Course Catalog

Descriptions of course offerings and requirements at Kirkland Middle School by grade level.

8th Grade

Required Courses

Language Arts 1

Social Studies 1

Math 1

Science 1

Physical Education .5

Elective .5

Elective .5

Elective .5

8th Grade Required Courses Description

Eighth Grade Language Arts/United States History/WA State History-Integrated Block

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

Eighth grade social studies will explore American history from 1877 to the present, as well as Washington State history. Students will examine major movements in the United States history, and will look to the Evergreen State as a case study for the social and historical implications of those movements. Washington State history is a required course to graduate from high school in the State of Washington. As a result, each student must pass Social Studies in order to graduate from high school, and their grade will be present on their high school transcript as well. As in seventh grade, the history curriculum is supported and enriched with works of biography, historical fiction, and a variety of primary source materials. Students will complete a minimum of three major literature studies, drawing from such titles as Fahrenheit 451, The Diary of Anne Frank, Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will also be reading a compilation of short stories and non-fiction excerpts related to themes of industrialization, westward movement, and immigration in the late 1800s. Four major, multi-paragraph writings will be completed, with at least one of these requiring library or internet research. Vocabulary, grammar, and the conventions of language continue to be taught and applied.

Note: Students who consistently achieve and perform at a Level 4, complete all coursework in a timely fashion, and participate fully in all class activities will receive an Honors designation on their report cards.

Eighth Grade Mathematics Explanation

The Kirkland Middle School math curriculum is comprised of the following courses: 6th Grade Math, Extended Math 6, 7th Grade Math, Extended Math 7, 8th Grade Math, Extended Math 8, Algebra, and Geometry, these courses are consistent with the Lake Washington School District adopted curriculum and align with the LWSD Curriculum Frameworks document and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Math is sequential and mastery of basic skills and concepts is essential to succeed in the next course. All Lake Washington Middle School mathematics courses are designed to teach and assess:

Reading and interpreting mathematical materials; writing procedures and explanations; reading and understanding directions; labeling all answers appropriately; showing all work. Analyzing, displaying, reading, and interpreting data sets using graphs, charts, tables, and equations. Responding to short answer and extended response questions using standardized scoring guides. Using appropriate calculators for each course.

8th Grade Mathematics

8th GRADE MATHEMATICS

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

In this course instructional time focuses on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation and solving linear equations and systems of equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.. In addition, students will be expected to develop appropriate reading and study skills in mathematics. Homework may be up to thirty minutes per day. Students need to have their own scientific calculator (TI-30 or similar).

Extended Math 8

EXTENDED MATH 8

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

Students will be placed in this support class based on 7th grade state test scores. This course is designed to be an extra course to support students in their regularly scheduled math course using the district adopted curriculum and supplementary materials to further develop math concepts in the eighth-grade curriculum. Students need to have their own scientific calculator (TI-30 or similar). This class is in addition to 8th Grade Math for qualified students.

Algebra

ALGEBRA

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

Prerequisites: For eighth grade students, placement in this course is based on an acceptable score on the Algebra Aptitude test, and classroom assessments. The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learn in the middle grades. The course focuses on five critical areas: (1) develop fluency writing, interpreting, and translating between various forms of linear equations and inequalities, and simple exponential functions, and using them to solve problems; (2) compare and contrast linear and exponential functions, translate between different representations, use function notation, and interpret arithmetic sequences as linear functions and geometric sequences as exponential functions; (3) using regression techniques to describe linear relationships quantitatively and make judgments about the appropriateness of linear models; (4) extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents, see structure in and create quadratic and exponential expressions, and solve equations, inequalities and systems of equations involving quadratic expressions; and (5) compare quadratic, linear, and exponential functions to model phenomenon. They also identify the real solutions of quadratic equations as the zeroes of a related quadratic function and expand their experience to more specialized functions – absolute value, step, and those that are piecewise-defined. Students should plan for up to thirty minutes of homework each day. Each student is expected to have his/her own scientific calculator but will be best served if they have access to a TI-84 at home.

Geometry

GEOMETRY

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

Prerequisite: For eighth grade students, placement in this course is based on acceptable performance in the Algebra course as a seventh grader. The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences. The course focuses on six critical areas: (1) establish triangle congruence based on rigid motions and formal constructions and solve problems and prove theorems about triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons; (2) build a formal understanding of similarity and apply similarity to right triangle trigonometry and the Pythagorean Theorem, and use the Laws of Sines and Cosines to find missing measures; (3) informal explanations of circumference, area, and volume formulas; (4) build on the Pythagorean Theorem to find distances and use a rectangular coordinate system to verify geometric relationships; (5) prove basic theorems about circles; and (6) compute and interpret theoretical and experimental probabilities of compound events and use probability to make informed decisions. . Each student is expected to have his/her own scientific calculator but will be best served if they have access to a TI-84 at home.

