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6th Grade Registration

2nd Semester 2022

Grade 6 Elective Offerings

The list below include course descriptions for the Grade 6 Elective Courses.

Grade 6 students will automatically be assigned Health and PE, they will only have one additional elective option. If your student was scheduled into Health first semester, they will take PE second semester. If they took PE in the first semester, they will take Health in the second semester. 

Yearlong Courses

Introductory Band (previously Beginning Band) – This course is for beginning students and students with prior musical experience. They will learn to read and interpret sheet music correctly, play as an ensemble, and follow a conductor. Students will learn and improve technique and learn several exciting, diverse pieces of music. Band instruments are flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone,tuba, and percussion. Students who have other musical experience are welcome to take the course and learn a new instrument. We will help provide instruments to families. This is a yearlong course.

Introductory Orchestra (previously Beginning Orchestra) This course is for students who have little to no previous training on a string instrument. They will learn the basic techniques of posture, caring for the instrument and bow, position, bowing techniques, fingerings, and basic reading of rhythms and notes. They will also learn to play as an ensemble, follow a conductor, and learn several exciting, diverse pieces of music. Orchestra instruments are violin, viola, cello, and acoustic bass. Students who have other musical experience are welcome to take the course and learn a new instrument. We will help provide instruments to families. This is a yearlong course.

Semester Courses

Visual Arts Beginning – Welcome to Visual Arts Beginning! Spark your imagination while exploring and experimenting with drawing, painting, sculpture, and more in a supportive community of creative learners. Express, celebrate, and reflect on your unique perspective, ideas, culture, and feelings with individual and group projects while using the Elements of Art and Principals of Design. No previous experience necessary. All students are welcome. This is a one semester course.

Ceramics Beginning – Do you like working with your hands and building things? In Ceramics Beginning, you will create a variety of projects using hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, slab, sculpting, and possibly how to “throw” clay on the pottery wheel. Experiment with different ways to add color and decoration to your projects which may include cups, plates, vases, pitchers, spoons, monsters, and more. Collaborate with others while managing the studio and caring for the materials, tools, and equipment. No previous experience necessary. All students are welcome. This is a one semester course.

Intro to Leadership – Students will learn the qualities of being a leader and will participate in activities that allow them to practice these qualities and skills. These activities and skills include but are not limited to assisting/supporting Whitman events, communication skills such as public speaking and presenting ideas, and public relations/advertising. This course will be supported with lessons from our leadership curriculum. This is a one semester course.

Television Production– (AKA Intro to Media Literacy) This media class introduces students to the fundamentals of media literacy. Students will learn how to look at, evaluate and create visual productions for a variety of purposes This is a one semester course.

Physical Education-This program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team sports, and physical fitness activities. The students receive instruction in skills, rules and strategies associated with the different sports and games as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities, and the components of fitness. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, and friendly competition.This is a required one semester course.

Health Education – Students in this class will explore the physical, social and emotional changes that occur during their current stage of development. Students will also take lessons on nutrition, exercise, relaxation, drug and alcohol abuse, and recreational safety. Finally, students will receive some training in first aid and CPR. This is a required one semester course.

As of Feb 2022