2017-2018 Wells MS Elective Courses


Literary Arts


Yearbook (Year long)

In thirty years, middle school will be but a jumble of memories, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t important. You’ll find yourself looking back on these memories, but you won’t remember everything. Your yearbook class is there for you, capturing every moment, and putting every event into a perfect string of words. In this class, you will learn about writing skills, and how to put them to use when it comes to writing copy. You’ll learn how to properly take photos that capture exactly what’s happening, follow the photography rule of thirds, and are properly focused. Not to mention, you get to run all over campus, talk to your fellow peers, and be a small part in something so big. The kids who participate in creating such a meaningful memory are the ones who show true Roadrunner Pride.
Combining journalism, photography, and campus networking, this class is the epitome of hard work.

Journalism (Semester long)

In this semester course, students will have fun learning how people have used different forms of communication to promote social justice. The students will also learn about how to use these forms of communication, such as, film, art, literature, podcast, vlogs, blogs etc. to learn about and process different cultural issues. This class will be student centered and each student will have the chance to choose a topic and technology to really dive into.


Performing Arts


Beginning Band (Year long)

This class is designed for those with interest in playing a musical instrument. Students must provide their own instruments if they play flute, clarinet, sax, trombone, or trumpet. This will be a performing group. Students will be able to audition for the marching band.

Concert/Symphonic Band (Year long)

This class is designed for those with at least one year of musical training. Students must provide their own instruments if they play flute, clarinet, sax, trombone, or trumpet. This will be a performing group. Students will be able to audition for the marching band.

Jazz Band (Year long )

Audition Required

This course is designed for those who have an interest in the area of jazz. We will explore some history of jazz and learn the techniques of improvisations. This will be a performing group. Students who play the trumpet, trombone and sax will perform with the marching band.

Strings (Year long)

In this course, attention is focused on introductory music fundamentals, technical achievement, and acquisition of performance and rehearsal skills through exposure to a variety of music literature. Beginning Strings is open to all students who wish to extend their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of music by learning to play a string instrument.

Advanced Strings (Year Long)

In this course attention is focused on introductory music fundamentals, technical achievement, and acquisition of performance and rehearsal skills through exposure to a variety of music literature. Orchestra is open to students at all levels of expertise who wish to extend their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of music by learning to play a string instrument. Students will perform in a variety of performances throughout the school year. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

Drama and Speech (7-8) (Year long)

Students in this class will learn about many aspects of theatre including improvisation, physical theatre/mime, Shakespeare, character creation, play writing, and performance.
They will also be introduced to the basics of public speaking through a variety of speech and debate units, focusing on their own presentation skills as well as the ability to understand and adapt to various speaking situations. The confidence, poise, and collaborative skills gained in this class will help students not only in class presentations throughout middle and high school, but in future interview and job-related situations as well! This class is open to all 7th and 8th graders.

Advanced Drama (7-8)(Year long)

Emphasis in this class will be on all aspects of theatre: improvisation, voice, physical theatre/mime, Shakespeare, children’s theatre, character creation, play writing, set design, stagecraft and performance of student-written productions. Advanced Drama students will perform in school plays in both the fall and spring, as well as our annual “Fractured Fairy Tales” show each winter. This class is open to 7th and 8th graders with teacher approval…after school rehearsals take place several weeks before each performance and are mandatory. Students who successfully complete this course may (with teacher recommendation) go directly into Intermediate Drama as a freshman at Dublin High School.


Visual Arts


Art (Semester long)

A hands-on class introducing the basics of art: drawing and painting, art history and exploration using various media. The goal of this class is for students to be able to expand their knowledge of art in the world and in themselves.

Woodshop (Semester long)

In this class, you will learn basic wood working skills and techniques. You will also learn about how structures are built, how rockets are propelled, and you will also learn about drafting and design.
Learn about rocket propulsions while launching Co2 cars down the hallway of the H building. Learn how to follow plans while constructing your own gumball machine. Build a balsa wood bridge and then crush it in a structural analyzer. Have fun while applying practical application of Math and Science to your learning. Students keep all projects. A donation of $40 is request.

Photography I (Semester long)

This digital photography class will explore the many facets of digital imagery. Students are expected to produce and preserve images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of basic and technical editing strategies and techniques through the use of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. This digital photography program will deepen the understanding of composition and image design; focusing on color, light, theory, and practical applications. Students will also explore photography and design careers. Class grade will be based on weekly photography assignments, photography reviews, and quizzes. Students will have access to a limited number of WMS cameras during school hours only. Students should have access to a SLR or DSLR camera at home. A $25 donation is requested for students’ 32gb SD card. Students may also provide their own card.

