7th Grade

Elective class offerings are subject to change and NOT GUARANTEED

Choir                                                       Semester or Full Year

Choir is a performance-based class open to any student at Dunstan. Students who enjoy or are curious about singing in an ensemble are welcome to try choir. Choir members not only sing songs from different historic time periods and genres, they learn a variety of musical content knowledge, including how to read and write music. There is one mandatory concert per semester.

Concert Band                                           Full Year

This class is for students who have 1-2 years experience playing their instrument and have intermediate instrumental skills mastered. This class consists of mostly 7th grade students but intermediate level 6th/8th grade students may be a part of this class as well. Concert Band members will perform 2-3 concerts during the school year including a possible festival concert outside of school. All Jefferson County Music Content Standards are part of everyday class and students will be expected to improve on these throughout the full year course.

Computer Programming                            Semester

 The Computer Programming class introduces students to procedural scripting and object-oriented programming using the languages such as Python, Java, JavaScript, and XHTML. The course builds on many of the main ideas from Computer Science class and presents students with common programming problems, includes computational and critical thinking skills, and engages students in the creative aspects of the field.

Computer Science                                     Semester

In Computer Science, students will develop skills in topics such as programming, building websites, animation, 3D modeling, digital photo editing, and multimedia production.

Creative Art Ceramics                                                Semester

Students will uncover different ways in creating art through clay. Students will create utilitarian and/or artistic sculptures through various hand-building techniques such as coil, slab, and modeling.

Creative Writing                                        Semester

Do you have a passion for writing? This course is designed for a community of writers to experience various genres and styles of creative writing. Frequent writing exercises, often inspired by the readings, will provide students with the opportunity to explore a variety of ideas, structures, styles, and other elements of creative writing in order to develop a unique writing style and hone their craft. Much of class time is devoted to workshop, in which students write, share and respond to each other's writing.

Destination Imagination                            Semester of Full Year

Creative Problem Solving/Destination ImagiNation will prepare you to be an innovator of the future by combining the arts, sciences, and technology with creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. You will use your leadership, collaboration, and project management skills to create STEAM-based projects designed to prepare you for adulting in the 21st century. Your main project will be presented at least once at a Destination ImagiNation (DI) tournament. It is not required to take this elective to participate in DI, but it is encouraged.

Family and Consumer Sciences                 Semester                                           

FACS provides a comprehensive foundation for managing individual, family, career, and community roles and responsibilities.  Students will explore and practice Child Development, Foods/Kitchen Basics, Personal Development, Consumer Financial Literacy, and Technical Reading/Sewing/Production Standards.  The curriculum is based on the FACS national standards as well as academic standards from the core areas.

Health Science                                          Semester

This Health Science course focuses on topics relating to health and wellness such as nutrition, physical fitness, setting health goals, caring for and maintaining body systems, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and mental health. The emphasis of the units is to use knowledge to promote responsible decision-making and an understanding of the consequences of one’s choices and actions.

Lifetime Fitness                                        Semester

Students participate in cardio workouts, weight lifting, student led workouts, boot camp. Students complete lessons about heart rates, the FITT Principle, stress, nutrition, etc. Students wear heart rate monitors during cardio workouts to monitor their effort. Heart rates are projected during class for students to determine if they need to work harder, maintain or slow down.

Orchestra                                                 Full Year

This orchestra is a performance-oriented ensemble that is open to students who have had one or more years' experience in playing a stringed instrument. The group will perform 3-4 concerts throughout the year and will play both classical and popular music.

Physical Education                                   Semester or Full Year

Students wear pedometers daily to track their MVPA (Moderate-Vigorous Physical Activity). At the end of class, students dock their pedometers into the computer to determine how much they moved during class. Students participate in a variety of physical activities and fitness testing to improve their fitness levels..

Pre-Engineering Technology                     Semester

Students will explore the engineering design process used by actual engineers. Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through various hands-on projects that place emphasis on math, science, and technology. This course comes fully equipped with a computer lab and machine shop where students get to use their creativity and imagination to design, draft prototype, and manufacture their own projects. Students must pass (100%) a general shop, tool, and machine safety test and demonstrate proper behavior to use the lab facilities, including computers and power tools.

Spanish 101                                               Full Year

Students will engage in active learning through speaking, reading and writing the Spanish language. They will also listen to native speakers to improve comprehension. Students will explore the culture with videos, songs, games, artwork and cultural days. Together, Spanish 101 and Spanish 102 are equal to Spanish I (available in 8th grade).

Smart Fit Girls                                           Semester

This is a ladies only class. Students participate in cardio activities, weight lifting with and without weights. Students participate in units about body image, muscle identification, nutrition, etc. 

Stagecraft                                                 Semester two only

Stagecraft requires an active, creative student willing to work at a variety of tasks in a hands-on environment. Students will explore technical aspects of theater including lighting, sound, costumes, set design, and stage managing. Safety and responsibility are learned and are essential elements in this class. Students will design and build the set for the school musical.

Symphonic Band                                      Full Year

 This class is for students who have 2-3 years experience playing their instrument and have advanced instrumental skills mastered. This class consists of mostly 8th grade students but accelerated 6th/7th grade students may be a part of this class as well. Symphonic Band members will perform 4-5 concerts during the school year including 1-2 festival concerts outside of school. All Jefferson County Music Content Standards are part of everyday class and students will be expected to improve on these throughout the full year course. If you are new to the area and wish to be in this class please contact Mr. Cavaliere before enrolling.

Theater Arts                                                Semester

Theater Arts is a performance based class focusing on the basics of acting. The class is designed to help students express themselves and gain confidence while working on skills such as improvisation, characterization, and how to effectively audition and perform. Whether you have experience in theater or not, theater is a fun way to work on performing, public speaking, and memorization techniques.

Visual Arts                                                  Semester

Art classes for the 7th grade provide students with two and three dimensional art experiences. A wide variety of media will be used to discover avenues for personal expression ranging in scope from drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, and beading to sculpture. Learn to create art that will make you feel proud and surprise those around you


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