Elective Information

8th Grade Electives

Academic Success Suite

Academic Success Suite: A recommendation is required

MJHS Codes:

  • SAAA1 Academic Success
  • SAAM1 Academic Success Math
  • SAMR1 Academic Success Math/Reading
  • SAAR1 Academic Success Reading

These courses are designed to assist students in increasing reading and math skills to on grade level performance.

Computer Science Independent Study

Computer Science Independent Study: Application is required

MJHS Code:  CTCS8 22

This course is a hands-on introduction to computer science for 8th grade students. The course will consist of three parts: working in the Help Desk, taking part in a self-paced Introduction to Computer Science course online, and working with the instructor to develop a year-long individualized capstone project/portfolio in one of two different focus areas: "Programming WebApps, Apps, and Games" or "Computer/Hardware Repair and Prototyping.” Students will also help develop the MJHS Help Desk website through creating written instructional materials, maintaining a technology blog, and creating instructional videos. As an independent study course, requirements to take this course include self-motivation and an interest in computer science and technology, as well as completing an application with teacher recommendation. This will provide the new course description

English Language Development

English Language Development: A recommendation is required

MJHS Code:  ELD08

The ELD curriculum is a general set of English language acquisition standards that should be used in conjunction with content standards. These standards address the language support necessary to enable the English Learner (EL) to access the grade level content curriculum by providing a bridge for ELs to the academic content curriculum.

 

 

Gateway to Technology

 

Gateway to Technology

MJHS Code: CTST0

This course, Project Lead the Way (GTT) features a project-based curriculum designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of 8th grade students. There are two foundational units in GTT: Automation and Robotics (AR) and Design and Modeling (DM). In AR, students will trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They will learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students will use a robust robotics platform to design, build, and program a solution to solve an existing problem. In DM, students will begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They will be introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students will use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions.

 

Instrumental Music - Band

Instrumental Music-Band

MJHS Code: FABA8

This course requires playing at an intermediate or advanced level. Emphasis is placed on building a musical foundation that will help students succeed in individual and group performance. Special attention is focused on the skills required for Junior Clinic. Afterschool performances and scheduled rehearsals are required.

Instrumental Music - Orchestra

Instrumental Music-Orchestra

MJHS Code: FAOR8

This course requires the continued development technique through scales, bowings, shifting and vibrato. Students will learn various styles of music and will perform in four concerts a year. All students may choose to audition for Junior Orchestra Clinic. Advanced students may audition and participate in a before-school Chamber Orchestra. Afterschool performances and scheduled rehearsals are required.

Learning Support

Learning Support: A recommendation is required

MJHS Code: SALS1

The course is designed to assist students with organization, study skills, and monitoring of work completion, and the development of good academic habits.

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring: Application is required

MJHS Code: SAPT1 23

This course requires students to assist in the MJHS Special Education Department. An understanding of various disabilities and trends/contemporary issues dealing with these disabilities will be gained. This course is suggested for students considering entering a career involving teaching and working with adults and children who have disabilities. Peer tutors may be required to accompany and assist students with disabilities in general education classes or work with students in a Special Education classroom. Weekly reflections required. Some independent study/assignments are required.

Shop: Industrial Arts

Shop: Industrial Arts

MJHS Code: CTSH0

This course includes woodworking and entry-level computer-aided drawings. Students will learn the proper use of hand and machine tools. Emphasis will be on safety and proper use and care of tools and machines. Each student will design and build a project or projects during the year. Students will also work with design software which will be used for 2D and 3D drawings and bridge designs. They will also work with computer programs which are designed to help with computer maintenance and upgrading.

Student Assistant

Student Assistant: Application is required

MJHS Code: SATA8

In this course, students will assist school staff in a multitude of facets and only students who demonstrate integrity, responsibility, and maturity need apply. It is a privilege to serve in this role. Both 8th and 9th grade students can submit an application for a main office or library assistant and will be assigned according to staff needs.

