Course Descriptions

The descriptions below describe the elective classes for next year. Please read the descriptions carefully because some have fees assessed. Students need to pick their classes carefully. Students have one week after school starts to make any last minute changes. After that, there will be a $10 fee to change schedules.

Art: (Available all four quarters but you may only take it ONE quarter)

This class gives students a fun and interesting introduction to the world of art. They will learn about classical and modern art. The class will learn about famous artists that relate to the segment they are currently working on, followed by a contemporary artist who relates to the classical artist from the past. ($10 fee)

Geography Bee Prep (Available 2nd quarter only)

This geography class is designed to build on the background of geographical and cultural studies and the historical development of cultures presented in elementary school. Students look in-depth at given regions of the world. This class will also participation in several geography bees during the quarter.

History Fair Preparation (2nd quarter only)

This class is designed to help students as they work through the research process of their history fair project. Guidelines for this class will be organized to meet the criteria of National History Day Competition. The McIntosh portable laptops will be used to help in the developmental process.

Student Council

This class is only available for those students elected for student council. This class will not be an option available until the elections for the current year are complete. In this class the student council will help prepare and plan activities for the student body.

Teen Living (available 1st and 3rd quarter only)

Teen Living is a course designed to help young adolescents discover and develop personal interests, abilities, and choices related to their future education, careers, and life. This course empowers the student to assess the importance of solving problems effectively, selecting choices, and weighing consequences. Students will also learn to be a competent babysitter, identifying emergency procedures, and some basic first aid.

Home Economics: (Available all four quarters but you may only take it ONE quarter)

Students will learn about food preparation. They will learn basic nutritional information, smart shopping techniques, good kitchen arrangement, meal planning and food preparation. They will do several cooking labs throughout the quarter in the school kitchen. Occasionally the students will have homework assignments that need to be prepared at home. Students will learn the basics of sewing, mending and needlepoint work. The students may be required to purchase material, yarn or other specific materials. ($10 fee)

Newspaper and Media Specialist (A sample newsletter must be submitted with elective form to be considered.)

This class will consist of three students. They will be responsible for producing an LCA Middle School newsletter every two weeks reporting current events happening in middle school. They will also be responsible for taking school pictures and keeping them organized for PowerPoint presentations and the school yearbook. A sample newsletter must be submitted with elective form to be considered. The best three candidates will be chosen by the faculty for these positions.

MacBook Development (3rd and 4th quarter only)

Participants will learn how to find and use great podcasts as well as how to create and publish their own audio programs. Students creating podcasts have the opportunity to share with a potential worldwide audience. The process of putting together an audio recording is extremely valuable, is a cross-curricular experience, and supports differentiated instruction models of learning.

Science Fair Preparation (1st quarter only)

This class is designed to help students as they work through the research process of their science fair project. Guidelines for this class will be organized to meet the criteria of National Science Fair Day Competition. The McIntosh portable laptops will be used to help in the developmental process.

Sign Language – Beginning (Available 1st and 3rd quarter only)

This class is an introductory course in American Sign Language. Students will learn different signs, and some of the features of American Sign Language grammar. Games, practice activities, Deaf speakers and Deaf culture are some of the things included in this class.

Sign Language – Intermediate (Available 2nd and 4th quarter only)

This class is a more advanced course in American Sign Language. Students will continue the basic study of the language and culture; an opportunity to build receptive and expressive sign vocabulary; use of signing space; further use of nonmanual components of ASL grammar including facial expression and body postures, and introduction to conversational regulators.

Spanish – Beginning: (Has to been taken 1st and 2nd quarter together)

The Spanish program is designed to increase student’s motivation to pursue taking a foreign language in high school. Weekly vocabulary lists covering: Greetings, Numbers 1—20, Colors, Family Members, Simple Dialogs, Bible verses, Telling time, Weather, Clothing, Animals, Body parts, Questions, Sports, Celebrations, Days of the week, Irregular verbs ser and estar, Regular -ar verbs, Definite/indefinite articles, Demonstrative articles, Article/noun/adjective agreements, Negation, Personal and possessive pronouns, Central/South American geography

Spanish – Intermediate/Advanced: (Has to be taken 3rd and 4th quarter together)

The Spanish program is designed to increase student’s motivation to pursue taking a foreign language in high school. Weekly vocabulary lists covering: Greetings, Numbers 1—20, Colors, Family Members, Dialogs, Bible verses, Telling time, Weather, Clothing, Animals, Body parts, Questions, Sports, Celebrations, Days of the week, Definite/indefinite articles, Demonstrative articles, Article/noun/adjective agreements, Negation, Personal and possessive pronouns, Geography and culture of Spain, Regular -ar, -er and -ir verbs (present tense), Present Tense Irregular Verbs: Ser (to be), Estar (to be), Ir (to go), Tener (to have), Querer (to want), Tener idioms, Past Tense (preterit) of regular -ar verbs, Beginning and Intermediate Translations, Simple compositions

Speech and Debate: (4th quarter only)

This class is for students interested in learning the skills of public speaking with an emphasis on argument and debate. Students will learn researching skills, outlining skills, technology skills and oral communication skills. This is an introductory class to students interested in exploring speech and debate in high school. Students will participate in one speech and debate meet.

Study Skills: (available all 4 quarters)

Study Skills is a course designed to help students learn to study effectively. We will explore different learning styles, learning environments, organization, using a planner, and time management. We will learn ways to improve comprehension and test taking. Two days a week are devoted to homework/missing assignments for other classes.

Teacher’s Aide (available all four quarters but MUST get a recommendation and approval from the teacher they will be assisting)

This class is only available to 7th and 8th graders. The students must get prior approval from the teacher they would like to be assisting. They must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and be a responsible student. The students will assist the teacher with preparation of lessons; clean up of materials and activities daily. The student will help the teacher with technical assistance like filing, copying, cutting out items, etc. A teacher may only have one student aide per quarter unless prior approval is given by Mrs. Elmy