Elective Classes

‚Äč4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Electives
(Parent Letters, Syllabuses and other documents for these classes are listed at the bottom of this page so that you can download them as needed.)

MUSICAL THEATRE - Mr. Lowe - Room E7

This course is a presentation of literature from the musical theatre including musicals, operetta, revues, and musical comedy with emphasis on vocal, drama, and movement skills.  The student will prepare, rehearse, and present a musical theatre production.

 

KEYBOARD LAB - Mr. Lowe - Room E7

Piano Lab is designed to enhance the musical knowledge of terms, notes, rhythms, keys, scales, and chords by developing piano technique at the beginning level

 

BAND - Mr. Lowe - Room E7

Paakuma’ Band offers the opportunity for all students who wish to play a band instrument.  The class offers instruction on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments with a focus on the skills necessary for long-term student success. Fundamentals stressed include proper posture and playing position, development of characteristic tone quality and training in music literacy. Students will have opportunities to perform a wide repertoire from the instrumental repertoire

 

PUBLICATIONS - Mrs. Sirls - Room D3

In this course students will gain skills in one or more of the following areas: page design, advanced publishing techniques, editing and photography while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories and events. There is an emphasis on journalism skills in this class! Participants gain useful, real world skills in time management, marketing, teamwork, and design principles.

 

JOURNALISM - Mrs. Hammer - F2

Students enrolled in this course will study mass communications (radio, TV, newspapers, magazines, and weblogs) learn to use their communication skills to conduct an interview, develop quality-questioning techniques, and write in journalistic style within specific topic writing areas: news, feature, sports, and editorial. They will work on methods and procedures required to write an authentic news story with a high emphasis on ethics, independence, accuracy, impartiality and truth.  Students will be producing magazines, newsletters, informational brochures, playbills, and editorials.  Students work may be published on the district’s student news website.  Students will also learn technical skills using journalism software.

 

SCENIC DESIGN - Mrs. McQueen - Room E5

Paakuma’ Scenic Design combines up-to-date training in scenic, lighting and costume design with practical experience in making such designs a production reality. The School’s ambitious season of productions are design and built by students under the supervision of teachers and staff.

 

 STEM - Mr. Mountjoy - Room F5 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an elective for creating and exploring the engineering world. Learn how to design and engineer projects that cover topics like 3D Printing, Robotics, and Environmental Design.






7th and 8th Grade Electives

(Parent Letters, Syllabuses and other documents for these classes are listed at the bottom of this page so that you can download them as needed.)

MUSICAL THEATRE
- Mr. Lowe - Room E7

This course is a presentation of literature from the musical theatre including musicals, operetta, revues, and musical comedy with emphasis on vocal, drama, and movement skills.  The student will prepare, rehearse, and present a musical theatre production.

 

KEYBOARD - Mr. Lowe - Room E7

Piano Keyboarding is designed to enhance the musical knowledge of terms, notes, rhythms, keys, scales, and chords by developing piano technique at the beginning level

 

STEM - Mr. Mountjoy - Room F5

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an elective for creating and exploring the engineering world. Learn how to design and engineer projects that cover topics like 3D Printing, Robotics, and Environmental Design.

 

CHOIR - Mr. Lowe - Room E7 

Paakuma’ Choir offers the opportunity to participate in a vocal music program dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music through performance.  In this class, students will learn the basic elements of music and vocal performance.   Students will also learn and master singing techniques, perform a varied repertoire of choral literature, and develop singing skills centered on performance in the choral setting. 

 

BAND - Mr. Lowe - Room E7 

Paakuma’ Band offers the opportunity for all students who wish to play a band instrument.  Th
e class offers instruction on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments with a focus on the skills necessary for long-term student success. Fundamentals stressed include proper posture and playing position, development of characteristic tone quality and training in music literacy. Students will have opportunities to perform a wide repertoire from the instrumental repertoire

 

PAAKUMA’ TV - Mr. Ramirez - Room E8

Students who take this course will learn the fundamentals of journalism in the media. All students will be required to demonstrate their ability to write, meet deadlines, create projects and presentations. Students will also film and document the various happenings around Paakuma’ K-8.  For example: sporting events, pep rallies, school plays, morning announcements, weather reports, interviewing students and staff and much more. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be on Paakuma’ TV then this elective is for you.

 

SCENIC DESIGN - Mrs. McQueen - Room E5

Paakuma’ Scenic Design combines up-to-date training in scenic, lighting and costume design with practical experience in making such designs a production reality. The School’s ambitious season of productions are design and built by students under the supervision of teachers and staff.

 

PUBLICATIONS - Mrs. Sirls - Room D3

In this course students will gain skills in one or more of the following areas: page design, advanced publishing techniques, editing and photography while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories and events. There is an emphasis on journalism skills in this class! Participants gain useful, real world skills in time management, marketing, teamwork, and design principles
.

 

AVID - Mr. Platt - Room D4

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is an elective class that prepares students in the middle, with academic potential, for success in advanced high school classes and in college. In AVID students receive academic instruction in writing, note-taking, studying, test taking, and organizing. In addition students receive academic support form college tutors through collaborative tutorial groups and peer counseling.