Teen Living

Teen Living

MJHS Code: PETL0

This course empowers students to assume personal responsibility in a diverse and ever-changing society. The course assists students in making a seamless transition into upper grade level academics leading to a successful and productive adult life. Students develop transferable work place skills and habits. Instructional content includes academic integration, technology application, career planning, money management, nutrition, fitness, and personal health, personal appearance and environment, family relationships, child development, adolescent issues, leadership and citizenship.

Theatre

Theatre

MJHS Code: FATH8

This course empowers students to explore the world of theatre and acting. Activities include learning acting skills such as improvisation, mime, and acting techniques for acting on stage and acting in film. Students also learn basic lighting, costume, and set design, as well as basic video editing. Projects include many group activities, such as performing as an Air Guitar Band, creating an old timey radio broadcast, making short films, and producing a one-act play performed in school. Eighth grade students who take Theatre may apply for the Drama Intermediate class as in the 9th grade.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

MJHS Code: FAVA8

This course offers art experiences in fine/visual arts, crafts, art history/culture, and art appreciation, stressing the importance of the art “process,” not simply just the end product. Students will review the visual elements of art and compositional principles of design. Students will be exposed to projects/forms of expression, including: drawing (still life, human figure, realism), shading techniques/skills/methods, mask making, painting (watercolor, acrylic), posters, banners, sculpture creations, weaving, printmaking, and much more. The goals of this art education curriculum are to teach students the possibilities of communicating a variety of ideas and emotions via many diverse ways, to foster students’ confidence in their creativity/creative intelligence, and to promote the development of higher-order thinking skills. Students will work with a variety of materials and will be introduced to art history through correlation of artists with assigned projects.

Girls Chorus

Vocal Music: Girls Chorus

MJHS Code: FAVMF 24

This course is appropriate for beginning through advanced-level choral students. Admission is restricted to female students, but no audition is required. The course covers the basics of music literacy, vocal production, performance preparation, and public performance. The choir will perform high-school-appropriate repertoire of beginning-level difficulty from all stylistic periods (1-2 on a scale of 1 to 6) under the name “The Maryville Girls’ Chorus.” Afterschool performances and scheduled rehearsals are required.

Boys Chorus

Vocal Music: Boys Chorus 

MJHS Code: FAVMM

This course is appropriate for beginning through advanced-level choral students, and may be repeated. Admission is restricted to male students, but no audition is required. The course covers the basics of music literacy, vocal production, performance preparation, and public performance. The choir will perform high-school-appropriate repertoire of beginning level difficulty from all stylistic periods (1-2 on a scale of 1 to 6) under the name “The Maryville Boys’ Chorus.” Afterschool performances and scheduled rehearsals are required.

Yearbook

Yearbook:

MJHS Code: SAY80

This course focuses on the design and development of the school yearbook is created using page layouts, journalism, interviewing and proofreading skills, editing, and photography. Creativity, meeting deadlines, and writing skills are very important.

9th Grade Electives

Elective Information

COURSE OFFERINGS FOR HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT:

(All courses are not offered every year)

*Note: Certain elective courses will be available to 8th grade students by meeting prerequisite requirements and teacher recommendation ONLY. For High School courses taken prior to the ninth grade; credit will be issued, but grades will not be calculated into the high school GPA.

Students will be recommended for course placement by teachers based on their academic progress and achievement data. Students and parents should reference the Family Report Guide [http://familyreport.tnedu.gov/] provided on each previous year’s TN Ready/EOC student report for information about strengths, areas of improvement, and next steps to identify how to best prepare for the next level in a particular subject area. Additional information on how to further prepare can be found in the Pre-ACT and ACT score reports. Following the prescribed scope and sequence as identified by prerequisites and teacher recommendations will ensure adequate preparation for high school coursework.

