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THE ARTS TEAM
We wish to instill in our students the ability to recognize and appreciate both fine and
practical arts by expanding their thinking, providing hands on experiences and listening to
different points of view.
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES 7
Family and Consumer Sciences prepare individuals for their roles as lifelong learners and
contributing family and community members. The seventh grade program concentrates on
the student understanding human development and learning as a foundation for care giving and
child care. To accomplish this goal, the following areas will be addressed: basic nutrition and
food preparation, home safety, decision-making, child development, and family relationships.
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES 8
The eighth grade program of study continues to prepare students to be lifelong learners and
contributing members to family and community. The course of study concentrates on the
student understanding consumer behaviors as a foundation for managing available resources
and to provide for individual and family needs. Course content includes the basic knowledge
necessary to make informed decisions concerning food, clothing, appliances, and textile
products, and money. More complex food preparations focus on health, economy, and
developing comparative skills
. GUIDED EXPLORATION 7
Understanding Habits For Success
The concentration on the seventh grade program is career exploration with a focus on
knowing yourself. The student’s will use Sean Covey’s,
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens as a guideline to becoming their personal best.
This program is designed to allow students to know themselves so that they can focus
on a career in the eighth grade program.
GUIDED EXPLORATION 8
Making Connections & Establishing Directions
As a sequence to the Grade 7 Guided Exploration course, the 8th grade
curriculum emphasizes the application of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
for making future life choices. The students will take aptitude tests and use the results
to research a career of their choice. Students will learn the skills necessary to find jobs,
write a resume, and conduct themselves during an interview. This course will give
students a jump on their future.
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY 7 & 8
7th grade students learn to use word processing software (Microsoft Word), Spreadsheets (Excel), .
Presentation Graphics (PowerPoint), Internet safety and exploring the internet.
8th graders learn Databases (Microsoft Access), Web Page Design (Notepad and Microsoft Expression),
Desktop publishing (Microsoft Publisher), Video Editing (Movie Maker), Visual Story Telling (Photo Story 3)
as well as internet safety.
The seventh grade music program is based on exploring the elements of music
through performing, creating and listening activities. Students are exposed to many
musical styles helping to develop more discriminating music consumers.
The eighth grade music program continues to explore the elements of music.
Students are exposed to many musical styles. Creating, performing and listening
activities highlight the program to help students develop more discriminating musical
VOCAL & INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Vocal and instrumental music ensembles are available to all students. Music lessons
will be offered to any student who wishes to play a concert band or orchestral instrument.
Lessons are given once a week in small groups from a different period each week in the
six day rotation. Students taking lessons will be placed in a performing ensemble once they
reach a minimum level of proficiency. Performing ensembles rehearse during the resource
activity period following homeroom.
The seventh grade visual arts course focuses on Renaissance themes. The course is
divided and integrated among four different but complementing focuses. Through the
themes of Aesthetics, Art Criticism, and Art History, students consider and utilize ideas
about (a) the artist as genius, (b) art as transportable culture, (c) beliefs as a source
of inspiration and (d) ideas about both sculpture and architecture. In Art Production,
students consider aspects of form, value, color and creating the illusion of space.
The eighth grade Visual Arts course focuses on the contemporary notion of Form
as Content and on a variety of Twentieth Century artists. The course is divided and
integrated among four different but complementing focuses. Through the themes of
Aesthetics, Art Criticism and Art History, students reflect on and utilize ideas about
a variety of subject matters, psychological approaches, the uses of distortion and
abstraction and ideas about both sculpture and architecture.
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION 7
The 7th grade IA/Technology course introduces students to the world of
manufacturing, communications and design problem solving. Students work
with a variety of tools and machines with the goal of turning ideas into actual
products. The computer is used as a tool to help in design and communications.
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION 8
The 8th grade course allows students to further utilize their design and construction
skills on a more team oriented project. The activities center on problem solving,
transportation, and construction while allowing students to experience real life
applications of technology.