Course Descriptions

6th Grade Courses

Year Long Electives

6th Grade Band

This class is for all sixth grade band students. Sixth grade band is for students who want to learn a band instrument for the first time, as well as those who have already played a band instrument in elementary school. The focus of sixth grade band is on basic musicianship skills such as note reading, tone, embouchure, dynamics and specific instrument technique. This is a year long course that is performance-based. Students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.  

6th Grade Choir

Students will be exposed to varied choral literature geared toward the ability levels of the students. Emphasis will be placed on basic musicianship and reading skills. A variety of styles of music will be used during 6th grade choir. This course is performance-based and students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.
6th Grade String Orchestra
This class is for all sixth grade orchestra students. Sixth Grade String Orchestra is for students who want to learn violin, viola, cello, or string bass for the first time, as well as those who have already played one of these string instruments in elementary school. The focus of sixth grade string orchestra is on musicianship skills such as note reading, tone, position, dynamics and specific instrument technique. This is a year-long course that is performance-based. Students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.

Semester Electives

6th Grade Art

Students will be given a basic foundation in which to gain exposure to a variety of art media including drawing, painting and sculpture. This class lays the groundwork for subsequent classes, evoking creativity and self-expression. Sixth Grade Art provides a strong foundation for more in depth studies and skill development for years to come. Get ready to unlock your creativity!

Art & Form

An introduction to creating art on the computer, graphic design. Students will use computer software to create two-dimensional works of art. Topics include photo manipulation, fashion design, digital painting and photography.

Exploring Spanish

Through the foundations of the Spanish language, students will begin to learn basic communication skills. In addition, this course will teach students to understand and appreciate the traditions of Spanish speaking cultures.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This course offers a variety of team and individual sports throughout the school year. Students are expected to dress out daily and participate to the best of their ability. P.E. classes are co-ed.

PLTW-App Creator

This unit will expose students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development , and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society. Reliable access to the internet  and a laptop are vital for success in this class.

PLTW: Flight & Space (STEM)

The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil. Custom-built simulation software allows students to experience space travel.

7th Grade Courses

Year Long Electives 

7th Grade Band

Students work on intermediate skills that build upon what they learned in beginning band and/or sixth grade band. This is a year long course that is performance-based. Students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for seventh grade band.

7th Grade Choir

Seventh grade choir offers the opportunity for students to concentrate on vocal skills learned in previous years’ choirs and music classes, but to a higher degree. A variety of styles will be used at a level of difficulty designed to challenge the students. This course is performance based. Students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.

7th Grade String Orchestra

The seventh grade string orchestra is for students who would like to expand their skills on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will learn more challenging music and techniques than in 6 th grade. Practice time is expected to be completed. This course is performance-based and students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.

Jazz Band

(prerequisite: Students must audition with Mr. Faires and be enrolled in another year long music class).
In jazz band students will be exposed to the Jazz Styles of Rock, Swing and Latin. Improvisation and combo technique will also be taught. You must be enrolled in another year-long music class to participate. This course is performance-based and students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.

Beginning Spanish

Students will learn the four basic skills of Spanish; reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as the cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world.

Advanced Choir

(prerequisite: Students must audition with Mr. Faires and be enrolled in another year long music class).
Advanced Choir is for 7th and 8th grade students. Students are given the opportunity to develop their music skills, including sight-reading, singing in multiple part harmonies, and learning advanced level repertoire.

Traditional Semester Electives

7th Grade Art

Students will be introduced to an assortment of 2-dimensional art techniques, such as shading, mixing colors and making their artwork look 3-dimensional using grid and perspective drawing. Students will acquire and hone their drawing and painting skills through working with a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, oil and chalk pastels, tempera and acrylic paint in order to create realistic and abstract pictures. From beginners to advanced artists, all that is needed is a desire to learn. No previous experience is necessary.

Art & Form

An introduction to creating art on the computer, graphic design. Students will use computer software to create two-dimensional works of art. Topics include photo manipulation, fashion design, digital painting and photography.

Creative Exploration through Drama 

Using exercises based around the physical aspects of drama, students will gain a fundamental knowledge of performance techniques. Students will also be asked to develop a method of critiquing and analyzing performance, using a basic vocabulary.

Physical Education (P.E.) & Health: All 7th graders are required to take this class. 

Students will complete a quarter of Pe & a quarter of Health. Students will be expected to dress out daily and participate in individual and team sports during PE and in Health students will study the physical, mental/emotional, and social health of the human body.

PLTW-App Creator

This unit will expose students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development , and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society. Reliable access to the internet  and a laptop are vital for success in this class.

Exploratory Semester Electives 

Art 7/8

Students will be introduced to an assortment of 2-dimensional art techniques, such as shading, mixing colors and making their artwork look 3-dimensional using grid and perspective drawing. Students will acquire and hone their drawing and painting skills through working with a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, oil and chalk pastels, tempera and acrylic paint in order to create realistic and abstract pictures. From beginners to advanced artists, all that is needed is a desire to learn. No previous experience is necessary!

