Next Year Learning Opportunities

Dear Middle School Families,

I’m writing today to let you know about learning opportunities for our middle school students. Each year, we use the master schedule as a tool to meet the needs of students. Developmentally, middle school students thrive in an environment of both choice and structure.

Next year’s schedule ensures that students will have exposure to regular specials such as art, music, PE, and health. Additionally, students will also have a choice in elective courses. Your children used a course description document (see examples linked at the end of this document) and a google form to identify how they’d like to spend time outside the required classes. This information will be used to help build the master schedule of classes for all students. It is important that your child think about the content of the class and their interests when identifying preferences. This is an opportunity to make choices based on interests, not friend groups.

Once students submit their google form of first and alternative choices, we will sort and send results to student and parent email accounts. Any changes to the form must be requested by July 10th. These individual emails will have a link to a change request.

This will ensure we are ready with individual schedules on the first day of school. Please note that we will again look at master schedule options for second semester based on additional student interest inventories in December.

Please ask your child about this process!

Specifically, it would be helpful to discuss:
● What courses are you excited about?
● What are your top priorities? What are your backups?
● Why did you make those choices?
● Do you have a balanced day where you are challenging yourself and in your comfort zone?

Special notes for 7th and 8th grade students:

Algebra:
Due to the increase in Math concept competencies required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, all Grade 8 students will take Math 8. Any student interested in Algebra will have an option to take it in addition to Math 8. This is a 5 day per week class for the full school year. Students who demonstrate proficiency in Algebra have the choice of taking Geometry at EHS as a 9th grade student. Students who choose to take Algebra in 8th grade, but do not demonstrate proficiency, as well as students who only take Math 8, will be well prepared for success in Algebra at EHS during their 9th grade year. Due to the increase in Math concept competencies required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, all Grade 8 students will take Math 8. Any student interested in Algebra will have an option to take it in addition to Math 8. This is a 5 day per week class for the full school year. Students who demonstrate proficiency in Algebra have the choice of taking Geometry at EHS as a 9th grade student. Students who choose to take Algebra in 8th grade, but do not demonstrate proficiency, as well as students who only take Math 8, will be well prepared for success in Algebra at EHS during their 9th grade year.

French

All 7th grade students are strongly encouraged to take French. If students do not take French A in 7th grade, they will not have the prerequisite learning foundation to be able to take 8th grade French. French B, taken in 8th grade, is a five day per week, year long commitment. Students who demonstrate proficiency in French B during 8th grade will have the choice of taking French II at EHS as 9th grade students. Students who choose to take French in 8th grade but do not demonstrate proficiency will be well prepared for success in French I at EHS during their 9th grade year.

Sincerely,

Marcie Lewis


Course Descriptions for 5th & 6th Graders (options beyond the standard required courses):

Students will select options totaling 10. The number beside the course name indicates how often (per week) the class will meet.

Advanced Studio Art (2)
Participate in art studio lessons using problem solving skills in a variety of 2D and 3D media: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, clay and more. Study art culture and learn how appreciating art can help us understand ourselves and others. You’ll have the opportunity to make personal choices about the creation of their art.

3D Art (2)
Explore a variety of media including clay, paper mache, plaster, up-cycled art and more. Participate in a wide range of experiences using sculpture techniques designed to build artistic and creative confidence.

Band Plus Lesson (4)
Students who have been enrolled in band for at least one year or have experience playing with an ensemble. Students continue to work on skills needed in an ensemble such as blend and balance, while enhancing particular knowledge of their own instrument. Three classes of band plus one class of small group lesson.

Book Club (1)
Small group reading club with a focus on Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominated books

Chorus (2)
Do you love to sing? This course is for you! Sing a variety of repertoire including spirituals, pop, broadway, folk song, and more while learning techniques to expand your vocal skills and build your knowledge of musicianship. Students have opportunities to audition for solos and for festivals off campus.

Coding & 3D Printing (2)
Continue your learning about coding from fourth grade Technology class! Learn the basics of 3D printing and practice by creating your own pieces.

Intro French (2)
This class is an introduction to French. You will learn the French alphabet, the numbers, how to write the date and telling time. You will learn how to order food in a café.

Library Helper (1)
Support the routines of the library

Outdoor Recess (1)

Outdoor Recess (2)

Outdoor Recess (3)


Course Descriptions for 7th Graders (options beyond the standard required courses):

Students will select options totaling 10. The number beside the course name indicates how often (per week) the class will meet.

Advanced Studio Art (2)
Participate in art studio lessons using problem solving skills in a variety of 2D and 3D media: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, clay and more. Study art culture and learn how appreciating art can help us understand ourselves and others. You’ll have the opportunity to make personal choices about the creation of their art.

3D Art (2)
Explore a variety of media including clay, paper mache, plaster, up-cycled art and more. Participate in a wide range of experiences using sculpture techniques designed to build artistic and creative confidence.

