Adams City Middle School
     4451 East 72nd Avenue
     Commerce City, CO 80022
  303.289.5881    303.288.8574
communications@adams14.org

ACMS Champs

Subject

Description

STEM 6-8

 

Band 6th

6th grade band classes teach basic musical rhythms, counting rhythm, instrument maintenance and care, fundamental pitches for the band instruments, basic music vocabulary, basic improvisation, basic aural skills such as singing and ear training, and basic breathing techniques. The band instruments are tuba, trumpet, electric bass, trombone, baritone/ euphonium, percussion (drums, auxiliary and mallets), flute, clarinet and saxophone.

Band 7th

The 7th grade Intermediate Band class will continue development from 6th grade band adding more complex rhythms and really developing a strong tone, range, basic conducting, and an expansion of the musical vocabulary. This class is for those who want to participate in band but need more time to focus on fundamentals.

Band 8th

Syncopation and other more complex rhythms are emphasized. Range and tone production will be strengthened for the possibility of playing in high school. Basic conducting skills will be reinforced. Also the music vocabulary will be moved to more advanced concepts in music. It is more performance based than 6th and 7th grade band.

Health and Medicine 6-8

 

 

    Health and Medicine is a course that offers practical tools to maintain and cultivate total well-being.  The course     covers a wide arrange of topics which include: mental and emotional health, relationships, conflict resolution,           violence prevention, fitness, drugs, alcohol, body image, body systems, tobacco, and nutrition.  Additionally, an       overview of healthcare careers will be presented and discussed.  It is not too early to discover a passion for           healthcare!  Ultimately, students will exit the course with a clear and nuanced understanding of their personal           health and well-being.   

Strings 6th

The mission of the Adams City Middle School Orchestra Program is to serve as a link between the elementary and high school music programs. The middle level will provide an educational experience in which students will increase their skills and knowledge in string playing technique. 6th grade orchestra students will learn basic music vocabulary and beginning music theory. They will begin to learn the process of instrument position and bow hold; pizzicato, arco bowing and double stops. Memorization of the D major scale is learned.

Strings 7th

The mission of the Adams City Middle School Orchestra Program is to serve as a link between the elementary and high school music programs. The middle level will provide an educational experience in which students will increase their skills and knowledge in string playing technique. 7th grade orchestra students will learn higher level music theory including scales and syncopated rhythms. They will begin to play new finger positions as well as using advanced bowing techniques; staccato, accent and spiccato. Memorization of the G major and C major scales is learned.

Strings 8th

The mission of the Adams City Middle School Orchestra Program is to serve as a link between the elementary and high school music programs. The middle level will provide an educational experience in which students will increase their skills and knowledge in string playing technique. 8th Grade orchestra students will learn advanced music theory including complex rhythms and multiple/mixed meters. They will begin to play concert level repertoire using previously learned finger patterns and bowing techniques. They will also learn the broader range of dynamics and tone color. Scales include E, A, B, and D minor. Bowing techniques includes hooked, brush and tremolo.

Choir 6th

The mission of the Adams City Middle School Chorus Program is to serve as a link between the elementary and high school music programs. The middle level will provide an educational experience in which students will increase their skills and knowledge in singing technique. 6th grade chorus students will learn basic music vocabulary and beginning music theory. They will begin to learn the process of singing in multiple parts using a variety of styles of choral music.

Choir 7th

The mission of the Adams City Middle School Chorus Program is to serve as a link between the elementary and high school music programs. The middle level will provide an educational experience in which students will increase their skills and knowledge in singing technique. 7th grade chorus students will learn higher level music theory including scales and syncopated rhythms. They will begin to sing in two or three part harmony of mixed voices.

Choir 8th

The mission of the Adams City Middle School Chorus Program is to serve as a link between the elementary and high school music programs. The middle level will provide an educational experience in which students will increase their skills and knowledge in singing technique.  8th grade chorus students will learn advanced music theory including complex rhythms and multiple/mixed meters. They will begin to sing in three or four part harmony of mixed and unison voices.

Art 6th

In 6th grade art we focus on learning the elements of art which are the working tools of the artist: line, shape color, texture, form, space and value. We apply these concepts to art production, art aesthetics through class critiques and art history. Exploring the variety of approaches cultures have to creating art based on their time and place in the world.

Art 7th

In 7th grade art we focus on learning skills, techniques required to handle different media, how artists approach using materials and equipment through personal exploration and the creative process. The units of medium are: drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, digital media, sculpture and crafts.

Art 8th

In 8th grade there is an emphasis on learning and applying the principles of design: contrast, rhythm, unity, movement, balance, pattern and emphasis. We apply these concepts to art production, art aesthetics through class critiques, art history through exploring different styles of art and the historical context that informs them.

Physical Education

6th-8th

The mission of our Physical Education department is to involve all students in a variety of physical activities and promote a desire to participate in lifetime recreational sports and physical fitness. The goal of our PE class is to cultivate a healthy and active lifestyle for students. It therefore advocates activities that are not only enjoyable but also contribute to healthy living. Students are helped to develop the motor skills necessary to enable them to participate successfully in a variety of physical activities, and to learn about the nature of physical fitness. PE also serves to promote intercultural awareness, since physical education is a reflection of elements of history, culture and values. It also enables students to establish links between different areas of experience and provides opportunities for different forms of self-reflection, communication and teamwork.

Spanish I

(6th-8th)

This is a semester-long course where students are introduced to Spanish as a second language. They will learn basic introductory vocabulary and grammar. By the end of the course, they will know how to introduce themselves and others, ask basic questions about who people are and where they are from, the numbers 0-100, how to tell time, the verb Ser (to be), how to describe themselves and others and how to say what they like and dislike. Daily memorizing of vocabulary through conversation and skits will be required. They will also study the cultures and geography of various Spanish-speaking countries.

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

(6th-8th)

This is a semester-long course where students whose first language is Spanish, build upon their reading and writing skills in Spanish, learn more academic vocabulary as well as learn about their heritage and culture of the 22 countries that speak Spanish. The focus of this course is on improving their Spanish skills which will also allow them to improve their English skills. The students must be able to speak, read and write in Spanish to be successful in this class

English Language Development

1 and 2

The purpose of the ELD class for levels 1&2 is to accelerate the language proficiency of the students. The ELD class teaches English Language Learners the vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar that they need to be able to effectively use the language every day – within both school and real-world context. The learning objectives are guided by the Systematic ELD Instruction that focuses on a solid foundation developing the speaking, writing, listening and reading domains. The support materials used in this course are Side by Side 1 and 2, Grammar and Beyond (Cambridge), Inside the USA and several different websites.

English Language Development 3

This course is designed to accelerate language development for intermediate English language learners who have agility with social interactional English while lacking the academic language to meet grade-level communicative norms. Our ELD curriculum is guided by the Systematic ELD approach and English 3D. Both programs propel students to learn new academic vocabulary and language functions, provide opportunities for discussion and writing, and teach specific grammar points through high-interest, engaging topics that are relevant to adolescents’ lives and concerns.

English Language Development 4

This course is designed for students with an intermediate to high level of English comprehension in the domains of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The students demonstrate their abilities through scores on school, District and State exams. At this level, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking are reinforced and supported in order to teach academic and formal registers of the English language. Using Systematic ELD and English 3D as guides, we strive to incorporate relevant themes into strategic language development, such as cyber bullying, teen driving and many more engaging topics. Our goal is to propel students to full language proficiency through maximizing students’ verbal and written engagement