Electives

Our elective courses offer our 4th through 8th grade students an amazing opportunity to explore a wide range of interests and develop skills beyond the core curriculum. With engaging activities that range from coding and robotics, to musical theater and gardening, there are so many ways for our students to grow in their time outside the classroom.

Music Industry

Open to students in grades 6-8. This course will explore different aspects of the music industry, unique to the Nashville scene. Students will study music production, recording, songwriting, engineering, artist management, radio, and more! Along with course work, students in the music industry elective will get to be a part of engaging in music industry opportunities throughout Music City. This is a semester class and will satisfy the music requirement for the year for middle school. Instructor: Ms. Walker

Musical Theater

Open to students in grades 6-8. Students will explore life on the stage by auditioning and participating in all aspects of putting on a production for Christmas and/or Spring Show. Stage cues, microphone usage, costume fittings, make-up, musical preparation, theater set design and being prepared by knowing their lines. Parents and friends will enjoy watching the fruits of their labors. This is a semester class and will satisfy the music requirement for the year for middle school.

Instructor: Ms. Walker

2D Art

Open to students in grades 6-8. 2D Art is an introduction into drawing, painting, and two dimensional design. Students will work with art materials, such as pencil, colored pencil, marker, watercolor, and acrylic paint. It accents shading techniques, style, color theory, history, and the language of art. In the beginning weeks students will start developing their skills in the basics of art fundamentals and start implementing them into well rounded pieces. By the end of the semester students will dive into painting portraits and experimenting with different techniques that will help develop their skills and continue to grow their abilities as artists. Instructor: Mrs. Ruehe

3D Art

Open to students in grades 6-8. Students will study a variety of mediums: paper/pulp, sculpture and ceramics, fabric-clothing as storytelling, mixed media and technology art, as well as sacred art. Coach Rucker will be making an appearance to teach leather crafting to the students as well! This is a semester elective that will fulfill the art requirement for the year for middle school. Students interested in taking 3D Printing & Coding MUST take this class first. Instructor: Mrs. Ruehe

Digital Media

Open to students in grades 6-8. Students will create original content through blogging, podcasting, and producing videos, including our 8th grade daily announcements stream. Students will learn about choosing interesting topics, researching, outlining, drafting, taking and editing photos, and editing audio and video content. This is a semester elective that will fulfill the art requirement for the year for middle school. Instructor: Mr. Mike Patton

Engineering Design

Open to students in grades 6-8. Through problem-solving experiences, students will be actively engaged in the Engineering Design process by identifying a need, researching the problem, understanding the customer and constraints, constructing and testing a prototype, and communicating the design. This is a semester elective. Instructor: Mrs. Caulder

Destination Imagination

Open to students in grades 4-5. STEAM based elective with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving through hands-on project-based projects chosen by student team collaboration. Students solve STEAM based challenges utilizing their ideas and building upon subject areas learned in regular curriculum. Each student has a voice and space to develop unique solutions to the problems and to demonstrate their talents and abilities. Students manage all aspects of the program, including budgeting, marketing, product/solution development, and pitching of ideas. Regional competition is available for those students who wish to go further and attend the after-school component of this elective for eligibility to participate in competitions. This is a semester elective. Instructor: Mrs. Douglas

Ready, Set, Grow. Gardening

Open to students in grades 4-5. Students will learn the science behind what makes things grow best and then put that knowledge into practice. Students will create a garden journal with tips and tricks they learn along the way. They will grow seasonally appropriate flowers and vegetables using all they have learned about soil management, seed germination, water conservation, organic fertilization, and pest control. Their expertise will be on display with a front door beautification project, raised beds for kitchen garden, flowers and vegetables. This is a fall semester elective only. Instructors: Mrs. Faust & Ms. Lori Patton

Robotics

Open to students in grades 4-5. Using Kid Spark’s 2nd – 5th Grade STEM Program, students jump right into the shoes of a real engineer as they explore applied mathematics, mechanical & structural engineering, and robotics & coding. Students focus on concepts such as how to make things strong, how to make things move, how to measure, how to use a design and engineering process to solve a challenge, and how to design and program robotic systems. Students will use the bit-based robotics controller that can be combined with sensors, motors, and other Kid Spark engineering materials to create interactive, robotics systems. As students progress through the program they gain confidence in their ability to author with technology to solve real-world problems and design new solutions. This is a semester elective. Instructor: Mrs. Sneed

Introduction to Digital Media

Open to students in grades 4-5. Students will learn the science behind what makes things grow best and then put that knowledge into practice. Students will create a garden journal with tips and tricks they learn along the way. They will grow seasonally appropriate flowers and vegetables using all they have learned about soil management, seed germination, water conservation, organic fertilization, and pest control. Their expertise will be on display with a front door beautification project, raised beds for kitchen garden, flowers and vegetables. This is a fall semester elective only. Instructors: Mrs. Faust & Ms. Lori Patton