2019-2020 6th Grade Electives Course Descriptions
Year Long Electives
6th Grade Band
This class is for all sixth grade band students. Sixth grade band is for students who want to learn a band instrument for the first time, as well as those who have already played a band instrument in elementary school. The focus of sixth grade band is on basic musicianship skills such as note reading, tone, embouchure, dynamics and specific instrument technique. This is a year long course that is performance-based. Students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.
6th Grade Choir
Students will be exposed to varied choral literature geared toward the ability levels of the students. Emphasis will be placed on basic musicianship and reading skills. A variety of styles of music will be used during 6th grade choir. This course is performance-based and students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.
6th Grade String Orchestra
This class is for all sixth grade orchestra students. Sixth Grade String Orchestra is for students who want to learn violin, viola, cello, or string bass for the first time, as well as those who have already played one of these string instruments in elementary school. The focus of sixth grade string orchestra is on musicianship skills such as note reading, tone, position, dynamics and specific instrument technique. This is a year-long course that is performance-based. Students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.
6th Grade Art
Students will be given a basic foundation in which to gain exposure to a variety of art media including drawing, painting and sculpture. This class lays the groundwork for subsequent classes, evoking creativity and self-expression. Sixth Grade Art provides a strong foundation for more in depth studies and skill development for years to come. Get ready to unlock your creativity!
Art & Form
An introduction to creating art on the computer, graphic design. Students will use computer software to create two-dimensional works of art. Topics include photo manipulation, fashion design, digital painting and photography.
Through the foundations of the Spanish language, students will begin to learn basic communication skills. In addition, this course will teach students to understand and appreciate the traditions of Spanish speaking cultures.
Physical Education (P.E.)
This course offers a variety of team and individual sports throughout the school year. Students are expected to dress out daily and participate to the best of their ability. P.E. classes are co-ed.
This unit will expose students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development , and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society. Reliable access to the internet and a laptop are vital for success in this class.
PLTW: Flight & Space (STEM)
The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil. Custom-built simulation software allows students to experience space travel.