Middle School Electives

Check out the incredible elective courses our Middle School students get to choose from each trimester.
Course Name  Description 
Studio Art  This course is for students with high motivation in further developing individual interest and skills in various forms of artistic expression. Students will investigate contextual perspectives of visual communication and visual culture while developing their own aesthetic and artistic voice. 
Choir  We will be learning to sing as a group and sing in harmony. We will be singing at the first Friday Masses and putting on concerts throughout the year.  
Small Ensemble  We are looking for instrumentalists (preferably with experience, who can read sheet music and are proficient in their instrument) to create a quartet, quintet or sextet. We would rehearse pieces of music and put on a performance for the school/parents/parish. 
National History Day  Have you ever wanted to see Washington D.C.? National History Day is a dynamic program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages them to become historians by fostering research, analysis, and presentation skills. Each year students across Washington State select a topic of interest related to an annual theme. The 2020 theme is “Breaking Barriers in History”. Students work individually or in groups to conduct extensive historical research and create projects that range from documentaries to exhibits, and more. Students will take the course both semesters and compete in the state competition in early spring. Competitive projects will allow students the option to travel to Washington D.C. and earn fabulous scholarships in the National History Day Symposium. The 2nd half of this course will be offered winter trimester. 
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  “The deepest need is the need for meaning, purpose, and hope. And that is what The Lord of the Rings offers us.” So said philosopher Peter Kreeft of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterpiece. In this seminar course, we will read though the first book together and ask, “What have so many people loved and clung to in The Lord of the Rings? What does this fantastic world reveal about our world and our souls?” We will practice close reading, substantive discussion, and independent thought. No tests, papers, or projects: just reading about 40 pages a week. Delight will be abundant. Hopefully, we’ll follow up with the other two books in trimesters II and III. (Best to start with book I, so sign up now if interested.) 
Poetry & Oration  “Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.” Poetry has power – it says things prose cannot say, and it moves us in ways we can’t explain. Love, war, hatred, despair, struggle, loss, triumph, laughter, heartbreak – poetry teaches all this and more. In this seminar course, we will encounter great poetry, and we will try writing our own. We will try to improve our abilities to think, write, and speak eloquently, and we will practice becoming better humans. No tests, papers, or projects, and little homework. Delight will be abundant. 
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World  Bring your Passport and come on a tour of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – few remain today, others are a memory, all are a wonder. 
Typing  In this course, students will practice their typing and will continue becoming proficient in electronic communication.