Electives will meet on alternate days this year. Elective 1 will meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Elective 2 will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Choices for Elective 1: Sports, Music Workshop, Ceramics, Teacher Assistant, Study Hall,
Choices for Elective 2: Sports, Advanced Band, Art Lab, Explore Nature, Teacher Assistant, Study Hall,

Students who are not in good academic standing will be required to attend study hall. We define good academic standing as a “C” average or better and current on all assignments. Teachers may require students to attend study hall if they miss a deadline for homework or class work.

Course Descriptions

Art Lab: Ms. Krista

Yo, get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! In Art Lab you will learn a variety of ways to express yourself and what is happening in the world around you. In this course you will have the chance to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques as you refine your skills. You can look forward to using a little bit of everything from paint, collage, printmaking, book binding, drawing and more. We will explore the elements and principles of design as well as art history and art from different cultures. Art Lab is a great place for you to visually express your uniqueness. This class will be offered all year, but will change each quarter. Supply Fee: $3.00

Ceramics: Ms. Krista

Students will learn a variety of hand-building techniques and experiment with throwing on the wheel as they explore the world of ceramics. Student artists will learn about the elements and principles of art while creating functional, sculptural, and decorative clay objects. Supply Fee: $5.00

Sports: Ms. Brook, Ms. Blair and Ms. Edie

Offerings will be lacrosse and ultimate frisbee. Please remember that along with playing games, students are required to learn skills, run, do push ups, sit ups, work hard, and have fun!

Explore Nature: Ms. Blair

In this class we are gonna get outside, play in the woods, but we will also keep field journals while exploring the world around us. Class periods will include quiet journal sits, birdwatching, field notes, drawing and observation, and studying plants, shrubs and trees. We will use field guides. Please have a small nature journal ready, this is a REQUIREMENT. Nature is all around us, if we could only see.

Music Workshop: Mr. Collings

Music Workshop: for students who would like to try out and learn to play a musical instrument. Students in the workshop will have the chance to explore the instruments in the music room, receive individual instruction and play music with other students. Members of the workshop will also have the opportunity to perform on our bi-annual band concerts. Music workshop is a quarterly commitment and a prerequisite for joining advanced band.

Advanced Band: Mr. Collings

Advanced band is for sixth-eighth grade students who have participated in band for at least one year. We will work towards playing scales, solos, and concert band music. In addition to providing a great musical opportunity to students, participation in middle school band prepares MDCS students to continue their studies in a high school band. Advanced band is moving to Tuesday, Thursday and is a commitment made for the whole year.

Teacher Assistants will be assigned as an assistant in an elementary classroom. Students will be expected to communicate absences to their supervising teacher, attend reliably, and be ready to work. Only one of your electives can be Teacher Assistant. Sixth graders are not eligible for this offering during the first quarter. Only qualified students will be placed as assistants. Make your second choices wisely.

Fill out the form below below and submit it by the morning of Wednesday, March 7th. All fields but email are required.

First Name:

Last Name:

Email Address:

Grade Level:

Monday, Wednesday 1st Choice:

Monday, Wednesday 2nd Choice:

Tuesday, Thursday 1st Choice:

Tuesday, Thursday 2nd Choice:

Don't forget that forms should be submitted before Wednesday, March 7th.

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