Exploring Interests. Developing Talents.

Each year our faculty works to develop new elective courses with the goal of helping students prepare for the calling God has placed on their lives. Our diverse elective course lineup provides GCS Middle and High School students opportunities across a variety of industries and subject matters. The goal of our elective program is to allow students to explore their interests, develop their talents and ultimately help find their path in life.

Fine Arts

Whether a student is into visual arts, performing arts or both, he or she will fine a variety of courses to satisfy their craving for creative expression.

Technology

From Coding & Robotics to Sound & Media Production and more, GCS students can gain experience in a number of viable technological career paths as early as 6th grade.

Trade

Students can get an introduction to trades in construction and agriculture as the foundation to a career path or simply for personal skill and knowledge.

Life Application

From Middle through High School, students gain life-changing practical skills through courses that embark into topics of money, leadership, health, communication and college prep.

Bible

Our biblical elective courses allow students to further develop their Christian foundation and discipleship for their personal growth or in their consideration of a life in ministry.

Professional Studies

For students interested in exploring a specific field of study, GCS offers English, History and Science electives to fuel interests across a variety of career paths related to writing, the military, marine biology, astronomy and more.

Sports & Fitness

Whether a student is looking for physical fitness, technical sport skills or just a fun gym class, GCS offers several physical education electives to satisfy the need for activity.

Academic Reinforcement

Students needing extra help or time for their school work can get the resources they need by scheduling an Academic Reinforcement elective.



Explore GCS Electives

Abstract Art

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  • ART3MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Abstract Art is an introduction to all the fun that abstract art entails. Students will learn about the artists that bring abstract art to life and develop their own fun ways to create their projects. Abstract art will challenge the students to dig deep into their creativity and communicate in personal and impactful ways through their artwork. Topics include: color theory, composition, depth, movement, abstraction, paint application, and collage.

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Academic Reinforcement

  • E
  • English, Math
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Providing support and guidance for outside the classroom to ehnance subject matter and ensure mastery of content.

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Academic Reinforcement

  • E
  • English
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Providing support and guidance for outside of the classroom to enhance subject matter and ensure mastery of content.

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Acrylics

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  • ART4MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Acrylic is an introduction to opaque acrylic painting. Major emphasis is on experiencing a variety of techniques and creating composition through observation. Students will learn to find their own style when using acrylic and create multiple acrylic projects during the semester.

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ACT Prep: English, Reading, and Writing

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

The ACT Prep Class is designed to prepare students (10-12th graders) to take the ACT by equipping them with skills and test-taking strategies to improve their score. The class will cover content and strategies for English, Reading, and the optional essay.

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Advanced PE

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  • PEADV2
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course gives the student an in-depth view of physical fitness by studying subjects such as: biomechanics, nutrition, exercise programming, and exercise psychology. Students will apply what they learn by participating in a more challenging exercise requirement. Throughout this course, students will participate in a weekly fitness program involving elements of cardio, strength, and flexibility.

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Art 1

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  • ART1
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is a general art class where students learn a variety of different mediums and art techniques, while encouraging to strengthen their creativity and love for art. Please note that students are not permitted to repeat the course once they have earned the credits.

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Astronomy

  • E
  • Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Since creation, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and the universe that surrounds us. This course introduces students to the study of astronomy as well as how our universe reflects God’s glory. Topics include the history and development of astronomy, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, and the concepts of modern astronomy. Students also examine the life of stars, the properties of planets, and the exploration of space. This elective is more academically based with a limited workload required outside of class.

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Baseball Skills

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  • PEBBHS
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and strengthen baseball skills.

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Baseball Skills

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  • PEBBMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course is designed to provide student with opportunities to develop and strengthen baseball skills.

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Basketball Skills

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  • BSKTMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and strengthen basketball skills.

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Bible Study: David

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  • BE3
  • Bible
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Explore the depths of God’s love in this study of David. Find out why this “man after God’s own heart” can make you laugh and cry, delight you and disappoint you. You’ll want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at others. David’s life clearly demonstrates that God is always able to reach us, correct us, and reclaim our worship – no matter what we’ve done. If you’ve ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, or personal inconsistencies, this study will be an encouragement to you.

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Bible Study: Ephesians

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  • BE4
  • Bible
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will be a part of an inductive Bible Study through the book of Ephesians. You may find yourself asking what an Inductive Bible Study is well, an Inductive Bible Study intentionally draws you into personal interaction with God through His Word so that your beliefs are based on prayerful observations and understanding of the Scriptures. Studying this way is summed up in the words of the Psalmist ” For you have taught me” (Ps. 119: 102).

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Christian Development

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  • Bible
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course exposes students to foundational principles of discipleship as found in both the Old and New Testaments. Students will grow in their understanding of the gospel, their identity in Christ, and the call of the Great Commission.

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Coding & Robotics

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  • Technology
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will develop their God-given creative and innovative talents in conjunction with critical thinking and logical-analytical processing by engaging in various STEM projects. Students engage in Scratch coding lessons in the instructor’s formal online development studio hosted by MIT.edu. Students engage robotics using Arduino kits to complete a variety of projects. Students design and construct the robotic platform, then write Arduino code to send commands to and interact with their design. All activities are approached through a Christian perspective on Ethical Usage of Technology.

