Electives

Students at Stella Schola Middle School take a solid course of rigorous classes which are integrated on specific chronologically organized historical themes. Students may choose from the following age-appropriate electives, which are taken at Rose Hill Middle School. Based on our charter agreement, band and fitness are guaranteed to be available every year, other electives may be subject to change.

SIXTH GRADE:
A.Year-long Fitness or
B. Year-long Concert Band or
C .Year-Long Concert Orchestra (Not guaranteed dependent on space available)
SEVENTH GRADE:
A. Year-long Fitness or 
B. Year-long Symphonic Band or
C. Year-Long Symphonic Orchestra (Not guaranteed, dependent on space available)

EIGHTH GRADE:
A.Year-Long Fitness or 
B. Year-long Wind Ensemble Band or
C.Year-Long Chamber Ensemble Orchestra  
D. Consumer Life Skills(1st Semester) and Fitness (2nd Semester) or
E. Consumer Life Skills (1st Semester) and Ceramics (2nd Semester) or
F. Fitness (1st Semester) and Ceramics (2nd Semester)

 

6th GRADE ELECTIVES

Fitness Sixth Grade (2 semesters)
Students develop competence in skillful movement in game situations and in a variety of recreational activities.  They transition from modified versions of movement forms to more complex applications across all types of activities. Students demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility for guiding their own learning as they apply their knowledge and abilities to create a practice plan to improve performance in selected physical activities. Students are able to set goals, track progress and participate in these activities to improve health-related fitness. Fitness is a great choice for students who enjoy being active, as there is no longer recess in middle school.

Concert Band 6th Grade (2 semesters)
 
 Concert Band is the place for you if you played in Elementary Band and want to further your skills on your instrument. Students will become better musicians as they learn concert music, pop music, marches and pep band music. As a part of the school band, students will perform at concerts and on field trips. Concert attendance is required as well as participation in all performances and field trips. This class will study through the book "Tradition of Excellence Book 2." Any students interested in starting a band instrument as a beginner will play as a member of the Concert Band for a full year (beginners are expected to put in extra practice time or take lessons outside of class if needed). Note: piano and guitar are not instruments used in band and cannot be accommodated by this class. Students must provide their own instruments. All participants in this music course are required to purchase an ASB card. Student participation in fundraisers may also be necessary to help fund field trips. 
 
Concert Orchestra 6th Grade (2 semesters)
 This course is for any grade level student who would like to begin playing a Violin, Viola, Cello or String Bass, or for students of any grade level who have previously participated in an elementary string orchestra program or have taken private lessons for at least one year. The school year is filled with field trips traveling to performance opportunities! Here is an opportunity for students to gain confidence in public performance, develop self-discipline and responsibility, plus organizational skills in an ensemble setting, while experiencing fun with friends in quality music performances. Intermediate concert music and instrumental technique will be emphasized as a means for developing the ability to think and learn, as well as to communicate, collaborate and enjoy music with fellow musicians as a way to connect to a smaller community. Regular home practice and concert attendance are required. All participants in this music course are required to purchase an ASB card. Student participation in fundraisers may also be necessary to help fund field trips.Prerequisite: one year of playing experience on a stringed instrument

 

7th GRADE ELECTIVES

Fitness 7th Grade (2 semesters)
 The goal of the course is to develop a lifetime appreciation of 7th grader’s physical health to develop an understanding of how physical activity is a positive emotional release. The curriculum emphasizes team sports, lifelong recreational activities, and cooperative activities that involve students of all ability levels in participation. Social interaction fosters good sportsmanship & increases mental and physical health. Students recognize that physical activity is a lifetime pursuit in remaining physically, mentally and socially healthy. Students, through participation, develop a positive self-concept, self-discipline, team building & leadership.

Symphonic Band 7th Grade (2 semesters)
 
Symphonic Band is an advanced band course where students will become better musicians as they learn new concert music, pop music, marches, and pep band music. As part of the school band, students will perform at concerts and on field trips. Concert attendance is required as well as participation in all performances and field trips. Students in this class learn individual instrumental technique and develop large ensemble skills. Students will study through "Tradition of Excellence Book 3." Note: Students must provide their own instrumentAll participants in this music course are required to purchase an ASB card. Student participation in fundraisers may also be necessary to help fund field trips.

