Elective Choices

Kaleidoscope Academy offers a variety of elective choices to meet student needs and interests.  To learn more about each choice watch a short video explaining what that class is about.

Innovators and Makers (7th Grade)
App Creators (8th Grade)
(formerly – Animation and Video Game Design) 

Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades 7 & 8

Class will introduce students to the fundamental principles of game design and computer animation. Students demonstrate basic programming, design process, locating objects using rectangular coordinates, and unifying art and story.

Art –
Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades 7 & 8

Art 6, Art 7 and Art 8 provide students with an opportunity to explore their creativity through a wide range of artistic mediums including; drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and photography. As 6th graders, students explore themes of identity in art and build general art skills paired with content specific vocabulary. Students who choose to take Art in 7th & 8th grade will explore a variety of cultures, historical art figures and art careers, as they build skills to help advance their artwork and creative process to new levels.

Additional Art Options

2-D Design (7th Grade only): Drawing and Painting – Take an in-depth look at the artist skills of drawing and painting.  Students will focus on refining drawing and painting skills learned in 6th and 7th grade art courses.  This course includes exploration of mediums like watercolor, acrylic paints, colored pencil, oil pastel, chalk, graphite, print making and photography.  Lessons will be enriched through technology and art history, while remaining primarily project based.

3-D Design (8th Grade only): Sculpture and Ceramics – Take an in depth look at the artist skills of sculpture and ceramics.  Students will focus on refining and expanding 3-D skills learned in 6th and 7th grade art.  Students will explore multiple 3-D techniques including additive sculpture, subtractive sculpture, hand building, and potter’s wheel throwing.  Learning will be enriched through art history and hands on project-based learning.

Band –

Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades – 6,7, & 8

Students selecting band have had experience in sixth grade band or have special permission from the middle school band teacher to select band. Band is a performing group requiring students to perform in public at school concerts during the year. Other band experiences may include: jazz band, WSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival, guest conductors and clinicians. Students are expected to practice on their own out of school.

 

Band Plus

This class is for band students who want a daily band experience to grow their performance skills at an accelerated rate. It is a complement to the regular band and students must also sign up for regular band in order to be in Band Plus.

Chorus –
Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades – 6,7, & 8

Choir is an ensemble experience for all students.  Music is a critical part of a middle school education for every adolescent, where they cultivate 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity, and perseverance through singing.  Chorus is a class requiring students to perform at school concerts during the year.  As part of a musical team, choir students learn to make music together in a fun, positive, and encouraging learning environment.

Raise Your Voice: Advanced Choir

This is an advanced choir class for students who are excited to take on more leadership in choir, explore challenging choir music, and create impressive performances with other experienced choir members. You and your classmates will work together and lead each other to create the musical experiences you want. You’ll learn what really makes us fall in love with a great piece of music and you’ll use that knowledge to help choose what you sing. If you love singing and you really want to invest yourself in it, Raise Your Voice is where you want to be!


Creative Music –

Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades 7 & 8

 

Students will use music software and digital equipment to create meaningful sound through composition and improvisation while enhancing conceptual knowledge of the musical elements. Concepts will be predicated on the western classical tradition, but will extend into more worldly representations of the musical arts.

Dance –
Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades 7 & 8

 

The course alternative for PE will emphasize dance in the context of group structure including line, country, square and Irish Dancing. The fine arts elective dance course will explore dance technique (modern, ballet, jazz) emphasizing the training of individuals.

Family and Consumer Education (FACE) –
Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades 7 & 8

This course is designed to give students project-based experiences through cooking, home design, and entrepreneurship.  Elements and principles of design, extreme room makeovers, cooking, food styling and photography, and restaurant/business creations will be points of emphasis.  Ultimately, you will cook it, create it, build it and sell it.

Graphic and Art Design –
Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades 7 & 8

Students will explore how basic art elements and principles are used for persuasive purposes. This class will explore a variety of graphic imaging software and learn how current technology is being used in graphic art production and related careers. Students will have fun applying their knowledge and new information while creating original designs.

Orchestra –

Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades – 6,7, & 8

 

Orchestra is a performing group designed as a continuing experience for students who have started lessons already in their elementary school programs. Please contact Mr. Austin if you have questions about starting as an absolute beginner. Orchestra focuses on refining students’ playing techniques, strengthening note reading and theory knowledge, learning the skills to work together towards a common goal, and further development of students’ passion, motivation, and discipline as musicians and 21st century learners.

Personal Fitness –
Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades 7 & 8

 

This class can be taken in addition to regular P.E, giving the students physical activity 5 days a week or in place of traditional P.E. This fitness class will teach the kids the importance of personal well being and the value of leading a healthy lifestyle. The 5 components of fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body composition) will be emphasized.

Innovation Lab –
Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades 6, 7 & 8

 

The AASD Technology and Engineering curriculum encourages students to express their imagination and creativity through project-based learning and class competitions. This hands-on approach is exciting and fun for all students in 7th and 8th grades. Concepts will include computer applications, video editing, digital graphics, woodworking, robotics and modeling. Students will design, create and produce their own projects. Additional information on the Project Lead the Way curriculum may be found at www.pltw.org.


Intro to Theater (7th) and Beginning Acting (8th) –

Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.
Grades 7 & 8

 

This is a beginning level class focused on building student interest, excitement and security. Units will employ props, skits, improvisation, to develop the students physical, social, thinking, and communication skills; the Whole Child. Students will have the opportunity to build bridges with community theater programs and explore the technical side to productions as well. No previous acting experience is required.

World Languages –

World Languages meet daily and count as a 1.0 course.
Grades 7 & 8

All World Language choices are taught daily for the school year. Students should take a world language in 7th grade if they want to take a language in 8th grade. Students cannot start a language or change languages in 8th grade.