Integrated Science II

INTEGRATED SCIENCE III:

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

Students in 8th grade science develop understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of life, earth and physical science. The ideas build upon students’ science understanding from earlier grades and from the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. 8th grade continues the story of matter and energy flow within and between larger isolated systems and the processes that occur within those systems over time. The major topics are: Earth and Space Science: The Universe and Its Stars; Earth and the Solar System. Life Science: Growth and Development of Organisms; Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity; Natural Selection; Adaptation. Physical Science: Forces and Motion, Types of Interactions; Definitions of Energy; Wave Properties; Electromagnetic Radiation; Information Technologies and Instrumentation. Engineering: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; Developing Possible Solutions; Optimizing the Design Solution.

Fitness

GRADE 7/8: HALF YEAR (1 SEMESTER)

Fitness is a one semester class in which effort, positive attitude, sportsmanship, and cooperation are taught through participation in team and individual sports. Each student’s grade will reflect his/her ability to meet specific individual goals and corresponding point values. This method of evaluation allows each student to have control of his/her grade regardless of physical ability. Activities during the semester include: Softball, Floor Hockey, Track/Field, Basketball, Badminton, Speed-a-way, Table Tennis, and Body Conditioning. In Physical Education, students are required to dress appropriately and participate in class each day. The required uniform includes a KiMS Fitness T-shirt -$5.00 and shorts- $7.00 (which can be purchased in the main office) socks, and tennis or athletic shoes. The school provides a combination lock and basket to secure clothing. A $7.00 fee is charged for lost locks. All personal belongings should be clearly marked for identification.Special athletic equipment is provided by the school.

Special Education

In order to sign up for Special Education courses a student must currently be on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and be identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in any of the following areas- Language Arts, Reading, Written Language, Oral Expression, Listening Comprehension, and or Math, Social Skills, Adaptive Skills, Organization, Behavior and Executive Functioning.

SPECIAL EDUCATION LANGUAGE ARTS /READING/WRITING

Grade 6, 7, 8: Full Year (2 SEMESTERS)

*FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON AN IEP*

Prerequisite: Must be on an IEP, and identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in the area of reading and/or writing. The curriculum focuses on fundamental reading and writing fluency, reading comprehension, as well as listening comprehension and oral expression skills. Curriculum and content is based on students’ individual IEP goals and changes each year depending on student needs and ability.

SPECIAL EDUCATION MATH

Grade 6, 7, 8: Full Year (2 SEMESTERS)

*FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON AN IEP*

Prerequisite: Must be on an IEP, and identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in the area of Math. The curriculum focuses on fundamental calculation and reasoning as well as problem solving concepts, skills and strategies. Curriculum and content is based on students’ individual IEP goals and changes each year depending on student needs and ability.

SPECIAL EDUCATION OTHER SKILLS

Grade 6, 7, 8: Full Year (2 SEMESTERS)

*FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON AN IEP*

In order to sign up for Special Education other skills courses a student must currently be on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and be identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in any of the following areas- Executive Functioning, Organization, Behavior, Social Skills, and Adaptive Skills.

Prerequisite: These classes are required for students with qualifications in the identified areas of Executive Functioning, Organization, Behavior, Social Skills, and Adaptive Skills

7th Grade

Required Courses

Language Arts 1

Social Studies 1

Math 1

Science 1

Physical Education .5

Elective .5

Elective .5

Elective .5

7th Grade Required Courses Description

Seventh Grade Language Arts/United States History-Integrated Block

YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

The purpose of the block format is not only to integrate these two disciplines, but also to infuse them with appropriate elements from the arts. Seventh grade students examine United States history beginning with a review of the Revolutionary War and ending with Reconstruction. Throughout the year emphasis is placed upon a thorough understanding of the United States Constitution, westward movement, and the Civil War. The social studies curriculum is supported and enriched with literary works representing a variety of genres. A minimum of four major literary studies will be completed, drawing from titles such as April Morning, Chains, Fever, 1793, Woods Runner, The Outsiders, and Hunger Games. The writing process and a variety of writing forms will be taught and practiced, with special emphasis on the five- paragraph essay. To support the writing process, vocabulary, grammar, and the conventions of language are taught and reinforced throughout the year. Students will engage in individual and small group projects that will require them to practice their ethical research skills.

Note: Students who consistently achieve and perform at a Level 4, complete all coursework in a timely fashion, and participate fully in all class activities will receive an Honors designation on their report cards.

Seventh Grade Mathematics Explanation

The Kirkland Middle School math curriculum is comprised of the following courses: 6th Grade Math, Extended Math 6, 7th Grade Math, Extended Math 7, 8th Grade Math, Extended Math 8, Algebra, and Geometry, these courses are consistent with the Lake Washington School District adopted curriculum and align with the LWSD Curriculum Frameworks document and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Math is sequential and mastery of basic skills and concepts is essential to succeed in the next course. All Lake Washington Middle School mathematics courses are designed to teach and assess:

Reading and interpreting mathematical materials; writing procedures and explanations; reading and understanding directions; labeling all answers appropriately; showing all work. Analyzing, displaying, reading, and interpreting data sets using graphs, charts, tables, and equations. Responding to short answer and extended response questions using standardized scoring guides. Using appropriate calculators for each course.

