Sixth Grade Non-Core & Elective Course Introductions
M/J Exploring 2-D Art – First Semester, 01010050
Students investigate a wide range of media and techniques, from both an historical and contemporary perspective, as they engage in the art-making processes of creating two-dimensional works, which may include drawing, painting, printmaking, and/or collage. Student artists reflect on their own artwork and that of others through critical analysis to achieve artistic goals related to craftsmanship, technique, and application of 21st-century skills. Opportunities are provided for creative decision-making in the context of the structural elements of art and the organizational principles of design. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials. This course is the first half of a year-long pairing of semester-length art courses – see below. There is a $15 fee that includes an Art Supply Pack for this course. **During the study of art history, students will see nude artwork such as Michelangelo's David, and Boticelli's Birth of Venice. Parents are welcome to preview the artwork.
M/J Exploring 3-D Art – Second Semester, 01010350
Students learn to translate their two-dimensional skills into three-dimensional forms through the exploration of natural, abstract, and synthetic sculptural forms using materials that may include, but are not limited to, clay, plaster, and mixed media for creative expression. These student artists develop perceptual, creative, technical, and problem-solving skills in a sculptural context as they design and produce works of art with personal expression. Students in M/J Exploring Three-Dimensional Art focus on use of safety procedures for process, media, and techniques. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials. This course is the second half of a year-long pairing of semester-length art courses – see above. There is a $15 fee that includes an Art Supply Pack for this course.
M/J Fitness Grade 6 – First Semester, 15080000
This fitness course is designed for 6th grade students and intended to be 18 weeks in length. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become healthy and physically active for a lifetime. This course addresses both the health and skill-related components of physical fitness which are critical for students' success. There is an optional $20 uniform fee for this course.
M/J Comprehensive PE Grade 6 – Second Semester, 15086006
This course is designed for 6th grade students and intended to be 18 weeks in length. The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the development of a physically active lifestyle. The course content provides exposure to a variety of movement opportunities and experiences which includes, but is not limited to: Fitness Activities, Educational Gymnastics and Dance, and Team Sports. The integration of fitness concepts throughout the content is critical to student success in this course and in the development of a healthy and physically active lifestyle
M/J Computer Applications in Business 1 (Required Course) – First or Second Semester, 82005200
The purpose of this course is to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Business, Management, and Administration career cluster. The content includes but is not limited to instruction in intermediate keyboarding, intermediate word processing, intermediate electronic presentation, intermediate computer hardware, intermediate Internet, introductory spreadsheet, and soft skills for business applications. These competencies provide the skills necessary to ensure increased productivity and efficient utilization of equipment. Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices.
M/J Alpha Success (Required Course) - First or Second Semester
This course is designed to aid in the transition to middle school with a focus on social and emotional learning, information literacy, information communication and technology, and social justice issues. This is a semester course to be paired with Computer Applications in Business 1. This course provides a strong foundation in technology and communication skills.
M/J Band 1 – Year, 13020000
Students with little or no instrumental experience develop foundational instrumental technique, foundational music literacy, and aesthetic musical awareness through rehearsal, performance, and study of high-quality band literature. Instrumentalists work on the fundamentals of music notation, sound production, instrument care and maintenance, and personal and group rehearsal strategies. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. This course may also require students to obtain a musical instrument (e.g., borrow, rent, purchase) from an outside source. (There is a $25 fee plus $20 uniform costs for this course.)
M/J Chorus 1, Beginning Girls – Year, 13030000
Students with little or no choral experience develop beginning vocal technique and skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and an appreciation of music from around the world and through time. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. There is a $15 fee plus uniform rental for this course.
M/J Chorus, Boys – Year, 1303010B
This course is for beginning, second, and third year male vocalists. Students with little or no choral experience develop beginning vocal technique and skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and an appreciation of music from around the world and through time. Returning students build on previous choral experience to expand vocal, technical, musical, and ensemble skills through rehearsal, performance, and study of high-quality choral literature. Singers focus on increasing knowledge of music theory, music literacy, and aesthetic response. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. There is a $15 fee plus uniform rental cost for this course.
M/J Dance 1 – Year, 03000000
Students develop dance technique and movement vocabulary in two or more dance forms. In the process, dancers demonstrate use of class and performance etiquette, analytical and problem-solving skills, and studio practices in a safe dance environment. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. The required dance performance uniform for this course consists of a black tank or cap-sleeved leotard, black tights, black jazz pants, and black ballet shoes. For those students who wish to purchase a uniform through SCMS, the $68 uniform fee covers the dance performance uniform and shoe fitting.
SCMS Orchestra - Year, 13020400
The Swift Creek Middle School Orchestra offers instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass instruments with a focus on the skills necessary for long-term success. Fundamentals stressed include proper posture and playing position, development of characteristic tone quality and training in music literacy. The SCMS orchestra is made up of students in grades 6-8. Orchestra will meet every day, during the regular school day, for the entire year and students receive grades for their work. The SCMS orchestra will perform with the Lincoln High School Orchestras in the winter and Spring Orchestra Concerts. No audition is required for placement in the SCMS orchestra.
This Forensic Science course is an introduction to the application of scientific methods for the examination of physical evidence in the context of criminal justice. The content of the course comes from many disciplines of scientific study such as the nature of science and scientific investigation, biology/anatomy, chemistry, and physics. Topics of study include the collection, analysis/identification, interpretation, and application of physical evidence such as fingerprints, handwriting, casts and impressions, anthropology, ballistics, blood, hair, fibers, DNA, etc. and learning the role physical evidence in court proceedings. Students will engage in laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures. Guest speakers will visit the classroom to help teach concepts and build a connection between the students and the real-world application of forensic science. Cooperation and collaboration are extremely important in this class, as well as communication and logical argumentation skills.
Math Competitions, grades 6-8 - M/J Critical Thinking - Year, 1700100M
Students must have a cumulative grade average of B or higher and be accepted into at least Bridge level pre-algebra, Algebra I or Geometry to register for this elective course. This is an intensive course in math competitions designed for students to expand their math awareness while representing our school in local, state, and regional competitions. A variety of materials such as Math Counts, AMC 8, Math League, quiz-doms and Mu Alpha Theta competition materials will be part of the curriculum. Students must maintain a “B” average in the their core math class. Students in this course will need to dedicate many evenings, weekends, and extra hours in preparation for these academic activities. The signature of your 6th grade Math Club Sponsor is required and students may be selected during the spring or summer. Transportation and registration fees may be required.
Clubs and Other Non-Academic Activities
ASL Sign Language Club
Black History and Cultural Brain Bowl
National Junior Honor Society
Student Government Association
Boys and Girls Basketball
Boys and Girls Soccer
Track and Field
Girls Fast Pitch Softball