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  • 5th & 6th Grade Band

    Students have their choice of instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion. No experience is necessary, only the will and desire to play an instrument. The goal of this year long course is that students will learn to develop a quality characteristic sound on their instrument and develop music reading skills, as well as an understanding of musical notation, playing posture and tone production. The school is able to provide a limited number of band instruments. Fifth/sixth band will present a concert at the end of each semester.
  • 5th Grade Art

    Students learn the fundamentals through the elements of art. They learn basic drawing skills through observational line drawings, graphite self-portraits and perspective cityscapes. Students practice the basics of painting through color mixing acrylics and several watercolor techniques. In addition, students will learn about different art movements and artists throughout time. This is a project-based course designed to grow artistic skill while exposing students to many types of sculpture mediums. 
  • 5th Grade Band / Music

    Band students have their choice of instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. No experience is necessary, only the will and desire to play an instrument. The goal of this course is that students will learn to develop a quality, characteristic sound on their instrument and develop music-reading skills, an understanding of musical notation, playing posture, and tone production. The school is able to provide a limited number of band instruments.
  • 5th Grade Band / Music - a

    Band students have their choice of instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. No experience is necessary, only the will and desire to play an instrument. The goal of this course is that students will learn to develop a quality, characteristic sound on their instrument and develop music-reading skills, an understanding of musical notation, playing posture, and tone production. The school is able to provide a limited number of band instruments.
  • 5th Grade Band / Music - b

    Band students have their choice of instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. No experience is necessary, only the will and desire to play an instrument. The goal of this course is that students will learn to develop a quality, characteristic sound on their instrument and develop music-reading skills, an understanding of musical notation, playing posture, and tone production. The school is able to provide a limited number of band instruments.
  • 5th Grade Intro to Technology

    Students are introduced to software available on their SBS Apple Laptop to ensure they are able to maximize the educational value of this tool. Students will learn to create dynamic presentations using Keynote, Google Slides and iMovie; learn basic operations/concepts, online safety and citizenship, data management, keyboarding and more. This class is excellent for any student looking to increase their technology skills. Non-repeatable course.
  • 5th Grade Intro to Technology - a

    Students are introduced to software available on their SBS Apple Laptop to ensure they are able to maximize the educational value of this tool. Students will learn to create dynamic presentations using Keynote, Google Slides and iMovie; learn basic operations/concepts, online safety and citizenship, data management, keyboarding and more. This class is excellent for any student looking to increase their technology skills. Non-repeatable course.
  • 5th Grade Intro to Technology - b

    Students are introduced to software available on their SBS Apple Laptop to ensure they are able to maximize the educational value of this tool. Students will learn to create dynamic presentations using Keynote, Google Slides and iMovie; learn basic operations/concepts, online safety and citizenship, data management, keyboarding and more. This class is excellent for any student looking to increase their technology skills. Non-repeatable course.
  • 5th/6th Grade Coding and Robotics

    Students receive an introduction to programming using robots and interactive, student-centered lessons. Students learn fundamental programming concepts such as commands, loops, functions and conditional statements. Students utilize creative problems solving and teamwork while working with Lego Mindstorms EV3 and Sphero robots. Additionally, students code drones using Swift Playground that they then fly. Students in this dynamic course are immersed in problem-based learning, developing design thinking, as well as time management and collaborative skills. Non-repeatable course.
  • 5th/6th Grade Spanish

    Students focus on basic Spanish vocabulary, as well as basic conversational skills. In this introductory course, student learning includes: greetings-goodbyes, colors, calendar, family and clothing, all while developing an appreciation for the culture of other countries. This program supports the development of students’ listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Spanish. Non-repeatable course.
  • 6th Grade Art

    Students learn basic art and design principles in the context of three-dimensional projects. Artistic skills developed include observational drawing, as well as developing proficiency in using plaster, clay and paint. In addition, students learn about different art movements and artists throughout time. This is a project-based course designed to grow artistic skill while exposing students to many types of sculpture mediums.
  • 6th Grade Band / Music

    Band students have their choice of instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. No experience is necessary, only the will and desire to play an instrument. The goal of this course is that students will learn to develop a quality, characteristic sound on their instrument and develop music-reading skills, an understanding of musical notation, playing posture, and tone production. The school is able to provide a limited number of band instruments.
  • 6th Grade Band / Music - a

    Band students have their choice of instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. No experience is necessary, only the will and desire to play an instrument. The goal of this course is that students will learn to develop a quality, characteristic sound on their instrument and develop music-reading skills, an understanding of musical notation, playing posture, and tone production. The school is able to provide a limited number of band instruments.
  • 6th Grade Band / Music - b

    Band students have their choice of instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. No experience is necessary, only the will and desire to play an instrument. The goal of this course is that students will learn to develop a quality, characteristic sound on their instrument and develop music-reading skills, an understanding of musical notation, playing posture, and tone production. The school is able to provide a limited number of band instruments.
  • 6th Grade Intro to Technology

    Students are introduced to software available on their SBS Apple Laptop to ensure they are able to maximize the educational value of this tool. Students will learn to create dynamic presentations using Keynote, Google Slides and iMovie; learn basic operations/concepts, online safety and citizenship, data management, keyboarding and more. This class is excellent for any student looking to increase their technology skills. Non-repeatable course.
  • 7th & 8th Grade Advanced Technology

    Students design, create and implement digital designs in applicable, real world scenarios. Students create digital media using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for use in logos, branding, websites, animations and games. This project based class provides a creative and engaging learning environment where students will learn relevant professional skills creating digital graphics, storyboards, logos, design products and more.
  • 7th & 8th Grade Coding and Robotics

