Gadsden independent school district middle school pre-registration handbook



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Business/Office Career Exploration exposes students to the opportunities available in the accounting, administration, computer applications, data processing, management, and secretarial fields. Emphasis is placed on responsibilities, qualifications, and work environment, rewards and career paths. This course may also include consumer education topics, computer exposure, employability skills, and/or hands-on experience within various occupational areas.


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Keyboarding (KEYBOARDING)


Grades 7, 8

This course provides an introduction to the keyboard (letters, numbers, and symbols), basic machine operation, and proper keyboarding technique. As students progress through the course, they improve their speed and accuracy. The emphasis is on producing business letters and reports that incorporate column typing.

Computer and Information Sciences


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Basic Computer (BASICCOMPUTR)

Grades 7/8


Course introduces the computer and peripheral devices, the functions and uses of computers, the language of the computer industry, possible applications, and occupations related to computer hardware and software. Legal and ethical issues may be explored, as well as the effect of the computer on modern society. Performance of some computer operations may be required.
Elective Activities


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q Student Aide (STUDENTAIDE)

Grade 8


Course provides students with the opportunity to work in one of several campus offices (front, attendance, guidance, athletic offices, in the library or audio-visual center, or with individual teachers), assisting the appropriate professional with their duties.

q Students who take this course will NOT receive a grade nor will it count towards promotion.


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Study Skills (STUDYSKILLS)

Grades 7, 8


Course prepares students for success in school. Course topics may vary according to the audience, but may include reading improvement skills, such as scanning, note-taking, and outlining; library and research skills; listening, note taking, vocabulary, and test-taking skills. The course may also include exercises to generate organized and logical thinking and writing.
English Language And Literature


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Creative Writing (Newspaper/Journalism)

Grades 7, 8

Course offers students the opportunity to develop and improve their technique and individual style in poetry, short story, drama, essays, and other forms of prose. The emphasis of the class is on writing, although exemplary representations and authors may be studied to provide a fuller appreciation of the form and craft.


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Assisted Reading

Grades 7, 8

This course is the Reading 180 intervention program.

Family and Consumer Sciences


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Family and Consumer Science Exploratory (FACSEXPLORE)

Grades 7, 8


This exploratory course is an introductory course offered in middle school into the study of all areas in Family and Consumer Sciences. Areas of study are foods and nutrition; clothing; child development and care; housing design, decoration and maintenance; consumer decisions; and interpersonal relationships. It will include an introduction into the careers available in the family and consumer sciences field.


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Basic Foods

Grade 7, 8


This course provides students with an understanding of the role food plays in society, instruction in how to plan and prepare meals, experience in the proper use of equipment and utensils, and a background in nutritional needs and requirements for healthy living. Career opportunities in the food industry will be presented.


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Family Living (FAMILYLIVING)

Grade 8


This class emphasizes building and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships among family members and other members of society. Topics most often covered includes self-awareness and management, social/dating practices, parenting/ family styles, sexuality, marriage preparedness; parenthood and the functions of the family unit, life stages and problems typical of each state, providing for special needs of handicapped, aged, etc.

Fine and Performing Arts


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Creative Art – Comprehensive (CREATARTCOMP)

Grade 7, 8


The course provides students with the knowledge and opportunity to explore an art form and to create individual works of art. Career opportunities in the art world may also be discussed and explored. This initial course covers the language, materials, and processes of a particular art form and the design elements and principles supporting a work of art.


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Creative Art - Drawing/Painting (DRAW/PAINT)

Grade 8


This course covers the same topics as Creative Art-Comprehensive courses, but focuses on drawing and painting. In keeping with this attention on two-dimensional work, students work with several media (such as pen and ink, pencil, chalk, watercolor, temper, oils, and acrylics, and so on).


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Dance Technique (DANCE)

Grade 7,8


The course provides experience in one or several dance forms (i.e., modern, jazz, ballet, tap).


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General Band (GENERBAND)

Grade 7, 8


The course develops technique for playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, and covers a variety of non-specified band literature styles (concert, marching, orchestral, and modern styles).


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Concert Band (CONCERTBAND)

Grade 7, 8


The course is designed to promote students’ technique for playing brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, and covers a variety of band literature styles, primarily of concert performances.


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Individual Technique--Guitar 1 (GUITAR1)

Grade 7, 8


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Individual Technique--Guitar 2 (GUITAR 2)

Grade 8


The course provides instruction in instrumental technique for guitar to individuals or small groups.


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Music Theory (MUSICTHEORY)

Grade 7, 8


The course teaches an understanding of the fundamentals of music, and includes one or more of the following topics: composition, arrangement, analysis, aural development, and sight reading. Music Theory courses may or may not require previous musical experience.

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Chorus (CHORUS 1)

Grade 7, 8


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Chorus (CHORUS 2)

Grade 7, 8


Courses provide the opportunity to sing a variety of choral literature styles for men’s and/or women’s voices, and are designed to develop vocal techniques and the ability to sing parts.


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Contemporary Band (CONTEMPOBAND) (Jazz Ensemble)

Grade 7, 8


This course develops technique for playing brass, woodwind, percussion, and string instruments, as well as guitar and keyboard, focusing primarily on contemporary stage band literature styles, such as traditional jazz, jazz improvisation and rock.


