2017/18 Allied Arts & Academic Support Scheduling Guide

Incoming Grade 7 & 8

CEMS seeks to provide an environment where the emerging adolescent can grow and thrive as they lay the foundation for their secondary school experience.  Please take time to review this information with your student. You will find information regarding the schedule and course descriptions. We look forward to partnering with you in creating a valuable, enriching middle school experience for your child.
All students are required to take a full year of the following courses:
 
Mathematics
Language Arts
Social Studies
Science
**World Language    
Academic Support Programming
 
Students with Special Education programming may be placed into Direct Service courses as determined by their Individual Education Plan (IEP).**May be recommended for Special Ed. Support in lieu of world language.
 
Intervention - (scheduled with Interventionist) Intervention is designed to assist students with improving their basic skills in reading, math, and/or executive functioning. Students will be scheduled for intervention when they demonstrate a need for additional help and support after an analysis of the academic record and standardized test scores. If it is found that a student needs intervention for a quarter or a semester, the student will be scheduled for one of the available courses (guided study, WIN, or allied arts offering) for the remainder of the year. **A student may be recommended for Intervention Support in lieu of world language.
 
Guided Study - (teacher-directed) Guided Study is designed to assist students with their everyday performance in the classroom. Students will be scheduled for guided study support when they demonstrate a need for additional help and support in specific content areas after an analysis of the academic record and teacher recommendation.
 
WIN-
Students will be scheduled for a WIN (What I Need) period when not scheduled for Allied Arts, Intervention or Guided Study. This period will allow for an opportunity for teacher check-in, additional teaching, and support with homework.
 
 
Allied Arts Courses
 
The following Allied Arts classes will be offered for the 2017-18 school year. We are requesting each student select more courses than will fit in their schedule. Please note we will make every effort to meet students’ priority selections but in some cases students may be placed into alternate selections due to availability, class size, or scheduling conflicts.  We strongly encourage parents and students to review the Course Selection Guide and for students to make selections that most interest them.
            
Health & Physical Education Courses
 
Health  
Meets 2 days out of 6 days for one semester
Required for all students
 
7th Grade Health
Students will develop personal and social skills such as communication, decision making, assertiveness, stress management, goal setting and critical thinking.  
Students will explore in more depth topics such as Self Esteem, Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, Fitness and Hygiene, Injury Prevention, and Puberty and Reproduction.
 
8th Grade Health
Students will continue to develop personal and social skills as mentioned in 7th grade.
Students will explore in more depth topics such as Peer and Family Relationships, Consumer Health, Nutrition and Body Image, Anger Management, Stress, Harassment, HIV & AIDS, STIs, and Abstinence.
 
Physical Education
Meets 2 out of 6 days all year
Students choose one of the two offerings:
 
Phys. Ed. 7 & Phys. Ed. 8
The PE curriculum consists of four main categories: cooperative games, skilled sports, lifetime activities, and personal fitness. The goal of the programming is to encourage lifelong physical activity and allow for students to be comfortable in each activity. Units are modified to allow students of all abilities to take part.
 
Lifelong Fitness (noncompetitive)–
This course is geared toward promoting a healthy and physically fit lifestyle. Students will explore and participate in a wide variety of enjoyable physical activities and learning experiences that emphasize the establishment of healthy habits, good attitudes, sport skill and knowledge, and improvement of physical health. The objectives of physical education are to develop motor skills in a variety of activities; to establish lifelong foundations of physical fitness.
CEMS Visual Arts                                                                                          
 
 
All classes meet 3 days in a six-day rotation for one quarter of the school year. Students should choose at least one of the following courses. 7th and 8th grade students may take more than one quarter of art if their individual schedule supports it.
 
Animation
Using a variety of art methods and materials combined with technology, students will write, design, and create stop motion animation short films.
 
A Painting a Day
Students will learn traditional painting practices, composition, and color theory through daily observational paintings. Each student can expect to create 16-6”x6” acrylic paintings in this class.
 
Bookmaking
Students will learn how to create decorative papers using paste paint, marbleizing, stamping, and stenciling techniques. These paper will then be the materials used in the variety of handmade books students learn to make.
 
Multimedia Drawing
Students will explore different drawing practices using a variety of traditional and untraditional drawing tools and surfaces.  Students will practice the elements and principles of design while creating a series of drawings in their favorite style.
 
3D Sculpture
Students will learn how to translate 2D designs into 3D sculptures while learning how to work in a variety of materials including paper, clay, plaster, wire and wood. Projects will include group and individual assignments that encompass the process of creating form.
 
