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: Journalism, Theatre History and Mystery, Sculpture, Teacher Assistant, Study Hall, Horticulture,
Choices for Elective 2: Sports, Advanced Band, Art Lab, Teacher Assistant, Campus Improvement, 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

Study Hall: Ms. Nicole

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. Nicole. Students will be placed based on their ability to be respectful of everyone's need for a "library-esque" atmosphere.


Interventions placements will be made by school staff. Students will be placed as required in one or two sections of this offering. Check your confirmation page and email to see if you have been placed in one or both of the Intervention offerings.


Art Lab: Ms. Krista

In this elective, artists explore two dimensional art forms while experimenting with a wide range of materials and media. Artists will have the opportunity to work on drawing and painting and gain exposure to processes such as printmaking, book binding, weaving, and mixed media. This quarter students will create lightboxes, infinity books, weavings, and altered artworks.


Sculpture: Ms. Krista

This elective explores a variety of materials that are used to create sculptures, which include clay, plaster, wood, found objects, cardboard and paper mache. Artists will learn how to create with these materials and use tools safely. This quarter, students can look forward to creating kinetic sculptures, masks/headdresses, found object sculptures and more.


Sports: Ms. Brook

Offerings will be Personal Fitness and Lacrosse. Students will learn more about how their body works. We will improve flexibility, strength, and cardio capacity. Students will also learn beginning weight lifting. Students must be responsible and motivated to work hard.


Horticulture: Mr. David and Ms. Melissa

Students in this class will use the flora around campus to learn basic plant identification, distinguish between native and nonnative plants, (even "meet" a few carnivorous species!) and examine ways to improve the landscape around MDCS campus. This course is a hands-on opportunity for students to work as a team to learn and apply the basics of horticulture. Release forms may be required for the lessons involving carnivorous plants. ;-)


Campus Improvement: Ms. Camille

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


Journalism: Ms. Amy Jo and Ms. Camille

Join your fellow middle school students as we finish our work on the 2018-19 MDCS Yearbook. Students will be responsible for writing stories, interviewing teachers and students about class activities, expeditions, and field trips, collecting and formatting pictures, and creating the layout/design of the yearbook. Be prepared to be creative, do a lot of writing, collaborating, brainstorming, and to have a lot of fun.


Theater History, Mystery, Fables and Fun: Ms. Sarah Burkey

An elective for the imaginative and theatrical. We shall read, write and study theater and storytelling traditions from around the world and locally in Appalachia. We'll also wear costumes and perform skits and stories. Perhaps we will write the plays or perform ones already written. It will be akin to traveling from MDCS to new worlds! One new world that we will physically visit is the home of Unto These Hills, Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee. We'll take a back stage tour and a whole lot more.

1 composition notebook and a great sense of imagination are all that is required.


Advanced Band: Ms. Sarah Burkey

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 Tuesday, January 29th. 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 Tuesday, January 29th.



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