CORE Electives

  • Beginning Band is designed for students who have had little or no formal music instruction. Lessons are offered on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Correct playing position, characteristic tone quality, basic note reading, rhythmic value, appropriate vocabulary, and instrument care are stressed. This group performs at school concerts.

    Chorus students develop skills to sing correctly and learn the basics of good musicianship through music theory, part-singing, various choral techniques, balance, and blend. The group performs at district music festivals, school and community concerts, and other approved performances.

    Intermediate/Advanced Band is designed for the advanced band student who wishes to continue musical growth with a focus on ensemble performance. The instrumentalist continues to build principles of musicianship, harmonic and rhythmic fundamentals, appropriate vocabulary, and ensemble skills through appropriate music literature. This group performs at district music festivals, school and community concerts, and other approved performances.

    Intervention/Support is provided to give students extra support in their academic classes. Classes include Math Clinic, English Language Development, Literature Clinic, and Study Skills.

    Yearbook is open to students wishing to gain skills to enable them to work on middle school publications. The class provides an introduction to basic journalistic skills for students considering a career in journalism. Students may be asked to proofread or write articles at home. Some work will be required outside of class time.

    Exploratory Wheel rotates each semester. Classes may include: STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math),

    Theater Arts, Conversational Spanish, History of Rock and Roll, Woodshop, and Nutrition Through Gardening.

    Teacher/Office Aide is designed to offer students the experience of learning basic workplace and clerical skills as they assist in the completion of classroom or office operations. Tasks could include checking off papers, stapling, delivering messages, putting up bulletin boards, and much more. Participation is a privilege available to 7th and 8th graders. Students may not request teachers. Administration will assign accepted applications to teachers or to the office.