• Grade 7 Electives:

    7th Elective Wheel: Students will participate in one trimester each of: iArt, Design and Modeling, and Robotics

    1. iArt 7: ​Wheel (Available grade 7)
    This trimester long course covers the process of making classic art studio projects and allows students to transfer them online with three powerful graphic design tools using YouiDraw. Students will be allowed to explore visual design to draw, paint, and create logos online as well as using traditional tools for creating original art such as pencils and tempera paints. Students will study the lives of artists throughout art history. This course will also cover the fundamentals of design such as balance, color, proportion, texture, and space.
     

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    Design and Modeling: ​Wheel (Grade 7) 

    In this course, students are introduced to the magic of 3D printing. Through a series of a hands-on experiences they will acquire the knowledge, skills, and tools to turn their ideas into objects! Students will obtain a rich understanding of what 3D printing is, how 3D printers work, and how this new technology is being used by both individuals and firms to revolutionize our world. In addition, they will acquire a set of skills that will enable them to create digital designs they can transform into physical objects.

    3.  Robotics: ​Wheel (Available grade 7)
    The objective of this course is to introduce students to basic programming and problem solving strategies as they​ assemble, program, maintain, and repair robotic devices.

    iArt 7:Yearlong (Available grade 7)

    This yearlong course focuses on understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes as well as understanding the visual arts in relation to history and a variety of cultures. The visual arts offer the richness of drawing and painting, sculpture, and design. Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning. Subjects, themes, and symbols are used to demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artwork.

    Grade 7 and 8 Electives:

    *Broadcast Journalism: Yearlong (​Available Grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ Teacher recommendation and audition required

    Digital Journalism offers students a variety of choices related to news reporting, through video production, to investigate issues of global responsibility in our community, country and the world. Students will develop and produce articles and short video newscasts. Skills covered in this elective include brainstorming topics, developing ideas, writing and editing, interviewing, photography, layout and design. Student generated topics could include: LCC student life, teachers, classes, after school sports and events, community events and news, current events, historic events and people, global news and ideas, diversity, comics, pop culture, and more. Students will work collaboratively to produce a dynamic news source for their peers. Positions may include: producer, editor, reporter, photographer, etc. ​This course will produce an in-school video/audio communication program. Students will be introduced to creating, editing and directing videos for school-wide communications.

    Teacher recommendation required.

    Beginning Band: ​Yearlong (Available Grades 6 and 7)

    Band class is a wonderful opportunity to learn to read music, play an instrument and perform for an audience. This class is open to students who have limited experience with music, as well as those who know nothing about music. All you really need is to have an interest in playing an instrument.

    Musical Arts Survey/Guitar: ​Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8)

    If you ever wanted to learn to read music and play an instrument, this class is for you. You will learn to play the guitar, learn about music chords and learn to play them on the guitar. This class is good for beginners and those who want to brush up on their guitar skills. We perform in two required concerts during the school year.

    Concert Band: Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ ​Completion of Beginning Band, or with audition, at least one year of instrumental lessons.

    Concert Band is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn music theory, improve their ability to learn to read music, play an instrument, and perform for an audience. This is a yearlong class for brass, woodwind, and percussion musicians who have at least one year of instrumental lessons or have completed the beginning band class.

    Computer Science I: ​Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8)

    In this course students will learn a variety of skills centered on computer programming and fundamental software engineering applications. A globally responsible approach is part of the core values taught in the course. These global responsibility elements include social media etiquette and responsible use, energy efficient technology approaches, and environmental respect. The courses have many individual, partner, and group learning activities that encourage many different aspects of the student’s development and prepare the students for more enhanced subject matter and computer science disciplines.

    The full year Intermediate Computer Science includes;

    · Website programming and development using HTML/CSS to create static websites

    · JavaScript programming language to learn how to program drawing and animation.

    *Computer Science II: ​Yearlong (Available grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ ​Completion of ​a prior year of computer science

    In this course students will learn a variety of skills centered on computer programming and fundamental software engineering applications. A globally responsible approach is part of the core values taught in the course. These global responsibility elements include social media etiquette and responsible use, energy efficient technology approaches, and environmental respect. The courses have many individual, partner, and group learning activities that encourage many different aspects of the student’s development and prepare the students for more enhanced subject matter and computer science disciplines.

    The full year Advanced Computer Science includes;

    • Advanced website development where students will be creating dynamic websites
    • Introduction to database programming including SQL querying and database management
    • Sophisticated computer programming advancing upon students previous knowledge gained in the 7th grade Intermediate Computer Science classes.

