Each course is offered for a marking period, with the exception of Band, Chamber Choir, and French.
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.
A more in-depth study of the elements of art and the principles of design. Projects include watercolor painting, illustration, portraits, contour drawing, and mixed media. Students have opportunities to design and create their own projects and will have a chance to explore famous artists in history.
Band (year-long course)
This is the most advanced musical group in the middle school. Students continue to refine their skills and perform music at the advanced level in a winter concert, District Band Festival, spring collage concert, and BandAid concert. In addition, the jazz band and steel drum band continue to play more challenging music. Students learn to march and perform with the Petoskey High School Marching Band in the Memorial Day parade.
Chamber Choir (semester or year-long course)
This class, which is taught 1st hour at the high school, teaches students the basic aspects of singing: breathing techniques, good vocal production, and stage presence. Students do not have to audition for this group. There is one required concert per marking period.
The middle school years are a time of preoccupation with self and appearance. Students will study grooming habits, how to make wise clothing choices and purchases, how to care for their clothing, and how to make their garments.
This self-paced, project-based class is designed to continue the development of basic keyboarding skills and fluency with Microsoft programs such and Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Students use the Internet regularly, and proper terminology is part of the curriculum.
A beginner’s course with instruction in lettering, basic line work, sketching, orthographic projection, isometrics, obliques, sectioning, and dimensioning. The program is individualized so that students work up to their individual capabilities, but a minimum number of drawings is required for a passing grade.
Students learn about basic electronic components and complete various electronic projects.
Students are encouraged to discover their own strengths, examine the outside influences on their lives, and speculate what their future will hold by studying their heritage, taking responsibility for their actions, and learning the responsibilities of childcare and the stages of child development.
The goal of this class is to help students become more comfortable with public speaking through a variety of simple performance opportunities in drama, broadcasting, lip-syncing, writing, and other fun activities, "shows," and games. Mrs. Ingalls works hard to make this class enjoyable and will work with any students willing to learn and try new things. She is sensitive to and works well with students with different comfort levels. Some performances in the past have included the telling of a folk tale, hosting a "talk show," writing and answering a letter to an advice column, giving a sales pitch, and a trash bag fashion show!
Due to increased numbers of two-career families and single parent households, many teens are required to become more responsible for purchasing and preparing meals. Students will learn to prepare quick and healthy meals, understand problem solving, purchase and select foods that are healthy, communicate, and understand decision-making and the consequences of their actions.
French I (year-long course earning one high school credit hour--must complete and submit application)
This course is designed to develop the audio-lingual (listening-speaking) skills in the French language through dialogues and conversational sequences. Students gain oral command of vocabulary, sentence patterns, and grammar, as well as study the culture of the French people. Recommended for college preparatory students.
Students create nutritious and healthy meals, as well as complete a sewing project.
Students explore manufacturing systems, design an item for production, and then perform an assembly line operation to produce a certain quantity of the item withing the time and quality specifications.
Power and Energy
Working in teams, students learn about small engines, their components, and how to maintain them. Each team will dismantle and rebuild a small engine.
1st Marking Period
- Basketball/Volleyball: Four weeks of each unit which include skills, team play, and tournaments.
- Football/Softball: Four weeks of each unit which include skills, team play, and tournaments.
- Rec Games/Indoor Team Sports: Kickball, Dodge Ball, Gator Ball, Scooter Games, Hand Ball, and many more!
- Circuit Training/Floor Hockey: Four weeks of hockey (skills, team play, and a tournament) and four weeks of weight training and aerobic exercise.
- Volleyball/Fitness Fun: Four weeks of volleyball (skills, team play, and a tournament) and four weeks of various fitness activities such as yoga, pilates, tae-bo, weight training, and aerobic exercise.
- Archery/Outdoor Team Sports: Archery, soccer, softball, agility ball, Frisbee gold, Ultimate Frisbee, Capture the Flag, and more!
In 8th grade the A in the science, tech, engineering, and math stands for ADVENTURE EDUCATION. In this class, students will work on STEM-type projects, but with an infusion of teamwork, character building, and problem solving.
This course provides a journey through the evolution of an automobile, from thumbnail and rough sketching to prototype construction and final production. The class culminates in the construction of a Co2 powered dragster. Post-production testing and racing will be used to evaluate the performance of the cars.
Video production is a fast-paced class where students produce thirty second to five minute videos. Students follow through on their projects from pre-production to filming to final editing. Throughout the course, students will learn the basics of photography, camera functions, and video editing, as well as key vocabulary of cinematography. Student projects include producing the Northmen News broadcast which contains short films like PSA's, commercials, music videos, and news stories. Although there are some individual assignments, success in this class requires all students to work in cooperative, small groups.
*Please note: there are a limited number of slots available for this class, therefore student behavior, attitude, and academic effort may be considerations for enrollment .
In this hands-on shop class, students learn the basics of working with various tools to process wood and construct various projects.