8 - 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

    Prerequisite: None
    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.

    M8420 Art 2

    Prerequisite: Art 1
    This is a semester-long course that incorporates the concepts of Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) for students who have successfully completed Art 1. Students will expand on what they learned in Art 1. More emphasis is made in refining skills and on presentation of artwork. Students make sketchbooks, enhance their skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture and create unique works of art that they plan, develop, and refine themselves. In addition to the creation of art, there is a focus on using art to make a connection. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio presentation that showcases their ability to create meaningful art.

    M8430 Art 3

    Prerequisite: Art 2
    This class is designed for the serious art student who would like to explore a specific genre, subject, or art medium in depth who has successfully completed Art 2. Students will be required to plan in a sketchbook, meet with the teacher to discuss plans and materials, and work independently as an artist. In addition to the creation of art, students will learn more about presentation of work. At the end of the course, they are required to show their work as a collection, promote the show, and make a portfolio presentation that showcases their work.

    M8450 Drama 1

    Prerequisite: None
    Drama 1 is a course that explores several aspects of drama that will enhance or develop the foundational basics of theater including:

    • scriptwriting,
      basic theater terminology,
    • basic theater history,
    • vocal and physical warm-ups,
    • reflective writing,
    • exploration of voice and body,
    • ensemble building,
    • pantomime,
    • improvisation, and
    • reader’s theater.

    M8460 Drama 2
    Prerequisite: Drama 1
    Drama 2 builds upon the theater skills learned in Drama 1. Students will further deepen their understanding and skill set exploring various aspects of drama, including:

    • scene study,
    • monologue and audition skills,
    • script analysis,
    • acting for the camera,
    • character development, and
    • introduction to Shakespeare and stage combat.

    Music - Full Year Courses
    M8000 Band 8
    Prerequisite: Band 7 & Teacher Recommendation
    Eighth-grade Band is open to all students who have successfully completed seventh-grade Band. Students who are new to our school program may join the Band if they have had a comparable experience in another school and complete a brief audition for the Hixson Band Directors. Students will continue to develop individual playing skills and will perform a variety of music. Students will also complete lessons in music theory, music history and music technology. The 8th grade Band will perform three concerts in addition to the 8th Grade Band tour during the school year.

    M8100 Choir 8

    Prerequisite: None
    The Eighth grade Choir is a continuation of the 6th and 7th grade classes, and is open to all students who want to improve their singing. Students who have not gone through the Choir program are welcome to join and will receive learning aids 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 8th grade Choir class will perform one mandatory concert per semester. Students who are interested in performing with the WGHS choir in the future are strongly encouraged to take this class.

    M6900 Beginning Orchestra

    Prerequisite: None
    Beginning Orchestra is a first year orchestra class offered to students who have little to no experience playing a stringed instrument. Students who are interested in playing violin, viola, cello, or stand-up bass will learn to read and play music on their instrument of choice at a beginner level. Students will be required to rent or purchase their own instrument and music book for the class. Students who choose violin or viola will bring their own instrument to class to use every day and take home for home practice. Students who choose cello or stand-up bass will use a school instrument for class and keep their personal instrument at home for home practice. Regular practice outside of class is required as homework. Orchestra students will work as a team to successfully perform three concerts a year. Students will learn how their performance literature relates to music theory, music history, and current global cultures.

    M6901 Intermediate Orchestra
    Prerequisite: District Placement Criteria
    Intermediate Orchestra is a second level orchestra. It is open to all students who have successfully completed at least one year of experience on their instrument in an orchestra class or private lessons with a certified orchestra teacher. Students are required to audition for this class with approval from the Hixson orchestra director to register. New techniques and concepts will be introduced that build on the foundational skills and knowledge previously learned in the beginning stages. Students will be required to rent or purchase their own instrument and music book for the class. Students who play violin or viola will bring their own instrument to class to use every day and take home for home practice. Students who play cello or stand-up bass will use a school instrument for class and keep their personal instrument at home for home practice. Regular practice outside of class is required as homework. Orchestra students will work as a team to successfully perform three concerts a year. Students will learn how their performance literature relates to music theory, music history, and current global cultures. Orchestra members are also invited to audition for the Hixson Honors Orchestra, an after school group that collaborates with Wind Ensemble and Choir for two Sounds of Hixson concerts per year.

