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The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Elective Options

LFMS offers a wide variety of interesting elective classes to choose from. Our 6th graders have the opportunity to explore our great offerings quarterly on the Wheel and will experience four separate courses that may include Art, Home Arts, Intro to Music, Intro to Foreign Language, Intro to Technology, Study Skills, or Photography. Alternatively they may participate in one of three year-long, music programs including Orchestra, Band or Choir.

Our 7th and 8th graders choose from any year-long program including Orchestra, Band or Choir; Spanish, Home Arts, Art, Computer and Technology Processes, ASB, or Yearbook or choose two semester long courses in Art, Home Arts or Technology Processes. 8th graders also have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong Video Production class or apply for School Services (office aide).  

NOTE: Elective choices are subject to change based on student requests and annual staffing needs but we try to accommodate all student requests to the best of our ability.

Art Department

Orgeron, Dennis Teacher

Art Introduction - Grade 6 – Quarter

 

This nine week segment of the year –long Fine and Practical Arts program introduces a variety of media techniques; drawing, painting, two and three dimensional design, and a limited number of craft experiences.  As students become acquainted with the elements and principles of art, they gain basic understanding of art concepts pertinent to our present day society as well as those of the past.  This course may be included as one rotation in the Sixth Grade Wheel Elective.  Note: This is not being offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

Art - Grades 7, 8 – Semester

 

This is a basic art course teaching the fundamentals of art with experiences in drawing, painting, sculpture, architectural design concepts, art history, graphics, and jewelry.  Special effort is made to plan so that each student understands the value of his experience and develops an awareness of his aesthetic abilities toward his future education.  Note: This is not being offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

Advanced Art - Grade 7, 8 – Year

 

Advancement of the students’ own technical skills will be the main aspect of the course through the mediums of pencil, paint, pen and ink, air brush, clay, printing, pastels and collage.  All students will review the basics of aesthetic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural heritage and aesthetic valuing.  Students will create a few projects that require group involvement.  Note: This is not being offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

Intro to Digital Photography - Grade 6 – Quarter

This course will introduce students to taking digital photographs and learn how to use computer applications to edit their photos through the use of photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn how to use various features of the camera to have creative control over photographs.   

 

Digital Photography - Grades 7, 8 – Semester

This course will pair creativity with computer expertise as students learn to use digital cameras to take photographs and edit their photos through the use of photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop.  The class will teach photographic concepts such as composition and lighting that students may apply to digital technology to provide improved photo imaging while using digital imaging software.  Students will learn how to use various features of the camera to have creative control over photographs, how to use various types of lighting in varying situations to produce optimum results, learn how photographic composition can make or break a photograph, and how to use photo editing software to improve the overall appearance of images.  

ASB/PAL

Davis, Petra Teacher

Student Government (ASB) - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

This class teaches the principles and dynamics of student leadership.  Students who are elected or appointed to leadership positions will be enrolled in the year long class.  Student body officers will perform a variety of services throughout the school year such as planning a school budget, conducting business meetings and learning leadership techniques.  Students will be responsible for organizing most student activities, magazine sales, dances, assemblies, staff and student recognition, and lunchtime activities.

 

This course will also teach students to develop interpersonal and communication skills, foster community awareness and involvement, and to apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to peer, social and personal situations.

 

Admission by application process during the previous spring quarter which includes, teacher recommendation and interview.

 

Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL) - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

The PAL program is a school-based, peer-to-peer youth development program built upon a philosophy of students helping students. Students will  be preparing for success in college & careers by building 21st century skills in: Communication by welcoming and reaching out to other students and delivering presentations and public speaking; Collaboration by working together toward a common goal, partnering with other campus and community groups, interacting with diverse groups of peers; Character by advocating for a healthy and drug-free lifestyle, implementing strategies to reduce bullying and violence, caring for others; Creativity by utilizing individual talents and imagination in new ways, brainstorming original ideas, developing plans for projects and activities; and Critical Thinking through analyzing issues affecting the campus and community, and creating strategies to address issues.

 

Members of PAL are expected to serve as positive role models for the rest of the student body. As a result, students involved in PAL have many responsibilities and expectations that they should be aware of before committing to the class.

 

Admission by application process during the previous spring quarter which includes, teacher recommendation and interview.

