Electives

Students at Stella Schola Middle School take a solid course of rigorous classes whichare integrated on specific chronologically organized historical themes. Students may choose from the following age-appropriate electives, which are currently 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 Band OR
C .Year-Long Orchestra
SEVENTH GRADE:
A. Year-long Fitness OR
B. Year-long Symphonic Band OR
C. Year-Long Orchestra

EIGHTH GRADE:
A.Year Long Fitness OR
B. Year-long Wind Ensemble Band OR
C.Year-Long Chamber Ensemble Orchestra  OR
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)

ELECTIVES

Sixth Grade Fitness (2 semesters)
 The Fitness elective at the sixth grade is for students who need to move around because they no longer have recess. This course provides active 6th graders with wonderful physical activity, especially since they no longer have recess. The goal is to develop a lifetime appreciation physical health and to enhance the students’ physical development. It is also the goal of the course to develop an understanding of how physical activity is a positive emotional release. The curriculum emphasizes participation in active units & in cardiovascular conditioning through running.

Seventh Grade Fitness (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.

Eighth Grade Fitness (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 8 th Grade (1st Semester)
 
Lab Fee:$10 paid to Rose Hill
This class is designed to help students plan and prepare a variety of foods, including choices from foreign countries. While working cooperatively in “Kitchen Groups”, students will learn to demonstrate organizational skills, personal responsibility, and leadership roles. Critical content includes: nutrition facts, nutrients and vitamins, foods notebook, and persuasive writing.

Concert Band (2 semesters)
6th Grade Students Only
 Basic musical concepts are discussed and rehearsed in daily warm ups using I Recommend.Students perform in class with their instruments every day in rehearsal seating.Students participate by playing their instrument, listening to recordings of themselves in rehearsals as well as to professional recordings, and by giving critical feedback for the purpose of improving their skills.Students are required to play in groups as well as individually during rehearsal. Students also run sectional rehearsals and learn to conduct the entire group periodically. Students work toward proper tone production, rhythmic accuracy, and note accuracy through individual practice, large ensemble rehearsals, and performances. Dress clothing is required for performances.

Symphonic Band (2 semesters)
7th Grade Students Only
The goal of this course is to continue to develop the students’ performance on their chosen instrument. Basic musical concepts are discussed and rehearsed in daily warm ups using Exercises for Ensemble Drill and 16 Chorales for Band by J.S. Bach. This course will also continue to develop the students’ understanding and appreciation of music. Students work toward proper tone production, rhythmic accuracy, and note accuracy through individual practice, large ensemble rehearsals, and performances. The students strive to perform on their instrument proficiently as they evaluate their own proficiency. The students will be able to perform on their instruments at a higher level in solo work and ensemble performance. Student will begin analyzing and using the elements of music through listening, simple composition and basic improvisation. Quarterly seating tests are given. Numerous concerts are performed throughout the year, including assemblies, at Harborview Medical Center, and in the community. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in solo and ensemble. Dress clothing is required for performances.

Wind Ensemble (2 semesters)
8 th grade students only, 
 

Orchestra (2 semesters)
 Prerequisite: one year of playing experience on a stringed instrument
Students rehearse daily and perform Grade I level music or higher in sectionals and/or in the full orchestra.By playing their instrument daily and listening to self-made recording of pieces they work on, students achieve a higher level of performance. Students use their advanced playing and listening skills to critique various styles of music. Above all, students have fun working as a team to create a high quality musical performance.