RMS Cycle Offerings 2020-21

  • Course Descriptions for Cycle/Elective Courses Offered at RMS 2020-2021

    **All courses may not run in all years**

    **Grade Level at which each course may be offered appears after the description**

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    Course 1664 Adventure Education In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore team building.  Trust, cooperation and team work are just a few components that will make this course exciting fun. **Grade(s) 6, 7 & 8**

    Course 1665 Mindfulness  The Mindfulness course will develop the whole child by addressing a student's physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being.  Mindfulness is the practice of bringing awareness to present moment thoughts, feelings, and body sensations without passing judgement.  Mindfulness will increase a student's focus, concentration, emotional awareness and their ability to manage stress through the development of personal intentions directly aligned with their individual skills and needs.  This course will help students to define personal short and long-term goals. **Grade(s) 6, 7 & 8** 

    Course 1666 Ancient Arts 6 Sixth Grade Ancient Art is designed to enable students to explore a variety of media as they create art inspired by the North American Region. Students experience units in clay, textiles (dye fabric) and painting that encourage appreciation of cultures and ancient art forms. **Grade(s) 6**

    Course 1671 Visual Arts 6 Sixth Grade Visual Art is designed to enable students to explore a variety of media. The Elements of Art will be examined through the process of creating individual art pieces. Students experience units in painting, drawing, and mixed media that encourage creativity and inventive decision-making. **Grade(s) 6**

    Course 1672 Financial & Technology Literacy (Required for all incoming 6th grade students-Already Requested for all 6th graders). In this required course, students will use Microsoft and Web 2.0 tools through the lens of the financial literacy to solve real-world problems.  Students will extend their knowledge of computer applications to scenarios that allow them to understand how to use software in academic and business environments.  They will have the opportunity to add their own creativity and personality to projects throughout the course, including creating plans for their own entrepreneurial business. **Grade(s) 6**  -- Note -- this course is required for all students in grade 6 and any student who may not have had it in grade 6.

    Course 1673 Chefs in Training I This course is designed to give students a hands-on basic introduction of the concepts and principles of nutritious food preparation. Throughout the course, procedures will be developed and learned to help create a safe, efficient environment as well as develop the knowledge and independence of working in a kitchen and developing skills for life. Topics will include kitchen basics, nutrition and eating healthy meals at breakfast, lunch and snacks. **Grade(s) 6 & 7**

    Course 1674 Chefs in Training II  This course is a second level culinary arts experience for students interested in continuing to develop their culinary arts skills in the home kitchen. Preparing full course dinner menus will be the main focus of this cycle. Throughout the course, procedures will be expanded on including helping to create a safe, efficient environment as well as expanding their knowledge and independence of working in a kitchen. **Grade(s) 6 & 7** Prerequisite: Chefs in Training I

    Course 1675 Music 6 The sixth-grade music curriculum teaches students basic musical concepts through music listening and appreciation, piano performance and composition. Students are exposed to the world of music using the classroom’s powerful music technology lab. Students will learn to play the piano keyboard, record their performances and create music using GarageBand and other music software. Each student will participate in the fun and engaging MusicFirst Classroom, a comprehensive learning management system for music education.  **Grade(s) 6**

    Course 1676 Contemporary Art 6 Twentieth century art is a study of modern art styles and movements.  This course will provide opportunities for students to be inspired by the arts of 1900 to 1940. Projects and activities will be enhanced with discussions of the culture of the time period corresponding to the major artistic styles and movements.  Students will work in areas of painting, drawing, mixed media/printmaking.  **Grade(s) 6**

    Course 1677 Sustainability Reduce, reuse, recycle!! If you care about our planet and want to create solutions to environmental problems, this is the course for you. Explore wind, solar and hydropower with your classmates. Students will learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) topics necessary to create solutions to preserve the environment for future generations! **Grade(s) 6, 7**

    Course 1678 Introduction to Technology 6 Jump into technology by exploring design through creative engineering challenges.  Students will learn the engineering design cycle and problem solving as they create hands-on projects in drafting, stop motion, virtual reality, laser cutting, and 3D modeling.  Collaboration, communication and problem solving will be emphasized throughout this course.  **Grade(s) 6**

    Course 1679  RMS Fashion Runway  This course is designed to explore the fundamentals of clothing construction and fashion. Students will have the opportunity to work with various tools of the trade in order to develop hand and machine sewing skills. **Grade(s) 6, 7 & 8**

    Course 1766 Ancient Arts 7 Seventh Grade Ancient Art is designed to enable students to explore a variety of media as they create art inspired by the South American Region. Students experience units clay, weaving, and painting that encourage appreciation of cultures and ancient art forms. **Grade(s) 7**

