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Teacher Name (Last, First)
Elective Course Name
Grade LevelElective Course DescriptionMichigan State Subject Area Code
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Adams, LindsayDaily Announcements7Students in Daily Announcements create a daily student news video. Students learn technology skills including filming, and editing in iMovie. They also work on public speaking and presentation for the broadcasts.
61 - Communication and Audio/Video Technology (prior to secondary)
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Allison, KimberlyCoding7This course is designed to introduce middle school students to computer science and programming concepts. Using curriculum from Code.org, students will create interactive games, stories, and art that they can share with anyone. At the end of the course, students will have written programs to build composite images, animations, and a complete video game of their own design, all of which can be shared to demonstrate mastery of programming.60 - Computer and Information Sciences (prior to secondary)
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Bickel, BethanyChoir7, 8Western Middle School choirs offer a chance to develop vocal technique, music theory, and performance skills through a variety of styles and genres of music. Seventh grade offers separate boys and girls choirs for beginners and eighth grade choir is mixed. Choirs are team taught by Bethany Bickel and Ron Rudland with accompanist Sue Griffith. 55 - Fine and Performing Arts (prior to secondary)
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Bickel, BethanyCreative Arts6Creative Arts is an introduction to drama and team building games that sixth graders who are not in band will take as part of a nine week rotation. We focus on physical activities that get students moving and interacting with a variety of peers. 72 - Miscellaneous (prior to secondary)
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Densmore, Ted6th grade shop6This is a hands-on program designed to motivate and enable students to learn how to safely use equipment and create projects. This class will cover several units that will require students to use various tools to create a project and/or learn new skills. This is a basic STEM class.71 - Engineering and Technology (prior to secondary)
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Densmore, TedDesign Technology7This program is a hands on course designed to motivate and enable students to learn about manufacturing and design. The STEM units willl include: simple machines, civil planning, measurement, and multiview drawing. Students will work in cooperative teams as well as alone throughout the semester.71 - Engineering and Technology (prior to secondary)
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Densmore, TedApplied Technology8This is a hands-on course focused on Robotics. The students will be building and programming robots to perform various task. This STEM class will teach students about various sensors and motors that make up automation and robotics.71 - Engineering and Technology (prior to secondary)
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Densmore, TedEngine Technology8This is a hands-on program focusing on 2 and 4 stroke engines. Students will learn everything from carburetors to complete engine rebuild. This STEM class will include proper tool use and terminology, welding, and brake systems.71 - Engineering and Technology (prior to secondary)
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Freese, BrianEd Tech7Ed Tech is designed to create learners who are ready to use technology in real world applications. Students will learn typing, digital citizenship, digital footprints, iMovie and how to create powerful presentations.60 - Computer and Information Sciences (prior to secondary)
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Freese, Brian
World Outside of Parma
7World Outside of Parma is designed to show students what exists outside of their daily lives. Student will learn current events, human rights, and types of governments.54 - Social Sciences and History (prior to secondary)
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Garnett, JuliaArt6, 7, 8Students will develop an online art portfolio. Through this process they will be encouraged to use creative thinking skills to solve problems presented by different materials and procedures associated with drawing, painting, and sculpting. They will expand their knowledge of art through the study of aesthetics, art criticism, art history and art production. 55 - Fine and Performing Arts (prior to secondary)
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Greenslade, TeresaSpeech7This elective focuses on different areas of public speaking: pace, pitch, volume, fluency, organization, facial/hand gestures, visuals, emotions, etc. The goal is to leave Speech - much more comfortable speaking in front of audiences - and learning the proper techniques in which to use in public speaking.
61 - Communication and Audio/Video Technology (prior to secondary)
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Hinkle, MargaretLet's Talk8Students will improve their ability to talk clearly, competently, and confidently in front of others. This will be done by exploring different types of speaking such as humorous monologues, informative speaking, impromptu speaking and acting, dramatic presentations of poetry and prose, new reporting simulation, dramatic group presentations, debate, and persuasive speaking. 51 - English Language Arts and Literature (prior to secondary)
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Hinkle, TimMath Enrichment7Common Core State Standards (CCSS) now drive our Seventh Grade Math course description. Our Math Enrichment course supports these seventh grade Common Core State Standards interpreted Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) areas of study. 52 - Mathematics (prior to secondary)
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Hoffman, SchollPhysical Education 77Western Middle School’s Physical Education program consists of one semester for 7th and 8th graders and follows Michigan's EPEC curriculum. Students in seventh and eighth grades are expected to dress for P.E. every day and participate to the best of his/her ability. Dressing for P.E. daily includes: roomy shirt with sleeves, shorts at least fingertip length or capri/sweat pants, socks and appropriate shoes for running. Students will receive instruction in golf, tennis, personal conditioning, basketball and volleyball. Students will be pre- and post-tested in a variety of physical activities such as push ups, wall sits, abdominal crunches, and running 800 meters under five minutes. WMS provides all 7th and 8th P.E. students with a locker and a lock which must be turned in when the student has completed the WMS P.E. requirement. 58 - Physical, Health, and Safety Education (prior to secondary)
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Hoffman, SchollPhysical Education 88Western Middle School’s Physical Education program consists of one semester for 7th and 8th graders and follows Michigan's EPEC curriculum. Students in seventh and eighth grades are expected to dress for P.E. every day and participate to the best of his/her ability. Dressing for P.E. daily includes: roomy shirt with sleeves, shorts at least fingertip length or capri/sweat pants, socks and appropriate shoes for running. Students will receive instruction in golf, tennis, personal conditioning, basketball and volleyball. Students will be pre- and post-tested in a variety of physical activities such as push ups, wall sits, abdominal crunches, and running 800 meters under five minutes. WMS provides all 7th and 8th P.E. students with a locker and a lock which must be turned in when the student has completed the WMS P.E. requirement. 58 - Physical, Health, and Safety Education (prior to secondary)
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Inosencio, Kelly7th Grade Computers7This course is a beginning computer class. The objective of this course is to provide middle school students with an introduction to the principles of computer science, internet safety, digital citizenship, internet usage and computer applications, such as word processing using Pages, spread sheets using Numbers, and presentations using Keynote. Having good keyboarding and typing skills will be essential for students not only now but in their future. Therefore, students will also work daily on their typing skills. Their progress will be monitored, and this portion of their grade will be effort based.
