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Junior High Electives

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Agriculture

**Students who show animals must be enrolled in one semester of an agriculture course.

 

Introduction to Wildlife Management

This one semester class is designed to examine the importance of wildlife and natural resources, including the management of different species of wildlife, through hunting and fishing, habits, habitats, and identification. *This course includes the State Mandated Hunter Education Certification, which is achieved by passing the state certification exam and permit fee of $15 to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

 

Introduction to Animal Science

This one semester course is designed to introduce the students to the study of companion animals. Topics of discussion include history, breeds, housing, equipment, nutrition, animal behavior and handling and careers in agriculture are explored. The introduction to the FFA (the organization associated with agricultural education) and some basic leadership skills will be taught.

Introduction to Plant Science

**8th grade only

This one semester course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of plant science. We will focus on identifying plants and their parts, understanding how plants grow and reproduce, how to grow and maintain plants, and basic principles of floral design.  

Woodworking

**8th grade only

This one semester course is designed for gaining the interest of the student in the agricultural and FFA program. Topics discussed are FFA, safety, construction, painting, etc. Students build several wood type projects and learn to appreciate and value the shop experience. There is a fee associated with this class.

Ag
Art:

Intro.  Art                                                  

This one semester course is designed for the creative student who wants to learn a variety of art expressions with the proper use of art media and tools.  BBJH Art is a disciplined based art program which focuses on art history, appreciation, evaluation, interpretation, and creation. Art students are introduced to each of the design elements and principles of art as well as to a variety of art periods. Through studio production projects, students are given hands on, sequentially stepped art experiences to develop ways of expressing themselves through various mediums in the visual arts.

Advanced Art                              **Open to 7th and 8th Grade

                      **Current Art Teacher Approval  Required

This full year (2 semesters) course is designed for the experienced art student who will take their individual prior skills and knowledge to next level.
Note: 8th graders previously enrolled in Advanced Art at the 7th grade level are encouraged to continue enrollment in Advanced Art in their 8th grade year.
Curriculum and projects will be differentiated based on the individual art student.

BBJH Advanced Art is a disciplined based art program which focuses on art history, appreciation, evaluation, interpretation and creation. Art students are introduced to each of the design elements and principles of art as well as to a variety of art periods. Through studio production projects students are given hands on art experiences to develop ways of expressing themselves in the visual arts. Advanced Art students will create, develop and maintain a portfolio of their art studies and projects to continue their art development into their future higher educational experiences.
Band 

All BBJH Students are welcome to join the Bear Band, even if you have never played an instrument. Students will sign up for a generic “Band” course when registering for classes. Auditions for band placement will be held in the spring. Auditions will consist of an assigned piece of music and scales. Students will then be assigned to a band based upon their audition, classroom performance, leadership skills, as well as behavior and grades in all classes.

Applied Music

*Director approval required

This full year course is for students currently enrolled in the BBJH Band. Students will receive individualized attention to foster more efficient development on their instrument and give them the opportunity for specialized instruction as well as supervised practice time. Materials covered will include solos, ensembles, region audition music, class band music, and high school preparatory literature. This class is highly encouraged for honor band members but open to all BBJH band members.

Beginner Band   

This is a full year (2 semesters) band class for students who have not taken band before or want to learn a new instrument.  Instruments are student provided, with the exception of the Baritone and Tuba which are school provided with a $100 band usage fee.

Cadet Band   

This is a full year (2 semesters) class.  The Cadet Band is a performing ensemble made up of both 7th and 8th grade students. This class will focus on ensemble skills as well as individual performance skills. Cadet band students are required to participate in the solo and ensemble contest in the spring semester.  The band will perform at pep-rally’s, 1-2 football games (when they are not playing football, of course), and Christmas and spring concerts. Cadet band students are required to attend sectionals and after school rehearsals when scheduled. (Though rarely)  Private lessons are strongly encouraged.

Concert Band                                

This is a full year (2 semesters) class.  The Concert Band is a competitive performing group made up of both 7th and 8th grade students.  This ensemble requires more responsibility than the Cadet Band. Students in the Concert Band are required to attend sectionals and rehearsals when scheduled before or after school.  Those students who take private lessons and desire to audition for District and Region band will be allowed based upon their preparation and ability.  The Symphonic Band will perform at Pre-UIL competition, invitational concert-contest events, football games, and Christmas and spring concerts.  Concert Band members are also required to participate in the solo and ensemble contest in the spring.  Eligibility must be maintained to perform at U.I.L. and invitational contests.  Private lessons are strongly encouraged.

