Academics

Course Catalog

 

Courses at Eckstein Middle School

6th Grade Required

Advisory

A guidance and activity period to provide support for students’ development and success personally, socially and physically

  • Every student will have a Homeroom unless they are part time enrolled.
  • Homeroom teacher will be one of the teachers from their finalized schedule.
  • If student has an IEP, homeroom teacher may be case manager.
  • If opting in for support classes, your homeroom teacher may be that support teacher

Lang. Arts 6 A&B

English Language Arts 6 a year-long course that provides a foundation for middle school Language Arts by emphasizing close reading, writing and speaking in a formal style. Focusing on literary analysis and research from multiple sources, students study genres and types of texts at the 6th grade level increasing in complexity throughout the year.

Sci 6 A&B

In this course, Science 6: Students will focus on nine units, Microbiome; Metabolism; Engineering Internship Metabolism; Thermal Energy; Ocean Atmosphere and Climate; Weather Patterns; Earth’s Changing Climate; Engineering Internship: Earth’s Changing Climate, and Earth, Moon, Sun. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon.

World Hist 6 A&B

District description coming soon. Description included here was written by Eckstein staff and is a placeholder. In sixth grade, students are ready to deepen their understanding of the Earth and its peoples through the study of history, geography, politics, culture, and economic systems. The recommended context for social studies learning in sixth grade is world history and geography. Students begin their examination of the world by exploring the location, place, and spatial organization of the world’s major regions.

Math

Enrollment based on last Math course taken in elementary school
See Math Courses section below

Tech A

This semester-long course introduces essential computer applications, skills, and concepts. Coursework includes application of Microsoft Office tools; introduction to hardware/software, file structure and management, introduction to digital safety and security; exploration of basic video production.

PE Choose one of the following:

Physical Education

This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. Individual fitness levels are measured in the beginning and the end of the Semester. Developmentally appropriate sports and activities are taught to increase strength, coordination, skills and fitness. Seattle Public Schools is in its 9th year of implementing the Five for Life Physical Education Curriculum. We use this curriculum in our Physical Education classes at Eckstein. Our program incorporates traditional aspects of Physical Education (development of fitness, motor skills, and social/emotional well-being). Students will be continually encouraged to reflect on the value of their own health and fitness, as well as to act to maximize both in and out of class. The Physical Education Staff at Eckstein are excited about presenting this program to our students.

or PE Partners

he purpose of this class is to provide a modified physical education class to students with disabilities where students with and without disabilities come together in an inclusive cooperative learning environment that is set up towards modified curriculum outcomes. Physical Education partners of differing skill ability come together as classmates. Classmates of higher abilities act as mentors to assist teammates of lower abilities in developing sport-specific skills, and in successfully participating in a cooperative team environment. In this model peer partners without disabilities move between two roles; mentor and classmate. In the mentor role the peer partner can be instrumental in helping students practice and master foundational skills, and transition successfully to game play opportunities. As a teammate, students collaborate together to learn skills or play games as equal members of the class. for making skills accessible.

or Alternate Activities (dance/movement/yoga/alternate PE)

These non-competitive physical education activities stress fun and fitness as well as unique opportunities to increase one’s lifetime skills inventory. Alternative activities may include juggling, unicycling, roller boards, stilts, skateboards, frisbees, double dutch (rope skipping),


7th Grade Required

Advisory Character Strong curriculum

Every student will have a Homeroom unless they are part time enrolled.
Homeroom teacher will be one of the teachers from their finalized schedule.
If student has an IEP, homeroom teacher may be case manager.
If opting in for support classes, your homeroom teacher may be that support teacher

LA 7 A&B

English Language Arts 7 a year-long course which prepares students to deepen their craft through the analysis and understanding required for successful reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills, using of a variety of 7th grade texts.

General Sci 7 A&B

In this course, Science 7: Students will focus on nine units, Geology on Mars, Plate Motion; Engineering Internships: Plate Motion; Rock Transformations; Phase Change; Engineering Internship: Phase Change; Chemical Reactions; Populations and Resources; Matter and Energy in Ecosystems. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon.

