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Electives

World Languages

Extending the language from the Middle School years through Upper School is recommended. Instruction is presented using the whole-brain learning approach with students actively involved. This is achieved in a safe environment with strong Christian values. At the Middle School level, The Village School offers French, Latin, and Spanish. The main goal of the World Language Department is to provide students with engaging resources to balance language specific communicative competence, cultural instruction, and motivation. Our purpose is to inspire learning languages as a lifelong skill in a multilingual world.
 

Spanish 5th Grade

This program’s emphasis is on communication by integrating the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through music, rhythm, and movement. Students in this program are also able to compare other cultures from Spanish - speaking countries to their own. Prior knowledge of the language is not required. Grades are based on participation, effort, and projects giving students the opportunity to evaluate what they have learned. Students have the opportunity to expand their interest, implement their knowledge, and enrich their understanding and respect for other cultures through field trips. Cooking and tasting experiences are provided to develop familiarization with Hispanic cuisine.

Middle School Spanish Level 1

This curriculum will take your child on a tour of the Spanish-speaking world with engaging resources that balance communication, grammar, cultural instruction, and motivation that inspire learning. Each lesson carefully leads the students from structured practice to open-ended communication. This program has a simple format that allows learners to achieve success and be well prepared for future courses in Spanish. Students have the opportunity to expand their interest, implement their knowledge, and enrich their understanding and respect for other cultures through field trips. Cooking and tasting experiences are provided to develop familiarization with Hispanic cuisine. Rising 6 th and 7 th graders (with no basic knowledge of the language) are eligible to take this course.

Middle School Spanish Level 2

We offer this class to rising 7 th graders with required prior knowledge of the language. This program enables your child to progress toward proficiency with clear goals, and combines rich cultural lessons with carefully sequenced language instruction. Students have the opportunity to expand their interest, implement their knowledge, and enrich their understanding and respect for other cultures through field trips. In class, your child will have many opportunities to experience the world of tasty flavors of Hispanic cuisine through sampling, and even cooking.

Spanish 1 (1 year/1.0 unit)

Students with little or no previous exposure to Spanish are introduced to the basic elements of the language and to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis is on basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The ability to communicate in simple written and spoken Spanish is promoted through a variety of materials and activities.
Prerequisite: None

French 1 (1 year/1.0 unit)

Students with little or no previous exposure to French are introduced to the basic elements of the language and to the culture of the French-speaking world. Emphasis is on basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The ability to communicate in simple written and spoken French is promoted through a variety of materials and activities.
Prerequisite: None

Latin 1 (1 year/1.0 unit)

The major objective of the course is to develop the ability to read and comprehend continuous Latin. In order to do that, students will need to know and understand the vocabulary, forms, functions and syntax of the language. Another objective is to know the words in Latin from which English, Spanish, French and Italian words are derived and how their spellings and meanings evolved. In addition, students will learn about Roman and Greek history and mythology and gain command of Latin expressions and mottoes that are current in modern English.
Prerequisite: None

MI Robotics 5th Grade

This class will cover all the fundamental principles of designing, building and programming a mobile robot. Students will use the newest Lego EV-3 Mindstorms Robotics system and the EV-3 Mindstorms programming language. Students will learn about input sensors and how to use them to allow a robot to run in autonomous mode. We will also cover every aspect of the F.I.R.S.T. Lego League project in preparation for the competition in Advanced Robotics.

Study Skills 101 5th Grade

This class is a great introduction to middle school life and beyond. Fifth graders will learn study skills, organizational systems, time management techniques, and elements of personal success to ease the transition between elementary and middle school.

Art 5th Grade

The 5th grade art class will let students explore the world of creative design. Students will work in partnership with the facilitator to explore their artistic passions while learning concepts and skills. The students will have the opportunity to work with media such as painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, digital media and more!

Robotics & Engineering 6th - 8th Grade

Robotics is a class for students who like to tinker with technology but are not interested in the competitive side of robotics. Students will have the opportunity to build a wide variety of robots and learn the basics of programming. There will be challenging activities designed to encourage students to be creative. They will use the ©Lego NXT Mindstorms Robotics system and the programming environment.

Structures & Engineering 6th - 8th Grade

This is a course with hands-on learning about the design of building and architecture. Students will build many structures such as a tower, bridges, skyscrapers, amusement park rides, and a cantilever. Types of bridges and sound construction are investigated as well as a study of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The work is done in teams and individually.

Code & App Design 6th - 8th Grade

This course is aimed at providing students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems. It also aims to help students feel justifiably confident of their ability to write small programs that allow them to accomplish useful goals.

Business & Marketing 6th - 8th Grade

This course will allow students the opportunity to plan, produce and market an original business idea and present before a Shark Tank committee.

Art of the Short Story 6th - 8th Grade

This class will encourage students to develop a greater love of reading and help them learn literary terms and devices within the context of reading a short story. Students will be expected to read their chosen selections and discuss in groups or in front of the class and write short paragraphs on a regular basis.

Hands-On History 6th - 8th Grade

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research for 6th-12th grade students. This is a prestigious, academic competition with judging at the county, state and national levels. Through research, writing and interviewing, students will produce a documentary, a dramatization, a research paper, an exhibit or a website. More information may be found at www.NHD.org. In addition, we will have History’s Mysteries, field trips, games and historical food days.
As this is a national competition, travel and supply expenses must be covered by parents.

Photo & Film 7th - 8th Grade

This course is an introduction to the aesthetic and techniques of photography and basic filmmaking. Topics include camera and lens operation, memory cards, file formats, creativity, image editing software and output.

*Course requires a digital camera with video option.

DIYs & Life Hacks 7th - 8th Grade

This class will develop short “how-to” videos for TVS Video Magazine club. They will learn the process of creating this genre of video and teach others about interesting crafts and hacks along the way.

Marine Science/Environmental Science (semester of each) 7th - 8th Grade

*Marine Science is a course that will focus on different marine environments such as estuaries, tide pools, reefs, vents and the oceanic zone. Topics covered in this course include chemical, physical, and biological parameters of these marine environments. Emphasis will also be placed on the ecological relationships between marine organisms and their particular habitats.
 
*Environmental Science is a class that gives students an opportunity to expand their studies of various environmental science topics. The students will learn how the natural world works, how we as humans interact with the environment, how we affect the environment and also how we can find ways to deal with these effects.