GORDON RUSSELL MIDDLE SCHOOL 6th Grade Forecasting for 2020-2021

Welcome to GRMS and middle school forecasting! In order to create a schedule you may be happy with, it is important to consider your choices seriously (We are unlikely to change your schedule once school begins).

Forecasting forms should be submitted by: ASAP
Student's FIRST Name *
Student's LAST Name *
5th Grade Teacher's Name? *
If Other, please type in Teacher's name:
Which elementary school are you coming from? *
If Other, please write in school name below:
If you will NOT be attending Gordon Russell MS next year, which school will you be attending?
6th Grade Schedule of Classes
All 6th graders will take the following year long courses:

⬩ Math
⬩ Language Arts
⬩ Social Studies
⬩ Science
⬩ PE / Health
⬩ Exploratory Wheel
⬩ Elective

Exploratory Wheel Courses
All 6th graders will participate in an Exploratory Wheel. Students will rotate through 12-week courses, which explore skills in keyboarding/technology, writing and success classes.

Strategies for Success - This course is designed to assist students in their organization, planning and preparedness for school. Study skills, note-taking and student advocacy techniques will be presented to help students transition from elementary to middle school.

Keyboarding/Technology - Keyboarding is a course designed to help students develop speed and accuracy by learning the touch operation of alphanumeric/keyboard characters. Emphasis is placed on the following: familiarity of the keyboard with desirable keyboarding techniques; development of speed and accuracy; and proper care of the equipment. As well, students will be introduced to Google Docs and how to use it for schoolwork.

Writing - This class is for students who have an interest in developing their skills as a writer. Writing modes that may be explored are imaginative: short stories, graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy writing.

Foundation Classes: These courses can be trimester or year-long depending on the student’s progress and understanding of the materials that support the core program (Math and Reading).
6th Grade Electives
These electives are intended to be year long. After reading the class descriptions, mark your choices 1st (first choice) to 5th (last choice). You may only use a number ONCE for all electives (ex. you can not choose a 1 for both Band and Choir because you like them both; one elective needs to be 1st and the other elective needs to be 2nd, or 3rd...)

Note: Depending on teacher recommendations and assessment results, students may have a math and/or reading intervention class instead of electives.
ART
Students will be introduced to basic art vocabulary and encouraged to acquire new skills through this activity-based art class. Students may be introduced to clay, painting, design, montage, watercolors, sculpture and more. Students will be introduced to color theory and will learn about primary, secondary, cool and warm colors. Our students will be given the opportunity to explore, create, and achieve through art.
AVID (Application Required)
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) prepares students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Students MUST APPLY to participate in this course. Applications link is enclosed. The applications are due by: Friday, May 29th. Please select this link to access the application IF you want to apply for AVID. Link for application https://forms.gle/WD8Bt49DtyWyxWzL6
BAND (Rental Fees apply)
Band consists of a group of student musicians who choose to play an instrument (flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, etc.), rehearse and perform instrumental music together. Beginner 6th-grade Band allows students to be a part of exciting concerts; As well, it sets them on a path to play in advanced ensembles in 7th and 8th grade. 6th-grade Band students will perform in at least two (2) evening concerts during the school year. Students are welcome to take private lessons, but no prior musical experience is required.
CHOIR
Choir is a course that explores choral music from a wide variety of cultures, time periods, and styles through the analysis, study and performance of music. The core curriculum emphasizes vocal technique, sight-reading, music theory, music literacy, and music history. Choir holds a high regard for musical excellence, story telling, and the development of a musician. This is a performance based class, though there are theory and worksheets to learn how to read music, singers are required to attend all concerts during the school year. By the end of the year, students will have learned professional rehearsal etiquette, sung in multiple languages, and experience the power of making music with people.
STEM
The goal of STEM is to foster a learning environment in which students are guided to produce original ideas, objects, and structures according to certain specifications using concepts and skills from math, science, and technology. The mission of the course is to grow students' capacity for creativity, fun, and back-loaded learning in a STEM context.
Please rank these elective classes in order from 1st to 5th choice *
Art
AVID
Band
Choir
STEM
1st Choice
2nd Choice
3rd Choice
4th Choice
5th Choice
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