Panther Academics

KNMS Elective Course Descriptions

Advanced Building This course is available to 8th grade students with a passing grades and teacher recommendation. 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.

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: 7th/8th graders 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.

Industrial Tech I: 7th/8th graders 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: 7th/8th graders 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 skulls as approved by the instructor.

Project Lead the Way: 7th/8th graders

  • 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: 7th/8th graders Students will learn basic conversation and vocabulary while learning about the Spanish culture.