will be learning various vocal techniques, music theory, music history, and performance etiquette. Students will be expected toparticipate in evening choir concerts throughout the year.
Students will learn how to play orchestra (violin, viola, cello, and contrabass) instruments through ensembleand solo performances. Students will learn how to play their instrument with proper technique, how to read music, and how toproduce a characteristic tone for their instrument. Additionally, students will engage in listening, composition, and conductingactivities. Students will discuss and constructively comment on their own performances and on the performances of the orchestra.Participation in evening concerts is required. This class is designed for sixth grade students with no prior instrumental experienceor for students who would like to learn a new instrument. This class is a year-long class.
Students must select a Language or Cultures class
Chinese & Spanish classes will meet every other day for theentire year. People and Places will meet every other day for 1 semester.
SPANISH 1A (Year 1 of Study):
This year-long class is designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and culture.Areas of study will include basic communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). The themes studied include
School, “My friends & I”, Food and Hobbies. Students will be able to discuss likes & dislikes of foods & activities, describ
ethemselves & friends, talk about personality traits as well as extend, accept and decline invitations. Students will also learn aboutHispanic culture through readings, short film clips, traditional music and other activities. Spanish 1A and Spanish 1B (Year 2 of study) are equivalent to studying one year of Spanish at the high school level.
This year-long class is designed to introduce students to the Chinese language and culture. Areas of study willinclude basic communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
PEOPLE and PLACES 6:
Students will study cultural societies. They will research different habitats, traditions, languages, andthe various types of food in their native land.
If students chose People and Places then they must choose one of these classes:STUDY SKILLS 6:
This course is designed
to help students with the following:
transition to middle school
develop organizational skills, including smart us of planners and homework time
communications skills, including tips on how to communicate with teachers and parents
improve their test taking and note taking skills
literacy and numeracy skills
technology skills, including safe and smart website and research skills, and infinite campus skills
7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens is used to develop the students’ confidence and study habits
from the inside out
This elective is designed for those students who are especially passionate about learning music! Thisclass will be taken in addition to the required band, choir, and orchestra class. Music Exploration is designed to supplement what istaught in the band, choir, and orchestra classes with lessons on piano, guitar, and voice. In addition to playing and singing, studentswill learn about music composers (like Mozart), genres (like jazz), and world music (like Native American music). Additionally,
students will learn about today’s “pop” music and how it has been influenced by classical and world music. There are no
performances outside of the school day for this class.
All Students will be taking these classes:
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 6:
The course is designed to teach
students about the importance of physical activity to his or herphysical, mental/emotional and social health. Through a variety of worldwide sports and games (both cooperative andcompetitive), physical activities and conditioning activities, students will learn about health related fitness and the skills that willallow them
to enjoy a
students are challenged to take responsibility for and improvepersonal (health related) fitness and will experience all the benefits of regular physical activity including, enjoyment, challenge,self-expression, social interaction, increased ability to learn and subsequently academic success.
This is a required course.
grade art students will deviate from traditional art methods, and focus on the creation of musical instruments. Studentswill reinforce painting and sculpting skills by creating an Australian didgeridoo, a Brazilian quica, a drum, and a rain stick. Arthistory and the elements of art & principles of design will be emphasized.