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Individual Technique--Piano (PIANO)

Grade 7, 8


This course provides instruction in piano to individuals or a small group.

Foreign Language and Literature


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Spanish for Native Spanish Speakers 1 (SPANNATISPK1)

This course supports, reinforces, and expands students’ knowledge of their own Spanish tongue. Because students understand at least the rudiments and structure of the language and have a working vocabulary (to a greater or lesser degree), courses in Spanish for Native Spanish Speakers often move faster than do regular Spanish courses.


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Spanish for Native Spanish Speakers 2 (SPANNATISPK2)

This course in Spanish for Native Spanish Speakers continues to reinforce and expand students’ knowledge of their own Spanish tongue and may be structured similar to an English Language Arts course (with a study of literature and composition). It may also incorporate more Spanish and Hispanic culture or history than do regular Spanish courses.


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Spanish for Native Spanish Speakers 3 (SPANNATISPK3)

This course in Spanish for Native Spanish Speakers continues to reinforce and expand students’ knowledge of their own Spanish tongue and may be structured similar to an English Language Arts course (with a study of literature and composition). It may also incorporate more Spanish and Hispanic culture or history than do regular Spanish courses and may introduce translation skills.


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Spanish 1 (SPANISH1)

Course introduces students to the basic skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – and to the basic structures of Spanish taught within the cultural context. Emphasis is on oral and written communication skills, and students are made aware of the importance of Spanish in their world.


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Spanish 2 (SPANISH2)

Course continues to develop communication skills. There is wider use of Spanish, not only in classroom management, but also in teaching concepts. Emphasis is on sustained communication, both oral and written, and on appreciation of the culture of Spanish speaking countries.


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Spanish 3 (SPANISH3)

Course further refines, reinforces, and develops the skills and cultural awareness previously acquired in the first two levels. A greater emphasis is placed on reading, communicating orally and in writing, and on the importance of Spanish in careers.

PLEASE NOTE: Two levels of successfully completed Spanish classes count as one (1) Foreign Language credit, fulfilling a graduation requirement; see pp. 8-9.

Special Education


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Resource Center Math (RESCNMATH7)

Grade 7


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Resource Center Math (RESCNMATH8)

Grade 8


Taught in a resource center or laboratory setting where the emphasis is on individual student progress, Resource Center Math includes the study of general math topics, such as arithmetic using rational numbers, numeration systems and place value, basic geometry, and basic statistics. These courses also apply these skills to real world problems and situations.



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Seminar—Gifted & Talented (SEMGIFTTAL)

Grade 7, 8


The course provides a small peer group the opportunity to investigate areas of interest in research and investigative skills, presentation skills, interpersonal skills, group process skills, and problem solving and critical thinking skills. This course is only open to students through their Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.)


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Special Resources (SPECRESOUR)

Grade 7, 8


This course provides students with educational services and resources as needed. Reinforcement of any content area may be offered with the use of specific material or teaching techniques through group instruction or individual tutorial assistance.


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Special/Exceptional Education--Other (SPECEXCPOTH)

Grade 7, 8


This course is designed for students who are physically handicapped, have learning disabilities, have social/emotional disorders, are mentally handicapped or have varying exceptionalities.


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Creative Art--Comprehensive (CREATARTCOMP)

Grade 7, 8


This course provides students with the knowledge and opportunity to explore and art form and to create individual works of art. Career opportunities in the art world may also be discussed and explored. It also covers the language, materials, and processes of a particular art form and the design elements and principles supporting a work of art. Although the focus of creative courses is creating, the study of major artists, art movements and styles may also be included.


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Community Living (COMMLIVING)

Prerequisite: Self-Contained

This course places a special emphasis on the student's relationship to the surrounding community. Instruction varies with the students and their needs and IEP's; however, these courses provide the skills necessary for independent functioning within the surrounding environment. Course topics may include available community resources and how to access them; emergency skills; and independent living strategies.


28042010

Mobility Instruction (MOBILITY)

Prerequisite: Self-Contained

This course places a special emphasis on the student's relationship to the surrounding community. Instruction varies with the students and their needs and IEP's; however, these courses provide the skills necessary for independent functioning within the surrounding environment. Course topics may include available community resources and how to access them; emergency skills; and independent living strategies.


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Communication Instruction (COMMINSTRUCT)

Prerequisite: Self-Contained

This course, like Mobility Instruction courses, are typically individualized according to each student's condition and needs. Increasing the student's communication skills—oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, and writing—is emphasized; communication techniques in several areas (educational, social, and vocational) may be explored.


28062010

Social Development Instruction (SOCDEVELOP)

Prerequisite: Self-Contained

This course teaches students the social skills needed for independent functioning within the community. Topics may include self-control, self-expression, obeying rules, decision making, appropriate situational behavior, and how to interact with others and maintain relationships. Students may develop independence, self-confidence, and self-reliance.

Technology Education


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Technology Systems (PREP) *

Prerequisite: Self-Contained

Explore the resources, processes, management, and products as they relate to communication, energy, and production technology. Learn practical application, impact of technology and teamwork.

*This course can count as one (1) high school elective credit. See pp. 8-9.

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