    Course 1771 Visual Arts 7 Seventh Grade Visual Art is designed to enable students to explore a variety of media. The Principles of design will be examined through the process of creating individual art pieces. Students experience units in painting, drawing, and mixed media that encourage creativity and inventive decision-making. **Grade(s) 7**

    Course 1772 Debate: Constructing Arguments Students will use factual evidence from texts/videos to construct a claim, analyze an argument for counterarguments and prepare rebuttals to the arguments of others.  This course will help students develop and refine speaking and listening skills and provide the opportunity to learn the basics of debate format, procedure and protocol. **Grade(s) 7**

    Course 1774 Technology Challenges Put your brain in gear and explore innovative and integrated science, technology, engineering and math challenges.  Students will build a suite of simple machines including:  electrifying Rube Goldberg devices, catapults, and rubber band powered cars. Students will learn to express their creativity through engaging problem-solving activities and imaginative design challenges.  **Grade(s) 7**

    Course 1775 Music 7 Student’s will further their understanding and appreciation of music through fun and engaging music activities. Emphasis is placed on the comprehension of the various elements of music through the study of the guitar and the keyboard. Through various performance projects, units of study and ensemble playing, students will acquire the skills necessary to perform simple melodies and chords on both instruments. Students will learn to play piano keyboard, record their performances and create their own music using the latest music technology software programs. Students will continue to participate in the MusicFirst Classroom where they will learn about music through a broad range of engaging music activities. **Grade(s) 7**

    Course 1776 Contemporary Art 7 Twentieth century art is a study of modern art styles and movements.  This course will provide opportunities for students to be inspired by the arts of 1950 to 1980. Projects and activities will be enhanced with discussions of the culture of the time-period corresponding to the major artistic styles and movements.  Students will work in areas of painting, drawing, mixed media/printmaking.  **Grade(s) 7**

    Course 1778 Forensic Science The course introduces crime scene basics in the field of forensics.  The collection and processing of physical evidence such as fingerprints, hair, fibers, and blood are explored through solving fictional mini crimes using real forensic science techniques.  Students build collaborative skills working as a team to solve the crime based on scientific findings and conclusions.  The course culminates with solving a larger-scale fictional crime that incorporates skills and knowledge gained throughout the course. **Grade(s) 7, 8**

    Course 1871 Visual Arts 8 Eighth Grade Visual Art is designed to enable students to explore media and create in both two and three-dimensional forms.  The elements of art and principles of design will be stressed, along with aesthetic valuing, critical analysis and art history/culture.  Students experience units in painting, drawing, and mixed media that encourage creativity and inventive decision-making. **Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1873 Media Arts I Students will have the opportunity to produce professional-quality digital media projects with the interactive power of computer and communications technology. Media Arts I teaches students media literacy: the ability to communicate in a variety of powerful ways. Students learn basic skills needed to produce quality digital media projects featuring music, photos, video and the written and spoken word. Students will acquire hands on skills using cameras, video cameras, microphones and computers while working with different media projects. Making professional-quality videos, podcasts and being able to combine picture and sound effectively, is a skill that can be applied throughout life. **Grade(s) 7, 8**

    Course 1874 Media Arts II - Students will continue to develop skills learned in Media Arts I and produce advanced multi-media projects such as enhanced audio podcasts and applying audio to video. Students will have the opportunity to create professional looking photo books, cards and calendars while learning advanced editing skills. In addition to Photos, iMovie and GarageBand, students will have an opportunity to work in Adobe’s Creative Cloud, with apps such as Lightroom and Photoshop. The course also introduces the basics of video production utilizing video recorders and video editing software. Students will learn video pre-production, production and post-production skills while studying basic equipment operation, video composition, audio production and visual storytelling. The ability to use assorted multimedia tools that can be used to enhance future educational or work-related projects and presentations will also be explored. **Grade(s) 7, 8** Prerequisite: Media Arts I

