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    2017-2018 Semester-Long Exploratory Electives

    Exploratory/Electives for the student's school year are determined by the options sheets submitted the previous spring.  We do not do a second options sheet for Semester 2. 

    Although Exploratory/Elective choices cannot be guaranteed, we try to provide students with their top preferences as much as possible.
     

    We also work to ensure that all Exploratory/Elective offerings are engaging and rigorous.

    Note: Students will receive their 2nd Semester schedules on Thursday January 25.  They will also receive a schedule change request form which, they may complete and submit to the main office.  This schedule change request form must be completed and returned in hard copy form to the main office in order for the request to be considered.  

    Choir: Students learn vocal technique, music theory, and develop a love of performance.  Students work toward mastery of State and National Arts Standards.

     

    Guitar: Great for beginning and more experienced musicians.  Students learn technique, music theory, musicianship, and develop a love of music.  Students work toward mastery of State and National Arts Standards.

     

    Journalism: Students learn fundamentals of Journalism from researching, writing, and reporting to photography.  Students create authentic products such as the RESMS Yearbook.

     

    Leadership for Social Justice: Students learn to engage in research and writing and develop projects that support our local and broader community.  Hands on opportunities for student learning and leadership. 

     

    Percussion/Drumline: Great for beginning and more experienced musicians.  Students learn technique, music theory, musicianship, and develop a love of music. Students work toward mastery of State and National Arts Standards.

     

    STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math come together in this exciting class.  Students engage in hands on, project based learning.  Students work toward State and National STEM Standards.

     

    Teaching Assistantship: Students have the opportunity to work closely with a staff member, learning leadership, academic, and other skills.

     

    Theater/Drama:  Great for beginners and more experienced thespians.  Students learn fundamentals of improvisation, voice and movement technique, and writing.  Students work toward State and National Arts Standards.

     

    Visual Arts: Beginning and Intermediate.  Students work in a variety of media from drawing and painting to ceramics at the pottery wheel.  Students work toward State and National Arts Standards.  

    HCC Services

    • We align our services with the other Seattle Public Schools Middle Schools that provide services for students identified as Highly Capable (HCC): Washington Middle School, Hamilton International Middle School, Madison Middle School, and Jane Addams Middle School.  Our service models are consistent.
    • Students identified as HCC will have specific HCC classes in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. 
    • In the HCC Science pathway, students take General Science in 6th grade, Physical Science in 7th grade and Biology in 8th grade.  The 7th and 8th grade classes are the equivalent of High School courses.
    • HCC Language Arts and Social Studies classes follow the same course pathway as Scholar courses, but students can deepen and extend their reading, thinking, and writing. 
    • Students take the Math class that best aligns with their Math learning pathway. 

     

    Advanced Learning (Spectrum) Services

    • Students identified as Advanced Learners may take the Math class that best matches their Math learning pathway.
    • All our Language Arts and Social Studies teachers teach both HCC and Scholar sections so that all our students have opportunities to deepen and extend their reading, thinking, and writing in both HCC and Scholar (not HCC) Language Arts and Social Studies classes.