Memorial Park Middle School 20-21 Course Selections

Pirates!

In light of the school closure until April 13, 2020, we are going to modify our course selection practices.  This will help us stay on track as we work towards developing individual student schedules for the 20-21 School Year.  Please submit only one course section form and be careful to choose the form that applies to you.  All CURRENT 5th graders that are coming to Memorial Park should choose OPTION 1.  All of our current Memorial Park 6th and 7th grade students would complete OPTION 2.  You will find individual elective course descriptions below the links.

Happy Selecting!

Brad Crozier

Principal 

OPTION 1: Incoming 6th Grade Student Course Selections:  https://forms.gle/yHmDYUVTfERt2RZf8

OPTION 2: Incoming 7th or 8th Grade Student Course Selections:  https://forms.gle/cYMdDmMVnyTSzM9o8

6th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

Beginning Band (every day):  Students will learn the fundamental skills of their instruments.  Concentrated areas of instruction will include basic tone production, basic rhythms, notes, and key signatures.  Time outside of class is required for 2-3 concert performances per year.

Beginning Orchestra (every day):  This class is for students who have never played a string instrument before. Students will learn all of the fundamentals of the string instrument such as the parts of the instrument, bowing, plucking, and fingering.  They will also learn how to read music for their instrument. Time outside of class is required for 2-3 concert performances per year.

Intermediate Band (every day):  This class is for a student who has been playing for 1 – 4 years.  Students who are in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th can be in this class.  Students will continue to learn techniques, scales, & methods to enhance their playing.  Time outside of class is required for 2-3 concert performances per year.

Intermediate Orchestra (ever day):  This class is for students who have been playing for 1 – 4 years.  Students who are in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th can be in this class.  Students will continue to learn techniques, scales, & methods to enhance their playing. Time outside of class is required for 2-3 concert performances per year.

Vocal Music (alternating day):  This choir is for 6th grade students only.  This group works on the fundamentals of singing; breathing, projection and vowel pronunciation. This group will also learn the fundamentals of music notation: note names, basic rhythms and basic notation.

Show Choir (alternating day w/extra-curricular expectations):  This group is an audition only group of students, including 7th and 8th graders. Auditions for this select group are held in the spring of the previous year. Students must have the director’s approval to join the class and maintain a C or higher in all classes.

Visual Art (every day and alternating day options):  Students will explore a variety of art media including but not limited to: pencil drawing, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics and other forms of three dimensional arts. 

Business Technology (alternating day):  In this class students learn to type using a standard computer keyboard.  They learn the basic rules of digital citizenship and internet use.  Students also use Microsoft Office and Adobe to complete short projects that are related to their core subjects.

Engineering (alternating day):  Students will build useful articles out of wood, construct, test and modify model rockets, and solve contemporary city problems with futuristic solutions.

Intro to Computer Science (alternating day):  Students will work with a variety of hardware and software to promote 21st century skills, building on and extending the learning of students beyond the sixth grade computer science unit.  Students will create coded culminating products that nurture students’ creativity and ingenuity.

Technology Education (alternating day):  An introductory, activity-based course in which students are introduced to the importance of technology and the principles used to develop, produce, use and assess it. Utilizing 21st century skills, students will focus on the areas of communications (video production), construction (home design and bridge design), and manufacturing processes.

World Languages (alternating day):  Exploratory world language class is an introductory class which aims to give students a foundation for foreign language study. The class is meant to serve as an overview of languages in general, specifically of French, Spanish, German and Latin.

Creative Writing (alternating day):  This class will focus on developing students’ skills in writing fiction and non-fiction short narratives, as well as poetry. Students will be expected to write several texts and share those texts for peer reviews.

Intro to Speech and Drama (alternating day):  The students that will be enrolled in this class will be introduced to drama and speech principles.  They will be learning about the areas of theatre (stagecraft, acting, costumes, props, production team). 

Physical Education (alternating day):  In 6th grade, the Physical Education program will provide each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports and physical fitness activities.

7th & 8th Grade Elective Course Descriptions (All electives are year-long and every day in 7th and 8th grade.)

Spanish I & II:  Students will read, write, speak and listen in the target language. Students will learn about the geography, history and culture of the Hispanic-speaking- world.  Students have the opportunity to receive high school credit after successfully completing Spanish I & II. 

French I & II:  Students will read, write, speak and listen in the target language. Students will learn about the geography, history and culture of the French-speaking world.  Students have the opportunity to receive high school credit after successfully completing French I & II. 

Visual Art:  In visual art class, students will explore a variety of art media including but not limited to: pencil drawing, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics and other forms of three dimensional art. 

7th Grade Advanced Art:  Students will work with photography, printmaking, sculpture, collage, ceramics, drawing, charcoal, oil and chalk pastels, acrylic painting, and watercolor. Students will critically analyze and discuss historical and contemporary artwork. An artist statement for the student’s unified body of work will be required. Students will create and submit artwork into Scholastics.

8th Grade Advanced Art:  Students will design and create one or more Scholastic worthy pieces. Students will continue their exploration of photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, drawing, and painting. Students will discuss and analyze both their work and the works of professional artists. Students will create portfolios of their finished work over the course of the year. 

Creative Writing:  The Creative Writing elective will focus on developing students’ skills in writing fiction and non-fiction short narratives as well as poetry.   Students will be expected to write several creative texts and share those texts for peer reviews.

Engineering, Technology, & Communication:  This class provides students with hands-on, problem-based learning opportunities to develop, produce, use, and assess products related to engineering, technology, communication.

Physical Education:  The Physical Education program will provide each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead-up games, team sports and physical fitness activities. 

Concert Choir:  This choir is for 7th and 8th grade students who want to perform in a mixed choir (boys and girls).  This choir works on the fundamentals of singing and music notation, along with more advanced concepts of singing. 

Girls’ Ensemble:  This choir is for 7th and 8th grade girls who have been in choir as 6th/7th graders and understand the fundamentals of singing and music notation. 

Show Choir/Advanced Choir:  This group is an audition only group of 7th and 8th graders.  Auditions will be held in the spring. Students must have the director’s signature, and should be passing in all subject areas with a C or better. 

Exploratory Music:  This class will study the basic principles of piano, guitar, and music creation. Focus will be on developing a personal portfolio of produced music. 

Training Band:  This class is for 7th or 8th graders wishing to learn another instrument, or wishing to learn their first instrument. 

Intermediate Band:  This class is for 7th or 8th graders with at least one year of playing experience.  Students will continue learning their instruments, focusing on improving their skills and playing more difficult music. 

Advanced Band:  This class is for 7th or 8th graders who are advanced in skill level (chosen by director).  Students will continue learning their instruments, focusing on improving their skills and playing more difficult music. 

Jazz Band:  Students will receive multiple small jazz ensemble performance opportunities, as well as more in depth study of jazz theory, history, and styles.  Students will also develop their skills as an improvisational artist. 

Intermediate Orchestra:  Students will continue to learn techniques, scales, & methods to enhance their playing.  Students will learn 4 – 6 pieces of music.  This group will have two performances.

Advanced Orchestra:  This class is for students who have been playing for over 4 years.  Students will learn over 10 selections of music.  These students will perfect their string skills and have many performances in and out of school.