Electives



Students may choose from a wide range of electives to learn new skills or just to have fun.
 
  • Art Explorations
  • STEM Explorations
  • Advanced STEM Explorations ** 8th Grade Only
  • Vocal Performance
  • Video Film
  • Yearbook
  • Leadership
  • Music
  • Orchestra
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II  ** 8th Grade Only

MusicTop of Page

Course Overview:  This year at Pacific Trails Middle School, Band will be open to beginners with no prerequisites, and will consist of students from beginners to advanced levels with mixed grade levels.  We’ll be covering basic fundamentals such as proper breathing, note and rhythm reading, instrument position and performance techniques.  For the experienced players, we will continue advanced performance techniques and musicality through the use of method books, appropriate concert band pieces, and other selected etudes.
 
 

OrchestraTop of Page

Course Overview:  This year at Pacific Trails Middle School, Orchestra will be open to beginners with no prerequisites, and will consist of students from beginners to advanced levels with mixed grade levels.  We’ll be covering basic fundamentals such as bowing techniques, note and rhythm reading, instrument position and performance techniques.  For the experienced players, we will continue advanced performance techniques and musicality through the use of method books, appropriate orchestral pieces, and other selected etudes.
 
 

Vocal PerformanceTop of Page

Course Overview:  Vocal Performance provides students with a variety of musical experiences and activities while developing skills in singing, listening, reading and writing music.  Students will learn the basic skills of music like reading music and understanding musical terminology, and they will have opportunities to learn other instruments, such as piano, guitar, ukulele, and percussion instruments, while learning to sing in different languages from all over the world.  Vocal Performance encourages interest in music from diverse cultures and historical periods.
 
 

Video FilmTop of Page

This is a introduction to the wonderful world of cinema.  You will learn how to shoot with DSLR and Go Pro Cameras.  Upon completion of this class you will be able to edit on Adobe Premier and After Effects.  You will learn storytelling with the goal of how to lift your assignment off the paper and transform it into a video presentation.  This is a fun must take class taught by industry professional Gary Kelley from local radio and television, CW 6.

This is project based learning in a group setting.  Welcome aboard.  Let's have some fun!

Mr. Kelley

 

TeachersTop of Page

 Name Classes Taught  e-Mail  Phone Ex.  Webpage 
 Ms. Chufo
 Leadership
English
 4613
 webpage
         
Mr. Kelley   Video/Film  e-mail 4719  webpage 
         
 Ms. Gahagan
 Yearbook
English
 4611
 webpage
         
 Mr. Johnson
 Music, Orchestra, Vocal Performance
 4603
webpage 
         
Mrs. Thacker
 
STEM
Life Science
 
4625
 
 
         
 Ms. Wheeler
 Art Explorations
 4602
webpage 
         
PLC Work (teachers only)