WA State History

District description coming soon. Description included here was written by Eckstein staff and is a placeholder. 7th grade SS consists of two semesters of Washington State History. We often employ project-based learning for most of our teaching and will expect students to come prepared every day to participate.

Math

Registration based on Math course completed in 6th grade
See Math Courses section below

PE Choose one of the following:

Team Sports

This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. Individual fitness levels are measured in the beginning and the end of the Semester. Developmentally appropriate sports and activities are taught to increase strength, coordination, skills and fitness.
Seattle Public Schools is in its 9th year of implementing the Five for Life Physical Education Curriculum. We use this curriculum in our Physical Education classes at Eckstein. Our program incorporates traditional aspects of Physical Education (development of fitness, motor skills, and social/emotional well-being). Students will be continually encouraged to reflect on the value of their own health and fitness, as well as to act to maximize both in and out of class. The Physical Education Staff at Eckstein are excited about presenting this program to our students.

or PE Partners

Semester-long. The purpose of this class is to provide a modified physical education class to students with disabilities where students with and without disabilities come together in an inclusive cooperative learning environment that is set up towards modified curriculum outcomes. Physical Education partners of differing skill ability come together as classmates. Classmates of higher abilities act as mentors to assist teammates of lower abilities in developing sport-specific skills, and in successfully participating in a cooperative team environment. In this model peer partners without disabilities move between two roles; mentor and classmate. In the mentor role the peer partner can be instrumental in helping students practice and master foundational skills, and transition successfully to game play opportunities. As a teammate, students collaborate together to learn skills or play games as equal members of the class. for making skills accessible.

or Alternate Activities (dance/movement/yoga/alternate PE)

Semester-long. These non-competitive physical education activities stress fun and fitness as well as unique opportunities to increase one’s lifetime skills inventory. Alternative activities may include juggling, unicycling, roller boards, stilts, skateboards, frisbees, double dutch (rope skipping),

or PE Waiver Form

Posted in September of each school year of those who participate in a team sport or physical activity adding up to at least 60 hours in a year. Waiver can also be completed for Religious or Medical purposes to excuse from WA State’s PE requirement.


8th Grade Required

Advisory Character Strong curriculum

Every student will have a Homeroom unless they are part time enrolled.
Homeroom teacher will be one of the teachers from their finalized schedule.
If student has an IEP, homeroom teacher may be case manager.
If opting in for support classes, your homeroom teacher may be that support teacher

LA 8 A&B

English Language Arts 8 a yearlong course which provides students with a rigorous foundation of skills for English in high school and beyond. This course refines skills in reading, writing, language, speaking and listening.

General Sci 8 A&B

In this course, Science 8: Students will focus on nine units, Harnessing Human Energy, Force and Motion, Force and Motion; Engineering Internship, Magnetic Fields, Light Waves, Earth, Moon and Sun, Natural Selection, Engineering Internship: Natural Selection, Evolutionary History. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon.

US Hist 8 A&B

District description coming soon. Description included here was written by Eckstein staff and is a placeholder. History is the study of the human past. Historians study records of conditions or events of a particular time and place. The United States of America is at once a very new nation and a very old nation. This nation is made up of groups and individuals. The first settlers reached North America about 30,000 years ago. However, the United States of America did not come into being until 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. The history of the United States is the story of many different peoples who together compose the nation. There are two main lenses for this course. One is, of course, a multi-cultural lens through which we will examine history through the varied experiences of groups and individuals as they find their place in the United States, build new lives and create their own American identities. The second lens is looking at history over time. We will be helping students find their own connections between the experiences of those who have gone before to the places, experiences and identities we both internalize and see around us today.