Symphonic Band

This is a full year (2 semesters) class.  The Symphonic Band is a competitive performing group comprised of mostly 8th graders with some 7th grade student.  Symphonic Band students are required to attend sectionals and rehearsals before/after school when scheduled.  Students are required to prepare and audition for the District Band and, if prepared, the region band.  The Symphonic Band will perform at the U.I.L. Concert and Sight-reading contest, invitational concert-contest events, football games, (when not playing football, of course) and all scheduled concerts. Symphonic Band members are required participate in the solo and ensemble contest. Eligibility must be maintained to perform at contests and to remain a member of this group. Private lessons are strongly encouraged.

Honor Band

This is a full year (2 semesters) class. The Honor Band is the top performing group at BBJH. It is comprised of mostly 8th graders, with a few 7th graders. This ensemble requires the most responsibility of students, but also has the highest musical reward.  Honor Band students are required to attend sectionals and rehearsals, either before or after school when scheduled. Students are required to prepare and audition for the District and Region Bands. The Honor Band will perform at U.I.L. Concert and Sight-reading contest, invitational concert-contest events, football games (when not playing football), and all scheduled concerts. Honor Band members will be required to participate in the solo and ensemble contest in the spring. Eligibility must be maintained to be a member of this ensemble
Band
Boy's Athletics 

**Coach approval required

This full year (2 semesters) program in athletics consists of specific skill training, agility, drills, weight training and cardiovascular endurance and is designed primarily to prepare the student for the specific competitive sport(s) in which the student participates. Participation in football is required to start the year in boy’s athletics. Teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and development of individual talents are the main objectives of this course.

Uniforms are provided, but each student must furnish his/her own shoes. Each student must provide a current physical examination, which must be turned in by the last day of the current school year.  Physicals are required for participation in any try-out, practice, or game.  All Practices will be held after school for all sports. Competition will take place outside the school day. Try-outs are held for basketball, tennis, track, and golf.  Students representing the MISD and the University Interscholastic League in Athletics will also have athletic policies to which they must adhere. Eligibility must be maintained to participate in school sports.

Boy's Athletics
Choir:

Choir is designed for those interested in vocal performance.  Vocal production, musical fundamentals and choral literature are emphasized.  Students in all choirs will perform at seasonal concerts and various community events.  Attendance at performances and extra rehearsals are required and is a major portion of the grade for this course.  All students are welcome in choir!  Auditions are required for each student’s correct choir placement. There is a $25 fee to take a choir class.

Girl’s Honor Choir                                       

This full year (2 Semesters) Fine Arts course is designed for the 7th or 8th grade intermediate female singer who desires to strengthen their skills in vocal production, sight reading skills, and overall musicianship.  Participation in UIL Solo and Ensemble contest and Region Choir auditions is strongly encouraged.

Girl’s Advanced Choir (Bella Voce)            

This full year (2 semesters) Fine Arts course gives the advanced female singer (7th or 8th grade) the opportunity to participate in a highly competitive performing ensemble.  Singers are strongly encouraged to participate in UIL Solo and Ensemble, Region Choir Auditions, and maintain eligibility for UIL group competition in the spring.  Students receive training in sight-singing, harmonization and performance skills.  Solo opportunities are offered as well.

Concert Choir 

This full year (2 semesters) Fine Arts course is designed for 7th or 8th grade girls to learn about good vocal production and choral music skills.  Musical fundamentals and music reading skills are taught.  Participation in UIL Solo and Ensemble contest and Region Choir auditions is encouraged.

Boy’s Honor Choir

This full year (2 semesters) Fine Arts course is designed specifically for young men’s changing voices (7th and 8th grade) and offers a welcome environment for developing pitch, sight-singing, and harmonization.  Members of the choir are strongly encouraged to participate in UIL Solo and Ensemble contest and Region Choir auditions.  This is a wonderful opportunity for boys to work together and accomplish great things through music.

Choir
Exploring Careers -

**This course is required for all 8th graders that are taking at least one semester elective.

With the passing of House Bill 5 in 2013, students now have more opportunities than ever to become college and career ready by choosing an endorsement to help focus their course of study in high school.  Our mission in Exploring Careers is to provide students with a better understanding of the choices available to them during those four years of high school. With their parents’ help, students taking Exploring Careers can make informed decisions to create a Personal Graduation Plan and maximize their education. Whether a student decides to go straight into the job market after graduation, attend a four year university, or serve in a branch of the armed forces, Exploring Careers seeks to help them identify and establish professional and personal goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals. In this class, students will also have the opportunity to visit Magnolia High School to learn about electives offered in high school. High school counselors and guest speakers will also visit the class to help guide students in planning for high school and college and to spark their interest in different career paths.

