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Having the ability to explore classes outside the prescribed academic curriculum has always been a priority in the Middle School program. During the first semester, the middle school students have had the option of taking an elective course each week during a one hour block period. Middle school teachers and educators from companies have created courses that students were able to select for their elective class.
This semester middle school students were offered four different courses that focused on science and technology. Mr. Gonzalez and Mrs. Lopez are leading the Full STEAM Ahead elective course which focuses on science, technology, engineering, art, math and entrepreneurship. Students in the course are challenged to create solutions to problems that exist and create an innovation that could address it. In addition to the STEAM course, DBP Robotics runs three elective classes each week. Students had a choice of computer science, arduino robotics, or drones. Each week the students participate in hands on learning activities and experiment with their products.
In addition to the science and technology classes, students were also offered courses in the creative arts. Mrs. Melnick designed the course Go Big! Art Installations. During this class students design and create art projects and installations that are put on display around the school. Mrs. Ohana is leading a Hands on Chesed class in which students are assigned various service learning projects. Students have organized a drive for supplies for Hurricane Michael victims, some have created blankets for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy treatment, and the entire group is learning how to knit to create beanies for preemies in the NICU. Miss Kay has organized a creative writing course in which students can explore various types of writing from poetry to journalism. A new drama elective was also offered this semester lead by Mr. Daniel Medina. Mr. Medina has studied theater and drama over the past ten years. He has been in numerous live performances and has also produced live theater shows.
Our 8th grade class has been given a unique opportunity to participate in a project Names, Not Numbers. Mr. Katzman is leading the course in which the students will have an opportunity to work with the Names, Not Numbers program coordinators and film crew to learn, edit and produce a documentary about Holocaust survivors.This will not take place only during the elective period, but will continue through May when their films will be premiered. More about this exciting program and the students who applied for it will be forthcoming. In addition to this elective, the 8th graders were also given the choice to be a part of the yearbook staff during their elective period.
The elective courses will run through the end of first semester. In the second semester, students will be working on cooperative learning projects during their one hour elective block. The projects will focus on their minimester courses, Yom Hashoah, and Yom Yerushalayim. Please take a look at some of the photos taken of some of the electives.