Computer Technology and Video Production

Smathers, Roxanne Teacher

Technology Processes Introduction - Grade 6 – Quarter

 

This nine week technology segment of the year long Fine and Practical Arts program is an introduction to many common technologies used in today’s workplace.  Students will be exposed to such fields as Aerodynamics, Robotics programming, laser measurement, and bridge engineering among others.  Students will complete a model bridge, geodesic dome and create graphic animation projects.  This course may be included as one rotation in the Sixth Grade Wheel Elective.

 

Computer Applications/Technology Processes (also known as Global Technology) - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

Students will rotate every 10-12 days between learning a new and specific piece of Computer software to Technology Processes units as described in the semester course below. 

 

The additional Computer Applications skills will have students develop communication skills through such units as video production, multimedia presentations, digital animation, graphic design and web page creation.  This portion of the course emphasizes advanced video creation and editing techniques utilizing computers.  This course also explores fundamentals of web page design with an emphasis on advanced techniques used on the web.  This course requires students to have a working knowledge of computers as well as an attitude to learn.

 

Technology Processes - Grade 7, 8 – Semester

 

This course explores various industrial technology tools in use in the workplace today.  Technology processes in communications, manufacturing, biotechnology, transportation and system of power and energy will be explored.  Students typically rotate among stations, each set up with a specific technology of study in two-person teams.  Each rotation may last from 10 to 15 days depending on the school site.  Tools used in this class may include computers, lasers and robotic arms.  Student projects may include creating a fully raceable CO 2 dragster, building a launchable rocket, and creating an animated cartoon among others.

 

Video Production (also known as Bears News Network or BNN) - Grade 8 – Year

 

In this class, students will learn the basics of video production, storyboarding, layout, lighting, recording and editing.  Students will work hands on with the sophisticated process as they go step by step through the process of producing a periodic video broadcast.

 

Requirements:  Annual application process in spring of each prior year includes recommendation from teachers, grades, interview from the Instructor and outstanding citizenship and work habits.

Drama and Theatre

Benefield, Elena Teacher

Musical Theatre - Grades 7, 8 – Year

This course introduces students to the art form of musical theater while giving students the opportunity to study singing, dancing and drama.  This class will enhance students' understanding and appreciation of the musical stage as well as the history behind American musical theatre.  Students will learn basics of being on stage through theatre games, watching musicals and workshops with guest teachers/performers.  Student talent will be pooled to create backdrops and props for class projects.  There will be several in-class productions as well as a full production to be performed at the end of the semester.  Experience is helpful, but not required.

Home Arts

Cusey, Lynn Teacher

Home Arts Introduction - Grade 6 – Quarter

 

This nine week segment of the Fine and Practical Arts wheel program provides students an introductory experience to Home Arts.  Units of study include food and nutrition, clothing design and babysitting skills.  Students will learn a basic orientation to the kitchen, including safety and measuring techniques and learn to prepare snacks and several quick meal items. Students will also learn clothing care basics and create their own design, as well as learn babysitting basics that prepare students for the responsibilities involved with child care.  This course may be included as one rotation in the Sixth Grade Wheel Elective.

 

Home Arts - Grades 7, 8 – Semester

 

Students in Home Arts will build on the knowledge learned in the Home Arts Introductory wheel.  They will further explore foods, cooking and nutrition, clothing design, and child development.  Many hands on activities allow students to develop basic food preparation skills. learn about nutrition, and prepare various recipes. Students will learn basics in hand sewing, learn to sketch out a design, and create a custom apparel item. Students will also learn knowledge of how to provide children with opportunities for learning, play and recreational activities.

 

Home Arts Advanced - Grade 7, 8 – Year

 

This year long course is designed for students who have already had previous experience in Home Arts though the Home Arts semester is not a prerequisite.  Students will continue to build on their knowledge in the areas of food, nutrition and cooking, clothing and fashion design, and child development.  Advanced projects for this course include trying out advanced recipes, exploring international foods, planning a party for children, designing a child’s bedroom, learning to use a sewing machine and sewing an apron, creating custom apparel, sketching out a mini collection of clothing designs, and learning about careers associated with each unit of study.

Music Department

Benefield, Elena Teacher
Davis, Allison Teacher
Nielsen, Noelle Teacher

Band 6

 

This course is designed for sixth grade students who have progressed beyond the beginner stage.  Students will be taught the fundamentals of music including rhythms, note names, musical terms, tone quality, breath support, and artistic interpretation.  The Band 6 is a performing group and attendance at school and community concerts and festivals is required.  Drummers may have to play a different instrument for part of the year.  This course is not being offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

Band 

 

This course is designed for both students who are new to an instrument and those who may have progressed beyond the beginner stage but are not ready for advanced band.  Students will learn/review the fundamentals of music including rhythms, note names, musical terms, tone quality, breath support, and artistic interpretation.  Band is a performing group and attendance at school and community concerts and festivals is required.  Drummers may have to play a different instrument for part of the year.

