Elective Classes 2019-2020

Twenhofel Middle School
2019-2020 EXPLORATORY CLASSES
All elective classes are designed for specific grade levels. This means – yes – a student can take the same elective class multiple years; the content will be different each year.

BAND
Band is a year-long course that encompasses the music core content, instruction in playing a specific instrument, as well as the performance of the group throughout the year as a grade level band and school band. Students have the opportunity to also participate in marching band at SK while in middle school. Drama core content is also covered in band class. Students are encouraged to participate in music contests throughout the year as a group and in solo/ensemble competitions.

CHORUS
Chorus is a performance-based yearlong class that encompasses the music core content as well as incorporates different aspects of musical theater and drama core content. Students are exposed to and perform many styles of music that cover a variety of cultures & time periods. In this class, students are expected to perform as a group for many different audiences including our state choral assessment that takes place in the spring. Students are also given many opportunities to grow as a musician. Students may also choose to participate in all-state choir, solo & ensemble, N.Ky Honor Choir, Kenton Co All-Star Chorus and Twenhofel Honor Choir.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Instrumental Music is a class for non-band/chorus students that allows them the opportunity to learn about music including learning how to play a specific instrument. Students learn melody chimes and other instruments in this class. Students have the opportunity to perform in front of other students within their class.

HEALTH
In this class, students will learn about general body health as well as living healthy. They will focus on nutrition and what their body needs to function on a daily basis. They will also focus on a drug awareness program to help students understand the effects of drugs and alcohol use to the body. Our hope is to improve the lifestyles our students have in the future and to instill them with the knowledge they need to make lifelong healthier choices.

ART
In this class, students learn how to evaluate their own and others’ artwork using the elements & principles of design and how art can fulfill a variety of purposes. This knowledge helps them write and talk about art clearly and also helps improve their artwork. Media such as pencil, paint, clay and ink are just a few of the various materials used by all grade levels when creating artwork. Artworks from ancient & modern cultures are also studied. Sixth grade studies Latin American mural art & Chinese ceramics. Seventh grade studies ancient styles of architecture, and eighth grade students Neo-classicism, 19th century painters and development of photography.

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY
PLTW is a hands-on, project-based course that incorporates science & math into technology to introduce students to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) School of Study. Students will study different aspects of design and modeling in modern engineering. They begin learning about and practicing 3-dimensional design. They take that knowledge and apply it to a computer-assisted drafting program where they design a variety of projects. Some groups learn student automation and robotics in small group mechanical assembly challenges. Valuable lessons in problem solving and collaboration give students knowledge that they can use for a lifetime.

PRACTICAL LIVING
In PLVS, students explore all areas of everyday living. They investigate decision making and the consequences that come with the decisions that we make. Dating, relationships with others and responsibilities that come with maturity are discussed. Problem solving and conflict resolution along with mediation skills are practiced. The New Hope Center also comes into the classroom at all grade levels to teach an abstinence based course so that students are empowered to take control of their own bodies in spite of peer pressure which makes them better prepared to move on to high school.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The PE program is aimed at providing the student an opportunity to learn & experience various aspects of physical fitness & dance. Various skills and strategies will be taught associated with these activities. Team play, sportsmanship, and cooperation are emphasized. Participation is required because we “learn by doing”. Safety & First Aid are also covered
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COMPUTER LAB
A variety of topics around computers and technology are covered depending on the level of the class. Some topics include keyboarding, the responsibilities of digital citizenship, word processing skills, interactive computer based lessons/projects, and creating digital presentations. This class helps kids expand upon their knowledge of computer applications which will prepare them for life in the 21st century.

CAREER SKILLS/LIFE SKILLS
Students will learn and develop soft skills that will make them desirable candidates for hire in the work place. They will explore different career paths and build an understanding of what opportunities exist for them in their future. Career paths, public relations, job applications and interviews are covered. Class will include research-based projects, collaborative activities, and guest speakers. They will gain an understanding of what they need to do now, in high school, and in their post-secondary lives in order to be a qualified candidates for their desired careers.

WORLD CULTURES
This class exposes students to the world outside of Northern Kentucky and helps them gain an appreciation for cultures different than their own. Some of the elements of culture that will be studied include historical/current traditions, geographical features, family and social structures, religious practices, politics, and economics. Students will have the opportunity to participate in research projects, collaborative activities, and presentations in this social studies based class.

MATH 180
This is a class for students who need to acquire specific skills in order to reach grade level in math. Students in this class have been intentionally placed due to assessment scores indicating this need.

READING INTERVENTION
This is a class for students who need to acquire specific skills in order to reach grade level in reading. Students in this class have been intentionally placed due to assessment scores indicating this need.

INTRO TO ENGINEERING
This class introduces students to the basic principles of engineering. Students will be exposed to a variety of STEM topics that they will explore in both instruction and research based projects. They will participate in group activities where they will design and build things applying the learned principles.

CREATIVE WRITING (6th grade)
Students will utilize project-based learning to explore historical topics, such as the Titanic and early Americans. Students will read nonfiction texts and respond in writing, and then apply their research aptitude to create their own adventure. Students will collaborate and present their findings and products.

SPEECH AND DRAMA (7th grade)
Students will study several films and gain an understanding of standard American screenplay format. Students will conduct film analysis on various films that include such topics as backstory, plot development, conflict, and character development and compare the effectiveness of films to novel excerpts. Students will produce a framework for an original screenplay based on a short story and create a ten-minute film.