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College Application Planning

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students are be introduced to the college application process and coached through such topics as the Common Application, the personal essay, how to build a top notch profile, and effective communication skills including emails, phone calls, and interviewing. Suggested for Seniors, but all high school students are welcome.

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Creative Novel Writing

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  • English
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students study the craft of narrative. We examine good writing habits, dive into ‘deep point of view,’ plot development, character arcs, drafting, editing and other topics. Students learn to use online resources including the ‘Young Writers’ Program.’ The primary focus on the class will be in creating a novel-length work as a semester long project.

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Discipleship

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  • BEMS4
  • Bible
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course focuses on helping students begin to grasp and deepen their understanding of what it means to “follow Jesus”.

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F.I.T: Fun Intense Training

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  • PEELMS2
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Girls, we are going to get moving using Zumba, music inspired workouts, high intensity interval training, and Pilates. If you want to work out, laugh, release stress, and have a blast, come and join us!

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students learn a variety of ways to modify their lifestyle to be sure they are as healthy as possible. The main focus is on nutrition and physical activity, with a few other health components addressed throughout the class.

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Intro to Construction

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  • SHOP1
  • Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will earn certification through NCCER in the areas of Construction Safety, Hand and Power Tools, Construction Math, reading blueprints and a variety of other areas. This course will be practical yet provide students with the foundation to pursue future vocational training in the construction industry.

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Intro to Sign Language

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  • SIGN
  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is an introductory level sign language course that establishes a novice range of communication skills. This course emphasizes the cultural practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective.

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Intro to Trade Skills

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  • Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students are introduced to the areas of Construction Safety, Hand and Power Tools, Construction Math, reading blueprints and a variety of other areas. This course is practical yet provides students with the foundation to pursue future vocational training in the construction industry.

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Introduction to Agriculture

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  • Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Introduction to Agriculture focuses on using a hands-on approach to biological & physical sciences as they are related to the environment, natural resources, food production science, and agribusiness. Students will enjoy learning about the basic principles of an agriculture education, allowing them to gain the momentum to study more advanced and specialized agriculture topics later in their education. Students will be encouraged to participate in FFA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities to provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

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Leadership

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  • LDRSP
  • Life Application
  • Prerequisite: Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

The Leadership course is a recommended course for all elected class and associated student body officers. Non-elected students may apply and be accepted into the course. The students will be responsible for school-wide activities, fundraisers, service projects and assemblies, which an emphasis on event planning and information dissemination required to build community and create a positive educational environment. The overall objective of the course is to facilitate the process of being effective leaders who support their educational community. Students who wish to develop the following skills are encouraged to apply for the Student Leadership course: develop leadership skills, prepare to take leadership roles in the school and community, promote good citizenship and service.

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Leadership

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

If you have ever thought about running for student government, being a team captain, or just having the guts to speak in front of others, this is the class for you! In Leadership, we will cover topics like team building, finding your leadership style, finding your voice, and so much more! We will work on school wide projects, like the newsletter!

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Marine Biology

  • E
  • Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Seventy percent of the surface of Earth is covered by ocean, which includes 97% of one of our most precious resources-water. Forty percent of the human population lives within 100km of the coast yet we know more about the moon than the sea. This one semester elective course focuses on oceanography which is all the chemical and physical features of the oceans that in turn affect biological features of the ocean. We also look at the various marine organisms and ecosystems as well as explore our environmental impacts on the ocean. This course involves several small projects, a dissection and other lab investigations. Gen. 1: 21 ” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves …and God saw that it was good.”

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Military History

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  • HE1
  • History
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will examine the role of the military and conflict in both the ancient and modern world. Students will be tasked to analyze conflicts through a strategic and tactical lens to understand not only what happened but what factors contributed to their outcomes, articulate the difference between strategy and tactics, and understand the role of technology in military history.

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Money Matters

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This is an opportunity for you to learn the importance of being a good steward and an investor or entrepreneur. When you get a dollar do you already have it spent or do you think about how you want to spend it before you spend it? Think about these thoughts: He who is faithful with little things will be blessed with much. Don’t cast your pearls before swine. The parable of the talents. These are all principles found in the Bible that teaches us how to be a good steward, an investor and/or an entrepreneur. In this class students learn these principles and by the end have an opportunity to create their own business and possibly show it before panel and get advice.

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Nutrition

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  • NUTRI
  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Nutrition is a one semester course covering valuable nutrition principles that are necessary for overall physical + mental wellness in order to live a long, healthy life. Students will learn about a wide range of topics, including macronutrients and micronutrients, health issues related to dietary deficiencies, reading food labels, options for healthy eating, as well as current dietary trends and fad diets. Students will gain the ability to intelligently evaluate all available sources of nutrition information and make informed decisions regarding their personal nutrition and health.

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Personal Finance

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  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Physical Education

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  • PEMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

The Physical Education curriculum for grades 6 – 8 concentrates on the cognitive and physical skills required to participate and enjoy various team sports. This involves the knowledge and application of rules and basic skills and the understanding of competitive play and positive sports conduct – all with an emphasis on participation.

