE-NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY ~
(NJHS Requirements: Students must be 8th graders, have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and have a completed application that satisfies all NJHS requirements.)

This class focuses on the pillars of the National Junior Honor Society: Scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship.  We will work to create enthusiasm for scholarship in our school, stimulate the desire within our organization and school to serve our community, promote leadership, encourage all within our school to be responsible citizens and develop the character of the students in the class and school.  Projects will consist of but are not limited to: community service projects, promotion of school pride, support of other school organizations, creation of class service projects and participation in extracurricular activities.  As a member of NJHS, you will have a voice within our school community.  With this powerful voice, you will become the key student leaders at our school - you will have the power to effect change within our student body. 

MEDIA LITERACY ~
(Placement determined by application.)

This course will explore the digital side of language arts, digital literacy.  This course is for 7th & 8th grade students who are looking for a challenging elective.  Students need a 3.0 GPA to apply for this course.  You will read college-level research articles, research yourself as a digital learner, give presentations, write research papers, play video games and treat them as pieces of literature, earn a coding certificate, discuss issues and topics about digital literacy with scholarly authors, compete in digital gaming competitions, participate in a digital gaming class community as well as many other things.  This course has a $25 dollar lab fee that pays for the digital resources needed for learning activities throughout the year.

TV Production ~
(Instructor signature on course request card)

This course is a hands-on class teaching the basics of video production.  Skills learned over the course of the year can be applied to video production and editing for broadcast television as well as personal video production.  Students in this class are responsible for recording and editing the daily announcements for the entire student body.

STUDENT AIDE ~
(3.0 GPA is required for all aides, and placements will be made based on GPA and student completed application.)

The student aide program provides students with the opportunity to work closely with adults and to develop work related skills.  An application for this course must be obtained from the main office and completed in full if you wish to be considered for this course.  Student aides will be responsible for a number of duties to assist the staff member they are placed with.  Also, they must set a positive example for their peers, be hard working and responsible. If you are chosen for this course, it will replace your other full year or half year block elective choice.  If a student is involved in disciplinary action involving placement in TIPS or is given home suspension, the student will be required to have a schedule change to another available elective.

LIBRARY AIDE ~
(3.0 GPA is required for all aides, and placements will be made based on GPA and student completed application.)

Students apply to be library aides as a part of their academic work.

Library aides are trained in various library tasks.  At the end of the year, the library aides should be able to work in a public library utilizing the skills they have learned in this position.  Some of the tasks that the aides will be required to do include: check books in and out of the library, shelf returned books, process books, clean the library, demonstrate the types of behavior required to work in a library, complete various tasks required to run a library and help students find books.  In addition, the student will be required to read and keep a reading log.

Half Year

Formation of electives will depend on the number of student requests and teacher allocation.

Seventh grade students you may only choose one combination of the following:
1) one full-year elective or
2) two half-year electives. 
 

Eighth grade students, you may choose one combination of the following:
1) two full-year electives,
2) one full-year elective and two half-year electives or
3) four half-year electives. 

ART I: ~
(No prerequisite)

This semester long course will explore and develop artistic skills and techniques through a variety of instructional activities including drawing, painting and mixed media.  In addition to creating works of art, students will be able to: discuss art using correct terminology, demonstrate individual aesthetic opinions, and show knowledge of art history.  Lab Fee $10.00

ART II: ~
(Prerequisite: Art I)

Art making, appreciation, history, and critique remain the focus in this semester long class.  Artistic skills and techniques will be strengthened through a variety of both two and three-dimensional art forms including drawing, sculpture, painting and print making.  Students will be able to use critical judgment of the visual arts by critiquing both their own and others’ artwork.  Lab Fee $10.00

SEWING ~
(No prerequisite)

Students will learn how to hand sew, the basic parts and operation of the sewing machine and clothing care.  Students will also look at fashion; it’s history and how it influences culture today.  Students will apply their skills, knowledge and current practices of sewing by doing “hands on” activities and projects.  As much as possible, the students choose projects that he/she would like to construct.  Various methods will be used.  Students will be required to furnish some sewing materials.  There is a $10 lab fee.

