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    7th and 8th Grade Course Registration

    Step #1: TO GET STARTED use the DECISION MATRIX below, and decide which Student you are

    7th and 8th grade decision matrixsee text on page for more details

    1. ARE YOU ATTENDING WHITMAN in 2020-21 School year?
      No: Please email jabrown1@seattleschools.org
      Yes: proceed to step 2

    2. Which STUDENT ARE YOU?

    CONTINUE Music and World Language:

    1.  HIT SUBMIT YOU’RE DONE

    CONTINUE Music and NO world language:

    1. Select:
      • 1 PE
      • 1 Art OR 1 Tech
      • 2 Alternatives 
    2. HIT SUBMIT YOU’RE DONE

    NO Music and WANT a world language:

    1. Select
      • 1 world language
      • 1 PE
      • 1 Art OR 1 Tech
      • 2 Alternatives 
    2. HIT SUBMIT YOU’RE DONE

    NO music or world language:

    1. Select:
      • 1 PE
      • 2 Art + 1 Tech (3 Total) OR 1 Art + 2 Tech (3 Total)
      • 2 Alternatives 
    2. HIT SUBMIT YOU’RE DONE

    Step #2: START the online elective preference selection process

    1. Log in to your student source account https://ps.seattleschools.org/public/
      Set your browser window to full screen for best results. (parent/guardian account is view only).
    2. Click Class Registration on the left side of the screen.
    3. Click the pencil icon next to the category to see the courses available in that category.
    4. To select the course, click the checkbox (left side of course name) or directly on the course. When you have selected all the courses required in that category, click Okay to save your selection. Click Cancel to leave the page and make no selection.
    5. Once you are certain all your selections are correct, click Submit at the bottom of the page to save your selections.
    6. Once you submit, a new screen will open showing all your courses. Make sure all your courses are correct. If you notice any issues, simply click Class Registration again and make changes.
    7. Selections can be revised at any time during the open window for Online Registration (through DATE?). Once that window closes, any changes will need to be made by email to the Registrar at jabrown1@seattleschools.org

    7th and 8th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

    Welcome back Wildcats - We are excited about the 2020/21 school year and can't wait to start! Listed below are the elective course descriptions. Please go to the online registration tool in the Source make your selection. Note: preferences are never guaranteed, but, we do our best to honor all requests.

    Junior Band - This course is open to students with prior musical experience. Students will improve their technique on their instruments, 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.

    Senior Band - This course is for 8th grade band students after completing Junior Band. It is also for select 7th graders after completing Intermediate Band, by discretion of the director. 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.

    Senior Orchestra - This course is open to students with prior musical experience. Students will improve technique on their instruments. They will learn to read and interpret sheet music correctly. 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. Piano and guitar are not in orchestra, however, students with that experience are welcome to learn an orchestra instrument to participate. This is a yearlong course

    Choir - This course is open to both beginning students and students with prior choral experience. Students will learn and improve singing technique in a variety of styles. They will learn to read and interpret sheet music correctly. They will also learn to sing together as an ensemble, follow a conductor, and learn several exciting, diverse pieces of music. This is a one semester course.

    Spanish 1 – This course is new to Whitman, and there is no prerequisite. This one-year middle school course is the equivalent to one year of high school Spanish 1, so it is more intensive than Spanish courses previously taught at Whitman. In this introductory course students will acquire beginning Spanish proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They will also gain communication skills by studying the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. This is a yearlong course

    Spanish 1B – Students must have successfully completed Spanish 1A. The combination of these two courses is equivalent to high school Spanish 1. In this course students will continue to build Spanish proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They will also incorporate study of cultures of Spanish-speaking countries, especially through hands-on projects. This is a yearlong course

    French 2 - Students must have successfully completed French 1. It is equivalent to high school French 2. In this course students will continue building French proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They will continue to better their communication skills by studying the cultures of French-speaking countries. This is a yearlong course

    Art - Students in this class will develop artwork that is personally and culturally relevant. Knowledge of the elements and principles of art will be demonstrated through two and three dimensional medias such as drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. This is a one semester course

    Ceramics - Ceramics is a studio based course which provides exploration and experience in the elements (line, shape, form, value, color, texture, space) and principles (unity, variety, contrast, movement, proportion, balance, rhythm) of art and design. Students will be exposed to various artistic techniques and styles throughout history. This is a one semester course.

    Alternate Activity - These non-competitive physical education activities stress fun and fitness as well as unique opportunities to increase one's lifetime skills inventory. Alternative activities may include yoga, self-defense, martial arts, unicycling, roller skating, rope climbing, bouldering, weight training, dancing, or other fitness related learning activities.

    Physical Education This course is a general physical education offering designed to teach the Five for Life curriculum through various fitness activities, games, and sports (individual & team) and other learning activities.

    Middle School Yearbook - for 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 will contribute articles to Whitman's student sponsored online newspaper, CAT TALK. This is a semester course.

    Media Literacy A - This course will teach the basics of screenwriting, shot composition, camera functions, video editing, media analysis and filmmaking. Students work individually and in groups to write, shoot and edit their own projects. Sample student projects during the semester include book trailers, movie trailers, public service announcements, and visual storytelling. This is a one semester course.

    Media Literacy B - (Prerequisite Media Literacy A)- This course will go further into sophisticated and complex production avenues including storylines in scripts to camera shots. Students have access to our studio and green screens, as well as Adobe After Effects for visual effects, motion graphics and animation. Projects include narratives and music videos. 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 prerequisite course for Advanced Leadership. This is a one semester course

    Advanced 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 prerequisite course for Advanced Leadership. This is a one semester course.

    STEM - Students learn to design, build and use models to understand and explain scientific principles and solve problems in the fields of Engineering and Medicine, using the NASA engineering design process, research and analysis, and teamwork, Some of the specific principles that are covered include the aerodynamics of flight, rocketry, structural integrity, center of gravity, density, buoyancy, epidemiology, and prosthetics. This is a one semester course.