Each course is offered for a marking period, with the exception of Band and PE.
Academic Lab (teacher recommendation required)
Academic Lab offers a smaller group setting designed for students with a desire to work toward personal academic success. The class is staffed by both a teacher and an academic aide who assist students with classwork, organization, and studying for tests. The purpose of ac lab is two-fold: to provide not only academic support, but also remediation in math and/or reading. Ac Lab is a privilege; therefore students who enroll must be on-task, willing to accept help, and committed to completing work at home as well during the ac lab hour.
Mrs. Mazzolini offers a choice-based art curriculum where students develop their own project ideas, work at an individual pace, are guided by their personal strengths and interests, and learn from the other artists creating around them. This approach encourages responsibility and nurtures collaboration of technique as students create, write about, share, and discuss art.
Band (year-long course)
Students continue to build their knowledge and practice to improve their technique, skill, and performance. Seventh grade students participate in a winter concert, a band festival performance, a spring concert, and the BandAid concert at NCMC.
Students continue practicing keyboarding speed and accuracy and working toward becoming more comfortable with Microsoft programs such and Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. In this project-based class, students also work with Photoshop and learn programing skills.
Full Value Seminar
This class focuses on collaboration, helping students embody the full value agreement, and be willing to help and be helped. This class incorporates adventure education activities, stem/steam projects, and a mini drone unit at the end of the marking period. Students are continuously asked to work together and “redesign” projects and activities to show improvement and success.
In 7th grade, students continue to learn and build upon the fundamentals of both cooking and sewing. The marking period is divided between first studying nutrition, learning new recipes, and practicing cooking technique, and then learning about sewing and creating individual projects.
In seventh grade, this is a general music class rather than a choral singing class. Students explore Music Genres, Music Theory, Composers, and Broadway Musicals, and are exposed to the world of music through study, research, and real world examples. Students also enjoy some bucket drumming and ukulele strumming!
Physical Education (semester course)
In seventh grade, PE covers units in SOFTBALL, SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL, and HOCKEY. Each unit teaches the fundamentals, skills, strategy, and rules of each sport. There is “regular season play” followed by “tournament play,” which is tailored to each unit—World Series, World Cup, Volleyball Tournament, and Stanley Cup. Students are assessed for each unit on a combination of physical skills and written tests.
STEAM—with a focus on ART!
In this is a student-driven STEAM class (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math). Each new marking period, students brainstorm art-based project ideas that relate to science. We figure out who to make them happen and work through the projects together. There is always a learning curve! Past projects have included sharpie tie dye, catapult painting, star gazer wheels, constructing a classroom sized constellation planetarium, ink separation art, string nail art, tinfoil shadow sculptures, paper kaleidoscopes, hexaflexigons, optical illusion selfies, origami eyeballs, pendulum painting, paper quilling designs, 3-D abstract puzzles, balancing straw sculptures, and kinetic art stick bombs. This class emphasizes process more so than polished products.
This hands-on class meets in the shop room, where students continue to build their knowledge of the basics of working with various tools to process materials and create projects.