 

Concert Band - Grades 7, 8 Year

 

This course is designed for students who have mastered the basic music skills and concepts presented in Band 6 and wish to continue to develop greater musical understanding and the mastery of their instruments.  Music of increasing difficulty will be presented with instruction designed to increase the range, flexibility, endurance, tone quality and artistic interpretation of the student.  The Concert Band is a performing group and attendance at school and community concerts is required. This course is not being offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

Advanced Band - Grades 7, 8 Year

 

This course is designed for students who have mastered the basic music skills and concepts presented in Band and wish to continue to develop greater musical understanding and the mastery of their instruments.  Music of increasing difficulty will be presented with instruction designed to increase the range, flexibility, endurance, tone quality and artistic interpretation of the student.  For more advanced students who wish to develop advanced musical understanding, opportunities will be provided that challenge students to develop more sophisticated understanding of rhythms, key signatures, and musical terminology.  Students will gain an increasing ability in aural discrimination, and expanded awareness in understanding of music from a variety of stylistic periods, in addition to gaining increased proficiency and technique on their instruments.  Advanced Band is a performing group, and attendance at school and community concerts and festivals is required. 

 

Wind Ensemble - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

This course is designed for students who have mastered the music skills and concepts presented in the Advanced Band or Concert Band and wish to develop advanced musical understanding and mastery of their instrument.  Students will be challenged by the performance of advanced middle school music requiring more sophisticated understanding of rhythms, key signatures, and musical terminology.  Students will gain an increasing ability in aural discrimination, and expanded awareness in understanding of music from a variety of stylistic periods, in addition to gaining increased proficiency and technique on their instruments.  The Wind Ensemble is a performing group, and attendance at school and community concerts and festivals is required. This course is not being offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

Music Introduction - Grade 6 – Quarter

 

The history of music will be discussed and explored through notation, music terminology, and the study of classical composers as well as an introductory unit to piano.  Concentration will also be focused on American Music Theater and voice.  This is not a performance oriented class, students will not be attending music competitions.  No prior music experience is necessary.  This course may be included as one rotation in the Sixth Grade Wheel Elective.

 

Music Appreciation/History of Rock - Grades 7, 8 – Semester

 

This course will students explore and reflect on music that defines their unique personality while teaching students to understand the role music plays in shaping their identity.  Students will learn about the social, cultural and historic impact of

Rock-n-Roll artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Elvis and their favorite artists as well as introduce students to musical instruments such as drums, guitar, and piano and how they have been used to influence the traditions of Rock.  This course is not being offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

Chorus 6 - Grade 6 - Year

 

This middle school chorus class is designed for sixth grade students who love and want to strengthen their skills through the art of singing.  Students will receive instruction in proper vocal production.  Much emphasis will be focused learning and interpreting music notation and rhythms, as well as basic music terminology.  All students will learn basic piano skills and instruction on guitar.  All styles of music will be studied.  Students will have the opportunity to attend festivals as well as perform for the school and surrounding community.  No prior singing experience is required.  Chorus is a performing group and attendance at scheduled events is required.  Choir students may also perform at solo concerts and audition for other district and area performances.

 

Concert Choir - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

This class is designed for students with prior singing experience who wish to continue their study in voice although Chorus 6 is not a prerequisite.  Greater attention will be devoted to improving vocal skills, building confidence and stage presence and interpretation of music as a soloist and choir singer with continued focus on music theory and notation as well as piano and guitar skills.  Songs and choral music of all styles and time periods will be studied.  Advanced Chorus will attend festivals as well as singing appearances at school and throughout the community.  Attendance at all choir events is required.  Choir students may also perform at solo  concerts and audition for other district and area performances.  This course is not being offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

Madrigals - Grades 7, 8 - Year

 

This highly performance oriented group is designed for the more advanced middle school singer who would like to continue vocal studies for solo and ensemble singing.  More advanced choral/vocal literature will be studied encompassing three and four part harmony selections from Medieval to today’s music. Greater attention is devoted to vocal production, intonation, sight reading and theory as well as piano and guitar skills in preparation for further study at the high school level.  Madrigals will perform at choral competitions (soloists) and various festivals as well as at school and the surrounding community.  Attendance at all vocal events is required.  Choir students may also perform at solo concerts and audition for other district and area performances.  This course is not being offered during the 2016-17 school year.

