Middle School Electives
Trinity Christian School offers unique electives designed to prepare students for success in all that they do and provide excellent experience for resumes.
Students partake in four electives per year, with one elective taken each quarter.
Past electives have included:
A self-paced digital literacy curriculum that is based on real-life applications and today’s most popular digital tools. Lessons are interactive and guide students through complex technical concepts in a fun, game-based environment. Concepts covered are keyboarding, online safety, business skills (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, multimedia) and intro to coding.
Study Skills is a required elective for students in 6th grade (1st and 2nd quarter) and for 7th and 8th graders who are referred by the Middle School Team. Students will learn effective study skills, including time management, organization, note-taking, and independent study strategies. They will learn how these skills are essential for academic success and will actually increase their confidence and satisfaction at school. Students will use what they learn to develop their own unique study system, which will be designed to ensure that they are able to organize and complete assignments, prepare for quizzes and tests, learn more effectively, and retain more information throughout Middle School.
Do you love to sing? Are you always creating crazy dances to your favorite songs? Do you want to have input into the songs that we sing at chapel? Then join Heartsong! Students in Heartsong learn to sing and create motions to contemporary Christian songs in order to lead praise and worship during TCS Chapels. In addition, students will learn about proper vocal technique, sight reading, and music theory concepts which will help in preparing them for TCS musicals and future high school choir classes. Heartsong is also a great opportunity for students who would like to sing solos or overcome any fear of performing on stage. Students will also choreograph a black light performance. In this performance, students wear all black and use white gloves and black lights to create pictures that correspond to the lyrics in a Christian praise song. Past Heartsong members have gone on to be in high school choir, vocal jazz, and madrigal groups, as well as cast as leads in high school and community musical productions.
This elective is for the physically active student. We will cover various topics such as how our body works to get stronger, strength training, and agility training. We will also focus on building a balanced body, focusing on core strength. Most student exercises will be circuit-based. This will be to achieve a total body and core balance. Students will be asked to lead a conditioning workout of their choice based on information we learn in class. The class will include some written/classroom work, but mostly physical activity in the gym.
In this elective, students will learn to be a leader and a servant to others in many ways. God calls us to love and serve others just as He loves and serves us. Our students will be trained to reach out in this way. They will regularly help out and visit the residents at Alden Estates, our local assisted living home. They will learn how to show God's love to the residents and communicate with the elderly. Students will spend one day a week tutoring younger TCS students and helping teachers and staff around our school where needed. Students will work on communication skills and discuss how to be a leader in their daily lives. Students will discuss leadership throughout the quarter and what it means to lead others through a godly perspective.
Do you love to get lost in a book and then watch the movie version and see how well the creators did in portraying your favorite characters and chapters? Do you love listening to the movie soundtrack and examining how well it enhances the storyline? In this elective, we will read and discuss books as well as watch parts of the movies that go along with them and listen to songs from the soundtrack. Students will also be able to share their favorite books, movies, and music with each other, and get suggestions for future AR reads.
Students will learn characterization, memorization, terminology, Shakespeare, watch/read plays and report on them, improv, final project (performance), writing.
Students will research, share and explore animals in our world.
This elective is for students who are passionate about leading younger children and are interested in what it may be like to be a teacher. Students will learn how to plan engaging lessons for preschool/kindergarten/1st grade students. They will then learn how to teach these students and have the opportunity to bring their lesson to life. Students will learn some of the ins and outs of what it is like to be a teacher and will be given the opportunity to learn from observing other early education teachers, as well.
This course is designed to familiarize students with athletic conditioning and strength training. This class will promote students’ knowledge in developing, tracking and learning about resistance training and conditioning as it relates to athletics. Students will be instructed in basic principles of strength training and conditioning for personal fitness and development. The course focus will be on instruction in lifts and the principles of strength training and conditioning. By the end of the course students will: improve their physical fitness by participating in group fitness classes, weight training, speed and agility training, jogging and other activities. Measurements of fitness, strength and conditioning, as a means of evaluating progress, will be a part of this course.
This is a beginning drawing class that will teach drawing fundamentals.
The Perception of Edges
The Perception of Spaces
The Perception of Relationships
The Perception of Light & Shadow
The Perception of the Whole
Students will learn: how to hold a pencil for each desired effect, sketching, lines, shapes, forms, outlines, edges, shading, perspective, hatching, and proportion. Students will practice their techniques through various projects over the nine-week class.
Do you like a challenge? Do you like to strategize? Do you like friendly competition? If you do, Strategic Board Games might be the elective for you! In this elective, you will get to play a variety of different board games and learn about the design elements of games, the strategies employed in interactive games, as well as the positive social interaction skills when participating in board games. As a final project, you will get to create your own board game and teach the class how to play it.