Electives - STEAM & Service

Madrona Middle School students will have the opportunity to take ONE period of elective coursework during the year.  Electives are subject to change based on staff availability.  Request does not guarantee placement in the course.  Madrona Middle School focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) to inspire students towards successful careers and life pursuits. Elective courses are held during the instructional day with additional enrichment programs after school. 
Madrona Middle School students will have the opportunity to take ONE period of elective coursework during the year.  Electives are subject to change based on staff availability.  Request does not guarantee placement in the course.  Madrona Middle School focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) to inspire students towards successful careers and life pursuits. Elective courses are held during the instructional day with additional enrichment programs after school. 

Enrichment/Leadership Elective Courses
 

Wildcat Wheel: Grade 6: 
On Powerschool, course name: Enrichment-6. Different emphasis and teacher each quarter.   Students explore FOUR different areas of enrichment during the  four quarters.  These courses are: Art;  Public Speaking, Intro to Music, Intro to Coding/Computer Science. 

Wildcats Managing Life Skills : Grades 7-8: 
On Powerschool, course name: Life Management. Different emphasis each semester with the same teacher.Semester 1:  “Money Smarts” - Personal Finance/Stock Market, budgeting, saving, spending within means, how to write checks, balance a checkbook, calculation of taxes, insurance, etc.  Students join an online stock market game and practice trading stocks.  Semester 2:  Elements of Art and Sewing.  Students learn the technical aspects of art to help them draw and design projects in the future.  Students learn how to thread and knot needles, learn embroidery stitches, sew items, hem and apply buttons/snaps.

Wildcats in Service: Grades 7-8:
Using project and service-based learning, students are challenged to explore local and global issues and are empowered to take action.   Through this elective, students examine pressing issues like hunger, poverty and the environment, as they explore how they can make a difference.  

Leadership:  Grades 6-8. Limited to approx 8 -10 spaces for each grade.
Students must exhibit strong citizenship and appropriate behavior, plan school wide events including after school activities such as: philanthropic endeavors, lunchtime activities, Spirit Day/Week Activities,  publicizing activities,  participation in School Site Council and PTA Activities, to name a few.
 

Arts Appreciation Elective Courses
 

Contemporary Music Appreciation/Intro to Guitar/Ukulele: Grades 6-8
Students will learn guitar theory and technique in the context of contemporary music. On Powerschool, course name: Guitar.

Drama:  Grades 7-8: 
No experience necessary.  Students explore the world of theatre production, the art of improvisation, writing/performing pantomimes through teamwork.

Fine Arts:  Grades 7-8:
Explore elements of art, visual design, drawing, painting, art, as examples, and music history and appreciation.

Yearbook & Multimedia Design: Grades 6-8 
On Powerschool, course name: Journalism. Students will learn the basic principles of yearbook production including writing copy, captions and headlines; digital photography; graphic design; and desktop publishing while working in teams. Video production and other media and technologies will also be explored. Students are expected to attend select school events as part of this course.
 

Science and Technology Elective Courses
 

STEM/Science Olympiad:_Grades 6-8.  Limited to approx  10 spaces for each grade.
The STEM/Science Olympiad gives students opportunities to explore a variety of science concepts and apply their scientific knowledge through project-based activities and at Science Olympiad competitions. Science Olympiad competitions and class organized activities, such as Family STEM Night, include after school and Saturday components.

PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Makers:  Grade 7  Only: Spaces  limited. 
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) for 7th grade is an engineering course that introduces students to MIT App Inventor, GIMP, Adacity, and Python.  Students learn to design and program apps and games.  On Powerschool, course name: PLTW Deisng & Modeling.

PLTW Automation & Robotics -  Grade 8 only.  Spaces limited.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) for 8th grade is an engineering and design course that introduces students to the design, build, and coding of robots.  Students will work with the software Autodesk and will also learn how to code using VEXCode V5.  Students have the opportunity to join teams and compete in school and district competitions.   

 

Performing Arts/Music Elective Courses

  • Performing Arts/Music Electives are for students in all grades.
  • Students learn a variety of musical styles. 
  • Students are expected to practice weekly and participate in after school coaching and performance opportunities several times per year including Holiday Concert, Central Area Music Festival, and Spring Concert. 
  • Music Classes may have fundraising activities for field trips.  
  • Students do not need to own their own instruments.

Vocal Music - Grades 6-8:  
Group choir singing, learn all styles of music. No experience necessary.

Instrumental Music Beginning  Band - Grades 6-8: 
Learn to play in a concert band and learn all styles of music!  No experience necessary, open to all grades, year-long course.  

Instrumental Music Advanced Band - Grades 7-8:  (prerequisite is Beginning Band)
Learn to play in a concert band and play various styles of music!