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Praise & Worship

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  • PT
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Middle and high school students gifted and talented in Music, both vocally and instrumentally, may try-out and participate in the Praise Team. Each week during these team members will help lead worship during Middle and High School Chapel.

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Praise & Worship

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  • PTMS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle and high school students gifted and talented in Music, both vocally and instrumentally, may try-out and participate in the Praise Team. Each week during these team members will help lead worship during Middle and High School Chapel. Please note on the registration form that you are interested in being a part of the Praise Team.

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Prevention & Care of Sport Related Injuries

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Injuries are part of all sports! This class allows students to explore ways to prevent injuries from happening, as well as caring for injuries once they do happen.

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Public Speaking

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  • PS
  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course will introduce students to speech and debate on multiple levels. Students will learn to write and speak on self-generated and teacher-generated topics, as well as communicate effectively on given and selected issues. The course is designed to introduce and strengthen speech and debate skills, along with techniques in overcoming anxiety and misconceptions about public speaking. This course will focus on delivering, selecting, organizing speeches, persuasion, poise and verbal skills.

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Road Trip!

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  • HEMS2
  • History
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Get ready to add more stamps to your passport. Your instructor will guide you as you explore the world from the safety of your classroom. Throughout the semester we will take virtual trips to exciting destinations around the world. We will see who can plan and create the best roadtrip ever!

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Set Design

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  • SET
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students design and create the sets for the GCS drama productions. This class involves creating designs, collaboration, painting, building, and so much more!

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Set Design

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  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Set design is a course where students collaborating ideas and design/create sets for the GCS drama productions.

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Sketching & Pastels

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  • ART2MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
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Sound & Media Production

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  • SMP
  • Technology
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Spanish 2

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  • H
  • SPAN2
  • Foreign Language
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 1
Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

Tenth through twelfth grade students continue grammar study through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will learn to use present and past tenses as well as commands. Honors level will learn future and conditional tenses. Through the exploration of short articles, dialogues, and culture readings, students will continue the development of their second language abilities.

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Sports History

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  • MSEL2
  • History, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Sports history is a fun, active new elective that will exercise the brain and body by studying the history of numerous western sports. A variety of sports will be addressed in this elective. Students will research the beginnings of the sport, the most influential athletes in the respective sport, and research and reenact the most memorable plays from that sport. Students in this elective will also look at the concept of team building, camaraderie, and sportsmanship that develops when participating in a sporting activity. Additionally, students will research to understand the social, cultural, and financial contributions that these sports have on local communities and the nation as a whole.

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Sports Trivia

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  • History, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This is a fun and fast-paced elective. During each session students try to answer questions from a variety of Sports both mainstream and lesser known. We use a variety of formats so that students have the opportunity to work on teams, compete individually, as well as against the clock, or just against the other players. Together we have a lot of fun and learn a little bit about the sports we love.

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STEM

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  • STEMMS1
  • Technology
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

As the creator of all things and the One who works through us, students will develop their God-given creative and innovative talents in conjunction with critical thinking and logical-analytical processing through various STEM projects and computer-based skill development which include, but are not limited to:

  • Engage in the Engineering Design Process and develop a real-world challenge project
  • Explore of the world of coding/programming with hands-on development in one or more
  • Improve aptitude in usage of Google Applications – Docs, Slides, Sheets
  • Keyboarding skills – guided practice using gcsstem.typingclub.com
  • All activities approached through a Christian perspective on Ethical Usage of Technology
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Theatre

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  • THEA
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts. Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play. Through theatre games and activities students will learn to lose inhibitions and will gain trust in themselves as well as others in their groups. Students will be performing in the spring show Alice.

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Theatre

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  • PAMS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

In this middle & high school double period class, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts. Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play. Through theatre games and activities students will learn to lose inhibitions and will gain trust in themselves as well as others in their groups. Students will be performing in the spring show Alice. This class meets five days a week.

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Trivia Challenge

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  • MSEL1
  • History
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Think you know it all? You’ll have a chance to prove it in this fun and fast-paced elective. During each session we’ll try to answer questions from a variety of categories including Math, Science, History, Bible, Entertainment, Sports and more. We’ll try a variety of formats so that students will have the opportunity to work on different teams, compete as individuals, work against the clock, or just against the other players. Together we’ll learn a lot and have a lot of fun as well!

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Watercolor

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  • ART1MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
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Weight Training

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  • WGT
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

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Weight Training

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  • WTMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

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Word Study Skills

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  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

The Word Study Skills class will include direct instruction for decoding, spelling, and understanding multisyllabic words. Students will expand reading and spelling skills through instruction that includes the contextual use of multisyllabic words through multisensory instruction and a systematic progression of skills. Word structure and spelling patterns will be taught to enhance overall literacy skills.

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Yearbook

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  • YRBK
  • Technology
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to develop students’ skills in yearbook production by providing experiences in selected aspects of yearbook production. Students learn basic principles of yearbook production and develop skills that include writing copy, captions and headlines; digital photography; desktop publishing and using appropriate technology tools for media production.

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