Students will use the form linked below to select electives for their 7th/8th grade school year (this link becomes active Feb 23, 2023). All students will receive a copy of this informative letter and watch this informative video to explain the process!
Placement in core subjects of language arts, math, science, and social studies is determined by grades, test scores, and school staff.
Participation in our music ensembles is a year-long commitment made by March 1st for the following year. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.
Electives are offered in art, career exploration, medical biology, PE, and technology. Students must complete a Google Form in early March to indicate their preferences. Preferences do not guarantee placement due to class size limits.
Art (7th & 8th grades) – the focus is on 2 dimensional art techniques and materials. Students work on skills in shading, perspective, and more using graphite pencils, colored pencils, paint, and markers. Students also complete one 3 dimensional project to round out their experience. You can watch this video to learn more about SMS Art!
Digital Exploration (7th grade) – digital citizenship, advanced skills with Google and Canvas, internet research, typing, and making slideshows and/or brochures as you complete various projects. You can watch this video to learn more about SMS Digital Exploration!
Career Exploration and Financial Literacy (8th grade) – allows students to dig deeper into careers of interest, gain practical help with landing a job – including practice interviews and resume creation, then learn how to budget all the money they may make – learning how to balance paying bills with spending on fun stuff. You can watch this video to learn more about SMS Career and Financial Literacy!
Project Lead the Way (7th & 8th grades) – the 7th grade class is App Creators covering computer program coding, other project-based learning, and presentations. The 8th grade class is Medical Detectives consisting of exploratory learning with diagnosing illnesses, dissecting the brain to locate its parts and tumors, and studying how epidemic diseases spread. Both classes are a great fit for those who enjoy the challenge of problem solving and reasoning. You can watch this video to learn more about 7th grade SMS PLTW or this video for 8th grade PLTW!
Physical Education (7th & 8th grades) – PE is required for one semester in each grade. A second semester is offered as an elective. Each semester will contain a small amount of health curriculum taught in a classroom. Lessons differ slightly each semester. Dress in uniform shirts and shorts is required for all classes.