Math

Registration based on Math course completed in 7th grade
See Math Courses section below

PE Choose one of the following:

Team Sports

This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. Individual fitness levels are measured in the beginning and the end of the Semester. Developmentally appropriate sports and activities are taught to increase strength, coordination, skills and fitness.
Seattle Public Schools is in its 9th year of implementing the Five for Life Physical Education Curriculum. We use this curriculum in our Physical Education classes at Eckstein. Our program incorporates traditional aspects of Physical Education (development of fitness, motor skills, and social/emotional well-being). Students will be continually encouraged to reflect on the value of their own health and fitness, as well as to act to maximize both in and out of class. The Physical Education Staff at Eckstein are excited about presenting this program to our students.

or PE Partners

Semester-long. The purpose of this class is to provide a modified physical education class to students with disabilities where students with and without disabilities come together in an inclusive cooperative learning environment that is set up towards modified curriculum outcomes. Physical Education partners of differing skill ability come together as classmates. Classmates of higher abilities act as mentors to assist teammates of lower abilities in developing sport-specific skills, and in successfully participating in a cooperative team environment. In this model peer partners without disabilities move between two roles; mentor and classmate. In the mentor role the peer partner can be instrumental in helping students practice and master foundational skills, and transition successfully to game play opportunities. As a teammate, students collaborate together to learn skills or play games as equal members of the class. for making skills accessible.

or Alternate Activities (dance/movement/yoga/alternate PE)

Semester-long. These non-competitive physical education activities stress fun and fitness as well as unique opportunities to increase one’s lifetime skills inventory. Alternative activities may include juggling, unicycling, roller boards, stilts, skateboards, frisbees, double dutch (rope skipping),

or PE Waiver Form

Posted in September of each school year for those who participate in a team sport or physical activity adding up to at least 60 hours in a year. Waiver can also be completed for Religious or Medical purposes to excuse from WA State’s PE requirement.


Support Classes

Math Empowerment 2.0

For Gen Ed students without IEPS. An supplemental math class available only to those who qualify. This course is taken concurrently with grade-level math, designed to support student success in core math content. The main components of this course are: teach key content ahead of time to position students competently in core instruction; address learning gaps just-in-time to support access to core content; provide further opportunities for students to deepen understanding and connections among mathematical ideas; help students develop a growth mindset and self-efficacy. This course would replace an elective in a student’s schedule.

MS Study Skills

For Gen Ed students without IEP’s. A supplemental reading and writing class only available to qualifying students: Reading skills below grade level on standard reading assessment, struggling in ELA class, and not meeting standard on ELA SBA/Benchmark. Course focuses on fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. This course would replace an elective in a student’s schedule


Special Education

Life Skills Placement of students with IEPs in sheltered Special Education classes is determined by their IEP Team and their Case Manager.

Communication Skills (ELA)

Math Skills

Gen Study Skills

Reading Skills

PE Modified


English Learners

English Language Learners

Eckstein’s vision is that ELL students are all of our students and that they positively contribute to the classroom environment. After all, students from all over the world come to study with us!

  • We implement both sheltered instruction (ESL classes) and inclusion for Language Arts (LA) and Social Studies/History.
  • Students are placed in ESL classes if they are new to the country and in a Reading Support Class if they have been in the US five years or longer.
  • Level 5 students are also supported through Reading Support Class when needed.
  • In ESL class, students will develop their English language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking by using the Inside: Language, Literacy, and Content curriculum. Our focus is on vocabulary, reading strategies, comprehension and critical thinking, literary analysis, oral and written grammar and sentence structure, listening comprehension and writing strategies.• Some students will be working in Level B (reading level 2.0 to 3.5), some in Level C (reading level 3.5 to 5.0), and others in Level D (reading level 4.5 to 6.0).
  • Our first goal is for all students to increase their reading levels by two years by June. Our second goal is that they will be able to write a three to five-paragraph essay independently by June.
  • Since we also work with students during their regular Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science classes, some of the ESL class time will be devoted to re-teaching or practicing skills taught in those classes.
  • It is important for our students to learn to work independently and to learn to ask questions if they are unsure what to do.

