course of study grade 8

					                                 Percy Julian Middle School
                          Seventh Grade Electives for 2008 - 2009


The following are course descriptions for elective and exploratory classes next year.
Please fill in the grid with your choices. We work to schedule students into their top
choices whenever possible. Occasionally, combinations of certain choices may not be
possible. Each student has two elective periods plus physical education. These may be
filled with two full year classes or one full year and three trimester classes, or a
combination of six trimester classes. During one of the elective periods students working
below grade level in reading, writing and/or math will be assigned to a small group to work
with their core teacher on improving skills in these areas. Students and parents will be
notified of placement in this class prior to the beginning of school.


                                           Full Year Courses

Year Long Rotation: This full year course may include a rotation of five classes from the
following subjects -- applied arts (art in solid media such as wood, clay), fine arts (painting,
drawing, sculpture), general music (singing, composing, percussion instruments, musical
heritage), family and consumer science (cooking, sewing, nutrition, consumer economics),
writing workshop (using laptop computers to organize and create written works), French
Culture and technology. A minimum of five courses will be part of the exploratory wheel.
Courses will vary slightly depending on morning or afternoon placement and enrollment
requests.

Spanish I: This full year course is offered to 7th and 8th grade students who wish to
study Spanish. Topics include writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Spanish II requires
special permission; placement in Spanish II will be based on previous experience with the
Spanish language.

French 1: This full year course is offered to 7th and 8th grade students who wish to
study French. Topics include writing, reading, listening, and speaking. French II requires
special permission; placement in French II will be based on previous experience with the
French language.

Chorus: Interested and talented singers may elect to join the Chorus for a full year.
Chorus members will have daily practices and participate in evening performances during
the school year. Students will have the opportunity to perform a variety of cultural &
popular music.



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Band or Orchestra: Four courses are offered as full year offerings, three levels of band
and one of orchestra. Instrumental music students will have daily practices and be
required to attend evening performances. All orchestra students must have some previous
experience with violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Band is available to all woodwind, brass,
and percussion students. Any student who has not previously participated in band will need
the band director’s approval to enroll. Recommendations for the level of band are received
from the previous year’s instructor.

Virtual Classroom:  Virtual Classroom is a full year tele-collaborative, experience. 
Students create projects, gather the information, collaborate with students around the
world and publish on the web.  Work outside the class period is required. Prior knowledge
of web design not needed. The most important requirements for students are the ability
to take responsibility for independent learning and a commitment to the success of the
group.  Parental permission to publish work and photos  on the web is expected for all
participants.  Limited to twenty students per class; both 7th & 8th graders are included in
each class. 




                                           Trimester Courses

Writing Workshop: Writing workshop uses computer technology and provides a trimester
experience for students to pursue creative writing, poetry, and publishing. The class is
open to both 7th and 8th grades. It is the place for students who love to write! Students
may choose to take this class for 2 trimesters.

Piano Lab: This trimester course is offered to 7th and 8th graders interested in playing
the piano in a lab setting. This course is available to all skill levels, including beginners.
Students may choose to take this class for 2 trimesters.

Career Modular Technology (CMT): This trimester course is offered to 7th and 8th
graders interested in exploring various career choices using state of the art technology
and simulated “real work” assignments. Some modules include flight technology, video
production, robotics, computer graphics, and animation, etc. Students may choose to take
this class for 2 trimesters.




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                                 Percy Julian Middle School
                           Seventh Grade Electives for 2008-2009
                                      Selection Sheet
Student
Name_______________________________________________________________
         (please print)
 th
6 Grade
Team_________________6thgradeAdvisor_________________________________

    •   You can choose two year-long classes (example: Band and Spanish).
    •   You can choose one year-long class and three trimester classes (example:
        Spanish, FACS, Applied Arts, Fine arts)
    •   You can choose six trimester classes (example: Piano Lab,CMT, Writing
        Workshop)
    •   NOTE: You may take the same trimester course twice.

                         Trimester 1                    Trimester 2                 Trimester 3

Choice 1



Choice 2




Alternates

****If a problem-based learning class were offered for students who are
academically talented and who participated in the GTD (gifted) Program last year
check the box to enroll your student in this elective class.



                                           Approval of Elective Choices

Parent Signature:                                                           Date:

Home Phone:                                                   Work Phone:


     Please return to your child’s sixth grade advisory teacher no later than 5/9/08

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