Band Plus Lesson (4)
Students who have been enrolled in band for at least one year or have experience playing with an ensemble. Students continue to work on skills needed in an ensemble such as blend and balance,
while enhancing particular knowledge of their own instrument. Three classes of band plus one class of small group lesson.

Book Club (1)
Small group reading club with a focus on Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominated books

Chorus (2)
Do you love to sing? This course is for you! Sing a variety of repertoire including spirituals, pop, broadway, folk song, and more while learning techniques to expand your vocal skills and build your
knowledge of musicianship. Students have opportunities to audition for solos and for festivals off campus.

Coding & 3D Printing (2)
Continue your learning about coding from fourth grade Technology class! Learn the basics of 3D printing and practice by creating your own pieces.

French A (3)
This class is an introduction to French. You will learn the French alphabet, the numbers, how to write
the date and telling time. You will learn how to order food in a café. If you want to take French B (5 days a week), you need to take this course in 7th grade.

Library Helper (1)
Support the routines of the library

Outdoor Recess (1)

Outdoor Recess (2)

Outdoor Recess (3)

Outdoor Recess (4)

Outdoor Recess(5)

Guided Study (1)
Extended time to complete assignments, work on skills and independent reading time

Guided Study (2)

Guided Study (3)

Guided Study (4)

Guided Study (5)

Teacher Assistant (1)
Students will have the opportunity to support an elementary teacher in the classroom. For example, students may be asked to mentor a student, read to a group of students or help prepare materials for class.

Teacher Assistant (2)

Video Creation including Green Screen (2)
Work in small groups to create video projects using iPads, Chromebooks and Green Screen technology. Groups will work on scripts, storyboarding, props, effects, acting, editing and videoing scenes.

A World of Difference (1)
A peer leadership program to create leaders in school. Students will attend field trips and trainings out of school and then meet in school to learn leadership skills. Later in the year peer leaders will lead other students in learning activities around issues such as bullying, racism, and creating a positive school environment.


Course Descriptions for 8th Graders (options beyond the standard required courses):

8th grade students will select options totaling 13. The number beside the course name indicates how often (per week) the class will meet.

Advanced Studio Art (2)
Participate in art studio lessons using problem solving skills in a variety of 2D and 3D media: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, clay and more. Study art culture and learn how appreciating art can help us understand ourselves and others. You’ll have the opportunity to make personal choices about the creation of their art.

Algebra (5)
Take Algebra in addition to 8th grade math. Students who demonstrate proficiency in this class have the choice of taking Geometry at EHS as a 9th grade students. Students who choose to take Algebra in 8th grade will be well prepared for success in Algebra at EHS.

3D Art (2)
Explore a variety of media including clay, paper mache, plaster, up-cycled art and more. Participate in a wide range of experiences using sculpture techniques designed to build artistic and creative confidence.

Band Plus Lesson (3)
Students who have been enrolled in band for at least one year or have experience playing with an ensemble. Students continue to work on skills needed in an ensemble such as blend and balance, while enhancing particular knowledge of their own instrument. Two classes of band plus one class of small group lesson. The small group lesson can be moved to another time for those students also taking French and Algebra.

Book Club (1)
Small group reading club with a focus on DCF books

Chorus (2)
Do you love to sing? This course is for you! Sing a variety of repertoire including spirituals, pop, broadway, folk song, and more while learning techniques to expand your vocal skills and build your
knowledge of musicianship. Students have opportunities to audition for solos and for festivals off campus.

Coding & 3D Printing (2)
Continue your learning about coding from fourth grade Technology class! Learn the basics of 3D printing and practice by creating your own pieces.

French B (5)
Students who demonstrate proficiency in this class have the choice of taking French II at EHS as a 9th grade student. Students who choose to take French in 8th grade will be well prepared for success in
French at EHS. This class is a continuation of 7th Grade French.

Library Helper (1)
Support the routines of the library

Outdoor Recess (1)

Outdoor Recess (2)

Outdoor Recess (3)

Outdoor Recess (4)

Outdoor Recess(5)

Guided Study (1)
Extended time to complete assignments, work on skills and independent reading time

Guided Study (2)

Guided Study (3)

Guided Study (4)

Guided Study (5)

Teacher Assistant (1)
Students will have the opportunity to support an elementary teacher in the classroom. For example, students may be asked to mentor a student, read to students or help prepare materials for class.

Teacher Assistant (2)

Video Creation including Green Screen (2)
Work in small groups to create video projects using iPads, Chromebooks and Green Screen technology. Groups will work on scripts, story boarding, props, effects, acting, editing and videoing scenes.

A World of Difference (1)
A peer leadership program to create leaders in school. Students will attend field trips and trainings out of school and then meet in school to learn leadership skills. Later in the year peer leaders will lead other students in learning activities around issues such as bullying, racism, and creating a positive school environment.