60 - Computer and Information Sciences (prior to secondary)
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Kiebler, KristinAnalyze This8This curriculum is based on the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Units. The two units are Climate Change dealing with Science and Impacts and Ecosystems and Biodiversity. The units will also focus on technology skills of data collection, graphing, and spreadsheets. The students will not only focus on the how to, but the analysis of data, drawing conclusions, and properly arguing a point of view based on their data analysis. As daily warm-up students will work on typing skills on both the laptops and their iPads to increase their productivity speeds. 60 - Computer and Information Sciences (prior to secondary)
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Kraetzer, LisaFrench Culture8This is an exploratory class in French language and its culture. Students will study some basic introductory language units including common greetings, alphabet, numbers, how to tell time, months, days, colors and clothing in preparation as iff they might go abroad to study. Students also are exposed to French cultural aspects such as some history, art, the language around the world and holiday traditions.56 - Foreign Language and Literature (prior to secondary)
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Kraetzer, LisaMindfulness8Many things are possible when you begin to practice mindfulness. It can create better self-awareness, decrease stress and anxiety, increase a sense of calm, help improve responses to difficult emotions, and increase empathy and understanding of others. In this class we will explore different exercises to promote this sense of well-being through breathing techniques, meditations, simple yoga poses, and an exploration of emotions and our individual responses to them.72 - Miscellaneous (prior to secondary)
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LaFrenier, LauraDigital Portfolio8Digital Portfolio class a 21st century mac-based computer based on the NETS-S (National Educational Technology Standards for Students). The class is designed to give students the opportunity to gain skills like typing, cyber safety, word processing, spreadsheet creation, and website creation in a meaningful and authentic format through activities like blogging, online lessons, and creating a digital portfolio using Google Sites. This course works in harmony with the other courses in the 7th and 8th grade Computers/Technology curriculum to give students a well-rounded technology education. 60 - Computer and Information Sciences (prior to secondary)
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McKibbin, KatinaStorytelling8This course is intended to allow for student exploration and expression. In the study of storytelling the students will both read and write frequently. The class will search for models of great writing and expression to analyze, try to emulate those techniques, and create individual works.51 - English Language Arts and Literature (prior to secondary)
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Mifsud, DavidSpanish7, 8
Students will learn basic Spanish skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
In addition, they will develop an interest and appreciation of the Spanish language and culture.

We will use a combination of traditional and a more modern approach to teaching a new language. In addition to reading and writing, students will naturally acquire Spanish through movement, storytelling and creativity.
56 - Foreign Language and Literature (prior to secondary)
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Mullins, KellyMoney Matters7Money Matters is an elective class that focuses on economics and money management. We will start off studying basic economic principles and terms. We will look at economics locally and globally. After we have covered economics we will moce on to personal finance. For this we will use Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance. Other resources we use are Foundations of Wealth video series, Junior Achiecement and Banzai. At the end of the semester students will have a Monopoly competition54 Social Sciences and History (prior to secondary)
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Mulnix, RyanCareer Cruising7Career Cruising is an introductory course that prepares 7th grade students to plan for the future. Students will begin with an interest inventory that will lead them into the possible careers. The class will then allow the students to take a closer look at each career. 72 - Miscellaneous (prior to secondary)
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Scholl, HoffmanPhysical Education 66WMS P.E. 6 is a nine week activity class for non-band students. Students may have one or two blocks of P.E. 6 throughout the year which is assigned randomly. Students will need running-style shoes and socks for class daily. Within the realm of the EPEC curriculum, students will receive instruction in golf, tennis, personal conditioning, basketball and volleyball.58 - Physical, Health, and Safety Education (prior to secondary)
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Showerman, JoeWhat's Next?8In What's Next? students are going to explore the many careers that are related to science. Students will get the opportunity to meet current professionals in the related fields and have hands on experiences that relate to the careers of focus.72 - Miscellaneous (prior to secondary)
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Vandenburg, JamieEngineering7Throughout this course students will practice the engineering design process. Students will design, research, test and evaluate their solutions to various problems or questions. Notable projects include building balsa wood truss bridges, an egg lander, magnetic-levitation cars, and Mine-craft pyramids. Students will utilize both math and science skills while designing and evaluating their projects.71 - Engineering and Technology (prior-to-secondary)
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