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Pre-approved Elective Classes for 2020-2021

This year we are again pre-approving some of our more popular elective classes to avoid scheduling conflicts. If you are interested in any one or more of the following pre-approved elective choices you must attend the required meeting(s) to receive all information and to see if you
qualify. If you are chosen to be in the class, you will be notified and your tentative schedule for the 2020-2021 school year will reflect you being included in this class. Just because you attend a meeting(s) does NOT mean that you will automatically be recommended for this class(es).


THESE PRE-APPROVED ELECTIVES ARE IN ADDITION TO OTHER ELECTIVES THAT ALL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO
CHOOSE FROM. Due to the overwhelming amount of students who express interest and qualify for these electives, some students may not be scheduled into a class. Although providing students with their 1st and 2nd elective choice is a priority, circumstances do not always permit this to
happen. In that case, students will be provided with their 3rd and/or 4th choice.

 

PEER COUNSELING I & II – SEE MRS. SIKORSKI
MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 16th 8:15 – 8:35 AM – ROOM #302
**** PEER COUNSELING II IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT (IT MIGHT AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA)
Available to 7th & 8th Graders: 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 – SEE MS. EULER
MEETING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15th 8:15 – 8:35 AM – DRAMA ROOM #420
Audition Required
Available to 7th & 8th Graders: 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  full scale productions 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 – SEE MRS. BEITZ
MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 16th 8:40 – 8:55 AM – ROOM #903
Available to 7th & 8th Graders: 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.


MEDIA AIDES – SEE MRS. DILLMEIER
MEETING FRIDAY, JANUARY 17th 8:40– 8:35 AM - MEDIA CENTER
Available to 7th & 8th Graders: Are you a teen helper? Do you want to know your way around the media center? Are you comfortable trouble shooting technology? How about working in the media center helping students and teachers with research? We are looking for students that are organized, responsible, team players, and creative. Does this describe you? Come to the meeting to learn about
the positions open for media aides.


AIDES – OFFICE AND TEACHER – SEE MR. JONES
MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 23rd 8:15 – 8:35 AM – ART ROOM #421
Available to 7th & 8th Graders: Students must have a 3.0 GPA and satisfactory conduct (No U’s or N’s). At the meeting there will be an application passed out which will include teacher recommendations. Students will assist teachers and/or office staff with various
tasks.


BROADCASTING – MEDIA PRODUCTION – SEE MRS. DILLMEIER
MEETING FRIDAY, JANUARY 17th 8:40– 8:55 AM - MEDIA CENTER
Available to 7th & 8th Graders: 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 –5 minute taped introduction.


DEBATE – SEE MS. LEVINE
MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 14th 8:15 – 8:35 AM – ROOM #702
**** THIS CLASS IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA
Available to 8th Graders ONLY: 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 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. Applications will be handed out during the meeting.


SPEECH- SEE MS. LEVINE
MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 14th 8:40 – 8:55 AM - ROOM #702
**** THIS CLASS IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA
Available to 7th & 8th Graders: 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. They should be comfortable working in small groups, researching, and memorizing. Students should be prepared to give formal and informal speech presentations including participation in district tournaments. Applications will be handed out during the meeting.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN BUSINESS 1 and 2– SEE MS. RODRIGUEZ
MEETING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22ND 8:40 – 8:55 AM - ROOM #604
Available to 7th Graders ONLY:
The purpose of this course is to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Business Management and Administration and Technology careers. The content includes but is not limited to instruction in intermediate keyboarding, intermediate word processing, intermediate electronic
presentation, intermediate computer hardware, intermediate Internet, introductory spreadsheet, and soft skills for business applications, and web design. These competencies provide the skills necessary to ensure increased productivity and efficient utilization of equipment. Students will work on obtaining their MOS industry certifications. (Microsoft office)


8th Grade DIGITAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – SEE MRS. RODRIGUEZ
MEETING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22ND 8:15 – 8:35 AM – ROOM 604
**** THIS CLASS IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT (IT MIGHT AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA)
Available to 8th Graders ONLY:
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of current business and information systems and trends, and to introduce students to fundamental skills required for today's business and academic environments. Emphasis is placed on developing fundamental computer skills. The intention of this course is to prepare students to be successful both personally and professionally in an
information based society. Digital Information Technology includes the exploration and use of: databases, the internet, spreadsheets, presentation applications, management of personal information and email, word processing and document manipulation, HTML, web
page design, and the integration of these programs using software that meets industry standards. MOS industry certifications is embedded within the course (Microsoft Office)

SPANISH 2 – SEE MS. FELIU & MS. IBARRA
MEETING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH 8:40 – 8:55 AM - ROOM #P6
Available to 8th Graders ONLY: Prerequisite- Spanish I. 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 (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) 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 I – SEE MS. FELIU & MS.IBARRA
MEETING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH 8:40 – 8:55 AM - ROOM #P6
Available to 7th & 8th Graders
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 FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS – SEE MS. IBARRA
MEETING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH 8:40 – 8:55 AM - ROOM #P6
Available to 8th Graders ONLY:
Enables students whose heritage language is Spanish to master their language skills across the three communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) 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.


