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Electives Course Descriptions, Academic Opportunities, and Extracurricular Activities

Academic Opportunities and Extracurricular Activities

Specialist Teachers on Staff:
Advanced Mathematics 5-8
Advanced Music 6-8
Art 3-8
Computers K-8
Library K-6
Music K-6
Physical Education K-8
Science 5-8
Spanish 1 and 2 6-8
Academic Opportunities
Accelerated Reader Program K-8
ACT Testing 3-8
Star Reading & Math Assessments (four times a year) K-8
Writing Emphasis using ‘Step Up to Writing’ tools, online resources, book and 3 annual assessments (Narrative, Persuasive/Argumentative, Informational) K-8 K-8
Elective Programs, Grades 6th-8th:
Academic Decathlon
Advanced Music (Ms. Cibotar - approval by Ms. Cibotar required)
Health and Safety (Mr. McKenna)
Math Lab (Mrs. McKay)
Mock Trial (Mrs. Fleutsch)
Spanish 1 (Mrs. Gamache)
Yearbook/Newspaper (Mrs. Rutledge)
Extracurricular Activities:
Academic Decathlon 6-8
Altar Servers 4-8
Basketball 1-8
Cross Country 5-8
Diocesan Speech Contest 7-8
Flag Football 7-8
Golf 5-8
Regional Spelling Bee 5-8
Student Council 4-8
Track 5-8
Volleyball 5-8

Electives Course Descriptions

Academic Decathlon (Team members applied and were selected in May)

Ms. McCormick Grades 7-8

“The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6 through 8. There are ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts (Art and Music). Awards are given for individual and team performance, and the winning school team from each geographic diocese competes in a national championship, usually held in April. “

Advanced Music

Ms. Cibotar Grades 6-8

This class is an opportunity for students to share their musical talents and improve their abilities. By enrolling in the Advanced Music elective class, students can develop a deeper understanding of music theory which may be applied to playing the piano and bells. Throughout the school year the entire student body will be attending weekly Friday parish Masses. This will afford the Advanced Music class students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills by playing the piano and leading the congregation in song. These students will also take part in prominent school events such as the Thanksgiving Prayer Service, our school Christmas Program, and the Lenten Prayer Service.

Participation in this class requires an instrument at home so that the student may consistently practice. In addition, students will have to demonstrate their ability to play the piano before being accepted to this class.

Music is a joyful noise!

Health and Safety

Mr. McKenna Grades 6-8

This class is designed for students who are interested in learning the importance of overall health and safety. Students will learn how to develop flexibility, strength and core stability. In addition, the class will discuss the Health Triangle (Physical, Social and Emotional Health) and how it affects each of us on a daily basis. The goal is to help the student understand the different internal and external forces put on them and help the student to learn to make healthy choices. The student will be required to wear the authorized school PE uniform even on days we have a guest speaker or a topic that will be handled inside the classroom. Also, the student will keep a journal of their progress through the term and every two weeks we will do a re-evaluation so the students can see their progress as they work toward their goal.

Math Lab GRADES 6, 7, AND 8

Mrs. McKay

This class is a support class for students in Mrs. McKay’s math classes. Students who would like to improve their math performance or feel they are in need of additional support to enhance their success in their regular math class are encouraged to sign up for this class. In order to meet the needs of students most in need of this support, class size will be limited.

Mock Trial

Mrs. Fluetsch

A challenging elective where you can learn about our court system and trial procedure. We will learn about the different types of laws in our society, and we will understand why we need laws. After learning about the court system itself, we will practice at least two trials. You will learn the roles of the judge, the attorneys, the parties, the jury, the witnesses, and the bailiff. Students will write and then present opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations, and closing statements. Logical thinking, acting and creative writing skills will come in handy!

Spanish 1

Mrs. Stromayer

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to OLA Spanish 1 and 2! You will learn to speak Spanish in everyday situations while acquiring the basics you need to succeed in High School Spanish: grammar fundamentals, good pronunciation, and a working vocabulary. Our aim is to learn, boost your confidence and have fun!

Spanish 1 will emphasize correct pronunciation, basic verbs and verb tenses, and an ability to identify and discuss yourself and your family.

In both levels 1 and 2 we will enrich what you learn by exposing you to Hispanic culture and traditions. We may go out to eat, attend a cultural event, listen to Latin Rock or Pop, and learn about Hispanic Catholic traditions in the U.S., Spain and Latin America. ¡Esperamos verlos pronto! We hope to see you soon!

Yearbook/Newspaper (application required)

Mrs. Rutledge

Students who like photography, graphic art, scrapbooking, and technology will enjoy working on OLA’s Yearbook. Throughout the year, these students will capture school events and activities on film. Additionally, they will download, organize, and edit the pictures on the computer before arranging the photographs on pages for the Yearbook.

This elective also includes creating and publishing the school newspaper. At the beginning of the year and when the Yearbook is completed in March, the newspaper is the focus of the class. Students will assume the duties of reporters in addition to continuing their roles as photographers. As reporters, the students will compile news stories relevant to OLA, which they will type and edit in the computer lab. They will be required to thoroughly research a topic and verify the reliability of the information and resources that will be used in composing their articles. The editing process encourages students to examine their own writing critically and refine their work before it is published. In order to meet the deadlines, each class member must be committed to utilizing class time efficiently by remaining focused on the assignment. In assembling the final product, they will have had the opportunity to conduct interviews, embark on investigations, apply research skills, edit articles, and select appropriate photographs that relate to the article. Both the Yearbook and newspaper components of this class provide students an opportunity to improve organizational skills while utilizing their creative talents.