Electives will be very different this year. We will have three choices. Elective A will meet on Monday and Wednesday during 5th period, Elective B will meet on Monday and Wednesday during 6th period, and Elective C will meet for a longer block on Tuesday during 5th and 6th periods.

Choices for Elective A: Art Lab, Journalism, Music Lab/Piano, Spanish,
Choices for Elective B: Printmaking, Music Lab/Piano, Sports, Study Hall, Teacher Assistant,
Choices for Elective C: Campus Improvement, Fiber Art, Cherokee Studies, Natural Resource Management, History Through Film, Dungeons & Dragons, The Path of the Jedi,

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


Elective A

Journalism: Ms. Lisa Murphy

In Journalism, students experience in the many facets of journalism by writing and reporting about the many wonderful learning opportunities that all grades participate in at MDCS. Student work will be edited and shared with the community through online social media as well as local newspapers. Together, we will make it an exciting, enriching, and fun learning environment for students to discover their strengths as a journalist.

Music Lab/Piano: Ms. Songbird

No prior musical experience necessary. Learn the foundation of playing any musical instrument, from reading music, to playing by ear. Learn the art of playing solos, duets, and collaborating as an ensemble. Those interested in exploring various instruments other than piano can enroll in this class as well.

Spanish: Ms. Angie

Students will explore Spanish language through conversation, song (maybe some old school Shakira), reading (sometimes comics), writing, and cultural experiences. They will develop basic comprehension of written and spoken Spanish as well as a global understanding of Spanish speaking culture, heritage and geography.

Student Tutors: Ms. Tracy

This elective requires prior approval from Ms. Tracy in order to sign up for it. Student tutors will provide peer assistance to elementary students.

Art Lab: Ms. Krista

This class focuses primarily on two-dimensional techniques. Students will explore a variety of drawing and painting mediums while studying a variety of artists and their styles. The goal is for students to take risks, try new ideas and build on the creative process while developing their own artistic voice.

Elective B


Music Lab/Piano: Ms. Songbird

No prior musical experience necessary. Learn the foundation of playing any musical instrument, from reading music, to playing by ear. Learn the art of playing solos, duets, and collaborating as an ensemble. Those interested in exploring various instruments other than piano can enroll in this class as well.

Printmaking: Ms. Krista

Students will explore and experiment with a variety of printmaking methods. We will start with mono-printing and finish with block printing. Students will also explore dry point etching and screen printing.

Sports: Ms. Brook

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

Study Hall: Ms. Lisa Monnat

Study Hall is for motivated students who want to use a little more school time to complete homework and are capable of working independently. Qualifying students will be monitored by Ms. Lisa Monnat. Students will be placed based on their ability to be respectful of everyone's need for a "library-esque" atmosphere.

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. 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.

Elective C


Campus Improvement: Mr. Henry

Students will survey the campus, create proposals and send them to Ms. Edie for approval, raise business support (Ingles, Lowes, Home Depot, Clampitts), create budgets and then put the projects into action! Painting, sporting equipment, power-washing, cleaning, planting, etc. are all possibilities. This class will encompass math (budgeting), creative thinking and writing (proposals), art (painting, graphic design), nature and hard work

Cherokee Studies: Ms. Songbird

Learn more about the Smoky Mountains from the Cherokee People, their history, and culture. Students will xperience the Cherokee Language and history through stories, songs and visits with Tribal Elders.

History Through Film: Ms. Sarah

Join History Through Film where we will watch great movies and deepen our understanding of history! Each quarter we will use Hollywood movies and documentaries to examine, analyze, and discuss a particular theme/topic in history. We will combine entertaining films and thoughtful, reflective discussions as we explore how the past influences our modern world. This quarter, we will be using films to explore what it means to be an American.

Fiber Art: Ms. Krista

In Fiber Art, students will explore and experiment with different techniques and materials related to textiles. Students will gain exposure to weaving, embroidery, felting, surface design and sewing. Students should be able to work independently and be able to solve problems.

Natural Resource Management - NC Envirothon Competition: Mr. David

This class is an exciting natural resource education program that focuses on the study of North Carolina wildlife, soils, forestry and aquatic environments. The class is offered in cooperation with the Swain County Soil and Water Conservation District. Students will receive hands-on environmental and natural resource management education through a mixture of classroom and off-campus studies.
The course culminates in optional participation in the NC regional Envirothon competition in Waynesville on March 25. The goal of this course is for students to learn more about the natural environment and environmental problems as well as to encourage responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

The Path of the Jedi: Ms. Tracy

What does it take to become a Jedi? Star Wars first came to the big screen in May, 1977. A space saga seems an unlikely story to captivate the world, but at its essence, Star Wars is nothing more than a story of humanity involving things we all experience like sacrifice, trials, betrayal, loss, heroic moments and triumphs. Myths traditionally tell the story of a hero who is presented with a great quest and must overcome tremendous obstacles to fulfill his destiny. Star Wars is a modern myth. In the original trilogy, Luke Skywalker is our unexpected hero who ends up destroying the tyrannical rule of the Galactic Empire, but at great personal cost. This is the “Hero’s Journey”.
Through analysis of each Episode, we will better understand the idea of “the Heros’ Journey,” as told through the lens of a Jedi. We will determine specific qualities, traits, and actions that are required to become a Jedi. The culmination of the class will be the creation of our own Jedi character.
Parent permission will be needed to participate in this elective.

Dungeons & Dragons: Ms. Emily

Myth and imagination, storytelling and literacy, arithmetic and probability, character development and team building, cooperation and communication, … all of these and more are required to succeed in the many-faceted jewel of a game called Dungeons and Dragons. Dungeons and Dragons ("D&D") was created by gaming enthusiasts Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974. Since then, the game has spawned countless copies in the current world of computer role playing games (RPG's) that are so prevalent today. But instead of letting a computer roll the dice and dictate the game to you in pre-fabricated sentences and canned images, here it all takes place in the imagination of the players. Success is up to you and your team. If you want see where it all started, and you feel like you are up to the challenge, climb aboard.

Interventions placements will be made by school staff. Students will be placed as required in one or two sections of this offering.

Fill out the form below below and submit it by the morning of Wednesday, December 18th. All fields but email are required.

First Name:

Last Name:

Email Address:

Grade Level:

Elective A 1st Choice:

Elective A 2nd Choice:

Elective B 1st Choice:

Elective B 2nd Choice:

Elective C 1st Choice:

Elective C 2nd Choice:

Don't forget that forms should be submitted before Wednesday, December 18th.

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