Electives and Course Selection

6th Grade Electives

Concert Choir (Year Long)

This year-long class provides an introduction to choir as students learn to sing in an environment that fosters comradery and teaches them how to navigate their changing voices. Literature performed during the year will specifically cater to students' vocal ranges and interests. There is a $25 course fee. Financial assistance is available.

Debut Band (Year Long)
This is a beginner-level band which teaches the basic elements of music playing skills and is an introduction to instrumental music. Most Debut Band students are learning to play their first musical instrument, but it is also an option for students with prior musical experience who have not played a band instrument. There is a $25 course fee to purchase a workbook. Financial assistance is available to cover the course fee and an instrument will be provided if you are unable to cover the cost of instrument rental.

Premier Band (Year Long)

This is a band class designed for students who have participated in 5th grade band or had other experience on a band instrument. This class reinforces the basic elements of music performance. Premier Band performs in several evening concerts throughout the school year. There is a $25 course fee. Financial assistance is available.

Strand
Students will take four quarter-long courses designed to give students exposure to a variety of electives to help them discover areas of interest and have experiences in different content areas. The four courses that are currently included in Strand are:

  • Choir - Students will sing, play, perform and learn a lot about music, not just choir. Share your skills as a drummer, guitarist, bass play, and vocalist in an exciting, creative environment. There will be opportunities for solos, small groups performances, and singing in a large-group choir.

  • Discovery Engineering - Engineers are the minds behind almost all of today's technologies. They find new ways to turn imagination into reality. Students will be introduced to engineering concepts and the engineering design process by building and testing towers, catapults, gliders, simple machines, and other creations.

  • Launch - This course offers strategies to support student success during this transitional school year. Skills taught include understanding our brains and how we learn and remember, our unique learning styles and how they relate to our senses, identifying our strengths and areas for improvement, organization strategies, active listening, and mindfulness exercises.

  • Leadership - Students will discuss and practice the essentials of leadership: Kindness, respect, honesty, commitment, humility, forgiveness, commitment, and selflessness. This course highlights the importance of strong character and building strong relationships with others.

Cursos electivos de 6th grado 

6th Grade Course Selection | Formulario de selección de cursos de 6th grado

7th and 8th Grade Electives

 

Students may not retake elective courses unless noted.

2D Art (Semester Long, 7th and 8th Grades)
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the application of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as we create 2-dimensional art in the mediums of graphite, charcoal, ink, pastels, and paints. Students will hone their drawing skills as they master various drawing techniques including perspective and portraiture. Famous artists, art movements, art history and art critiquing will be explored.

3D Art (Semester Long, 7th and 8th Grades)
Students will focus on the Art elements of Form and Space by designing and creating 3-dimensional works of art. Mediums will include clay, paper, cardboard, fibers, glazes, paints and more. Students will learn about various sculptors, types of installation art, historical and cultural aspects of sculpture and form.

Chorale (Year Long, 8th Grade)

This ensemble provides an opportunity for students with basic music literacy skills to focus on composition and performance skills. The music literature for this class will be more challenging and there will be more performance requirements (festivals, concerts, and special events). There is a $25 course fee. Financial assistance is available.

Computer Science with Minecraft (Semester Long, 7th and 8th Grades)
In this class we'll use Code Builder to see code come alive in Minecraft. We'll learn about variables, events, coordinates, loops, conditionals, arrays, and more all while making awesome things happen in Minecraft! No previous coding experience necessary. Once we have thoroughly explored code in Minecraft, we will create websites in HTML, code games in JavaScript, and control Raspberry Pi computers with Python.

Concert Band (Year Long, 7th Grade)

This class is for students who participated in Debut Band or Premier Band during 6th grade. Concert Band is designed for students with at least one year of previous band experience. In this ensemble, students will start to be more responsible for individual preparation and extensive practice outside of school. There are several evening performances throughout the school year. There is a $25 course fee to purchase a workbook and participate in festivals. Financial assistance is available to cover the course fee and to rent an instrument.

Concert Choir (Year Long, 7th Grade)

This class provides an introduction to choir as students learn to sing in an environment that fosters comradery and teaches them how to navigate their changing voices. Literature performed during the year will specifically cater to students' vocal ranges and interests. There is a $25 course fee. Financial assistance is available.

