2019-2020 WMS Elective Class Descriptions
Acting I: Looking for a class that gets you up and moving? Or maybe you already know you have a passion for performing in front of other people? Well, in addition to learning about characterization, improvisation, voice projection and much, much, more, you will learn how to control your nerves and perform on stage!
Acting II: This is an advanced course for 8th grade actors that have completed Acting 1 and want more performance experience. Scenes of various styles will be performed to deepen their understanding of theatre. They will explore the audition process and perform for multiple audiences with an emphasis in storytelling and children’s theatre. Prerequisite: Acting I with a C- or better. 8th grade only
Agricultural Exploration: Students will be introduced to a wide variety of agriculture areas including animal science, plant science, agriculture products, floral design, entomology, careers and leadership. Students will develop a better understanding of the importance of agriculture and its impact on the world and whether the vast variety of careers in this field interests them.
Agriculture Pre-Animal Science: Students will explore the various livestock entities (beef, dairy, swine, poultry, and sheep) and production within animal agriculture. Students will learn about the various breeds and purposes of livestock, as well as how to manage and care for various animals. Prerequisite: Agriculture Expo with a C- or better. 8th grade only
*Agriculture Pre-Plant Science: Students will explore the areas of plant science and floral design. Students will enjoy plant propagation by seed, cuttings and division while working in the greenhouse. Students will also work with cut flowers to create floral bouquets/arrangements. Prerequisite: Agriculture Expo with a C- or better. 8th Grade only. (*availability of course for ’19-20 school year will be based on interest)
Art I: In this class, you will create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art such as drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and computer generated art. The color wheel and a wide variety of art techniques will be explored.
Art II: This class is for 8th grade students who want to increase their art skills with projects of increased difficulty. Students considering this class should be self-motivated, and strive to create art with excellent artisanship. We will explore a wide variety of techniques and media. 8th Grade only. Prerequisite: Must have a C- or better in Art I
Automation and Robotics: Come utilize your design skills to learn how to build and program your own robot. You will have the opportunity to create your own uniquely designed robot, build it, and develop a computer program to run it. Prerequisite: C- or better in Discover S.T.E.M.
Band: Instrumental performance ensemble which is a continuation from 6th/7th grade. Focus is on advanced music techniques, pedagogy, and performance concepts designed to assist students as they prepare for high school band. Band offers many performance opportunities for its members which include concerts each semester and a contest performance trip to Worlds of Fun for both 7th and 8th grade members. Students who select this course must be currently enrolled in band. This elective is both semesters.
Choir: The class is offered for students interested in singing and being a part of a performance group. Evening performances are presented each semester and the choir attends a contest followed by a trip to Silver Dollar City in May. Participation and attendance at rehearsals and concerts is required. Attached parent permission form must be signed and returned with elective form. This elective is both semesters.
Choir II: This class is for 8th graders who were in choir, band, or an out of school music performance group their 7th grade year. Evening performances are presented each semester as well as attends a contest followed by a trip to Silver Dollar City in May. Participation and attendance at rehearsals and concerts is required. The attached parent permission form must be signed and returned with elective form. This elective is both semesters. 8th grade only.
Computer Animation: Learn 3D Animation! From creating a character to building an environment, this class is sure to be a hit! We will be creating characters with skeletal, muscle motions, and action environments using 3D.
Computer Science for Innovators and Makers: Have you ever wondered how code can be used in wearable tech, art exhibits or mechanical devices? Students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. Using micro-controllers with inputs and outputs, you will develop code that brings your physical design to life. It’s time to become an innovator and maker using physical computing!
Discover S.T.E.M.: Come learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math work together in a hands-on environment. You will be able to design, model your own invention, and produce your own 3D computer models using industry design software.
Family and Consumer Science (FACS) I: This class is designed to explore basic life skills by introducing topics in clothing, childcare, personal development and food preparation. Students are responsible to provide $5 to cover supplies.
Family and Consumer Science (FACS) II: This class is designed to apply life skills taught in FACS I. Topics include clothing, housing, consumer and career development and foods. Students are responsible to provide $5 to cover supplies. 8th grade only. Prerequisite: FACS I with a C- or better.
Fibers: In this class, students will work with unfamiliar materials for art making, including basketry, jewelry, embroidery, quilting, and papermaking and weaving. Students selecting this class should be able to work for extended periods on a project and display patience and fine motor skills. Studio fee of $10.00. Prerequisite: C- or better in Art I
Industrial Arts I: Students will be a part of the industrial arts by exploring concepts related to measurement, drafting, architecture and woodworking. Shop fee of $10.00
Industrial Arts II: This an advanced course for 8th grade students who have completed Industrial Arts I. Students will explore engineering and design principles, be a part of an operational assembly line, and learn about and use advanced woodworking techniques. 8th Grade Only. Shop fee of $25.00. Prerequisite: C- or better in Industrial Arts I
Lifetime Sports: This class will give students knowledge about Hunter Safety and First Aid. Students will participate in several indoor and outdoor games, including archery, badminton and a fun game called pickle ball. 8th grade only.
Technical Theatre: Technical theatre encompasses all that goes into making a staged production. The WMS Black Box Theatre produces a Fall Play and a Spring Musical each school year. This class will be responsible for the concept design and execution of the technical aspects of each production including scenery, set construction, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, and promotions. All creative and hard-working students that want to help behind the scenes of a show are invited to join this highly collaborative team. Actors and non-actors welcome.
Tiger Technology: Students will be presented with an in-depth overview of Google Apps, website design, graphic design, digital storytelling, photography editing, video editing, app building, keyboarding efficiency, and other applicable classroom programs. This is not a class that focuses on computer gaming skills.
“Paws in Time” Yearbook: In this class, students will produce the school yearbook. This class focuses heavily on graphic design, photography, caption writing, and collaborative work. Students must be able to stay after school for events, activities, and sports. Students who apply need strong leadership skills are self-motivated and very responsible. Students must fill out and submit an application to be considered for this leadership class. Applications are available in the Counseling Center. This elective is both semesters.
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