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Designed to involve the student in applying reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills in an independent manner through meaningful interdisciplinary tasks. Students will continue to develop an appreciation for literature through the study of literary elements in classic and contemporary selections. Emphasis is placed on moving from the literal to the abstract in the students’ critical thinking skills and in the use of language. All content is based on the Common Core standards.
6th Grade Social Studies: Ancient civilizations are the main focus in sixth grade Social Studies. Students practice critical thinking by interpreting primary sources and studying history through eyewitness accounts. Themes in 6th Grade Social Studies include geography, economics, government, world religions, and achievements. Cultures studied: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, India, China, the Americas, Greece, and Rome. Textbooks include Glencoe’s Discovering Our Past: Ancient Civilizations, TCI’s History Alive.
7th Grade Social Studies: Focuses on the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia from the expansion and disintegration of the Roman Empire through the Age of Reason (500-1789 AD). Students study great civilizations developing throughout the world during medieval and early modern times emphasizing the effects of economic interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities.
8th Grade Social Studies: Focuses on United States history up to World War I. Specific areas of focus include: the Colonial Era, Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, The Civil War and Reconstruction, and Industrialization. Students will gain understanding of United States history through critical thinking and by participating in act-it outs, experiential exercises, collaborative projects, creative writing, and other project based activities.
Immersion Social Studies: This class is taught only in Spanish, using textbooks in Spanish, which mirror those that are used in the English only classroom. Curriculum changes depending on each grade level. We start with Ancient World, cover The Medieval Period, and then focus on the foundations of American History.
6th Grade Math: Preparation work for middle school and high school math. Big emphasis on division and proportional reasoning.
7th Grade Math: Ratio, proportion, percent. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of rational numbers. Solving equations and inequalities. Scaling, area, and perimeter of rectangles, triangles; Circumference and area of a circle.
8th Grade Math: Heavy on equations with an emphasis on linear equation functions and geometry.
Science: Next Generation Science Standards: communication, collaboration, inquiry, and problem solving through 3-Dimensional Learning.
Agriculture Science: Agriculture Science is an alternate science program, where Next Generation Science Standards are incorporated through a multidisciplinary field.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AGRICULTURE PROGRAM
Project Lead the Way / Engineering: Next Generation Science Standards with an emphasis on Project Lead the Way, an introductory course in engineering/technology (limited number of students will be admitted based on GPA, effort, and science grades). www.mrmendoza.net
Physical Education - All Physical Education courses cover PE state standards
Regular Physical Education: Soccer, football, basketball, and other modified games; fitness testing; cardiovascular activities.
Dance PE: Physical Education taught through movement and dance. This class is a performance based class.
Advanced Dance PE: Students must qualify to be in advanced dance PE course.
Advanced Physical Education: A yearlong class designed for students who have a desire to compete with other schools in a variety of sports. This class will cover techniques, skills and drills for both team and individual sports. Students must qualify academically.Color Guard P.E.: Color Guard P.E. is a performance group that uses various equipment, suchas flags, imitation rifles, sabres and other visual props, to interpret the music for the eyes of the audience. Each year the team produces a show for competition using recorded music, dance, flags, and various visual props. Students will be required to participate in weekend competitions.
Visual Art -
Advanced Art: If you’re committed to and consumed by the world of art, this is the class for you. Find and define your personal style as you create 2- and 3-D works using a multitude of materials. Art Teacher’s signature is required.
Studio Art: Explore the world of art and design using a wide variety of materials: pastels, watercolor, color pencil, paper-mache, foil, wire, clay and more!