7th Grade Mathematics

7th Grade Math

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

This course is the district adopted curriculum for 7th grade students. In this course students build on their understanding from 6th grade by focusing on five critical areas: (1) analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems; (2) developing understanding of and applying operations with rational numbers (3) solving real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations; (4) working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume; and (5) drawing inferences about populations based on data samples. Daily homework (up to 30 minutes) reinforces classroom lessons on concepts through review, skill practice, and projects demonstrating practical applications of math. Each student needs to have their own scientific calculator (TI-30)

Extended Math 7

EXTENDED MATH 7

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

Placement: Students will be placed in this course based on state test scores. This course uses the district’s adopted curriculum materials of 7th Grade Math but may supplement using other materials as needed to meet student needs. This course is designed to develop mathematical skills to a proficient level for students who have experienced difficulty grasping mathematical concepts. This course will build upon skills in whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurement, probability and statistics. Each student needs to have their own scientific calculator (TI-30). This class is in addition to 7th Grade Math for qualified students.

Algebra

ALGEBRA

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

Prerequisites: At grade seven, placement in this course is based on an acceptable score on the Algebra Aptitude test, and classroom assessments. The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learn in the middle grades. The course focuses on five critical areas: (1) develop fluency writing, interpreting, and translating between various forms of linear equations and inequalities, and simple exponential functions, and using them to solve problems; (2) compare and contrast linear and exponential functions, translate between different representations, use function notation, and interpret arithmetic sequences as linear functions and geometric sequences as exponential functions; (3) using regression techniques to describe linear relationships quantitatively and make judgments about the appropriateness of linear models; (4) extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents, see structure in and create quadratic and exponential expressions, and solve equations, inequalities and systems of equations involving quadratic expressions; and (5) compare quadratic, linear, and exponential functions to model phenomenon. They also identify the real solutions of quadratic equations as the zeroes of a related quadratic function and expand their experience to more specialized functions – absolute value, step, and those that are piecewise-defined. Students should plan for up to thirty minutes of homework each day. Each student is expected to have his/her own scientific calculator but will be best served if they have access to a TI-84 at home.

7th Grade Integrated Science I

7th GRADE INTEGRATED SCIENCE I

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

Students in 7th grade science develop understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of life, earth and physical science. The ideas build upon students’ science understanding from earlier grades and from the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. While 7th grade maintains the themes of matter and energy flow within and between systems, the year is divided into larger isolated systems and the processes that occur within those systems over time. The major topics are:

Earth and Space Science: The History of Planet Earth; Earth’s Materials and Systems; Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions; The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes; Weather and Climate; Natural Hazards; Human Impacts on Earth Systems; Global Climate Change. Life Science: Structure and Function; Growth and Development of Organisms; Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms; Inheritance of Traits; Variation of Traits Physical Science: Structure and Properties of Matter; Chemical Reactions; Types of Interactions; Definitions of Energy; Relationship Between Energy and Forces; Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life Engineering: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; Developing Possible Solutions; Optimizing the Design Solution.

Fitness

GRADE 7/8: HALF YEAR (1 SEMESTER)

Fitness is a one semester class in which effort, positive attitude, sportsmanship, and cooperation are taught through participation in team and individual sports. Each student’s grade will reflect his/her ability to meet specific individual goals and corresponding point values. This method of evaluation allows each student to have control of his/her grade regardless of physical ability. Activities during the semester include: Softball, Floor Hockey, Track/Field, Basketball, Badminton, Speed-a-way, Table Tennis, and Body Conditioning. In Physical Education, students are required to dress appropriately and participate in class each day. The required uniform includes a KiMS Fitness T-shirt -$5.00 and shorts- $7.00 (which can be purchased in the main office) socks, and tennis or athletic shoes. The school provides a combination lock and basket to secure clothing. A $7.00 fee is charged for lost locks. All personal belongings should be clearly marked for identification.Special athletic equipment is provided by the school.

Special Education

In order to sign up for Special Education courses a student must currently be on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and be identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in any of the following areas- Language Arts, Reading, Written Language, Oral Expression, Listening Comprehension, and or Math, Social Skills, Adaptive Skills, Organization, Behavior and Executive Functioning.

SPECIAL EDUCATION LANGUAGE ARTS /READING/WRITING

Grade 6, 7, 8: Full Year (2 SEMESTERS)

*FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON AN IEP*

Prerequisite: Must be on an IEP, and identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in the area of reading and/or writing. The curriculum focuses on fundamental reading and writing fluency, reading comprehension, as well as listening comprehension and oral expression skills. Curriculum and content is based on students’ individual IEP goals and changes each year depending on student needs and ability.

