2016-2017 Electives Course Catalog
UMS sixth-graders have one period each day that throughout the year that is set aside for electives. Sixth graders have the option of taking year-long band elective or four quarter-long non-band electives.
Scenario A - Band Elective:
If a student is enrolled in one of the two year-long band classes as a sixth grader, this will be their only elective for the year.
Scenario B - Non-Band Electives:
If a student is NOT enrolled in band, s/he will take four quarter-long electives.
Below are descriptions of the Band classes, as well as the other quarter-long elective courses. Again, if a student is enrolled in band, s/he is not able to take any other electives this year. Not enrolling in these classes in sixth-grade does not preclude you from taking similar courses in seventh or eighth grade.
Course Description: This year-long course is designed for those who may or may not read music, but who have never played a band instrument before. Students will learn the techniques involved to properly play a band instrument and perform as a band. Beginning Band, both an elective class and a performing group at UMS, is a commitment and participants must be willing to fulfill the requirements, which include regular practice and participation in most if not all performances.The group performs three concerts during the year.
Course Description: This year-long course is designed for those who want to continue building their instrumental skills. Participants must complete Beginning Band or be accepted by an audition with the director. Intermediate Band, both an elective class and a performing group at UMS, is a commitment and participants must be willing to fulfill the requirements, which include regular practice and participation in most if not all performances. Concert and Intermediate Band students perform as one in the winter, pops, spring, festival, and graduation performances. Sixth grade Intermediate and seventh/eighth grade Concert Bands meet at different class times but perform together. Students in Intermediate Band should be able to read music.
ELECTIVE Non-Band Options
Course Description: Art I 6 is an introductory art class examining many basic principles of art ranging from line, value, texture, contour and color. Students explore these principles through different media such as pencil, charcoal, collage, cut paper, chalk and oil pastel, and finally paint. This fun, hands-on class is a great precursor to more Art classes offered at UMS and in high school; it’s also a great place to explore your creative ideas.
Course Description: The program features a project-based curriculum designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students. They envision, design and test their ideas with advanced modeling software. Used by companies like Lockheed-Martin, Intel and Sprint. They study mechanical and computer control systems; think robotic and animation. Magic of Electrons - Through hands-on projects, students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, and sensing devices. They learn knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design, and examine the impact of electricity on the world around them. The knowledge that students gain and the skills they build create a strong foundation STEM learning.
Course Description: Focus on Success will be a combination of a variety of necessary skills our students need for success in middle and high school. Taking elements from past elective classes, such as Study Skills, Writer’s Workshop, and Keyboarding, students will be assisted in making a smooth academic transition to their middle school classrooms. Students will be shown multiple ways to keep track of important papers, due dates, and backpack organization by using the UMS planner and Google Classroom to keep track of assignments. Various other skills include how to self-advocate with your teachers, improve homework turn-in routines, and how to best study for quizzes and tests at the middle school level.