Electives

The electives for intermediate school students provide a wide range of choices to appeal to the varied interests displayed by children this age. The rich elective offerings complement the intermediate school curricular program, expanding the learning opportunities for students.

ART
Art is a class geared for beginning students. The basic mechanics of art will be explored. The elements of design (line, color, shape, space, and value) will be covered during the semester in the drawings and paintings. Students will be asked to bring a $25 fee for supplies.

ART - FY (full year)
Art is a class geared for beginning students. The basic mechanics of art will be explored. The elements of design (line, color, shape, space, and value) will be covered during the semester in the drawings and paintings. Students will be asked to bring a $50 fee for supplies.

BAND - CONCERT
Concert Band is for students who have been successful in beginning band. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring a thorough knowledge of fundamentals in order to achieve better performance standards. This group will perform at selected functions and UIL contests throughout the year. Students will audition, and the directors will determine placement. Students will be asked to bring a $75 fee to defray costs.

BAND - JAZZ
Current membership in Band or Orchestra is required (exceptions are permitted for piano, guitar, and bass). Primarily, the jazz band provides enrichment for band and orchestra students, which is not possible in those classes because of instrumentation and their emphases on fundamentals and concert performances. Students will be asked to bring a $25 fee to defray costs.

CAREER PORTALS IN CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY I
This exploratory course is designed for students to
investigate the types of activities performed in the construction industry. Through laboratory experiences, students will explore the skills and tools of this industry, including hand and power tools. Students will demonstrate basic safety. Introduction to construction math and technical drawings will be explored. Class Fee: $15.00

CAREER PORTALS IN CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY II
This course is a continuation of Construction Technology I. Students will design and construct various types of projects. They will continue to learn construction skills, including drawings and presentations. Proper safety, operation of hand and power tools will be demonstrated by students. Prerequisite: Career Portals in Construction I. Class Fee: $15.00

CAREER PORTALS IN CULINARY ARTS I
This exploratory course will introduce the students to food preparation techniques, international cuisines, cooking methods, and career options within this field. Students will learn how to prepare various types of foods, basic nutrition, food safety and sanitation, professional work habits, and management techniques expected in the food industry. Class Fee: $15.00

CAREER PORTALS IN CULINARY ARTS II
This course is a continuation of Career Portals in Culinary Arts I. Students will continue to work on food preparation and cooking techniques. They will complete hands-on cooking exercises to better understand the dynamics of seasoning, flavor balance, salts and sugars, fats and oils. An emphasis will be placed on incorporating proper nutrition into their dishes. Students are also introduced to the fundamentals of recipe writing and interpretation. Prerequisite: Career Portals in Culinary Arts I. Class fee: $15.00

CAREER PORTALS IN FASHION DESIGN I
This laboratory course focuses on careers in the fashion and textile/apparel industries. Students will be exposed to the apparel production process from design concept to finished product. Course content includes apparel construction, care, and maintenance. Class Fee: $15.00

CAREER PORTALS IN FASHION DESIGN II
This course is a continuation of Career Portals in Fashion Design I and continues the focus on careers in the fashion and textile apparel industries. Students will continue to be exposed to the apparel production process from design concept to the finished product. Prerequisite: Career Portals in Fashion Design I. Class Fee: $15.00

CAREER PORTALS IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS
This exploratory course focuses on careers in health care professions. Students explore concepts of health and wellness from the perspective of a health consumer as well as potential professional in the health care industry. Class Fee: $15.00

EXPLORING CAREERS - 7th grade only
Students will use decision making and problem-solving skills for college and career planning. Students will explore valid, reliable educational and career information to learn more about themselves and their interests and abilities. Students integrate skills from academic subjects, information technology, and interpersonal communication to make informed decisions. This course is designed to guide students through the process of investigation and in the development of a college and career achievement plan. Students will use this information to explore educational requirements for a variety of chosen career paths.

CHOIR - BEGINNING
This choir is for the first year choir student who is trying to learn the skills necessary to perform in concerts or contest. This is a non-performing choir. There is singing, which will include proper breathing techniques, placement of tone, sight reading skills, music theory, phrasing, diction, and choral musicianship. Students will be asked to bring a $25 fee to defray costs.