Instrumental Music - More information on Band / Orchestra Page - Band / Orchestra Page
Beginning Band: This yearlong class is open to entering 6th grade students who wish to continue learning a band instrument they started in 5th grade as well as 6th, 7th & 8th grade students who are new to music and wish to start learning an instrument. Students learn to read and write music while they learn the skills of playing an instrument. We also use technology to teach music concepts through the use of our computer lab and classroom recording equipment. These students perform two concerts during the year. Instruments taught are the following: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion. Some families choose to provide their own instruments, however, the school does have many instruments available to borrow at no charge. Prior music education is helpful but not necessary to succeed in this class. After one year of Beginning Band students may take Advanced Band. Students who wish to play percussion in Beginning Band will start out the year playing a wind instrument and then after the first couple weeks of school a limited number of students will be selected to play percussion. Criteria for choosing the students that are allowed to play percussion will be based on in-class behavior and effort.
Beginning String Orchestra: This yearlong class is open to entering 6th grade students who wish to continue learning an orchestra instrument they started in 5th grade as well as 6th, 7th & 8th grade students who are new to music and wish to learn an instrument. Students learn to read and write music while they learn the skills of playing a string instrument. We also use technology to teach music concepts through the use of our computer lab and classroom recording equipment. These students perform two concerts during the year. Instruments taught are the following: violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Some families choose to provide their own instruments, however, the school does have many instruments available to borrow at no charge. Prior music education is helpful but not necessary to succeed in this class. After one year of Beginning Orchestra students may take Advanced Orchestra.
Advanced Orchestra: This yearlong class is open to 7th and 8th grade students who have successfully completed one year of Beginning Orchestra. This class emphasizes performing and the continuing development of musicianship skills. The students will perform in numerous events during the year including concerts, festivals and assemblies. Some families choose to provide their own instruments, however, the school does have many instruments available to borrow at no charge. Students who successfully complete this class may take orchestra in high school.
Advanced Band: This yearlong class is open to 7th and 8th grade woodwind and brass students who have successfully completed one year of Beginning Band. The Advanced Band class emphasizes performing and the continuing development of musicianship skills. The students will perform in numerous events during the year including concerts, festivals, a parade and assemblies. Some families choose to provide their own instruments, however, the school does have many instruments available to borrow at no charge. Students who successfully complete this class may take band in high school.
Chorus: This is a year-long course that explores choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. The core curriculum emphasizes the basics of vocal technique, sight-reading, music theory, and music history. Students in Chorus are expected to participate in performances throughout the school year as part of their grade. Open to all grade levels.
Show Choir: Must audition to be in Show Choir. Auditions are in April prior to the upcoming school year. Performing Arts class that focuses on singing and dancing. Students are required to participate in many performances, including evenings and weekends. Open to all grade levels. Show Choir Audition Information
Digital Design - This course focuses on using industry standard design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create and edit works of digital art. The course covers the basics of graphic design, photoshop, web design, and video editing. Students will also learn fundamental computing skills. No prior computing skills required.
Advanced Digital Design - This year-long project based class is open to 7th and 8th grade students who have successfully completed the ‘Digital Design’ or ‘Technology’ course. Students will advance their computing and digital design skills using Photoshop, code, digital drawing, video editing and 3D design.
Technology - This year-long class is for students looking to explore the world of technology. Students will use industry standard applications to make digital designs, create 3D models and learn the basics of coding. Students will also be introduced to fundamental computer usage and experiment with computer hardware and robotics. No prior computing skills required.
Robotics - This course covers the fundamentals of programming and robotics. Students will be faced with a variety of challenges which they must use innovative design choices to find solutions with programming and construction. Students will use multiple coding languages (Block, Python and Java) and also be introduced to internal computing components.
Math Support: This class offers students a chance to get caught up on their math homework. It also provides time to get extra help on math concepts while building a foundation of basic math skills.
Reading Support: Achieve3000® provides solutions that deliver daily instruction for nonfiction reading and writing that’s precisely tailored to each student’s Lexile® reading level.
Other Elective Choices
ASB: This class is designed for students to learn and practice leadership skills. Students will be given the opportunity to become involved in a wide variety of school and community activities and will study the basics of leadership. Open to grades 7 / 8.