Art & Design

A mix of both two dimensional and three dimensional projects. Students will use multiple types of media such as colored pencil, marker, oil pastel, paint,paper mache and clay. Topics vary from cultural art to different art movements.

Current Events

History is not just a thing of the past: It is happening right here, right now! Throughout this class, you will be learning about important current events happening on a local, national, and global scale. There is no telling what you will learn about… because it has not happened yet! These events are shaping the world that will someday be in your hands.  By becoming someone who is well-informed, you can be the change you wish to see in the world.

Journalism and Yearbook

Learn the "ins and outs" of journalism investigating, reporting, and writing. The object of this class is to capture important moments of the year and to document those moments in a student‐created newsletter and the school yearbook.

Leadership (prerequisite: By Application Only)

Students will learn leadership skills through community service projects, running the student store, and spearheading Sproul events. Skills such as public speaking, counting money, advertising, and planning are all a part of this program. Students will increase their self-confidence and become role models for their peers. Integrity, initiative, and a strong work ethic are a must for this class.

Mariachi 

Learn to play Mariachi music in a traditional Mariachi ensemble. Students can play any of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, guitarron, viheula, trumpet. Other instruments can be implemented as well, but are not traditional. No musical training is required to play guitar, guitarron, or vihuela.

Money Matters

Consumer math looks at how math is used in real-life situations. Students will research cost of living information, comparison shopping, and beginning job salaries in their field of interest to make a budget and a circle graph of that budget. Students will keep and balance a checkbook. Students will also compare the devaluation of car prices over time, compare loans and interest rates, and discover the cost of using credit cards and not paying off the balance in full.

North American Geography

Learn the rivers, mountains, countries, states, and providence of the continent we live on. We will use maps, atlases, and globes to study the third largest land mass on earth.

PE 7/8

The Sproul P.E. department offers a variety of team and individual sports throughout the school year. Students are expected to dress out daily and participate to the best of their ability. All P.E. classes are co-ed.

PLTW: Flight & Space (STEM)

The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil. Custom-built simulation software allows students to experience space travel.

PLTW: Green Architecture (STEM)

Today’s students have grown up in an age of “green” choices. In this unit, students learn how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units Autodesk’s 3-D architectural software.

PLTW: Science of Technology (STEM)

Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. In this unit, student apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials.

Student News (prerequisite: Application)

Students will create a daily newscast that will be posted on the Sproul website. Public speaking,  interviewing, writing news stories, incorporating technology, citing sources, editing, and video production will be among the skills taught in this class. Because the news will be broadcast publicly, students will need to apply.

Trip through Europe

Have you ever wanted to visit Europe? If so, join this class to go on a virtual vacation through all of the European countries. You will be able to experience the culture and history of each unique country.

United States at War

This class is an examination of the United States involvement in war from the Revolutionary War through Afghanistan. Study the rationale for our involvement in conflicts, and some major battles in these conflicts. Examine battle plans and turning points and relive major victories and defeats.

World Travels & Cultures

Explore countries around this world as we investigate food, travel, and culture. In this class we will “travel” around the world to a variety of countries and continents and learn about how other people live.

8th Grade Courses

Year Long Electives

8th Grade Band

Students work on advanced skills as an extension of what they learned in previous years of band class. This is a year-long course that is performance-based. Students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for 8th Grade Band.

8th Grade Choir

Eighth Grade Choir offers the opportunity for students to concentrate on vocal skills learned in previous years’ choirs and music classes, but to a higher degree. A variety of styles will be used at a level of difficulty designed to challenge the students. This course is performance based. Students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.

8th Grade String Orchestra

The Eighth Grade String Orchestra is for students who would like to play much more advanced music. Musicianship skills learned in previous years of orchestra class will be built upon and expanded to a much higher level. Practice time is a must. This course is performance-based and students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.

Spanish I (prerequisite: successful completion of Beginning Spanish)

Students who have successfully completed an entire year of Beginning Spanish are eligible to take Spanish I. The four basic skills of Spanish; reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as the cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world will be built upon and expanded. Students who successfully complete Spanish I are eligible to take Spanish II when they enter high school.

Jazz Band (prerequisite: Students must audition for Mr. Faires and be enrolled in another year long music class)

In jazz band students will be exposed to the jazz styles of rock, swing and latin. Improvisation and combo technique will also be taught. You must be enrolled in another year-long music class to participate. This course is performance-based and students are expected to participate in scheduled evening concerts as part of the requirements for the course.

Advanced Choir (prerequisite: Students must audition with Ms. Acton and be enrolled in another year long music class)

Advanced Choir is for 7th and 8th grade students. Students are given the opportunity to develop their music skills, including sight-reading, singing in multiple part harmonies, and learning advanced level repertoire.

Traditional Semester Electives

8th Grade Art

Students of all skill levels will be exposed to fine art in the 3-dimensional form. They will experiment with a variety of art media including paper, clay, paper mache, and wire. Students will be introduced to an assortment of art techniques, such as additive and subtractive sculpture, pinch pots, coil, slab, and hand building. No previous experience is required, but get ready to get your hands dirty!

