Jr. High - Electives


COMPUTER SCIENCE

GRADES 7 & 8
(Semester class – may be taken both semesters)

TEXT / SOFTWARE: Microsoft Word (Version XP)
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing v 11
File Management (teacher created material)
Microsoft Power Point (Version XP)
Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Excel
Typing Master

Students receive 45 minutes of instruction per day in the computer lab. The first semester covers typing for fine-tuning of keyboarding skills, Microsoft Word for word processing, Publisher for design and Power Point.

The second semester focuses on digital camera use, enhanced Power Point, and Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Note: Our Computer Lab has a PC platform maintained by a Novell Network. We have access to the Internet through the network, which enables students to receive “hands on” instruction. Students are permitted time on the Internet for projects under teacher supervision. We use Internet filtering software for inappropriate material. We also maintain a variety of state of the art peripheral equipment for use in the lab.

ART

Grades 7 & 8
(Semester class – may be taken both semesters.)

TEXT: Our Christian Heritage in Art (Kathryn L. Bell, 1999)
Reading Pictures (Lucy Rosenfeld, 1991)
Let’s Meet Famous Artisits (T.S. Denison & Co., 1991)
Teaching Art the Easy Way (Rainbow Artist’s Press, 1995)
300 Lessons in Art (J. Weston Walch, 1981)
Meet the Masterpieces (Bobby Chertok, 1992)
Academic Overview Revised 1/28/2008 Jr. High
Art Lessons for Middle School (J. Weston Walch, 1992)
Discovering Great Artists (Mary Ann F. Kohl, 1996)
God and Christian Artists (Barry Stebbing, 1999)
Scholastic Magazine (Scholastic Inc.)
Emphasis Art (Wachowiak, Harper and Row, 1985)
Elementary/Middle School Art Teacher (Helen D. Hume, 2000)

Students will increase their knowledge of the elements and principles of art and become familiar with an increased variety of media and techniques. Students will learn to understand and appreciate art from certain styles, time periods, and cultures. Students will learn to see the beauty of God’s world and express and emulate this beauty in their own art work.

YEARBOOK

Grades 7&8
(Year Class)

Students will design and construct the school yearbook through the use of Adobe Pagemaker and Photoshop.

INTERMEDIATE ACTING

Grades 7&8
(Year Class)

This class is designed for students who want to learn the basics of acting and how to have more confidence in front of an audience. The class covers relaxation and trust exercises, character, body and vocal development, basics of stage directions and body positions, stage terms, scene work, and audition processes. This is a “learn through doing” class. All students will be expected to participate in all activities. The class will perform before the school at least twice a year.
(This class is offered one period only and limited to no more than 14 students.)

ADVANCED ACTING

Grade 7 & 8 only
(Year Class)

This class is designed for students who have had previous acting classes or experience who want to have a more in depth study of acting techniques and performance. This is a performance class. All students will perform in a one act play during the first semester and a full length play during the second semester. They will write and perform in an on-camera commercial as their final project.
(This class is offered one period only and limited to no more than 14 students.)

TEACHER ASSISTANT

Grades 7&8
(Semester Class – can be taken both semesters)

This elective provides an opportunity for students to assist teachers in the classroom. Students will help in various capacities such as correcting papers, tutoring, working with reading groups, etc.
(Number of students assigned to this class depends on number of teachers requesting help.)

BAND

Grades 7&8
(Year Class)

If you have at least two years experience playing a band instrument (brass, woodwind, or percussion) then come and join the band! You will improve the playing technique of your instrument, and become a better musician by sight-reading new music. You will also develop listening skills by playing in an ensemble. We play traditional band repertoire as well as contemporary songs, marches, and hymn arrangements.

This performing ensemble will have opportunities to play for various school events.

(This class is offered one period only.)

STRING ENSEMBLE

Grades 7&8
(Year Class)

If you have at least two years experience playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) then come and join the String Ensemble. You will improve the playing technique of your instrument, become a better musician by sight-reading new music, and develop listening skills by playing in an ensemble. We play music from the classic tradition as well as carols, hymns, and worship songs. This ensemble will have opportunities to play for various school events.
(This class is offered one period only.)

SPANISH

Grades 7
(Year Class)

TEXT: Bienvenidos (D.C. Heath & Co., 1992)

This first year of Spanish will introduce the students to the basics of the Spanish language. They will develop skills in both written and spoken Spanish comprehension through different reading materials, vocabulary, grammar and listening activities. Learning experiences will be enhanced by class project, introduction to Hispanic art and fieldtrips.

SPANISH

Grades 8
(Year Class)

TEXT: Dia a Dia (D.C. Heath & Co., 1992)

This second year of Spanish is designed for those who have successfully completed their first year of Spanish. The students will have a more in-depth study of the Spanish language. They will be introduced to a wide variety of topics including practical everyday life situations. During the second year, emphasis is placed on developing oral skills through audio material and more “hands-on” teaching time.

STUDY HALL

Grades 7&8

This class is offered for those students who want, or need, extra study time during the school day. Students will be expected to bring work on a daily basis and be a productive member of the class, allowing themselves and others to use the time wisely.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Grades 7&8
(Year Class)

We believe that physical education is an important part of our total educational process, and is highly emphasized at Calvary. The overall goal of our P.E. program is to have each student be physically fit and to instill a desire to maintain life long physical fitness through exercise and sports. It is also our goal to prepare the students with a broad understanding in a variety of sports, teaching the value of teamwork. Each day in P.E. high moral attitudes and good sportsmanship, along with respect to the teachers and their peers will be expected from each student, centering on living a godly life.

If your student would be involved in our after-school sports program, please be aware that they would miss a lot of class time due to away game schedules. Keeping up in the more academic electives will require extra effort.