    Students learn intermediate coding and technical skills by designing, building, programming and controlling robots using the Lego Mindstorm platform in this hands-on, project based class. Students design robots that respond and interact with their environment using programmable motors, color, touch and infrared sensors. This interactive class is designed to facilitate collaboration, creativity, self-direction and critical thinking skills through coding. This course provides a playful learning experience with real-world relevance.
  • 7th Grade Spanish

    Students incorporate the four areas of language learning: listening, writing, reading and speaking. Students experience an integrated approach to language learning with expressions, vocabulary and grammar structures interwoven with cultural information. Additionally, students utilize technology and visual materials when they participate in these four areas of language learning that are essential to progress toward competency in Spanish.
  • 7th/8th Grade Band

    Students who have previous experience playing a band instrument (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba or percussion) continue learning and refining the concepts and skills taught in band class. An emphasis is placed on repertoire and reading skills. Band is a year-long course. Prerequisite: Fifth/Sixth Grade Band.
  • 7th/8th Grade Business Technology

    Students are exposed to business industry relevant software and technology in this course. This project based course provides opportunities for students to learn basic finance, stock markets, spreadsheets, multimedia and presentation tools, professional communication, word processing, marketing and more.
  • 7th/8th Grade Choir

    Students in choir aim to enhance vocal performance. Students learn vocal techniques and styles while gaining experience through numerous performance opportunities. Students perform a varied repertoire as individuals and as a group. This is a repeatable course.
  • 7th/8th Grade Christian Leadership

    Students explore a study of biblical principles and practices that inform and potentially shape us as spiritual leaders. Leaders who become progressively more conformed to the person and character of Jesus Christ. This course provides a laboratory experience for practicing leadership skills in the context of Christian worship and service. Students collaborate by participating in project based assignments designed to provide practical leadership opportunities to serve others both within and outside the Second Baptist School community.
  • 7th/8th Grade Drama

    Students experience classical and modern monologues, scene study, performance terminology, resume preparation, production terms, theatre history, musical audition choices and an end-of-semester performance where the students prepare a character analysis of the role they portray. This course exposes students to the dramatic arts and gives them the opportunity to investigate this discipline to discover and develop their talents. Through a variety of methods, students communicate in a dramatic form, make artistic choices, solve problems, build positive self-concepts and relate interpersonally.
  • 7th/8th Grade Introduction To Web Design

    Students receive a comprehensive introduction to the essentials of web design, from planning page layouts to basic HTML concepts. Students use Adobe Muse to create visually stunning websites while enhancing web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, hyperlinks, graphics, images and multimedia; and produce a functional, multi-page website.
  • 7th/8th Grade Model United Nations (Model U.N.)

    Students develop problem-solving, public speaking and leadership skills while they study a variety of current and historical events. After receiving specific countries or individuals for their delegations, students compose positions papers about these topics. Ultimately, students are assessed on their discussion contributions, the clarity and strength of their position papers and their participation during in-class simulations, during which they debate from the perspective of their delegations. After taking this course, students should be able to clearly articulate and support arguments and participate meaningfully in Model U.N simulations. There are some outside competitions and travel opportunities associated with this course. This is a repeatable course.
  • 7th/8th Grade Study Hall

    Students have the opportunity to complete homework assignments each day, while also preparing for any and all upcoming assessments, including quizzes, tests, essays, projects, etc. Students are expected to arrive on time to each class and work on assignments during the scheduled time. Students track their daily work, course grades and academic goals. Students learn how to use the school website as a productivity tool. Students enrolled in this course must have something to complete, as this does not constitute a “free period.” Work must be brought from the student’s locker before class begins. Students receive a conduct grade on their report card for this course.
  • 8th Grade Spanish I

    Students learn and utilize basic vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation of the Spanish language. Students focus on the five components of language learning: oral comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and cultural awareness. Students learn five uses of verb tenses along with basic grammatical structures, and they become acquainted with significant aspects of Hispanic culture. There is no prerequisite for this course however a strong understanding of grammar is a must.
    Notes about Spanish I: 
    • Spanish 1 is a high school course and requires a full-year commitment and must be taken both semesters. 
    • Placement in Spanish I is contingent upon measurable academic achievement in English Language Arts in prior grades. 
    • Course materials purchased are utilized for eighth grade Spanish I and ninth grade Spanish II.
    • Students will have a semester exam in Spanish during exam week.
  • Art I

    Students in Art I develop basic drawing, painting and art-making skills. This course also helps students to grow in their ability to talk about art and understand the basic historical art movements of the past. Note: Art I must be taken before a student can enroll in Art II.
  • Art II

    Students further develop the basic drawing, painting and art making skills that they learned in Art I.  As students grow in their ability to discuss art and understand the basic historical art movements of the past, they will be given more freedom and opportunity to take ownership of the art-making process in order to prepare them for further growth in upper school art. 
    Prerequisite: Art I in seventh grade.
  • Art Ops

    Students explore the world of future art opportunities, learning about creative careers through projects and play. Examples of projects include: building design as an architect, making custom invitations as a stationer, capturing subjects as a photographer, creating character looks as a costume designer and animation as a videogame designer.
  • Intro to Theatre

    Students learn basic theatrical, production, performance and stagecraft terms and techniques. This course is meant to serve as a primer to the theatrical arts and enables students to learn fundamental production concepts through instruction, expression, collaboration and performance. Additionally, students engage in creative drama and performance-based learning exercises and assignments. Non-repeatable course. 

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