Parents and Students

Participation in any of these courses is not a decision to be taken lightly. Additionally, these courses will be more rigorous and may demand an extra workload than our other elective courses. Please consider these opportunities thoughtfully. If you are interested in any of the courses described above, please click on the web link and complete the information. Please be aware that this form DOES NOT guarantee your enrollment in the course. This is simply a way for us to determine the amount of interest we have. Students who do not request one of these specific connections class will be enrolled in general connections class rotations (Agriculture, Visual Arts, Spanish, Computer Literacy, Family and Consumer Science, Health, Physical Education).

Deadline for Registration is March 6

SIXTH GRADE COURSE OFFERINGS

For 6th grade visit this site.

Year-long Beginning Band

This year-long course provides students with the fundamentals and skills needed to learn an instrument. In this course, students will, with the help of the director, choose an instrument and learn the basics of performing in band. Minimal after school time is required in beginner band, and each semester’s work culminates with a concert. This course is intended to prepare students to continue in the band program in future years. Following beginning band, students are presented with opportunities that include attaining proficiency on their instrument, auditioning for District, Region, and All-State Honor Bands, performing at Solo and Ensemble Festivals, traveling to multiple colleges and universities, and mastering life-skills that will prepare them for college and the workplace. Commitment and dedication is a must in order for students to get the full benefit of engaging in the band program. Registration for this class will be open until the end of the school year.

Sixth Grade Chorus

Chorus students commit to a year-long course of study. Chorus builds skills in music literacy sequentially. Using voice as the musical instrument, learning includes reading music with solfege syllables and counting rhythms. Sixth grade offers beginning chorus; seventh is called intermediate; eighth grade chorus is advanced. Chorus teaches body alignment, breath flow, vowel shaping and efficient vocal technique. Possible extra-curricular chorus activities include All State Chorus, select choir, Christmas and spring concerts, and a variety of honor choirs, choral festivals, and spring competition.

 

SEVENTH GRADE COURSE OFFERINGS

For 7th grade visit this site.

Year-long Band

This year-long course continues to build on the fundamentals and skills taught in beginning band. One after-school rehearsal a week is required for the majority of the year. This course is intended to prepare students to continue in the band program in future years. Students will be presented with opportunities that include attaining proficiency on their instrument, auditioning for District, Region, and All-State Honor Bands, performing at Solo and Ensemble Festivals, traveling to multiple colleges and universities, and mastering life-skills that will prepare them for college and the workplace. 7th and 8th grade students are placed by the director in Intermediate or Advanced Band. This placement is determined by skill level, work ethic, and behavior. Commitment and dedication is a must in order for students to get the full benefit of engaging in the band program.

Seventh Grade Chorus

Chorus students commit to a year-long course of study. Chorus builds skills in music literacy sequentially. Using voice as the musical instrument, learning includes reading music with solfege syllables and counting rhythms. Sixth grade offers beginning chorus; seventh is called intermediate; eighth grade chorus is advanced. Chorus teaches body alignment, breath flow, vowel shaping and efficient vocal technique. Possible extra-curricular chorus activities include All State Chorus, select choir, Christmas and spring concerts, and a variety of honor choirs, choral festivals, and spring competition.

Year-long Weight Training

This year long course is intended for male and female students interested in building strength, being better prepared for interscholastic athletics, and improving overall health. The weight training classes are not strictly limited to lifting weights, but also include plyometrics (resistance training), running, and other cardio workouts. All workouts are age-appropriate. Safety is paramount and is one of the first things discussed prior to the beginning of class. Students are required to dress out each day for weight training, as the activities involved cannot be done to their full potential in normal school attire. Weight training is not easy and requires a commitment from the student in order to realize their full potential.

 

EIGHTH GRADE COURSE OFFERINGS

For 8th grade visit this site.

Intro to Agriculture (Year-long)

This course is intended for students interested in the major areas of agriculture. This is a 9th grade course, so 8th grade students that successfully complete the course will earn 1 high school credit. Students will receive a general knowledge of all the areas of agriculture from animal science to plant science and agriscience to food science. Students will be presented with problem solving lessons and introductory skills and knowledge in agricultural science and ag-related technologies. Classroom activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences (SAE projects) and leadership programs and activities. Students in this course will also have the opportunity for competition in career development events to help develop the skills necessary for the work force. Students are required to join FFA. Dues are $25.00 for the year and includes a t-shirt. All members will have the opportunity to attend the FFA Day at the Perry Fair or the Sunbelt Ag Expo. Students may also join a 2nd club if they choose. The class size is limited to 30 students.

Year-long Band

This year-long course continues to build on the fundamentals and skills taught in beginning band. One after-school rehearsal a week is required for the majority of the year. This course is intended to prepare students to continue in the band program in future years. Students will be presented with opportunities that include attaining proficiency on their instrument, auditioning for District, Region, and All-State Honor Bands, performing at Solo and Ensemble Festivals, traveling to multiple colleges and universities, and mastering life-skills that will prepare them for college and the workplace. 7th and 8th grade students are placed by the director in Intermediate or Advanced Band. This placement is determined by skill level, work ethic, and behavior. Commitment and dedication is a must in order for students to get the full benefit of engaging in the band program.

Introduction to Business & Technology (Year-long)

Introduction to Business & Technology is designed for students as an overview of business and technology skills required for all career pathways. Students will learn essentials for working in a business environment, managing a business, and owning a business. The intention of this course is to prepare students to be successful both personally and professionally in an information-based society. Students will have the opportunity to earn an industry recognized Microsoft Word Certification. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn one high school credit.

Students are required to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Dues are $20.00 for the year. All members will have the opportunity to attend the Fall Motivational Rally at the Perry Fair. Students may also join a second club if they choose. The class size is limited to 30 students. 

Eighth Grade Chorus

Chorus students commit to a year-long course of study. Chorus builds skills in music literacy sequentially. Using voice as the musical instrument, learning includes reading music with solfege syllables and counting rhythms. Sixth grade offers beginning chorus; seventh is called intermediate; eighth grade chorus is advanced. Chorus teaches body alignment, breath flow, vowel shaping and efficient vocal technique. Possible extra-curricular chorus activities include All State Chorus, select choir, Christmas and spring concerts, and a variety of honor choirs, choral festivals, and spring competition.

Introduction to Culinary Arts

Introduction to Culinary Arts is a 9 week course designed to introduce students to fundamental food preparation terms, concepts, and methods in Culinary Arts where laboratory practice will parallel classwork. Fundamental techniques, skills, and terminology are covered and mastered with an emphasis on basic kitchen and dining room safety, sanitation, equipment, maintenance, and operation procedures. This course prepares students interested in pursuing the culinary arts pathway during high school. Students selected will also participate in the WIN culinary arts class for that 9 week period to provide additional time required of the class.

Year-long Weight Training

This year long course is intended for male and female students interested in building strength, being better prepared for interscholastic athletics, and improving overall health. The weight training classes are not strictly limited to lifting weights, but also include plyometrics (resistance training), running, and other cardio workouts. All workouts are age-appropriate. Safety is paramount and is one of the first things discussed prior to the beginning of class. Students are expected to dress out each day for weight training, as the activities involved cannot be done to their full potential in normal school attire. Weight training is not easy and requires a commitment from the student in order to realize their full potential.