In the 7th and 8th grade Band, members continue to develop their performance skills on their instruments. More challenging music is presented to the students and more emphasis is placed on performing as a member of an ensemble. The band performs concerts at the HS Auditorium and Gymnasium and also participates in MSBOA District Band Festival. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Solo and Ensemble Festival in April where adjudicators provide a critical analysis of a solo or small group performance.
In 7th and 8th grade Choir we will continue to improve performance skills enabling them to interpret and recreate, from the printed page, music of complex meter, form, harmony and expression. Emphasis will be on the fundamentals of musicianship, cooperative interaction, complex thinking and critical listening skills, and evaluation. The students will perform in festival competitions, concerts, or other activities in school and community.
7th Grade - Students will be concentrating on drawing with a variety of dry and wet mediums. Many assignments will be based on traditional pencil drawing techniques but charcoal, pastes and inks will also be introduced. One- and two-point perspective will also be taught. Value, contrast, perspective and contour will be stressed on most assignments along with cultural connections. African art and early Mediterranean cultures will be emphasized and used for several thematic subjects. All art assignments require: following directions, application of a technique, care of materials, safety, and completion and clean up.
8th grade - Students will be introduced to a variety of painting media and the traditional techniques associated with them. Watercolor, tempera and acrylics will be used in realistic and non-objective assignments. Color theory is worked on extensively. The emphasis will be on how colors mix to create hues that advance, recede, impact mood or create atmospheric conditions. Some assignments will use a limited palette to teach harmony in the final visual product.
Students in the 7th and 8th grade Physical Education class will apply principles of team sports, weightlifting, and activities to the development of their bodies through improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscle strength, improved body composition, and flexibility. Students will demonstrate competence in selected health-enhancing, lifelong physical activities.
This class will incorporate learning about terms used along with parts and the mechanics of a computer, and will emphasize keyboarding skills using the software All the Right Type. Students will have hands-on experiences with the software Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and an introduction to Microsoft Excel. Each student will be assigned a final project which will demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained throughout the course. The creation of the EDP, Educational Development Plan, will also take place using Career Cruising software. The 7th and 8th grade courses offer different experiences.
Class geared to build conceptual and real world application of mathematical concepts used in problem-solving and scientific research. Focus areas build students foundational math skills in fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, proportions, and probability. Collaborative activities and math games capture much of the learning time. Placement based on math needs and teacher recommendation.
Students focus on habits of successful teens. Based on the book, “Success Principles for Teens” by Canfield and Healy, students will read and discover 20 of the most important success strategies used by thousands of exceptional young people throughout history. This begins by believing in yourself, setting goals, facing your fears, Asking for help, and making wise choices.
HS Spanish –Year 1 - The first year of Spanish is designed to help students learn to read, write, speak, and listening in Spanish at the introductory level. Students will begin to communicate about familiar topics such as self, home, friends, family, and school.
HS Health- Required for graduation-The Cedar Springs Public Schools provides a comprehensive Health curriculum as recommended by the Michigan Department of Education. The students will apply health promotions and disease prevention concepts and principles to personal, family and community health issues along with accessing valid health information, practicing health enhancing behaviors to reduce health risks. The students will also analyze the influences of culture beliefs, media, and technology on health issues. They will be using goal setting and decision making skills to enhance their health so they may demonstrate effective interpersonal communication and other social skills which will help enhance their health and be advocate for health promotion in their family and community.
HS Modern Business - This course is designed to prepare students for employment in today’s ever-changing work force. This course emphasizes basic business skills and behavior along with computer concepts and the use of technology. It is taught using current software. Business skills include computer and technology use, improved keyboarding skills, business communications and presentations, document formatting, career knowledge, job preparation and application, and foundations of business such as forms of ownership, and basic finance. Behavioral skills include business etiquette, meetings, copyright and ethics, transferable skills and human relations.