2020-2021 Exploratory Course Descriptions

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Here’s a short description of all of the exploratory classes.

Lexington Middle School-Exploratory Course Offerings

Band, Orchestra, and Chorus are performance based ensembles that meet for the entire year.  The sixth grade course is geared for beginners with no prior knowledge.  Subsequent years of music study (7th/8th grades) require completion of the beginner course (6th grade course) or comparable instruction through private lessons.  As students learn and progress in their music skills and technique, students will be involved in performances on and off campus. Adjudication/judging opportunities are abundant and included in the curriculum. Multiple non-adjudicated opportunities (school concerts) are also part of this course.

Musical Theatre Dance:  This course counts as a Fine Arts credit and focuses on performance opportunities. This is a year-long course designed to give students the opportunity to work together to perform a musical in the fall and a Director’s Guild original production in the spring.  Students will study different genres of dance (i.e. Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Acrobatics), have opportunities to perform on and off-campus, and attend a live professional Musical Theatre performance. This course should be taken in conjunction with a Creative Dance Physical Education course. (7th and 8th Grade only)

Musical Theatre Drama is a year-long course designed to give students the opportunity to work together to perform a musical in the fall and a Director’s Guild original production in the spring. This class will focus on the process of creating and producing a show from start to finish. Students will study different genres of theatre (i.e. Acting, Characterization, Vocal Projection, Set Design, and Prop Making), have opportunities to perform on and off-campus; and attend a live professional Musical Theatre performance. (7th and 8th Grade only)  

Theatre is a year-long course designed to give students the opportunity to work together to perform a production in the winter and join the 7th and 8th-grade Director’s Guild performances in the spring. This class will focus on the process of producing a show from start to finish. (6th Grade only)

Introduction to Performing Arts is a semester course in which students will engage in creative theatre exercises to develop imagination, observation, and concentration. Students are introduced to the performing arts through activities such as improvisation, pantomime, characterization, stage directions, vocal projection, and basic elements of dramatic production. Performances in this class are designed for a variety of experience levels and will build the confidence and skill of all students. 

Visual Art is a semester long course where students will learn the fundamentals of art and design. Students will be introduced to painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, digital art, and printmaking. Students will be learning about the many careers one can have in the arts. The course will inspire confidence in students as it is graded based on growth, not expertise. Students will add skills that will further advance them in high school art and beyond.

Digital Design is a semester course that introduces students to the principles of digital art and design. It is a project-based course that focuses on developing skills in technology, design thinking, and problem-solving. Students will learn how to effectively organize and communicate their ideas using digital tools. We will explore a variety of topics, including web design, graphic design, video editing, and stop motion animation.

 STEM is a semester course.  STEM education is a project-based interdisciplinary approach to learning in which students apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, and global enterprise.  Both problem solving and collaboration are foundational tenets of this class. Activities like building and testing bridges, robotics, and CAD design are just a few of the many hands-on projects students complete throughout the course of the semester.

Computer Science Bootcamp is a semester course in which students will use computer science (CS) concepts and skills that include coding, designing applications, games, music/art, and creating a physical computing device.  The course is designed to be engaging, relevant, collaborative, and creative. 

Creative Dance and Health is a semester course and fulfills the Physical Education/Health requirement. This class is technique based with some performance opportunities.  Students will learn specific dance techniques such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acrobatics. Students will have opportunities to create their own choreography. Health is a component taught within the semester.  All dance students will participate in an end-of-semester performance. 

Physical Education and Health is a semester course and fulfills the Physical Education/Health requirement.  Students will be taught proper skills and rules to be able to participate in activities for a healthy and active lifestyle.  Health is a component taught within the semester.

Outdoor Education and Health is a semester course and fulfills the Physical Education/Health requirement. Students will develop skills in teamwork and collaboration through communication, risk management, organization, and reflection. Students will make 21st century connections to multiple content areas and engage in activities that include archery, low ropes course, rock wall climbing, and collaborative games.  Health is a component taught within the semester.

Project Earth is a semester course focused on “practical ecology”. We are creating personal responsibility and awareness about our environment and helping students to discover under represented opportunities and interests in our outdoor world. Students will have the opportunity to take part in a complete plant life cycle from seed to skillet through our tower gardens. With a focus on sustainability and environmentalism, students will explore career opportunities available to them though guest speakers and personalized learning opportunities. Native species, both plant and animal, are part of the instruction in understanding the natural world around us. If you enjoy gardening, being outside, exploring nature, and creating home-grown meals, this is an opportunity to dig deeper through hands-on learning. (7th and 8th grade only)