8th Grade Electives

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, students in 8th grade will now have the chance to individualize their learning by selecting elective courses that match their future career interests. Below are brief descriptions of the new electives followed by course outlines. Please note: Curriculum is still being written to match state standards and will be updated as available.

Daily Living

Eighth graders will have a chance to create projects from all areas of FCS: textiles, cooking and nutrition, consumerism, and child development. Communication and collaboration will be encouraged through various small group and individual projects. 

Fitness & Wellness

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their own personal fitness and wellness through physical activities such as cardio training, strength training, lifetime activities, and team sports. This course will also have a classroom component that will focus on wellness concepts including nutrition, physical fitness principles, and mental/emotional/social health.

German I

German I will focus on development of the four basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. and will increase student awareness of cultural diversity and customs throughout regions of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The course is strongly recommended for students interested in taking 4 or more years of German and for college-bound students entering the field of international business, law, science, tourism, military service, or international relations.

Performing Arts

Students will engage in generating and conceptualizing artistic ideas and work, developing and refining works for presentation and performance, interpreting meaning and evaluating artistic work, and relating personal experiences to create works. Specific areas of study will include keyboard, guitar, drum set, African drumming, music technology and GarageBand, composition, improvisation, music arranging, Modern Rock Band ensembles, and guitar ensembles.

Spanish I

This course will focus on development of the four basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, reading and writing, and will give students insight into Hispanic culture. Spanish I is strongly recommended for students who are interested in taking 4 or more years of Spanish and for those hoping for a career in health services, criminal justice, social service, education, business, law, tourism, media, military service, or government.

STEM - Design & Fabrication

Students are required to utilize their creativity and problem-solving skills to complete a technological project in three areas: woodworking, electronics and computer-aided drafting and design (CADD). This course is an excellent opportunity for students to explore the different areas of technology and sharpen their problem-solving skills. 

STEM - Computer Science for Innovators & Makers, Apps, and Computer Coding

Each PLTW Gateway unit engages students in activities that not only build knowledge and skills in areas including computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, but also empower them to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance. 

Visual Arts

Units of study in this course revolve around the principles of design and an exploration of various media. Students will explore drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, fabric, collage, printmaking and an independent project.
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