For more information, please contact Ann Ioannides at afioannidesb@seattleschools.org


Math Courses/Advanced Learning Opportunities

Pathways and Next Course in Sequence

Students are placed in the next math course in sequence based on what was completed with SPS the year prior. For example, if an incoming student is reported to have learned 5th grade math standards, then they will be enrolled in Math 6. If a 5th grade student is reported to have learned 6th grade math standards, then Math 7 would be the next course. Math classes at Eckstein are mixed grade level. This means that a 6th grade student in Math 7 will have 6th and 7th grade students in their class. There are no placement tests to determine a student’s placement.

We will reach out to families who qualify for AL/HC in the spring to get their desired acceleration paths.
Those students designated as Advanced Learners (AL) will be able to skip up to 1 year of math upon entry in 6th grade if this is deemed appropriate by family and teachers.

Those students designated as Highly Capable (HC) will be able to skip up to 2 years of math upon entry to 6th grader if this is deemed appropriate by family and teachers.

Math 6 A & B

Students complete understanding of dividing fractions; study the rational number system; and write, interpret, and use expressions and equations.
Math 7 A & B

Students develop understanding of operations with rational numbers and proportional relationships; apply proportional relationships; and work with expressions.
Math 8 A & B

Students will reason about expressions and equations, including modeling bivariate data and solving linear equations; use functions to describe quantitative relationships; and work with irrational numbers, radicals and integer exponents.

Algebra A & B

Algebra s a full year, high school level course. Students model and analyze real-world and mathematical situations using linear and exponential equations and functions. Students will receive high school credit on their transcript for this course.

Geometry A & B

Geometry is a full year, high school level course. Students formalize their understanding of angle relationships and triangle properties. Students use geometric transformations and formal constructions to study congruence and similarity. Students develop formal proofs of angle and triangle properties and relationships using precise language and notation. Students will receive high school credit on their transcript for this course.


Electives

World Languages

  • Spanish 1 A & B- SWL1279
  • High School Level course, can receive 1.0 credit.
  • 7 & 8
  • Full Year

In 21/22 School year we are transitioning to the High School model of 1A and 1B being completed within the same year. This course is for first-time world language students OR those who took 1A as 7th graders and would like to relearn 1A materials and continue with new pathway of completing 1A/1B within the same school year. Spanish 1A/B is a yearlong introductory course for 7th and 8th graders. This course undertakes the study of basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences. Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, photographs, and projects. This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people. Competency in Spanish is measured by the oral use of the language, written vocabulary/grammar exams, and projects. Passing this course is needed to move on to Spanish II the following school year, also a credit-bearing HS level course. Choose “SWL1279 SPANISH 1A
8th graders: do not ALSO choose 1B

  • Spanish 1B- SWL1280
  • 8
  • Full Year
  • This course is for students who completed 1A as 7th graders.

They will be able to finish their world language at the pace in which they started it. (1B over the course of 8th grade). Spanish 1B is a yearlong course for eighth-graders.  This course reviews as well as builds on the basic skills acquired in the seventh grade. Spanish 1B aims to fully prepare students to enter a second-year Spanish class in high school. In this course students will work on improving their language control, vocabulary and grammar use, comprehension as well as comprehensibility, communication strategies and overall cultural awareness. Competency in Spanish will be measured by oral use of the language in class, overall participation, completion and correction of homework and classwork assignments, vocabulary quizzes and exams (oral and written), and projects. Passing this course is needed to move on to Spanish II the following school year, also a credit-bearing HS level course. Choose “SWL1280 SPANISH 1B” do not also choose 1A.

