Middle School Extended Learning
Speech and Debate: Students learn the techniques for building and delivering a successful speech. We will engage in delivering speeches, as well as participating in formal and informal debates. In addition, students will have the necessary skills to critique, analyze and question speeches and debates delivered by others.
Creative Writing: Creative writing offers young writers a chance to get their ideas down on paper, play with words, and celebrate their accomplishments. Students will create an original myth, tell a fairy tale from a different point of view, and create a picture book which is shared with kindergarten students, along with a few other projects.
Everyday Science: Students learn the science behind some of our favorite things and activities! Is there a plant that can survive on nothing but Coke? Which bouncy ball bounces the highest? How can you make a lava lamp? These questions are answered and more in an exploration of easy, in-class science experiments.
Health: Students will learn a variety of skills and information, including the following topics: social, emotional, and physical health, good decision making and skills practice, proper hygiene, self-esteem, stress management skills, growth and development, disease prevention and safety, drug use and abuse, and nutrition.
Design and Modeling (a project lead the way class): Students use solid model software and be introduced to the design process. Utilizing this design approach, students understand how design influences their lives. Students also learn sketching techniques and use descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement and computer modeling. Students brainstorm, research, develop ideas, create models and evaluate ideas and communicate results.
Automation and Robotics (a project lead the way class): Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. A robust robotics platform is used to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.
Latin Rhythms: Students learn about the various Latin rhythms and Zumba fitness dances.
History of Dance: Students learn about the popular dances throughout history and the dance steps.
Reader’s Theater: This course brings theatrical plays and stories to life through expressions and gestures, without the need for props and costumes. It assists students with their presentation skills in a fun learning environment.
3D Video Game Design: In this elective, students will learn to program video games in 3 dimensions using a drag and drop tool called AgentCubes, developed by Colorado University. Students will use creativity, innovation, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to create and program 3D objects and games they can share with friends.
Yearbook/Newspaper: This course is designed to develop basic skills in design, photography, editing, journalism, managing and marketing. Students create the yearbook and publish a monthly student newspaper.