SPECIAL EDUCATION MATH

Grade 6, 7, 8: Full Year (2 SEMESTERS)

*FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON AN IEP*

Prerequisite: Must be on an IEP, and identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in the area of Math. The curriculum focuses on fundamental calculation and reasoning as well as problem solving concepts, skills and strategies. Curriculum and content is based on students’ individual IEP goals and changes each year depending on student needs and ability.

SPECIAL EDUCATION OTHER SKILLS

Grade 6, 7, 8: Full Year (2 SEMESTERS)

*FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON AN IEP*

In order to sign up for Special Education other skills courses a student must currently be on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and be identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in any of the following areas- Executive Functioning, Organization, Behavior, Social Skills, and Adaptive Skills.

Prerequisite: These classes are required for students with qualifications in the identified areas of Executive Functioning, Organization, Behavior, Social Skills, and Adaptive Skills

6th Grade

Required Courses

Language Arts 1

Social Studies 1

Math 1

Science 1

Physical Education 1

Elective .5

Elective .5

6th Grade Required Courses Description

Sixth Grade Language Arts/Social Studies-Integrated Block

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS) The purpose of the block format is not only to integrate

these two disciplines, but also to infuse them with appropriate elements from the arts.

Language Arts

Students develop their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills in a variety of literary and

informational texts, through both in-class and independent reading experiences. They deepen what they know about texts by analyzing literary/story elements, literary devices, and text organizational structures. They learn to evaluate texts and authors and to share reading experiences with others. In writing, students build on what they have learned in previous grades about writing for different audiences and purposes, the writing process and traits of effective writing. They deepen their understanding and skills with regard to expository writing and are introduced to persuasive writing. They learn to evaluate their own writing and to reflect on their own progress as writers.

Social Studies

The focus of 6th Grade Social Studies is the study of ancient civilizations. As they learn about

ancient civilizations, students study characteristics of cultures and regions, different forms of government and economic systems, and the impact of ancient civilizations on world history. As in previous grades, students use the lenses of history, economics, civics, and geography and apply important Social Studies skills, as they read, research, explore, and learn about the world around them and their place in it.

NOTE: Students who consistently achieve and perform at a Level 4, complete all coursework in a timely fashion, and participate fully in all class activities will receive an Honors designation on their report cards.

Sixth Grade Mathematics Explanation

The Kirkland Middle School math curriculum is comprised of the following courses: 6th Grade Math, 6th Grade Extended Math, 7th Grade Math, 7th Grade Extended Math, 8th Grade Math, 8th Grade Extended Math, Algebra, and Geometry. These courses are consistent with the Lake Washington School District adopted curriculum and align with the LWSD Curriculum Frameworks document and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Math is sequential and mastery of basic skills and concepts is essential to succeed in the next course.

All Lake Washington Middle School mathematics courses are designed to teach and assess:

  1. Reading and interpreting mathematical materials; writing procedures and explanations; reading and understanding directions; labeling all answers appropriately; showing all work.
  2. Analyzing, displaying, reading, and interpreting data sets using graphs, charts, tables, and equations.
  3. Responding to short answer and extended response questions using standardized scoring guides.

6th Grade Mathematics

6th GRADE MATHEMATICS: CMP 6 / INTEGRATED SCIENCE BLOCK

6th Grade Mathematics

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

In this course students focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking by describing and summarizing numerical data sets. Students also build on their work with area by reasoning about relationships among shapes to determine area, surface area, and volume.

6th Grade Integrated Science

6th GRADE INTEGRATED SCIENCE

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

Students in 6th grade science develop understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of life, earth and physical science. The ideas build upon students’ science understanding from earlier grades and from the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. The cycling of matter and energy within systems and relationships between living and non-living components of systems are recurring themes in the 6th grade year. The major topics are:

Earth and Space Science: Earth's Materials & Systems; The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes; Weather & Climate; Natural Resources

Life Science: Structure & Function; Growth & Development of an Organism; Organization for Matter & Energy Flow in Organisms; Information Processing; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; Cycle of Matter & Energy Transfer in Ecosystems; Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, & Resilience; Biodiversity & Humans

Physical Science: Structure & Properties of Matter; Chemical Reactions; Definitions of Energy; Conservation of Energy & Energy Transfer; Energy in Chemical Processes & Everyday Life

Engineering: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; Developing Possible Solutions; Optimizing the Design Solution

Extended Math


EXTENDED MATH 6

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

Placement: Students will be placed in this course based on state test scores and teacher recommendation. This course uses the district’s adopted curriculum materials for 6th Grade Math but may supplement using other materials as needed to meet student needs. This course is designed to develop mathematical skills to a proficient level for students who have experienced difficulty grasping mathematical concepts. This course will build upon skills in whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent’s, measurement, probability and statistics. This class is in addition to 6th Grade Math for qualified students.