  • Spanish 2 A & B
  • 8
  • Full Year (Coming in 22-23 School Year!)
  • Will be a course offered to those who have passed 1A/1B in Spanish as 7th Graders.
  • High School Level course, can receive 1.0 credit.
  • Currently unavailable
  • French 1A & B- SWL1273
  • High School Level course, can receive 1.0 credit.
  • 7 & 8
  • Full Year

In 21/22 School year we are transitioning to the High School model of 1A and 1B being completed within the same year. This course is for first-time world language students OR those who took 1A as 7th graders and would like to relearn 1A materials and continue with new pathway of completing 1A/1B within the same school year. French 1A/B is year-long introductory level course for seventh- and eighth-graders. This class is an introduction to the French language and French-speaking culture. The course will provide a rounded approach to the four key areas of world language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will participate in a range of activities to immerse themselves in the cultural context of the French language while gaining skills to communicate in the language. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of structures (grammar), participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts while exploring the French-speaking world. Passing this course is needed to move on to French II the following school year, also a credit-bearing HS level course. Choose “SWL1273 FRENCH 1A”

  • French 1B- SWL1274
  • High School Level course, can receive 0.5 credit.
  • 8
  • Full Year this option will go away after 21/22 school year

This Course is for students who completed 1A as 7th graders. They will be able to finish their world language at the pace in which they started it. (1B over the course of 8th grade). French 1B is a year-long course for eighth grader students that will build on the basic skills acquired in French 1A. French 1B aims to prepare students to enter second year French in high school and allows students to apply for one high school credit. The course will provide a rounded approach to the four key areas of world language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will participate in a range of activities to immerse themselves in the cultural context of the French language while gaining skills to communicate in the language. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning to build upon their comprehension and communication strategies while continuing their exploration of the French-speaking world. Passing this course is needed to move on to French II the following school year, also a credit-bearing HS level course. Choose “SWL1274 FRENCH 1B” do not also choose 1A.

  • French 2 A & B
  • 8
  • Full Year (Coming in 22-23 School Year!)
  • Will be a course offered to those who have passed 1A/1B in French as 7th Graders.
  • High School Level course, can receive 1.0 credit.
  • Currently unavailable

Technology

  • Tech B – MPC6422
  • 6
  • Semester

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Tech A (required course). This semester-long course builds on the skills students learn in Tech A. The main focus of this course is problem solving, critical thinking, and effective group work using different forms of technology. Coursework includes intermediate programming skills and application, Video planning and production, pillars of graphic design, and an intro to CAD/3D Printing. Choose “MPC6422 COMPUTER SCI TECH B”

  • Tech C – MPC6423
  • 7 & 8
  • Semester

A semester long exploration of computer science and technology that emphasizes problem web development and application development Choose “MPC6423 COMPUTER SCI TECH C”

  • Tech D -MPC6424
  • 7 & 8
  • Semester

A semester long exploration of computer science and technology that emphasizes robotics, hardware and networking. Choose “MPC6424 COMPUTER SCI TECH D”

  • STEM Innovation Lab– MPC5259
  • 7 & 8
  • Full Year Year Long Course.

In this course, students will learn safe and proper use of STEM innovation lab tools and equipment and how to use these current and emerging digital technologies and tools for artistic expression, creative problem solving and career exploration. No Prerequisites Choose “MPC5259 STEM INNOVATION LAB“

PE

  • Physical Education– MPE8016
  • 6
  • Semester or Full Year

This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. Individual fitness levels are measured in the beginning and the end of the Semester. Developmentally appropriate sports and activities are taught to increase strength, coordination, skills and fitness. Seattle Public Schools is in its 9th year of implementing the Five for Life Physical Education Curriculum. We use this curriculum in our Physical Education classes at Eckstein. Our program incorporates traditional aspects of Physical Education (development of fitness, motor skills, and social/emotional well-being). Students will be continually encouraged to reflect on the value of their own health and fitness, as well as to act to maximize both in and out of class. The Physical Education Staff at Eckstein are excited about presenting this program to our students. Choose “MPE8016 PHYSICAL EDUCATION”

