Middle School (6-8) Elective Courses

The Middle School schedule features an array of enrichment classes known as “electives”. The National Middle School Association recommends, as best practice, an exploratory experience for adolescents so that they may experiment with a variety of disciplines as they grow and learn about who they are. A student may choose one elective each semester. Electives such as band, chorus, Fine Art, Director’s Cut, Debate, Sports Science, Literary Genre’s are extensions of “core” classes and contribute to a well-rounded educational experience.

Study Skills: Students learn strategies on how to deal with the stresses of middle school.  Setting goals, organizing school materials, and learning techniques are all implemented within the curriculum.

Sports Science: Sports Science is the application of scientific knowledge to improve athletic performance. It includes psychology, physiology, nutritional science and performance analysis. Students learn about the science behind multiple sports. Additionally, they learn how to compute statistics and gather data. Selected topics in sports science are based on student interest and current issues in sports science.

Public Speaking: The goal of this course is to demystify the process of writing, practicing, and performing a clear and engaging speech. In so doing, this course can help each student improve the quality of their speeches and confidence with which they present them. Students will evaluate and critique speeches insightfully to build a basic understanding of what constitutes a good speech. They will also study appropriate rate, projection, movement, and vocal variety. This course will help each student improve the quality of their speeches and confidence with which they present them.

Fine Arts: The Art Elective class is an extension to the regular middle school art curriculum.  Students are afforded the opportunity to explore art media in greater depth in a more intimate setting.  Past projects include:  painting a sports mural, sewing a pillow, constructing a doll house with furnishings, as well as painting pictures of Disney and Sesame Street characters, that were donated to a children’s hospital.

Chorus:  Chorus students will learn to sing in harmony with each other, as well as learning basics of good choral sound.  The music chosen is in a variety of styles ranging from classical, folk song, spirituals as well as Broadway tunes and pop songs.  Students will sing at the Christmas and spring concerts as well as the Baccalaureate service and often at Commencement.

Instrumental Band:

Orchestra – Grades 4-8 string instruments – violin, viola. cello and double bass.

String Quartet – by audition only

Symphonic Band – Grades 7 & 8 – includes woodwind, brass and percussion students.

Concert Band – Grades 5 & 6 woodwind, brass and percussion students.

Beginning Band – open to Grade 4 in the second semester for woodwind, brass and percussion students.

Marching Band – all woodwind, brass and percussion students.

Jazz Band – for qualified 6th, 7th and 8th grade saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm students.

NYSSMA (New York State School Association) – Students are encouraged to participate in the NYSSMA Solo and Small Ensemble Festival. Students can earn ALL-COUNTY designation. Students who have earned an outstanding score at NYSSMA Solo and Small Ensemble Festival, demonstrate superior skills and attitude in school ensembles, and are chosen by the board to participate in the large group festivals.

LISFA (Long Island String Festival Association) for string students who have earned an outstanding score at NYSSMA, demonstrate superior skills and attitude in school ensembles, and are chosen by the board to participate in the large group festivals.

Performances: Harvest Fall Festival, Barnes and Noble (solos and ensembles), Christmas and Spring Concerts, Chapel Services, Mardi Gras, NYSSMA, Memorial Day Parade, Literary Night, Fund raising events, and Graduation.