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Green Architecture: In a world of reduced resources and environmental challenges, it is important to present the concept of “Green Technology,” to the next generation of consumers, designers and builders. In this unit, students are introduced architecture, construction techniques, alternative materials and processes, as well as alternative transportation.   Students will also be introduced to 3D architectural software (Autodesk Revit) to design an energy efficient home incorporating Green principles.

 

Design Fab: Design Fab is a continuation of the Design and Modeling class offered in the 7th grade, with a focus on design and innovation of new products, utilizing the Autodesk/Inventor software. Students will also be introduced to 3D printing and CNC processes and their application in the real world. Career exploration as applied to Engineering and Design vocations will be a focus.

 

Design & Modeling: An introduction to Autodesk/Inventor design software and its application in the Design Process. STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) career and educational opportunities are also presented and explored.

 

Keyboarding:  Keyboarding introduces and practices the importance of proper hand placement and use in relation to typing speed and accuracy.   Also encourages students in the learning of Keyboarding as a lifelong skill and its benefits throughout their educational endeavors.

 

ASB Leadership: Responsible for putting on the Fund Run assembly and the Veteran's Day assembly.  The kids work on projects that benefit the community such as the food drive, sock drive, and pet food drive.  They also put on activities for the school like staff vs. student dodgeball games and volleyball tournaments.  In class, the students develop public speaking skills, skills good leaders possess, and how good character traits such as trustworthiness, responsibility, and honesty are key to being a good leader.  The students also work on team building and learning about different leadership styles.

 

Teen choices: is about the choices that many middle school students might be asked to make. It is important to arm them with accurate information and with real life consequences in order for them to make the best choice. The class topics range from nutrition to the dangers of alcohol...

 

Cultural Awareness:  A nine week class that teaches about many different cultures through art, food, games and music.  Cultural Awareness focuses on Spanish, French and German languages while touching a few other.  Students research and create projects from many different countries.

 

Academic Enrichment: This 9-week course focuses on reading comprehension and vocabulary. Students learn 1-2 different reading strategies each week that can immediately be implemented in their core classes to help build reading comprehension. Weekly attention is also given to reading fluency and reading rate, as necessary. However, the focus is on reading strategies and vocabulary development to improve understanding of all different types of texts.

 

 

CHOIR

Women’s Choir – For 7th and 8th grade students. Students will learn basic vocal skills by performing challenging literature from many genres including American, sacred, jazz and pop, will sight-read music, and perform in solos, concerts, and festivals. Grades will be given based on participation, attitude, and concert performances. Students will be graded on performance, attitude, participation in class and attendance at performances, 4-5 evening performances per year.

 

Mixed Choir – For 8th grade and very advanced 7th graders with choir experience. Students will learn advanced vocal skills by performing challenging literature from many genres including American, sacred, jazz and pop, will sight-read music, and perform in solos, concerts, and festivals. Grades will be given based on participation, attitude, and concert performances. Students will be graded on performance, attitude, participation in class and attendance at performances, 4-5 evening performances per year.

 

 

BAND 

Our Award-Winning Band Program, under the direction of Bryan Swenland, is a beneficial part of the Mountainside Middle School elective curriculum.  Not only do students learn the necessary skills to be polished musicians, but they also learn how to be responsible and successful citizens. The three concert bands and two jazz bands service many students every year in this most important activity that is guaranteed to shape their lives in only the most positive ways.

 

 

ORCHESTRA

Mountainside Orchestra students continue to learn more advanced playing skills on their instrument. Most students are pursuing their fourth and fifth years of learning their instrument. Students are introduced to shifting positions, starting vibrato, more advanced scales, and of course more advanced level performance skills. Students also participate in the Solo and Ensemble Festival, EWMEA Large group Orchestra Festival, and a music competition at Music In the Parks –Silverwood at the end of the school year. This orchestra has a reputation of very fine performances in each venue!

 

 

 

AVID
The mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students, and most especially the least served students who are in the middle:

  • will succeed in rigorous curriculum,
  • will complete a rigorous college preparatory path,
  • will enter mainstream activities of the school,
  • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and
  • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

 

AVID's systematic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase schoolwide/districtwide learning and performance.
 
 
 
ART
7th Grade Art
In 7th grade art, we give the students a variety of experiences with different media and techniques.  The projects are rooted in the Elements of Art; color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value.
 
8th Grade Art
In 8th grade art, we build on the knowledge and skills learned in 7th grade art.  Projects are also based on the Elements of Art, but begin to incorporate the Principles of Art, which are the ways artists use to organize the elements within a work of art.  They are balance, emphasis, movement, proportion, rhythm, unity, and variety.