3D Art Sculpture (prerequisite: successful completion of Art 7)

8th grade students who have successfully completed Art 7 with the grade of A or B will have the opportunity to expand their technique using a variety of art media. Emphasis will be given to working independently to express individual artistic creativity and import work into a digital portfolio.

Art & Form

An introduction to creating art on the computer, graphic design. Students will use computer software to create two-dimensional works of art. Topics include photo manipulation, fashion design, digital painting and photography.

Bigger, Faster, Stronger (Developmental Weight Training)

This course is designed to give instruction in the area of strength development utilizing the bigger, faster, stronger core lifts along with various speed/agility and reaction fundamental to develop dynamic strength.

ITE 8 (Industrial Technology Education)

This class is designed to introduce students to many different fields of technology. Students will learn design and drafting skills, proper safety, and use of tools and machines. Students will apply their skills in a wide variety of problem-solving activities.

Physical Education (P.E.)

The Sproul P.E. department offers a variety of team and individual sports throughout the school year. Students are expected to dress out daily and participate to the best of their ability. All P.E. classes are co-ed. Students may request one or two semesters of P.E.

PLTW: Automation and Robotics (same as 7th grade) (STEM)

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

PLTW-Computer Science for Innovators and Makers (STEM)

Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects.

PLTW: Design and Modeling (same as 7th grade) (STEM)

Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.

PLTW-Energy & the Environment (STEM)

Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for reducing energy consumption.

Exploratory Semester Electives

Art 7/8

Students will be introduced to an assortment of 2-dimensional art techniques, such as shading, mixing colors and making their artwork look 3-dimensional using grid and perspective drawing. Students will acquire and hone their drawing and painting skills through working with a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, oil and chalk pastels, tempera and acrylic paint in order to create realistic and abstract pictures. From beginners to advanced artists, all that is needed is a desire to learn. No previous experience is necessary!

Art & Design

A mix of both two dimensional and three dimensional projects. Students will use multiple types of media such as colored pencil, marker, oil pastel, paint,paper mache and clay. Topics vary from cultural art to different art movements.

Current Events

History is not just a thing of the past: It is happening right here, right now! Throughout this class, you will be learning about important current events happening on a local, national, and global scale. There is no telling what you will learn about… because it has not happened yet! These events are shaping the world that will someday be in your hands.  By becoming someone who is well-informed, you can be the change you wish to see in the world.

Leadership (prerequisite: By Application Only)

Students will learn leadership skills through community service projects, running the student store, and spearheading Sproul events. Skills such as public speaking, counting money, advertising, and planning are all a part of this program. Students will increase their self-confidence and become role models for their peers. Integrity, initiative, and a strong work ethic are a must for this class.

Journalism and Yearbook

Learn the "ins and outs" of journalism investigating, reporting, and writing. The object of this class is to capture important moments of the year and to document those moments in a student‐created newsletter and the school yearbook.

Mariachi

Learn to play Mariachi music in a traditional Mariachi ensemble. Students can play any of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, guitarron, viheula, trumpet. Other instruments can be implemented as well, but are not traditional. No musical training is required to play guitar, guitarron, or vihuela.

Money Matters

Consumer math looks at how math is used in real-life situations. Students will research cost of living information, comparison shopping, and beginning job salaries in their field of interest to make a budget and a circle graph of that budget. Students will keep and balance a checkbook. Students will also compare the devaluation of car prices over time, compare loans and interest rates, and discover the cost of using credit cards and not paying off the balance in full.

North American Geography

Learn the rivers, mountains, countries, states, and providence of the continent we live on. We will use maps, atlases, and globes to study the third largest land mass on earth.

PE 7/8

The Sproul P.E. department offers a variety of team and individual sports throughout the school year. Students are expected to dress out daily and participate to the best of their ability. All P.E. classes are co-ed.

PLTW: Medical Detectives (STEM)

Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.

PLTW: Science of Technology (STEM)

Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. In this unit, student apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials.

Survey of Music Production (Eighth grade course - prerequisite is concurrent enrollment in band, choir, or orchestra)

What does technology have to do with music? In our current society, music and technology are quickly blending together. The goal of this course is to provide the tools young musicians need to record, produce, and promote themselves as they continue through their education. Students will learn the different types of musical ensembles, how to mix music and sounds, how to use a soundboard and sound equipment, and how to put all of their skills together in the field.

Student News (prerequisite: By Application Only)

Students will create a daily newscast that will be posted on the Sproul website. Public speaking, interviewing, writing news stories, incorporating technology, citing sources, editing, and video production will be among the skills taught in this class. Because the news will be broadcast publicly, students will need to apply.

Trip through Europe

Have you ever wanted to visit Europe? If so, join this class to go on a virtual vacation through all of the European countries. You will be able to experience the culture and history of each unique country.

U.S. at War

This class is an examination of the United States involvement in war from the Revolutionary War through Afghanistan. Study the rationale for our involvement in conflicts, and some major battles in these conflicts. Examine battle plans and turning points and relive major victories and defeats.

World Travels & Cultures

Explore countries around this world as we investigate food, travel, and culture. In this class we will “travel” around the world to a variety of countries and continents and learn about how other people live.