Robert C. Fisler School offers electives to middle school students (grades 6-8) three times a week on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. The following elective choices are provided each trimester (with the exception of Band and Leadership, which are year around.)Band
Learn to play, or improve your skills on any band instrument – Flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion. Students have the opportunity to experience the excitement of performing concerts in the full band setting. Information is provided during the first week of class regarding instruments and music.Coding Principles
This is a year-long/two trimester course for 6th, 7th and 8th students. Program emphasizes coding and mathematical principles for ratios, proportions, and algorithms. Opportunities for advance placement exams will be given to those that qualify. Students will build a portfolio based on their coding skills for app development.
Using a variety of methods, students document life and learning through portfolio.Creative Writing
Students study the basics of creative writing. They learn how to develop strong plots, characters and dialogue. Students read and discuss a selection of short stories, poetry, and the novel, Dog Gone. Students keep a writing journal and have a chance to share their creative efforts with others.Digital Art
Students use the program Scratch – a drag and drop programing language – to create interactive games, stories, etc… To see what Scratch can do, go to http://scratch.mit.eduElements of Design
Bring your creativity and your computer. Design and create business cards, menus, invitations, flyers and much more! Students learn the important principals of designing graphic layouts.Forensics – Crime Scene Investigation
You are the crime scene investigator. Examine the evidence at the scene of the crime by applying your science skills. Eliminate suspects with the facts. Examine finger prints, compare various samples and take a closer look at ink. You may never look at a room the same way again.Intramural Sports
This a Round Robin Sports class that introduces to students to sports’ specific rules and then team competition. Students are separated into teams to compete in basketball, volleyball, softball and lacrosse.Leadership/Student Council
Student Leadership will encompass student-elected officers as well as other appointed student positions. The primary goal is to offer students the opportunity to participate in school and community service activities that emphasize the use of leadership skills. Leadership skills will be taught through the use of "7 Highly Effective Habits of Teens" book and students use their leadership skills by participating in fundraising activities to benefit the school and the community. Students must have teacher recommendationLiterature Meets the Arts
Students research and read about the fascinating lives and famous works of master artists: Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keeffe. As a part of learning about these famous artists, students have the opportunity to create works of art that model what they have learned about their technique and style choices.Mission is Possible
Also known as Creative Construction – Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to work in a team to complete a number of tasks successfully. Tasks include researching, designing and attempting to construct: an egg container that can be dropped without the eggs breaking, an airplane that can fly the farthest and a catapult that can throw an object the farthest.
This course will introduce the student to the sound system and grammatical structure of the Spanish language. The focus will be on developing and increasing skill levels in the areas of aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. At the end of three trimesters, students will have a basic understanding of grammar, including word formation, verb conjugations, idiomatic expressions, and will recognize cognates. This course will also discuss various cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world.
Students learn concepts of oral tradition and the role it plays in families and society. Students read aloud, do storytelling from memory and learn techniques to add drama and flair to their stories. They create and share stories for different occasions (scary, holiday, etc). Digital storytelling is included through video and audio recording.
In this robotics class, students will learn about various gears, gear ratios, and types of movement. Using Vex Robotics, students will design, build and program their robots to possibly compete in Robot Nation.
Students learn the basics of developing a Website. Principles of design are covered.
In addition to elective choices, robotics, photography, html coding, and animation are a part of General Ed. Rocketry and app development opportunities are offered through Compass Time and co-led by parents in the professional field. Students learn relevant, real world skills and how these skills impact the world today. Students are also offered opportunities to join clubs, organizations, and teams such as National Junior Honors Society, Science Olympiad, Mathena (math club), Math Field Day (for 4-6), and after school enrichment and sports programs.