7 - Electives
Elective classes must have adequate registration requests to become part of this year's school schedule. Students requesting courses that are not offered due to low enrollment will be notified by their counselor and assigned their alternate elective choice.
Fine Arts - Semester Courses
M8410 Art 1
This is a semester-long course in which Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is the foundation for how students will explore art. Students will make sketchbooks and learn basic skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture. Students will learn how to develop ideas, organize and plan, work, and edit to refine and complete their art. In addition to the creation of art, students will also focus on responding to art. Responses will be made with art critique and by comparing/contrasting works of art. By the end of the course, students will turn in a portfolio presentation of all their hard work.
M8450 Drama 1
Drama 1 is a course that explores several aspects of drama that will enhance or develop the foundational basics of theater including:
- basic theater terminology,
- basic theater history,
- vocal and physical warm-ups,
- reflective writing,
- exploration of voice and body,
- ensemble building,
- reader’s theater.
Music - Full Year Courses
M7000 Band 7
Prerequisite: Band 6 & Teacher Recommendation
Seventh-grade Band is a continuation of Steger’s beginning Band program. It is open to all students who have successfully completed sixth-grade Band and who have the recommendation of their sixth-grade Band teacher. Students who are new to the district may join the Band if they have had a comparable experience in another school and complete a brief audition for the Hixson Band Directors. Seventh-grade Band members will continue to learn new fingerings and rhythms, and will concentrate on proper tone production. Students will complete lessons in music theory, music history, music technology and will perform a variety of middle school band music. The Band will give three concerts during the school year.
M8111 Choir 7
Seventh-grade Choir is a continuation of Steger’s choral program. It is open to all students. Students new to the program are encouraged to attend some help sessions to help them catch up. This class is designed to strengthen individual voices, as well as develop choral singing abilities. The class will focus on learning to sight read notes and rhythms, sing in 3-4 part harmony, and sing in different styles, languages, and genres. The 7th grade Choir class will perform one mandatory concert per semester. Students who are interested in performing with WGHS choir in the future are strongly encouraged to take this class.
M7003 Orchestra 7
Prerequisite: Orchestra 6
Seventh grade orchestra is a continuation of the Steger Orchestra Program. It is open to students who have successfully completed the sixth-grade Orchestra program. New students to the district and/or students who have studied privately are encouraged to audition with the orchestra teacher to determine if placement is appropriate. Orchestra students will work as a team to successfully perform three concerts a year. New playing techniques, like shifting, will be introduced in class and practiced individually outside of the school day. Students will learn how their performance literature relates to music theory, music history, and current global cultures. Regular practice outside of class is required as homework. Orchestra members are also invited to audition for the Hixson String Symphony, an after school group that collaborates with Wind Ensemble and Choir for two Sounds of Hixson concerts per year.
Practical Arts - Semester Courses
M8510 Family and Consumer Science 1
FACS 1 is designed to give students an introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences. Topics covered include:
- Food Prep
- Hand & Machine Sewing
- Child Development/Babysitting
M8610 Shop 1
This semester course is designed to allow students to gain hands-on experiences with power tools as well as hand tools. In the lab setting, this course will involve drafting, measurement, safety, and constructing projects. Students must pass a safety final, with 70% proficiency, before working with power tools/equipment in the lab.
Project choices in this class may include:
- puzzle/scroll saw object
- cutting board
- large cooking spoon or spatula
- triangle game
- paper towel rack
M0033 Technology Education 1
This course is designed to offer students useful tools for their learning, daily life, creativity, programming, and the basics of computer hardware. Students in this course will gain practical knowledge of various tech related software, online tools, extensions, and education related tools. Students gain problem solving skills as they encounter and resolve issues while using technological tools. Students will be challenged to apply technology to solve real world needs.
World Languages - Full Year Courses
Students who are interested in pursuing a foreign language in middle school may plan on a two-year course of study beginning in seventh grade with Level 1 and continuing with Level 2 in eighth grade. These two years count as the equivalent of Level 1 and 2 at the high school and allow a student the possibility to enroll in Level 3 as a freshman, depending on teacher recommendation. Therefore, these classes are for students who are able to manage the pace and workload of high school courses. Students may also begin a foreign language path by taking Level 1 in eighth grade or high school.
M8210 French 1
French 1 consists of a concentrated examination of the vocabulary, grammar, writing and culture of the language. Reinforcement of these concepts is achieved through conversations, games, skits, music, songs and cultural activities, in addition to textbook and workbook exercises in the target language. This course of study is for students who desire an intense view of a specific foreign language. Students completing this program may move on to a higher level upon entry to high school.
M8400 German 1
German 1 consists of a concentrated examination of the vocabulary, grammar, writing and culture of the language. Reinforcement of these concepts is achieved through conversations, games, skits, music, songs and cultural activities, in addition to written exercises in the target language. This course of study is for students who desire an intense view of a specific foreign language. Students completing this program may move on to a higher level upon entry to high school.
M8300 Spanish 1
Spanish 1 consists of a concentrated examination of the vocabulary, grammar, writing and culture of the language. Reinforcement of these concepts is achieved through conversations, games, skits, music, songs and cultural activities, in addition to textbook and workbook exercises in the target language. This course of study is for students who desire an intense view of a specific foreign language. Students completing this program may move on to a higher level upon entry to high school.
Algebra - Full Year Course M7220 Algebra
Prerequisite: Math 6
Students who did not meet the placement criteria to enroll in Algebra may elect to take it in place of an elective course. (Students who enroll in Algebra as an elective will take two math classes.) This is the beginning course in a sequence of college preparatory courses. Topics covered include solving formulas, graphing functions, analysis of linear functions, analysis of quadratic functions, analysis of basic exponential functions, solving inequalities, solving systems of equations, and sequences. It is highly recommended that students complete Math 8 prior to enrolling in Algebra. At the end of first semester of Algebra as an elective, students who are performing at a 75% or below will be moved out of Algebra and will be placed in a different elective course.
Peer Support - Semester Course M0156 Peer Support
Prerequisite: Counselor Recommendation
This course is for students that have an interest in exploring mentoring, social justice, inclusion, and leadership. Students will work with peers of differing abilities to support their learning of vocational and life-long skills. This semester-long class is an opportunity for students to develop relationships, mentor others, and demonstrate leadership.
Study Skills - Semester Course M0154 Study Skills
Students will learn study skills such as note-taking, time management, monitoring grades, and reading strategies. In addition to 20 minutes of daily silent reading and mini lessons on study skills, students will be able to apply the skills learned in class to their regular classwork and homework.