Lindero Canyon Middle School
7th and 8th Grade Elective Descriptions - 2022-2023
BEGINNING BAND - 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 - Cougar Band is for intermediate levels of playing ability. If you have not taken Beginning Band, acceptance into Cougar Band is based on the recommendation of the director. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a requirement.
CONCERT BAND - Concert Band is for advanced middle school musicians. The band will give the students an opportunity to perform music above the level of the Cougar Band. Acceptance into Concert Band is based on recommendation of the director. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.
BEGINNING STRINGS - This class is for students with little or no previous experience with stringed instruments. Open to all grade levels. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.
COUGAR STRINGS - Cougar Strings is for intermediate levels of playing ability. Acceptance into Cougar Strings is based on the recommendation of the director. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.
CONCERT ORCHESTRA - Concert Orchestra is for advanced middle school musicians. Acceptance is based on the recommendation of the director. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.
CONCERT CHOIR - 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.
INTRO TO THEATRE ARTS - In an Introduction to Theatre Arts, students will explore themselves and the world around them, through performance skills, scene studies and original playwriting. Students will be challenged to take risks, move outside of their current comfort zones, and use their imaginations to devise new pieces of theatre. Students will have the opportunity to create a role, whether on the stage, or behind the scenes, that is just right for them, and will work collaboratively with their peers to complete creative projects.
FINE ART - This whole-year course provides students with a deeper understanding of art. A wide variety of materials and techniques are explored, including watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, ink, mixed-media and ceramics. This course will highlight and connect to student’s interests and backgrounds while including a wide range of artists and art movements.
LEADERSHIP/WEB - Open to 7th and 8th grade students who want to support and implement school spirit! Leadership students work with 6th grade students to help create a welcoming and inclusive environment throughout the year as well as plan and implement school activities for the entire school. Students design banners and posters to give school spirit for events. Leadership also helps teachers decorate classrooms, as well as plan and assist with school activities throughout the year. This elective is meant for those who want to be involved in school activities and events. Students should be able to work independently or cooperatively in a group, and have an interest in art and supporting the school community.
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, confidentiality, and responsibility are important characteristics for students to enroll in this class. Students must have satisfactory citizenship and work habits. 8th graders will be given preference for this position.
SPANISH - 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 or 7th grade academic classes. Two years of middle school world language is equivalent to one year of high school world language. The same textbook is used at both middle school and high school.
21st CENTURY LEADERSHIP - 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.
STEAM/Robotics - Students will work together to build robots and animatronics. Programming and 3-D modeling skills will be taught to prepare students for a future in engineering and/or 3-D design. As part of this course, students will develop problem solving and collaboration skills. STEAM students participate in a Full STEAM Ahead project, a year-long public service entrepreneurial project. This is the perfect class for anyone who loves technology, computers, solving problems, and making objects come alive! This course has no prerequisites. A and B cover different content and can be taken in any order. Students who pass 2 years of Robotics qualify for high school Robotics 2.
YEARBOOK - 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 great foundation for working on the yearbook in high school. Students should have good organizational 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.
Interested in taking TWO Electives? LCMS offers a Zero Period PE class to allow students to have the opportunity to add a second elective. This means the student would have an additional class period with the schedule starting at 7:42 am and continuing until the end of the school day. There are a limited number of spots available in this class.