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Middle School Course Catalog

The Southwest Colorado eSchool offers courses in English, math, science, social studies, world language, physical and health education, fine arts, computer science, and more. All courses are taught by highly qualified Colorado teachers, and the courses meet the Colorado Academic Standards, which include the Common Core Standards.


English Courses

English / Language Arts 07

English/Language Arts 7 incorporates five aspects of language arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Study of genres leads to written compositions that build upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics. Beyond emphasizing different uses for language, these courses may also include using language (particularly written text) to construct meaning and connections. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS English | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

English / Language Arts 08

English/Language Arts 8 incorporates five aspects of language arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Study of genres leads to written compositions that build upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics. Typically, these courses use various genres of literature to improve reading skills, and they link writing exercises for different purposes to those reading selections. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS English | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology
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Mathematics Courses

NOTE: Students may qualify to take high school level mathematics courses. Please contact the SWCeS Director to pursue advanced mathematics.

Math 7

This course is aligned to the grade 7 CAS (Colorado Academic Standards in Mathematics) and follows 7th grade CAP documents. The course emphasize proficiency in skills involving rational numbers and operations; proportional reasoning and relationships; measurement; patterns; functions; algebraic formulas; algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities; 2D & 3D geometry; concepts of data analysis, including statistics and probability; and mathematical practices. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Mathematics | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Math 8 (Pre- Algebra)

This course is aligned to the grade 8 CAS (Colorado Academic Standards in Mathematics) and follows 8th grade CAP documents. Math 8 courses emphasize proficiency in skills involving rational numbers and operations, real numbers, exponents, measurement, patterns, proportional reasoning, linear functions and relationships, algebra, solving systems of equations, geometry transformations, bivariate statistics, probability; and mathematical practices. Some middle school students may be eligible to take high school level math course. However, all math courses after Math 8 require prerequisite math courses and require approval from the SWCeS Director of Online Learning. If you are interested in taking a high school level math class, please schedule a time to talk to the SWCeS Director. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Mathematics | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology
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Science Courses

Science 7

7th Grade Science courses include subject matter from several strands of science, including earth/space sciences, physical sciences, and life sciences, and are organized around conceptual units. Specific content depends upon Colorado Academic Standards for middle school.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Science | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Science 8

8th Grade Science courses include subject matter from several strands of science, including earth/space sciences, physical sciences, and life sciences, and are organized around conceptual units. Specific content depends upon Colorado Academic Standards for middle school.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Science | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology
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Social Studies Courses

World Area Studies 7

The World Area Studies: Eastern Hemisphere semester examines the history, politics, economics, society, and/or culture of regions within the Eastern Hemisphere, such as Africa, the former Soviet Union, Far East, and the Middle East. This course may focus primarily on the history of a particular region or may take an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary issues affecting the regions. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Social Studies | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Social Studies 8: Early US History

The Early U.S. History course examines the history of the United States from the colonial period to the Civil War or Reconstruction era.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Social Studies | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology
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World Language Courses

NOTES:

  • All World Language courses will be high school level introductory courses.
  • Students must successfully complete semester 1 of any world language to continue on to semester 2.
  • Colleges and universities will recognize world language courses taken in the middle school years IF the student starts his or her high school world language course at level II.
  • Taking World Language in middle school does not satisfy the high school graduation requirement.
  • Middle school students may be integrated into courses with high school students if there are not enough middle school students.

Chinese 1

Designed to introduce students to Chinese language and culture, Chinese 1 courses emphasize basic syntax, simple vocabulary, written characters, and spoken tones so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Chinese culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of Chinese-speaking people. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Chinese 2

Chinese 2 courses build upon skills developed in Chinese 1, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Chinese and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and phrasing, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Chinese-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s). more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Russian 1

Designed to introduce students to the Russian language and culture, Russian I courses emphasize basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Russian culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of the Russian-speaking people. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Russian 2

Russian 2 courses build upon skills developed in Russian 1, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Russian and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Russian-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s). more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Spanish 1

Designed to introduce students to Spanish language and culture, Spanish 1 courses emphasize basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Spanish culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of Spanish-speaking people. Students completing this course should reach a novice-low to novice-mid proficiency level. Completion of this course will credit students with one year of Spanish 1 (high school equivalent of Spanish 1) more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Spanish 2

Spanish 2 courses build upon skills developed in Spanish 2, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Spanish and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Spanish-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s). Students completing this course should reach a novice-mid to novice-high proficiency level. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology
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Elective Courses

MS Art

Art courses provide to students activities that foster creative expression, communication through artistic endeavor, and appreciation of culture and heritage. The art making and application learning plan may include lessons that enable students to refine their technique, increase their artistic vocabulary, express themselves and their world view, make connections to other content areas, develop their own aesthetic, and strengthen their critical abilities. Art course content conforms to Jeffco Visual Arts Curriculum as well as existing Colorado Visual Arts Academic Standards for grade 7 and 8. Although Art courses focus on creation, they may also include the study of major artists, art movements, and styles. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Career Explorations

Career Exploration courses help students identify and evaluate personal goals, priorities, aptitudes, and interests, with the goal of helping them make informed decisions about their careers. These courses expose students to various sources of information on career and training options and may also assist them in developing job search and employability skills. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Lifetime Fitness Education

Lifetime Fitness Education courses emphasize acquiring knowledge and skills regarding lifetime physical fitness; content may include topics such as nutrition, stress management, and consumer issues. Students may develop and implement a personal fitness plan.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Music Songwriting

The Songwriting course prepares students to express themselves through creating music and is an introduction to basic songwriting. This course will use conventional and nonconventional notation and will include lyric and melody writing. Students will use online music software for creating their own songs. Professionally written songs and students’ songs will be analyzed in class.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Recreation Sports

This course provides the students the knowledge, experience, and opportunity to develop skills in more than one recreational sport or outdoor pursuit (such as adventure activities, croquet, Frisbee, wall climbing, bocce ball, fishing, hiking, cycling, and so on).

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Study Skills

Study Skills courses prepare students for success in middle school. Course topics may vary according to the students involved, but typically include reading improvement skills, such as scanning, note-taking, and outlining; library and research skills; listening and note-taking; vocabulary skills; and test-taking skills. The courses may also include exercises designed to generate organized, logical thinking and writing. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Video Game Design

Students learn how to design, write, and test software using object-oriented software development environments. Students are introduced to the concept of humane game design and explore how computer programs and games can be used to communicate values, ideas, and thoughts. Students explore the idea of game and how this transfers to computers. Students learn how to convert their ideas into visual, audio, and story assets for their game software. Topics covered include fundamental design processes, use of variables in programming, program control and flow features, iterative statements, and incorporating files and graphics into software. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Web Page Design

Web Page Design courses teach students how to design websites by introducing them to and refining their knowledge of site planning, page layout, graphic design, and the use of markup languages—such as Extensible Hypertext Markup, JavaScript, Dynamic HTML, and Document Object Model—to develop and maintain a web page. These courses may also cover security and privacy issues, copyright infringement, trademarks, and other legal issues relating to the use of the Internet. Advanced topics may include the use of forms and scripts for database access, transfer methods, and networking fundamentals. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology
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