Girl's Athletics

**Coach approval required

This full year (2 semesters) program in athletics consists of specific skill training, agility, drills, weight training, and cardiovascular endurance and is designed primarily to prepare the student for the specific competitive sport(s) in which the student participates. Participation in volleyball, basketball or track is required in order to be in athletics.  Teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and development of individual talents are the main objectives of this course.

Uniforms are provided, but each student must furnish his/her own shoes. Each student must provide a current physical examination, which must be turned in by the last day of the current school year.   Classes meet during the regular school day.  Practice will be held after school. Competitions will take place outside the school day. Try-outs are held for volleyball, basketball, tennis, track, and golf.  Students representing the MISD and the University Interscholastic League in Athletics will also have athletic policies to which they must adhere.  Eligibility must be maintained to participate in school sports.

**New students will have two weeks to turn in a physical or they will be removed from the class.

 Athletics, Girls
This one semester course will introduce students to computer programming through simple drag and drop systems and gaming environments. Coding encourages problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. All are very important skills whether you choose to continue with computer sciences or not. No programming or coding experience is necessary. All students with an interest in creating or exploring computer programming should take this course. Students will learn the basic skills necessary to build video games, web pages, mobile apps, and more.
Coding
Physical Education

*P.E. is an elective option for 8th Grade only.

The Magnolia Independent School District requires physical education.  The student may elect to substitute athletic participation for the MISD physical education requirement.

The eighth grade physical education student will be provided opportunities to increase knowledge and motor skills basic to efficient movement; experience rules, knowledge, and basic skills in beginning or intermediate participation in individual, dual, and team sports; understand the relationship of motivation and development of a higher level of personal and physical fitness and the ability to maintain this level; and develop knowledge and skills for leisure and lifetime sports activities. The fee for uniforms is approximately $15.00.

 PE
Principles of Human Services: 

** 8th Grade Only

In this one semester course, students will be actively involved in exploring self-assessment, communication and teamwork strategies, and culture awareness. This course will have community service projects. In addition, students will study consumerism and how it affects families and communities. Students will learn proper nutrition, food preparation, sanitation, and cooking techniques and will go to the food lab regularly to apply what they’ve learned. Creativity, problem-solving skills, and resourcefulness will be encouraged.

 Principles of Human Services
Introduction to Robotics: 

This is a one semester class. Students will learn to design, build, and control robotic devices by combining and applying science, technology, math, engineering, and problem solving skills. Students with interest in such fields or planning to take high school and college courses related to computer science, technology, engineering, and upper level math are highly encouraged to take the course. However, any student that would like to simply be creative and learn more about robotics and engineering should take the course.

 Robotics
Spanish: 

Prerequisite:

 8th Grade only; English on-level average grade of 90 or above; pre-AP English average grade of 85 or above, and a passing score on the 7th grade Reading STAAR.

 

(High School credit)

This full year (2 semesters) course includes a thorough study of grammar and its application while developing the necessary phonetic skills for oral communication. This class follows the same curriculum as the Spanish I course at Magnolia High School and completes one of the 2 or 3 Foreign Language credits needed for graduation. Upon successful completion of Spanish I, the student will receive high school credit.

 Spanish 1
Teen Leadership: 

This is a one semester course. Students will learn to take responsibility, express themselves, and handle problems and decisions when they arise. Through role play, group activities, speeches, and projects, students will build personal responsibility and leadership skills. Students will learn how to work in and lead a team, manage conflicts, build healthy relationships, and become a better, more productive member of society. Students interested in acquiring practical skills to achieve success in and out of school, learning how to set and reach goals, and learning how to positively impact other people should take the course.

 Teen Leadership
Theatre Arts and Theatre Production: 

Prerequisite: Teacher Approval; Auditions held in spring

 

This full year (2 semesters) course is an advanced level performance-based class designed for serious/motivated theatre students. Students will be responsible for ALL aspects of theatrical production including performance, set design, light and sound designs and operation, make-up, costuming, stage managing, and more. Students will perform for the student body as well as the general public and compete in the UIL One Act Play contest. Students will work extensively on character development and improvisational technique. Academic eligibility must be maintained to participate in UIL competition.

 Theatre
Webpage Design

**8th Grade Only

This one semester course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of web design.  In a lab setting, students will learn to use an HTML editor to create and design webpages using HTML and CSS.   The students will learn to create working links and graphics.   We will cover design elements – what looks good and what doesn’t, what makes a website an effective website and more importantly, what makes a bad website bad.   We will go over how to design your webpage so that it has a better chance of getting picked up by a search engine.  When learning about colors, students will know what colors complement each other and which colors contrast.   Font Selection and Layout will also be discussed.   The student will learn valuable skills and a desire to further their newfound knowledge with more web and graphic design courses.
Webpage Design