Elective courses are offered each trimester to give middle school students, grades 5-8, the opportunity to explore classes and interests beyond the core curriculum offerings. Electives take place Friday afternoon at the end of the day. Course offerings will vary each trimester in order to give students exposure to a wider range of subjects throughout the year.
Included below are the elective offerings for the 1st trimester of the 2018/19 school year. Offerings are subject to change based on registration numbers.
THEATRE ARTS: 5th – 8th Grade
This course is designed to introduce students to Theatre Arts. During the 1st trimester students will learn voice & diction, breathing technique, movement, body control and physical styles. Through performance exercises the students will enhance their concentration skills, explore their spontaneous creativity, grow in their self-expression and develop personal confidence. Pantomime, improvisational skills, and character development will all be taught.
BEGINNING FILMMAKING: 5th – 8th Grade
This course will cover all aspects of the filmmaking process. Students will break into groups to write and film scenes as well as having the opportunity to work behind the camera in various crew positions, including camera operation and lighting. Once the scenes are completed the students will edit the footage and use iMovie to add credits and a sound track.
HOMESTEADING: 5th – 8th Grade
Homesteading is about cooking and creating from the garden and what grows from the land. This trimester, each homesteader is going to make heir own “farm product(s)” and sell them at a Farmstand on campus near the end of the trimester. Money made will go to purchase hammocks that students can use and enjoy on campus. The students will make pumpkin and apple pies, do creative things with pumpkins, gourds and scarecrows, make fall-scented soaps and candles, and plant now for winter harvest.
SPORTS ELECTIVE – BOYS FOOTBALL: 5th – 8th Grade
Boys football practice will begin at 1:30 during the elective period on Fridays.
HARRY POTTER & HIS ARMY OF MIDDLE SCHOOLERS: 5th – 8th Grade
Mrs. Gerrans and Ascension Harry Potter fans will read, analyze, stir, swish, swirl and everything else magical you can imagine. Students may even be consuming wonderful wacky bits of bugs and such! See you at train stop 9 3/4!
TECHNOLOGY TEACHER ASSISTANTS: 7th – 8th Grade
You will work with Dr. Maliski and the elementary teachers to support teaching and learning using technology. You may help during whole group instruction or run technology learning centers for classroom teachers. Students may also help with trouble shooting problems in a specific classroom.
STUDY HALL: 5th – 8th Grade