    Course 1875 Music 8 8th Grade Music class serves to enhance the students’ comprehension of various music elements through the performance of both guitar and keyboard. Additional areas of concentration include blues guitar, rock guitar and advanced ensemble playing. Students will further their keyboard skills through the use of a classroom piano method book and independent study with the instructor. Students learn the basics of music production through the use of professional music software to create, arrange, mix and produce original music compositions. This cycle class will help students to prepare for the high school’s music technology program. **Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1876 Contemporary Art 8 Twentieth century art is a study of modern art styles and movements.  This course will provide opportunities for students to be inspired by the arts of 1990 to present day. Projects and activities will be enhanced with discussions of the culture of the time-period corresponding to the major artistic styles and movements.  Students will work in areas of painting, drawing, mixed media/printmaking.  **Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1877 RMS Chef is designed to give Grade 8 students a variety of hands-on experiences in the Foods Lab. Future chefs will expand upon their understanding of the principles and skills of food preparation. Students will learn about general etiquette and the art of “table-scaping.” Dinner preparations from start to finish will include meal planning, creating a menu, and budgeting. Both International and regional cuisines will be explored to shed light on culinary influences. We end our experience with the skills we need to engage in a culinary competition. This course will also help to prepare students who are interested in being a part of the Randolph High School Culinary Arts program. **Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1878 Science and Technology in the 21st Century What do rockets, electricity, and inventions have in common?  Science!  Apply your scientific knowledge and explore exciting topics through hands-on experiences.  By the end of this course, students will be able to design and build straw rockets, a glider, model airplane, and a circuit with a motor to solve real-world problems. **Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1879 Ceramics and Sculpture 8 Ceramics and Sculpture is a hybrid course offered only to eighth grade students. The Elements of Art and Principles of Design will be infused into creating three-dimensional forms. Students will develop a strong understanding of the creative process by utilizing clay and other sculptural materials. Form and function components are applied to both ceramics and mixed media sculptures. Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1880 Creative Computing and Design Students will explore graphic design concepts along with its impact on daily lives.  Multimedia art will be created with the use of such software as Photoshop and Illustrator.  Students will learn the basic concepts of how to manipulate graphics and develop creative designs for real-world problems. Graphic designs will be integrated into application (app) development concepts and utilized to promote, advertise, and display information. Using code, students will be able to add functionality to their designs and discover how different applications (apps) work and are developed.  **Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1881 RMS Bake Shoppe is designed for any Grade 8 student interested in the food industry and hospitality areas. Students will receive hands on experience in preparing a variety of baked goods, demonstrating knowledge of ingredients with the roles they play, preparation techniques, and baking equipment. Areas of study include, quick breads, yeast breads, pies, cookies, cakes, and cake decorating. Food presentation will be emphasized throughout. This course will also help to prepare students who are interested in being a part of the Randolph High School Culinary Arts program**Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1883 Introduction to Programming Have you ever wanted to make your own website or computer game?  Now’s your chance!  In this course, students will explore computer programming using a student-friendly tool, Scratch.  Then, students will apply their computer programming knowledge to solve computational problems and create interactive games/programs.  **Grade(s) 7, 8**

    Course 1884 Junior Engineering This course enables students to experience the advanced engineering concepts of building and design.  Students will design a model bridge, build it and test for stability against natural disasters.  Students will also design and construct CO2 cars and test them through the form of a drag race.  This class will also create ping pong catapults and hot air balloons. **Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1885 Food Science The study of nutrition and food weaves in many disciplines of science such as biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. In this course, students will explore the biochemistry of food, how nutritional value is evaluated, food engineering and production, as well as food quality and food-borne illnesses. This course challenges students to study nutrition and food through a scientific lens on both small and large scales. In addition, students will practice applying learned knowledge towards real world problems and designing solutions, skills necessary for life in the 21st century. **Grade(s) 8**

    Course 1886 Robotics I The central theme of this course will be the active engagement of students in creating robotic systems that they construct, code and test themselves.  Students will watch their design, programming and building skills come alive as the robots execute commands and performs tasks that they envisioned it to complete.  These real-life skills will require students to use higher order thinking skills in order to be successful.  **Grade(s) 7,8**

    Course 1887 Comic Book Theory:  Students will use graphic novels and comics to study social commentary, story elements and point of view, and apply their understanding to create original comic books. Students will study the development of the superhero story arc, examine literary elements to strengthen overall reading comprehension and apply those skills to other textual and visual media. **Grade(s) 6, 7 & 8**

    Course 1895 Understanding Statistics Through Sports:  The purpose of this course is to provide a basic introduction to the role of science and mathematics in sports.  Students will learn how the use of everyday math skills is related to the world of sports.  Students will also be given an opportunity to see how science affects particular sports equipment, players, and the overall play of different games. **Grade(s) 7**

    Course 1896 Robotics II This course will allow students to apply knowledge obtained in Robotics I.  A greater emphasis will be placed on design-including both hardware and software.  First Lego League challenges and other design challenges will be the center piece of this class.  **Grade(s) 7, 8** Prerequisite: Robotics I

    Course 1897 Exploring Computer Science Dive deeper into the realm of Computer Science by constructing functioning programs using text-based languages. Students will create websites in html, learn how to solve computational problems using python, and will be introduced to physical computing with microchips and drones.  **Grade(s) 7, 8**