6th Grade Course Requests for 2020-2021
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Core Courses

All students are required to take the following Core classes. These classes will be assigned for them.

Humanities Block (ELA and Social Studies; Year-Long)

STEM Block (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Year-Long)

PE (Semester-Long)
YEAR-LONG Encore Elective Course Descriptions (Click on the link in your email message for Video Thumbnails of Elective Options)
Band
6th grade Beginning Band is for beginning level music students. This course is designed for the beginning instrumentalist who needs to review music essentials prior to entering intermediate band. Group performances may be required outside of school hours. Student attendance at public performance is mandatory. Band is a yearlong elective. If you choose Band you will also have one ESE course assigned at random by the computer scheduler to complete your schedule.

Choir
Choir is designed for the beginning vocal student. Members will learn singing technique, how to read music and to perform as part of a group. Group performances may be required outside of school hours. Choir is a yearlong elective. If you choose Choir you will also have one ESE course assigned at random by the computer scheduler to complete your schedule.

Orchestra
This course is designed to provide students who play a violin, viola, cello or string bass an opportunity to refine prior playing skills and learn new skills in a performance ensemble. Students may need to purchase a music book for this class, and they will learn to perform as part of a group. Group performances may be required outside of school hours. Orchestra is a yearlong elective. If you choose Orchestra you will also have one ESE course assigned at random by the computer scheduler to complete your schedule.

ESE (Exploring Secondary Electives)
These are semester or quarter-long courses intended as an introduction of our school’s elective programs. Students will be randomly assigned ESE courses each semester and the course work offered in each program will be activity-oriented with a hands-on emphasis. The elective courses that a student might be assigned may include but are not limited to: Art, Technology, Leadership, Drama, and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).
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Academic Support Courses
Academic Support courses are assigned for students who have not met state or district grade level standards. Academic Support courses take the place of an Encore elective.

Language Arts Support
It is the goal at John Sedgwick Middle School that all students be effective readers and writers who read and write at grade level. Students will be identified using STAR and SBA testing data, district reading assessments, and teacher/parent recommendations. Students will practice strategies to become more fluent, confident readers and writers. Language Arts Support takes the slot of one Encore elective, and may be taken for multiple quarters or semesters.

Math Support
It is the goal at John Sedgwick Middle School that all students be proficient in math. Students will be identified using SBA testing data, math baseline tests, and teacher recommendations. Students will learn strategies to improve math skills along with becoming more effective math problem solvers. Instruction will support student progress in the regular math class and will involve pre-teaching and re-teaching regular math course concepts targeted to each student’s identified needs. Math Support takes the slot of one encore elective, and may be taken for multiple quarters or semesters.
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