• Incoming 7th graders can select Electives online Feb 16th-March 19th.   Please contact Ms. Besh if you have questions.

     

    Current 7th Graders transitioning into 8th grade in 2021-2022,  can select Electives online March 22-April 16th.  

    Please contact Mrs. Gonzales if you have questions.

     

    Student Elective Requests in Q

    1. Student logs into Q using StudentConnect (asdk12.org)
    2. Student selects the track for upcoming year— Wendler 2021-2022
    3. Student selects ‘Requests’ tab on the left side of the menu
    4. Student clicks “Add/Edit Requests’
    5. You should now see a list of Electives on left side of the screen. Once an elective is selected click 'add elective' then choose another elective. (Each student should choose 4-5 electives).
    6. Once electives are chosen, press submit and log out.

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    Remember that the way you choose your electives matter.

    The first one that you pick will show as your top choice,

    second elective chosen will be your second choice etc.

     

    Example: Say you choose Art, then Spanish, then Applied Tech, then Choir, then Band.

    The system will prioritize your elective choices as:

    1st priority Art

    2nd priority Spanish

    3rd priority Applied Tech

    4th priority Choir 

    5th priority Band

     

     

    Wendler Middle School 8th Grade Electives Descriptions

    Year Long Electives

    CHOIR

    Music is a universal language and the human voice is the instrument we are all born with. Come learn vocal technique and how to sing in harmony with others. No prior experience is necessary and you never have to perform on stage alone - it's a choir! This class will have 4 MANDATORY evening concerts per school year.

    BAND

    8th grade band is for students who have had at least one year of band experience. Students continue to build skills that they began learning in beginning band, as well as play more difficult and complicated concert music. This band class will have two or three MANDATORY evening concerts per school year.  Students in this class have the opportunity to participate in a variety of festivals, solo/ensemble groups, and jazz band.

    ORCHESTRA

    8th grade orchestra is for students who have had at least one year of orchestra experience. Students will encounter a continuation of skills and fundamentals from beginning orchestra with increasing emphasis on better tone productions, good intonation, refinement of muscular coordination, experimentation in small ensembles, and memorization of scales in basic keys. Responsibilities of the individual within the large music ensemble will be stressed. Public performances will be MANDATORY.

    SPANISH 1B (1A was in 7th grade)

    Spanish is the most widely spoken language in the world. Throughout the school year, you will learn Spanish through writing, listening, reading, and most importantly, SPEAKING. You will also learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries through research, art, and food activities.

    *Many universities require at least 2 years of foreign language to be taken prior to applying. You will be meeting one year of that requirement by taking Spanish in both 7th and 8th grades.  You would then enroll in Spanish II in high school.  If you pass Spanish with a C or higher both 7th and 8th grades you would fill out a “Credit by Choice” form at your local high school at the beginning of your 10th grade year. The Credit by Choice credit is not an option if you change languages between Middle and High School.

     

     

    Semester Electives (1/2 year)

     

    ART ADVANCED

    A variety of artists and cultures are introduced in relationship with the role visual arts plays in history and cultures. Students learn to value their own art works with the same criteria used to analyze a master’s art work. Students will be able to identify and investigate art and art related careers in conjunction with introduced units of study. Graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, oil pastels, water color, tempera, paper mache, wire, clay, fibers, and collage are some of the materials that we work with.

     

    CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

    Students in this class will be exploring music with the use of programs including Garage Band, iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, DJ mix, and other applications. Students will also be introduced to basic electronic instrumentation and voice methods. Music abilities of all levels are welcome.

     APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

    This class emphasizes engineering, design, mathematics, and physical science related to each project. Students explore aerodynamics, rockets, balloons, rotorcraft & simulators. Students learn to measure, use a variety of drawing tools and techniques. Students work with scaled drawings through aqua-dynamics, CO2 dragsters, and house design. In addition, we will do units with electricity, wood working, construction technology, and magnetism.

     VIDEO PRODUCTION

    An introductory class designed to provide students with artistic, creative and historical background of the film and television industry. Students are taught basic camera, lighting, sound and editing techniques that will allow them to produce short films, documentaries, interviews, public service announcements and newscast.

     HISTORY OF AMERICAN CINEMA

    This class introduces students to the world of film. Students will learn about the development of motion pictures, different film genres, the growth of technology throughout the film industry, and the impact of films on the American collective culture and conscience.

     JOURNALISM

    Students in this class will build the newspaper program at Wendler and learn about news, writing, layout, photography, interviewing, and much more. Your work will be held to the highest standard and published regularly.

     DEBATE

    In debate students will work on developing the following skills: critical thinking, public speaking, outlining arguments and ideas, note taking, and good sportsmanship.Topics are thought provoking and relevant to what is happening in the news around them.

     APP CREATORS

    App Creators introduces students to the field of computer science and the concepts of computational thinking, through the creation of mobile apps. Students are challenged to be creative and innovative, as they collaboratively design and develop mobile solutions to engaging, authentic problems. Students experience the positive impact of the application of computer science to society as well as other disciplines.