  • Team Sports– MPE8423
  • 7 and 8
  • Semester or Full Year

“This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. Individual fitness levels are measured in the beginning and the end of the Semester. Developmentally appropriate sports and activities are taught to increase strength, coordination, skills and fitness. Seattle Public Schools is in its 9th year of implementing the Five for Life Physical Education Curriculum. We use this curriculum in our Physical Education classes at Eckstein. Our program incorporates traditional aspects of Physical Education (development of fitness, motor skills, and social/emotional well-being). Students will be continually encouraged to reflect on the value of their own health and fitness, as well as to act to maximize both in and out of class. The Physical Education Staff at Eckstein are excited about presenting this program to our students.” Choose “MPE8423 TEAM SPORTS”

  • PE Partners– MPE4187
  • All Grades
  • Semester or Full Year

The purpose of this class is to provide a modified physical education class to students with disabilities where students with and without disabilities come together in an inclusive cooperative learning environment that is set up towards modified curriculum outcomes. Physical Education partners of differing skill ability come together as classmates. Classmates of higher abilities act as mentors to assist teammates of lower abilities in developing sport-specific skills, and in successfully participating in a cooperative team environment. In this model peer partners without disabilities move between two roles; mentor and classmate. In the mentor role the peer partner can be instrumental in helping students practice and master foundational skills, and transition successfully to game play opportunities. As a teammate, students collaborate together to learn skills or play games as equal members of the class. for making skills accessible. Choose “MPE4187 PHYSICAL EDUCATION PARTNER”

  • Alternate Activities– MPE8013 (dance/movement/yoga/alternate PE)
  • All Grades
  • Semester or Full Year

These non-competitive physical education activities stress fun and fitness as well as unique opportunities to increase one’s lifetime skills inventory. Alternative activities may include juggling, unicycling, roller boards, stilts, skateboards, frisbees, double dutch (rope skipping), Choose “MPE8013 ALTERN ACTIVITIES”

  • PE Excused– MPE8201
  • 7 and 8
  • Year

This course is the place-holder code to notify the registrar that you do NOT intend to take PE in the following school year. For registration purposes only, will not show on schedule anywhere. PE Waivers are not allowed for 6th graders with the exception of medical and religious reasons. Choose “MPE8201 PE EXCUSED”

Art

  • Visual Arts Beginning– MFA8519
  • All grades, no experience necessary
  • Semester

Welcome to Visual Arts Beginning! Spark your imagination while exploring and experimenting with drawing, painting, sculpture, and more in a supportive community of creative learners. Express, celebrate, and reflect on your unique perspective, ideas, culture, and feelings with individual and group projects while using the Elements of Art and Principals of Design. No previous experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8519 VISUAL ARTS BEG”

  • Visual Arts Advanced– MFA8520
  • 7 & 8,
  • 1 or more years experience necessary
  • Semester

Grow your creativity and artistic skills while expressing yourself in Visual Arts Advanced! Reflect on life experiences, community, and culture while creating individual and group projects that empower you to communicate your ideas, feelings, and unique perspective. Expand your understandings of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design by creating 2D and 3D projects that may involve drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, clay, and paper mâché. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8520 VISUAL ARTS ADV”

  • Ceramics Beginning– MFA8403
  • All grades, no experience necessary
  • Semester

Do you like working with your hands and building things? In Ceramics Beginning, you will create a variety of projects using hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, slab, sculpting, and possibly how to “throw” clay on the pottery wheel. Experiment with different ways to add color and decoration to your projects which may include cups, plates, vases, pitchers, spoons, monsters, and more. Collaborate with others while managing the studio and caring for the materials, tools, and equipment. No previous experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8403 CERAMICS BEGINNING”

  • Ceramics Advanced– MFA8404
  • 7 & 8,
  • 1 or more years experience necessary Semester

Welcome to Ceramics Advanced! Express yourself while experimenting with advanced hand building techniques and possibly “throwing” clay on the pottery wheel. Explore, design, and refine how you add color and detail to your creations. Use your experiences and knowledge to celebrate and communicate your ideas, unique perspective, and culture through your art. Collaborate with others while managing the studio and caring for materials, tools, and equipment. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8404 CERAMICS ADVANCED”

