Middle Grades Program of Studies - Related Arts (Liberty Bell)

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Art

The focus of this class is to understand and apply the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of art projects. This class provides many opportunities for students to express themselves creatively while improving their artistic skills. Students learn art concepts, practice techniques, create artworks, and discuss their own work and the work of peers. Art is studied as it relates to the world around us by incorporating life skills, history and culture, and other area disciplines. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of art which will prepare them for visual art at the high school level. Students will also gain experience in communicating and collaborating productively with others.

Broadway Music

Broadway Music

The Broadway Music class at Liberty Bell is a survey course intended to introduce students to the composers and musicals of Broadway and beyond. Students will create a presentation on a musical of their choice and will gain knowledge of different shows and composers of musical theatre as the nine weeks progresses. Students also have the opportunity to watch two musicals in class to give those who have not had experience in the medium an idea of what it is all about. Students will leave the Broadway Music class with a wealth of information to call upon in future music or theatre classes as they progress into fine arts classes at Science Hill.

Career Exploration

In Career Explorations students will discover a variety of college, career, and technical path options which will prepare students for future endeavors. This class is focused on presenting students with options when it comes to furthering their education at the post-secondary level or entering the job market ready to meet the challenges of the workplace. This course works closely with Science Hill’s CCTE building to support students as they progress through their academic career.

Genius Hour

Genius Hour

The focus of this class is to understand and apply the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of art projects. The class will provide many opportunities for students to express themselves creatively while improving their artistic skills. Students will learn art concepts, practice techniques, create artworks, and discuss their own work and the work of peers. We look at art as it relates to the world around us by incorporating life skills, history and culture, and other area disciplines. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of art which will prepare them for visual art at the high school level. Students will also gain experience in communicating and collaborating productively with others.

Health

Health class addresses a wide range of topics over the course of a nine weeks period. Topics include nutrition, personal hygiene, mental/emotional/social health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and disease prevention and control. Students also study first aid, bloodborne pathogens, body systems, social media safety, bullying, and substance use and abuse.

Journalism

Journalism

Journalism class introduces students to journalistic writing. Students enrolled in Journalism are responsible for creating our LBMS yearbook. They also learn photography basics, layout and web design, as well as copy editing skills. Each student’s final project is to create a page that is published in our yearbook.

Keyboarding

Keyboarding

In 7th grade Keyboarding students will receive both traditional and modern forms of instruction to develop basic skills of keyboarding and to learn the touch system for alpha numeric keys. Students will demonstrate an appropriate use of the operations of technology and will be proficient in the use of basic software application functions.

In 8th grade Keyboarding students will use technology to locate, evaluate and collect information from a variety of online sources as research tools to aide in their transition from the classroom to a career. Students will design and develop projects using appropriate technology tools to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems that relate to real world issues.

Service Learning

Service Learning

Service Learning class is designed for students to learn by providing a service rather than traditional textbook activities. Students serve as workers around the school campus and assist teachers and students during the day. Workers could be assigned to tasks that include the recycling team, library worker, teacher helper, peer tutor and student tech team.

STEM

STEM

STEM is a hands-on, project-oriented, inter-disciplinary introductory engineering course for students with advanced abilities in mathematics and science. The class is designed to address national educational standards in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Language Arts. Students will use knowledge acquired in their mathematics and science classes to support their exploration of engineering, creative thinking, and problem solving. Students should achieve a more advanced level of skill in engineering design by learning to identify problems, research standards, brainstorm solutions, design prototypes, test their ideas, make modifications as necessary, and present their outcomes in a professional manner.

Spanish

Spanish at LBMS is an introductory course to language learning. Our goals are to become proficient in basic conversations and grammar functions, as well as to explore a variety of cultural topics from the Spanish-speaking world. These may include but are not limited to holidays, festivals, artists, musicians, food, literature, history, etc. Students learn vocabulary and grammar through interactive lessons and games. We often conduct research for cultural topics and learn by doing. By the end of the nine weeks, we hope to have set students up for success in future language learning courses as they begin studying at the high school level. We also hope the students gain a broader cultural perspective and appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world.

Theatre

Theatre

This is an introductory class focusing on a variety of theatrical genres as well as on basic writing and performance skills designed to give students an overall appreciation for performing arts. Topics include – but aren’t limited to – theatre history, technical theatre, performance, and critique. Students work collaboratively to create dioramas, practice techniques, perform skits, and analyze each other’s work. This class will provide students with a foundational knowledge of theatre concepts which will prepare them for theatre courses at Science Hill.

Wellness

The focus of the class is to improve the fitness level of all students as well as to improve their skill development in many individual and team sports. Wellness also touches on some health-related topics such as nutrition, diseases, mental health, social health, and substance abuse. The individual sports include tennis, ping pong, badminton, bowling, and golf. The team sports include volleyball, basketball, soccer, floor hockey, softball, and football. We also incorporate other group games such as capture the flag, 3-court volleyball, Polish Kickball, dodgeball, and ultimate games. A day of swimming is offered once every nine weeks. A signed permission slip is required for this activity. All Wellness activities aim to provide students with the tools needed to make healthy lifestyle choices.