Health and Fitness

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

Health and Fitness is an integrated yearlong class. The Fitness portion of the class will focus on effort, positive attitude, sportsmanship, and cooperation and will be taught through participation in team and individual sports. Each student’s grade will reflect his/her ability to meet specific individual goals and corresponding point values. This method of evaluation allows each student to have control of his/her grade regardless of physical ability. Activities may include: Softball, Floor Hockey, Track/Field, Basketball, Badminton, Speed-a-way, Soccer, Volleyball and Body Conditioning. Students are required to dress appropriately and participate in class each day. The required uniform includes a KiMS Physical Education T-shirt- $5.00 and shorts- $7.00 (which can be purchased in the main office) socks, and tennis or athletic shoes. All personal belongings should be clearly marked for identification. The school provides a combination lock and basket to secure clothing. The charge for a lost lock is a $7.00 fee. Special athletic equipment is provided by the school.

The Health portion of the class is designed to better inform students of issues and choices involving health. A strong emphasis is placed on personal responsibility and healthy choices that promote lifelong wellness. The following topics will be presented and discussed during the year: fitness and movement, nutrition and healthy food selection, human growth and development including peer pressure and stress management, community and consumer health, disease prevention, personal health and hygiene, substance use and abuse including refusal skills, HIV & AIDS, and personal safety including first aid.

Special Education

In order to sign up for Special Education courses a student must currently be on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and be identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in any of the following areas- Language Arts, Reading, Written Language, Oral Expression, Listening Comprehension, and or Math, Social Skills, Adaptive Skills, Organization, Behavior and Executive Functioning.

SPECIAL EDUCATION LANGUAGE ARTS /READING/WRITING

Grade 6, 7, 8: Full Year (2 SEMESTERS)

*FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON AN IEP*

Prerequisite: Must be on an IEP, and identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in the area of reading and/or writing. The curriculum focuses on fundamental reading and writing fluency, reading comprehension, as well as listening comprehension and oral expression skills. Curriculum and content is based on students’ individual IEP goals and changes each year depending on student needs and ability.

SPECIAL EDUCATION MATH

Grade 6, 7, 8: Full Year (2 SEMESTERS)

*FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON AN IEP*

Prerequisite: Must be on an IEP, and identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in the area of Math. The curriculum focuses on fundamental calculation and reasoning as well as problem solving concepts, skills and strategies. Curriculum and content is based on students’ individual IEP goals and changes each year depending on student needs and ability.

SPECIAL EDUCATION OTHER SKILLS

Grade 6, 7, 8: Full Year (2 SEMESTERS)

*FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON AN IEP*

In order to sign up for Special Education other skills courses a student must currently be on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and be identified with a learning disability or handicapping condition in any of the following areas- Executive Functioning, Organization, Behavior, Social Skills, and Adaptive Skills.

Prerequisite: These classes are required for students with qualifications in the identified areas of Executive Functioning, Organization, Behavior, Social Skills, and Adaptive Skills

Electives

All Middle School Students in the LWSD are required to complete one semester elective in the area of The Arts and one semester elective in the area of Life Skills. Students may take these two semester electives any time during their three years at Kirkland Middle School. Classes that meet these requirements are noted in the course catalog. (*A) Arts, (*LS) Life Skills.

Electives Courses Description

Fine Arts

All courses in Kirkland Middle School’s art program are organized to develop the student's skills

in the following five areas: art production, visual awareness, art history, art criticism, and art appreciation.

ARTS AND CRAFTS (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

(1 SEMESTER)

You too can be an artist!!!!! Students will complete projects with an emphasis on creativity, imagination and the elements of design. A variety of projects will expand student talents, resourcefulness and abilities. Students will create watercolors, mobiles, drawing, cartooning, print making, collage, and other projects. Lab Fee $5.00

DRAWING AND PAINTING 1 (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8

(1 SEMESTER)

Discover and develop the artist in you! Modeling (shading with respect to a light source) and color theory are emphasized in drawing and painting projects. Linear and atmospheric perspective techniques are also taught to create an illusion of depth in any subject matter. Proportion of facial features and rotation of the human head is explored and applied to portraits. Learn how to draw what you see and what you can imagine. Decorate your walls with your own creativity! Lab Fee $5.00

DRAWING AND PAINTING 2 (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8

(1 SEMESTER)

This class is for students who have taken Drawing and Painting 1. Expand your artistic skills with teacher-directed, and self-directed projects. Lab Fee $5.00

POTTERY (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

(1 SEMESTER)

Discover the magic of clay! Students will learn what this ancient and versatile material can offer an artist both in its durability and in its beauty. Students will use slab, press-mold, and coil construction to create several projects including coasters, a bell, a mug, a flower vase, a picture, a ceramic box, and other projects. We will also explore firing and glazing techniques. Lab Fee $15.00

ADVANCED POTTERY (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

(1 SEMESTER)

Prerequisite: Pottery

Continue your discovery of the beauty of clay. This class is for advanced students that want to learn more about ceramic art. Students will use slab, press-mold, coil construction and the potter’s wheel to create more complex and sophisticated projects. Instruction on firing and glazing techniques will also be reviewed. Lab Fee $15.00

Performing Arts

DRAMA (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

(1 SEMESTER)

Like to Act? Want to be a star? This class is for students who enjoy performing in front of peers. It is designed to help students’ express thoughts, feelings and ideas through various learning experiences. Students will participate in individual and group exercises with monologue, improvisation, storytelling, skits and much more!

