Tequesta Trace offers many electives for students to choose from. The following is an overview of each elective:
- Physical Education - Available to 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students. Students in Physical Education learn the rules and play various sports, such as flag football, soccer, kickball, basketball, and neucomb.
- Band - Beginning, Advanced, Symphonic - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. Have you ever wanted to play a musical instrument? Do you know how to play an instrument but want to join others and take the experience to a whole new level? If so, there is a band class for you. Students of all levels of musical ability from beginner to the most advanced are invited to be part of this elective. Students who join the band will learn all the basics of music while learning to play really exciting music from their favorite movies, video games, songs as well as traditional musical works. Students will have performance opportunities at school funcions, field trip performances, community events and Florida Bandmasters Association Events. You do not need to have any experience to join the band, however, if you already know how to play an instrument and are not currently in a band class, you will need to play a short audition so that you can be placed in the band colosest to your ability level.
- Jazz/Rock Band - Available to 7th & 8th graders who have advanced musical experience on Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Drums and Drum Set. Advanced musicians who do not play one of these instruments may take course if they wish to learn one of these instruments as a secondary instrument. The Tequesta Trace "Rockin Jazz Catz" practice and learn to Jazz, Rock, Salsa and other contemporary styles of music. There is a strong emphasis in learning chords, feeling and playing swing, and Improvisation. Students will be expected to work independently in small combos and sections. Students will have performance opportunities at school functions, field trip performances, community events and Florida Bandmasters Association Events. Students must also be enrolled in a traditional band course in order to take this course, unless they only play an approved rhythm instrument such as a Bass and Guitar. Students must be pre-approved to take this course.
- Drama 1 - Available to 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students. Never taken a drama class before? Fear no more! Everything you need to know will be taught here. From learning the basics, areas of the stage, all the way to experiencing musical theatre, Drama 1 provides a great beginning step into the drama world. Back again?! Great! Every year we try to incorporate something new that brings a little challenge! :) Get excited!
- Speech & Debate - Available to 6th grade students. The purpose of this course is to increase student's understanding of the communication process, argument construction, and research as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies for debate in a variety of settings. Students learn the foundations of competitive speech and debate, with the opportunity to compete with other middle school students in Broward County. This course sets the foundation for students who wish to take Speech I and High School Debate I in 7th and 8th grade.
- Newspaper - Available to 6th grade students. In the newspaper class, students will participate in the process of researching and writing their own journalistic articles for an online school newspaper. Students will collaborate in groups to write articles/news columns. Volunteer students will have an opportunity to attend school or community functions and gather information for assigned articles. Students will write articles, take photographs, and edit articles which will be included in the newspaper. The class will also focus on the structure and composition of printed and digital news.
- Broadcasting - Media Production - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. Be a part of the team that is responsible for preparing and delivering the TTMS News to your school. Learn presentation techniques, broadcast preparation, power point presentations and camera techniques. Become an anchorperson, camera technician or a special reporter for the clubs, teams, and activities at school. A 2.0 GPA is required and no office referrals. An application will be handed out at the meeting and you will be required at a later time to produce a 2 –5minute taped introduction.
- Peer Counseling I & II - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. *PEER COUNSELING II IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA) To be a peer counselor you must have a 3.0 GPA. Through classroom instruction, role-playing, and skill building activities, peer counselors are trained to help their fellow students. Peer counselors help by peer tutoring, peer mediating, and peer counseling. Along with daily peer activities students will participate in several field trips doing community projects enhancing your overall learning experience. In order to be a peer counselor you MUST be a person who enjoys helping.
- Advanced Drama - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. This course is designed for the serious Drama student. Students at this level are required to participate in the activities associated with the Junior Thespian Society, and are also expected to produce a full scale production in their course of study. Additionally, these young actors and actresses will be expected to work independently on both small group and individual scenes, developing characters and consistently raising the bar on their own performances. A serious approach to the craft is expected from the students in Advanced Drama.
- Yearbook - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. In this course, students will be involved in the entire yearbook process (print layouts, photography, print copy, design and advertising). Students should be available to work outside of the normal school day when deadlines are approaching. Student GPA, behavior and teacher recommendations will be considered when determining who will be selected for this class.
- Speech - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. This class is an introduction to the world of Speech, and is offered for HS credit. A variety of speaking skills and techniques will be covered, from the basic to the complex. Students should be prepared to give formal/informal speech presentations including participation in district tournaments. Students should be comfortable working in small groups, researching different topics, and memorizing material.
- Debate - Available to 8th grade students. This class is an introduction to the world of Debate, and is offered for HS credit. A variety of speaking skills and techniques will be covered, from the basic to the complex. Students should be prepared to participate in formal and informal debates in class and in district tournaments. Students in this class should be comfortable working in small groups, researching current events, and memorizing material.
- Spanish 1 - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. This course provides students with a general introduction to the Spanish language, pronunciation, vocabulary related to everyday activities, basic grammatical structure, and cultural information. The student will develop communicative skills in all 3 modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis is placed on proficient communication in the language. An introduction to reading and writing is also included as well as culture connections, comparisons, and communities. THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA.
- Spanish 2 - Available to 8th grade students. Prerequisite-Spanish 1. This course reinforces the fundamental skills acquired by students in Spanish 1: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course further develops communicative skills in all 3 modes of communication and cross-cultural understanding. Reading and writing receive more emphasis, while oral communication remains the primary objective. The cultural survey of the Spanish-speaking people is continued. THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA.
- Spanish for Spanish Speakers - Available to 8th grade students. This course enables students whose heritage language is Spanish to master their language skills across the three communicative modes as they develop knowledge of the Spanish language. Specific content includes, but is not limited to: 1) reinforcement of the students' communication skills: their ability to express ideas, feelings, and opinions in oral and written forms 2) further development of vocabulary and grammar skills 3) reading and interpretation of works of target language writers and 4) awareness and appreciation of the culture of the Spanish speaking people. THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA.
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