Electives at Jackson
FULL YEAR ELECTIVES
- ½: In this class, we are going to learn the basics of how to speak and understand Spanish, as well as explore various Spanish speaking cultures from around the world. Learning to speak another language opens up a world of possibilities that allow you to make new friends and understand movies, poems, stories, and more about which you might previously have never even known. I’m so excited to guide you on the beginning of your journey to learning Spanish!
- ¾: In this class, we are going to continue our study of the Spanish language, as well as explore various Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world. Learning to speak another language opens up a world of possibilities that allow you to make new friends and understand movies, poems, stories, and more about which you might previously have never even known.
- Cadet: What is more exciting than watching and hearing a marching band in a parade? You can get in on the fun by learning to play a band instrument. Beginners learn to assemble, play, and maintain a band instrument, as well as read music. You will play in three concerts- two at Jackson and one on-tour of our elementary feeder schools. We end the year with a parade.
- Concert and Symphonic Band: More advanced sequences of our band program. Students who are currently in Cadet go to Concert , and Concert to Symphonic. Students with experience can audition with Ms. Brown (our Band instructor) for placement. Performances are (usually) in December, March, May, and include the Middle School Band Festival and a parade!
- Concert Choir (full year): Concert Choir is the largest choir at Jackson, and is a performance class. Students sing a variety of music in unison, two/three-part harmony, and learn to read music. Attendance at performances is expected, and include a fall, winter, spring, and year-end concert, as well as the Best in the Northwest Choral Festival in May.
- Ensemble: Ensemble is Jackson Middle School’s premier choir, and consists of auditioned 7th and 8th grade singers. Auditions are held in early May and will be scheduled via Google Meet, with audition materials available early April. Ensemble performances include, but are not limited to, all concerts at Jackson, Let Us Sing!, and District Solo & Ensemble Festival. In the past Ensemble has participated in WorldStrides Music Festivals, which required travel out of state. Due to obvious restrictions, it is unclear when we will be able to resume this trip. If we are unable to travel next school year, I will find local opportunities for the students to share their musical talents.
HALF YEAR ELECTIVES (SEMESTER)
- AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination): AVID’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for high school readiness and success. Students must develop certain essential skills to design their own futures: critical thinking, collaboration, executive functioning, reading, writing, and relationship building. The development of these skills is rooted in belief in self. If students believe they are capable, there is a foundational confidence to learn and a resiliency to overcome setbacks
- Art: The curriculum will include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and a variety of other experiences drawn from the various cultural and artistic influences across the globe.
- Ukulele/World Percussion: Students will primarily focus on learning how to play popular songs on the ukulele, playing the first song on the first day! Riptide, Over the Rainbow, Can’t Help Falling in Love With You--all can be played on a uke. Students will also create rhythmic grooves from all over the world on percussion instruments, including conga and marimba.
- Choir 6: This is a class for 6th graders who like to sing. No experience required. Students will learn rhythm, harmony and expression, and be able to experience a variety of musical styles. They will perform in 2 concerts.
- Jaguar Singers ⅞: This exciting semester choir is for singers of all levels, and is a performance class. We will be studying music from multiple genres and in different languages, as well as perform at two evening concerts per semester. If you have ever wanted to try choir, but couldn’t fit a year-long choir in your schedule, Jaguar Singers is for you!
- Drama: Sharpen and increase your self confidence, challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone, become part of something bigger than yourself, learn through doing, explore through activities and games. If the thought of being on stage is frightening, this class is for you. If you love being on stage, this class is for you. Unit topics include improvisation, small and large group plays, empathy, creating characters, improving verbal and non-verbal expression and much more!
- Theatrical Improv: Are you fast on your feet? Do you enjoy games, activities and team-building exercises? Are you human? If you said yes to any of the three questions just asked then Theatrical Improv is for you. In this semester-long course students will learn about the art of improv, a style of acting without a script where the actors make it up as they go. Sharpen your reactions, improve your decision-making skills and have fun doing it. Become a part of something bigger than yourself, expand your comfort zone and broaden your horizons with Theatrical Improv!
- Engineering Design: Students will apply math and science concepts and work in teams to solve and construct engineering challenges. Students will use a variety of tools in the shop with different building materials.
- S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math): The open-ended design challenges in the STEAM curriculum give students an opportunity to innovate solutions to real-world problems that they can use to better understand the world around them. In STEAM students will explore the concepts of problem solving, computer programming, 3D printing, inventing and much more!