Explore Course Descriptions
Students will focus on developing skills which include drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and collage. They will have the opportunity to experiment and refine skills using a variety of art media. Elements and principles of design will be emphasized in each project.
Band (Full Year)
Band is designed for the student who wants to learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument and interested in developing good musicianship skills. Practice at home and attendance at concerts are required.
Basic Computer Programming (Semester)
This course introduces students to basic computer programming. Students will use the Scratch program designed by M.I.T. to animate stories, create computer games, including a car race game, a PacMan game and a Frogger game.
Chorus (Full Year)
Through enrollment in Chorus, students develop skills to sing correctly and learn the basics of good musicianship through a variety of music. No previous singing experience is required. Practice at home and attendance at concerts are required.
Foreign Language Experience – Spanish (Semester)
This course is an introduction to Spanish. It includes culture, geography, and the mastery of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Some of the areas covered by the course include greetings, classroom, objects, commands, numbers, foods, time, colors, weather, seasons, months and days of the week. The purpose of this course is to expose students to a language that they might want to take high school.
Genius Hour (Semester)
This course is designed to let students take the reins to be creative, explore and investigate what interests them. This can be focused on anything from how the circulatory system of a horse works, to how to make a bow, to learning how a rover works and build a model of one. The sky's the limit during genius hour. The purpose of this course it to let the genius come out of each of them. Because this is a self-driven class, students must maintain a C or better in all classes to participate.
Horticulture/Green Architecture (Semester)
A course designed to give students a chance to work outside with their hands while learning about a variety of subjects. Students are tasked with the upkeep of the EMS Nature Center which includes planting, caring for, and harvesting the school/community garden. Students also assist the custodial staff with the upkeep of the grounds.
Today’s students have grown up in an age of “green” choices. In this unit, students learn how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.
Medical Detectives/Design & Modeling (Semester)
Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.
Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.
Students are provided the opportunity to learn about computer graphics and become comfortable with the basic tools needed to edit photographs and design creative works of art in Adobe Photoshop. Projects and tutorials will teach them how to create a photomontage, design logos, edit photographs, and even draw in Photoshop.
Study Hall (Semester)
Students are assigned to a study room where they have the opportunity to complete school work. Students needing assistance from one of their teachers may see that teacher during this time if that teacher is available. Students who do not have homework that day, will be expected to work on math or reading interventions based on the MAP goals.