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Exploratory Options

Art:

My goal for your child, as always, is to develop as a creative, problem-solving individual. I do not grade “good art vs. bad art”. Art/Design involve many interpretations of concepts and ideas. Students will make mistakes and will be encouraged to persevere. They will be taught how to defend the choices and changes they make in creative solutions to art and design lessons. We will draw, paint, sculpt and, my favorite, lots and lots of clay. Every grade touches all mediums and expands their knowledge through the three years. Students are pushed to a high level, but I accommodate to all levels of knowledge and experience.  I value attitude, effort and creativity. Art/Design lessons also support State and District goals by reinforcing academic skills in Math and Science with an emphasis on language development and Art Vocabulary. For those students not able to take art class my activities are Painting, Doodling, Clay, and 3-D projects.

Chorus:

Chorus: HB is a great place to sing!  Choir students at HB are singers, music readers, and songwriters.  Students learn the basics of singing, reading music, and working together while getting opportunities to audition for Jr. All-State and write original songs.  For 2018, we are planning trips to Broadway, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, and more.  No experience necessary, just bring an open mind, your best effort, and of course your voice!

Exploring Business:

 

Course

Course Content

 

Technology Literacy (6th Grade)  

Through a variety of projects and hands on learning opportunities students demonstrate and learn the following concepts: Keyboard Skills, Microsoft Office:  Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Google Drive Products: Docs, Slides, Online Presentation Tools, Research Projects, Introduction to Computer Programming and Internet Safety

Instruction in 7th and 8th Grade is provided in the following areas:

business, finance, marketing, human resources, and business operations

 

Exploring Business I (7th Grade)

Through a variety of projects and hands on learning opportunities students demonstrate and learn the following concepts:  Computer Literacy, CTE Introduction, Microsoft Excel, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Communication using MS Office, Business Plans, Website Creation, Business Ethics and Etiquette, Basic Computer Programming & Internet Safety

 

Exploring Business II (8th Grade)

Through a variety of projects and hands on learning opportunities students demonstrate and learn the following concepts: Computer Literacy, MS Office, Public Speaking, Learning Styles, Personality Types and Brain Dominance, Financial Literacy, Budgets, Career Research & Exploration, Career Related Skills, Resume & Cover Letter Creation, Applying for Jobs and Interview Skills   

Career Student Organization: Business Professionals of America (BPA)

 

Family Consumer Science:

Family Consumer Sciences focuses on teaching students skills to use throughout their lives. Students learn about kitchen equipment, culinary math and terms, and cooking skills needed to make snacks, breakfast, and dinner.  Food groups, food labels, and meal planning is taught to complete their culinary education.  As part of the students' food experience, they plant and harvest our school garden, to complement our goal of teens eating healthy. In addition, students acquire knowledge and skills needed for hand sewing and machine sewing. Lastly, FCS curriculum incorporates life skills such as character building, goal setting, and decision-making.

7th and 8th Grade Career and Technical Education:  STEM Program of Study

STEM class aids students’ personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); students apply and integrate these concepts through curriculum, co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs. Students get the opportunity to develop their technical and engineering skills while enhancing their social and soft skills to help prepare them to further their education and prepare them for STEM related careers.

6th Grade Technology Literacy

Technology Literacy class focuses on building foundational technical skills.  Students learn technical terminology, proper keyboarding skills, Word processing, Internet Research, Presentations, Block Coding, 3D development software, animation, and CAD  

Concert Band

            Consists of 7th and 8th grade students who demonstrate skills necessary to perform complex literature (Grade 2/3).  Students are able to independently perform:  Scales at an appropriate tempo and range, varied articulations, musical phrases and solos, and appropriate rhythms.  Seventh and Eighth graders will rehearse separately on a daily basis.  Combined rehearsals for the full Concert Band will be scheduled as needed.

 

Sixth Grade Band (Symphonic Band)

            Consists of 6th grade students who demonstrate skills necessary to perform literature with demands for some independence of parts (Grade 1.5/2).  Students are able to perform basic articulations, musical phrases, and appropriate rhythms.  Sixth grade band meets daily.

 

 

Beginning Band Class

            Open to 6th grade students with no experience and interested in learning to play flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba or mallet percussion.  Beginning Band Class is also open to students who have prior experience but wish to change their instrument.  This class meets every day for the first semester.

 

Honor Band

            Some special performances require the use of a smaller concert band.  Students will be selected for membership in this ensemble based on audition, musicality and instrumentation needs.  This band will have an audition in the fall and then again in January for the spring semester.  Membership during one semester does not guarantee membership during another.  This band will rehearse during one Activity Period weekly and twice a month after school.

 

Jazz Ensemble

            This will be a lab band that will rehearse during one Activity Period weekly.  The primary performance is for the Café of the Arts normally held in March.  This band will have the following instrumentation:  5 Saxophones, 4 Trombones, 5 Trumpets, 2 Percussionists (set drummers), 2 Pianists, 1 Electric Guitar, and 1 Electric Bass.  Additional instruments can be added for some pieces.

 

Physical Education/ Health:

HB’s Health and Physical Education Department is unlike any other. Our curriculum involves various health topics such as personal health and wellness, nutrition, social health, and positive communication skills. If you step into one of our physical education classes you will witness the most high energy and enthusiastic teachers creating an environment that fosters learning through teamwork, sports, and fitness.

Spanish:

Spanish courses at H.B. du Pont Middle School follow the district-wide curriculum incorporating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students in the class benefit from the use of technology through schoology-based activities, online language practice, and Google applications. When students in Spanish complete their eighth grade term, they can take a nationally-accredited examination to earn 1 of their 2 required World Language credits toward high school graduation.  Students prepare for this test by exploring the internet for information about Spanish-speaking countries and traditions, creating presentations about their research, interacting with heritage speakers, and comparing Hispanic and Latino language and culture with their own.  Warriors build a sense of community through group study of cross-curricular topics such as geography, food, school, family, and home life.