    MEDICAL DETECTIVES

    This is a potential new offering for next year. In this class, students will be learning forensics, solving medical mysteries, and learning the systems of the human body and how they work together to keep you healthy.

     

    PEER MUSIC & PEER PE

    These classes are meant for those who enjoy helping others. Students in these classes must be mature, responsible, and compassionate as you are mentoring and being the buddy with students with intellectual and physical impairments. In peer music, students will participate in singing, dancing, and playing simple instruments (no experience required). In PE, you will be assisting students by playing games and other physical activity. Only a few students are chosen to be in these classes and a teacher recommendation is required.

    —-email/Canvas message me if you are interested.

     

    FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE

    This is a 18­week course for 7th grade. Skills taught include sewing skills, caregiving and basic machine sewing and per­ kitchen safety, food preparation, basic cooking skills, personal finance.

     

    UKULELE

    Is an introductory class for students who do not read music or who have limited or no experience with the ukulele. Students will learn note reading in the first position, basic chords, music theory, strumming and fingerstyle patterns and an introduction to solo repertoire. *Instruments are available to rent from the school.

     

    ***Availability and number of electives may change as the 2021/2022 budget is finalized.*** 

     

     Wendler Middle School 7th Grade Electives Descriptions

     

     Year Long Electives

    CHOIR

    Students will get to sing a variety of music in two and three-part harmony.  Students will learn vocal technique, harmonizing, sight-reading, and theory. This is a performance based class and attendance at evening concerts is MANDATORY.

    BAND

    7th grade band is for students who have had at least one year of band experience. Students continue to build skills that they began learning in beginning band, as well as play more difficult and complicated concert music. This band class will have two or three MANDATORY evening concerts per school year.  Students in this class have the opportunity to participate in a variety of festivals, solo/ensemble groups, and jazz band.

     ORCHESTRA

    7th grade orchestra is for students who have had at least one year of orchestra experience. Students will encounter a continuation of skills and fundamentals from beginning orchestra with increasing emphasis on better tone productions, good intonation, refinement of muscular coordination, experimentation in small ensembles, and memorization of scales in basic keys. Responsibilities of the individual within the large music ensemble will be stressed. Public performances will be MANDATORY.

    SPANISH

    Spanish is the most widely spoken languages in the world. Throughout the school year, you will learn Spanish through writing, listening, reading, and most importantly, SPEAKING. You will also learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries through research, art, and food activities. 

    *Many universities require at least 2 years of foreign language to be taken prior to applying. You will be meeting one year of that requirement by taking Spanish in both 7th and 8th grades.  You would then enroll in Spanish II in high school.  If you pass Spanish with a C or higher both 7th and 8th grades you would fill out a “Credit by Choice” form at your local high school at the beginning of your 10th grade year. The Credit by Choice credit is not an option if you change languages between Middle and High School.



    Semester Electives (1/2 year)

     ART

    A variety of artists and cultures are introduced in relationship with the role visual arts plays in history and cultures. Students learn to value their own art works with the same criteria used to analyze a master’s art work. Students will be able to identify and investigate art and art related careers in conjunction with introduced units of study. Graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, oil pastels, water color, tempera, papier mache, wire, clay, fibers, and collage are some of the materials that we work with.

     CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY/COMPUTER

    Students in this class will be exploring music with the use of programs including Garage Band, iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, DJ mix, and other applications. Students will also be introduced to basic electronic instrumentation and voice methods. Music abilities of all levels are welcome.

     APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

    This class emphasizes engineering, design, mathematics, and physical science related to each project. Students explore aerodynamics, rockets, balloons, rotorcraft & simulators. Students learn to measure, use a variety of drawing tools and techniques. Students work with scaled drawings through aqua-dynamics, CO2 dragsters, and house design. In addition, we will do units with electricity, wood working, construction technology, and magnetism.

     DEBATE

    is an exciting and challenging class that teaches skills that are used throughout middle school, high school, and beyond. Students will practice research skills, persuasive writing, and public speaking. Topics change every quarter and are based on current political and social events that are taking place in Alaska and around the world. 

    JOURNALISM

    Wendler is the only middle school in the district currently running a journalism program! You and I get to go on a fabulous adventure together as we build this newspaper program. Together we will learn about news writing, layout, photography, interviewing, and much more. Your work will be held to the highest standard and published regularly. 

     FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE

    This is a 18week course for 7th grade. Skills taught include sewing skills, caregiving and basic machine sewing and per kitchen safety, food preparation, basic cooking skills, personal finance.

     UKULELE

    Is an introductory class for students who do not read music or who have limited or no experience with the ukulele. Students will learn note reading in the first position, basic chords, music theory, strumming and fingerstyle patterns and an introduction to solo repertoire. *Instruments are available to rent from the school.

     

    ***Availability and number of electives may change as the 2021/2022 budget is finalized.***