Elective and Exploratories

Elective Classes

Elective classes are commitments students make for at least one school year. Students sign up for these during registration.


ASB

(year-long elective only for ASB officers, semester-long exploratory for all other students.)

McClure Middle School’s ASB is a semester course for students who want to be ASB representatives and school leaders. The primary responsibilities of the representatives include communicating with and representing the McClure student body, as well as the planning and production of all-school activities. The class seeksto promote citizenship, scholarship, leadership, and human relations. While organizing and promoting various events is the main focus of the class, you will be expected to complete specific academic assignments as well.


Band – Advanced

(year-long)

Students focus on more advanced wind and percussion techniques and play more complex band music with a focus on musical expression. This class requires an audition for incoming students.


Band – Beginning

(year-long)

Learn to play Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone Trumpet / Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone / Euphonium, Tuba or Percussion. This class is for players with previous experience as well as absolute beginners. Students focus on refining basic wind and percussion technique and play full band music. This is an excellent place for students to switch instruments (instructor permission is required before changing instruments)


Choir

(year-long)

McClure Choir

The McClure Choir is a year-long class open to boys and girls in 6th-8th grade who want to sing in a group setting. Students learn and perform a variety of choral literature in conjunction with correct vocal technique, musicianship fundamentals and ensemble skills. Styles of music performed may include Classical, Broadway, Jazz, Pop, and World Music. Some performances take place outside of the school day, and the choir may participate in local and regional music festivals and contests. No prior singing experience is required to join the choir. Already experienced and more advanced singers will have an opportunity to pursue small-group and solo singing throughout the year.

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Orchestra – Advanced

(year-long)

Students focus on more advanced string techniques and play more complex String Orchestra Music with a focus on musical expression. This class requires an audition for incoming students.


Orchestra – Beginning

(year-long)

Learn to play Violin, Viola, Cello or Upright Bass. This class is for players with previous experience as well as absolute beginners. Students focus on refining basic string technique and play full string orchestra music. This is an excellent place for students with previous experience to switch to a different instrument (Instructor permission is required before changing instruments).


Spanish 1a

(7th Grade)

(year-long)

1a uses the book Adelante by Holt publishing. 1a focuses on building vocabulary, subject pronouns, definite and indefinite articles and regular verb conjugation in the present tense.


Spanish 1b

(8th Grade – only available to students who took 1a in 7th grade) (year-long)

1b uses the book En Camino also by Holt. 1b builds upon 1a but focuses on regular and irregular verbs in the present tense. At the end of Spanish 1b students are introduced to both regular and irregular preterit verbs.


WEB

(8th grade)

(year-long)

WEB stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains mentors from the 8th grade class to be WEB Leaders. As positive role models, WEB Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate 6th grade success.

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