Chorus: Intermediate Female

Chorus: Intermediate Female (1 credit)

MJHS: FAVHF

MHS Code: FAIFCSS

TN Code: G05H40 

  • Grade level: 9-12

This course is appropriate for beginning through advanced-level choral students and may be repeated. Admission is restricted to female students, but no audition is required. The course covers the basics of music literacy, vocal production, performance preparation, and public performance. The choir will perform repertoire of intermediate-level difficulty from all stylistic periods (3-4 on a scale of 1 to 6) under the name “The Belles of Maryville” or “The Maryville Festival Chorus” when combined with the Intermediate Male class. A course fee will be charged.

Chorus: Intermediate Male

Chorus: Intermediate Male (1 credit)

MJHS: FAVHM

MHS Code: FAIMCSS

TN Code: G05H40 

  • Grade level: 9-12 25

This course is appropriate for beginning through advanced-level choral students and may be repeated. Admission is restricted to male students, but no audition is required. The course covers the basics of music literacy, vocal production, performance preparation, and public performance. The choir will perform repertoire of intermediate-level difficulty from all stylistic periods (3-4 on a scale of 1 to 6) under the name “Maryville Men” or “The Maryville Festival Chorus” when combined with the Intermediate Female class. A course fee will be charged.

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts 1 (1 credit)

MJHS Code: FATH9

MHS Code: FADR1SS

TN Code: G05H16 

  • Grade level: 9-12

This course is open to all students and focuses on the major aspects of theatre as practice. It emphasizes the basic principles of acting, theatre terminology, theatre design and stagecraft. This course will include monologues, acting scenes, design research, design practice and play reading. A fee will be charged.

Theatre Arts 1 Intermediate

Theatre Arts 1 Intermediate (MJHS) (1 credit)

MJHS Code: FATH1

TN Code: G05H16 

  • Grade level: 9

This course is open to all students and focuses on the major aspects of theatre as practice. It emphasizes the basic principles of acting, theatre terminology, theatre design and stagecraft. This course will include monologues, acting scenes, design research, design practice and play reading. A fee will be charged.

Band ( Instrumental Music - Band)

Band (Instrumental Music-Band-MJHS) (2, 1 credit or ½ credit)

MJHS Code: FABA9 TN Code: G05H36 MHS Code:

FABNDSS Band - Brass & Woodwinds yearlong A/B day schedule for 1 credit

FABPESS Band - Percussion yearlong A/B day schedule for 1 credit

FABNDSQ Band - 2 nd Band class for students interested in taking band every day

FABGUSA Band - Field Guard (Fall only) - ½ credit (no prerequisite)

This elective course is offered on an A/B schedule for a year-long class. It requires playing at an intermediate or advanced level. Emphasis is placed on building a musical foundation that will help the student succeed in individual and group performance. Special attention is focused on the skills required for Sr. Clinic. Performance and scheduled rehearsals are required. A transportation/uniform fee is necessary to cover travel and uniform costs. After selecting the appropriate A/B class, students may elect to increase their participation by attending daily for one or both semesters. Appropriate credit will be available.

Orchestra (Instrumental Music - Orchestra)

Orchestra (Instrumental Music-Orchestra-MJHS) (2, 1 credit or additional ½ credit)

MJHS Code: FAOR9 TN Code: G05H36

MHS Code:

  • FAORCSS – Yearlong A/B day schedule for 1 credit
  • FAORCSB – 2 nd orchestra class for students interested in taking orchestra every day one semester- ½ credit

This elective course for is being offered on an A/B schedule for a year-long class. It requires playing at an advanced level. Emphasis is placed on musical skills that advance the students individual and group performance. Special attention is focused on the skills required for Sr. Clinic. All performances and scheduled rehearsals are required. An annual fee is required to cover class materials. After selecting the appropriate A/B class, students may elect to increase their participation by attending daily for one or both semesters. Appropriate credit will be available.

Art 1

Art 1 (1 credit) MJHS Code: FAVA1

MHS Code: FAAR1SS

TN Code: G05H08 

  • Grade Levels: 9-12

This course is an introduction to basic art skills and techniques with direct emphasis on the elements and principles of design. Students will work with a variety of materials and will be introduced to art history through correlation of artists with assigned projects. This course will be offered both terms and is a prerequisite for all studio art courses. A materials fee will be charged.