FOODS I ~
(No prerequisite)

In this course students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in basic food preparation and reading/following recipes to make a variety of foods.  Instruction includes the importance of safety and sanitation in the kitchen, conventional and microwave cooking, the importance of nutrition to one’s well-being and personal food choices.  Students will also practice knife skills and a variety of cooking techniques.  The semester will end with an exciting Iron Chef competition.

There is a $20 lab fee.

FOODS II ~
(Prerequisite: Completion of Foods I with a passing grade and application.)

In this course students will spend the first part of the semester reviewing safety and sanitation in the kitchen, basic cooking terms and techniques and reading/following a recipe.  The second part of the semester will be spent preparing to turn the class into a working café for a day. Students will develop a theme, create resumes, apply for the position they want and spend a day serving various members of the school.  Students will learn marketing, design, cost analysis, customer service and many other “real-world” lessons in the this fun hands-on class.  Interested students must submit an application with Ms. Olson.

This is a $20 lab fee.

DRAMA I ~
(No prerequisite)

Drama introduces students to acting and other elements of theatre.

Students in Drama experience the following activities: exercises to promote strong speaking skills, exercises that practice effective theatre movement, theatre games, improvisational activities, monologue performance, creation and performance of scripts, creation of stage props, interpretation of characters and identification of their motivations, group and individual work, direction of themselves and others, attendance at a live performance, performance in front of an audience beyond their own classmates, introduction to theatre history, comparison of elements within texts to be performed and support of fellow performers.  Participation, a positive attitude and personal growth are the keys to doing well in this course.  There will be a $10 class fee to cover costs of classroom materials such as scripts and props and may be used to pay tickets to a live performance.

DRAMA II ~
(Prerequisite: Completion of Drama I with a passing grade.)

Drama II is a course designed for students who have already taken Drama I and have discovered an interest in theatre arts.  Students in Drama II will continue to explore the elements of theatre including acting, set design, and costuming.  The students will experience similar activities to Drama I, but will be expected to perform at a more advanced level.  These activities will include: exercises in theatre movement, improvisation, exercises in voice control, creation and performance of scripts, creation of stage props, interpretation of characters, group and individual work, directing, attendance at a live performance and performance in front of an audience. This class will delve deeper into theatre history and character development. Participation, a positive attitude, and love of theatre are the key ingredients to success in Drama II.  Drama II will culminate in the filming of student written plays.  There will be a $10 class fee to cover costs of classroom materials such as scripts and props and may be used to pay tickets to a live performance.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 7 ~
(No prerequisite
)

The purpose of the 7th grade Physical Education program is to utilize a variety of lifetime physical activities and vigorous games to promote a high level of health and fitness. The foundation of our program is the development of personal skills such as classroom leadership, cooperation with others, respecting all classmates and teachers and self-discipline. Students are required to participate in daily activities and skills.  The activities offered will give students a background in an assortment of team, individual and lifetime activities.  Emphasis will be on lifetime activities and team sports.  PE uniforms are required at Monroe and these are available for purchase through the Physical Education Department.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 8 ~
(No prerequisite)

The purpose of the 8th grade Physical Education program is to utilize a variety of lifetime physical activities and vigorous games to promote a high level of health and fitness.  The foundation of our program is the development of personal skills such as classroom leadership, cooperation with others, respecting all classmates and teachers and self-discipline. Students are required to participate in daily activities and skills.  The activities offered will give students a background in an assortment of team, individual and lifetime activities.  Emphasis will be on lifetime activities and team sports.  PE uniforms are required at Monroe and these are available for purchase through the Physical Education Department.

WEB DESIGN ~
(Prerequisites: Successful completion of Information Technology)

In this 8th grade advanced course, the student builds on technology skills gained in previous technology courses to integrate graphic technology and critical-thinking skills in creating a variety of web sites (e.g., electronic portfolio, historical, business).  Areas of study include, but are not limited to, understanding web design, web design fundamentals, web site preparation, and career exploration.  Literacy strategies are integrated throughout the curriculum.