    M6902 Advanced Orchestra

    Prerequisite: District Placement Criteria
    Advanced Orchestra is an upper level orchestra. It is open to all students who have successfully completed at least one year of experience on their instrument in an orchestra class or private lessons with a certified orchestra teacher. Students are required to audition for this class with approval from the Hixson orchestra director to register. New techniques and concepts will be introduced that continue to build on skills and knowledge previously learned at an intermediate playing level. Students will be required to rent or purchase their own instrument and music book for the class. Students who play violin or viola will bring their own instrument to class to use every day and take home for home practice. Students who play cello or stand-up bass will use a school instrument for class and keep their personal instrument at home for home practice. Regular practice outside of class is required as homework. Orchestra students will work as a team to successfully perform three concerts a year, in addition to an orchestra tour around the district. Students will learn how their performance literature relates to music theory, music history, and current global cultures. Orchestra members are also invited to audition for the Hixson Honors Orchestra, 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

    Prerequisite: None
    FACS 1 is designed to give students an introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences. Topics covered include:

    • Food Prep,
    • Nutrition,
    • Hand & Machine Sewing, and
    • Child Development/Babysitting.

    M8520 Family and Consumer Science 2
    Prerequisite: FACS 1
    FACS 2 is offered to students who have successfully completed FACS 1. Students will build upon knowledge gained in FACS 1 about food prep, nutrition, and hand and machine sewing as well as gain an introduction to interior design.

    M8530 Family and Consumer Science 3

    Prerequisite: FACS 2
    FACS 3 is offered to students who have successfully completed FACS 1 and 2. Students in this class will engage in independent and group interest based projects surrounding nutrition and food preparation, sewing, child development, interior design, and/or careers.

    M8610 Shop 1

    Prerequisite: None
    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:

    • lettering,
    • puzzle/scroll saw object,
    • truss/bridge,
    • catapult,
    • cutting board,
    • large cooking spoon or spatula,
    • triangle game, and
    • a paper towel rack.

    M8620 Shop 2
    Prerequisite: Shop 1
    This semester course is offered to students who have successfully completed Industrial Technology 1. This class will build upon the knowledge gained on drafting, measurement, safety and constructing projects. Students will work with a variety of materials including metal, plastic, and wood. ​Students must pass a safety final, with 70% proficiency, before working with power tools/equipment in the lab.

    Projects in this class may include:

    • pencil tray,
    • keychains,
    • puzzle/scroll saw object,
    • wooden mallet,
    • large wood project,
    • jewelry box,
    • intarsia with frame,
    • kitchen pegboard,
    • bookends, and
    • large cooking spoon or spatula.

    M0033 Technology Education 1
    Prerequisite: None
    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.

    M0034 Technology Education 2

    Prerequisite: Technology Education 1
    Students will use the skills gained in Technology Education 1 to solve real-world problems. In this service learning course, students will identify a problem within their community, country, or world and work to design a solution.

    M0090 Digital Multimedia Arts

    Prerequisite: None
    Middle School students in our Digital Multimedia Arts class will be challenged to express ideas through various digital media technologies. They will explore a wide range of programs, web-based media, and applications to create images, photographs, videos, websites, and more. Students work individually as well as collaboratively while considering their intended audience, mode of expression, and editing skills. This class will be blended with “real world” activities and situations.

    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 by taking Level 1 in eighth grade or high school.

    M8210 French 1
    Prerequisite: None
    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 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.

    M8200 French 2

    Prerequisite: French 2
    This class is for students who have successfully completed French 1. French 2 stresses a continued mastery of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. In addition to an in-depth study of vocabulary and grammar, various cultural elements of the language will be explored. Students satisfactorily completing this class may move on to a higher level upon entry into high school.

    M8400 German 1

    Prerequisite: None
    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.

    M8405 German 2

    Prerequisite: German 1
    This class is for students who have successfully completed German 1. German 2 stresses a continued mastery of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. In addition to an in-depth study of vocabulary and grammar, various cultural elements of the language will be explored. Students satisfactorily completing this class may move on to a higher level upon entry into high school.

    M8300 Spanish 1

    Prerequisite: None
    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.

    M8304 Spanish 2

    Prerequisite: Spanish 1
    This class is for students who have successfully completed Spanish 1. Spanish 2 stresses a continued mastery of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. In addition to an in-depth study of vocabulary and grammar, various cultural elements of the language will be explored. Students satisfactorily completing this class may move on to a higher level upon entry into high school.

    Algebra - Full Year Course
    M7220 Algebra

    Prerequisite: Math 7
    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.

    Sustainability - Full-Year Course
    M0080 Sustainability

    Prerequisite: None
    This course will take an interdisciplinary approach in helping students understand inequities in our society relating to reducing environmental impact, food insecurity, and distribution of resources. Students will create environmentally sustainable solutions to community-based problems by auditing our environmental impact (ie: energy, waste, consumption etc), determining the needs of the community, and addressing those needs through community outreach. In addition, students will build raised beds and engage in urban gardening to grow food that can be distributed within the Hixson community and/or donated to local organizations to support others in need.

    Study Skills - Semester Course
    M0154 Study Skills

    Prerequisite: None
    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.