    Advanced Robotics​: Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8)

    The objective of this course is to expand upon students’ programming and problem solving skills as they work in teams to ​assemble, program, maintain, and repair robotic devices. It includes instruction in the history and development of robotic devices; the types of robotic devices used in industry and their component makeup; computer control systems and robot computer language programming as well as troubleshooting techniques​. Students will work in teams to design, build, and program robots developing a clear understanding of motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, decision-making, timing sequences, and propulsion systems.

    *ASB (Associated Student Body):​ Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ Must apply and have teacher approval.

    Description:​ In this class students will organize and implement school-wide leadership activities that support student development as Globally Responsible Citizens including school and community service projects. In addition, they will sponsor activities such as dances, assemblies, spirit days, and Friday lunch activities, intended to build a cohesive, enjoyable learning community. Students will develop skills in leadership, writing, speaking, organization, and responsibility. Students are expected to serve as model for other students and maintain at least average grades in both academics and citizenship in order to participate in the class. Four 7th and 8th grade members of this class will serve as ​Student Council Officers​. The leadership class is a year-long elective.​ (Entry into ASB is by letter of interest and interview process.)

    *Yearbook: Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ Must apply and have teacher approval. GPA of 3.0 or above.

    This course is responsible for documenting the student body and events of their school lives. Using online design, students create a quality journalistic yearbook. Students will learn skills such as interviewing, photography and caption writing.

    S​tudents are asked to participate in LCCs events from behind the lens of the camera or journalism pad​. This course provides the further study of and practice in gathering and analyzing information, interviewing, and photography for the purpose of writing, editing and publishing the school's yearbook. ​This class emphasizes team work, where students are expected to work collaboratively, learning the process of publishing a yearbook and school newsletters with accuracy, effective photography, design layout, fair and equal student representation, successful advertising, professional communication skills and time management. A web-based yearbook program is utilized to create and design portions of the yearbook, along with Publisher to create newsletters. Students will also learn important advertising techniques to help promote yearbook sponsorship and sales.

    Filmmaking and Photography:​ Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8)

    This course trains students to use film as a tool for communication and self-expression in entertainment and industry. Students will study the history and aesthetics of film as a complex, collaborative art form. They will explore the foundational elements of writing, photography, visual perception, and elements of design as they apply to cinematic expression. Students will analyze the use of film and video to share ideas and influence culture. They will also be trained in the multiple technical competencies required to communicate through film and the rich variety of employment opportunities available in the field.

    *Sports Leadership: Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ Must apply in Counseling Office and maintain B or above in citizenship across all classes and GPA of 2.0 or higher.

    If you like to be outside and in charge, this is the elective for you. Sports Leadership organizes the lunch games; runs lunch time tournaments, and are able to have a classroom without walls.

    Grade 8 Electives:

    8th Elective Wheel: Students will participate in one trimester each of: Robotics, iArt and Green Architecture

    1. Robotics: ​Wheel (Available Grade 8) 

             The objective of this course is to introduce students to basic programming and problem solving strategies as they​ assemble, program, maintain, and repair robotic devices. 
     
        2.   iArt 8: ​Wheel (Available in Grade 8)
               This course covers the process of making classic art studio projects and allows students to transfer them online with three powerful graphic design tools using YouiDraw. Students will be allowed to explore visual design to draw, paint, and create logos online as well as using traditional tools for creating original art such as pencils and tempera paints. Students will study the lives of artists throughout art history. This course will also cover the fundamentals of design such as balance, color, proportion, texture, and space.  
     
    1. Green Architecture:​ Wheel (Available in Grade 8)

      Students learn how to make “green” choices in the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability housing and furnishing content area to include an in depth study of environmental concerns that impact housing such as conservation of resources, materials, and construction technology as well as the analysis of cultural, psychological, functional and aesthetic design concepts. Topics include the historical periods of architecture and the conditions that influenced them, population trends and the ways the elements and principles of design relate to housing, furnishings, and the environment. 

     Alternative Technologies: Energy and Engineering:​ Yearlong (Available in Grade 8)
       
    Students research multiple aspects of alternative energy, as well as build, create, and adapt alternative sources of energy by using computer based technology, real world sensors, and hands on engineering of solar and wind collectors.
     
    Students will create a company for their alternative energy products. They will developing a business plan that includes both investors and clients, as well as design a website and a graphic logo for their company.