Debut Band (Year Long 6th, 7th, 8th Grades)

This is a beginner-level band which teaches the basic elements of music playing skills and is an introduction to instrumental music. Most Debut Band students are learning to play their first musical instrument, but it is also an option for students with prior musical experience who have not played a band instrument. There is a $25 course fee to purchase a workbook. Financial assistance is available to cover the course fee and an instrument will be provided if you are unable to cover the cost of instrument rental.

Engineering & Design (Semester Long, 7th and 8th Grades)
In this class we start with ideas, draw them on paper, model them with computers, then build them. We learn to code to mini computers called Arduinos to control lights and musical instruments. We use design software to create a perfect house or city, then with the help of a laser cutter we build them. Your ideas become real!

Leadership (Semester Long, 7th and 8th Grades)
Do you want to develop your leadership strengths, build your character, serve others, and make a positive difference at Tolt? This course provides real-life opportunities to develop and practice skills in showing kindness, compassion, and empathy. We'll have fun while learning how to be an inspiring leader at school and in our community. Come ready to transform the lives of others!

Robotics (Semester Long, 7th and 8th Grades)

In this class we will design, build, and program robots using VEX robotics kits. We will build robot pets, self-driving robots, racing robots, rescue robots, and sumo robots! You'll work together with several partners during the semester to design, build, and code creative solutions to problems. We will also do 3D modeling/printing to design spaceships, Lego bricks, and tiny homes. Finally, we will build hydraulic controlled robot arms.

Spanish 1 (Year Long, 8th Grade)

Spanish 1 students learn Spanish through listening, speaking, and writing with use of a textbook, workbooks, CDs, DVDs, PowerPoint presentations, partner-based interactive activities, and individual presentations aimed at teaching basic vocabulary and grammar. Spanish culture is also studied. Students earn high school credit for this course. There is a $35 course fee to purchase a workbook; financial assistance is available to cover the course fee.

Speech and Drama (Semester Long, 7th and 8th Grades)
This class is all about putting on a show. We write speeches, perform plays, and give TED talks. Improv activities will train us in how to respond to important life situations. By the end of the semester, you'll be more comfortable performing in front of a group than you ever thought possible.

Symphonic Band (Year Long, 8th Grade)

This top-level ensemble class is for students who participated in Concert Band. Symphonic Band is designed for students with at least two years of previous band experience. In addition to musical skills, this class teaches students leadership skills and how to work as part of a team. There are many evening performances throughout the year, including at least two performances with the Cedarcrest HS Band! There is a $25 course fee to purchase a workbook and participate in festivals; financial assistance is available to cover the course fee and to rent an instrument.

Video (Semester Long, 7th and 8th Grades)
Create a music video of your favorite musician and/or band. Invent a product and film a commercial advertising your unique invention. Write an original short story and put it to film. Create a Public Service video on important topics and issues. You'll learn the importance of camera angles, staging, effects, costumes, and other film techniques. Learn I-Movie and Garage Band to assist you in creating a quality video. Have fun as a director, film editor, and actor/actress.

Video Game Design & Digital Art (Semester Long, 7th and 8th Grades)Have you ever wanted to make your own video game? In this class we will make our own 2D and 3D video games, using programs like MakeCode Arcade, GameMaker Studio, and Unity. We will practice all the aspects of game design including coding, story, sound, music, and art. You will get a chance to use professional art programs for creating backgrounds, characters, animations, and more! We will even host our games on the web for others to enjoy!

Yearbook/Publications (Year Long, 7th and 8th Grades, Selection via application process)
This class focuses on using technology and creativity to complete a range of projects. While crafting the TMS yearbook takes center stage, other projects include websites and videos. Students will build career skills while learning and using design, digital photography, writing resumes, and video production. Team members should be able to manage time and stress well, work independently and in groups, and, above all, have a positive attitude and strong desire to create. Students may retake this course.

 

Cursos electivos de 7th y 8th grado 

7th Grade Course Selection | Formulario de selección de cursos de 7th grado 

8th Grade Course Selection | Formulario de selección de cursos de 8th grado