BAND- BEGINNING BAND, ADVANCED BAND, SYMPHONIC BAND – SEE MR. CURRY
MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD 8:40 – 8:55 AM – BAND ROOM #222
Available to 7th & 8th Graders
Have you ever wanted to learn 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 functions, field trip performances, community events and Florida Bandmasters Association Events. You do not need to have any experience to join 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 closest to your ability level.


JAZZ/ROCK BAND - Available to students with advanced music experience – SEE MR. CURRY
MEETING FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH 8:15 – 8:35 AM – BAND ROOM #222
Available to 7th & 8th Graders who have advanced musical experience on Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Drums and Drum Set and Piano. 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 Bass and Guitar. Students must be approved or audition to take this course.


INTERMEDIATE TENNIS- SEE MS. KROLL
MEETING FRIDAY, JANUARY 24th 8:40-8:50 AM- RM #1902
Available to 8th Grade Students:
This class is intended for those students that took tennis/nutrition in 7th grade, students with a tennis background, or students with athletic ability. In this class we will continue improving our tennis skills, strategies, fitness, and knowledge while having FUN!

 

The following electives will be paired electives. This means the student will have BOTH electives during the year, each course for one semester (18 weeks).

 

PAIR #1 FOR 7TH GRADE ONLY:
LIFE SKILLS (RESEARCH)-
SEE MS. LOPEZ
MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD 8:40 – 8:55 AM - ROOM #1904
Available to 7th Graders ONLY: Do you find yourself wanting to learn more about basic skills to help you get through daily life? Have you ever wondered how to sew on a button, manage your money, or plan a meal? If so, this is the elective for you. We will learn all different basic and necessary life skills to help you make your day-to-day living and your future easier and more effective. Join us for a course that will provide you with skills to be successful for the rest of your life!

*LIFE SKILLS WILL BE PAIRED WITH PE

 

PAIR #2 FOR 7TH GRADE ONLY:
NUTRITION (RESEARCH)-
SEE MS. FORMAN
MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 21ST 8:15-8:35 AM RM #1901
Available to 7th Graders ONLY: Did you know that an avocado has more than twice as much potassium as a banana, and that broccoli contains twice the Vitamin C of an orange? Come learn about improving your nutrition, metabolism and muscles. Learn how to make healthy snacks and take a balanced approach to overall wellness.


TENNIS -
SEE MRS. KROLL
MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 21ST 8:15-8:35 AM RM #1901
Available to 7th Graders ONLY:
If you want to play like the PROS, then you need to get into the game! In this class you will learn about the skills involved in the game of tennis. These include, but are not limited to, strokes: proper techniques in hitting the ball; footwork: proper movement on the court; physical fitness and conditioning: strength, flexibility, speed, agility and stamina training; equipment: racket, strings, balls, and shoes; and score: how to properly score keep.

 

PAIR #3 FOR 8TH GRADE ONLY: YOGA -SEE MS.GOLDWYN
MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD 8:40-8:50 AM- SCIENCE ROOM #719
Available to 8th Grade Students ONLY: This course is designed to introduce students, safely and accessibly, to the basic postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation methods of yoga. Students will begin to experience the benefits of stretching, moving, and breathing freely as they relieve built up stress, learn to relax, and ultimately get more out of day-to-day life.

POP CULTURE-SEE MS.SHIELDS
MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD 8:40-8:50 AM- SCIENCE ROOM #719
Available to 8th Grade Students ONLY: Pop culture will be a course that examines unique American culture. We dive into what makes something popular, what popular culture does to people, and what people do with popular culture. Social media, music, movies, TV, radio, sports, exercise (Pilates, CrossFit, Zumba, etc), fashion, the internet/technology/gaming and celebrities will be just some of the areas we discuss. Students will be given the opportunity to investigate how pop culture has influenced them and helped create their identity.