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Spanish 1 - Students will a acquire the tools to communicate in Spanish at a beginning level through listening, speaking, reading and writing.  A variety of interactive learning methods will be used in this foundation course.  Students must earn a "C" or better grade in order to advance to Spanish II at the high school. This is a year long course.

 

 

Robotics 8:  This course will explore mechanisms, machine automation and computer control systems using veX Robotics and Robot-C.  This course is considered challenging and is a preparatory class for the HS Engineering Program.

 

Automation and Robotics 7: Students are introduced to mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine and computer control systems through a series of mechanism and programming challenges.  Students acquire knowledge and skills in problem solving, teamwork, collaboration and innovation.

 

Design Fab Lab 8: Design Fab Lab 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 Goggle SketchUp 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: 7th graders. An introduction to Google SketchUp design software and its application in the Design Process. STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) career and educational opportunities are also presented and explored.

 

Video Game Design/Intro to Programming: 8th graders. This course teaches students the basics of computer programming and how to develop 2D games using the Zero Engine.  Students will be challenged to create their own games, which will give them important and life applications to enhance their 21st century skills.  During the course, students will be utilizing Zero Engine DigiPen to learn to code, designs, and play.  Students will work individually and in groups to create many features of gaming.

 

APP Creators: 8th Graders.  An introduction class to block coding and code reasoning where students build games, animations and mobile apps using MIT coding language.  Students learn the basicds of how to code, what they can do with code and where it can take them later in life.

 

 

 

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

Concert Choir – For Soprano and Alto voices, mostly 7th grade students. Students will learn and improve vocal skills by performing challenging literature from many genres including American, Sacred, Jazz and Contemporary.  Students will perform in night concerts and travel to festivals.  Students are graded on participation in class and 4-5 required performances per year.  This is not an audition based choir.

 

Select Choir – For Soprano and Alto voices, mostly 8th grade students.Students will learn and improve vocal skills by performing challenging literature from many genres including American, Sacred, Jazz and Contemporary.  Students will perform in night concerts and travel to festivals.  Students are graded on participation in class and 4-5 required performances per year.  This is not an audition based choir.

 

Symphonic Choir - For all voices including Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone, mostly 8th grade students.Students will learn and improve vocal skills by performing challenging literature from many genres including American, Sacred, Jazz and Contemporary.  Students will perform in night concerts and travel to festivals.  Students are graded on participation in class and 4-5 required performances per year.  This is an audition based choir.

 

General Music

General Music is a quarter long class which is one option for 7th graders taking general Electives.  Students in General Music will learn to write and read basic music compositions.  Students will learn about music history and theory.  Students will have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of instruments, from percussion to guitar and voice.  There are no concerts for General Music.  Performances are informal and done in groups or one on one, and are low pressure. 

 

 

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.

Cadet Band is for 7th grade students with band experience.

Symphonic Band is for 8th and very advanced 7th graders. Permission of the instructor is required.

Jazz Ensemble 1 - This is an elective class for the most advanced 7th and 8th grade students.  This is an audition based ensemble.

Jazz Ensemble 2 - A "Zero Hour" class for 7th and 8th graders. This is an audition based ensemble.

 

 

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.