Band

  • Introductory Band– MFA8509 (formerly Beginning Band)
  • All grades, no experience necessary
  • Full Year

Welcome to Introductory Band! This course is for students who want to learn a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument such as flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, snare drum, and more. Come join a welcoming community committed to building lasting relationships where all learners succeed. You will learn instrumental technique, musicianship, and perform many styles of music. No previous experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8509 INTRODUCTORY BAND A”

  • Premier Band – NFA8513 (formerly Jr. Band)
  • All grades, 1 year experience necessary
  • Full Year

Continue to develop new skills on your band instrument! Premiere Band is a year-long course for students who have had at least one year of experience. Continue to grow your confidence and musicianship through performing fun, engaging music from a variety of genres, cultures, and styles, while building lasting relationships as part of a band ensemble. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA88513
PREMIER BAND A”

  • Intermediate Band– MFA8436
  • All grades, 1+ years’ experience necessary
  • Full Year

Welcome to Intermediate Band! This year-long course is for students who have multiple years of experience on any woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Be part of a welcoming community committed to building lasting relationships through performing in school concerts and traveling to regional festivals. You will continue to build upon instrumental techniques and musicianship through the performance of many styles of instrumental music. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8436 INTERMEDIATE BAND A”

  • Concert Band-MFA8407 (formerly called Wind Ensemble)
  • All grades, 1+ years’ experience necessary
  • Full Year

Welcome to Concert Band! This is an advanced, year-long course for students who play woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Continue to build upon your personal musicality and technique in a supportive community. In Concert Band you will play a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods – past and present – while performing in school concerts and regional festivals. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8407 CONCERT BAND A”

  • Jazz band– MFA8511 (formerly called Intermediate Jazz)
  • All grades, 1+ years’ experience necessary
  • Full Year
  • Two different courses will use same name.

Expand your musicianship in Jazz Band! This is an advanced, year-long small ensemble for instrumentalists with an interest in jazz music who have at least one year of experience. Learn about various jazz styles and concepts, including improvisation and jazz theory. Build lasting relationships through performing in school and community concerts and traveling to regional festivals. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8511 JAZZ BAND A”

  • Jazz band– MFA8512 (formerly called Senior Jazz)
  • All grades, 1+ years’ experience necessary
  • Full Year
  • Two different courses will use same name.

Expand your musicianship in Jazz Band! This is an advanced, year-long small ensemble for instrumentalists with an interest in jazz music who have at least one year of experience. Learn about various jazz styles and concepts, including improvisation and jazz theory. Build lasting relationships through performing in school and community concerts and traveling to regional festivals. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8512 JAZZ BAND B”

Orchestra & String Instruments

  • Introductory Orchestra– MFA8505 (formerly Beginning Orchestra)
  • All grades, no experience necessary
  • Full Year

Discover the expressive world of string instruments! Introductory Orchestra is for students who want to learn the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Come join a welcoming community set on building lasting relationships where all learners succeed. You will learn different skills on your instrument through exciting styles of orchestra music. No previous experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8505 INTRODUCTORY ORCHESTRA A”

  • Premier Orchestra– MFA8515 (formerly Jr. Orchestra)
  • All grades, 1 year experience necessary
  • Full Year

Continue to develop new skills on your string instrument! Premier Orchestra is a year-long course for students who have had at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Come join a welcoming community set on building lasting relationships where you learn new instrumental techniques and musicianship through a wide variety of musical styles. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8515 PREMIER ORCHESTRA A”

  • Intermediate Orchestra– MFA8438
  • All grades, 1+ years’ experience necessary
  • Full Year

Welcome to Intermediate Orchestra! This yearlong course is for students who have multiple years of experience on violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Be part of a welcoming community and build lasting relationships through performing in school concerts and traveling to regional festivals. Continue to expand your instrumental technique, musicianship, and perform many styles of music. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8438 INTERMED ORCHESTRA A”

