Electives


Beginning Band (5th Grade)

This is an amazing opportunity to enter into the world of band!  Students will learn a variety of skills such as reading music, playing an instrument, and the power of teamwork.  It’s a lot of work but a lot of fun as well.  Students will participate in performances throughout the year, and you’ll have the joy of watching them grow as musicians.


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nd (6th-8th Grade)

The All Saints Intermediate Band program is for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who have completed beginning band.  (Students who have not completed beginning band but want to join will be considered on an individual basis.)  The Eagle Band was established in 2001 and is an award winning program.  Band meets as a class 4 days a week with a minimum of 100 minutes a week to ensure progress.  In Intermediate Band, students will continue to develop and improve the skills and concepts learned in Beginning Band, as well as learn more advanced performance techniques and music theory. Band activities include Christmas and spring concerts, a band kick-off picnic, a trip to play with the John Paul II High School Band at a football game, and participation in a band contest.  We conclude the year with a fun field trip to reward our hard work.  In addition, individual members will have the opportunity to audition for the TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival (private lessons are strongly encouraged for students considering these opportunities!)


Beginning Orchestra (5th Grade)

Students in 5th grade will have the opportunity to learn a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass) and learn to read music.   We will explore all types of music from pop to rock in a string orchestra setting! Students will also have the opportunity to compete at the Sandy Lake Fun Fest in the spring.  All students that complete Beginner Orchestra may participate in Intermediate Orchestra.  In addition to the class, daily practice is a required element of the course.  We start the year with a trip to Hawaiian Falls, do a winter practice-a-thon for a February roller skating party and conclude the year with the Orchestra Awards Banquet at Blue Mesa in May.


Intermediate Orchestra (6th Grade)

Students in 6th grade will have the opportunity to enhance their musicianship from the skills they learned in Beginning Orchestra with musical works of increased difficulty.  We will explore all types of music from pop to rock in a string orchestra setting! Students will also have the opportunity to compete at the Sandy Lake Fun Fest in the spring and at the TPSMEA Bishop Lynch Concert and Sightreading Competition in April.  Students will have the opportunity to audition for the TMEA Region Orchestra, the All Saints Church Orchestra, the TPSMEA Region Orchestra in February and participate in the TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble contest in March. All students that complete Beginner Orchestra may participate in Intermediate Orchestra.  In addition to the class, daily practice and written music theory is a required element of the course. We start the year with a trip to Hawaiian Falls, do a winter practice-a-thon for a February roller skating party and conclude the year with the Orchestra Awards Banquet at Blue Mesa in May.


Chamber Orchestra (7th & 8th Grade)

Students in 7th-8th grade will have the opportunity to take their musical talents to the highest level!

We will explore all types of music from pop to rock in a string orchestra setting! Students will also have the opportunity to compete at the Sandy Lake Fun Fest in the spring and at the TPSMEA Bishop Lynch Concert and Sightreading Competition in April.  Students will have the opportunity to audition for the TMEA Region Orchestra, the All Saints Church Orchestra, the TPSMEA Region Orchestra in February and participate in the TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble contest in March. All students that complete Beginner Orchestra may participate in Intermediate Orchestra.  In addition to the class, daily practice and written music theory is a required element of the course. We start the year with a trip to Hawaiian Falls, do a winter practice-a-thon for a February roller skating party and conclude the year with the Orchestra Awards Banquet at Blue Mesa in May.

With permission from Mrs. Druffner, seventh and eighth grade students may elect to take Orchestra on Mondays and Wednesdays as well. These selected students will learn beginning piano skills on classroom keyboards and do more advanced music theory.


Art

This elective will cover a variety of art mediums. It is a great opportunity to have some “creative” time.


Yearbook/Photography

Students will work together to photograph, layout and work as a team to produce the school yearbook. Students will learn basic digital photography skills as well as the principles and elements of photography and how to apply it to both digital and print photography.  Students will be responsible for yearbook photography and layout. Students will be required to attend some outside school events to take photos. Students are required to have a digital camera with adjustable settings no point and shoot cameras will be permitted.


AIDES

Students may apply to serve the school two mornings a week as Preschool or PE Aides (8th grade only).


School Newspaper

Students will work together to produce and publish our school newspaper. You will learn how to interview people, edit written material, compose stories, and work as a valued team member.


STEM

Students will work on two major STEM projects over the course of the semester. Projects include Building for Earthquakes & Designing Space Vehicles, Designing Roller Coasters & Designing a Water Purification System, and Designing Prosthetic Devices & Designing Eco-friendly Dams. Students’ natural interests in science and engineering blossom through both real-world engineering design problems and hands-on inquiry. The activities promote higher-order, critical thinking skills that will result in improved student performance.