Symphonic Orchestra 7th Grade (2 Semesters)

This course is designed to “move it up to the next level” for the advanced string player. Participation in the Concert Orchestra last year is a prerequisite for Symphonic Orchestra unless the student can
demonstrate basic sight-reading skill, beginning theory and technical ability. Advanced concert music and instrumental technique will be emphasized as a means for developing the ability to think, learn,
communicate, collaborate and enjoy music with fellow musicians as a way to connect to a smaller community. If you are not sure which ensemble to join, contact the orchestra teacher, who will help you decide which ensemble is best for you. Teacher permission with possible auditions are required. All participants in this music course are required to purchase an ASB card. Student participation in fundraisers may also be necessary to help fund fields trips.

8th GRADE ELECTIVES

Fitness  8th Grade (2 Semesters)
 All students participate in daily activities that will enhance healthy lifestyles. The class provides knowledge and activities to explore personal fitness. Each students’ personal fitness level is assessed via a standardized fitness test and students will establish fitness goals based on those results. Significant time is devoted to develop cardiovascular fitness, and each student will participate in a variety of aerobic activities once a week. Fitness and sports concepts that promote a lifelong healthy lifestyle will be emphasized. Activities include: flag football, soft lacrosse, speed away, team handball, badminton, strength training, basketball, volleyball, tennis, aerobics and golf.

Consumer Life Skills 8th Grade (1st Semester)
 
Lab Fee:$15 paid to Rose Hill
It has become increasingly important for today’s younger generations to be prepared for the basic as well as unexpected challenges of living independently. The work force, family composition and society
as a whole has endured rapid changes that make living well complicated. Young people starting out on their own have to deal with many practical matters. They have to manage their finances for the present
and the future, plan for career changes, manage their food needs, select insurance and learn to cooperate and work with a diverse population. Life Skills is an exploratory course which focuses on the
knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to successfully live independently. 

Ceramics 8th Grade (2nd Semester)

This class is designed for students who have an interest in working with clay. It gives students experiences in making functional as well as sculptural pieces, using a variety of techniques. Well thought out forms and good craftsmanship are emphasized. Students will create works of art in clay utilizing the processes of hand building using coils and slabs. Students will also glaze their projects and learn about the method used to fire their works. Students who have taken this class before are free to take it again, as projects are not repeated. There is a $15 materials fee for this class.

Wind Ensemble 8th Grade (2 semesters)
 
Wind Ensemble is the most advanced band course for 8th graders. Students will become better musicians as they learn new concert music, pop music, marches, and pep band music. This course is designed to move it up to the next level for the advanced instrumentalist. As a part of the school band, students will perform at concerts and on field trips. Students in this class learn individual technique and develop large ensemble skills. Students will play more advanced music and will study through the book "Foundations for a Superior Performance." Concert attendance is required as well as participation in all performances and field trips. Note: Students must provide their own instrumentAll participants in this music course are required to purchase an ASB card. Student participation in fundraisers may also be necessary to help fund field trips.

Chamber Ensemble Orchestra 8th Grade (2 Semesters)

This course is designed to “move you up to the next level” for the advanced string player. It is now time to stretch your well earned ability and reach for the stars in this ensemble. Participation in the Symphonic Orchestra or a middle school Orchestra last year is a prerequisite for Chamber Ensemble unless the student can demonstrate intermediate sight-reading skill, theory and technical ability. Advanced orchestra music and instrumental technique will be emphasized as a means for developing the ability to think, learn, communicate, collaborate and enjoy music with fellow musicians as a way to connect to a smaller community. If you are not sure which ensemble to join, contact the orchestra teacher, who will help you decide which ensemble is best for you. All participants in this music course are required to purchase an ASB card. Student participation in fundraisers may also be necessary to help fund fields trips.