Music

At KiMS, we offer a variety of performing arts courses that build confidence, poise, self-expression, leadership and team building skills. Our music program supports learning at all levels, from beginning to advanced musicians. Students who are interested in trying out a new instrument or pursuing their American Idol dreams may enroll in the following courses: Chorus, Orchestra, Cadet Band, and Guitar. If you are a musician who has had previous experience, please read the following course descriptions to find the class that best suits you. If you have any questions about course enrollment, please contact Mr. Michael Lundquist mlundquist@lwsd.org

CADET BAND (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

This course is appropriate for students who have previously participated in an elementary band or who would like to start playing a band instrument! Students of any grade level, who would like to start playing an instrument, may enroll with teacher permission. Assignments include playing tests, concerts, school and community performances, and written listening evaluations. Regular and consistent practice is an expectation of all performing group members. Class activities include full group rehearsals, sectionals, peer and self-critiques, and listening exercises. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to: sight read Grade 1 wind band music, perform Grade 1.5-2.5 wind band music, recognize and exhibit skills used in a band ensemble, evaluate individual performance to aid improvement. Regular practice and concert attendance are required. If the student needs to rent an instrument from the school, the fee is $100. All Percussion are required to pay an equipment maintenance fee of $50 for the year.

CONCERT BAND (*A) GRADE 7, 8:

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

Members in this group should have previously participated in the Cadet Band, or should be selected by director permission. The Upper Level band is the culmination of the middle school band program. It is a continuation of previous experience in band, with emphasis on developing individual technical and listening skills, as well as ensemble skills through level appropriate literature. Students will have performing opportunities in large group concert, solo, and small ensemble music. Assignments include playing tests, concerts, school and community performances, and written listening evaluations. Regular and consistent practice is an expectation of all performing group members. Class activities include full group rehearsals, sectionals, peer and self-critiques, and listening exercises. At the conclusion of this course students will be able to: sight read Grade 2 wind band music, perform Grade 2.5-3 wind band music, evaluate individual performance to aid improvement, demonstrate leadership skills in rehearsal and sectionals. Regular practice and concert attendance are required. A fee of $100 is required for school provided equipment. All Percussion are required to pay an equipment maintenance fee of $50 for the year.

JAZZ BAND (*A) GRADES 7, 8:

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

This course is a daily class that meets before school and is taken for credit. Membership is by audition and/or permission of director; suggested 1-2 years of previous experience on instrument. The Jazz Band is a performance group that concentrates on large jazz ensemble and improvisation skills. The study of jazz and related popular music styles of the past and present is also an element of the class. Assignments include playing tests, concerts, and listening evaluations/paper. Class activities include full group rehearsals, sectionals, peer and self- critiques, and listening exercises. At the conclusion of this course students will be able to: sight read Grade 1.5-2 jazz band music, perform Grade 2-3 jazz band music, demonstrate basic skills in jazz improvisation, analyze and evaluate individual performance to aid improvement, understand and exhibit proper preparation and rehearsal skills of a musician. The Ensemble will perform in at least one concert per quarter and one festival per school year.

GUITAR (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

(1 SEMESTER)

This class is for the beginning guitarist. In this class, the student will learn how to apply basic musical concepts, such as rhythm, harmony and melody, to the guitar. At the end of this class students will be able to read and play basic chord symbols and melodies. Students will provide their own classical guitar for this class, although a limited number of guitars are available from the school for student loan at a fee of $50.00, (first come first serve).

ADVANCED GUITAR (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

(1 SEMESTER)

This course is designed for the advanced guitarist. Participation in Beginning Guitar is a prerequisite for Advanced Guitar unless student can demonstrate sight reading skills and beginning theory. Teacher permission is required. Recital attendance is required. Students will provide their own acoustic guitar for this class although a limited number of guitars are available from the school for student loan at a fee of $50.00, (first come first serve).

