7th AND 8th GRADE ELECTIVE DESCRIPTIONS
For students with no previous, or less than one academic year of experience with band instruments: woodwinds, percussion, and brass (ability to play piano not applicable). Open to all grade levels.
Cougar Band is for intermediate levels of playing ability. Acceptance into Cougar Band is based on recommendation of the director. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.
Concert Band is for the advanced middle school musician. The band will give the students an opportunity to perform music above the level of the Cougar Band. Class size is limited and governed by appropriate instrumentation. Acceptance into Concert Band is based on recommendation of the director. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.
JAZZ BAND – by audition only. Note: this class is only open to current Band students.
This class is for students with little or no previous experience with stringed instruments. Students play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Open to all grade levels. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.
Cougar Strings is for intermediate levels of playing ability. Acceptance into Cougar Strings is based on recommendation of the director. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement
Concert Orchestra is for the advanced middle school musician. Students come to class already able to demonstrate two to three octave scales, can tune their own instruments, and read in their clef fluently. Students should be comfortable with shifting and changing meters. Acceptance into Concert Orchestra is based on recommendation of the director. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.
Concert Choir is open to all grade levels. Students will learn beginning and intermediate vocal techniques, correct breathing, tone production, and how to read music. Concert Choir is a performing group that will sing all types of music, such as pop, rock, Disney, and light classics. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.
This is an academic first-year world language course. Students begin to develop the skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are also introduced to the culture and customs of the countries where Spanish is spoken. Students begin to develop proficiency in grammar and vocabulary through a variety of interactive activities. Prerequisite: students must have achieved a minimum of a C in all 6th grade academic classes. Note: Two years of middle school world language is equivalent to one year of high school world language. The same textbook is used at both the middle school and the high school.
CREATIVE ARTS AND SCHOOL SERVICE
Course will stress each individual student’s interest, style, technique, and creativity. The course may include three-dimensional (clay, wood, or mixed media), two-dimensional (acrylic paint on canvas, printmaking, pen and ink, color pencil, pastel, computer art,), stained glass and other independent projects to be decided upon by the students.
Basic art concepts, elements of design, and color theory will be covered. Art related field trips will be scheduled.
Note: If students wish to keep the projects they create in class, an annual materials' cost is to be paid at the beginning of the school year.
YEARBOOK (El Gato) /NEWSPAPER (The Lindero Ledger)
This class is open to 7th and 8th grade students. Using a unique and specialized online computer program, students will design the Lindero Canyon Middle School yearbook. They will also take photographs, write the copy, and create original artwork. Students with an interest or ability in computer skills, creative writing, journalism, photography, art, or layout design are encouraged to select this elective. This is a great way to become involved in all the school activities and events, and is a good foundation for working on the yearbook in high school. In addition, our school newspaper is published in the spring semester, and the students write articles, do interviews, take surveys, cover school functions, write poetry, and draw comics. Students should have good organization skills, be reliable, able to work in groups, take direction, and have the ability to work independently. Prerequisites for this course include a 3.0 grade point average and no N’s or U’s in citizenship.
SCHOOL SERVICE (aka Cougar Service)
School Service is open to 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. This class is a great way to get involved in school spirit, work to publicize events, provide assistance to Lindero Canyon staff and faculty, and work with the Leadership class. The students will have fun and be creative while designing bulletin board displays, banners and posters that will advertise all school events and activities. In addition, these students will help teachers decorate their classrooms. Students should be able to work independently or cooperatively in a group, and have an interest in art and supporting the school community.
The goal of this elective, which is based on Project Lead The Way curriculum, is to engage and motivate student interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (aka STEAM) through project based learning. The STEAM elective will cover: robotics, computer graphics, and design and modeling Units include:
- Scratch as an introduction to coding.
- ROBOT C for VEX Robotics where students work in teams to build and program various robots including windmills, traffic lights and race cars.
- The use of SketchUp to create products such as a pegboard toy which then will be printed using the 3D printer. Students will also be learning the importance of scales and measuring as well as isometric and orthographic drawings.
Throughout each unit, students will create and update personal websites about what they are doing in class using Google Sites.
If students wish to keep the projects they create in class, an annual materials' cost is to be paid at the beginning of the school year.
This class continues with more advanced units. Students will use Autodesk inventor to make a playground and will be required to invent or innovate something that they can actually use in real life. Class will continue with robotics. Students will work on building and programming off-road vehicles and functional assembly lines. Students will also develop video games using Construct 2. Finally, throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to develop a passion through their 20% Project. Students will also continue to build on their websites created from the previous year. Note: Successfully passing (B or higher) the full year of STEAM I is a prerequisite for STEAM II. If students wish to keep the projects they create in class, an annual materials' cost is to be paid at the beginning of the school year.
This course is designed to introduce students to the skills, values and experience that will help them succeed in the digital world. They will learn to maintain technology, create digital content and provide training. Student driven curriculum will develop critical thinking skills, communication, business organization, leadership and technical skills.
OFFICE / TEACHER AIDE
This is a class for students who want to help teachers or office staff. Student’s assignments include office, teacher or library aide. Students need to be capable of working independently. Cooperation and responsibility are important characteristics for students to enroll in this class. Student must have satisfactory citizenship and work habits 8th graders will be given preference for this position.
ZERO PERIOD PE CLASS
A Zero Period PE class is offered so that students have the opportunity to add a second elective. The Zero Period class is added to the student’s schedule, which means the student would have a full eight-period schedule starting at 7:42 am and continuing until the end of the school day.
Note: There are a limited number of spots available in this class and selection is by random lottery.