Aide: Classroom or Office Aides assist the teacher/staff. When the student is not assisting the teacher/staff they use their time to finish up homework or classwork from other classes. Open to grades 7 / 8.
College and Career: The class emphasizes skills that will help students be successful in school. A few of the topics include note taking, test taking strategies, following directions and organization. Emphasis will also be placed on college discussions and continuing education after high school: career planning, budgeting, job applications, job resumes, cover letters, and mock interviews. Available to all grade levels.
Drama: LMS Drama is a musical theater performance class for 6th-8th grade students. In the 6th grade class, students will learn Musical Theater basics and put on a short play. In the 7th-8th grade class, students will learn leadership and technical theater skills in addition to advanced acting, auditioning, and vocal music skills. Open to all grade levels.
Publications - Yearbook: Publications is a year-long class which has as its main focus the production of the school yearbook. Students will work in a digital environment, creating page layouts utilizing the Jostens Yearbook Company on-line tools. Students will learn the fundamentals of good design concepts for page layouts as well as the fundamentals of good photography. Students will learn the importance of meeting deadlines and working in a team to accomplish a goal. Students will also learn how to use a variety of Photoshop techniques to create original graphic designs. Open to grades 7 / 8.
Science Projects / Engineering Focus: This elective will focus on exploring and understanding the relationships between Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Students will explore the how and why of STEM through hands-on activities, with the emphasis that STEM is a process. Open to all grade levels.
Science Projects / FFA Focus: This elective class will further develop the leadership skills of the agriculture student. Students will practice for various speech, leadership and debate contests, form committees and plan their year of FFA activities, take pictures and organize their scrapbook for FFA competition. Students must be enrolled in agriculture science. Grade 7/ 8
Spanish: Beginning Spanish is a fun way to learn basic conversational Spanish. This course will focus on the patterns of conversation, essential vocabulary, and simple grammatical structures to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish. We will also explore the diverse traditions and rich culture through a variety of activities. Open to all grade levels.
Spanish Literature Immersion Class: Is a culture driven class where students experience the many facets of Spanish speaking countries and learn about the literature, music, and behavioral nuances. The study of certain regions expose students to other ideas and customs, which often define the Spanish speaking societies. Open to students in the Immersion program or fluent in Spanish.
Study Hall: Study hall is a class for students to complete homework/classwork from other classes. A weekly grade is given for being on task during class. A planner check is also done weekly, with points received for filling the planner with each class’s homework and/or classwork, for all classes, all week. Open to all grade levels.
Technology - In this class we explore several applications like Photo Booth, Keynote, Pages, Photoshop, iMovie. We also learn some elementary coding. We spend a majority of our time on projects with Photoshop. Open to all grade levels.
Woodshop: Woodshop is a hands-on, project based class for 7th-8th grade students. Students will learn proper safety skills, use of tools, and woodworking basics then apply and demonstrate those skills by constructing an assigned project. Upon completion of their first project students are given the opportunity to design, plan, and build a project of their choice. Open to grades 7 / 8.
PIANO & GUITAR CLASS at LMS:
- Students will gain an understanding of musical notation.
- Students will learn basic music theory.
- Students will develop their individual playing skills on Piano and Guitar
- Students will work cooperatively to play in an ensemble.
- Students will develop effective practice techniques
Class piano and guitar is designed to teach the concepts and fundamentals needed to perform on the piano. It will increase musical understanding beyond just reading notes by teaching students a vocabulary of chords and keys, accompaniment patterns, and improvisational techniques. Students will play melodies in several positions and have the opportunity to participate in ensemble playing. Students will develop good practice habits, and learn techniques to increase the muscular agility and flexibility of their hands. We will delve into music at its source, find out how music is constructed, and discover the composers and history behind the music. At the completion of this course, the student will have learned to play some of the standards of piano repertoire while gaining a thorough understanding of the history and basic concepts of music.