CONCERT ORCHESTRA (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

Concert Orchestra is for students who have previously participated in an elementary or middle school orchestra, or who would like to start playing the violin, viola, cello, or bass! Students of any grade level, who would like to start playing a string instrument, may enroll with teacher permission. Students in Concert Orchestra will improve their playing technique and learn skills such as tuning their own instrument, shifting, and tricky articulation! Concert Orchestra also performs in several concerts throughout the year and takes field trips. Regular practice and concert attendance is required. A fee of $100 is required for school provided instruments.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (*A) GRADES 7,8:

FULL YEAR (TWO SEMESTERS)

This course is designed for the advanced string player. Participation in the Concert Orchestra is a prerequisite for Chamber Orchestra, unless student can demonstrate advanced sight-reading, music theory, and technical ability through an audition. Advanced repertoire, musicianship skills, and string technique will be emphasized as a means to think critically and collaborate with others. Students in Chamber Orchestra have the opportunity to become section leaders, participate in the Orchestra Council, play in the LWSD Honor Orchestra, perform in the Collage Concert and multiple school assemblies, and take field trips. Teacher permission and concert attendance is required. A fee of $100 is required for school provided instruments.


CONCERT CHOIR (*A) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

Discover the singer and musician in you! Love to sing? Then this course is for you! Students will learn how to sing beautifully, read music, build performance skills, and gain confidence. Choir members sing a variety of songs, including classical, jazz, folk, and pop music. Highlights from Concert Choir include singing in several concerts a year, taking a field trips, and singing in school assemblies. No previous singing experience is necessary. Concert attendance is required.


CHAMBER SINGERS (*A) GRADES 7, 8:

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

This course is designed for the advanced singer. Participation in the Concert Choir is a prerequisite for Chamber Singers, unless the student can demonstrate basic sight-singing, music theory, and vocal ability through an audition. Advanced repertoire, musicianship skills, and vocal technique will be emphasized as a means to think critically and collaborate with others. Students in Chamber Singers have the opportunity to become section leaders, participate in the Choir Council, sing in the LWSD Honor Choir, perform in the Collage Concert and multiple school assemblies, and take field trips. Teacher permission and concert attendance are required.

Technology

KIMS Technology courses introduce students to a variety of engineering disciplines. Students will become proficient “makers” of products that solve real-world problems using a design approach that incorporates iterative modeling, building, and testing.

DESIGN AND MODELING I GRADES: 6, 7 & 8

(1 SEMESTER)

Students receive an introduction to industrial technology while expanding skills in leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students learn the basics about engineering, manufacturing, basic woodworking, and workplace readiness. Instruction includes sketching, measurement, woodshop safety, and use of common woodworking tools and machines. Students, design, build, and test a variety of projects. Lab Fee $20


DESIGN AND MODELING II GRADES: 6, 7 & 8

(ONE SEMESTER)

Prerequisite: Design and Modeling I

This course builds on the methods and skills taught in Design and Modeling I. Do you have dreams of being an inventor and creating new products for the world to use? Students learn to use a rapid prototyping process to invent and refine products. Students learn how to use 3D printers and CNC machines in addition to their basic wood working skills to produce products. Lab Fee $20


COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR INNOVATORS AND MAKERS I GRADES: 6, 7 & 8

(1 SEMESTER)

Students learn about “making” for the physical world by blending hardware and software development. After a basic introduction to electronics, students program microcontrollers to respond to and control various input and output devices.Students learn how to incrementally improve their products producing more complex solutions. Students showcase their final project at the end of semester Makers Fair. Lab Fee $20


COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR INNOVATORS AND MAKERS II GRADES: 6, 7 & 8

(1 SEMESTER)

Prerequisite: Computer Science for Innovators and Makers I

Students deepen their understanding of hardware and software concepts from the level 1 course while exercising more independence over design decisions with the goal of building more advanced products that solve real-world problems. Lab Fee $20


AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS I GRADES: 7, 8

(ONE SEMESTER)

Design, build, and program a robot!Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems.Students use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program robots to solve existing problems and improve productivity. Lab Fee $20


AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS II GRADES: 7, 8

(ONE SEMESTER)

Prerequisite: Automation and Robotics I

Students deepen their understanding of concepts from the level 1 course. Students work independently and in teams to create complex robotic solutions to solve real-world problems. Lab Fee $20


GAME DESIGN & PROGRAMMING I GRADES: 6, 7 & 8

(ONE SEMESTER)

Do you like video games? Do you want to know what goes into making those games? In Game Design & Programming, students learn how to develop video games using Game Maker Studio. Students learn by progressing through several introductory programming challenges while exploring concepts and patterns unique to video game design. Students build games in the popular styles of the scrolling shooter, mazes, breakout, and platform games. Students learn how requirements are stated, programmed, and tested.After the basic requirements of a game are completed, students design their own extensions to the game. For the final project, students complete one of their initial creations for KiMS Arcade Night with friends and family. Lab Fee $20.00

GAME DESIGN & PROGRAMMING II GRADES: 6, 7 & 8

(ONE SEMESTER)

Prerequisite: Game Design & Programming I

Hooked on programming games? In level 2, students become more skilled as a designer and programmer of computer games. Students consider their favorites games and what makes great games so fun and addictive. Students learn more advanced programming concepts and patterns unique to computer game programming while working on more complicated games.For the final project, students will independently design, develop, and deliver their own video game to be enjoyed at KiMS Arcade Night. Lab Fee $20.00


