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    Meany Middle School Course Selection Form 2017-18


    2017-2018 Elective Options
    ***(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)***

    Art (all grades) Semester elective
    In this course we will experiment with a variety of materials to create a strong understanding of the basic elements of Art. Some projects will include drawing, painting, clay and collage. Students will work on both two and three-dimensional projects. Along with the projects we will also explore different artists and the style they worked in.

    Leadership (8th grade only) Semester elective
    This class is for responsible and innovative 8th graders who wish to make a difference at Meany Middle School. Students will learn about what it means to be leaders in their school community, how to work together effectively with a team of peers, and how to develop and implement projects. As a class, students will determine what projects they want to focus on during the semester both for MMS and for our surrounding communities. Throughout the semester, students may also have opportunities to support the work of the ASB.

    Teacher Assistant (7th and 8th grade only) Semester elective
    TA’s are carefully chosen. This position requires responsibility, organization and confidentiality. Student assistants perform a valuable service within the schools in assisting teachers and administrative staff. Skills acquired by students often prove to be extremely useful in the job market. It is hoped that establishing good work patterns such as dependability, following directions, completing the task, and working well with others will help the student in making the transition from the school to the community.

    Technology (All grades) Semester elective
    This semester-long course will focus on hardware and software use, information technology and media literacy, and programming and principles of computing. In this class, students will gain experience programming with a block-based language such as Scratch, learning to use the fundamentals of logic and computational thinking to solve problems.


    *Physical Education

    6th grade PE Semester or Yearlong elective
    The Physical Education program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports, and physical fitness activities. The students receive instruction in skills, rules and strategies associated with the different sports and games as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities, and the components of fitness. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, and friendly competition.

    7th/8th grade PE Semester or Yearlong elective
    The Physical Education program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports, and physical fitness activities. The students receive instruction in skills, rules and strategies associated with the different sports and games as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities, and the components of fitness. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, and friendly competition.

    *PHYSICAL EDUCATION is a requirement for one semester each year unless the student is granted a PE waiver. PE waivers with specific criteria in the three areas listed below are available on the SPS website:

    Students may be excused from any PE instruction for the following reasons:

    1. Physical Disability
    2. Religious Belief
    3. If a student is taking 6 year-long classes, and PE does not fit into the student’s schedule, then the student may also apply for a waiver for the following reason: “Participation in Directed Athletics”

    2017-18 Meany Music Program

    We are excited to announce the opening of the music program at the new Meany Middle School. The new school will have two new acoustically treated music rooms with modern storage facilities and new instruments. As with any new endeavor we are still the working out the details, when more information becomes available from the district we will finalize the schedule for 2017-18 school year. Currently we are projected to be at a little over half of our building capacity, as our enrollment increases will be adding music ensembles over time. Placement in ensembles will be based on teacher recommendations. If your student is not currently taking part in an ensemble please contact us about arranging an audition. Based on the information we currently have available these ensembles will be offered for the 2017-18 school year.

    Choir

    Must already be enrolled at previous school to continue this course at Meany Middle School.

    Orchestra

    All orchestra classes are year-long. • All grades • Placement is based on audition and/or SPS teacher recommendations.

    Cadet Orchestra: This class is for students with limited or no experience on their instrument. It is also an excellent place for students wishing to change to a different orchestra instrument including those frequently not offered in the Elementary Instrumental Music program such as Viola and Double Bass. The emphasis in this class is on basic technique and music reading, proper tone production, posture, intonation and rehearsal practices. This class focuses on orchestra as an ensemble as opposed to the individual instrument approach featured in the Elementary Instrumental Music Program. Instruments offered: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass (upright bass not bass guitar).

    Concert Orchestra: This class is for students with more experience playing in orchestra. This class has increased technical demands and the music performed requires higher level skills. The emphasis on music reading shifts from note reading to artistic interpretation of the written music. Instruments offered: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass (upright bass not bass guitar). Admission to this class requires permission from the instructor.

    Band

    All band classes are year-long • All grades • Placement is based on audition and/or SPS teacher recommendations.

    Cadet Band: This class is for students with limited or no experience on their instrument. It is also an excellent place for students wishing to change to a different band instrument including those frequently not offered in the Elementary Instrumental Music program such as Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Tuba and Euphonium. The emphasis in this class is on basic technique and music reading, proper tone production, posture, intonation and rehearsal practices. This class focuses on band as an ensemble as opposed to the individual instrument approach featured in the Elementary Instrumental Music Program. Instruments offered: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet / Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium / Baritone, Tuba and Percussion (percussionists are expected to play bells and a variety drums).

    Concert Band: This class is for students with more experience playing in band. This class has increased technical demands and the music performed requires higher level skills. The emphasis on music reading shifts from note reading to artistic interpretation of the written music. Instruments offered: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet / Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium / Baritone, Tuba and Percussion (percussionists are expected to play bells and a variety drums). Admission to this class requires permission from the instructor.

    Jazz Band: This class is for students with strong music reading and technical proficiency on their instrument. The class will explore various styles of both traditional and modern jazz in the setting of a standard swing band. Students will learn theory in order to practice improvisation.


    **World Languages

    All World Language classes are yearlong electives.

    Spanish (1A) (6th & 7th grade): This is a year-long course. Students learn the sounds, grammar and the syntax of the language interactively through conversations, stories and songs. This course undertakes the study of the present tense as well as other basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences. This course is taught using a communicative approach, so students often work in groups and pairs as they build language skills and begin to learn about Spanish culture. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people.

    Spanish (1B) (7th & 8th grade): This is a year-long course for seventh and eighth grade students who have previously taken Spanish 1A. This course continues building on prior knowledge from Spanish 1A. Study of the past tense is introduced, as well as other basic structures, which allow students to express themselves in more dynamic sentences. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a novice level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people. Some specific topics covered in this class: food and cuisine, clothing and fashion, expressions used during travel, daily routine, cultural pastimes, health and fitness, continuation of present tense conjugations, introduction of the past tense conjugations of regular and irregular verbs, and reflexive verbs.

    Spanish (2A) (8th grade): This is a year-long course for eighth grade students who have taken two years of middle school Spanish. This course continues to build on prior knowledge of Spanish 1A and1B and is equivalent to the second year high school course. Students should expect regular homework as this is a high school level course.

    First year French (1A) (6th & 7th grade): This is a year-long introductory course for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. French 1A is considered to be the first semester of high school French 1. This course undertakes the study of the present tense as well as other basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write French at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of French-speaking people. Some specific topics covered in this class: alphabet, colors, greetings, introducing yourself and others, discussing likes and dislikes, describing yourself and other people, hobbies, numbers, telling time, days of the week, seasons, months, weather, food, and present tense conjugations.

    Second year French (1B) (7th & 8th grade): This is a year-long course for seventh and eighth grade students. This course continues building on prior knowledge from French 1A and where students left off in their Bon Voyage! textbook. French 1B is considered to be the second semester of high school French 1. The study of the past tense is introduced, as well as other basic structures, which allow students to express themselves in more dynamic sentences. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, music, storytelling and projects.

    **WORLD LANGUAGE REQUESTS: Only students who took a world language in 7th grade and maintained a C average in their world language course are able to select to continue a world language in 8th grade.

    This is a high school level course. Students can apply to receive high school credits for successful completion of a world language class
    Spanish/French 1A & 1B = 1 high school credit
    Spanish/French 2 = 1 high school credit

    Japanese: Must already be enrolled at current school to continue this course at Meany Middle School