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SkyView Academy Middle School Electives Course Descriptions

BEGINNING BAND

In the first year, my goal as your band director is to equip you with the knowledge and ability to play your instrument as an individual, as well as a member of both small and large groups.  We will accomplish this goal by learning musical concepts and theory, the basics of your instrument, and your responsibilities as a member of a full band.

CONCERT BAND  (Year 2)

In the second year of instrumental music, my goal as your band director is to build on the knowledge we started last year, while emphasizing your role as a member of both small and large groups. We will accomplish this goal by continuing to learn musical concepts and theory, more advanced techniques on your instrument, and your responsibilities as a member of a full band. Performance will be emphasized.

CONCERT BAND  (Year 3)

In the third year of instrumental music, my goal as your band director is to build on the knowledge we gathered last year, while encouraging individual musicianship and mastery of elevated music concepts, such as style, articulation, and mixed meter. We will accomplish these goals by continuing to learn musical concepts and theory, and your responsibilities as a member of a full band. Performance will be emphasized.

7th GRADE MUSIC APPRECIATION  

This seventh grade music class is designed for the non-performance oriented student.  We will continue the Core Knowledge sequence, including the evolution of Western Music, modern music, music history, world music, and basic music concepts.

CHOIR

Choir is a year-long class, which also includes at least four night performances.  This is a performance class so participation is required.  Students in choir will learn to be well-rounded musicians by studying music from all over the world, as well as American, Pop, and Broadway.  Students will also learn to read  music and understand music terminology, as well as learn to sing in 2 and 3 part music.

DRAMA

This course offers the opportunity for a variety of theatre experiences in the areas of performance, technical theatre and stagecraft.  Areas of study may include the Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration, Neo Classical and Modern eras.  Classwork may include the following: Scriptwriting, mask making, set, costume, makeup, light, sound and poster design, scene work, monologues, stage combat, improvisation, and pantomime.   The emphasis of the class is the development of public speaking skills, beginning acting skills and team building as well as an introduction to theatre history.

6th GRADE ART

6th grade art is a continuation of our Core Knowledge content. During the year, you will explore art history ranging from Classical Art up until American and European Realism painting. In addition, we will continue to cover the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. You will create artworks using a variety of art media, including various paints, drawing from real life, sculpture, and ceramics. As you begin middle school, we will start to use more advanced art practices and art history, which can include research and quizzes, as well. Because art will be every day, you will be able to complete projects that involve more time and preparation. The majority of your grades will come from larger projects that will be supported by participation, sketchbook work, and reflections.

 

7th GRADE ART

7th grade art is a continuation of our Core Knowledge content. This will be an exciting year for students interested in learning more about painting. Of course, there will be something for every artist. We will explore media such as acrylic, watercolor, tempera, drawing, sculpture, collage, and ceramics. This year we will make our way through the following art movements: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism/Abstraction, Surrealism, and Modern American painting. As with last year, your grades will predominantly come from your larger art projects and will be supplemented with participation, sketchbook work, and reflections.

 

8th GRADE ART

8th Grade Art is the final year of the Core Knowledge curriculum. Within this year, we will focus exclusively on 20th century artists and works. We will cover the following movements and areas: Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, The Harlem Renaissance, 20th Century Photography, 20th Century Sculpture, and Architecture since the Industrial Revolution. Much of the artwork we will cover carries specific relevance for the time period in which it was created, making the historical portion that much more important to study. We will cover media such as acrylic painting, collage, photography, sculpture, printmaking, and ceramics. As usual, the majority of grades will come from larger studio projects that will be supplemented with participation, sketchbook work, and reflections.

6th GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

6th grade P.E. includes the following: Fitness testing, Marathon Challenge, Multicultural dance & games unit, Nutrition unit, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, and Taekwondo.

7th GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

7th grade P.E. includes the following: Fitness testing, Marathon Challenge, Fitness routines unit, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, and Taekwondo.

8th GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

8th grade P.E. includes the following: Fitness testing, Marathon Challenge, Invent a Game unit, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Lacrosse, and Taekwondo.

6th GRADE TECHNOLOGY

The 6th Grade Technology class teaches students to communicate, collaborate, and increase productivity utilizing current web-based tools.  Students are challenged to learn a variety of applications that assist them in completing daily assignments and larger projects.  This course covers the following units:

  • Digital Citizenship - Teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too.  Digital Citizenship empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st-century skills are essential for students to harness the full potential of technology for learning.  Lessons cover:
  • DIGITAL LIFE 101 - What is the place of digital media in our lives?
  • STRATEGIC SEARCHING - What steps can help you find what you're looking for when you search online?
  • SCAMS AND SCHEMES - What is identity theft, and how you can protect yourself from it?
  • CYBERBULLYING: BE UPSTANDING - How do you judge the intentions and impact of people's words and actions online?
  • A CREATOR'S RIGHTS - What rights do you have as a creator?
  • Keyboarding - weekly practice of proper hand and finger positions for keyboarding.  Students follow a self-paced course, set individual goals, and work to improve keyboarding speed and accuracy.
  • Computer and Internet Basics  - students gain a basic understanding of computer hardware, software, platforms, and operating systems.
  • Google Docs / Sites - students learn and demonstrate mastery of basic word processing techniques.  Students create a digital portfolio in Google Sites and populate the site with their work from Technology Class.
  • Google Sheets  - students learn and demonstrate mastery of basic spreadsheet techniques.
  • Google Calendar / Gmail  - students learn how to incorporate these tools into their lives, including the latest tips for increasing efficiency.

7th GRADE TECHNOLOGY

The 7th Grade Technology class builds on the foundational skills of the 6th Grade Technology class.  It teaches students to communicate, collaborate, and increase productivity utilizing current web-based tools.  Students are challenged to learn a variety of applications that assist them in completing daily assignments and larger projects.   This course covers the following units:

  • Digital Citizenship - Teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too.  Digital Citizenship empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st-century skills are essential for students to harness the full potential of technology for learning.  Lessons cover:
  • MY MEDIA - What are your personal media habits, and how much time do you spend with different forms of media?
  • A CREATOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES - What responsibilities do you have to respect others' creative work?
  • SAFE ONLINE TALK - How should you handle inappropriate online talk?
  • WHICH ME SHOULD I BE? - What are the outcomes of presenting yourself in different ways online?
  • GENDER STEREOTYPES ONLINE - What are gender stereotypes, and can they shape our experiences online?
  • Keyboarding - weekly practice of proper hand and finger positions for keyboarding.  Students follow a self-paced course, set individual goals, and work to improve keyboarding speed and accuracy.
  • Animation - students learn to follow instructions to animate one or more objects using Blender.
  • Google Docs / Sites - students learn and demonstrate mastery of intermediate word processing techniques.   Students create a digital portfolio in Google Sites and populate the site with their work from Technology Class.
  • Google Sheets - students learn and demonstrate mastery of intermediate spreadsheet techniques.
  • Video Editing - students learn and practice the steps to planning and producing short videos.

8th GRADE TECHNOLOGY

The 8th Grade Technology class builds on the intermediate skills of the 7th Grade Technology class.  It teaches students to communicate, collaborate, and increase productivity utilizing current web-based tools.  Students are challenged to learn a variety of applications that assist them in completing daily assignments and larger projects.   This course covers the following units:

  • Digital Citizenship - Teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too.  Digital Citizenship empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st-century skills are essential for students to harness the full potential of technology for learning.  Lessons cover:
  • TRILLION-DOLLAR FOOTPRINT - What is a digital footprint, and what does yours convey?

  • IDENTIFYING HIGH-QUALITY SITES - When can you trust what you find on the Internet?

  • THE REALITY OF DIGITAL DRAMA-  Does the way we think about digital drama have anything to do with gender?

  • CYBERBULLYING: CROSSING THE LINE - When does inappropriate online behavior cross the line into cyberbullying, and what can you do about it?

  • REWORK, REUSE, REMIX - What rights do you have as a creator?

  • Keyboarding - weekly practice of proper hand and finger positions for keyboarding.  Students follow a self-paced course, set individual goals, and work to improve keyboarding speed and accuracy.  Students strive to meet the Colorado state keyboarding standards for 8th graders and the SVA keyboarding standards for incoming freshmen.
  • Animation - students learn intermediate animation techniques using Blender.
  • Google Docs / Sites - students learn and demonstrate mastery of advanced word processing techniques.   Students create a digital portfolio in Google Sites and populate the site with their work from Technology Class.
  • Google Sheets - students learn and demonstrate mastery of advanced  spreadsheet techniques.
  • Video Editing - students learn intermediate video production techniques.

8th GRADE YEARBOOK

A yearbook is one of the most important books a student will own.  Our class work becomes someone’s keepsake.  This class is a year long, project based course in which the students produce the complete yearbook for SkyView Academy Middle School.  Journalism concepts and skills covered include:  photography, captions, teamwork, deadlines, yearbook terminology and standards, spreads, eDesign, and Keyboarding.

LEADERSHIP

When students discover their own self-worth and approach life prepared to achieve, the opportunities are endless. This is the philosophy behind SkyView Academy's Leadership course. The course teaches students to take responsibility, express themselves, and handle problems and decisions when they arise. It also teaches students team building strategies, as well as build skills in public speaking and personal finances. In the end, Teen Leadership gives students an appreciation for the need of a vision in goal-setting, personally and professionally.

PLEASE NOTE:Course descriptions are subject to change at instructor’s discretion.