DIGITAL MEDIA GRADES: 6, 7 & 8

(1 SEMESTER)

Students in this course will have the opportunity to learn and grow fundamental skills producing self-directed projects in various digital media formats including digital photography, digital video, digital 3D-modeling, and digital graphic design.Digital cameras, production equipment and relevant software will be used to create diverse projects suited to individual student interests and ability levels. As the semester progresses students take on project management responsibilities including planning workflows, time management, team coordination, self-reflection and peer feedback. Lab Fee $10.00


World Language

The World Language course offered at Kirkland Middle School is a high school level class. We

follow the same curriculum and pace and use the same materials as the high school. Students who select this course need to have a strong grasp of the English language and possess solid study skills. World language students must commit to a minimum of thirty minutes of homework a day. This work will include both written assignments and daily study. Beginning courses encompass the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will develop an appreciation of other cultures through increased global awareness.

SPANISH I (*LS) GRADE 8

FULL YEAR (2 SEMESTERS)

This course emphasizes pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will build a foundation of basic vocabulary and grammar of the Spanish language, as well an introduction to culture and history of Spanish speaking countries. This course meets the requirements for high school Spanish I.

Fitness/Physical Education Electives

PEAK PERFORMANCE (*LS) GRADES 7, 8

(1 SEMESTER)

This class will expose students to body conditioning, weight training, and proper nutrition. Emphasis will be put on proper use of all weight room equipment, stretching and exercise techniques. The class will examine the lifelong effects and the benefits of exercise on the heart. The class will individualize goals based on student need or activity.

The required uniform includes a KiMS Fitness T-shirt -$5.00 and shorts- $7.00 (which can be purchased from the ASB window in the main office) socks, and tennis or athletic shoes.

TEAM SPORTS (*LS) GRADES 7, 8:

(1 SEMESTER)

This class does not replace the required Fitness class, but is intended to be taken for further development of the required skills in soccer, speed-way, softball, flag football, basketball, team handball, floor hockey and volleyball. The required uniform includes a KiMS Fitness T-shirt -$5.00 and shorts- $7.00 (which can be purchased from Ms. Parker in the main office) socks, and tennis or athletic shoes.

Speech and Literacy

SPEECH AND LITERACY (*LS) GRADES 6, 7, 8

(1 SEMESTER)

This class is an introduction to public speaking, speech forms, debate, and speech critique. Students will learn how to effectively design arguments and support them logically. Students will participate in a variety of debates formats; including parliamentary, cross examination and Lincoln – Douglas.

JOURNALISM AND ONLINE MEDIA (*LS) GRADES 6, 7, 8:

(1 SEMESTER)

Students will explore both online and print newspaper and magazine writing, as well as blogs, video blogs and social media. The course will include instruction in basic newswriting concepts such as reporting timely and relevant information, keeping accurate interview records and tailoring content to audience type. Students will learn to write and report informative, editorial, sports, and entertainment stories and report them in different medium, both in print and online. Students will produce online publications, blogs, and video blogs.

Additional Electives

LEADERSHIP (*LS) GRADES 6, 7, 8

(1 SEMESTER)

Choose to be a leader! This class offers students an opportunity to learn a variety of leadership styles and communication skills. Students will participate in different school and community groups. A key component to this class will be community service learning activities. Students are expected to demonstrate exemplary behavior in and out of the classroom.

STUDY SKILLS (*LS) GRADE 6, 7, 8

This course is designed for students who would like help with homework and/or organization skills, or for those who just need a quiet place to complete their assignments. Students learn skills and strategies to help them with homework and tests, as well as receive instruction on how to use their time effectively, manage a planner and organize their materials. The supervising teacher monitors, instructs and assists students with their classwork while the students work on assignments in a quiet, distraction-free environment.

IN CLASS – PEER TUTOR (*LS) GRADE 6, 7, 8

(1 SEMESTER)

Prerequisite: Teacher signature required

Peer Tutor is a one semester class for responsible students willing to be a positive role model and assist students in their classes. Students will be placed in classes according to their academic strengths.

IN CLASS - MATH TUTOR (*LS) Grade 7, 8

(1 SEMESTER)

Prerequisite: Math teacher’s signature required

Math Tutoring is a one semester class that gives students the opportunity to help other students in math by assisting in a Math class. Open to Discovering Algebra and Geometry students.

LEARNING CENTER STUDENT AIDE (*LS)

Grade 6, 7, 8: (1 SEMESTER)

Prerequisite: Teacher signature required

Special Education Student Aide is a one semester class for responsible students willing to be a positive role model and assist students in their Special Education (Learning Center) classes. Students will be placed in classes according to their academic strengths and preferences. Subjects include reading, writing, math, social skills, functional life skills, and helping in other elective classes (fitness, art, computer).

Registration Presentations: 2017-2018