 

Mixed Chorus - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

This class is designed for students both new to choir and with prior singing experience.  Attention will be devoted to improving vocal skills, building confidence and stage presence and interpretation of music.  Students may have the opportunity to participate in music festivals outside the school site.  Mixed Chorus is a performing group and attendance at scheduled events is required.  Choir students may also perform at solo concerts and audition for other district and area performances.

 

Vocal Ensemble - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

This performance oriented group is designed for the most advances middle school singers who would like to continue vocal studies through solo and ensemble singing.  The goal is to achieve a balanced treble choir sound.  More advanced choral/vocal literature will be studied and performed in more difficult two, three and four part singing harmony.  Greater attention is devoted to vocal production, intonation, continued sight reading, theory and piano skills in preparation for further study at the high school level.  Vocal Ensemble will perform at choral competitions (soloists) and various festivals, at school and in the surrounding community.  Attendance at all vocal events is required.  Choir students may also perform at solo concerts and audition for other district and area performances.

 

Orchestra 6 - Grade 6 - Year

 

This course is designed for sixth grade students who have progressed beyond the beginner stage.  Students will be taught the fundamentals of music including rhythms, note names, musical terms, tone quality, bow control and artistic interpretation.  The Orchestra 6 is a performing group and attendance at school and community concerts and festivals is required.

 

Advanced Orchestra - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

This course is designed for students who have mastered the basic music skills and concepts presented in Orchestra 6 or who have prior experience and wish to continue to develop greater musical understanding and mastery of their instruments.  Music of increasing difficulty will be presented with instruction designed to increase the range, flexibility, endurance, tone quality and artistic interpretation of the student.  The Advanced Orchestra is a performing group, and attendance at school and community concerts is required.

 

Concert Orchestra - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

This course is designed for students who have mastered the intermediate music skills and concepts presented in Advanced Orchestra and wish to continue to develop greater musical understanding and mastery of their instruments.  Music of increasing difficulty will be presented with instruction designed to increase the tone quality, technical facility and artistic interpretation of the student.  The Concert Orchestra is a performing group, and attendance at school and community concerts is required.

 

String Ensemble - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

This course is designed for students who have mastered the music skills and concepts presented in the Advanced Orchestra or Concert Orchestra and wish to develop advanced musical understanding and mastery of their instrument.  Students will be challenged by the performance of advanced middle school music requiring more sophisticated understanding of rhythms, key signatures, and musical terminology.  Students will gain an increasing ability in aural discrimination and expanded awareness in understanding of music from a variety of stylistic periods, in addition to gaining increased proficiency and technique on their instruments.  The String Ensemble is a performing group and attendance at school and community concerts and festivals is required.

 

 

School Service/Office Aid

Brotherton, Jill Assistant Principal

School Services - Grade 8 – One Year

 

This program offers practical experience in school office clerical duties.  Office aides will assist the office in a variety of duties:  notifying students who are summoned to the office, introducing new students to the campus, maintaining communication between the office and classroom teachers, operating some of the office equipment, sorting and delivering mail and helping the office staff as needed.  Office aides are expected to maintain satisfactory academic and citizenship grades in all classes.

 

Admission includes and application process during spring semester which includes teacher recommendations, satisfactory discipline and attendance records, satisfactory completion of academic courses, and interview.

Spanish

Blanco-Johnson, Sylvia Teacher

Intro to Foreign Languages - Grade 6 – Quarter

 

This class provides students with the opportunity to study Foreign Language on an introductory level.  The course covers basic conversational skills, vocabulary building, history, customs and geography of the countries.  It does not cover any of the languages in great depth as the course is designed to be a first exposure to foreign languages.  This course may be included as one rotation in the Sixth Grade Wheel Elective.

 

Spanish 1A (Elective) - Grade 7 – Year

 

B average or better in English is highly recommended.

 

This class provides students the opportunity to study Spanish grammar, pronunciation, simple conversation and practical expression.  Spanish 1A is paced to allow for building a strong foundation for future foreign language learning.  This course is the first year in a two year sequence.  Students enrolling in Spanish 1A are making a commitment to continue in Spanish 1B in their eighth grade year.  It is highly recommended students earn at least a “B” each quarter to continue on to Spanish 1B.

 

Spanish 1B (Elective) - Grade 8 – Year

 

B average or better in Spanish 1A is highly recommended.