  • Concert Orchestra MFA8411 (formerly Senior Orchestra)
  • All grades, 1+ years’ experience necessary
  • Full Year

Continue to build upon your personal musicality and technique in a supportive community! Concert Orchestra is an advanced, year-long course for students who play violin, viola, cello and string bass. In Concert Orchestra you will play a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods – past and present – and perform in school concerts and regional festivals. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8411 CONCERT ORCHESTRA A”

  • Guitar Lab MFA8418
  • All grades, no experience necessary
  • Semester or Full Year

Turn your dreams of being a guitar player into a reality! In Guitar Lab 1 you will learn skills and techniques to play various styles of guitar music. No previous experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8418 GUITAR LAB 1”

Choir

  • Introductory Choir– MFA8507 (formerly called Treble Choir)
  • All grades, no experience necessary
  • Full Year

Welcome to Introductory Choir! Join a welcoming community for those who like to sing and are interested in finding their voice. Build skills in vocal technique, musicianship, and perform fun, engaging choral music from a variety of genres, cultures, and styles while developing lasting relationships with others. No previous experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8507 INTRODUCTORY CHOIR A”

  • Intermediate Choir– MFA8429 (formerly called Advanced Choir)
  • 7th and 8th grade, 1 year experience necessary
  • Full Year

Continue to develop your singing skills in choir! Intermediate Choir is a year-long ensemble for students who have had one year of choral experience. Expand your vocal and musicianship skills through performing fun, engaging music from a variety of genres, cultures, and styles, while building lasting relationships with other singers through performing in school concerts and traveling to regional festivals. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8429 INTERMEDIATE CHOIR A”

  • Vocal Jazz– MFA8521
  • 7th and 8th grade, 1+ years’ experience necessary
  • Full Year

Welcome to Vocal Jazz! Vocal Jazz is a small mixed-voices ensemble for singers with an interest in jazz music who have multiple years of choral experience. Learn about various jazz styles and concepts, including improvisation and jazz theory, and sing with a rhythm section. Build lasting relationships through performing in school and community concerts and traveling to regional festivals. This course may be repeated. Choose “MFA8521 VOCAL JAZZ A”

Leadership

  • Leadership A- MUE0318
  • All Grades
  • Semester or Full Year

Leadership A is a one semester class open to responsible, service minded 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students wishing to make a difference at Eckstein Middle School.  Students will learn about important characteristics of leaders and how to develop those same characteristics in themselves. Class will use the Character Strong curriculum. Choose “MUE0318 LEADERSHIP TRAINEE A”

  • Leadership B– MUE5941 8
  • Full Year
  • Pre-requisite: Leadership A.

Leadership B is a full year class open to responsible, service minded 7th and 8th grade students wishing to make a difference at Eckstein Middle School and elected ASB officers.  Students will apply the characteristics of leaders and how to develop those same characteristics in themselves, using the Character Strong curriculum. Leadership B students will be responsible for designing and executing projects and activities that benefit the student body at Eckstein. Examples of these activities could be lunchtime basketball tournaments, Spirit Weeks, assemblies, dances and other student activities that foster an environment of inclusion.  Many of these endeavors require a strong work ethic, the ability to work successfully as a group, and public speaking techniques.  Students who are interested in developing their character & bringing new ideas to Eckstein are invited to join Leadership. Class can be repeated. Choose “MUE5941 LEADERSHIP TRAINEE B”

Teacher Assistant

  • Teacher’s Assistant- MUE9499
  • 8
  • Semester or Full Year Placement can be for semester or for year-long.
  • Application required for placement

Student assistants perform a valuable service within the schools in assisting teachers and administrative staff. They are also called “”TA’s”” or teachers assistants. Skills acquired by students often prove to be extremely useful in the job market. It is hoped that establishing good work. Student needs to be able to work independently and self-manage. Students can “”TA”” for the attendance office, counseling office, main office, or for a specific teacher. Application Form available at http://bit.ly/TAapplicatonEMS