Photography II (Semester long)

Prerequisite, successful completion of Photography I with a B or better. This advanced digital photography class will explore the many facets of digital imagery, design, manipulation and presentation. Students are expected to produce and preserve images 5 that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event. Students will use advance technical editing strategies and techniques through the use of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
Students will create a photography portfolio and will be expected to create and design a series of images for public presentation and competition. Students will learn about professionally printing images and have the opportunity to print their work for show. Students will have access to a limited number of WMS cameras during school hours only. Students should have access to a SLR or DSLR camera at home. A $35 donation is requested for students’ 32gb SD card and image printing. Students may also provide their own card.


World Language


French 1A (Year Long)

7th grade

French 1 A is an introduction to the French language. Students will learn French through skits, songs, art, reading, writing, games, food puppets and conversation. There will be homework 2-3 nights per week. This course covers the first half of the high school French 1 class. Students who complete French 1A successfully qualify for French 1B in eighth grade. Together these courses satisfy one year of the world language high school graduation requirement. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 to apply for this class.

French 1B (Year Long)

8th grade
Prerequisite, French 1A

French 1B is a continuation of French 1A. This class covers the second half of the high school French 1 class. Students who successfully complete this course will enter French 2 in high school, and will have satisfied one year of the two year world language high school graduation requirement. This class has homework 3-4 days per week.

Accelerated French (Year Long)

8th grade

This class consists of French 1A and 1B combined into one year and moves at the same pace as a high school class. Highly motivated, conscientious 8th graders should enroll in this fast-paced, academic class. Homework will be given 4 nights per week, and quizzes and tests 1-2 times per week. Students who complete this course with a “B” average will enter French 2 in high school and will have satisfied one year of the two years world language high school graduation requirement. Students must have a minimum academic GPA of 2.75 to qualify for this class.

Spanish 1 (Year Long)

8th grade only

This class is highly motivated, conscientious and independent learners should enroll in the fast-paced academic class. This class has homework 4 nights per week. Assessments will be given 1-2 times per week. We will go through the same Spanish 1 course given at the high school. Students who successfully complete this course with a “B” average will enter into Spanish 2 in high school and will have successfully completed one year of the two-year foreign language high school graduation requirement. Students must have a minimum Academic GPA of 2.75 and a “B” grade in English and History for this class. (Note: Native Spanish speakers should take a placement test before enrolling in this class to determine placement at the proper level at WMS or DHS.)


Technology


Gateway to Technology (GTT) – Design and Modeling (Semester long)

Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. Students will be learning how to use the design process to develop multiview sketches, dimensioning, creating 3D images using Autodesk 123D software and learning how to collect and compile statistical data using GeoGebra.

Gateway to Technology (GTT) Automation and Robotics (Semester long)

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform and RobotC to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Industrial Tech (Semester Long)

Do you like to design, build, and test contraptions? Are you a fan of creative problem solving and investigation? If so, the Industrial Tech class is for you! In Industrial Tech, students will compete with other groups in the class. The emphasis in this elective is engineering, science, and a lot of fun! Some of the “STEM” challenges students will encounter are the Egg Crash Dummy, Bottle Rocket, Bridge Building, Alternative Energy Design, CO2 Car Race, as well as many others. We will also compete in mini challenges such as paper airplane building, catapult contests, and tower building. Come join the fun and learning in Industrial Tech!

Intro to Computers (Semester Long)

This unit will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications.

Makerspace (Semester Long)

The Makerspace is a community of makers. In Makerspace students will be able to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of tools and materials.
Projects range from creating designs with 3D printers to programming robots to creating with the use of recycled items…


AVID (Year long)


AVID is an acronym for “Advancement Via Individual Determination”. Students are usually selected to enroll in and AVID class after an application process. For one class period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Certain requirements must be met. Invitation and application is required.


Leadership (Year long)


This elective course is for creative, self-starting, enthusiastic students who thrive on hard work and responsibility. Leadership is open to all 7th and 8th graders in good standing (academic, behavior, attendance). Students will organize dances, spirit weeks, fundraisers, lunchtime activities and other school wide programs. Students will discuss and brainstorm different school-related issues that need to be addressed and solved using their leadership skills. Students must complete an application to be considered (application is attached to this handbook)