Elective Choices 2017/18 Grant Ranch School

Middle Advanced Band: Open to students who already have band experience.  This class puts on at least two concerts a year and plays there instruments every day.  Focus is on performance, but we also learn music theory and evaluate music.  This is a full year class.

Beginning Band: Students will learn to play an instrument, read music and have the opportunity to continue their learning by joining the Advanced Band.  

Middle School Choir : Open to all students. We sing every day in this class and will give a concert at the end of the trimester. Students also learn to accompany themselves on the ukulele.  We also learn about music theory and evaluate music.

Middle School PE- 

2-d art -Drawing & Color: Learn the fundamentals of drawing skills.    Also, do some cartooning, manga & other drawing.  Learn about the different uses and aspects of color.

3-D & ceramics:  Create sculptural art including ceramics, masks, plaster sculpture, assemblage, soft sculpture and more.

Contemporary Art:  Learn all about the art that makes you go “huh?” from street art, to installation art and video art.  

Technology- 6th Grade: Students will learn about digital citizenship, coding, and keyboarding.

Yearbook Help create the GRS Yearbook from start to finish.  Students will be involved in all of the aspects of creating our yearbook including photography, page layout, graphics, cover design and journalism.  

Career Technology Education: (7th and 8th Grades only) Using project-based instruction, students are provided opportunities to explore computer science and engineering STEM curriculum.    

AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination.  A class dedicated to empowering students to get involved in their education and have a brighter future.  AVID creates a college-going culture at our school that supports high expectations and levels of achievement for all students.  

Brain Bowl:  An elective designed to help students prepare to compete in the Brain Bowl which is an academic quiz competition where students demonstrate their knowledge on a variety of subjects.  

History of Rock-N-Roll: This course is still under construction.  Students will have the opportunity to study the music that spans the decades.  They will be introduced to influences on modern music as well as historical context that music brings to our lives.  

Mindfulness: Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose to what is happening right now.  We will be mindful of sound, breath, movement, thoughts, emotions, and other things. They will be short periods of paying attention on purpose. These simple techniques will be gently strengthening and developing our minds to help us with self- awareness, emotional balance, impulse control and focus.