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: Sports, Beginning Band, Art Lab, Teacher Assistant, Meditation, Study Hall,
Choices for Elective 2: Sports, Advanced Band, Ceramics, Nature 101, Teacher Assistant, Web Design, 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

Art Lab: Ms. Krista

Yo, get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! In Art Lab you will learn a variety of ways to express yourself and what is happening in the world around you. In this course you will have the chance to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques as you refine your skills. You can look forward to using a little bit of everything from paint, collage, printmaking, book binding, drawing and more. We will explore the elements and principles of design as well as art history and art from different cultures. Art Lab is a great place for you to visually express your uniqueness. This class will be offered all year, but will change each quarter. Supply Fee: $3.00

Ceramics: Ms. Krista

Students will learn a variety of hand-building techniques and experiment with throwing on the wheel as they explore the world of ceramics. Student artists will learn about the elements and principles of art while creating functional, sculptural, and decorative clay objects. Supply Fee: $5.00

Sports: Ms. Brook, Ms. Blair and Ms. Edie

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!

Meditation: Mr. Killebrew

Meditation is basically learning how to be cool where you are, but wide awake. It is turning one's mind into an ally, getting out of your own way, and has been shown to be a significant aid in dealing with many forms of anxiety, including test anxiety. In this elective, we will first go over the basics of meditation instruction. Once everyone knows how it’s done, we will spend a lot of time “just sitting.” Most people will find this both a challenging and a relaxing exercise. This is mind training in the most basic sense, and the rewards relate to all aspects of life. It has been shown to strengthen the immune system, lower stress, and help with depression. It can also increase memory, focus, emotional stability, creativity, insight and even brain size! To put it another way, meditation makes your brain bigger, smarter, and faster, in the same way that physical exercise makes your muscles stronger, denser, with more endurance. Everyone is welcome.

Nature 101: Ms. Blair

An elective dedicated to learning about nature, field science, and a myriad of outdoor things. In this class we will hike, do solo sits, nature crafts, learn about birds and trees and even create forts and fairy homes. We will be journaling every day, so be ready to write. Class will be outside 99% of the time, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear(closed-toed shoes). Supply fee: $1.00 for a composition notebook.

Beginning Band: Mr. Collings

This elective course is offered to middle school students with interest in learning one of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, baritone, percussion, guitar and bass guitar. 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. Beginning band is a commitment made for the whole year and is moving to Monday and Wednesday.

Advanced Band: Mr. Collings

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.

Aspen Budden is the only student eligible for Web Design.

Fill out the form below below and submit it by the morning of Wednesday, October 11th. 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 Wednesday, October 11th.

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