The Scottsdale School District offers a middle school program designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of the emerging adolescent. This middle school philosophy is demonstrated through the learning opportunities at each school in unique and diverse ways.
Enrichment courses are offered at each grade level to provide a greater breadth of learning. These courses are designed to complement, enhance, and integrate learning opportunities with the required curricula. Students may choose enrichment courses based on availability, staffing at their site, and space. Many of the enrichment courses are offered for multiple grade levels, while others are unique to a particular grade level. Students who choose year-long enrichment courses will have fewer opportunities than those students who participate in semester-long enrichments. PLEASE NOTE: The availability of all enrichment course offerings at each site will be unique and is dependent on staffing and space availability.
Mohave Middle School
Enrichment Course Descriptions
Semester Long Enrichment Course Descriptions
Art: An exploration of the Visual Arts. Students will explore drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture integrating cultural and historical concepts while applying the elements and principals of design.
Computers: Teaches students how to use the computer as an academic resource. Word processing, drawing, spreadsheet data entry, graphs, PowerPoint, internet research, and digital citizenship. Learn proper finger placement and appropriate navigation of the Internet (basic requirement for high school)
Choir (6th grade): Students will have the opportunity to prepare and perform vocal selections in rehearsal and concert settings. Students learn to read notes and rhythms, learn basic music theory and history and performance etiquette. Students perform in winter and spring concerts.
Industrial Arts: Through a hands-on approach to learning students will be introduced to a general core of instructions on safety and four main technology components. The general core consists of units of instruction on general safety. The four major technology components 1) Communication 2) Construction 3) Manufacturing and 4) Transportation/Power and Energy.
Intro to Mandarin Language & Culture: Brief introduction of Chinese culture with topics such as geography, family/home, food, calligraphy, leisure and recreation shopping. Acquisition of basic Chinese pronunciation and intonations. Emphasis is placed on the following areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is an introductory class, designed to teach basic skills and allow students to consider the pursuit of further language acquisition.
Intro to Spanish Language & Culture: Brief introduction of Spanish culture with topics such as geography, family/home, food, calligraphy, leisure, and recreation. Emphasis is placed on the following areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is an introductory class, designed to teach basic skills and allow students to consider the pursuit of further language acquisition.
Physical Education: PE classes place a strong emphasis on the importance of promoting a positive self-image for all students. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including, but not limited to; basketball, badminton, softball, scooter-hockey, broom ball, etc. Students are asked to ‘dress out’ into a PE uniform. Information is provided to students in the first days of class on how to obtain a uniform.
Math for Success: Students who are not meeting state standards in Math, as measured by the 2012 AIMS assessment, will automatically be enrolled in this support class. Families who feel that this class would benefit their child, even though they are meeting standards, may elect this course.
Multicultural Exploratory: (6th grade) This class will expose students to many different cultures from around the world. Students will learn languages such as: Latin, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili, and Greek. Students in this class explore our diverse world using both media and technology. An emphasis is placed on reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Year Long Enrichment Course Descriptions
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination):. Students that are accepted into the AVID program will participate in academic programs designed to prepare them for college eligibility by preparing students to take advanced classes in high school. AVID students take part in enrichment trips and activities, engage in weekly tutorials, and develop a college readiness plan. AVID is an on-going commitment. An application and interview process is required to be chosen for AVID. Please contact the school for more information.
Band: Students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and performing music while learning to play an instrument. Students learn basic to advanced rhythmic patterns, music theory and history, intonation, performance etiquette and teamwork. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.
Chorus: Students will have the opportunity to prepare and perform vocal selections in rehearsal and concert settings. Students learn to read notes and rhythms, learn basic music theory and history and performance etiquette. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.
Strings: Students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and performing music while learning to play a stringed instrument. Students learn basic to advanced rhythmic patterns, music theory and history, intonation, performance etiquette, and teamwork. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.
Spanish I: The first year Spanish language learner will experience a variety of techniques, procedures, and activities to effectively communicate at a beginning level. Emphasis is placed on listening, speaking, reading, and writing to facilitate communication in the target language. Vocabulary acquisition and a cultural overview will be integral components of the Level I coursework. Students/families will have the option of receiving high school credit for this class.
Mandarin I: This course is designed to offer a variety of teaching/learning styles for students to acquire basic proficiency in speaking, listening, writing, and reading in the target language. The writing and reading skills will include pinyin transcriptions and Chinese characters. Components of the Chinese civilization, including art, music and festivals will play an integral role to demonstrate the intrinsic relationship between the language and the culture. Students/families will have the option of receiving high school credit for this class.
Student Government: Students must write an essay (minimum of one paragragh) describing why they would be a good candidate for this class. Additionally, students must obtain teacher recommendation(s). The purpose of this class is to train student leaders in leadership skills, group dynamics, planning and evaluating, constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, and service. Class time will be divided among regular business meetings, work projects, and committee assignments. Student Government serves as the student activity director. All student activities, clubs, projects, and activities must be approved by Student Government at a regular meeting.
The aim and objectives of the class:
1) To provide a democratic form in which students can address those school-related issues which affect their lives
2) To promote active school spirit
3) To promote a better relationship between students and faculty
4) To promote worthwhile school activities
5) To develop more interest in citizenship, leadership and sportsmanship
6) To contribute to the community
Year Book: Students will memorialize the 2012-2013 academic year by producing, selling, and distributing the school year book. Students will work directly with an outside vendor (teacher assisted) meeting real-life deadlines and making decisions that impact the production of the book.
8th grade students are NOT able to drop year-long classes to become a Teacher’s Assistant