Now is the time when current seventh grade students select their elective choices for their eighth grade year.
All seventh graders should complete the course request survey by January 30.
Eighth grade students have an option to take up to three periods of electives, depending on the other courses they take. Please select from the list of elective options for 2019-20 (see below).
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Elective Course Descriptions
- Band (Full Year): This course will focus on developing musicianship by studying chromatic scale, major scales, drums (rudiments and various rolls), intermediate methods and rhythms, concert music, and rehearsal skills. Audition for placement required.
- Orchestra (Full Year): The Buford Orchestra program is arranged into four different levels-beginning, lower intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced. Each level focuses on playing technique, music literature, and performance appropriate to the level of the class. Audition for placement required.
- Chorus (Full Year): Come be a part of the Buford Middle School Chorus! This course is emphasizes intensive instruction in vocal techniques, reading and writing or music, vocal expression, dynamic contrast, signing in three and four part harmonies, musical notation, diction, sight reading, ear training, and breathing techniques. Audition for placement required.
- AVID (Full Year): AVID 8 is an academic elective that focuses on college readiness and skills necessary for rigorous high school coursework. Students will develop their skills in note-taking, tutor-facilitated study groups, and WICOR strategies. Students accepted into AVID 8 will be encouraged to enroll in higher-level courses. Application and interview required.
- Garden Aid (Full Year): In the garden aid class, students take leadership roles in maintaining the garden throughout the school year. Their class time includes planting, harvesting, and watering, along with planning for the next growing season and learning hands-on about the science and history of growing food.
- Introduction to Band (Full Year): This is a beginning band course open to all students that are interested in learning a concert instrument. Instruments that students can choose from are: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and Baritone. Students will learn fundamental skills necessary to play an instrument and instruction will focus on rhythmic and pitch accuracy and tone.
- Spanish*, French*, or Latin* (Full Year): This rigorous course is an accelerated high school credit course in the Spanish, French or Latin language and culture. Emphasis is placed on listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading comprehension, and effective written communication at the beginning level. Students must receive a C or above in part I to be recommended for part II.
- Engineering I* (Full Year): Does engineering interest you? Do you imagine yourself designing solutions to problems? Engineering may be a career for you! Engineering is a hands-on course in which students work together to explore the fascinating field of engineering!
- Independent Living* (Full Year): This course allows students to explore strategies for living independently by focusing on relationships, applying financial literacy, and consumerism, managing resources in the areas of apparel, nutrition, and wellness and housing. They will develop leadership roles and plan for careers.
- Art (Full Year): Students will use a variety of mediums in developing painting and sculpture skills. Students produce works that are developed from preliminary ideas and sketches. They compare and contrast art from different world cultures and investigate how content can influence meaning.
- Art (Half Year)^: Through application, art history, art theory, and formal discussion, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the visual arts. The course will explore line, value, perspective, basic design, printing, sculpture, and color theory. Students will be responsible for creating, organizing, and maintaining a portfolio.
- Family and Consumer Science (Half Year)^: The students will focus on career research and workplace readiness skills. Students will develop a basic understanding of money management skills and will enhance their knowledge of nutrition and wellness practices. Students will also practice the use of the sewing machine.
- Foundations of Engineering (Half Year)^: Do you remember a world before cell phones, the internet, or computers? Inventions have significantly changed the way our society and the world work! Inventions and Innovations will let students explore inventions and solutions and how to turn ideas into life changing inventions.
- Introduction to Guitar (Half Year)^: Beginning guitar gives students the opportunity to learn via collaboration with peers, to gain responsibility and self-discipline through musical expression in a group activity. This course will include the study of beginning guitar techniques such as basic scales, strumming patterns, arpeggios, use of a pick, and chord progression.
- Introduction to Theater (Half Year)^: This course will help new artists as
they take their first steps towards understanding the basics of theater: acting, direction, play writing, and stage creation.
- Computer Science (Half Year)^: Students will cover topics such as: programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. During this 18 week course students will be encouraged to learn by hands on experiences and collaboration with peers.
- Early Morning PE (Full Year)^: Students who want to take an additional elective can sign up for early morning PE. The days this course meets is TBD but it will meet from 7:30-8:15 am. Students mustprovide their own transportation.
*= HS credit course
^= Must choose 2 semester courses