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7th and 8th Grade Registration

School Year 2022 – 2023

Grades 7 & 8 Choose Your Elective Courses

It’s time to choose your elective courses for the 22-23 school year. Below are the elective course descriptions. In addition, there is an application to complete for those students who would like to enroll in the Partner Physical Education course.

Students who will be in grades 7 and 8 next school year (2022-2023) typically enroll in 2 elective courses per semester. 

Please submit the form below by 4pm on Friday, June 3.

Students must select 4 electives for the school year including:

  • 2 semester-long elective courses for 1st Semester, and
  • 2 semester-long elective courses for 2nd semester 

Music and Spanish Courses are year-long courses, so students in those courses would select only 2 electives in addition to Spanish or Music.  Students who select both Spanish and Music would not select any other electives.   

Please select your choices on the Elective Course Form.  

When we put your schedule together, if your first-choice course is full, we will do our best to enroll you with your second-choice course. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the electives you select, but we make every effort to enroll students in at least 1 of their choice electives.


Yearlong Courses

Music

Intermediate Band – This course is open to students with prior musical experience. Students will improve technique on their instruments and learn to play as an ensemble, follow a conductor, and learn several exciting, diverse pieces of music. Band instruments are flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Piano and guitar are not in band, however, students with that experience are welcome to learn a band instrument to participate. This is a yearlong course. Admission is by audition, teacher approval, or completion of Introductory Band.

Concert Band – This ensemble requires successful completion of Intermediate Band or its equivalent. Students will expand their knowledge and skills through instrumental technique and literature as well as explore more advanced concepts of ensemble playing. There will be three school concerts as well as other festivals and performances outside of school. Travel will be required. Admission is by audition or teacher approval. Admission is by audition or teacher approval. This is a yearlong course.

Concert Orchestra – This course is for students who have successfully completed Beginning Orchestra, or who demonstrate the required skills in an audition. Students will expand their knowledge and skills through instrumental technique and literature and will explore more advanced concepts of ensemble playing. Students will continue to improve on their instrumental skills through increased difficulty of repertoire. 8th grade students will also focus on preparing to succeed in a high school level ensemble. This is a yearlong course. Admission is by audition, teacher approval, or completion of Introductory Orchestra.

World Language

Spanish 1 – Open to 7th and 8th graders. This course undertakes the study of basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, photographs, and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people. This one-year middle school course is equivalent to one year of high school Spanish 1. This is a yearlong course.

Spanish 2 – Students must have successfully completed Spanish 1A & 1B or have had previous experience with Spanish (at teacher’s discretion). This course prepares students for continued high school language study and ultimately college and career through a carefully constructed course of study to build language and culture proficiency. The course leads students to further develop a global perspective while learning to communicate with people of the Spanish-speaking world and discuss historical and philosophical backgrounds that have influenced the perspectives of people of the Spanish-speaking world. This one-year middle school course is equivalent to one year of high school Spanish 2. This is a yearlong course.

Semester Courses

The Arts

Ceramics Advanced – Welcome to Ceramics Advanced! Prior ceramics class not necessary. Express yourself while experimenting with advanced hand building techniques and possibly “throwing” clay on the pottery wheel. Explore, design, and refine how you add color and detail to your creations. Use your experiences and knowledge to celebrate and communicate your ideas, unique perspective, and culture through your art. Collaborate with others while managing the studio and caring for materials, tools, and equipment. This is a one semester course offered first semester only.

Visual Arts Advanced – Grow your creativity and artistic skills while expressing yourself in Visual Arts Advanced! Prior visual arts class not necessary. Reflect on life experiences, community, and culture while creating individual and group projects that empower you to communicate your ideas, feelings, and unique perspective. Expand your understandings of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design by creating 2D and 3D projects that may involve drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, clay, and paper mâché. This is a one semester course offered second semester only.

Other Electives

Yearbook/Journalism – Students will learn the basics of Photography and Design Layout/Composition while working on Whitman’s Yearbook. Students will learn the basics of news writing and contribute articles to Whitman’s student sponsored online newspaper, CAT TALK. This is a one semester course.

Media Literacy A – Media Literacy A – This course teaches students how to access, analyze, and create media in a variety of forms, including multi-media presentations and visual storytelling. Students work individually and in groups to write and produce their own projects, including book trailers and narratives. This is a one semester course.

Physical Ed Partner – The PE Partner program provides an opportunity for students to be partners and supports for students with disabilities in their modified physical education class. The class offerings could include team sports, individual sports, and exercises. Principles taught in this class will follow the physical education core curriculum and enhance teaching and learning skills for students. Developing peers receive an equivalent PE credit meeting their yearly requirement. Admission is by teacher approval. See attached information. This is a one semester course.

STEM Innovation Lab – Students will learn how science, technology, engineering and math are applied to projects dealing with digital citizenship, lab/tool safety, basic computer science/programming concepts, basic computer hardware/software knowledge, use of digital tools, image and video editing applications, simple circuits, circuits with microcontrollers, robotics, 3D modeling/printing, and emerging careers in technology. This is a one semester course.

As of May 31, 2022