Encore Courses

  • 6th Grade Health (04066602)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Two (2) Days in an Eight (8)-Day Cycle

    Description:  The sixth (6th) grade Health curriculum is based on teaching students the major concepts of health. Safety, injury prevention, bullying, fitness, nutrition, and making healthy decisions are important to one’s total health. We believe these units will teach our students how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    Specific topics to be discussed:

    • Three (3) Areas of Health: Mental and Emotional Health; Family and Social Health; Physical Health
    • Drugs and Medicines: Prescription vs Over-the-Counter Medicines; Drug Misuse vs Drug Abuse
    • Alcohol: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; Blood Alcohol Concentration; Tolerance
    • Tobacco: Steps to Addiction; Effects on the Body
    • Body Systems: Respiratory; Circulatory; Muscles and Bones

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  • 6th Grade Physical Education (04066601)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Two (2) Days in an Eight (8)-Day Cycle

    Description:  The goal of this course is to provide students with an appreciation for physical activity. Students will be presented with a variety of experiences related to physical movement that will enhance skills related to both physical and social health. Students will be challenged to use physical and cognitive skills that are necessary to achieve a group goal in a physical setting. Effective communication is necessary for effective group work. Additionally, students will learn that rules and etiquette in physical activities/sports can make the experience both enjoyable and successful. Students will also learn that daily exercise can improve the quality of life.

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  • 6th Grade Art (04077601)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description: In the course of this program of study, sixth (6th) grade students will create visual art works with a variety of media, techniques, and processes. Through the processes they will learn to more effectively communicate their ideas. Activities used to reach the art goals may include observational drawing, tempera painting, and pastel drawing. Color, theory, and composition will be introduced. The students will experience creating three (3)-dimensional art while working with copper repousse. The hand-building technique of pinch pots may be used to construct a clay sphere as a starting point for a sculptural design.

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  • 6th Grade Family and Consumer Sciences (04114602)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description:  FaCS is a hands-on course designed to provide adolescents with fundamental life skills presented in an exciting and challenging way.  The cross-curricular course will allow for the practical application of math, science, and reading skills.  The program is divided into four (4) different learning units:  Foods, Nutrition, Sewing, and Exploring Childhood.  The Foods Unit stresses the importance of team work, as well as individual responsibilities.  Students will work in small groups to complete basic tasks in the food lab.  The Nutrition Unit utilizes the new USDA's MyPlate guidelines to emphasize healthy eating as part of a healthy lifestyle. The Exploring Childhood Unit introduces the developmental stages of children from birth through four years of age.  Students will practice handling emergency situations and basic babysitting skills.  The Sewing Unit introduces fundamental sewing concepts, including machine sewing, hand sewing, and project construction.  These concepts will be reinforced through the completion of a required sewing project.  It is the goal of the Family and Consumer Sciences courses that all students increase their ability to work cooperatively, productively, and responsibly.

     

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  • 6th Grade General Music (04127605)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description:  General Music classes alternate between the music classroom and the piano keyboard lab. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of piano technique, vocal technique, note reading, and the instruments of the orchestra. Areas of instruction include beginning level music literacy, keyboard performance skills, and in-depth exposure to the instruments of the orchestra via videos, recordings, and live demonstrations.

     

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  • 6th Grade Technology Applications (04154603)


    Length:
    Semester

    Format: Meets Every Other Day

    Description: Students will learn about technology in the 21st century while practicing critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. CAD software and 3D printing will be used to help students create solutions for engineering design challenges. Students will learn fundamental programming concepts to solve problems in a logical and creative way. Adobe Creative Cloud is also introduced to empower students to think creatively and communicate expressively. Students will learn robotics and use the engineering design process to create prototypes, and to test, analyze and improve designs. The focus is on basic robot construction and programming for robotic control. Students will build prototypes or use simulation software to test designs. **Students who take this course in sixth (6th) grade will take Technology and Design in seventh (7th) grade.

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  • 6th Grade Technology and Design (04154605)


    Length:
    Semester

    Format: Meets Every Other Day

    Description: In this hands-on/critical thinking course, Students will use Design Process, along with traditional and modern means of production, to create projects and solve problems and challenges. Most projects students will develop their designs in CADD (Computer Aided Drafting & Design) or Adobe Creative Cloud. They will then make use of our maker space/production lab that gives students access to hand tools and rapid prototyping machines such as 3-D Printers, a Laser Engraver, and a CNC Router and Mill. **Students who take this course in sixth (6th) grade will take Technology Applications in seventh (7th) grade.

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  • 6th Grade World Language Exploratory (04054601)


    Length:  
    Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Day

    Description:  Each sixth (6th) grader rotates through the six (6) World Language Exploratory Classes (French, Spanish, German, Latin, Cultural/School Counselor, and Information Literacy) over the course of two (2) marking periods. Each “rotation” lasts approximately 15 days:

    • French/Spanish/Latin/German Rotation: In this exploratory course, students are exposed to French, German, Latin, and Spanish for three (3) weeks each in an effort to make an informed choice for future study. Students will become familiar with the following common themes in each language: the alphabet, numbers 1-20, colors, salutations, body parts, days of the week, months, and basic geography of language groups.

    • Information Literacy/Library Rotation: Throughout this 15-day course, students will learn the steps involved in the research process. In the context of a variety of activities, students will practice brainstorming, locating resources, note-taking, evaluating resources, and citing resources. Additionally, the students will learn how to choose books for research as well as for independent reading. They will also learn about the RMS Library. The focus will be on where resources are located, when and how to visit the library, library policies, and procedures.

    • Cultural Awareness Rotation: Cultural Awareness is an 8-day course designed to raise student awareness, understanding, and appreciation of cultural diversity. In this course, students will be challenged to consider and modify their perceptions of culture, stereotypes, and individual differences through exposure to cooperative and team- building exercises, multimedia resources, and hands-on activities.

    • School Counselor Rotation: The school counselor education class meets for seven (7) straight days, which are broken into two (2) different topics of discussion and exploration. The first four (4) days focus on anti-bullying education. School counselors lead discussions about empathy and help students practice developing this skill by reviewing bullying situations and scenarios. Students learn to identify bullying and how it may manifest in our school and ways to combat it. The class also explores the reasons behind bullying behavior. The last three (3) days of the school counselor curriculum are dedicated to career education. Students learn about their own learning style, take an interest survey, and explore careers based on the results of their interest survey.
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