CHOIR - TREBLE (GIRLS) 
This choir is for girls who have attained the necessary skills to perform in concerts or contests. They are placed in this choir because of their overall rank obtained from their composite grade in choir for the previous year, their audition, and teacher recommendation. Members of this choir will be expected to participate in all choir activities. Students will be asked to bring a $25 fee to defray costs.

CHOIR - TENOR/BASS (BOYS)
Boys that have attained the necessary skills to perform in concerts or contests. They are placed in this choir because of their overall rank obtained from their composite grade in choir for the previous year, their audition, and teacher recommendation. Members of this choir will be expected to participate in all choir activities. Students will be asked to bring a $25 fee to defray costs.

CHOIR - HONORS
Boys and girls that have attained the highest level of skill necessary to perform in concerts or contests. They are placed in this choir because of their overall rank obtained from their composite grade in choir for the previous year, their audition, and teacher recommendation. The smaller size of this choir allows it to do show choir numbers with choreography. Members of this choir will be expected to participate in all choir activities and purchase designated performance apparel. Students will be asked to bring a $25 fee to defray costs.

DRAMA
Students will develop and apply skills in oral language, non-verbal communication, and listening in interpersonal group and public contexts. In addition, students will have opportunities to write, rehearse and perform monologues, duets, scenes and plays. Students will be asked to bring a $25 fee for supplies.

DRAMA - FY (full year)
Students will develop and apply skills in oral language, non-verbal communication, and listening in interpersonal group and public contexts. In addition, students will have opportunities to write, rehearse and perform monologues, duets, scenes and plays. Students will be asked to bring a $50 fee for supplies.

LIBRARY ASSISTANTS - 8th grade only
Participation in this class teaches students organizational, computer, research, decisionmaking, and interpersonal skills. Duties include shelving books, checking books in and out, using the Library Automation System, processing new materials, and assisting with library/media matters. Students may be asked to fill out an application or participate in a personal interview with the librarian. Space in this class is very limited.

MULTIMEDIA A
This is a one semester technology elective open to 7th and 8th grade students in which participants will learn the basics of a variety of computer skills. Students will be taught introductory keyboarding skills and will be introduced to a variety of digital tools such as online collaboration, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, photo editing, coding and online resources.

MULTIMEDIA B
Suggested prerequisite is Multimedia A - This is a one semester technology elective open to 7th and 8th grade students. Students will build upon their keyboarding skills and will be introduced to a variety of digital tools including email, online communication, and a variety of multimedia tools, databases and HTML/coding.

OFFICE WORKERS - 8th grade only
Office Workers are students who have been chosen to work in various offices in the school. Participation in this class teaches students organizational, communication, and decision-making skills. Duties involve delivering messages, giving new students tours of the campus, and other duties specific to the assigned office. Students may be asked to complete an application. Selection criteria will be based on conduct, attendance,
grades.

ORCHESTRA
This class is for students who enjoy orchestra, but who need some additional work on fundamentals beyond the first year. This group will perform at selected functions throughout the year. Students will audition and the director will determine placement. Students will be asked to bring a $25 fee to defray costs.

PALS - 8th grade only
PALs is limited to 8th grade students who have applied, been interviewed, and chosen by other PALs and selected faculty members. This class is designed to teach self-confidence and healthy living, as well as leadership and communication skills so they can mentor other students and help with classwork as well as personal or social problems.

SPANISH 1 - 8th grade only
This course introduces the study of the Spanish language and culture through conversation, grammar, speaking, reading, and writing. Through the cultural sections in the text, as well as supplementary materials, students acquire some insight into and appreciation of many aspects of Hispanic life and culture. Student successfully completing this course will receive High School Credit for this course.

YEARBOOK
Yearbook students will interview, write articles, design layouts, compile and manipulate digital photographs, and use computers to develop the yearbook. The class requires students to be very responsible, willing to make a significant time commitment, and able to work in groups as well as independently in and out of the classroom. Students who are interested in taking the class may be asked to apply in the semester prior to taking the class.
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