Panther Academics

KNMS Elective Course Descriptions

Advanced Building This course is available to 8th grade students. Using advanced methods of construction, students will design and build advanced projects in areas of wood, metal, and other building materials.

Agriculture This course is available to 7th and 8th grade students. While learning the basics of agriscience, students will develop leadership skills through collaboration and planning and implementing various projects.

Algebra I This freshman level course is available to 8th grade students meeting the enrollment prerequisites. Students who earn an advanced or proficient level on the End of Course exam will earn a high school credit.

Art I/II is offered to seventh and eighth grade students.  Each course is a semester in length. Students will become familiar with major artists and art styles while learning about the elements and principles of art while exploring a variety of media such as drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and digital art creation.

Band 6th Grade Students will learn how to hold, put together, make sound, and read music on a band instrument.  Students will participate in multiple band concerts.

Band 7th Grade This is the 2nd year of instruction of learning to play an instrument in band. Students will participate in multiple band concerts.

Band 8th Grade This is the 3rd year of instruction of learning to play an instrument in band. Students will participate in multiple band concerts.

6th Grade Choir This mixed grade level class explore the basics of ensemble technique, music literacy, composition, expression, and performance.  Students will participate in multiple choral concerts.

Coding An introduction to computer coding with the use of “Plugged and Unplugged” activities facilitate the learning of computer science fundamentals. Students will learn to program drawings, animations, and simple games. This course promotes logic problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

English Language Arts I This freshman level course is available to 8th grade students meeting the enrollment prerequisites. Students who earn an advanced or proficient level on the End of Course exam will earn a high school credit.

Family and Consumer Science This class will explore steps to become successful in school and at home, developing sewing skills and creating simple snacks.  Students will also explore relationships, construct a sewing project, and develop health habits while using the food labs. There is a required fee for students.

Graphic Communication Tech  Students today see a broad spectrum of Graphic designs in many forms of media.  Within areas such as television, Internet, clothing, as well as magazines and newspapers these designs and media are expressed. In this class students will study the technology and art behind Photography and Screen printing. Through hands on experiences students will create and develop pictures as well as t-shirts.  In both areas students will study and learn today's latest techniques with modern equipment.

Industrial Tech I Students will construct projects made of wood, metals, and plastics while learning the fundamentals of machine and tool processes, shop safety, and measurement.

Industrial Tech II Students will produce projects made of wood, metals, and plastics while learning more advanced procedures with machines, measurement, plan, layout and safety.

Jazz Band This course is offered to 7th and 8th grade students. Students will explore jazz styles such as swing, rock, Latin and blues through the big band and/or combo settings.  Instruction will also include jazz history, jazz listening, basic improvisation, and big band and/or combo music. Based on class enrollment, this group may or may not perform publicly.  PREREQUISITE: Students should have a minimum of one year of playing experience and must possess basic music reading and group participation skills as approved by the instructor.

Makerspace Information derived from varying levels of research will be integrated into student-interest-driven projects. Students will practice soft-skills such as communication, collaboration, and problem solving together. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology,Engineering, Arts, Math) concepts will be applied in class. Projects may include beginner computer coding, circuitry using snap circuits,sphero bot, scratch and many more will be used. Crafting will also be taught and used throughout the makerspace class. This will have a limited enrollment.

Men’s Choir – a non-auditioned ensemble available to males in grades 7-8 that prepares students for a lifetime of singing. In addition to learning the repertoire, students will learn proper vocal technique and music theory. Men’s Choir will sing a varied repertoire of selected literature in two-part, and three-part.  Students will participate in multiple concerts.

Project Lead the Way:

 

  • Semester 1 – Design and Modeling Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives.  They work in teams to design various objects and spaces, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.
  • Semester 2 – Automation and Robotics: Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems.  Students use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms. PREREQUISITE: Design and Modeling.

Spanish Students will learn basic conversation and vocabulary while learning about the Spanish culture.

Women's Choir – a non-auditioned ensemble available to females in grades 7-8 that prepares students for a lifetime of singing. In addition to learning the repertoire, students will learn proper vocal technique and music theory. Women’s Choir will sing a varied repertoire of selected literature in two-part, three-part, and four-part women’s voicing. Students will participate in multiple concerts.