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Fun Facts About Electives

Future 7th & 8th Graders

What it will look like as a 7th or 8th grader?

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  • 6 Classes Daily
  • Core classes of English, Math, Science and Social Studies will be selected for you
  • PE for (1) Semester will be selected for you
  • You will select your Elective classes
  • Electives are yearlong or a semester

Yearlong Electives

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  • Music
  • Spanish

Semester Electives

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  • Ceramics
  • Visual Arts
  • STEM Innovation Lab
  • Student Government
  • Walking
  • Project Presentation
  • Peer Tutor

Whitman Music Band Instruments

Band and Orchestra Students
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Baritone & Tuba
  • Percussion (learn mallets + drums)

Orchestra Instruments

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Piano & Harp by permission only (must be taking private lessons outside of school and talk to Ms. Gunn)

Things Our Students Say About Music

Band and Orchestra Students
  • “It’s a fun hobby that has a rewarding payoff”
  • “This is my favorite class of the day!”
  • “A life long skill”
  • “I can always come back to”
  • “Now that I’ve started playing I can’t stop”
  • “Music is my second family”

Fast Facts

  • Play three concerts a year on our stage.
  • Learn to play music from movies, rock/pop, classical, fiddling, jazz, and music from other countries!
  • Our classes go on field trips to UW, Western Washington University, WildWaves, and more!
  • End of year picnic to celebrate at Carkeek Park
  • 40% of our music students started playing their instrument in middle school so it’s never too late!
  • Whitman has instruments to loan for free

Spanish at Whitman

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  • Spanish 1 in 7th or 8th grade
  • Spanish 2 in 8th grade (for those who took Spanish 1 in 7th grade)
  • Each year worth 1 high school credit (transfers to high school with grade)
  • Counts toward high school graduation requirement (2 credits of the same world language)
  • Only students with home-language as Spanish can test in the Spring to enter Spanish 2 directly]

Why Learn Spanish?

  • After English, Spanish is the most common language spoken at home in the U.S.
  • Spanish is the official language in 20 different countries!
  • You can lean about tother cultures or diversity within your own!
  • You can travel and have access to different jobs
  • Language learning is fun!
  • We learn Spanish through:
    • Music
    • Games
    • Books
    • Videos
    • Group Work


  • Stephanie Jackson
  • Katie Storrs

Student Government/Leadership

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Plan Events

  • Dances
  • Lunch activities
  • Pride Store

Build Confidence

  • Speaking in public
  • Leading others
  • Organization and completion

Having a voice

  • Policies
  • Fundraisers
  • Student Budget

Walking Class in place of traditional P.E.

YES! Just walking!

  • A new course each day
  • Walk and talk with your friends
  • Listen to music
  • Dress out or not!
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Project Presentation

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Learn how to do amazing presentations!

Including making a speech!

Visual Presentations!

  • Learn how to make amazing visual representations of posters, charts, maps, collages, and dimensional models.

Oral Presentations

  • Learn how to tame your fears and get up in front of others with ease!
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Peer Tutor – Open to 7th and 8th Grade

One-on-one tutor with a student in need

  • After training you will be placed in a class with a student to assist them with their work.
  • The class could be math, science, social studies, or language arts
  • We will match their need with your strength! If you like or are good in math, we will match you with a student who needs help in math!
  • No homework, just assist with the student!
  • Make a new friend!

STEM Innovation Lab

Open to 7th and 8th Graders (yes, you may may repeat this course!)

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  • Create mobile apps and games using block coding with real-time testing on classroom iPads
  • Use our coding skills to program virtual robots in challenging environments such as a coral reef, a castle, and randomized mazes
  • Build, test, and write block code for your own custom-designed robots, using state-of-the-art VEX Robotics equipment
  • Learn the basics of VR game development in Unity by crating and interacting with a 3D space in virtual reality using Oculus Quest 2 headsets

Ceramics & Visual Art

Artwork, Oil Painting of shapes and shades of blue and purple.

Whitman MS Ceramics & Visual Art
Instructor: Dever K. Dunnett

Students grow artistically in a a safe, fun, and creative environment as the artistic boundaries of imagination are pushed.

Learn more on the Ceramics & Virtual Art page.

Registering for Electives

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  • You get to choose between 3 semester electives, 1 or 2 yearlong electives
  • Select 3 Alternate Elective classes
  • Everyone will get an Elective Worksheet to fill out
  • Use your Elective Worksheet to help request your classes online
  • Turn in your elective Worksheet to your Advisory Teacher or Main office


  • Talk to your current grade level counselor if you have questions about electives or what electives you should sign up for the school year.
  • If you have questions about the online form or registration process, please contact the school registrar Elaine Llandover: elllandover@seattleschools.org or 206-252-1208 to ask questions.