 

This class continues the skills developed in the Spanish 1A prerequisite course.  The main emphasis of Spanish 1B is placed on (1) mastery of the sound system (which is basic to pronunciation), (2) simple conversation and practical expression, (3) basic grammatical concepts necessary in speaking, and (4) an introduction to short and simple reading selections.  Students must earn at least a “B” each quarter to be recommended for Spanish II in high school.  Students completing both Spanish 1A and 1B will receive one year of "course credit" toward meeting the foreign language requirement for college admission.  Students will not receive unit credit toward meeting the required 220 units for high school graduation.  Grades shown on the 2nd quarter report and 4th quarter reports are semester grades and will be shown on a student's high school transcript although neither the grade nor the credits are calculated toward the high school grade point average or credits earned.  The course is shown as it meets one year of the high school graduation requirement for foreign language as well as one year of the college 'A-G' foreign language requirement.

 

Spanish 1 - Grade 8 - Year

 

B average or better in English is highly recommended.

 

The main emphasis of the language is placed on (1) the mastery of the sound system, which is basic to pronunciation, (2) simple conversation and practical expression, (3) basic grammatical concepts necessary in speaking and (4) and introduction to the short, simple reading selections.  Students who receive a yearly cumulative grade of “A” or “B” will be recommended to advance to the second year of the language.  These students will receive one year of “course credit” toward meeting the foreign language requirement for college admission.  Students will not, however, receive “unit credit” toward meeting the required 220 units for high school graduation.  Grades shown on the 2nd quarter report and 4th quarter reports are semester grades and will be shown on a student's high school transcript although neither the grade nor the credits are calculated toward the high school grade point average or credits earned.  The course is shown as it meets one year of the high school graduation requirement for foreign language as well as one year of the college 'A-G' foreign language requirement.

STEM

Tita, Lisa Teacher

Forensic Science - Grade 6 – Quarter

 

Forensic Science is the application of using science to solve crimes.  This nine-week introductory course will introduce students to the field of crime scene investigation through some common crime scene investigative techniques using lab-based activities such as fingerprinting, evidence collection, and by helping students connect scientific concepts to the analysis of crime scene evidence.  This course is not being offered in the 2016-17 school year.

 

Forensic Science - Grades 7, 8 – Semester

This course is an elective laboratory based science program that will explore different aspects of forensic science focusing on skills and concepts behind crime scene investigation and forensic science. Students will learn investigative skills and explore uses of technology in the field of forensics through the use of labs, case studies, and on-line activities that may include crime scene processing, fingerprinting, DNA profiling, hair and fiber analysis, soil comparison and digital forensics.  

 

Study Skills

Hoover, Lisa Teacher
Orgeron, Dennis Teacher

Study Skills Introduction

Grade 6 – Quarter

 

The course provides the students with the opportunity to learn organizational skills, note-taking skills, and test taking strategies.  The students learn how to set individual short and long term goals so that they may become life long learners.  Students also learn how to successfully manage the many difficult transitions they may encounter as they move into middle school.  A tutorial time is also built into the program, so that the students have the opportunity to catch up on assignments during the week.  This course may be included as one rotation in the Sixth Grade Wheel Elective.

 

One of the key components of the Study Skills class is the Student Led Conferences (SLC).  During the quarter, students collect work samples from their core subjects and portfolios are created that are a collection of student’s work that tells the story of his/her growth as a learner.  Students are taught how to select representative work samples, write self-reflective evaluations to diagnose their own strengths and weaknesses, and how to report their progress during a conference with their parent(s) at the end of the quarter.  Also included in the portfolios are the student’s  goals, plus a place for the parent and the student to set a third goal for the future.  The Student Led Conferences are completely student run.  The student assumes the responsibility of conducting their own conference with their parent.  The teacher is the facilitator only.

Yearbook

Cummings, Laurie Teacher

Yearbook - Grades 7, 8 – Year

 

Students will learn the phases of yearbook publication through the planning and production of the school yearbook.  Students will become familiar with the technology used in desktop publishing, including PageMaker 6.5.; Writing, photography, page layout and a supplementary CD ROM incorporating video, music and images.  Students will compare journalistic styles of newspapers, magazines and broadcast news.  They will create mock-newscasts in the spring semester.

 

Requirements:  Annual application process in spring of each prior year includes recommendation from teachers, grades in Language Arts, interview from the Instructor and outstanding citizenship and work habits.

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