Ceiling Tiles
Students will learn how to create painted ceiling tiles for clients. The clients may include any staff member at CEMS. Students will learn how to develop ideas and execute them with one layer of acrylic paint.  The practice of acrylic painting includes methods of painting, color theory, set up, and clean-up of materials.
 
Open Studio
Students will develop projects to create in 2D or 3D from beginning to end. Individual and group projects are allowed and they need to be realistic in regards of time and space. Proposals must include the big picture idea and materials needed to complete the project.
 
Clay
Students will learn a variety of hand building techniques in clay construction using slab and coil methods. Students will develop glazed pieces using different color schemes and applications.
 
CEMS Band & Music Courses
Each student should choose at least one of the following courses. Students can choose more courses as their schedule allows.
 
Chorus- 7th & 8th Grade (year-long)
7th and 8th Grade Chorus, our most advanced vocal ensemble, is open to anyone who enjoys singing. Experience is not necessary-everyone is welcome! In addition to preparing a varied repertoire of music for concerts, students will continue to work on music literacy, ear training, and appropriate vocal technique. This curriculum is built up on the skills and concepts covered in fifth and sixth grade chorus, but is designed to be accessible to the novice singer. Students perform in two evening concerts a year.
 
Band-7th Grade (year-long)
7th grade band is designed for woodwind, brass, and percussion players in their third year of study on their approved band instrument. The skills and concepts from the previous year are developed and expanded upon. Students  meet both as a full ensemble and in like-instrument sectionals. 7th graders perform in two evening concerts and one parade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 6th grade band.
 
Band-8th Grade (year-long)
8th grade band is designed for woodwind, brass, and percussion players in their fourth year of study on their approved band instrument. The skills and concepts from the previous year are developed and expanded upon. Students  meet both as a full ensemble and in like-instrument sectionals. 8th graders perform in two evening concerts and one parade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 7th grade band.
 
Music Exploration- 7th Grade (semester)
Students will explore the basics of music theory, history, and music of different cultures through listening, creating, and playing classroom instruments. Students will explore music and its connection to society and other disciplines.   
 
Piano Class- 7th Grade (semester)
This class is designed to meet the needs of beginners and more experienced piano players. Each student will have access to their own individual keyboard with headphones, and will work individually. Students will be able to develop their musicianship and complete classwork at their own pace.  
 
Guitar Class- 8th Grade (semester)
This class is designed to meet the needs of beginners and more experienced players. Students will have access to their own acoustic guitar. Various guitar techniques, musical notation, tablature and ear training and chord charts will be the focus. Students will play music in a group setting and will also have time to work individually to practice and complete class work.
 
Music Technology- 8th Grade (semester)
Students will have the opportunity to explore the music sequencing and notation programs that are available on their MLTI laptops. Students will spend class time developing musicianship through composition projects and activities.

CEMS Library & Information Technology
 
capeEteam: 7th & 8th Grade (Semester / Elective)
 
Students in this course will serve as technology consultants and information literacy “experts” for the entire Cape Elizabeth Middle School community.  Among other work, students will learn 1) to create content for a user-friendly CEMS Technology and Research Help website, 2) to write written tutorials and create informative webcasts; 3) to utilize social media in an academic context; 4) to mentor students on the PCES capeEteam; and 5) to conduct training for students and faculty on technology integrated into the classroom.  Primary materials will include both recent articles and current online content.  In addition, students will create a portfolio of their work emphasizing both digital content and written reflections.  These portfolios will form the primary basis for their evaluation in the class.  As this is the first year of this offering for CEMS, please refer to the CEHS capeEteam website for sample information.
 
NOTE: Students may take this class either first semester, second semester, or both semesters.  While the skills will remain similar, the specific content will shift each semester.
 
CEMS Technology & Computer Science
 
7th Grade
TinkerCAD - Online computer aided design for 3D printing. Designing/ scaling techniques for 3D printing.
Xcode - iOS development. Students code using objective C to create a complex iPhone /iPad game
Robotics - Lego building and coding.
SketchUp advanced 3D modeling
 
8th Grade
TinkerCAD - Online computer aided design for 3D printing. Designing/ scaling techniques for 3D printing.
Xcode - iOS development. Students code using objective C to create a complex iPhone /iPad game
Robotics - Robix building and programming. Students create a robot arm to perform a basic task
ArchiCAD advanced architectural design.
 
 
Cape Elizabeth Middle School
14 Scott Dyer Road
(207) 799-8176

Troy Eastman, Principal
Doug Perley, Assistant Principal
Kim Sturgeon, School Counselor
Stephanie Bouffard, School Counselor
Jill Young, Nurse
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