Academics

Middle School Electives

GRACE Christian School 7th and 8th Grade Electives 2013- 2014 School Year

  • Math Future City (TWO DAYS)

Do you like math? Do you like to design or create? Do you like to build models?

Future City is a middle school competition where students work collaboratively to imagine, design, and create a city of the future. Students will use the SimCity software; design, and research how to solve specific engineering problems; then build a tabletop scale model of a futuristic city. But this competition isn’t just for the math-lovers! Students will also develop writing and public speaking skills, time management, propose solutions, and develop teamwork skills. This is for higher-level math students. Students will practice problem solving and work towards a math competition “Future City Math”

  • Worship Dance – (TWO DAYS)

Students will learn to express praise to The Lord through the art of dance. Praise dance (also known as liturgical or worship dance) is a form of worship that seeks to express the word and spirit of God through dance. The class is structured with choreographed dances. The class will provide basic dance technique, focus on the fundamentals of ballet, barre work, adagio, some jazz and cultivate strength and self- discipline. Opportunities will exist to perform at several Grace functions and parades. This class is open to students with or without formal dance training. Psalm 149:3 Let them praise His name with dancing.

  • Computer Help Desk (TWO DAY)

This elective will include

 

  1. Customer service skills (learning)
  2. Basic data entry (tech info)
  3. Basic technology training (hardware replacement, software installing)
  4. Troubleshooting (hardware and software) 

 

  • Chapel Elective (TWO DAYS)

A new elective offered to increase student involvement in middle school chapel services. Students should take this elective if interested in spiritual leadership, including planning chapels, serving on the worship team, audio/visual support, and multi-media. Students will participate practically and learn what it takes to coordinate and direct chapel services. 

  • MS Theatre (TWO DAYS)

Introduction to the various aspects of theater including stage positioning, projection and improvisation, blocking, acting, set design, costuming, stage make-up, and different movie genres.

  • MS Theatre Production Support Class (TWO DAYS)

This class is open to anyone who would like to work behind the scenes in theatre. You will create marketing materials such as advertisements, portable lightweight flats for skits, and learning how to support the many theatre productions and concerts during the year. This will include learning how to choose or create costuming for actors and their make-up.

  • MS Art 1: (TWO DAYS) 

This class is designed for any students interested in taking art.  Previous art experience is not required.  Students in Art I will be introduced to the elements and principles of design using a wide variety of media and techniques. Students will work with pencil, charcoal, pastels, paint, clay, etc. Students in this class will be required to turn in quarterly sketchbook assignments.

  • MS Art 2: (TWO DAYS) 

This class is designed for students who have previously taken MS Art I. In this class, students will further study the principles and elements of design using a wide variety of media and techniques. Art vocabulary will be broadened and clarified. Students will be required to turn in quarterly sketchbook assignments.

  • Irish Dance Performance Elective (TWO DAYS)

Open to Irish Dancers who have had at least one year of Irish dance and are ready to be on the GRACE Irish Dance Troupe.  This elective is devoted improving the dancer's stamina and technique and learning the choreography for all the performances during the year.  Not only does the GRACE Troupe perform at school functions, but also at parades, nursing homes, malls and other festivals.  This is such a fun elective and the dancers truly work hard so they can put on a good show!

  • Band (TWO DAYS)

This course is for any student between their second and fourth years of band instruction.  Sheet music is played in grade levels 3 to 3.5. Further study is conducted in music theory, scales, and more challenging rhythms. A variety of key and time signatures are played and students begin to travel outside the school to play for the community. 

  • Vocal Ensemble (TWO DAYS)

This class focuses on developing the young singing voice through a variety of choral music and builds on concepts, skills and knowledge learned in earlier levels.  The ability to match pitch and sing parts with others is required.

Development in vocal techniques, music reading skills, and a positive attitude toward music are emphasized using a variety of choral literature representing various styles and historical periods. Students will participate in several performances are presented both off and on campus throughout the school year. 

  • Cross Training (TWO OR FOUR DAYS)

Focus on building good physical fitness work habits through weight training and exercise. Activities include: agility training, cardiovascular fitness, and weight training.

  • Creative Writing (TWO DAYS)

Creative writing includes any writing, fiction or non-fiction that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, and technical forms of literature. Works that fall into this category include novels, epics, short stories, and poems. Writing for the screen and stage, screenwriting and playwriting also fit in this category. This class is for students who love to write poems, short stories, and may even dream of writing a book someday! This class is geared to develop creative writing skills and inspire confidence and excellence in personal achievement. Students will participate in the ACSI Creative Writing Festival and other available contests.

  • Study Hall (TWO DAYS)

Preference will be given to student athletes and students that need the extra time to accomplish homework.

  • Library Aid (TWO DAYS)

Reading news articles, shelving books, filing and organizing, and serving as courier for items on-site are all skills taught in a library.

  • Engineering Strategy Games (TWO DAYS)

Traditional American board games such as Monopoly and CandyLand involve few choices for the players, but instead rely almost exclusively on the chance of rolling a die or drawing a card.  Modern board games present players with multiple choices which give the players the ability to ask, “What can I do on each turn to get closer to victory?”, thereby forming a strategy.  Students will learn how theme, aesthetics and mechanics are integrated in the design of modern strategy board games as we explore and play about a dozen modern strategy games.  Students will use this knowledge to design a board game.   Please note that computer games/online games are NOT part of this class.