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, World Music Exploration, Sculpture, Teacher Assistant, Spanish,
Choices for Elective 2: Sports, Advanced Band, Art Lab, Adventure Education, Teacher Assistant, 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. Brook

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 partially monitored by Ms. Brook while she supervises the sports elective. 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.


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.


Adventure Education: Ms. Edie and Mr. David

Adventure Education is designed to prepare students mentally, emotionally, and physically to be self-reliant explorers of the real world. Students are given opportunities to practice all of the design principles, take risks within a supportive atmosphere, and build leadership skills needed for MDCS outdoor expeditions. Adventure Education learning goals include the following:
1. To increase participants sense of personal confidence
2. To increase mutual support within a group
3. To develop an increased level of agility and physical coordination
4. To develop an increased joy in one’s physical self and in being with others
5. To develop an increased familiarity and identification with the natural world
6. To build confidence and competence in wilderness safety, navigation, map-reading, knot-tying, fire-safety, first-aid etc.


Sports: Ms. Brook

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


Journalism: Ms. Sarah

Join Ms. Sarah and fellow middle school students as we update photos and content on the MDCS website and create the 2018-19 MDCS Yearbook. Students will be responsible for 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!


Spanish: Ms. Sarah Burkey

Students will explore Spanish language through conversation, song, reading, writing, and cultural experiences. Through multi-sensory learning experiences that integrate geography, students will:
Develop comprehension of written and spoken Spanish.
Develop the ability to speak and write in Spanish.
Develop a global understanding of Spanish speaking culture, heritage, and history.
Appreciate diversity and the modern melting pot.


World Music Exploration: Ms. Sarah Burkey

In this new MDCS course, students are invited to travel the world through music and discover the roots of the music you enjoy today. Students will explore musical instruments and traditions from various parts of the globe. They will explore how musical traditions have evolved over time, birthing new genres and new instruments. Students will build skills, confidence, and self-expression through playing instruments and reading music. Together we will discover the role nature, technology, and geography play in musical traditions, and gain a greater appreciation of human diversity and ingenuity in making music. Students will be expected to practice collaboration and the art of listening.
This course integrates Geography, History, Natural Resources, Appalachian Studies.


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 Monday, August 6th. 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 Monday, August 6th.



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