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: Green Art, Library Science, Journalism, Music Lab/Piano, Spanish,
Choices for Elective B: Art Lab, Moving with Music-Yoga, Sports, Study Hall, Teacher Assistant,
Choices for Elective C: Campus Improvement, Mural Painting, Cherokee Studies, EC Teacher Assistant, History Through Film,

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

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.

Green Art: Ms. Krista

Students will research and develop ideas on how we can reduce waste at MDCS. Students will create products from recyclable materials and sell them at events. Profits from materials will go to a special cause that has been researched and agreed on by the students in the class.

Library Science: Mr. David

Learn about the history of and how to navigate the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Take a leadership role as a middle school librarian to maintain the circulation system of the MDCS library and to support younger students in using the library as a tool for reading for knowledge and enjoyment. Create some fun videos to encourage a love of reading, appreciation for libraries, and to inform students how our library works!
Students will learn the basics of the Dewey Decimal Classification system.
Students will learn the major informational categories in each section.
Students will easily locate resources in the library and maintain our circulation system so that books are borrowed, returned and reshelved.
Students will use creativity and writing skills, as well as their social skills, in a collaborative manner to develop an informative video about the joy of reading, libraries, and how the system works.
Students will have prior knowledge about the Dewey Decimal System and call numbers and be able to recall how to locate books in the library.
Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the Dewey Decimal System and how to use decimal number order.
Students will be able to help younger Trailblazers select what type of books they are interested in for reading/research and the ability to locate them on the library shelves.

Elective B


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.

Moving with Music/Yoga: Ms. Sarah Burkey

Connect with music from around the world. Improve your balance, strength, flexibility, and self-esteem as we calm the mind and unwind while learning a variety of yoga poses.

Sports: Ms. Brook

Offerings will be hand ball and basketball. 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.

EC Student Intern: Ms. Tracy

EC Student Interns will be splitting their time between administrative duties and helping the EC staff work with K-3 students in small groups. During the first part of the block, the intern will help with filing, making copies, and other various tasks. The majority of the block, will be spent assisting the EC staff in working with K-3 students in small groups or one-one-one to help them develop better social and behavioral skills. This could be teaching them turn-taking by playing games, working on communication skills on the playground, or helping to demonstrate leaned skills from the structured curriculum. This position is great for students who are interested in teaching and requires a strong sense of responsibility. Only 2 students will be placed in this offering, so make your second choice wisely.

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 exploring the Civil Rights Movement using films like Hidden Figures, The Help, 42, Selma, and more.

Mural Painting: Ms. Krista

In this class students will learn the complete process of creating a mural. Students will plan ideas, propose ideas to the school administration, and finally work as a group to paint and complete the murals. Students must have the maturity to work independently and the ability to focus on craftsmanship in order to produce high quality work.

Interventions placements will be made by school staff.th. 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 Thursday, October 10th. 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 Thursday, October 10th.

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