6th Grade Electives


This course is designed for 6th grade students. The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the development of a physically active lifestyle. 


Digital Art & Design 1

Students explore the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques, and applications of digital imaging to create original work. Students produce digital still and/or animated images through the single or combined use of computers, digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, photo editing software, drawing and painting software, graphic tablets, printers, new media, and emerging technologies. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers to measure artistic growth. This course incorporates hands-on activities, the use of technology, and consumption of art materials. 

Introduction to Technical Theatre

Students are introduced to the elements of technical theatre, which includes costumes, lighting, makeup, properties (props), publicity, scenery, and sound.  Also important is students' technical knowledge of safety procedures and demonstrated safe operations of theatre equipment, tools, and raw materials.  Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.  Students may be required to attend or participate in technical work, rehearsals, and/or performances beyond the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. Supports Odyssey of the Mind teams

Speech and Debate 1

The purpose of this course is to develop students' beginning awareness, understanding, and application of language arts as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies in a variety of given settings. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:  learning and practicing a variety of speech formats, learning and demonstrating appropriate formal and informal public speaking techniques for audience, purpose, and occasion, using research and writing skills to support selected topics and points of view, collaboration amongst peers, especially during the drafting and practicing stages.


Creative Writing 1

The purpose of this course is to enable students to learn and use writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms. Emphasis will be on development of a personal writing style. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: a study of a variety of short literary collections, including poetry, one-act plays, the short story, and memoir to determine and practice. Writing for varied purposes and in varied genres. Effective listening, speaking, and viewing strategies with emphasis on the use of evidence to support or refute a claim in multimedia presentations, class discussions, and extended text discussions. Collaboration amongst peers, especially regarding peer reviews of multiple drafts.



The purpose of this course is to provide students with the computer, digital, and information technology skills necessary for success in their future academic and occupational goals. In addition to fundamental computer information, the content includes but is not limited to digital technologies associated with web development, multimedia, word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet communications, cybersecurity, and computer programming. Students may earn industry certifications while in this course.


Research I / Aviation (Required)

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop basic knowledge and skills in the research process with an emphasis on determining and refining research questions.  During the first semester, coursework will support students in developing their Science Fair Projects by teaching:

-research process    -research topics    -formulation of hypotheses      -report formats, styles, and content

-research questions and hypotheses    -directed investigations    -critical analysis of research

-definition, analysis, and evaluation of research questions

-review of literature and other resources     -a major research project, preferably cross-disciplinary


In the second semester the course will take on an Aviation theme.  Students will learn the history of aviation and develop basic  flight and navigation skills in the Flight Lab.  




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